Loire Valley, Paris & Normandy - 8 Days

Loire Valley, Paris & Normandy

Chateaux, beaches and the Eiffel Tower

See the sights you’ve always dreamed of in France, from the Champs-Elysees in Paris to the chateaux of the Loire Valley and the D-Day beaches of Normandy.

Unique Explorations

  • The Eiffel Tower becomes an illuminated wonder in the evenings; visit between sunset and 2 AM for spectacular views.
  • Discover the remains of the infamous Battle of Normandy during a guided day tour.
  • Explore fairytale-like chateaux, including one designed by Leonardo da Vinci!
  • Lose track of time with a stroll through the picturesque Gardens of Versailles.
  • One of the oldest Parisian bakeries, Poilane, still makes their sourdough bread in a wood-fired oven. Pay them a visit and taste the difference!

Romantic cities, remnants of a tumultuous past, fairy tale palaces – experience it all on this adventure in France! You’ll spend seven nights based out of France’s capital city of Paris, where you can climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, stroll through some of the world’s most famous gardens, and indulge in freshly-baked Parisian pastries to your heart’s content!

Included in this vacation are four unique tours. Enjoy seamless access through Paris with your hop-on/hop-off bus pass, then follow the footsteps of WWII and the Allied invasion with your guided tour of Normandy and the D-Day beaches.

You’ll also be whisked away to one of France’s most famous palaces, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour followed by free time in Versailles’ breathtaking gardens.

Lastly, you’ll be treated to a trip straight out of a storybook with a guided exploration of the Loire Valley’s most iconic castles. Tour a home designed by Leonardo da Vinci, then explore the former residence of one of the art world’s most famous patrons: Catherine de Medici.

Please note: depending on availability, tours may be scheduled on different days than mentioned in the itinerary.

PRICES FROM: $2897*PER PERSON

*Vacation is round-trip, per person, based on 2 travelers departing from
Atlanta. Includes air, airport taxes, hotel, transfers, daily breakfast and more. Additional baggage charges may apply. Rates are available for 1 to 9 travelers. Sceptre

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Day 1
Welcome to Paris!

Arrive at Paris’ Charles De Gaulles Airport and be transferred to your Paris hotel. Activate your hop-on/hop-off bus pass and begin exploring the City of Light! You can take an entire loop for a unique perspective of the city, then start hopping off as you please.

Ascend the steps of the Eiffel Tower and look down upon the city below, head to the Arc de Triomphe and stare in awe at its grandeur, then hop off at Pont Neuf and take a walk across this iconic and historic bridge.

Transfer from Paris airport (CDG) to hotel!

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Hotel le M

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Located on the famous Rive Gauche, Hotel le M – formerly Abba Montparnasse – is a luxury 4-star boutique hotel in the 14th arrondissement. Walk to Gare Montparnasse, Tour Montparnasse, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Luxembourg Gardens.

Hotel Le Littre

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Tucked away on a quiet street of the same name, Hotel Le Littre radiates peace and tranquility to all its guests. Situated between Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Hotel Le Littre is away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still convenientl.

Hotel Opera Cadet

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Wake up in the fresh, sunny atmosphere of The Opera Cadet Hotel. Start your morning off by enjoying a pleasant breakfast in the garden, then plan your day of Parisian adventure in the bright sun-room, or take a stroll through the Grand Boulevards.

Hotel Square Louvois Paris

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

The Hotel Square Louvois enjoys a very central home, in the heart of Paris’s 2nd arrondissement. Its location in Louvois Square was a focal point of high society and French culture dating back to the early 19th century, and today the same spirit of art and history reigns, in the new Hotel Square Louvoisa. Its elegant style with Art Deco details have made it a number one destination in Parisian chic, where contemporary design and 19th century Haussmannian influences are combined with great refinement, and French classicism contrasts with noble modern materials.

With the influence of bygone charm, the warm and cozy guestrooms convey all the authenticity of the past. The decoration highlights the influences of yesteryear, together with the comfort of today, for a stay where French-style charm plays the leading role. Far from the urban hubbub, the hotel’s Wellness Area with fitness center and herbal tea room is dedicated to peace and relaxation for an interlude outside of time. Under the natural stone vaults, the indoor swimming pool has a hydromassage bench for total relaxation.

Between 4 and 6 p.m., the hotel provides a delicious French-style afternoon tea for its guests. For a “just like home” experience, enjoy a welcome break with a snack made up of sweet creations.

