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Jewels of France including Normandy

Operated by: CostSaver

8 Days from $1,150 per person

Countries Visited

France ...more France

Locations Visited

Paris, Deauville, Rennes, Mont St Michel, Loire Valley, Chambord ...more Paris, Deauville, Rennes, Mont St Michel, Loire Valley, Chambord
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paris (1 Night)

    Ah Paris! Audrey Hepburn described it best when she said 'Paris is always a good idea'. We're sure you'll agree. After checking in, meet your Travel Director for a glimpse into what lies ahead then hit the streets and explore the city your way, perhaps seeking out delicious French flavours at a local café. This evening you may wish to discover why Paris is so deserving of its title, the 'City of Lights'. Join your fellow travellers for an optional evening tour through Montmartre's maze of streets which once nurtured the talents of great artists and writers.

    hotel Ibis Alésia Montparnasse 14ème
  2. Day 2 Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Deauville (1 Night)

    Retrace the steps of one of France's beloved daughters, St. Joan of Arc, when you visit medieval Rouen today. Here you'll view the city's impressive cathedral whose towers, statues and pinnacles were favourite subjects in the paintings of French Impressionist, Claude Monet. There's time to stretch your legs along Honfleur's colourful 17th-century dock before heading to Deauville. With its racecourse and high-profile international film festival, this handsome resort town has long been a playground for well-heeled Parisians.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Styles Centre
  3. Day 3 Deauville – D-Day Landing Beaches – Mont St. Michel – Rennes (1 Night)

    Begin your day with a moving visit to the D-Day Landing beaches and American cemetery at Omaha. Today the views may be serene, but you can't help thinking back to that summer day in 1944 when thousands of Allied soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice to reclaim Europe. After this incredibly humbling experience, you'll continue through the Loire Valley stopping at the UNESCO-listed Mont St. Michel, which rises almost magically up from the sea at high tide. The spire of the Abbey seems to touch the heavens, inhabited by a golden statue of the Archangel which legend has it ordered the construction of the chapel in this unusual island location in the first place. Arriving in Rennes later, you'll be free to explore the city as you wish.

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

    This is châteaux country, where elegant estates and manicured gardens dot the Loire River as it slices through the heart of France. You'll see why this scenic area has attracted French aristocracy for many centuries. Not only is the city of Tours the former capital of France and a beautiful gateway to the Loire Valley, it's also heaven for foodies as you'll have an opportunity to discover on your free evening. Raise a glass to good food and good friends as you join an Optional Experience dinner in the Loire Valley.

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

    All that glitters really is gold which you'll come to discover as you explore the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley today. Your first stop is at Château d'Amboise whose art and architecture were both inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Join an optional guided tour delving into the life of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, including a visit to the Manor House and gardens where he spent his last years. The next jewel to admire is stylish Chenonceau, straddling the Cher River. Join your Local Specialist for a whimsical tour of this 16th-century château and its garden, a pleasure palace deserving of its nickname the "château of the ladies". Admire the priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture and its extraordinary collection of 16th-century tapestries before returning to your hotel in Tours where you'll enjoy dinner tonight.

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

    There's another château in store this morning as you begin your return journey to Paris. We've saved the biggest for last and you'll have an opportunity to view the grand Château de Chambord and its surrounding forest. Imagine royal hunting parties combing the woods for wild game as you wind your way north past orchards, vineyards, cathedrals and châteaux. You'll arrive in Paris just in time to enjoy a memorable Optional Experience featuring dinner and a dazzling cabaret show. You'll have two nights in the French capital to indulge in its legendary nightlife and make lasting memories with new friends.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Alésia Montparnasse 14ème
  7. Day 7 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    All the main icons feature on your morning sightseeing tour of Paris with your Travel Director. From the Eiffel Tower and grand Champs Élysées to the iconic Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought and died for France over the centuries, you won't miss a thing. There's plenty of time this afternoon to discover Paris for yourself. Take a stroll through the medieval Latin Quarter with a Local Specialist during an Optional Experience. There's even time to people-watch at a sidewalk bistro.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Depart Paris

    Your whirlwind adventure through France has come to an end. You've seen medieval cities, walked in the footsteps of saints, soldiers and noblemen, and immersed yourself in the art, culture, history and cuisine of northern France - just enough to whet your appetite for another visit. Say a fond au revoir to your Travel Director and newfound friends. If you are leaving today, transfers are available to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Jewels of France including Normandy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • 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 professional 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

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

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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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Saturday, August 3, 2019
Service
Inquirers should be given all pertinent info. Regarding trip, ex. Hotel will be outside of Paris, not in Paris...you will have to make arrangements yourself to travel to city .
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback. The Jewels of France is a Cost Saver trip which has less inclusions and more time to do independent sightseeing. The hotels in this product are all outside of the city center. We do apologize if this was not made clear at the time you booked with us.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Vacation
Normandy only place worth going to and even then, we were not taken to museums and all beaches...not fond of seeing chateaus...see one see them all
Robert Howarth
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
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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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
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
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
Saturday, July 7, 2018
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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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