An overview of custom France vacation itinerary for those who want to see the history and enjoy the highlights

This expertly crafted 8-night travel itinerary through France is the answer to your question: "Where should I go on my first trip to France?" This trip is just the start of you falling in love with France - from the rich history, exquisite art, spectacular food and wine, and culture of romance.

VISITING THE CITY OF LIGHTS

Paris is a city that has captured the hearts of artists, poets and romantics for centuries - and you're next! Many of the iconic features of France are located in the center of the city with an opportunity to ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a glass of champagne, or walk the former halls of royalty at Versailles Palace, or perhaps you just want to be surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Luxembourg Gardens (with a picnic basket?). It's all possible in Paris.

WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HEROES

Standing on the beaches of Normandy, many feel a deep sense of emotion. You can almost feel the presence of the Allied soldiers who landed there on D-Day, over 70 years ago.

You can walk along the beach at Omaha, where the fighting was heaviest. Through this somber experience, you'll see the remnants of bunkers and fortifications, and can imagine the horror that the soldiers must have felt as they faced the German machine gun fire. Overlooking the bluff at Pointe du Hoc, where American Rangers scaled the cliffs under heavy fire. I thought about the bravery and sacrifice of these men, and I felt a lump in my throat.

You can visit the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, where over 9,000 American soldiers are buried, walking among the rows of white headstones, and readiig the names of the young men who gave their lives for our freedom. There is a sense of gratitude for the sacrifices that were made on D-Day. Visiting the beaches of Normandy is a humbling and emotional experience.

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WALK AMONG MONKS IN MONT SAINT MICHEL

A tidal island and granite rock formation located approximately one kilometer off the coast of Normandy, Mont Saint Michel is home to a Benedictine Monastery built in the 8th century. It has since become a top tourist destination due to the stunning beauty of the Abbey which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can tour the abbey, enjoy local cuisine or walk the ramparts on your visit. Be sure not to miss the change in tide!

ADMIRE THE GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE AND GOURMET INDULGENCE OF ROUEN

Rouen is a city with a rich history, dating back to Roman times. It was the capital of the Duchy of Normandy, and it was the site of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc. Rouen is also home to a number of museums, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, which houses a collection of paintings by Monet, Renoir, and other Impressionist artists.

A little-known foodie's paradise, Rouen is known for its duck, seafood, and cheese. It is also home to a number of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Art lovers rejoice! The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen is a museum of fine arts that houses a collection of paintings by Monet, Renoir, and other Impressionist artists. The museum also has a collection of medieval and Renaissance art.

ONE LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS!

Spending one last day and night in Paris will be the perfect ending to an incredible French Vacation! You'll be starting to plan your next vacation before you leave! Imagine sipping on a glass of Champagne or enjoying one last creme brûlée while seeing the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. That's France's way of saying "we hope to see you again soon, bon voyage!"

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