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Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley

8 Day France Tour to Paris & the Loire Valley

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8 Days
1 Country

France

12 Cities

Paris, Rouen, Deauville, Omaha Beach, Arromanches-les-Bains, Gold Beach, Mont-Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo, Angers, Saumur, Loire-Ouchamps, Cheverny

9 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of France during this 8-day guided tour. Travel to Normandy and stand on the 100-foot-tall Pointe du Hoc, overlooking the beaches where soldiers fought in World War II — and walk with a Local Expert through the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent, near Omaha Beach, where Allied Forces landed on D-Day. Drive through the Loire Valley to the glorious fragrant gardens of Château de Villandry, stopping to smell the basil, rosemary and other herbs grown in its gardens. You’ll remember those scents at a celebration dinner featuring a farm-to-table feast and sparkling wine. See Paris’ top attractions, from the elegant avenue of the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Paris

After checking in, the capital’s grand boulevards and world-famous landmarks are yours to explore. Meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel before enjoying a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with cuisine inspired by fresh home-made recipes.

Skyline of Paris with Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Le Méridien Etoile View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Le Méridien Etoile

About the Hotel

Paris, France

The Le Méridien Etoile is centrally located in the 17th arrondissement and just a short drive from key sights such as the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées. Contemporary, yet comfortable furnishing bring about a homely sense throughout the hotel and guest rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Guests Enjoying a Welcome Dinner in Paris, France
Paris Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Paris for a delightful dinner, served with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
Seine Cruise and Illuminations

The City of Light really lives up to its name when the city's monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all of their glory. First, a specially...

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Optional Experiences

Day 2

Rouen, Honfleur and Deauville

Follow the River Seine to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral - a masterpiece of Gothic style and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. Wander through the narrow streets beneath the Great Clock to the Old Market Square. Here, a superb modern church commemorates the burning of Joan of Arc on this very spot in 1431. Continue to the charming fishing town of Honfleur and wander along the harbor or stroll through the colorful streets. Close by, meet a farming family who grow apples to produce local juice, cider and calvados of Normandy. Sample the local produce paired with Normandy cheese. Later, arrive at your luxurious hotel, located in the chic seaside resort of Deauville.

Gothic 12th century cathedral Rouen, Normandy, France
Hotel Barrière L'Hôtel du Golf View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Barrière L'Hôtel du Golf

About the Hotel

Deauville, France

Hotel Barrière L'Hôtel du Golf is located just 10 minutes from Deauville Beach, known as a weekend getaway for Parisians. With it's Tudor-style facade and tasteful, modern interiors, relax in comfort during your stay. Perhaps play a round of golf on one of the three 9-hoole courses, known as some of the most beautiful in France.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Great Clock of Rouen, France
Rouen Orientation

See the cathedral, the Great Clock, the Old Market square and Place du Vieux-Marché where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Village Orientation Honfleur, France
See the Town of Honfleur

See this charming fishing town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Deauville at Night

This evening, with our Local Expert, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the famous Deauville boardwalk, lined with the names of Hollywood stars. We'll pa...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Normandy Beaches and D-Day Landings

Follow the route of the Rangers and visit the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Then with a Local Expert, spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent, near Omaha Beach.
Explore Normandy with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the D-Day Museum in Arromanches and see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay. Alternatively, visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum and learn about the epic story of William, Duke of Normandy becoming the King of England. This evening you are treated to a delightful dinner, which promises creative cuisine, seasonal ingredients and delicious wines.

