Paris, Normandy and More:
A 10 Day Tour
In 10 lively days you'll experience the very best of Paris along with its most stunning surroundings: the Loire Valley's exquisite châteaux; Brittany's half-timbered villages and walled cities on the ocean front; Normandy's magical Mont St. Michel island, stirring D-Day beaches & American Cemetery; and Claude Monet's dreamy gardens and lily ponds in Giverny. An emotion packed adventure that is sure to move you.
Your Tour Includes:
All Hotel Accommodations
Breakfast every morning
All day trips
Services of a tour director 24/7
Services of local historians/guides
Note that lunches, dinners and tips are not included. Nor are Museum entrance fees or subway tickets.
Your Adventure Awaits:
Day 1: Departure day
Fly out of the USA for Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Day 2: Welcome to Paris
We’ll get together around 4:00p.m. at our hotel. Lace up your walking shoes, as we explore our neighborhood, and start on our Heart of Paris walk, with Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, l’Hotel de ville, the Pompidou Center and more.
Day 3: Louvre-Arc de Triomphe axis
We’ll spend the morning at the Louvre, walk through the Tuileries gardens, through Place de la Concorde (site of the beheading during the French revolution), all the way up to the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees. Free time on the Champs to shop, people watch at a café, savor a pastry…the choice is yours
Day 4: Orsay, Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre
We’ll start the day with the Orsay museum visit, the Invalides and church of the Dome where Napoleon is buried inside 6 coffins. Afternoon in Montmartre at Painters’ Square and Sacre-Coeur.
Day 5: The Loire Valley with Chambord
Today we’ll leave Paris for the Loire Valley, we’ll explore the castle of Chambord with its 365 fireplaces, 444 rooms: a renaissance marvel designed by Leonardo de Vinci for Francis 1st, 500 years ago. We will leave this manly castle and head on to Chenonceau, a delightful castle built by women. Dare to compare! =)
Day 6: Brittany and St.-Malo
We’ll leave the Loire Valley today and head for the Atlantic Coast to St-Malo. This walled city was the home of the explorer Jacques Cartier who founded Quebec, and the romantic French poet Francois de Chateaubriand. St-Malo is a “one of a kind” city on waterfront. You will love its cuteness, quaintness and history.
Day 7: Mont St. Michel
We will leave Brittany early in the morning and head out to Normandy for a day rich in history. We’ll make a stop at Mont St. Michel and explore the island. We’ll head out to the Normandy countryside for an overnight stay.
Day 8: Normandy Day
We will spend the day with Christophe, our local historian. We will start at Pointe du Hoc, where rangers scaled the cliffs on June 6, 1944. Then we’ll continue on to Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery for our extended history lessons. This is a day to remember.
Day 9: Monet's gardens at Giverny
We’ll leave the historic beaches area after breakfast and head for Monet’s home, gardens and village. We’ll walk in his footsteps, and see his surroundings through his eyes. Return to Paris late afternoon. Eiffel Tower visit, Evening Seine river cruise.
Day 10: Tour over after breakfast
P.S. Good walking shoes required.
P.P.S. This itinerary cannot be done by train, and must be done by bus.
Next Departure: June 9-18, 2020
*Land package per person based on double occupancy, airfare is additional and available.