Jewels of France including Normandy
from $1958
Duration: 8 Days
Buckle up for a lively encounter with the highlights of northern France. On this 8 day love affair with the world’s most visited country, you’ll get your fill of French heritage and culture across the valleys and vineyards of northern France to its glittering capital, Paris. Discover those iconic sights and landmarks you’ve always longed to see – the Eiffel Tower, Mont-Saint-Michel, and the D-Day Landing beaches on the Normandy coast.
Day 1
Arrive Paris
Ah Paris! Audrey Hepburn described it best when she said 'Paris is always a good idea'. We’re sure you’ll agree. After checking in, hit the streets and explore the city your way, perhaps seeking out delicious French flavors at a local café. Later, meet your Travel Director for a glimpse into what lies ahead and then why not discover why Paris is so deserving of its title, the 'City of Light' by joining an optional tour through the maze of streets in Montmartre, where the talents of great artists and writers were once nurtured.
Day 2
Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Deauville (1 Night)
Retrace the steps of one of France’s beloved daughters, St. Joan of Arc, when you visit medieval Rouen today. Here you’ll view the city’s impressive cathedral whose towers, statues and pinnacles were favorite subjects in the paintings of French Impressionist, Claude Monet. There’s time to stretch your legs along Honfleur’s colorful 17th-century harbor before heading to Deauville. With its racecourse and high-profile international film festival, this handsome resort town has long been a playground for well-heeled Parisians.
Day 3
Deauville – D-Day Landing Beaches – Mont-Saint-Michel – Rennes (1 Night)
Begin your day with a moving visit to the D-Day Landing beaches and American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Today the views may be serene, but you can’t help thinking back to that summer day in 1944 when thousands of Allied soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice to reclaim Europe. After this incredibly humbling experience, continue on to UNESCO-listed Mont Saint-Michel, which seems to rise magically up from the sea at high tide. The spire of the Abbey seems to almost touch the heavens, crowned with a golden statue of the Archangel, who legend has it ordered the construction of the chapel in this unusual island location. Arriving in Rennes later, you have a free evening to explore the city as you wish.
Day 4
Rennes – Saumur – Tours (2 Nights)
Today we head into châteaux country, where elegant estates and manicured gardens dot the countryside near the Loire River as it meanders through the heart of France. You’ll soon see why this scenic area has attracted French aristocracy for centuries. Discover Saumur, sitting elegantly astride the Loire and home to France’s national equestrian school. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent château and gardens of Villandry. Then it's on to the city of Tours, not only the former capital of France and beautiful gateway to the Loire Valley, but also heaven for foodies as you’ll have an opportunity to Discover on your free evening. Raise a glass to good food and good friends by joining an Optional Experience dinner in the Loire Valley.
Day 5
Loire Valley sightseeing
All that glitters really is gold which you’ll come to discover as you explore the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley today. Your first stop is at Château d'Amboise whose art and architecture were both inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Join an optional guided tour delving into the life of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, including a visit to the Manor House and gardens where he spent his last years. The next jewel to admire is stylish Chenonceau, straddling the Cher River. Join your Local Specialist for a whimsical tour of this 16th-century château and its garden, a pleasure palace deserving of its nickname the “château of the ladies”. Admire the priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture and its extraordinary collection of 16th-century tapestries before returning to your hotel in Tours where you’ll enjoy dinner tonight.
Day 6
Tours – Chambord – Paris
There’s another château in store this morning as you begin your return journey to Paris. We’ve saved the biggest for last and you’ll be dazzled by the views of the grand Château de Chambord and its surrounding forest. Imagine royal hunting parties combing the woods for wild game as you wind your way north past orchards, vineyards, cathedrals and châteaux. Later you’ll arrive in Paris in time to enjoy a memorable Optional Experience this evening featuring dinner and a dazzling cabaret show. It's the perfect way to spend the first of your two nights in the French capital, indulging in its legendary nightlife and making lasting memories with new friends.
Day 7
Paris sightseeing and free time
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Paris with your Travel Director, taking in the Eiffel Tower and grand Champs-Élysées as well as the iconic Arc de Triomphe, honoring those who fought and died for France over the centuries. Then there’s time to discover Paris your way. Take a stroll through the medieval Latin Quarter with a Local Specialist during an Optional Experience or perhaps simply people-watch at a sidewalk bistro. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your traveling companions in this incomparable city.
Day 8
Depart Paris
Your whirlwind adventure through France has come to an end. You’ve seen medieval cities, walked in the footsteps of saints, soldiers and noblemen, and immersed yourself in the art, culture, history and cuisine of northern France – just enough to whet your appetite for another visit. Say a fond au revoir to your Travel Director and newfound friends.
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • : View the cathedral
  • : Visit this picturesque port
  • : Visit the D-Day Landing beaches of Omaha
  • : Visit the island town and view the abbey
  • : Visit the magnificent Château de Chenonceau with your Local Specialist and view the Châteaux at Amboise and Chambord
  • : View the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your sightseeing tour
  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • : City orientation tours
  • : Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • : Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
Start Date: 2023-09-30
End Date: 2023-10-07
Adult Price: $1969
Child Price: $1789
Adult Price: $1969
Child Price: $1435
Adult Price: $1958
Child Price: $1778
Adult Price: $2336

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