Sunny Gold beach, Deauville, France
Hotel Barrière L'Hôtel du Golf View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Barrière L'Hôtel du Golf

About the Hotel

Deauville, France

Hotel Barrière L'Hôtel du Golf is located just 10 minutes from Deauville Beach, known as a weekend getaway for Parisians. With it's Tudor-style facade and tasteful, modern interiors, relax in comfort during your stay. Perhaps play a round of golf on one of the three 9-hoole courses, known as some of the most beautiful in France.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Pointe du Hoc Rangers Memorial at Omaha Beach, France
Pointe du Hoc Rangers Memorial Visit

Follow the route of the Rangers, visit the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Omaha Beach, France
Visit the American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach

With a Local Expert, spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Bayeux Tapestry inside the Bayeux Museum, France.
Bayeux Tapestry Museum Visit

Visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum and learn about the epic story of William, Duke of Normandy becoming the King of England.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Mulberry harbour in Deauville, France
D-Day Museum Visit

Visit the D-Day Museum in Arromanches and see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo

Journey through bocage country and explore the hilltop abbey of Mont Saint-Michel with your Local Expert. Situated on an island, the abbey is reached by a bridge across the shining sands. Behind the outer ring of defences huddles the small town - It's one street containing shops, cafes and hotels. Continue along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo, situated on the Rance Estuary and one of the most charming places in France. A Local Expert will take you on an exploration of the City of the Corsairs. Walk through the maze of streets of Intra Muros, the walled city, home of Jacques Cartier and other celebrated voyagers. At your leisure, you can wander around the ramparts of the thick city walls, offering fantastic views over the old town and the bay. By night, the town’s medieval maze of winding streets is abuzz with quaint bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional experience to Cancale, known throughout France for its oyster beds, for a delicious meal of fresh seafood and other Breton specialties.

Ancient buildings of the old town on Mont Saint Michel, France
Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde

About the Hotel

Saint-Malo, France

Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde is a 4-star hotel, perfectly located in the heart of Saint-Malo, facing the sea and close to the charming old town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Beach Access

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sunset on Mont Saint Michel, France
Mont Saint-Michel City Tour

Savor your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel. Cross the causeway for a guided tour with your Local Expert through the maze o...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Mole beach at the walled city of Saint-Malo, France
Saint Malo City Tour

Your Local Expert guides you trough the intertwined streets of the walled city to arrive at the cathedral. Later enjoy the chance to walk along the...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Breton Evening

A short drive along the Emerald Coast road of Brittany takes us to the famous fishing village of Cancale, known throughout France for its oyster be...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Villandry Experience

Head south to follow the valley of the Loire, passing the moated Angers Castle. Cross the Loire to Saumur, where a local vintner will guide you through tastings of the region's delicious wines. Head to Château de Villandry, the jewel of the Loire, to visit the glorious sustainable gardens on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Ensure you don't miss the water, ornamental and kitchen gardens. This stunning sea of fragrant green herbs, silvery cabbages and purple basil is grown organically to re-generate the local ecosystem.
This evening, your Celebration Dinner starts with a glass of local sparkling wine and continues with excellent service and delicious Farm-to-Table dishes in the most wholesome setting, ensuring the memory of your meal will linger long after you've returned home.

Chateau de Villandry, Villandry, France
Relais Des Landes View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Relais Des Landes

About the Hotel

Loire-Ouchamps, France

Relais Des Landes is a timeless venue, a XVIIth-century mansion in the heart of the Loire Valley castles and gardens. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings, featuring a 20-hectare natural park.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Historic
Make Travel Matter The beautiful gardens of Villandry castle in Loire Valley, France
Discover the Elegant Estates of the Loire Valley

Discover the sustainable gardens of Château de Villandry. In the scenic Loire Valley, explore France’s finest formal gardens. Now a hub for sustain...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights The Château d'Angers northwestern battlements, Angers, France
Angers Orientation

See the imposing château.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Wine tasting in Saumur in the Loire Valley.
Saumur Wine Tasting

Fun and informative, discuss the grape varieties while sampling wines of the Loire Valley.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Dinner in the Loire Valley, France
Dinner in Loire

Good company, good wine and delicious local specialties are the hallmarks of a great evening out in the Loire. Enjoy dinner in a traditional family...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Scenic Drive Along the Loire Valley

Journey to the family-owned Château de Cheverny inhabited by the same family for over six centuries. Arrive through the forest and park lands with your Local Expert who will show you the château's decor and aristocratic costumes of the family through the centuries. Listen out for the hounds and find out about the connection with Tintin while you are there. Return to your superb château for relaxation and free time. 

