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Jewels of France including Normandy

Operated by: CostSaver

8 Days from $1,295 per person
Loire Valley

Countries Visited

France

Locations Visited

Paris, Rouen, Deauville, Omaha Beach, Mont St Michel, Rennes, Loire Valley
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paris

    Welcome to Paris. After a welcome meeting with your Travel Director, there is time to relax and explore this beautiful city. Consider an evening tour to Montmartre, an area full of charm and character.

    hotel Courtyard By Marriott La Defense West - Colombes
  2. Day 2 Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Deauville

    This morning, arrive in the medieval town of Rouen, famous for its association with Joan of Arc. View the Cathedral before continuing to Honfleur. Stop here to explore the picturesque port town. Arrive later at your Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort town renowned for its racecourse, harbour and international film festival.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Styles Centre
  3. Day 3 Deauville – D-Day Landing Beaches – Mont St. Michel – Rennes

    Travel to the historic D-Day Landing beach and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Then continue your journey to visit Mont St. Michel and view the abbey. Later arrive in the capital of the Brittany region, Rennes, once the parliamentary, administrative and garrison city for the Kingdom of France after the French Revolution. Explore the historic town centre of Rennes or perhaps take a stroll in Parc du Thabor.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Centre Gare
  4. Day 4 Rennes – Tours (2 Nights)

    Continue your journey through scenic countryside to the Loire Valley. This area is famed for its natural beauty and abundance of vineyard, fruit orchards and asparagus fields lining the banks of the Loire River. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check in to your hotel in the largest city for a two-night stay.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Styles Sud
  5. Day 5 Loire Valley Sightseeing

    Explore the beauty and scenery of the Loire Valley during a sightseeing drive see the Château d'Amboise. Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built across the River Cher, home to priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Tours – Chambord – Paris (2 Nights)

    Your journey continues through verdant countryside. View the splendid Château de Chambord before returning to Paris. This evening, consider an Optional Experience to a Parisian cabaret.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Courtyard By Marriott La Defense West - Colombes
  7. Day 7 Paris Orientation and Free Time

    This morning, your sightseeing tour features views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Depart Paris

    Say 'au revoir' to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday in France. Transfers are available to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 Buffet breakfast
  • 2 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Honfleur Visit this picturesque port
  • Loire Valley See the Château d'Amboise. Visit the magnificent Château de Chenonceau with your Local Specialist. View the Château de Chambord
  • Mont St. Michel Visit the island town and view the abbey
  • Normandy Visit the D-Day Landing beach of Omaha
  • Paris Sightseeing includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower
  • Rouen View the cathedral

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world-famous Artist’s Square—once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavor of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: €37

Tours

Dinner In The Loire Valley

Santé. Toast our new-found friends as we enjoy a typical French meal in an atmospheric Old World setting. Drinks are included.
Adult Price: €66

The Renaissance Castle and Gardens of Villandry

A jewel of the Renaissance nestled on the banks of the Loire, your Local Specialist transports you back to the 16th century as you discover the chateau’s stunning interior. Next, we’ll enjoy VIP entry to the Loire Valley’s best-kept secret; the avant-garde magnificence of France’s most beautiful gardens as you stroll through the Gardens of Sun, Water, Music and Love.
Adult Price: €43

In The Footsteps Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Visit the Manor house and gardens where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years, preserved much as he left them on his death almost 500 years ago. Your guided tour culminates in a display of Leonardo's most extraordinary inventions—from submarines to helicopters.
Adult Price: €39

Paris

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge—the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
Adult Price: €162

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment—including the world-famous Can-Can.
Adult Price: €139

