Paris, Normandy and the Loire Valley

From $1549 (was $1849)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days

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France Vacation Package Details

Explore France, from the glamorous city of Paris to the poignant beaches of Normandy to the grand châteaux of the Loire Valley to exclusive wine tastings at some of the world’s finest vineyards. This journey through the heart of Northern France is full of experiences you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Tour Includes

1 Country
  • France
Sightseeing
  • Paris
  • Giverny
  • Caen
  • Omaha Beach
  • Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Tours
  • Orléans
Hotel Accommodations
  • 8 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • Daily Breakfasts and 3 Dinners
Service
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local driver-guide in Ireland who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Moderate
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Tour Highlights

  • Discover the beautiful city of Paris in a panoramic city tour
  • Explore Claude Monet’s stunning home and gardens in Giverny
  • Pay your respects at the beaches of Normandy
  • Visit the magical Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel
  • Tour the Loire Valley’s most famous châteaux
  • Tour the quintessential Chambord Castle

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Paris, Normandy & The Loire Valley

Tours Starts: Paris, France

Tours Ends: Paris, France

Day 1

Depart USA for Paris

Your trip to France begins with an overnight transatlantic flight to Paris.

Day 2

Paris

After your overnight flight, arrive in the "City of Light." Guests who have booked their air with YMT will be greeted at the airport and transported to their hotel. Tonight, enjoy the included welcome dinner at your hotel, with the rest of the night at leisure. (D)

Mercure Paris La Defense V or similar

Day 3

Paris

This morning your Tour Director will take you on a panoramic city tour of Paris, where you will have the chance to see its most iconic sites from the comfort of your temperature-controlled coach. See the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in the center of the Etoile, or star, where 12 avenues come together in a big traffic roundabout; sightsee along the Champs-Élysées; and marvel at the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Saint Michael District, and Opera District. Visit the private Fragonard Musée du Parfum to learn about perfume, and then enjoy lunch on your own and free time in the Quartier de l'Opera. (B)

Mercure Paris La Defense V or similar

Day 4

Caen via Giverny

Travel to the home of Claude Monet in lovely Giverny, where the master of Impressionism’s house is a piece of art in itself. It features striking colors throughout its light-filled rooms, but the highlight of this unforgettable property is its grounds—particularly the rich gardens, whose peaceful elegance inspired so many of Monet’s pieces. After free time and lunch on your own in Giverny, see the Bayeux Tapestry. It graphically renders in cloth and thread the thrilling story of how William, Duke of Normandy became King of England in 1066 after the Battle of Hastings. Admission to the Bayeux museum is included. (B)

Hôtel Inspiration by Balladins Caen Mémorial or similar

Day 5

Caen - Full Day Normandy Tour

Spend the day exploring Normandy’s beaches, where on June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed and began operations to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe in what became known as D-Day. Your first stop will be Sainte-Mère-Église, which was one of the first towns liberated when a division of American paratroopers landed downtown and retook the town from its Nazi occupiers in Operation Boston. Admission to the Airborne Museum is included. Spend the late morning and afternoon visiting the memorials and museums of Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument, and Omaha Beach. After a full day of activity, spend the evening at your leisure back at your hotel. (B)

Hôtel Inspiration by Balladins Caen Mémorial or similar

Day 6

Mont-Saint-Michel

The Mont Saint-Michel Abbey is a one-of-a-kind island monastery and commune set in the bay between Brittany and Normandy. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is on an island about a half mile off the coast is only accessible during low tide, via a path that Celtic, Roman, and Christian worshipers have dutifully taken since at least the 6th century A.D. Admission to the Abbey is included. When you cross the bay to tour the site, which consists of a Gothic Benedictine abbey and tiny village built between the 11th and 16th centuries, don’t forget to look up. There is a golden statue of the Archangel Michael, who is said to have convinced a local bishop in the 8th century to build a holy site in his honor in this exact spot. This evening, guests are invited to enjoy an included 3-course meal together back at the hotel. (B, D)

La Mère Poulard or similar

Day 7

Tours

Take a scenic drive to the glorious Loire Valley, home of grand châteaux, pristine rivers and forests, fertile vineyards, and some of France’s most interesting history. Your first stop is a leading Loire Valley winery, where you will sample their most popular varietals, then take a guided tour followed by free time for lunch on your own. Next, explore the delightful city of Tours. Your two-hour panoramic and walking tour will include the mayor's office, Châteaux Royal, Saint-Gatien Cathedral, Wilson Bridge, Old Town, the Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier garden and stairs, Place Plumereau, and Carlemagne Tower. Spend more time making your way through Old Town, or take a shuttle back to the hotel. (B)

Ibis Tours Centre Gare or similar

Day 8

Tours

Today, we explore the finest châteaux in all of the Loire Valley! Your first stop is Chateau Chenonceau, a dazzling estate built in the 16th century that spans across the River Cher. It’s one of the most famous châteaux in the country thanks to its striking design and iconic white façade made with locally quarried stones. Take a self-guided tour of the château and the lush gardens before transferring to Amboise for free time and lunch on your own. Next, take an included video-guided tour of the breathtaking royal Château of Amboise that was built in ancient Roman times as a mighty fortress, and was transformed into a royal residence for Renaissance kings and their illustrious guests. In fact, when King Francis I lived at the château, he invited Leonardo da Vinci himself for an extended stay. Tour the castle and grounds on your own. (B)

Ibis Tours Centre Gare or similar

Day 9

Paris via Orléans

Your final day in France promises to be full of experiences you’ll cherish forever. First, take a guided tour of Chambord Castle. Château de Chambord is the quintessential French castle— its French Renaissance architecture, imposing towers, and moat make it look like it was ripped right out of a book of fairytales. After lunch on your own in Orleans—which was liberated from the English by legendary teen Joan of Arc in 1429—take an audio-guided tour of Chartres Cathedral. The stained-glass windows, moving use of light, potent symbolism, and classically Gothic architectural elements such as flying buttresses and soaring ceilings make it France’s ultimate high church. Continue to Paris for a delicious farewell feast at the hotel. (B, D)

Mercure Paris La Defense V or similar

Day 10

Paris for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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