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The Treasures of France including Normandy

8 Day France Tour of D-Day Beaches

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Treasures Of France
8 Days
1 Country

France

13 Cities

Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux, Normandy Beaches, Omaha Beach, Arromanches-les-Bains, Mont-Saint-Michel, Le Tronchet, Loire Valley, Amboise, Chenonceaux, Chartres

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Travel from Paris to the D-Day Landing Beaches of Normandy and on to the beautiful Loire Valley on this in-depth France and Normandy tour. Imagine life as a French noble as you are welcomed to a 17th century château and learn about the battles that were fought here through the ages.

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Day 1

Bonjour Paris

Bienvenue! The 'City of Light' welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through France. Join your fellow travelers and Travel Director this afternoon for an orientation drive to admire the glittering cityscape of Paris – past grand boulevards and iconic sites like the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe and get to know your traveling companions over dinner this evening.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Evergreen Laurel Hotel Paris
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France
See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Admire Normandy’s Colorful 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 harbor town of Honfleur – its narrow lanes and colorful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalized 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.

Boats at Harbor of Honfleur, France
Accommodation Hôtel Mercure Omaha Beach
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, France
Discover the story of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquests

Explore the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry telling the story of Norman conquests and the Battle of Hastings so many centuries ago.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Village Orientation Honfleur, France
Honfleur Orientation

Admire the harbor town of Honfleur and its beautiful colorful storefronts. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Explore the D-Day Landing Beaches

Today we explore the poignant D-Day Landing Beaches in the company of our Local Specialist. We begin with a visit to the American Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives at Omaha Beach, imagining the mingled sense of terror and triumph felt on the fateful day when Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside town of Arromanches, the setting for the Mulberry Harbor, once at the heart of the Normandy landings.

The American World War II Cemetery in Normandy, France
Accommodation Hôtel Mercure Omaha Beach
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Pointe du Hoc Rangers Memorial at Omaha Beach, France
Visit American Rangers Memorial

Spend the morning visiting the American Rangers Memorial and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on D-Day Landing Beach.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Arromanches Gold Beach in Normandy, France
Visit the Normandy D-Day Beaches

Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings and visit Omaha Beach. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Apples on a Cider Farm enjoy a Gastronomic Norman feast in Bayeux, France
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 newe...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Journey through Picturesque Normandy and Brittany

Travel through the Normandy countryside admiring the land of calvados before exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed bay of the Mont-Saint Michel. Our Local Specialist reveals the history of the impressive medieval Benedictine Abbey perched on the hilltop. In Brittany enjoy the afternoon your way or perhaps, discover the beauty of the port city of St. Malo with a Local Specialist on the Jewels of St. Malo Optional Experience.

Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
Accommodation Hotel de l'Abbaye Le Tronchet
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Mont Saint Michel, France
Mont Saint-Michel Visit

Savor your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel and cross the causeway to explore the tidal island town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking tour in St Malo, France
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 stri...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Continue to the Beautiful Loire Valley

Journey onward through 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 grounds. Later, continue to the beautiful Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights.

Vineyards in Loire Valley, France
Accommodation Novotel Amboise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit the 17th-century Chateau d'Eporce in Le Mans, France
Beautiful 17th-Century Chateau d'Eporce

Walk among the wild hyacinths in the beautiful gardens of the 17th-century Chateau d'Eporce, during a unique Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a select...

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Be My Guest

Optional Experiences See St. Martin's Basilica and old town walking tour in Tours, France
Tours Discovery

Join our Local Specialist for an enchanting excursion to rival the greatest fairy tales, discovering the dream-like Old Town of Tours, including th...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Discover the Stunning French Châteaux

In the morning, you are invited to taste hand-crafted chocolate at Maison Bigot for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Afterwards, 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.

Chateau de Chenonceau, France
Accommodation Novotel Amboise
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Chateau Amboise in Loire Valley, France
Amboise Royal Château Visit LS

Visit the Amboise Royal Château with your Local Specialist where you will see the home of Leonardo da Vinci's tomb.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Château De Chenonceau, Chenonceau, France
Château de Chenonceau Visit

Visit Château de Chenonceau or commonly known as 'Ladies Castle' which got its name from the many women who influenced its construction.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Tasting Experience at Maison Bigot

Visit Maison Bigot in Amboise, a charming family-run chocolate shop. Immerse yourself in rich traditions as you learn about the craft and indulge in a lovely tasting experience.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Visit Leonardo Da Vinci House in Amboise, France
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 y...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

A perfect place to toast new-found friends. The Loire Valley, known for its romantic chateaux and stunning natural beauty, is often called the Gard...

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Optional Experiences

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 Light'. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.

Street and Houses in Paris, France
Accommodation Renaissance Paris La Défense
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Cathedral Visit Chartres, France
Chartres Orientation

Bask in the beautiful religious architecture from the 13th century as you explore the town of Chartres.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Montmartre Village and Artists Square in Paris, France
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
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 N...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Farewell Paris

For now it's time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travelers at the end of a memorable trip.

Café Bistro in Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the story of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquests

Explore the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry telling the story of Norman conquests and the Battle of Hastings so many centuries ago.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Honfleur Orientation

Admire the harbor town of Honfleur and its beautiful colorful storefronts. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit American Rangers Memorial

Spend the morning visiting the American Rangers Memorial and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on D-Day Landing Beach.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Normandy D-Day Beaches

Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings and visit Omaha Beach. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Mont Saint-Michel Visit

Savor your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel and cross the causeway to explore the tidal island town.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Beautiful 17th-Century Chateau d'Eporce

Walk among the wild hyacinths in the beautiful gardens of the 17th-century Chateau d'Eporce, during a unique Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a select...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Amboise Royal Château Visit LS

Visit the Amboise Royal Château with your Local Specialist where you will see the home of Leonardo da Vinci's tomb.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Château de Chenonceau Visit

Visit Château de Chenonceau or commonly known as 'Ladies Castle' which got its name from the many women who influenced its construction.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Tasting Experience at Maison Bigot

Visit Maison Bigot in Amboise, a charming family-run chocolate shop. Immerse yourself in rich traditions as you learn about the craft and indulge in a lovely tasting experience.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chartres Orientation

Bask in the beautiful religious architecture from the 13th century as you explore the town of Chartres.

Included in Trip

About this trip

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

What to expect

Explore Mont-Saint-Michel and Châteaux of the Loire Valley with a Local Specialist and Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches
Discover Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux and the Loire Valley
Visit the Bayeux Tapestry, the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches, the monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel, the Châteaux of Amboise and Chenonceau and Chartres cathedral
View the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

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
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 newe...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 stri...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tours Discovery

Join our Local Specialist for an enchanting excursion to rival the greatest fairy tales, discovering the dream-like Old Town of Tours, including th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 y...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Loire Valley

A perfect place to toast new-found friends. The Loire Valley, known for its romantic chateaux and stunning natural beauty, is often called the Gard...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 N...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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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Tour guide (Brian) was excellent, deserving of 5 stars, as was the bus driver (Bill). The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars was twofold: (1) some of the meals and hotels were just okay and (2) we were on the bus almost as much as we were in several of our destinations - felt a bit too pressed for time in places like Honfleur, et al. We recognize that there are trade offs with respect to any itinerary, but our personal preference would be fewer stops + more free time in several locations.
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Review 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
Review 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
Review 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
Review 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
Review 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
Review 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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