New Day Northwest

Lisa Anciaux

New Day Northwest

AAA Travel Expert Lisa Anciaux

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Explore France on a Drive Vacation

Like AAA's Lisa Anciaux

With 129 cruises under my belt, you might think that’s the only way I travel, but my husband and I also do drive vacations – including our recent March 2019 road trip in France. If like me, you’re a traveler who wants to spend time experiencing a region with as little packing and unpacking as possible, here’s what I recommend:

Pick a Base Camp

We chose the quaint town of Missillac as our home base for five nights because it was an easy 5-hour, 30-minute drive from Paris, and conveniently located near the places we wanted to visit.

Missillac – A small rural town in northwest France with wonderful bakeries, restaurants, and a lot of character. It’s also the home of Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche, the delightful 15th century castle where we stayed. This luxurious hotel is nestled in an enchanting park with an 18-hole golf course, La Cour Carrée Spa and an outdoor pool.

Plan a Simple Itinerary

Choose all the places you want to go, but don’t make it a marathon. Give yourself time to stop and smell the roses by alternating long days with shorts days, plus a relaxing day or two at your base camp. Here are a few day trips you can take from Missillac:

Le Mans
A must-see for race car enthusiasts. Known as the venue for the 24 Heures du Mans auto race, this famous racecourse is one of the longest circuits in the world. A fascinating motorsport museum is located at the entrance of the venue.

2-hour, 40-minute drive from Missillac.

Stroll along the waterfront, then step back in time on the Grand Rue – the Old City’s main cobblestone street lined with historical half-timber and half-stone houses. You can spend a full day shopping, eating and exploring this medieval center.

30-minute drive from Missillac.

Plan to spend a full day at this truly unforgettable UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in the bay where Normandy and Brittany merge, this rocky islet with an ancient abbey is one of France’s more popular tourist attractions, so it’s best to go during the off-season. You’ll do a lot of walking, but it’s worth every step. And be sure to try the world-famous puff omelet cooked over a wood fire at La Mère Poulard.

Top 10 Must Sees

Saint Mount Michele
George and Lisa Anciaux at world-famous Mont-Saint-Michel.

Travel Tips

  • AAA is the only place in Washington where you can get an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • AAA members save on Hertz Car Rentals, which can be picked up right at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
  • Visit any AAA store to purchase Euros (you'll need them for tolls on the highway from Paris).
  • AAA Travel experts can help you add a pre- or post-drive Viking River Cruise roundtrip from Paris, so you can explore even more of France.

Talk to your AAA Travel agent for more exciting Viking River Cruises departures.

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Old Stable Block
Experience authentic luxury at Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche.

Paris & the Heart of Normandy
8 Days • Select Dates March –December 2020 • Roundtrip from Paris • VIKING ROLF

Experience history firsthand at the Normandy beaches, site of the famous Allied invasion on D-Day. Delight in the Gothic architecture of Rouen. Lose yourself in the exquisite gardens of Giverny, whose rich palette inspired Monet. Walk the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon. And, savor the splendor of the world’s most romantic City of Light.

Itinerary Highlights

Giverny and Vernon, Rouen, Normandy Beaches, Les Andelys, Conflans and all the scenic beauty of the Seine River.

Your Viking River Cruise Includes:

7-night cruise in a river-view stateroom; 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners, including regional specialties; 6 guided tours, 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site; Culture Curriculum: Taste French cheeses, learn how to create your own tarte au citron; attend lectures on Jeanne d’Arc & French Impressionists; learn to say a few words en Français; visit a local market.

AAA Benefit:

$125 per person onboard spending credit; $125 per person savings off cruise fare*

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Viking River Cruises
Explore France in comfort on the Viking Longship® Rolf.