Vineyard Loire Valley, France
Relais Des Landes View Hotel Details

Relais Des Landes

About the Hotel

Loire-Ouchamps, France

Relais Des Landes is a timeless venue, a XVIIth-century mansion in the heart of the Loire Valley castles and gardens. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings, featuring a 20-hectare natural park.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights
Château de Cheverny Visit

During your visit to Château de Cheverny, your Local Expert will show you the château's decor and aristocratic costumes of the family through the c...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Visit the Château and Gardens of Chenonceau

You are introduced to the splendor and luxury of French court life with a visit to Château de Chenonceau. Set on elegant arches spanning the River ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

La Beauce and Chartres to Paris, City of Light

Traveling through the vast wheat fields of the the Beauce region, Chartres Cathedral, nicknamed the 'Acropolis of France' by August Rodin, looms large on the horizon. Enjoy a guided tour of this architectural delight. From here, return to the French capital where your Travel Director introduces you to the fabulous sights of Paris, including the vast Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood. Travel up the Champs Élysées to Napoléon's Arc de Triomphe. After dark, the City of Light really lives up to its name, when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. For that special touch of excitement and glamour, don't miss the chance to experience a world-famous cabaret show.

Pont Alexandre III over the Seine River at sunset, Paris, France
Le Méridien Etoile View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Le Méridien Etoile

About the Hotel

Paris, France

The Le Méridien Etoile is centrally located in the 17th arrondissement and just a short drive from key sights such as the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées. Contemporary, yet comfortable furnishing bring about a homely sense throughout the hotel and guest rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences Cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
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-wi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Au Revoir Paris

Today, bid farewell to your journey along the country roads of France as you transfer to the airport.

Au Revoir, Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Rouen Orientation

See the cathedral, the Great Clock, the Old Market square and Place du Vieux-Marché where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Town of Honfleur

See this charming fishing town.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Pointe du Hoc Rangers Memorial Visit

Follow the route of the Rangers, visit the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach

With a Local Expert, spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bayeux Tapestry Museum Visit

Visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum and learn about the epic story of William, Duke of Normandy becoming the King of England.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
D-Day Museum Visit

Visit the D-Day Museum in Arromanches and see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Mont Saint-Michel City Tour

Savor your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel. Cross the causeway for a guided tour with your Local Expert through the maze o...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Saint Malo City Tour

Your Local Expert guides you trough the intertwined streets of the walled city to arrive at the cathedral. Later enjoy the chance to walk along the...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Discover the Elegant Estates of the Loire Valley

Discover the sustainable gardens of Château de Villandry. In the scenic Loire Valley, explore France’s finest formal gardens. Now a hub for sustain...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Angers Orientation

See the imposing château.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Château de Cheverny Visit

During your visit to Château de Cheverny, your Local Expert will show you the château's decor and aristocratic costumes of the family through the c...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

3 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts

Paris Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Paris for a delightful dinner, served with wine.

Saumur Wine Tasting

Fun and informative, discuss the grape varieties while sampling wines of the Loire Valley.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Le Méridien Etoile
Hotel Barrière L'Hôtel du Golf
Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde
Le Méridien Etoile

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Seine Cruise and Illuminations

The City of Light really lives up to its name when the city's monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all of their glory. First, a specially...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Deauville at Night

This evening, with our Local Expert, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the famous Deauville boardwalk, lined with the names of Hollywood stars. We'll pa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Breton Evening

A short drive along the Emerald Coast road of Brittany takes us to the famous fishing village of Cancale, known throughout France for its oyster be...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Loire

Good company, good wine and delicious local specialties are the hallmarks of a great evening out in the Loire. Enjoy dinner in a traditional family...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit the Château and Gardens of Chenonceau

You are introduced to the splendor and luxury of French court life with a visit to Château de Chenonceau. Set on elegant arches spanning the River ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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-wi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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France

