The Normandy landings
From the Pointe du Hoc battery to the remains of the Mulberry B in Arromanches, through Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery, remember the historical events of the D-Day and the battle of Normandy.
Historical capital city of the duchy of Normandy, land of the Vikings, fiefdom of the Plantagenets, Hundred Years' War, impressionism, Liberation, Rouen is rich in art and history. Let's walk the streets of the old city between the half-timbered houses, the numerous churches and the cathedral immortalized by Monet, and evoke the memory of Joan of Arc.
Starting point of the maritime expeditions to the New World, the harbour of Honfleur ended up declining after the Revolution in favour of the ports of Le Havre and Rouen. However the fishermen and the slate houses inspired many painters, including Eugene Boudin who initiated Monet to the outdoor painting.
The most beautiful ruin of France in the words of Victor Hugo
The state of ruin of Jumièges Abbey, highlighted in the middle of an English style garden, definitely contributes to its romantic dimension. Of course we will admire Notre-Dame abbey church, exceptional exemple of Norman Romanesque art of the 11th century, and we will refer to the Rule of Saint Benedict in the different abbatial areas.
The chateau of Chambord, a stone dream
Located on the Cosson River in Sologne, at the edge of a wood rich with game, the chateau of Chambord was built for the glory of the humanist king Francis I. Let's walk up together the famous double revolution staircase and discover the ceremonial apartment and the dwelling of Francis I. We will end up on the beautiful rooftop terrace and its monumental chimneys, with the view onto the French style gardens restored since 2017.
Reims & Champagne
In the morning we will visit the city of Reims and the cathedral where the kings of France where crowned. The afternoon will be dedicated to champagne, the cellars, the production and the tasting.