Bonjour and welcome to Paris! A driver will meet you at Charles De Gaulle Airport and take you to Hotel Mansart in the heart of Paris. We will have an afternoon welcome reception, followed by dinner together. All guests should schedule to arrive at the hotel by 3:00 pm.
(Hotel Mansart. Dinner included.)
After breakfast at the hotel we will meet Catherine, a Louvre copyist and guide, for a private tour looking at how biblical women have been portrayed through art. At 4:00 we will be picked up at our hotel by chef James of Le Foodist who will lead us through the streets of Paris to local markets. We will shop for and prepare a five course French dinner. James will lead us through a dinner conversation about food, memories and personal stories.
(Hotel Mansart. Breakfast and Dinner Included.)
We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, where Rowan will pick us up for our strolling art lesson. We will learn how to sketch as we walk through the city drawing iconic sights and learning skills we can use throughout the week to create our trip journals. After lunch we will board our private coach and drive to Mont St Michel. We will explore the village and take a self guided audio tour of the monastery. After enjoying the sunset from the top of the mont we will enjoy dinner in the village.
(Hotel Mere Poulard or Hotel Mouton Blanc. Breakfast and Dinner included.)
Rising before the sun, we will have the rare opportunity to join the monks of Mont St Michel for morning matins service. After breakfast at our hotels, we will meet a local historian outside the city walls to explore the bay of Mont St Michel learning about the pilgrims who have traveled to this site for over 1,000 years. After lunch we will take our coach north to Chateau D’Audrieu.
(Château D’Audrieu, Breakfast and Dinner included.)
This will be a day of rest, deep conversations, and teachings as we enjoy the luxurious surroundings of our own “chateau away from home.” We will have multiple teaching sessions, lunch at the chateau, and afternoon activity options including swimming, biking, hiking, spa services, and shopping in nearby Caen.
(Château D’Audrieu, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.)
After breakfast we will be picked up by our local guide who will take us to important D-Day landing sites. We will hear the untold stories of men and women working with french resistance and allied forces that freed Europe.
(Chateau D Audrieu, Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Our coach will take us back to Paris where we will have some downtime for optional shopping or exploring the city before our farewell dinner near the Eiffel Tower. We will conclude our evening with champagne under the Eiffel Tower’s laser show – toasting new friends, and a life changing experience.
(Hotel Mansart, Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Before heading to the airport we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Private drivers will take you to the airport as your flight schedule requires.