Paris, Normandy & the Loire

Experience the highlights of northern France, including Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley. Starting in Paris, the “City of Light.” Enjoy a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and a guided orientation of the city’s main highlights: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and many more. Visit Giverny and its famous gardens, source of inspiration for some of Monet’s most famous paintings, see Rouen with its impressive cathedral, admire Normandy’s striking coastline with memories of D-Day, and relive William the Conqueror’s feats as embroidered in the Bayeux tapestry. The wonder of Mont St. Michel is next, then St. Malo, Rennes, and the Loire Valley. On the way back to Paris, visit gothic Chartres Cathedral. Spend a final night in Paris to celebrate your holiday “joie de vivre!”

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

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

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Arcueil, 2 nights

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.

Day 3: Paris – Giverny – Rouen – Honfleur – Deauville

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.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.

Hotel: Ibis Centre

Day 4: Deauville – Normandy Landing Beaches – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

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.

Hotel: Hotel Vert

Day 5: Mont St. Michel – St. Malo – Rennes – Châteaux Country

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, colourful, timber-framed houses, then reach the enchanting Chateaux Country.

Hotel: Novotel at Amboise, 2 nights

Day 6: Châteaux Country

Spend a whole day at leisure or to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion to Chateau 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.

Day 7: Châteaux Country – Blois – Chartres – Paris

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.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’Italie or Ibis Styles Paris Porte d’Orléans

Day 8: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10, 24$2,019.00Price on Application
May: 08$2,059.00Price on Application
May: 22$2,149.00Price on Application
May: 29$2,059.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,059.00Price on Application
July: 10, 24$1,979.00Price on Application
August: 07, 21$1,979.00Price on Application
September: 04, 11, 18$2,059.00Price on Application
October: 02$2,059.00Price on Application
October: 16$1,979.00Price on Application
November: 13$1,789.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:First Class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Grand Tour of France

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this Grand Tour of France that starts and ends in Paris.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 01: Arrive In Paris, France

Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris’ avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Novotel 17

Day 02: Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Caen

Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen-one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its centre, rich in gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slatecovered facades. Continue to Caen.

Hotel: Ibis Ponte d’Angleterre

Day 03: Caen – Normandy Landing Beaches – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conqueror’s epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway.

Hotel: Hotel Vert

Day 04: Mont St. Michel – Angers – Chateaux Country

Time to enjoy a visit of Mont St. Michel before departing for Angers to visit its Cathedral. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel at Amboise, 2 nights

Day 05: Chateaux Country

Spend the day at leisure or participate in an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful chateaux make for splendid panoramas.

Day 06: Chateaux Country – La Rochelle – Bordeaux

This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast, followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region. Stop for Wine Tasting at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city centre of Bordeaux.

Hotel: Qualitu Centre

Day 07: Bordeaux – Dordogne – Rocamadour – Toulouse

Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.

Hotel: Ibis Pont Jumeaux

Day 08: Toulouse – Carcassonne – Pont Du Gard – Avignon

Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous Pont Du Gard before reaching Avignon.

Hotel: Ibis Centre Pot de l’Europe

Day 09: Avignon – Arles – Aix-En-Provence – French Riviera

Visit Arles, known all over the world for the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman Amphitheatre, then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition. See its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Hotel: Ibis Prmenade des Anglais at Nice, 2 nights

Day 10: French Riviera

Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte Carlo by night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.

Day 11: French Riviera – Grasse – Lyon Area

First to Grasse to visit a traditional Perfume Workshop. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.

Hotel: Parkest Hotel

Day 12: Lyon Area – Beaune – Paris

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. Visit the famous Hotel-Dieu. Return to the French capital of Paris.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’Italie, 2 nights

Day 13: Paris

Discover the glorious ville lumieres with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to complete your experience.

Day 14: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12$3,169.00$3,793.00
April: 26$3,319.00$3,833.00
May: 10, 24$3,319.00$3,903.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,319.00$3,903.00
July: 05$3,319.00$3,853.00
July: 12, 19$3,269.00$3,853.00
August: 09$3,269.00$3,853.00
August: 28, 30$3,319.00$3,853.00
September:06, 13, 20, 27$3,319.00$3,903.00
October:04$3,319.00$3,803.00
October:11$3,169.00$3,743.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:First Class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Treasures of France including Normandy

Voyage through vineyards and valleys, as you soak up France’s rich history and heritage. Visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, the D-Day landing beaches at Omaha and Juno and marvel at the masterpieces of France’s châteaux, before visiting vibrant Paris and soaking up its joie de vivre.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paris

Bienvenue! The ‘City of Lights’ welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through France. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to admire the glittering cityscape of Paris – past grand boulevards and iconic sites like the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

Day 2: Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux – Normandy Beaches

This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur – its narrow lanes and colourful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalised its beauty on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the Tapestry Museum. Here you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach, 2 nights

Day 3: Full day Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach and Juno Beach

We begin the day visiting the American Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha imagining the sense of terror and triumph felt the fateful day that Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings, before visiting the D-Day Museum to learn about the artificial harbour used by the Allies. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, where the Canadian forces came ashore in 1944.

