Our Itinerary

We will have a whirlwind two weeks taking in the sights.  Here is the complete list of places we will visit.

  • Paris– Where we will enjoy some time on our own for a few days.
  • Paris – Beaune – Lyon: After Paris, we drive south into Burgundy wine country, past the Cote d’Or vineyards to the medieval town of Beaune and the 15th century Hospice de Beaune and then onto Lyon.
  • Lyon Avignon-Monaco-French Riviera: We stop in Avignon to see the Papal Palace and traverse Provence,  with its picturesque scenery made famous by Van Gogh, Cezanne and many others. Our next stop is Monaco.
  • French Riviera: Look for photos of us hanging out with the rich and famous on the Cote d’Azur, where we will consider the merits of speedos and topless beaches.
  • French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne:  We visit the town of Arles and wind our way through the Corbieres Hills and the Cathar landscapes on our way to Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Carcassonne Lourdes Biarritz: We drive toward the Pyrenees, with a visit to Lourdes and the graceful Basque town of Biarritz on France’s Atlantic Coast.
  • Biarritz and Bordeaux: We head north through Les Landes to Bordeaux, with a visit to the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces.
  • Dordogne: We travel through the picturesque Dordogne region, visiting some of the “Bastide” villages and the renowned wine village of St. Emilion.
  • Bordeaux – Loire Valley: Continuing north, we travel thought the Poitou Charentes region to the Loire Valley, with a visit to the fairytale Chateau Chenonceau, know for its stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collection of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art.
  • Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Omaha Beach: We travel through Brittany, with a visit to the island-town of Mont St. Michel set along the Normandy coast. We then visit Omaha Beach and the site of the D-Day landing, pausing to reflect on the courage of those who gave their lives.
  • Omaha Beach – Giverny – Paris:  We travel southeast toward the valley of the River Seine, with a stop at Giverny, visiting the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived for most of his life.
  • Paris:Our trip concludes in Paris, where we enjoy more of the cultural and gastronomic treasures of the City of Lights.
  • Au Revoir and journey home.

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