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9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy - Sunday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

France

Cities Visited

Caen , Paris , Tours

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, the City of Light; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour begins with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Tuesday - Paris City Tour
This morning, take a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along 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 perhaps 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 4, Wednesday - Giverny, Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy
This morning, depart for Normandy. 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. Begin your introduction to Normandy by stepping 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. Gather together for dinner tonight
Overnight: Caen
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Normandy Landing Beaches
Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasion began on D-Day, June 6, 1944. 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 early evening*The visit to Omaha Beach's landing site is subject to local conditions
Overnight: Caen
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley
Depart westwards 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 your hotel in the Loire Valley in the afternoon. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Loire Valley, Wine Tasting
Spend the day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. Travel to the 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. After, 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. Afterwards, continue for a wine tasting before returning to the hotel in Tours
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Chambord, Chartres, Paris
Depart Tours 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 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. Return to Paris and check into your hotel. Tonight, bid farewell to your Tour Manager during dinner in a French Bistro
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - 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 Caen
  • 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

  • Drive along Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and continuing to the iconic Eiffel Tower
  • Tour Claude Monet's home in Giverny
  • Commemorate the D-Day invasion with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery
  • View the immense Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England
  • Cross the causeway to the magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island
  • 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
  • †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.*Departures from July 1 -Sept 2 will be staying in Paris.There might be last minute changes to the itinerary, if needed, during the Olympic, and Paralympic games. Traffic through Paris will be restricted during the Olympic and Paralympic games in order to ensure the safety of the athletes, spectators, and workers. Public transportation such as the metro, the RER, and tram lines may still be operating, however disruptions and closures are to be expected.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms at the Pullman Montparnasse and Mercure Caen Porte de Plaisance will be accommodated in a single room & twin room.
    For Jul 12 departure, no twin rooms will available at the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel.

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    Accommodations

    Pullman Paris Montparnasse
    This first class hotel is located near Gare Montparnasse in the 14th Arrondissement.

    Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated facing the marina in the heart of the city.

    Hilton Garden Inn Tours Centre
    This first class hotel is ideally located in the city center of Tours, next to the Loire River.

    Hilton Garden Inn Tours Centre
    This first class hotel is ideally located in the city center of Tours, next to the Loire River.

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

    Pullman Paris Montparnasse
    This first class hotel is located near Gare Montparnasse in the 14th Arrondissement.

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