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: €38

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.
Adult Price: €33

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Robert Howarth
Travel date: Friday, March 29, 2019
Service
I actually thought the Bus driver, and comfort of our rides, as well as feeling safe at all time was GREAT! However , I am giving the 'poor " rating to draw attention to the fact that you advertise bathrooms in the bus , and yet we are not allowed to use them??!! This was our 2nd trip with GET, and both times , we were asked not to use toilets unless dire needs! Both trips , there were a number of elderly on board, as well as people with health issues. Upon destinations all rest rooms are 1/2hr at least wait lines- you loose your tour groups , and stress was not on our vacation's to do list ! Expecting someone to hold their bladder for hours , while on mediations which require frequent toileting is just not right. Especially when we get off buses, we have wait to find a toilet, worry we are loosing our group , and have no idea where we are is not part of " a Pleasant trip!" This was our first Cost saver trip, and only 2 hotels were pleasant. The worst was a stay in a hotel where there were no screens on the windows, no A/C! Thus in order to sleep at night , we had to leave windows open for air. Needless to say , not a good night's sleep , while also being afraid something may fly in the room!! Upon leaving , as I was checking out , I realized that there was absolutely no fire safety equipment in the room , ( sprinklers , etc !!) So if this a " COSTSAVER trip , it certainly can not be advertised as a LIFE SAVING trip.!! With above said, the BEST part of our trip was our awesome tour guide, and bus driver , who made our trip , the sights , the education , and feeling secure with them GREAT !!!! It certainly is not their fault , that with this Cost Saver trip , the meals were not very good at all, very sparse servings, at most locations. We made this trip specifically for my husband to see Normandy ,and the D Day beaches . The time frame allowed for this very important visit to so many of us in that group , was a great disappointment . When you go to somewhere with such a significant history, and an awesome museum ,who is sharing a wealth of information , slides ,narrations,etc , as well as a great span of beaches to walk ,a 45 minute time allowance is just wrong!!! Out of all 5 beaches , we were only able to be on Omaha beach ( not seeing the cliffs that were scaled by our heros, as the distance was to far with our time allowed. As I said this was our second GET trip , as with the first trip our tour guides were the BEST. We are planning another trip for this October, and we are afraid to use GET, thus we have also been searching other tour groups , and being sure to get the specific questions re above concerns discussed , prior to booking !! Respectfully, Bob and Deb Howarth
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see ALL previous info . Thank You
Renee
Travel date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Service
The tour was awesome and both the Tour guide Marie and bus driver were awesome! They were a lot of fun and it was clear they really enjoy the people. Marie was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of history. If we ever do a tour again we would use GW Tours again!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Sounds like you had an incredible experience on your Jewels of France tour. That makes us happy! We would love to help you plan and book your next guided vacation. Thank you so much for your feedback. All the best!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
The trip was awesome! We had such an amazing time during this tour guide Marie and our bus driver Gilbert were excellent! Marie was amazing with the history of every place we went! It was very evident that she loves her job as well as the people she was with. We would love to go on another tour where she was the tour guide.
Kandasamychetty Perumal
Travel date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Service
Our tour director Marie Dubois was superb- very knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful and made our whole experience wonderful!
Vacation
The optional tours brought the overall price significantly
Thomas Mullenix
Travel date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Service
Service was excellent however the Ibis hotel in Tours was substandard for US folks. No AC only air cooling which was not effective in a top floor room on a worm day. All rooms should have room controlled AC
Vacation
Ibis hotel in Tours had no AC which is substandard by US folks. Otherwise a great tour with interesting cities and sights. Need more time in Normandy and at US cemetery
Ghada Wright
Travel date: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Service
GET had the perfect European vacation in mind. The details and the experiences, are all so memorable for a lifetime. I got to practice my French there and I did quite well . I enjoyed Carol, Brian, and Francois, for their expertise and the way they gave us a great time. Everything went smoothly and very professional. My husband Fred said he missed the Bayeux Tapestry visit. But I know we covered too many 'wonderful' places to visit.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It doesn't get any better than that! Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share them with us.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Vacation
I thought the travel choices I made were superb regarding the itinerary. I would tell everybody about GET!
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