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Jewels of France including Normandy

8 Days from $1,175 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

Centuries of French heritage can be traced on this journey through the valleys and vineyards of the north to the Loire Valley and majestic Paris. Visit Joan of Arc's Rouen, the fairytale Château de Chenonceau and D-Day landing beach at Omaha.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Centuries of French heritage can be traced on this journey through the valleys and vineyards of the north to the Loire Valley and majestic Paris. Visit Joan of Arc's Rouen, the fairytale Château de Chenonceau and D-Day landing beach at Omaha.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to Paris. On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. 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. 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, harbor and international film festival.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Ibis Styles Centre
  3. 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 center of Rennes or perhaps take a stroll in Parc du Thabor.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Mercure Centre Gare
  4. 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. 

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Ibis Styles Sud
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Ibis Styles Sud
  6. 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. 

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Courtyard By Marriott La Defense West - Colombes
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Courtyard By Marriott La Defense West - Colombes
  8. Say ‘au revoir' to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable vacation in France. Return transfers will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8 am and 11:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $350 per person

Triple Room Discount: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $78 per person

Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8 am and 11:30 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

9 meals: 7 Buffet breakfast, 2 Three-course dinners.

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Paris Sightseeing includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower
  • Rouen View the cathedral
  • Honfleur Visit this picturesque port
  • Normandy Visit the D-Day Landing beach of Omaha
  • Mont St. Michel Visit the island town and view the abbey
  • 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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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Friday, March 29, 2019
Robert Howarth
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Vacation:
Service rating : 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
Vacation : see ALL previous info . Thank You
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Renee
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Service rating : 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.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Kandasamychetty Perumal
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Service rating : 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
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Thomas Mullenix
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Service rating : 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
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Ghada Wright
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Service rating : 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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  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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

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