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Paris, Normandy and the Loire 2020

Paris, Normandy and the Loire 2020

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Tour Itinerary

This northern France tour is the perfect way for value-minded travelers to see the highlights of Paris plus the Loire Valley and Normandy. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks and fascinating history sum up this tour.You’ll visit some of northern France’s interesting and charming towns, including Rouen, best known for its connection to Joan of Arc. Here, step into the splendid gothic cathedral, which was once the world’s tallest building and the subject of a series of Claude Monet’s paintings, just like the water garden in Giverny, depicted in some of his most famous canvases. Visit Honfleur, a romantic port city; Rennes, with its traditional, colorful timber-framed houses; Blois, a picturesque town with its renaissance castle located in the town center; and Chartres, famous for pilgrimages to its 13th-century gothic cathedral. In Bayeux, follow the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry, listed by UNESCO. Admire the cathedral, ramparts, and ancient walls in St. Malo, a fortified seaside resort. World War II history comes to life as you visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and the landing beaches. Other highlights of this affordable France tour include picturesque Mont St. Michel, situated on a rocky isle with its world-famous abbey that has been a pilgrimage spot for centuries. Spend a day at leisure in the Châteaux Country with the opportunity to take an optional excursion to visit the Château of Chenonceau, a 16th-century, fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. From the historic sights to the picturesque scenery, this is a dream vacation!

Check into your hotel and use your CosmosGO app to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: PARIS.
Enjoy a full day to explore the “City of Light”, known throughout the world for its fashion, art, museums, cuisine, and joie de vivre. Enjoy included sightseeing with a local expert to see many of the best-known Parisian sites, including views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Optional excursions are also available. (B)

Start the day with a visit to Giverny*, home of impressionist painter Claude Monet. The famous WATER GARDEN at Giverny was the inspiration behind some of Monet’s finest work (gardens open from April to October). Continue to Rouen to visit its great CATHEDRAL. Next, enjoy a stop in lovely Honfleur, situated on the Seine estuary, and then continue to the seaside resort of Deauville.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi/ 320 km (B,D)

Visit the legendary beaches of Normandy, where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. On to Bayeux, famed for its lace-making and the world-renowned BAYEUX TAPESTRY depicting the story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex—who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066 to conquer England. Then, discover spectacular Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessible by a causeway.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km (B)

Drive along the Brittany coast to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo to admire its CATHEDRAL and ancient walls. Later, visit Rennes with its traditional, colorful, timber-framed houses, then reach the enchanting Châteaux Country.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km (B)

Spend a whole day at leisure or to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion to Château of Chenonceau, now privately owned, and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley. Visit Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. (B,D)

Visit picturesque Blois with its renaissance castle, once occupied by Louis XII. Later, stop in Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Arrive in Paris to enjoy an optional evening excursion.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km (B)

Day 8: PARIS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Departure November 13 due to Closure of Giverny Gardens - visit to D-Day Museum instead.

Sightseeing & Activities:

Guided sightseeing

Visit the water garden*

Visit the cathedral


Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha beach

Visit Tapestry Museum


Visit the cathedral

See the colorful timber-framed houses

Blois and Amboise visit

VisitTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners

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Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Paris: Courtyard By Marriott Arcueil
Deauville: Ibis Deauville
Mont St. Michel: Hotel Vert
Amboise: Novotel Amboise
Paris: Hotel Ibis Styles Paris Porte D'Orleans
Paris: Ibis Styles Meteor Avenue D 'Italie

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Questions & Answers

Question: What optional tours are available for Paris

WELCOME DINNER AND ORIENTATION The evening consists of a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city. VERSAILLES, PALACE OF THE SUN KING Spend part of your day like a French aristocrat, strolling through the halls and gardens of Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles. MONA LISA'S SMILE & THE LOUVRE MUSEUM Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour. CABARET SHOW A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show! Please keep in mind these are subject to change.

Question: On Paris, Normandy and the Loire tour when in Loire is there a chance to visit a winery.

You will have a full day at leisure in Chateaux Country where you will have the time to visit a winery on your own.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 13 reviews - currently showing 17 reviews with comments only

Thanks to Riley, another GREAT trip !

Our Tour Guide, Luca helped to make our vaca wonderful and beyond expectations!

Everthing went well except for the first and last days. We were staying at Ibis Eiffel Tower in Cambronne. First day: when I asked for assistance to temporarily put my luggages in a paid locker, a staff told me that there is no assistance provided. On this same day I was transferred to a different room because the previous room required repair. I called our tour-guide to inform her of the change using room-to-room call. I was charged 1.20 euros. Last day, our group stayed on the same hotel. I found out that there was no trash can. I called the reception desk. I was informed there is no trash can available. I asked where I would put my trash. I was told to just put my trash on the floor. Dah !

There are many things about this tour that were very disappointing. The city tour of Paris was a joke. Stopped for a 5min photo at the Eiffel Tower, and that was at a place where there were many tents set up, so you couldn't even get a decent photo. Norte dame cathedral stop we were given 10 min to go inside, but the line to get in would take 10 min. Three of the hotels did not have porter service or air conditioning. The optional excursion to Versailles was 2 hours and 40 min of that was spent waiting for our tour director to get our"skip the line" tickets! There were some positives of this tour, but overall very disappointed.

Trip was very well-organized, exactly as described in the package. The only issue I had were that in several hotels, 2 beds were next to each other without any space in between. Sleeping like this with a roommate was very uncomfortable.

Two of the hotels were not comfortable. The tour director was excellent. The optional tours were not as good as expected and very limited.

The Cosmos tour was very good, I enjoyed it. The additional excursions are worth the cost. The tour guide was more than competent.

Overall I was very pleased with this tour. The price was good. The hotels varied a little but were fine The coach was wonderful. Very roomy and clean. The local tour guides were excellent and our tour guide was quite helpful and informative. Being able to choose which additional excursions you liked was also nice

The Operator tour guide was somewhat knowledgable but she gave some wrong/incomplete information that led to confusion.

Excellent quality for the price. Tour director was very experienced and the driver was safe. Lots of information. Days are quite long with not much free time but very worthwhile since the tour is only a week.

We just returned from a wonderful Cosmos tour of Normandy and the Loire Valley of France. Our tour director, was the best we've ever had, he knew all the sites to see and how to plan our time. We will definitely book another Cosmos holiday through Affordable Tours!

Very good trip! I'd prefer it to have more museum tours and less expensive optional excursions.

I enjoyed the Tour tremendously. Hotels were great with the exception of the Campanile Porte D'Italie in Paris on the last day. (Nov 8th) Restaurant staff was rude, and location inconvenient for Paris activity. All else was great!! Optional tours were all wonderful!!

Ou tour Director was simply brilliant: very knowledgeable, caring, positive, lots of fun etc.

Regarding accomodations: all hotels were good except our final night in Paris. Not only was the hotel bad (no AC & rude staff), it was located in a rather sketchy area of the city. This aside, the tour was fabulous.

The tour was good but a little disappointing. I expected an escorted tour because that is what I paid for, the tour guide gave us information about the vissited site in the bus prior to arrival and then left us to be on our own. I saw all other tour guides with their groups guiding them and explaining the sites and all about the place visited..but our guide did not do that. At times we felt lost and confused as to what we were supposed to do, etc.. She was nice and polite, but not very informative and I honestly did not feel that she did her job as was expected. I would not book with Cosmos again, I would rather get a higher category company.

This was an excellent trip - made especially memorable with the expertise, friendliness, and professional handling of the Tour Director.

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