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France Magnifique with 75th Anniversary of D-Day & Normandy 


Bask in the rich culture and romance of fascinating France on a tour that explores captivating Paris, picturesque Provence, historic Normandy and breathtaking Le Mont St. Michel. Delight in a 2-night stay in a stunning, renovated French abbey in the UNESCO World Heritage Loire Valley. Relish a tour of two of the Loire Valley’s most famous castles – Château du Chenonceau and Château du Clos Luce. Sip wine during a tour of a well-known winery in the medieval town of Chinon. Visit the gastronomical capital of France, the city of Lyon, and dine at a traditional bouchon. Come to know the enchanting medieval walled city of Avignon during a walking tour and visit to the 14th-century papal palace. Exciting experiences like a spectacular evening river cruise on the Seine bring to life the joie de vivre of this fabulous country.


Number of Days: 15
Number of Meals: 20

Pricing starts at $3,899 per person based on double occupancy.  Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.

Tour prices are land only. All tour specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.

2019 Available Departures: June 13, August 15, September 12, September 19, October 3
2020 Available Departures: June 13, March 19, March 26, April 16, April 23



Day 1: Overnight Flight
Embark on your journey through France. Bask in the rich history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns.

Day 2: Paris, France – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in beautiful Paris. Celebrate the beginning of a fabulous trip with a sunset river cruise past famous glittering landmarks along the River Seine, which divides the north from the south of Paris into what is known as the Right Bank and the Left Bank. Then we’ll head to one of Paris’ brasseries for a delightful French dinner. Enjoy sumptuous food and wine set amongst an Art Nouveau background reminiscent of the jazz and Hemingway-era of Paris.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Paris
It’s your choice! Take a splendid panoramic coach tour that includes a stop for a short walking tour inside the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral -OR- for a truly local experience, join a guide who will take you to some of Paris’ most iconic sights by Metro. Either way you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome. Write your own story during a free afternoon. Perhaps you’ll take an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Paris – Caen 
Set off for the Normandy coast. During WWII, the largest invasion in history took place here. Visit the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic Battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, see the remains of the artificial Mulberry port built near Arromanche-les-Bains – where the allies resupplied their lines during the liberation of France – before making your way to the hotel. 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Caen – D-Day Landing Sites - Caen
This morning visit the Omaha Beach Cemetery and stop by the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center. See the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy. Then, walk through Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-Day to seize the fortified enemy position. Next, make your way to Sainte Mère Eglise, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit the landing beaches of Utah and Juno.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Caen – Bayeaux – Dinan – Saint-Malo
Travel back in history when you stand before the impressive Bayeux Tapestry (UNESCO), a 230-foot embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Next, journey to Dinan, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in France. Then, it’s your choice! Join a local guide for a walking tour along cobblestone streets and discover the city’s fortified walls -OR- gain a different perspective of the city with a ride aboard Le Petit Train.** Continue exploring as you walk up the famous Rue de Jerzual hill to the town center. Either way, you’ll fall in love with the streets lined with half-timbered houses and the ramparts that overlook this picture-perfect port village. Then it’s off to Saint-Malo, Brittany’s famous coastal village. Here you’ll be immersed in the beautiful beaches, striking blue water, and views of the fortified Old Town where you’ll enjoy a wonderfully prepared local dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Saint-Malo – Le Mont St. Michel – Saint-Malo 
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Mont St. Michel, the “Wonder of the West.” Resting on the border between Normandy and Brittany, this world-famous pilgrimage site sits on the edge of the sea and becomes an island at high tide. Take in the breathtaking views as you stroll through the old city at the base of the village before exploring one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, dating back to the 11th century. Return to Saint-Malo and enjoy time to relax or explore independently.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Saint-Malo – Chinon – Loire Valley
Journey south to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with châteaux and parks, once the setting for the French court. Arrive in the medieval village of Chinon. Explore the town famed for where Joan of Arc first met young Charles VII and shared her vision that he would defeat the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Visit the market,* abundant with fresh produce, flowers and local products and take time to enjoy lunch along the banks of the Vienne River. Visit Château de Villandry and explore its exquisitely decorated interior and ornate gardens. This afternoon, feel like royalty when you arrive at your 15th century castle accommodations at the Château de Beauvois. Delve into the history of this site which was frequented by King Louis XIII. This evening delight in gourmet French cuisine in the dining room of your château.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9: Loire Valley– Amboise – Loire Valley
Embark on a tour of the spectacular Château de Chenonceau. Perched along the banks of the Cher River, it is a jewel of Renaissance architecture. Head to the picturesque center of Amboise. Enjoy free time for exploring and getting to know the local culture. Tour Château du Clos Lucé – where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last three years – which showcases a display of his early inventions. Next, tour a local winery and discover some of Europe’s best wines.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Loire Valley - Lyon
Travel the French countryside to the gastronomical capital of France, Lyon (UNESCO). The city was once an important area for silk production. Today it is famous for its world-renowned cuisine. This evening experience this cuisine firsthand when you dine at a bouchon, a local restaurant that serves traditional Lyonnaise fare.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11: Lyon – Avignon 
Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvier with its amazing views of the city. Tour the historic Vieux Lyon, or Old Quarter, with a local expert. Continue to Les Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse market,* named after the famous chef. Marvel at its culinary delights as you enjoy free time to explore before continuing to Provence and the city of Avignon.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Avignon
This morning come to know the walled city of Avignon during a walking tour led by a local guide. Learn about the historical period when the Papacy moved here in 1309. Then, explore some of the 25 rooms of the 14th-century papal palace, Palais des Papes, the world’s largest Gothic palace. Your evening is capped off with dinner at a local restaurant, complete with a cocktail and crème brûlée demonstration.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13: Avignon – Antibes – Grasse – Nice 
Travel to Antibes and rub shoulders with Europe’s elite in this Riviera getaway. After some free time to explore, continue to Grasse, the center of the world’s perfume industry. Learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, while visiting a famous parfumerie. Then journey to Nice, the renowned playground of the rich and famous. The evening is yours to explore this seaside destination. 

Meals: Breakfast


Day 14: Nice – Monaco – Monte Carlo – Nice 
This morning you’ll feel like a local as you stroll through the colorful and fragrant flower market* in Nice. Then you’re off to discover Place Massena and the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Your journey then takes you to Monaco, the dazzling gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous and extravagant Casino of Monte Carlo and the spectacular 13th-century Prince’s Palace. Pause to see the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. Gather for a farewell dinner tonight to celebrate the end of a fabulous trip to France!
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15: Nice – Tour Ends
Set out for home with many magnificent memories.
Meals: Breakfast

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