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9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy - Saturday Departure

9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy - Saturday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights" and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. Your tour begins at 6:00 PM when you join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at Paris no later than 4:00 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Monday - Chartres, Chambord, Wine tasting, Loire Valley
After breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to Chartres, home to the greatest Gothic cathedral in France. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. Depart Chartres and travel to the Chateau de Chambord, the largest residence in the Loire Valley. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th century by 1,800 men and master masons. After a photo stop, continue for a wine tasting before heading to the hotel in Tours. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Loire Valley
Spend the full day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. Travel to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by the mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Also, visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise for a guided tour. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. The artist is buried in the chapel. Return to Tours in the early evening
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Mont St. Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy
Depart northwards today to the iconic Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock. Cross the causeway by shuttle and browse the narrow streets and admire the views of the surrounding bay, with time for lunch on your own in this charming town. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, the fortified town is crowned by the mighty 10th century Abbey. Continue to Bayeux and step back in time to a historic battle and see the intricate Bayeux Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Afterwards, travel to the nearby town of Bayeux for dinner at the hotel and overnight
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Normandy Landing Beaches
Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Then turn your attention to World War II and the D-Day invasion, a day that is remembered for true bravery and sacrifice and the beginning of the liberation of France. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasion began on June 6, 1944 – D-Day. Visit Utah Beach, then make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach* and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in the early evening*The visit to Omaha Beach is subject to local conditions.
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Giverny, Paris
This morning, depart for Paris. On the way, stop in Giverny and visit the former house of Claude Monet. Explore the famous gardens which inspired many of Monet's paintings. On arrival in Paris, join your fellow travelers for dinner in a French Bistro
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Paris City Tour
This morning, enjoy a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district.* Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments
Optional: Palace of Versailles (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Paris, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations*
  • 3 nights Paris
  • 2 nights Tours
  • 2 nights Bayeux
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Paris and Amboise
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • View the Cathedral in Chartres, the finest architectural example of High Gothic style
  • Visit the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher
  • Stop in Amboise and tour the Royal Chateau of Amboise
  • Cross the causeway to the magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island
  • View the immense Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England
  • Commemorate the D-Day invasion with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery
  • Tour Claude Monet’s home in Giverny
  • Drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and continuing to the iconic Eiffel Tower
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Some departures operate in reverse order, going to Normandy after Paris instead of Tours

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Friday departures operate in reverse order, going to Normandy after Paris instead of Tours.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple Rooms at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

    Triple Rooms at the Novotel Bayeux will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

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    Accommodations

    Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

    Oceania L'Univers Tours
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Tours.

    Novotel Bayeux
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Bayeux.

    Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

    Novotel Tours Centre Gare
    This first class hotel is located a short walk away from the Tours railway station.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.6
    Accommodations
    4
    Itinerary
    4.6
    Professional Staff
    5
    Repeat with Operator
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    Value for Money
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    This was our 2nd Gate 1 and I highly recommend them. Everything is organized perfectly and it takes away all the stress of planning and executing overseas travel. Already looking for our next destination. We had many repeat travelers on our tour.

    What can I say, the BEST VACATION we have ever experienced!!! Isabella, our tour director, is a rare find and Nicolai made the excursion to Versailles a history lesson with flare!! Our bus driver, Darren, kept the bus spotless and was very courteous. I would advise anyone to plan on an extra day in Paris either at the beginning of the trip or after if you wish to explore more of Paris.

    The only shortcoming was that the facet of the trip to Omaha Beach was too short. The explanation of what happened there was too brief.

    Our tour guide Anne was awesome!!!

    Our Gate 1 tour of France met our expectations. Our tour director Jenny went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and having a good time. Her commentary was enjoyable and not overdone. She was always pleasant and accommodating. I wish we had had a couple more days in Paris on this tour and that our Paris hotel had been within better walking distance to Paris sights. All of our hotels themselves were very nice, and the French people we encountered were friendly, helpful, and welcoming.

    Most of the tour met expectations. The last day tour of Paris was below expectations.

    This trip was very good. Good hotels, good food and our tour director Ann was wonderful.

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