Smaller Towns of Normandy and Brittany

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For a more authentic experience, visit these small French towns, home to elegant chateaus, delicious local cuisine, and lovely countryside.

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  • CultureCulture
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • ActiveActive

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Paris, France

  • 2

    Rouen, France

  • 3

    Honfleur, France

  • 4

    Bayeux, France

  • 5

    St. Malo, France

  • 6

    Brest, France

  • 7

    Rennes, France

  • 8

    Chartres, France

  • 9

    Paris, France

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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Latin Quarter
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
  • Le Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
  • Untitled
  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
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  • Chambord (variation 1)
  • Place des Vosges
  • Île St. Louis
  • Follies, Parc de la Villette (Tschumi), Paris / FR, 2013
  • Avenue de l'Opéra
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
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  • Bord de Seine, Paris
  • Louvre the Grand
  • Sacre-Coeur
  • Fontaines
  • Le Vol d'Icare - Parc Astérix
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  • Paris, vertical gardens
  • Paris - Picasso Museum
  • Inside The Of Gallery Comparative Anatomy - Paris.
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Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life4 nights

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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Things to do in and around Rouen

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  • Dimanche
  • Rouen Cathedral
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, 2005
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  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Randonnées pédestres, marche Afghane et sophrologie avec Chemin de détente
  • Water pots from the large cistern, ancient Aiane
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  • Ferronerie
  • Eglise Saint Maclou
  • Yachts in Trouville
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
   
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Rouen

France, Normandy region

HistoricCultureFoodNight life1 night

In this beautiful city, you will enjoy a remarkable historic center, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and excellent museums.

Rouen, in northern France on the River Seine, is the historic capital city of Normandy. Rouen is known for its Notre Dame cathedral, with its Tour de Beurre (butter tower) financed by the sale of indulgences for the consumption of butter during Lent. The cathedral's gothic facade (completed in the 16th century) was the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, some of which are exhibited in the Musקe d'Orsay in Paris. Other famous structures include Rouen Castle, whose keep is known as the tour Jeanne d'Arc, where Joan of Arc was brought in 1431 to be threatened with torture; the Church of Saint Ouen (12th–15th century), and more.
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Things to do in and around Honfleur

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  • Portal Honfleur Old Arch
  • Honfleur, Normandy, France
  • Colours of the Venetian Port
  • Pont de Normandie
  • Randonnées pédestres, marche Afghane et sophrologie avec Chemin de détente
  • Yachts in Trouville
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Low Tide
  • Old and New Buildings in Caen
  • Étretat Cliffs 2
   
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Honfleur

France, Normandy region

Small townsBeachesCultureFoodActive2 nights

Home to the Normandy Bridge, this small town offers beautiful landscapes, timbered houses, and a bell tower.

Honfleur is a commune in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine. It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the ecole de Honfleur which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. The Sainte-Catherine church, which has a bell tower separate from the principal building, is the largest church made out of wood in France.
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Things to do in and around Bayeux

  • Bayeux.
  • Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux
  • Bayeux Street at Dusk
  • Bayeux (2)
  • Omaha beach
  • Low Tide
  • Mark IV Churchill Crocodile
  • Randonnées pédestres, marche Afghane et sophrologie avec Chemin de détente
  • Yachts in Trouville
   
4

Bayeux

France, Normandy region

Small townsHistoric1 night

Renowned for its world-class tapestry, this small town has a long history and some interesting landmarks.

Bayeux is a commune in Normandy in northwestern France. Bayeux is a major tourist attraction, best known to British and French visitors for the Bayeux tapestry, made to commemorate events in the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The Jardin botanique de Bayeux is a botanical garden dating from 1864.
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Things to do in and around St. Malo

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  • St Malo
  • Castle
  • Saint Malo 2012-05-31-13
  • St. Malo View
  • Low Tide
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  • grand aquarium at enosui
  • Sentier de La Bastide - Solages
  • Rocks
   
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St. Malo

France, Brittany region

Small townsBeachesHistoricCultureFood1 night

This once well-fortified city is now a popular seaside resort, offering all the relaxation and excellent cuisine you could want.

Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. Today it is a major tourist destination, with many ancient, attractive building. Now inseparably attached to the mainland, Saint-Malo is the most visited place in Brittany. Sites of interest include: The walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros); The chateau of Saint-Malo, part of which is now the town museum; The Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan is a 14th-century building that holds a collection tracing the history of voyages around Cape Horn; And more.
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Things to do in and around Brest

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  • Magic Morgat
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  • Montagnes de Bocognano
  • Concarneau
  • Les 7 îles
   
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Brest

France, Brittany region

2 nights

Boasting a rich naval history and several interesting architectural curios, Brest is known for its castle and surrounding nature.

Brest is a city in Brittany in northwestern France. Located in a sheltered position not far from the western tip of the Breton peninsula, and the western extremity of metropolitan France, Brest is an important harbor and the second French military port after Toulon. During the Middle Ages, the history of Brest was the history of its castle. Then Richelieu made it a military harbor. Brest grew around its arsenal, until the second part of the 20C. The city center was completely rebuilt after the war. Nowadays, Brest is an important university town.
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Things to do in and around Rennes

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  • Façade Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
  • Rennes
  • Rijssellberghe
  • Rennes - Thabor - 3
  • Low Tide
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  • Rennes, Palais du parlement de Bretagne
  • BZH07 583 080907 35ST-MALO La Plage
  • Rocks
   
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Rennes

France, Brittany region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life1 night

This regional capital of Brittany is culturally elegant and dynamic, while retaining its Medieval charm.

Rennes is a city in the east of Brittany in northwestern France. Rennes is classified as a city of art and history. The historic center is located on the former plan of the ramparts. There is a difference between the northern city center and the southern city center due to the 1720 fire, which destroyed most of the timber framed houses in the northern part of the city. The rebuilding was done in stone, on a grid plan. Due to the presence of the parlement de Bretagne, many "hotels particuliers" were built in the northern part, the richest in the 18th century. Most of the monuments historiques can be found there.
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Things to do in and around Chartres

  • day trip to chartres
  • Central Bay (2)
  • Chartres
  • La reine de Saba
  • Side view of church St-Peter in Chartres
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
  • Chambord (variation 1)
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Chartres

France, Centre region

Small townsHistoricCultureFood1 night

Easily accessible from Paris or Orleans, this town features the must-see Chartres Cathedral and offers a medieval atmosphere.

Chartres is a commune and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France. Chartres is best known for its cathedral, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, which is considered one of the finest and best preserved Gothic cathedrals in France and in Europe. Its historical and cultural importance has been recognized by its inclusion on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Latin Quarter
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
  • Le Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
  • Untitled
  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
  • ia2772.JPG
   
9

Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life1 night

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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