Bask in the rich culture and romance of fascinating France on a tour that explores captivating Paris, historic Normandy and picturesque Provence.
Bask in the rich culture and romance of fascinating France on a tour that explores captivating Paris, picturesque Provence, historic Normandy and breathtaking Le Mont St. Michel. Delight in a 2-night stay in a stunning, renovated French abbey in the UNESCO World Heritage Loire Valley. Relish a tour of two of the Loire Valley’s most famous castles – Château du Chenonceau and Château du Clos Luce. Sip wine during a tour of a well-known winery in the medieval town of Chinon. Come to know the enchanting medieval walled city of Avignon during a walking tour and visit to the 14th-century papal palace. Discover and typical French market and learn about the lavender of Provence. Exciting experiences like a high-speed train ride through the French countryside and a spectacular evening river cruise on the Seine bring to life the joie de vivre of this fabulous country.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- Travel aboard the high-speed TGV from Paris to Avignon
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 15 meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights include:
- Arc de Triomphe
- Notre Dame
- Omaha Beach Cemetery
- Chateau de Chenonceau
- Mont St. Michel
Day 1 -Depart USA for Paris
Embark on your trans-Atlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to Paris, France. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2 - Paris, France - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in beautiful Paris. Celebrate the beginning of a fabulous trip with a sunset river cruise past famous glittering landmarks along the River Seine, which divides the north from the south of Paris into what is known as the right bank and the left bank. Then, we’ll head to one of Paris’ brasseries for a delightful French dinner. Enjoy sumptuous food and wine set amongst an Art Nouveau background reminiscent of the Jazz and Hemingway-era of Paris. (D)
Day 3 - Paris
Come to know the dramatic highlights of Paris your way — by coach or by Metro! You may choose to take a splendid panoramic tour that includes a stop for a short walking tour inside the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral. Or, for a truly local experience, perhaps you will choose to join a guide who will take you to some of Paris’ most iconic sights by Metro. Either way you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome. Write your own story during a free afternoon. Perhaps you will choose to partake in an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre. (B)
Day 4 - Paris - Caen - Huppain Port-en-Bessin
Set off for the Normandy coast. During WWII, the largest invasion in history took place here. Enjoy an insightful visit to the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, see the remains of the artificial Mulberry port built near Arromanche-les-Bains – where the allies resupplied their lines during the liberation of France – before making your way to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at a local bistro in the charming village of Port-en-Bessin. (B, D)
Day 5 - Huppain Port-en-Bessin - D-Day Landing Sites
This morning visit the Omaha Beach Cemetery with time to stop by the new interpretive center and see the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy. Then, walk through Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-Day to seize the fortified enemy position. Next, make your way to Sainte Mère Eglise, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit other landing beaches, such as Utah and Juno. (B)
Day 6 - Huppain Port-en-Bessin - Dinan - Saint-Malo
Travel back in history when you stand before the impressive UNESCO Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Next, journey to Dinan, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in France. You choose your tour! Join a local guide for a walking tour along cobbled streets and discover the city’s fortified walls. Or, you may choose to meet a local guide at the quaint port of Dinan, the entry point for resupplying the Duke of Dinan during the Hundred Years’ War, and walk up the famous Rue de Jerzuel hill to the town center. Either way, you’ll fall in love with the streets lined with half-timbered houses and the ramparts that overlook this picture-perfect port village. Then it’s off to Saint-Malo, Brittany’s famous coastal village. Here you’ll be immersed in the beautiful beaches, striking blue water, and views of the fortified Old Town where you’ll enjoy a wonderfully prepared local dinner. (B, D)
Day 7 - Saint-Malo - Le Mont St. Michel - Saint-Malo
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Mont St. Michel, the “Wonder of the West.” Resting on the border between Normandy and Brittany, this world-famous pilgrimage site sits on the edge of the sea and becomes an island at high tide. Take in the breathtaking views as you stroll through the old city at the base of the village before exploring one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, dating back to the 11th century. Return to Saint-Malo and enjoy time to relax or explore independently.
Day 8 - Saint-Malo - Chinon - Fontevraud
Journey south to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with châteaux and parks, once the setting for the French court. Arrive in the medieval village of Chinon set on the banks of the Vienne River. Visit the renowned Royal Fortress of Chinon where Joan of Arc first met young Charles VII and shared her vision that he would defeat the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Next, visit a local winery to discover some of Europe’s best Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc wines. This afternoon, check into your hotel within the magnificently renovated abbey of Fontevraud. Delve into the history of this site which was home to one of the largest orders in Europe during medieval times and serves as the final resting place of King Richard the Lionheart. Tonight’s dinner is set amongst flying buttresses, chiseled arches and ancient stone. (B, D)
Day 9 - Fontevraud - Amboise - Fontevraud
Embark on a tour of spectacular Château de Chenonceau, perched along the banks of the Cher River and a jewel of Renaissance architecture with stunning, traditional French gardens. Proceed to the picturesque center of Amboise. Enjoy free time for exploring and getting to know the local culture. Continue on for a tour of Château du Clos Luce – where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last three years – which showcases a display of his early inventions. (B)
Day 10 - Fontevraud - Paris - TGV Train - Avignon
Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train and “fly” through the French countryside on your way to Avignon, Provence. Upon arrival, come to know Avignon during an evening walking tour with a local resident. On your delightful tour of this walled city, discover its legacy of being the center of European religion for 70 years when the Papacy moved there in 1309. Then, explore some of the 25 rooms of the 14th-century papal palace, Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic palace in the world. Filled with priceless frescoes and home to nine Popes, the palace will amaze you. (B)
Day 11 - Avignon - L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Gordes - Avignon
Start your day with a visit to a colorful open-air market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Meet local artisans and discover traditional crafts, hand-made ceramics, and local foods like sausages, breads, cheeses and a vibrant bounty of freshly grown produce. Later, make your way through Luberon National Park before arriving in the picturesque hilltop village of Gordes. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you gaze upon its 16th-century château and scenic cobblestone streets. Continue on to the Lavender Museum to learn about this beloved flower, its unique distillation process and uses throughout history. Return to Avignon for a free afternoon before your farewell dinner at a local restaurant, complete with a cocktail reception and crème brulee demonstration. (B, D)
Day 12 - Avignon
Your tour comes to an end today. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, Mercure Ohama Beach, Hotel Oceania, Fontrevraud L'hotel, and Mercure Pont D Avignon
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