Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley With Martha Reed

Jun 2-11, 2017 / 10 DAYS

From bright lights to lavish châteaux, see France from all angles.

Few countries offer such an enticing combination of history, scenery, and mouthwatering food and drink. Immerse yourself in World War II history on th…

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 5 three-course dinners
  • 1 cheese & cider tasting
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Eiffel Tower photo stop, Normandy coastline, Rouen, Honfleur harbor, D-Day beaches, Mont-Saint-Michel, Château de Chenonceau

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, and sandy paths, with…

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jun 02: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 03: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris! Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Jun 04: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements. • Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe  • Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River  • See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square  • Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre  Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Normandy Coast / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 05: Normandy via Rouen & Honfleur

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through historic cities and pristine port towns on your way to the Normandy region. • Visit Rouen, home to a large 16th-century clock and the Gothic, two-towered Rouen Cathedral  • Walk through the Old Market Square where Joan of Arc was executed • See the untouched Honfleur harbor, once an important port • Sample cheeses, including Camembert, Pont-l’Évêque and Livarot, paired with cider and Calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy

Jun 06: Sightseeing tour of Normandy

Included meals: Breakfast

Relive World War II history during a full-day excursion to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June 1944. • Enter the D-Day Museum with a local guide in Arromanches • Stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville, the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy • Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American 2nd Ranger Battalion, which seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops • Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day

Saint-Malo / 1 NIGHT

Jun 07: Saint-Malo via Mont-Saint-Michel

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the striking 8th-century island of Mont-Saint-Michel on a guided sightseeing tour. • See how the UNESCO-recognized site, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide • Pass by medieval houses and then enter the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your local guide  Then, continue your journey toward Saint-Malo.

Loire Valley / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 08: Travel to the Loire Valley

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take in Saint-Malo’s narrow streets, tall granite homes and medieval ramparts on a guided tour. Later, drive through the Loire Valley, once known as France’s “Playground of the Kings.”

Jun 09: Château de Chenonceau

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know châteaux country on a guided tour of the Loire Valley region. • Step inside the extravagant Château de Chenonceau and explore its gardens • Discover how the castle got the nickname “Château de Femmes”—some of its famous female residents included Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Paris / 1 NIGHT

Jun 10: Travel to Paris

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return to France’s capital city, where you'll say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Jun 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.

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