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Bayeux
Paris
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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
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    1 train trip (1-st class)
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    A tour of Mont Saint-Michel island
  • MEALS
  • 8 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.

No meals included.

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.

You also visit a cider farm to learn about the production of the local specialties and taste the apple juices, ciders, Pommeau de Normandie and Calvados.

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

Breakfast is included.

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.

Breakfast is included.

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 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.

Day 6
Tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower Districts

Following breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 56-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.

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.

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 and have a Champagne tasting.
  • Optional tour: French Pastry Master Class, Paris​
    Join a small group of up to 8 participants for a masterclass of preparing some of the most famous French pastries: croissant, macaron,​ etc.

Breakfast is included.

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 skip-the-line entrance to the Palace. 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.

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!

Breakfast is included.

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your French vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extension to Provence or Lyon.

Included

8 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
4-star hotel in Paris

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • 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;
  • Visit to a cider farm with tastings;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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

Tour Highlights
  • A tour of the Mont Saint-Michel island in Normandy
  • Visit to a cider farm to learn about the production and tasting
  • 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 the royal 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
Aug 19
Aug - 27, 2018
Sep 4
Sep - 12, 2018
Oct 9
Oct - 17, 2018
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,081
deposit
$617
$3,081
deposit
$617
$3,081
sold out
deposit
$617
Two travelers: double occupancy
$3,281
deposit
$657
$3,281
deposit
$657
$3,281
sold out
deposit
$657
Single traveler
$4,798
deposit
$960
$4,798
deposit
$960
$4,798
sold out
deposit
$960
Dates
Aug 19
Aug - 27, 2018
Sep 4
Sep - 12, 2018
Oct 9
Oct - 17, 2018
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,081
deposit
$617
$3,081
deposit
$617
$3,081
sold out
deposit
$617
Two travelers: double occupancy
$3,281
deposit
$657
$3,281
deposit
$657
$3,281
sold out
deposit
$657
Single traveler
$4,798
deposit
$960
$4,798
deposit
$960
$4,798
sold out
deposit
$960

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