Day 4: Normandy Beaches – Mont St. Michel

This morning, travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Here we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a tour of Mont St. Michel’s medieval Benedictine Abbey. Legend has it, the abbey was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint-Malo, once the home of famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier.

Hotel: La Relais Du Roy

Day 5: Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley

Journey through the scenic countryside, stopping to ‘Connect With Locals’ over a light ‘Be My Guest’ meal with wine at a 17th-century château set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Novotel Amboise, 2 nights

Day 6: Châteaux Excursion

We spend our day admiring the beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the Amboise Royal Château. It is here that King François I hosted Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a visit to Chenonceau, built on the Cher River. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, due to the many women who influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections, including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.

Day 7: Loire Valley – Chambord – Paris

Our first stop today is the royal Château de Chambord of King François I, regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable châteaux, with its exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and decorative moat. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the ‘City of Lights’ with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.

Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

Day 8: Depart Paris

For now it’s time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable trip.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$3,095.00$3,715.00
April: 04, 25$3,125.00$3,745.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,150.00$3,770.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,125.00$3,745.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,125.00$3,745.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,125.00$3,745.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,150.00$3,745.00
October: 03, 10$3,125.00$3,745.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Normandy, Brittany & Chateaux Country

This France tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus Brittany, the Loire Valley, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in a short amount of time. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks, charming châteaux, and fascinating history sum up this tour—with overnights in Paris, elegant Deauville, Caen, Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

Hotel: Le Méridien Etoile, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

In the morning, an optional excursion to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, is available. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Opera, Madeleine, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the impressive Courtyard of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally built as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. Later, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Day 3: Paris – Giverny – Rouen – Deauville

In Giverny, a highlight visit has been included to Claude Monet’s House And Gardens. The master of Impressionism created the flower- and water gardens himself, an inspiration for his famous water lily series. Continue to Rouen and admire the facade of the cathedral, which was one of Monet’s favourite subjects for his Series Paintings, where he captured how a subject was visually influenced by the ever-changing light. Twenty paintings of the cathedral existed, and many are today in Paris’ Orsay Museum. Time to stroll along the lovely cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Horloge leading to the square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Arrive in Deauville, the seaside resort famous for its international film festival that became home to the French high society. Don’t forget to walk the Promenade des Planches, boards in tropical wood, built in 1923 so that the elegant ladies could walk on the beach without spoiling their dresses.

Hotel: Royal Barrière

Day 4: Deauville – Normandy Beaches – Caen

Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop first at Pointe Du Hoc, then Omaha Beach to visit the Cemetery and see the Monument to the Braves. Continue onto Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches; at Juno Beach see Canada House, before taking pictures of the Pegasus Bridge. Proceed to Caen for your overnight stay.

Hotel: Mercure Centre

Day 5: Caen – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

In Bayeux, admire Queen Matilda’s Tapestry, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. Time to further explore the town centre before continuing to the Gulf of Saint-Malo. Look forward to a guided visit of the famous Abbey Of Mont St. Michel, with a history going back to the 8th century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Overnight on the coast near Mont St. Michel.

Hotel: Mercure Mont St. Michel

Day 6: Mont St. Michel – Châteaubriant – Angers – Loire Valley

Drive straight across Brittany to Angers, and take pictures of the impressive 13th-century castle. Then, continue your journey to the Loire Valley. Tonight, why not sample French cuisine at one of the area’s excellent restaurants?

Hotel: Océania L’Univers at Tours, 2 nights

Day 7: Loire Valley – Excursion to Châteaux Country

A wonderful day: visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, Chateau Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley, originally built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. Next is the 16th-century chateau of Catherine de Medici, lovely Chenonceau. End this fascinating day with a Wine Tasting at the Pere Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your hotel.

Day 8: Loire Valley – Chartres – Paris

Return to Paris, with the possibility to join optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Seine River, as a proper au revoir, Paris.

Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse

Day 9: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04$3,599.00Price on Application
April: 11$3,749.00Price on Application
April: 18, 25$3,719.00Price on Application
May: 02, 09$3,719.00Price on Application
May: 16, 23, 30$3,749.00Price on Application
June: 06$3,679.00Price on Application
June: 13$3,749.00Price on Application
June: 20$3,779.00Price on Application
June: 27$3,749.00Price on Application
July: 18$3,629.00Price on Application
August: 15$3,629.00Price on Application
September: 05, 12, 19$3,819.00Price on Application
September: 26$3,989.00Price on Application
October: 03$3,889.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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