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The Treasures of France including Normandy

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,036 per person
Versailles, Paris

Countries Visited

France

Locations Visited

Paris, Bayeux, Omaha Beach, Mont St Michel, Loire Valley, Amboise, Chambord…
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paris

    Bienvenue! The City of Lights welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through France. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to admire the beautiful cityscape of Paris - past grand boulevards and iconic sites like the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Evergreen Laurel
  2. Day 2 Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux - Normandy Beaches (2 nights)

    This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur - its narrow lanes and colourful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalised its beauty on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Mercure Omaha Beach
  3. Day 3 Full day Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach and Juno Beach

    We begin the day visiting the poignant D-Day Museum and the bunkers and Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha, imagining the sense of terror and triumph felt the fateful day that Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, one of the five D-Day landing beaches.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Normandy Beaches – Mont St. Michel

    This morning, travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Here we'll join a Local Specialist for a tour of Mont St. Michel's medieval Benedictine Abbey. Legend has it, the abbey was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint-Malo, once the home of famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Le Relais Du Roy
  5. Day 5 Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley (2 nights)

    Journey through the scenic countryside, stopping to 'Connect With Locals' over a light Be My Guest meal with wine at a 17th-century château set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Novotel Amboise
  6. Day 6 Châteaux Excursion

    We spend our day admiring the beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and join a Local Specialist for a visit to the Amboise Royal Château. It is here that King François I hosted Leonard da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a visit to Chenonceau, a château built on the Cher River. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, due to the many women who influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections, including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Loire Valley – Chambord – Paris

    Our first stop today is the royal Château de Chambord of King François I, regarded as one of the world's most remarkable châteaux, with its exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and decorative moat. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the City of Lights with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Renaissance La Defense
  8. Day 8 Depart Paris

    For now it's time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable trip. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Bayeux and the Loire Valley
  • VISIT the town of Rouen, Honfleur, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Normandy D-Day landing beaches of Omaha and Juno, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, and the Châteaux of Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord
  • VIEW the Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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  • Bastille Day
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Start Date: Sat, Jun 29, 2019
Return Date: Sat, Jul 6, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Jul 6, 2019
Return Date: Sat, Jul 13, 2019
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Bastille Day
Start Date: Sat, Jul 13, 2019
Return Date: Sat, Jul 20, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Return Date: Sat, Aug 17, 2019
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Return Date: Sat, Aug 31, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2019
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  • Bastille Day: This departure will be in France during Bastille Day. Celebrations will be taking place throughout the country.
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.

Bayeux

Cider Farm Visit and Gastronomic Norman Feast

A drive through the Norman countryside takes us to a family-run cider farm, where we'll visit and taste the local tipple. Then, we're off to a Farmhouse Inn for a Norman feast with drinks included!
Adult Price: €64

Brittany

Jewels Of St Malo

You’ll explore the prettiest walled port in Brittany with our Local Specialist. Stroll along the medieval ramparts, admire the aristocratic old houses of wealthy shipping merchants and take in the Emerald coastline. Home of Jacques Cartier and the great romantic, Chateaubriand, this is your chance to discover one of the jewels of France.
Adult Price: €32

Tours

Tours Old Town Discovery

Our Local Specialist will take us through the narrow streets of the medieval part of Tours' Old Town, lined with timbered houses. We'll hear the story of St Martin, who was once Bishop of Tours, and visit the Basilica built around his tomb.
Adult Price: €25

Amboise

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

Loire Valley

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

Paris

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

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Frank Mcintosh
Travel date: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Service
As compared to a previous trip, this one lacked in several areas including bus time, available time at destination, quality of the guided tour explanations, management of the details of the trip. While the hotels were generally good, we had one where even closing the bathroom door was a challenge given the amount of space allocated to it in the room. The food an beverage at meals was nowhere near the excellence of our previous trip. We chose this trip because it was guaranteed to be run even though we wanted a higher rated tour. You people at GET assured us that we would not notice much of a difference. There was hardly any point that we didn't notice a difference. The trip was still expensive but as a value proposition, not nearly as good as it could have been.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback. While every trip and destination is unique, we do want to provide a great experience for all guests. I'm sorry this trip did not live up to your expectations. We have noted all the issues you mentioned and will be sharing them with our team at Trafalgar.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Vacation
See opening comments and add this: Our tour guide while friendly and knowledgeable through certain of her remarks reminded us that this was not a first class tour by how she stated rules such as, If you leave out a third bag, you will be charged for it. "A" for honesty and transparency, "F" for making you feel valued. While this kind of information​ is important to know, you have to find a different way of saying it. There were multiple examples of this throughout the tour.
Paul Niskala
Travel date: Monday, July 2, 2018
Service
I have taken many trips with them and enjoyed all of them. I would recommend them to all myfriends.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for being part of our travel family. We're so glad to hear you had a wonderful time on your France vacation. Thanks, as well, for the recommendations, we love to hear that. Happy travels!
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Vacation
I thought the price of the trip and optional trips were fair.
Paul Zucker
Travel date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Service
Our guide Matt was outstanding..we have made many trips with GET and other's, and I would rate him among the best guide we have ever had. The trip was well organized, the hotels very good, and the meals, when provided were excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing about your vacation through France! We're so glad to hear you had a wonderful time. The guides certainly do know how to make a trip extra special. Thanks for being a part of our travel family!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Vacation
Good value for the money.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Service
The trip was absolutely wonderful the tour director Exxon was excellent
Vacation
Everything we saw was first-rate and could not have had a better experience
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Service
We like Grand European travel, their agents, and their products. We have used them over a half dozen times and will again in the future.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your repeat business and the opportunity to help you plan all your memorable trips. We look forward to the next one. Grand European Travel
Monday, July 11, 2016
Vacation
Overall, we loved this very busy itinerary. Normandy and the D-day beaches were a bucket item for me. Brittnay and Mont St Michel were stunning. We toured two beautiful well known chateaus, numerous cathedrals, and saw a lot of France including Paris. Our guide was very knowledgeable, a great organizer, and a little full of himself. Our driver was very professional and personable, and kept us safe. We ate in a lot of hotels so we did not get to experience the great French food and wine that we have all heard about.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Service
allowed disabled person on active tour, guide Julien might be bipolar, only had one , one authenic French meal, local guide in Paris refused to allow seeing the gardens at versailles and stopping to see shops on walking tour of some part of paris,
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to see that you were disappointed with this trip. Please be assured that your experience was not typical. It is our objective to provide the best travel experiences for our clients and we know that the Travel Director can make all the difference. We have shared your feedback with Trafalgar's Quality Control team and asked for immediate review. We appreciate your honesty and do hope to be able to assist you with your travel plans in the future. Grand European Travel
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Vacation
Trafalgar is terrible and I have shared this with everyone! Guide Julien repeatedly refused to answer questions even tho he said with his mouth that he was willing to! His demeanor was very unprofessional and tooo inappropriate1
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