The Great Cathedrals of Northern France, Cross Normandy off your Bucket List in 2021!
Normandy—Mont-Saint-Michel—Giverny Monet’s Garden—Caen—Paris—Ste-Mère Église
Please join us for a journey back in time to the birthplace of Gothic architecture was the north of France, particularly the northeast quarter of the country; and it is here that the finest of France's gothic cathedrals are to be found; Notre Dame de Paris, Amiens, Reims & Rouen. French gothic cathedrals are noted for their fine "chevets", the semi-circular ambulatory and radiating chapels located behind the choir. Chevets already existed in Romanesque cathedrals, but the architects of the great gothic cathedrals embellished them in new ways.
Tour Leader: Col Rich Yoder USMC(Ret) MHT’s European Historian, John Powell, President MHT & Col Dave Wall,USMCR(Ret) Tour Leader
Famous Cathedrals on the Tour:
Amiens—The largest of the great French gothic cathedrals, with a height under the vault of over 40 meters. The first stone was laid in 1220. Amiens cathedral has some of the finest 13th century gothic sculpture of any cathedral in France. A UNESCO world heritage site.
Reims—It was in the Notre Dame cathedral in Reims that the Kings of France used to be crowned. Reims cathedral remains one of the great examples of French high gothic: having suffered seriously in two world wars, it has been painstakingly restored to its original splendor. It is one of the most visited of France's great gothic cathedrals. A UNESCO world heritage site
Rouen—The cathedral suffered from major damage over the centuries, including lightning strikes, structural collapses, and bombing in the WWII. It remains nevertheless one of the great French medieval gothic cathedrals and is the subject of a world-famous series of paintings by Claude Monet.
Bayeux—This Cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayeux is a Roman Catholic Church located in Normandy. A national monument and was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry. The cathedral is in the Norman-Romanesque architectural tradition.
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Tour Price: $ 4,195
Based on double Occupancy
Single Room Supplement $ 985
Tour Price Includes:
* 4—Star Hotel Accommodations at Reims, Caen, Amiens, Rouen, Normandy & Paris
* Air-conditioned deluxe motor coach with onboard restroom
* Meals as indicated in itinerary
* Historical trip information packet, containing maps & other tour information
* Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
* Services of experienced Tour Leader and English-speaking local guides
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* - Price based on € conversion rate at final billing
Day 1 – Oct 10 – Departure. We depart the US in the afternoon and arrive in Paris the following morning. We gather at our airport hotel for rest before an evening briefing and welcome aboard. Hotel: CDG Hilton
Day 2 - Oct 11 - Arrival in France.
Arrive in Paris this morning. We gather at our airport hotel for rest before an evening briefing and welcome aboard. Hotel: CDG Hilton
Day 3 Oct 12 - Oisne-Aisne Cemetery & Reims.
After breakfast we depart for Reims with stops at the Oisne-Aisne Cemetery and the Aisne-Marne Cemetery and church. We continue with a stop at Belleau Wood before arriving in Reims. We spend the afternoon in the town square visiting Notre-Dame de Reims famous the location for the coronations of the kings of France. After checking in to our hotel we will have a group dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel: Holiday Inn Meals: Breakfast (B)/Dinner (D)
Day 4 Oct 13 - Soissons & Amiens.
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and travel to Soissons. We visit the Cathedral Saint-Gervais Saint-Protaisthe and the ruins of Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes. We have lunch and travel to the Armistice clearing of Compeigne. From there we travel to Amiens and check into our hotel. After dinner we visit the cathedral to see the light show. Hotel: Mercure Meals: (B/D)
Day 5 Oct 14 - Compeigne & Rouen.
We begin our day visiting the Cathedral Notre-Dame d'Amiens followed by seeing the Jules Verne house. After lunch we travel to Rouen. We take a short city tour visiting the memorial where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and the adjoining church named for her. We check in to the hotel and are free to enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants, like La Couronne. First opened in 1345, it became the inspiration for Julia Child’s career. Hotel: Mercure Rouen Centre Meals: (B)
Day 6 Oct 15 - Rouen & Honfleur.