  • Official Language in France: French
  • Currency used in France: Euro (€)
  • Capital of France: Paris
  • Time Zone(s) in France: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

France passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter France
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

France has a varied climate due to its size and geographical diversity. The northern regions, including Paris, have a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. Coastal areas along the Mediterranean, such as Nice and Marseille, have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions, like the French Alps, experience alpine climate conditions with cold winters and heavy snowfall, making them popular for winter sports. Western France, including cities like Bordeaux and Nantes, has an oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and mild summers. Overall, France experiences regional variations in temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours throughout the year.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Brian Buroker
Review date: Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Vacation
We appreciate GET's selection of quality lodging. We didn't care for the "optional experience" set-up as just dining in a restaurant; it helps if the optional experience includes a bit more, like visiting something/place special along with the meal. On some previous tours we had a meal in a local families home or place of business and really appreciated that opportunity. The local specialist guide were great on this tour.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Service
The Travel Specialist was helpful during the booking process changing tours and airline arrangements. However, he should have explained that the tour included an early start everyday with free time only before dinner.
Vacation
There were a few issues during the tour resulting in a average rating. The coach was not fully operational with WiFI in every seat. Tour Director was unprepared for technical issues for example, she discovered the correct box channel into the third day. Travelers were notified of a COVID issue after other travelers shared the information. The communication did not clearly explain coach sanitary precautions after removing the ill passenger. The France countryside was beautiful and Normandy was a moving experience. Local guides were knowledgeable and well prepared for questions. The meals did not disappoint, a special highlight.
Paul Delvecchio
Review date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
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not enough free time
Vacation
n Not enough free time. Bus ride too long one day.
Diane Caldwell
Review date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Service
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide(s). Well planned, traveler's interests taken into consideration. Truly enabled everyone to get to know each other, which made the trip a lot more fun!!
Vacation
The beaches of Normandy were especially important to me, as my father had landed on July 4 right after the D-Day invasion. The chateaus in the Loire valley were lovely and the history that went with them brought them to life even more.
James Sindelar
Review date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Service
Agent friendly and knowledgeable. Very easy to handle details.
Vacation
Excellent itinerary, accommodations, and coach. Tour director was the best ever. Could not have been better.
James Mersmann
Review date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Service
All went well and reliably. Airfare was surprisingly reasonable. My travel specialist did what she could to save costs.
Vacation
Our travel director was well-informed, bright, and helpful. She was enjoyable company, and she took good care of us.
Judy Jacobs
Review date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Service
The tour director was personable and efficient, the tour pace was perfect, and we ended with a stay at a French Chateau - it does not get better than that.
Vacation
wonderful trip, great value - included dinners were very nice
Katherine Stewart
Review date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Service
Rob Rainwater was the agent with GET that helped me book my trip. He was very kind and helpful. He also booked the flight for me. It was a wonderful trip with Insight, and as soon as I got home, I wanted to book my next trip right away. I think this 9 day trip was perfectly balanced- from the tour of the Normandy beaches of D day, to visiting castles, chateaus and gardens with wine tasting and great food. Our local experts were fabulous. I learned a lot about D day invasion and the 100 year war.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words. We will be sure to pass them on to Rob and we 're so happy you're looking at other trips in the future.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Vacation
Hotels were wonderful, breakfasts were exceptional, our Travel Director, Fred Faes was experienced and very competent
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Service
Kept us up to date and good communication.
Vacation
Well worth the expense. Travel was comfortable. Hotels were superior, food excellent! Never felt really rushed, just the right amount of "down time."
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Service
I had a nice vacation with Insight. It was the online booking with GET that was poor. I booked early and then for 6 months heard nothing back. Apparently 5% of what they email online goes into spam. If they are aware there is a problem, then they need to follow up with better communication. I would never book with GET for a trip again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry to hear about your frustration and difficulties when booking your trip on our website. We will be certain to share this information with our Marketing and IT departments for immediate review and improvement. Thank you for letting us know.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation
It was a nice vacation. Accommodations and food were very good.
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