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Paris, Normandy, & Châteaux Country 2024 - Small Group

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Tour Itinerary

Isn’t it time you nipped monotony in the bud? From fields of yellow sunflowers to cellars of pink rosés, this fascinating tour of France invites you to survey the sensuous land and pick the perfect bouquet. Fragrant gardens and aromatic wines are just the beginning of the sweet experiences that await from the City of Light to the sunlit regions of Normandy, and the Loire Valley. Tiptoe through the tulips at Claude Monet’s rainbow-colored gardens, float down the castle hallways in dreamy Châteaux country, and swirl and sip your way from the lively cafés of Paris to the storied wineries of the French countryside. Traveling from the Seine to the sea, we’ve handpicked the best coastal experiences—the resort town of Deauville, the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel, and the poignant beaches of Normandy, site of the Allied Forces’ D-Day invasions during World War II.

Countries Visited


  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Paris! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.
  2. Day 2
    J’adore Paris PARIS Free time this morning followed by guided sightseeing that features the Arc de Triomphe, les Champs-Elysées and a visit to the Courtyard of Les Invalides. [LF] Dinner on the first floor of the Tour Eiffel. (B)

    LOCAL FAVOURITE The only thing better than seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris is dining inside of this beloved landmark. Dine with us in a restaurant on the first floor of Gustave Eiffel's creation and toast your time in Paris. C'est Magnifique!

    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    A Big Impression GIVERNY [LF] Visit the home and gardens of master impressionist painter Claude Monet.
    ROUEN Orientation walk. Free time for lunch.
    DEAUVILLE Free time to walk along the Promenade des Planches. (B)
    149 mi / 240 km

    CULTURAL GEM Wander through the gardens which inspired Monet to create some of his most celebrated Impressionist paintings at his home in Giverny. This special retreat evokes the serenity and artistry of the natural world captured in the master’s works.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Heroes & Hope for Peace NORMANDY BEACHES Visit Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery with the Monument to the Brave. See the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches. (B,D)
    155 mi / 250 km

    ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Walk in the footsteps of heroes on the beaches of Normandy, where Allied Forces stormed the beach with courage and heroism in World War II. Visit the final resting place of American soldiers who gave their lives for liberty.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Castle in The Sand MONT ST. MICHEL Guided visit at the abbey. (B,D)
    155 mi / 180 km

    ART & ARCHITECTURE A real-life castle in the sand, magical Mont St. Michel Abbey sits on top of a tidal island on the coast of Normandy. Learn how this strategic position has protected it from being invaded but also has made it the ideal location for a place of confinement. Napoleon closed the abbey and converted it into a prison for his opponents.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    French Treasures & Views ANGERS See the medieval castle and take a scenic drive en route to the Loire Valley. (B)
    217 mi / 350 km

    ART & ARCHITECTURE Historic tapestries, half- timbered houses and, of course, the Castle. Take all of this and much more in while you wander the charming cobble streets or walk along the banks of the Maine river. Make sure you don’t forget to bring your cameras with you!

    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    French Country Homes LOIRE VALLEY Visit Chambord and Chenonceau Castles followed by [LF] a wine tasting. (B,D)
    112 mi / 180 km

    LOCAL TASTES Sip the very best in French wine in the picturesque French countryside along the Loire River Valley, where many stately castles dot the landscape. Hear about the history of the region that with more than 55.000 hectares of vineyards is France’s longest vineyard with an annual turnover of 320 million bottles of wine.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    City Lights & River Nights PARIS Explore Paris with free time this afternoon. This evening, enjoy [LF] a farewell dinner cruise on the Seine with incredible sights of the city. (B,D)
    155 mi / 250 km

    LOCAL TASTES What better way to celebrate your visit to France than with a dinner cruise along the Seine. Gaze at the City of Light from your ship, while indulging in French fare and wine. Bon Appetit!

