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9 Day Affordable France - Saturday Departure

9 Day Affordable France - Saturday Departure


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Itinerary

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 5:00 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 3:00 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Monday - Paris City Tour
Drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", the vivacious Left Bank where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, among them the Sorbonne. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy exhilarating views from the top of the village-like art colony at Montmartre, on the optional tour that is highlighted by a drive around the illuminated monuments of Paris*
Optional: Montmartre & Illuminations (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Normandy Beaches
Depart Paris this morning to Normandy. This is a stirring and emotional day as you explore the D-Day beaches. Stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc and the historic St. Mere Eglise on the Contentin Peninsula, where the Allied invasion began on June 6, 1944. Here you visit the Airborne Museum, telling the story of 82nd and 101st airborne divisions and their heroic deeds on D-Day. Afterwards, travel to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Normandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St. Michel
This morning, continue on to the unforgettable American Cemetery on Omaha Beach*, final resting place of thousands of U.S. Troops. Offer your respects and salute their bravery. Then, in delightful Bayeux, continue the day at the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry. This 230 foot long embroidered cloth depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Its survival (almost intact over nine centuries) is miraculous, along with its exquisite colors and workmanship. Travelling through Normandy, you have your first sight in the distance of magnificent Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock in the Gulf of Saint-Malo. This structure is one of France's most recognizable sights and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Reached by a shuttle across the causeway, the lower towers and medieval sea wall protect a small village, capped by the commanding 10th century Abbey. Prior to the causeway, Mont St. Michel was on an isolated island that pilgrims approached on foot, mindful of tides that could seep in at any time. Tour this amazing structure with its many levels, culminated by a walk, if you wish, to the hilltop to visit the Abbey. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel*The visit to Omaha Beach's landing site is subject to local conditions.
Overnight: Mont St. Michel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Loire Valley, Chateau of the Plantagenets, Wine Tasting
Drive south today to the lively river side city of Angers, gateway to the Loire Valley and home of the Plantagenet royalty. This medieval centre is dominated by the massive 13th century open-air Chateau of the Plantagenets. The distinctive striped stonework is eye catching. This French city is also known for the production of Cointreau, the orange flavored liquor created by Édouard Cointreau, born in Angers. Continue this afternoon past historic Saumur, surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills and miles of vineyards. Stop for a wine tasting at a winery before reaching your hotel in Tours. Tonight, have an evening at leisure
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Loire Valley, Chateau de Chenonceau, Royal Chateau d'Amboise
Spend the full day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. First, 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 Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henry II. Next stop is at the village of Amboise, crowned by the Royal Chateau d'Amboise*. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. Take in the view of the castle, including the castle's chapel of Saint-Hubert, where the great Italian Renaissance master was laid to rest. Continue to view the Chateau de Chambord, a strikingly beautiful residence in the Loire Valley, once used as hunting grounds. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th century by 1,800 men and master masons. After a photo stop to admire the setting, return via Blois to Tours for an evening at leisure or, join the optional candlelit dinner in an authentic Troglodyte Cave** enjoying regional specialties and wine*For Dec 19 departure, the Royal Chateau d'Amboise will be closed due to Christmas holiday.**For Dec 19 departure, the Troglodyte Cave Dinner will be replaced with an included dinner at the hotel.
Optional: Troglodyte Cave Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Chartres to Paris
Drive north to Chartres, a medieval city in the center of France, home to the greatest cathedral in the country. The well-preserved Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres is one of the finest architectural examples of High Gothic style in France, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. After the drive through Chartres, on to Paris for the rest of the day on your own. This evening, bid au revoir to France and to your Tour Manager, during the Farewell Reception Dinner
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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
  • 1 night Normandy
  • 1 night Mont St. Michel
  • 2 nights Tours, Loire Valley
  • 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 & Amboise
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • Drive along the Champs Elysees and view the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Visit the site of the heroic D-Day invasion and American Cemetery in Normandy
  • Cross the causeway to the magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island
  • Explore the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher
  • Visit the village of Amboise and tour the Royal Chateau of Amboise
  • View the Cathedral in Chartres, the finest architectural example of High Gothic style
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple Rooms at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel 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.

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

    Mercure Mont St. Michel
    This first class hotel is a short ride away from the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey.

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

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

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    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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    Itinerary
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