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$2509* $1999
  $2079* $1569
$2339* $2009
  $1909* $1579
$2499* $2009
  $2069* $1579
2020 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2389* $1959
  $1959* $1529
$2289* $1959
  $1859* $1529
$2309* $1959
  $1879* $1529
$2339* $2009
  $1909* $1579
$2459* $2009
  $2029* $1579
$2339* $2009
  $1909* $1579

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is an Off Season program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights" 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 at 5:00 PM when you join Tour Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at Paris no later than 3:00 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Tuesday - 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 (PM)*
Optional: Montmartre & Illuminations (PM)*
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Normandy Beaches
Depart Paris this morning to 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. Then, on to the unforgettable American Cemetery on Omaha Beach*, final resting place of thousands of U.S. Troops. Offer your respects and salute their bravery. Afterwards, travel to the nearby town of Bayeux for dinner at the hotel and overnight
*The visit to Omaha Beach's landing site is subject to local conditions.
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St. Michel
In delightful Bayeux, begin 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. Its survival (almost intact over nine centuries) is miraculous, along with its exquisite colors and workmanship. 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 designated by UNESCO as a 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. Prior to the causeway, Mont St. Michel was on an isolated island that pilgrims approached on foot, mindful of tides that could seep in at any time. Tour this amazing structure with its many levels, culminated by a walk, if you wish, to the hilltop Abbey. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Mont St. Michel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Loire Valley, Chateau of the Plantagenets, Wine Tasting
Drive south today to the lively river side city of Angers, gateway to the Loire Valley and home of the Plantagenet royalty. This medieval centre is dominated by the massive 13th century open-air Chateau of the Plantagenets. 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 gorgeous rolling hills and miles of vineyards. Stop for a wine tasting at a winery before reaching your hotel in Tours. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - 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. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle, including the castle's chapel of Saint-Hubert, where the great Italian Renaissance master was laid to rest. Continue to view 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 to admire the setting, return via Blois to Tours for an evening at leisure or, join the optional candlelit dinner in an authentic Troglodyte Cave enjoying regional specialties and wine
Optional: Troglodyte Cave Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Chartres to Paris
Drive north to Chartres, a medieval city in the center of France, home to the greatest cathedral in the country. The well preserved Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres is one of the finest architectural examples of High Gothic style in France, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. After the drive through Chartres, on to Paris for the rest of the day on your own. This evening, bid au revoir to France and to your Tour Manager, during the Farewell Reception
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights" 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 at 5:00 PM when you join Tour Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at Paris no later than 3:00 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Sunday - 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 (PM)
Optional: Montmartre & Illuminations (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Normandy Beaches
Depart Paris this morning to 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. Then, on to the unforgettable American Cemetery on Omaha Beach*, final resting place of thousands of U.S. Troops. Offer your respects and salute their bravery. Afterwards, travel to the nearby town of Bayeux for dinner at the hotel and overnight
*The visit to Omaha Beach's landing site is subject to local conditions.
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St. Michel
In delightful Bayeux, begin 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. Its survival (almost intact over nine centuries) is miraculous, along with its exquisite colors and workmanship. 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 designated by UNESCO as a 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. Prior to the causeway, Mont St. Michel was on an isolated island that pilgrims approached on foot, mindful of tides that could seep in at any time. Tour this amazing structure with its many levels, culminated by a walk, if you wish, to the hilltop Abbey. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Mont St. Michel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Loire Valley, Chateau of the Plantagenets, Wine Tasting
Drive south today to the lively river side city of Angers, gateway to the Loire Valley and home of the Plantagenet royalty. This medieval centre is dominated by the massive 13th century open-air Chateau of the Plantagenets. 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 gorgeous rolling hills and miles of vineyards. Stop for a wine tasting at a winery before reaching your hotel in Tours. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - 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. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle, including the castle's chapel of Saint-Hubert, where the great Italian Renaissance master was laid to rest. Continue to view 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 to admire the setting, return via Blois to Tours for an evening at leisure or, join the optional candlelit dinner in an authentic Troglodyte Cave enjoying regional specialties and wine
Optional: Troglodyte Cave Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Chartres to Paris
Drive north to Chartres, a medieval city in the center of France, home to the greatest cathedral in the country. The well preserved Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres is one of the finest architectural examples of High Gothic style in France, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. After the drive through Chartres, on to Paris for the rest of the day on your own. This evening, bid au revoir to France and to your Tour Manager, during the Farewell Reception
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

