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The Treasures of France including Normandy

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,205 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Two women walking in Chambord, France

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France ...more France

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Paris, Bayeux, Port En Bessin, Arromanches, Mont St Michel, Amboise, La Quinte, Orleans, Chenonceaux ...more Paris, Bayeux, Port En Bessin, Arromanches, Mont St Michel, Amboise, La Quinte, Orleans, Chenonceaux
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  1. Day 1 Bonjour 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 glittering 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 Admire Normandy’s Colourful Honfleur and the Bayeux Tapestry

    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. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mercure Omaha Beach
  3. Day 3 Explore the D-Day Landing Beaches

    We begin the day visiting the American 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, before visiting the D-Day Museum to learn about the artificial harbour used by the Allies. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, where the Canadian forces came ashore in 1944.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Journey to Picturesque Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel

    Travel along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo, one of the most charming places in France. At leisure, wander around the ramparts of the thick city walls, see beautiful views over the old town and the bay. Consider an Optional Experience with a Local Specialist and discover the historic past of the walled port city of Saint-Malo, once home to the famous French explorer Jacques Cartier. Later, we journey to our overnight hotel in Mont-Saint-Michel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Le Relais du Roy
  5. Day 5 Continue to the Beautiful Loire Valley

    This morning, we’ll join a Local Specialist and explore Mont-Saint-Michel, then tour the impressive 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. Journey through the scenic countryside, stopping to Connect With Locals at a lunch with wine in a 17th-century château during a Be My Guest experience set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights. You’ll enjoy a perfect stop at Caves Duhard where we’ll Dive Into Culture and enjoy the very best of Touraine vintages, learning bout the five generations of Duhard family who’ve had a hand in its creation.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Novotel Amboise
  6. Day 6 Discover the Stunning French Châteaux

    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 Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a visit to Château de Chenonceau, 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 Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Continue to Chartres and Paris

    Our first stop today is the town of Chartres and its beautiful Roman Catholic cathedral, regarded as one of the most authentic and complete works of religious architecture from the early 13th century. 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 Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Renaissance La Défense
  8. Day 8 Farewell 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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Treasures of France including Normandy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 2 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux and the Loire Valley
  • Explore Mont-Saint-Michel and Châteaux of the Loire Valley with a Local Specialist
  • View the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • Visit the Bayeux Tapestry, the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha and Juno, the monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel, the Châteaux of Amboise and Chenonceau and Chartres cathedral
  • Connect With Locals Walk among the wild hyacinths in the beautiful gardens of the 17th-century Chateau d'Eporce, during a Be My Guest lunch. Enjoy home-cooked dishes created by the resident culinary expert, Lydia.
  • Dive Into Culture Learn all about the centuries-old tradition of wine trading originating from the troglo cave dwellings that have been at the heart of wine in the Touraine region since the 16th century.
  • Dive Into Culture Explore the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry telling the story of Norman conquests and the Battle of Hastings so many centuries ago.

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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.

Bayeux

Available on Day 3

Cider Farm Visit and Gastronomic Norman Feast

Experience true Norman hospitality with a visit to a family-run cider farm. We’ll discover their secrets and have the opportunity to taste the newest cider batch. Then, we'll head off to a Farmhouse Inn for a typical meal of traditional Norman flavors with drinks included.
Adult Price: € 64

Saint-Malo

Available on Day 4

Jewels Of St Malo

Take in the stunning natural beauty of the Emerald coastline and learn about the privateer past of Saint-Malo. This port town is known for its striking medieval ramparts, handsome aristocratic houses and its famous son, Jacques Cartier, who claimed what is now Canada for the French. Join our Local Specialist to uncover the secrets of this "Jewel of Brittany."
Adult Price: € 32

Tours

Available on Day 5

Tours Old Town Discovery

Tours is truly one of France’s classic cathedral cities. We’ll visit its famous Basilica, built around the tomb of the storied Saint Martin. Then, our Local Specialist will take us past the storybook-like timbered houses in the city’s charming Old Town and reveal all of its ancient secrets!
Adult Price: € 25

Loire Valley

Available on Day 6

Dinner In The Loire Valley

An Old-World setting is the perfect place to toast new-found friends. The Loire Valley, known for its romantic chateaux and stunning natural beauty, is often called the Garden of France thanks to its sublime produce and top restaurants. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a meal together and savor typical French cuisine.
Adult Price: € 66

Amboise

Available on Day 6

In The Footsteps Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Truly one of the giants of history, Leonard da Vinci left behind many marvelous treasures in the Manor house and gardens where he spent his final years, close to his patron: François I. Our Local Specialist will reveal some of da Vinci's most extraordinary inventions, from submarines to helicopters.
Adult Price: € 39

Paris

Available on Day 7

Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Led by a Local Specialist, you’ll see the 'City of Lights' from a new perspective on the Panoramic Observation Deck. You’ll have all of Paris at your feet on the terrace, with unbeatable 360-degree views of the most iconic monuments. Later, you’ll visit the Latin Quarter to stroll through the medieval maze of cobblestone alleyways, with sidewalks bistros, boutiques and hidden squares to explore.
Adult Price: € 37

Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Afterward, we’ll drive through the City of Light to see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Frank Mcintosh
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
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
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
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
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
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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