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners

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Paris: AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot
This modern property places guests in the epicenter of the style and energy of the 17th arrondissement, just steps away from the Porte Maillot metro offering easy access to the city's famous attractions. Spacious air-conditioned guestrooms feature pillow top beds with premium duvets, LED TVs, and bathrooms with walk-in showers or baths. The main restaurant serves bistro-style dishes and the vibrant bar offers a happy hour and snacks. There is a fitness center and free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
6 rue Gustave Charpentier
Paris , France
Deauville: Royal Barriere
This luxurious 217-room hotel nicknamed "Prince of Deauville" has reigned majestically over the Côte Fleurie for one hundred years with its crystal chandeliers and majestic windows it presents a world of seaside magic. Traditional cuisine based on refined local produce is served in the brasserie and the champagne bar perfectly combines the appearance of an English club with the splendor of French Empire in its styling. For recreation there is a fitness center, a heated outdoor seasonal swimming pool, a spa, and free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
Boulevard Comuche, BP 74400
Deauville , France
Mont St. Michel: Mercure Mont St.Michel
100 modern, spacious rooms with air conditioning, wooded park, car park, bar and meeting rooms. Its restaurant, Le Pré Salé, is highly regarded and serves both local and regional specialties.
Route Du Mont St.Michel
Mont Saint Michel , France
Loire Valley: Océania L'Univers
This charming, historic 91-room hotel enjoys a central location and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness room, Jacuzzi and hammam, a bright cozy restaurant serving regional cuisine, and a cocktail/whiskey bar.
5 Blvd Heurteloup
Tours , France

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The dinner cruise in Paris was great.

Your agent was most helpful in setting up this tour. She worked to get me the best airfare at a reasonable price. She always returned my calls in a timely manner.

The efficiency of the tour was perfect. Our tour guide, Philippe, and bus driver, got us to very popular tourist destinations right on time, arriving as soon as sites opened so that we exited the bus and walked right into the historic sites immediately. The Paris and Loire Valley tour included a lot of great sites, but we didn't feel rushed getting from one to another. We had lovely meals in unusual locations such as in a cave, at a picturesque fishing village, and a wine tasting of excellent quality wines at less expensive costs per bottle than in the U.S.

Would have liked to have introductions of fellow travelers at the welcome dinner, as was the case in previous Globus tours. Globus seems to have changed this strategy. This was true for both legs of our back to back Globus tours.

The accommodations were great. The made adjustments to the schedule to make that we saw everything on the itinerary.

This trip was everything I dreamed of. I would definitely book with this company again. No complaints at all from this traveler.

Our tour guide Ricardo was the best we have ever had. Matteo was an excellent driver, always knowledgeable about traffic, safe, and helpful. The rooms were comfortable and clean. We were able to maximum our time and see as much as we could in a week. Very satisfied with our experience.

Working with Alex was great. She handled everything and there were no problems encountered any where during our trip. Would definitely recommend her and, in fact, we did while on the trip. One of the other people on the tour asked who we used and we told them Affordable Tours and that we loved the service and the ease of booking the trip.

Trip details were accurate. The bus had sufficient legroom. The guide was excellent. Hotels not city centered but ok. Breakfast was ok dinner better. The opitional dinner at chateau is a most. Louvre tour is short but good...however doing it at end of tour not best time. If you extend your time in Paris there are lots of museum tours.

We had a wonderful trip. Our first time abroad and couldn't have been better. Pick up at the airport very prompt. We also booked travel at the end back to the airport. Everything was on time and courteous .The first hotel, The Pullman, had technical difficulties on our floor and we had no TV. Their solution was to move us to another room, however this was at 8pm at night. We had informed them three times during that day and there was no feedback.

The tour director we had lacked some enthusiasm and his demeanor was standoffish. I don't believe the guide had visited many of the sites before and seemed lost often. The itinerary was executed in a way that lunch was often not before 1:30 and several times at 2pm. The cider tasting was really bad as an activity rated as a LF. The host poured the cider and then left us to it. No explanation on how, why, etc... The town it was in was really a cute village. We on the tour found it, the guide didn't say it was out the back door of the cider area.

With the exception of some confusion at the end of the tour related to how members of our group who would NOT be touring the Louvre would spend a few hours of unexpected free time, the tour met - and occasionally exceeded - our expectations. More detailed information as to the expected start and end time of optional excursions would be helpful for planning purposes.

The tour director was good- but British. She spoke French and Italian but I personally would have preferred a French guide for a totally French tour (Paris to Paris 7 days). Historically and culturally that would have offered much more to the entire experience for me.

Overall a great tour aided by great weather and a great tour director. Most meals were good and accommodations were quite acceptable.

2 night stay at Chateau Breuil --half of people on tour could not stay in main bldg -this is not good because every one paid the same price and nothing was said in advance that there is not room in main chateau for all no wi-fi on bus! Tour director not always on the ball, example -could have been more helpfull about some details, did not do bus safety dvd till 3rd day!

Generally, I feel this tour spent too little time on the Normandy experience. We arrived at the Normandy museum in Caen at 3:00 and departed at 5:00. It would take at least that amount of time for the exhibit without seeing the films.. At the cemetary we were left to wander on our own and were not informd about the museum. I have been informed that some of the landing sites have had some reconstruction of the German bunkers and that would have been nice to see rather than a stretch of beach with houses built on the battle site.

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