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Paris & Normandy

Tour rating: 4.86 / 5, Based on 9 Reviews
Private tour to France

Explore the top sights of the world's most romantic capital, Paris, and see Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, Triumphal Arc and the Eiffel Tower. Experience the best of royal Versailles. Then continue to the highlights of the Normandy region, go on a day trip to Mont Saint Michel and enjoy Rouen.

Paris & Normandy

11 days3 cities
France1 country
Private tour to France
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$3,758
Tour rating: 4.86 / 5, Based on 9 Reviews

Explore the top sights of the world's most romantic capital, Paris, and see Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, Triumphal Arc and the Eiffel Tower. Experience the best of royal Versailles. Then continue to the highlights of the Normandy region, go on a day trip to Mont Saint Michel and enjoy Rouen.

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Paris

first destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
4 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Bonjour! Arrival to Paris
Transfer
Transfer

As they say, Paris is always a good idea! Bonjour and welcome to the most romantic city in the world and the charming capital of France - Paris! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the arrivals hall of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Exploring Crème de la Crème of Louvre & the Latin Quarter
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the two famous districts of Paris: Latin Quarter (5th) and Marais (4th).

Your tour of the fabulous capital of France begins with the UNESCO Site Heritage - Banks of Seine river. Continue to the Latin quarter and taste a Bohemian charm of the medieval narrow streets and stone-paved alleyways. Reach the Ile de la Cite where you see the world’s most famous gothic cathedral - Notre Dame. Walk through the Ile Saint Louis and get closer to more sights: Hôtel de Ville (city hall), Fountain of the Innocents and Palais Royal. 

You then proceed with the tour of the Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest museums, taking advantage of your skip-the-line tickets. You see the crème de la crème collections and the most celebrated works of art, ancient artifacts, Greek sculptures, including the famous Venus di Milo, Winged Victory, and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Eugène Delacroix, Paolo Veronese and the world’s most enigmatic Portrait of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Tour of the Champs-Elysées and Eiffel Tower Districts
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 5-hour walking tour of the Champs-Elysees (8th) and Eiffel Tower (7th) districts. 

Today you start with outstanding Places Vendome and Concorde and proceed to the Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city. You get to see one of the most recognizable landmarks with its magnificent glass-domed roof - Grand Palais and smaller but similar Petit Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Step on the most ornate and extravagant bridge in the city - Pont Alexandre III and continue to the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower*. 

After the tour you may return to the hotel or take an optional boat cruise along the Seine river.

  • Optional tour: Seine river boat cruise
    Start the cruise in the very heart of Paris and discover the most wonderful city gems including Louvre Museum, Cathedral Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower and other beautiful monuments from an absolutely different perspective.

Note: Tickets to the Eiffel Tower are not included in the city tour due to limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date if you would like to include it.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Tour of Versailles Magnifique
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and have a day tour to the famous residence of French kings.

Together with your experienced guide you take a short train ride to taste what it means to be a local, and appear in the heart of Versailles in just 1 hour. You see the Palace of Versailles and admire its grandiose opulence from the inside. You get to walk through its well-known Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed and see the actual rooms of the most extravagant king of France, Louis the XIV. You also discover the world famous Le Notre gardens, see the Grand Trianon (exterior) and enjoy an inside visit to Petit Trianon - Marie-Antoinette’s estate.

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Opera Richepanse, Paris
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The gorgeous Hotel Opera Richepanse boasts a top location right in the center of the prestigious district of Paris. It’s just a 5-minute walk from the amazing Champs Elysees and dozens of luxury shops.

Welcome to Paris

The French capital, Paris is the most beautiful and romantic one of all cities. Dubbed "The Capital of Fashion", it is home to the world's finest fashion designers and a breadth of iconic landmarks, paying ode to more than 15 centuries of history.

train
Paris
Bayeux
2 hrs 20 min

Make your way from the capital to the charming French city of Bayeux onboard a modern bullet train. Besides the train's fast travel time, you can make use of the departure and arrival stations locations right in the city centers.

Bayeux

second destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Train to Bayeux
Transfer
Transfer

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel and are transferred to the train station where you board a train to the town of Bayeux in the Normandy region of France (1st class train tickets included). Upon arrival in about two hours, your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at leisure or you may join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Tour of Bayeux and Tapestry Museum
    Together with your guide explore one of the few French towns which boasts well-preserved 15th-century buildings.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Tour to Mont Saint-Michel
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide-driver and go on a small group tour* of the Mont Saint-Michel, a magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery in Normandy.