This evening, ride up the hill on the funicular and enjoy an exhilarating view from the top of Montmartre (weather permitting), the hill crowned by the white Basilica of Sacre Coeur on the north side of Paris. Admire the whole city at your feet before strolling this delightful artist colony with its village-like atmosphere, cobbled streets, cafes and street artists. Dinner on your own before heading to Pigalle district, with its renowned and colorful nightlife. Conclude with a drive around the floodlit monuments of Paris, the City of Light on an illumination tour, seeing the Louvre, Concorde Square, with a drive along the Seine River and its gracious bridges to the Eiffel Tower.

*Please note that in the Summer part of the tour may be operated in the daylight

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 16 Apr 2018 - 08 Apr 2020 $46.00
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Relive the glorious period of Louis XIV, XV and XVI as you pace one of the largest and most influential formal gardens in the world. Today's tour takes you to Versailles Palace to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture. Visit the Palace and extravagant State Apartments, including a guided visit to the Reception Halls, the Royal Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. You will also have time to walk the palace grounds and formal gardens, designed by Andre le Notre, at your leisure. Enjoy VIP access and skip the lines on this unforgettable tour.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #3 16 Apr 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $92.00
26 Dec 2019 - 07 Apr 2020 $92.00
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This evening we drive to one of the small villages along the Loire to enjoy a candlelight dinner of regional specialties, with wine included. We will dine in a troglodyte cave, hewn out of the local limestone and experience this cozy venue that has been in the same family for 42 years. Several of these caves are still used for storing wine, growing mushrooms and even as permanent homes.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2019 - 08 Apr 2020 $77.00
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This evening, ride up the hill on the funicular and enjoy an exhilarating view from the top of Montmartre (weather permitting), the hill crowned by the white Basilica of Sacre Coeur on the north side of Paris. Admire the whole city at your feet before strolling this delightful artist colony with its village-like atmosphere, cobbled streets, cafes and street artists. Dinner on your own before heading to Pigalle district, with its renowned and colorful nightlife. Conclude with a drive around the floodlit monuments of Paris, the City of Light on an illumination tour, seeing the Louvre, Concorde Square, with a drive along the Seine River and its gracious bridges to the Eiffel Tower.

*Please note that in the Summer part of the tour may be operated in the daylight

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 16 Apr 2018 - 08 Apr 2020 $46.00
Montmartre & Illuminations Thumbnail

Relive the glorious period of Louis XIV, XV and XVI as you pace one of the largest and most influential formal gardens in the world. Today's tour takes you to Versailles Palace to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture. Visit the Palace and extravagant State Apartments, including a guided visit to the Reception Halls, the Royal Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. You will also have time to walk the palace grounds and formal gardens, designed by Andre le Notre, at your leisure. Enjoy VIP access and skip the lines on this unforgettable tour.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #3 16 Apr 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $92.00
26 Dec 2019 - 07 Apr 2020 $92.00
Palace of Versailles Thumbnail

This evening we drive to one of the small villages along the Loire to enjoy a candlelight dinner of regional specialties, with wine included. We will dine in a troglodyte cave, hewn out of the local limestone and experience this cozy venue that has been in the same family for 42 years. Several of these caves are still used for storing wine, growing mushrooms and even as permanent homes.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2019 - 08 Apr 2020 $77.00
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