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and head for the Rouen Cathedral. A stroll through the quaint old streets of Rouen, in Upper Normandy, feels like a walk back in time. Cathedral Notre-Dame. In the heart of the old town, it is one of the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France. The cathedral's main structure was built in the 13th century but the building was not completed until the 16th century. From there we travel to Honfleur. After lunch we tour Saint Catherine’s church and then visit a Calvados distillery on the way to Caen. Hotel: Best Western Moderne Meals: (B/D)
Day 7 Oct 16 - Pegasus Bridge & Caen.
This morning we break from our routine and visit Pegasus Bridge and Museum there. The bridges across the River Orne and the Caen canal had to be captured and held intact to enable the seaborne reinforcements to cross. We then travel to the D-Day invasion beaches at Arromanches. Arromanches are the remains of one of the two artificial "Mulberry" harbors erected during the landing operation and may still be seen. We then travel to Bayeux to see the cathedral and the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Bayeux is the first city during the Battle of Normandy to be liberated, and on 16 June 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made the first of two major speeches in Bayeux in which he made clear that France sided with the Allies. The buildings in Bayeux were virtually untouched during the Battle of Normandy, the German forces being fully involved in defending Caen from the Allies. Hotel: Best Western Moderne Meals: (B)
Day 8 Oct 17 - Omaha Beach & Ste Mer Egliese.
This morning we check out of our hotel and travel to Bloody Omaha Beach. Omaha Beach was the most intensely contested beach on D-Day. It is six miles wide – the largest of all the five beaches. The entire beach was overlooked by cliffs which made attacking the area very difficult. You will walk the sands where the liberation of France began and visit the American Cemetery, the German Cemetery at La Cambe and on to Pointe du Hoc. Pointe du Hoc where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the 100-foot cliffs to eliminate the German heavy guns that could threaten both Utah and Omaha beaches. At a high cost, they successfully defended against determined German counterattacks for two days. The Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument was erected by the French to honor the incredible courage of the Rangers. From there we see Utah Beach. Utah Beach is the westernmost of the five landing beaches. The beach was situated on the east at the edge of a marshland zone which had been flooded by the Germans. Next we visit the famous church of Ste Mere Eglise made famous by the film, "The Longest Day." A mannequin of a paratrooper (played by Red Buttons) hangs from the church spire. The Airborne Forces Museum has a C-47 troop transport aircraft that flew in the invasion and a rare WACO glider on display.) We check into our hotel. Hotel: Saint Mere Meals: (B)
Day 9 Oct 18 - St. Lo & Mont Saint Michel.
We have an early breakfast and travel through St. Lo and see the church made famous by the 29th Infantry during WWII. We then drive to spend the afternoon at the ancient citadel and church of Mont-Saint-Michel. Time permitting, we visit the American Cemetery. Hotel: Mercure Meals: (B/D)
Day 10 Oct 19 - St. Lo & Mont Saint Michel.
After breakfast we travel to Lisieux the birthplace of Saint Therese, the Little flower, a doctor of the church. We visit the Basilica of St. Therese, the Chapelle de Carmel and museum, Lisieux Cathedral and the history museum. Check into the hotel for the evening. Hotel: Villa des Arts Meals: (B/D)
Day 11 Oct 20 - Les Ventes & Giverny.
Today we travel through Les Ventes and pay respects to Billie D. and Peggy Harris and the ancient church there. From there we travel to Giverny for lunch and a tour of Monet’s Gardens. From there we travel to Paris and check into our hotel. Hotel: Montparnasse Meals: (B)
Days 12 & 13 Oct 21 & 22 - Paris.
We start by touring Saint Chapelle, the Basilica of Saint Denis and the burial place of kings, Sacre Coeur, St.-Sulpice Church (The Davinci Code), Saint-Eustache Church, St.-Gervais-St-Protais Church, and St-Paul-St-Louis Church. We will also do a driving tour of the city, visit the Louvre, and other sites as time allows. On the last evening, we will have a farewell dinner. Hotel: Montparnasse Meals: (B/D)
Day 14 Oct 23 - Paris.
Depart Paris for home or spend an optional day seeing the grandeur of the Royal Palace at Versailles.
MHT’s Cathedrals of Northern France (10—23 Oct 2021)
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