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9 Day Affordable France

Duration

9 Days

Max People

6

Age Range

1-90

Operated in:

English

Escorted Package Includes

 

  • Round trip Flights New York-Paris, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Paris
    • 1 night Normandy
    • 1 night St. Malo
    • 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 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

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation
  • guides
  • Sightseeing
  • Additional Services
  • Flights
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine

Tour Plan

DAY 1- Depart for France

Depart for France

DAY 2- Arrive in Paris

Arrive in Paris, the "City of Light," 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 with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 5 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 3 PM
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3- 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 or join the optional tour to the magnificent Palace of Versailles*. 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*
*The Palace of Versailles tour ends before the Montmartre & Illuminations begins. Both tours can be done on the same day.
Optional: Palace of Versailles
Optional: Evening in Montmartre
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4- Normandy Beaches

Depart Paris this morning for 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- Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St. Michel

This morning, continue on to the 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. 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 a UNESCO 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. Tour this amazing structure with its many levels, culminated by a walk, if you wish, to the hilltop to visit the abbey. Later, travel to St. Malo and check into your hotel with time to settle in, before dinner tonight
*The visit to Omaha Beach's landing site is subject to local conditions.
**Bayeux Tapestry Museum will be closed in Sept 2025, exact dates will be advised on a later date.
Overnight: St. Malo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6- Loire Valley, Chateau d'Angers, Wine Tasting

Drive south today to the lively riverside city of Angers, gateway to the Loire Valley and home of the Plantagenet royalty. This medieval center is dominated by the massive 13th century open-air Chateau d'Angers. 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 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- 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 a guided tour of the castle, built in the Gothic and Renaissance styles. Return to Tours for an evening at leisure or, join the optional candlelit dinner in an authentic Troglodyte Cave* restaurant. Savor regional specialties and wine
*For November dates the optional may not be available due to local events.
Optional: Troglodyte Cave Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8- Chartres to Paris

Depart Tours and travel north towards Chartres, a medieval city in the center of France. En route, view 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. Continue to Chartres, home to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest architectural examples of High Gothic style 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. After, head to Paris for the rest of the day on your own. This evening, bid au revoir to France and to your Tour Manager, during dinner
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Depart France

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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