JOURNEY: France Through the Ages

ITINERARY
Highlights Include

  • Southern Treasures: In the fortified town of Carcassonne, featuring the longest medieval city walls in Europe. Stroll through the market town of Albi, known for the artist Toulouse-Lautrec. In the breathtaking Dordogne region, known for its rugged countryside and lovely villages, enter the caves at Lascaux IV, visit charming Sarlat and the pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, and view cliffside castles during a leisurely cruise along the Dordogne River.
  • Loire River Valley: Experience this legendary landscape of spectacular châteaux, including the romantic Château de Chenonceau, a Renaissance masterpiece that spans the River Cher; the Château Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years; and the World Heritage site of Fontevraud Abbey.
  • Normandy: Gain insight into the extraordinary events of D-Day while visiting Utah Beach, Sainte-Mère-Èglise, Omaha Beach, and the Caen Memorial Museum. You’ll also stop in Bayeux to see the renowned Bayeux Tapestry and ascend cobblestone streets to the pilgrimage site of Mont St. Michael, Normandy’s famed medieval abbey.
    Along the Seine: Stroll through Monet’s gardens at Giverny, then conclude in Paris with a highlights tour.

SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

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