Upon arrival at the parking lot together with your driver-guide you take a shuttle to Mont Saint-Michel as cars are not allowed to go on further. Today you see the iconic Gothic-style Benedictine abbey in honor of the archangel St Michael built between the 11th and 16th centuries and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks, Mont Saint-Michel is exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany - the highest spring tides in Continental Europe. The tide comes very quickly with the sea level rising by 15 meters between low and high tide, making Mont Saint-Michel an island.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

*Group size is up to 8 people is available from May to October. This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
D-Day Tour
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast you meet your guide-driver as today you go on small group* D-Day Tour, dedicated to the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, for the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany's control.

During the tour you get to see places where took place the D-Day landings, the Invasion, and the Battle of Normandy. You visit such places as Omaha Beach, Ste Mere Eglise, and Pointe du Hoc. Today you also visit the American cemetery at Colleville where you'll take a quick tour through the visitor center and then tour the cemetery.

After the tour you are taken to your hotel in Bayeux. The rest of the day is free.

*Group size is 8 people maximum.

Breakfast is included.

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Villa Cambette, Bayeux
4

The beautiful Villa Cambette boasts excellent service and a great location within walking distance from Bayeux’s main sights. It’s a small hotel, offering as little as three comfortable guestrooms.

Welcome to Bayeux

Located in northwestern France, Bayeux is the gem of Normandy with numerous architectural monuments across the city, sites representing occurrences in the past, and picturesque sceneries

train
Bayeux
Rouen
2 hrs 40 min

Taking a modern train is among the most convenient and time-saving options when traveling between Bayeux and Rouen. Enjoy your time onboard the train, taking you through the scenic French countryside.

Rouen

third destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Arrival to Rouen
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your driver to have a transfer to Caen to catch a train to the next destination - Rouen.

In just 1.5 hours you arrive in the cozy French city and have a transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you and you can start an exploration of Rouen on your own.

Alternatively, you can replace the train trip with guide-driver services and have a gastronomic tour on the way to Rouen. During such a tour, you visit a Camembert cheese factory where you enjoy a tasting of Norman cheeses and try the best cider in Normandy.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Rouen City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast your guide meets you at the hotel and takes you on a 3-hour walking tour of Rouen.

During your guided sightseeing tour you see the soaring Notre-Dame Cathedral which is the tallest cathedral in France, the Saint-Maclou church and churchyard, the the Gros Horloge or ClockTower in the beautifully restored medieval quarter, the Renaissance Parlement de Normandie as well as the old marketplace and the futuristic St. Joan of Arc church, erected in honor of Joan of Arc who was executed in this city.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Free Day in Rouen
Free day
Free day

Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Rouen on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour to Claude Monet's House and Gardens in Giverny.

  • Optional tour: Tour to Claude Monet's House and Gardens in Giverny
    Together with your guide-driver, you make your way to outstanding Giverny where you get to visit the unique house and museum of Monet and walk the gardens of Monet, still kept exactly as he left them.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Transfer to Paris & Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your tour of France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you directly to the airport in Paris where you arrive in approximately 2 hours.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale, Rouen
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Located in the middle of the peaceful pedestrian area, the Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale is a beautiful property and a great place to stay during your Rouen visit. All rooms are comfortable and offer great amenities.

Welcome to Rouen

Visit Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. The city is beautifully situated along the River Seine providing picturesque sceneries and plenty of areas for strolling around after actively exploring the wonders of the city.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 4* or boutique centrally located hotels in Paris, Bayeux and Rouen;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfer to Paris and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Bayeux;
  • Regular class train tickets Paris-Versailles-Paris, Caen-Rouen;
  • Private transfer Rouen hotel - Paris airport;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides and guide-drivers;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • A city tour of the three famous districts of Paris: Marais, Latin Quarter, and Saint Germain
  • A walking tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower districts
  • A tour to Versailles
  • A tour of the Mont Saint-Michel
  • A D-Day Tour, dedicated to the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944
  • A walking tour of Rouen

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops, restaurants, and museums closed for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • French breakfast is not as heavy as other European breakfast meals, it usually includes sweet pastries, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal
  • Tipping in restaurants might be included in the bill, "service compris" (tip included) or "service non-compris" (tip not included), but in any case, if you liked the service you can leave few Euros on the table either way
  • Most communication equipment takes 220/110 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type E) to make your plug fit into the socket
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