Friday, March 29
Depart USA for Paris.
Saturday, March 30
Arrive in Paris and meet our guide. Travel by private motor coach to Arromanche to see the remains of the artificial harbor constructed to support the D-Day landings and to visit the museum. From Arromanche go to Colleville-Sur-Mer to visit the American Cemetery and Museum overlooking Omaha Beach. Continue up the coast to visit Pointe du Hoc, site of a famous U.S. Ranger raid to prepare for the D-Day invasion. In the late afternoon go to Caen adn check into the hotel.
Sunday, March 31
Depart Caen for an all-day excursion to Mont Saint Michel to visit the town and the impressive Gothic abbey church built on a rocky island off the Normandy coast. On the way back to Caen, visit the town of Beyeux to view the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the story of the Norman Conquest of England.
Monday, April 1
Leave Caen for Giverny to visit Monet's home on the Siene River. Monet lived in Giverny for the last forty years of his life, and many of his paintings are of this garden adn lily pond. Leave Giverny for Paris. Arrive in Paris in the late afternoon and check inot the hotel.
Tuesday, April 2
In the morning travel by the Metro to visit the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of Paris. Then walk to the Hotel des Invalides, a hospital for veterans, and visit the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon Bonaparte. In the afternoon, tour the Orsay Museum to view the extensive collection of Impressionist art.
Wednesday, April 3
Travel by train to Versailles to visit the famous palace and grounds. Built by Louis XIV, this palace is the largest in Europe and is noted for its extensive gardens. Have lunch in Versailles and then return to Paris to visit the Marmottan Monet Museum. This small suburban museum houses a marvelous collection of paintings by Monet.
Thursday, April 4
In the morning, visit the Louvre Museum. This magnificent building, once the palace of French kings, now houses one of the largest collections of art in the world. Have lunch at the Louvre. In the afternoon, visit the Orangerie Museum to view Monet's paintings of water lilies, "Grand Mympheas" and then stroll through the Tuileries Gardens to the Place de la Concorde. Walk up the famous Champs Elysees to the Arch of Triumph. Climb to the top of the Arch for anotehr great view of Paris.
Friday, April 5
Leave Paris for an all-day excursion to the Loire River Valley, stopping at Chartres to tour the massive Gothic cathedral famous for its beautiful medieval stained glass windows. Travel on to Amboise for lunch, and then go to Chenonceau to visit one of France's most beautiful chateaux. Return to Paris in the late afternoon.
Saturday, April 6
In the morning, visit the old city of Paris on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the Siene River, to see Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, and the Conciergerie. Have lunch in the Latin Quarter. In the afternoon tour Montmarte, the area known for its artist colony and the beautiful Church of the Sacred Heart.
Sunday, April 7
Depart Paris for the USA.