Small group tour to Paris and Normandy

Small group tour to Paris and Normandy

Bayeux
Paris
Paris
Mont Saint Michel

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Trip Overview

Enjoy the romance and beauty of France during a 9-day small group tour to Paris and the French Normandy region. Explore the best sights of Bayeux and its famous Tapestry Museum go on a D-Day Tour, dedicated to the Allied invasion of Normandy. Spend a full touring the Mont Saint-Michel island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery. See the top attractions of the capital of France, including the Louvre, Champs-Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and royal Versailles.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.94 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    8 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    2 train trips (1-st class)
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    A tour of Mont Saint-Michel island
  • MEALS
  • 8 buffet breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Bonjour! Arrival to Paris & Train to Bayeux

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 transfers you to the Paris train station for your departure to 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 free so you can start exploring the charming town on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Day 2

Tour to Mont Saint-Michel

Following breakfast, you meet your guide-driver and go on a 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.

Day 3

D-Day Tour

After breakfast you meet your guide-driver as today you go on a 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, Utah Beach, Ste Mere Eglise, and Pointe du Hoc.

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

Day 4

Bayeux City Tour & Train to Paris

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your guide and go on a 2-hour walking tour of Bayeux, a typical yet special Normandy town. Together with your guide, you begin exploring one of the few French towns which boasts well-preserved 15th-century buildings. You get to see the main attractions of the city and visit the Tapestry Museum to see the UNESCO-listed tapestry - an embroidered cloth relating the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and accession of William the Conqueror to the throne of England.

After the tour, you return to your hotel to pick up your luggage and are transferred to the Bayeux train station for your departure to Paris (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.

As they say, Paris is always a good idea! 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5

Exploring Crème de la Crème of Louvre & the Latin Quarter

After breakfast, your guide meets you at the hotel and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the three famous districts of Paris: Marais (4th), Latin Quarter (5th) and Saint Germain (6th).

Your tour of the fabulous capital of France begins on the Cite Island where you see the world’s most famous gothic cathedral - Notre Dame. You stroll the glorious Luxembourg Gardens where famous French philosophers looked for inspiration and see the Pantheon from the outside. Among other sights, you see today are the Hôtel de Ville (city hall), Fountain Of The Innocents and the Cour Carrée that is one of the main courtyards of the Louvre Palace.

You then proceed with the tour 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, masterpieces of Raphael, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and the world’s most enigmatic portrait - Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

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

Day 6

Tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower Districts

Following breakfast, your guide meets you at the hotel and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the Champs-Elysees (8th) and Eiffel Tower (7th) districts.

Today you proceed to the outstanding Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city, explore the beautiful squares Place Vendome and Place de la Concorde, see the famous bridge Pont Alexandre III and the Grand Palais and Petit Palais. After admiring the iconic French symbol - the Triumphal Arc you head to the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower*.

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

  • 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.

Day 7

Free Day and Optional Champagne Tour

Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Paris on your own or our carefully planned optional tour to the Champagne wine-growing region.

  • Optional tour: Small Group Champagne Day Tour
    Enjoy a tour of the Champagne region that is bubbling over with heritage sites and fine Champagne. During the tour, you get to visit two famous Champagne houses as well as one smaller local producer to have an excellent overview of the process of making world-class Champagne, its history and have a Champagne tasting. Then continue to Reims to see its main sight from inside and outside, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. This Gothic cathedral was the site of 25 coronations of the kings of France, from Louis VIII in 1223 to Charles X in 1825.

Day 8

Tour of Versailles Magnifique

Following breakfast, at your hotel, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Versailles - the famous residence of French kings.

Together with your experienced guide and private driver you set off on a 6-hour tour and make use of the privilege to a skip-the-line entrance to the Palace. You see the castle 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, Hameau de la Reine and take a stroll around the endless lavish gardens of Versailles.

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

Day 9

Departure

Time to say "au revoir" as this is the last day of your tour of France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

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

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your French vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extension to Provence.
  • Early Bird Special: Book the Provence extension and enjoy complimentary days in Lyon with special experience tour & hotel included.


Hotels

8 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
4-star hotel in Paris

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation in a centrally located hotel in Paris and Bayeux;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotel;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Bayeux, Bayeux - Paris;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

 

Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.

What's Included

  • A tour of the Mont Saint-Michel island in Normandy
  • A D-Day Tour, dedicated to the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944
  • A city tour of Bayeux 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

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

Dates & Rates

Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 24 - May 02, 2018
$3,259
deposit
$652
$3,459
deposit
$692
$4,781
deposit
$957
May 22 - May 30, 2018
$3,259
deposit
$652
$3,459
deposit
$692
$4,781
deposit
$957
Jun 12 - Jun 20, 2018
$3,259
deposit
$652
$3,459
deposit
$692
$4,781
deposit
$957
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Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 24 - May 02, 2018
$3,259
$3,459
$4,781
May 22 - May 30, 2018
$3,259
$3,459
$4,781
Jun 12 - Jun 20, 2018
$3,259
$3,459
$4,781
Jun 19 - Jun 27, 2018
$3,259
$3,459
$4,781
Aug 19 - Aug 27, 2018
$3,259
$3,459
$4,781
Sep 4 - Sep 12, 2018
$3,259
$3,459
$4,781
Sep 18 - Sep 26, 2018
$3,459
$3,659
$4,981
Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2018
$3,259
$3,459
$4,781

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