Paris 1 Day Hop-On/Hop-Off – Big Bus Tour Paris (Classic)

Tour the highlights of Paris from the comfort of the Big Bus Tour. Featuring an open-top double-decker bus, this tour gives visitors one full day of exploring the best of 2 bus routes through the city. With 11 stops to choose from, you can hop on and hop off at your own pace and see everything you want to see! Pick the Red Route as it runs by the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and the Grand Palais, or perhaps the Blue Route is more your speed, with the Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, and Moulin Rouge along the way. Maybe you’ll choose to mix and match routes! Its up to you to decide. Find history, romance, secrets, and stories tucked away behind each corner, and amazing photo and shopping opportunities!

Day 2
Paris

Continue utilizing your hop-on/hop-off bus pass! Say hello to the gargoyles at Notre Dame Cathedral, or lose track of time in the breathtaking Luxembourg Gardens.

Once you’ve explored all the nooks and crannies of the gardens, head to the nearby Latin Quarter, an area with a history rooted in rebellion and social uprisings. You can visit the Parisian Pantheon, explore a museum house in ancient Roman Baths, or take advantage of the area’s vibrant restaurant selection and nightlife!

Day 3
Paris - Avignon

Today, spend an entire day following the footsteps of WWII and the Allied invasion with your Normandy and D-Day Beaches tour!

Guided Tour of Normandy & The D-Day Beaches

Depart Paris and embark on a full-day excursion to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy! An official guide will bring these historic in the company of an official guide, who will bring these historic sites to life. Relax on the luxury air-conditioned coach as you make your way through the Normandy countryside, admiring its beautiful landscape along the way.

You’ll arrive at the Caen Memorial Museum, also known as the Peace Museum, where you’ll follow the path of WWII, in particular the Battle of Normandy and the advance of the Allied forces across France. You will have the chance to see everyday objects from life under occupation – from maps to models of military vehicles, and even film screenings that recreate the emotions of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

The next leg of your tour takes you to some of the most iconic landmarks that played a part in the landings. See the Pointe du Hoc, one of the key German fortified sites along the Normandy coast. Then pay a visit to the famous American Cemetery at Saint Laurent, located just above Omaha Beach, near the town of Colleville-sur-Mer. This 170-acre site is home to 9,387 white marble headstones, lined up perfectly across the grass, a memorial, a chapel, and the Garden of the Missing.

Following this visit, you will stop at Arromanches, a historic town known for its artificial port, which was built to assist the Normandy landings. On D-Day, the harbor saw the unloading of almost 10,000 tons of equipment. You can still make out the floating reinforced concrete “Phoenix” constructions in the water.

Includes:

Full day excursion to Normandy from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach

An experienced guide who’ll tell you everything you need to know about the day the Allies landed on the Normandy beaches in 1944

Visit on your own the Caen Memorial Museum, dedicated to the D-Day landings and the Second World War

Lunch at the Caen Memorial Museum

Explore the Pointe du Hoc, the American Rangers’ landing site

Visit the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, with free time to walk on the famous Omaha Beach

Stop at Arromanches

Day 4
Paris

Spend the first part of your day discovering the splendors of the Palace of Versailles, from the iconic gardens to the many works of art and furniture, created by the greatest craftsmen of the day.

Return to Paris in the early evening, and prepare to experience Paris’ one-of-a-kind nightlife! Take a romantic stroll along the river, enjoy some music, or perhaps even stumble upon a speakeasy!

Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of Versailles Palace and Gardens (Half-Day Morning Tour)

The Palace of Versailles was the residence of French Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789. With commentary from your guide played through individual headsets, discover the splendor of the Palace of Versailles, a symbol of royal power. Its sumptuous decoration, Baroque architecture, many works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest craftsmen of the day.

Then enjoy the beauty of the French gardens of Versailles at your own pace. Set off for the Palace of Versailles from the meeting point in Central Paris at 8:45am. Take advantage of the 45-minute journey by luxury air-conditioned coach to listen to your guide’s introduction to the palace’s history.

Stretching for more than 721,000 square feet, the Palace of Versailles has over 700 rooms. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to tour the palace’s most beautiful rooms: the King’s Grand Apartments, the Queen’s Grand Apartments, including the Coronation Room and the Queen’s Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, and the majestic “Hall of Mirrors.”

Spend time exploring the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, ponds, flower beds, and woodland.

Day 5
Paris

Spend today soaking up the highlights of the Louvre! Fall in love with the Venus de Milo, sneak a peek at Botticelli’s Venus, then follow the iconic gaze of the Mona Lisa.

After a day spent surrounded by some of the world’s most famous masterpieces, consider winding down with a leisurely cruise along the river Siene, or perhaps treat yourself to a wine and cheese tasting, sampling the local sips and nibbles France is known for!

Day 6
Paris

Spend an entire day exploring France’s most breathtaking chateaux on your guided tour today.

Guided Tour to the Loire Valley Castles

Spend the day in the heart of the Loire Valley. Explore the majestic Chateau de Chambord, built with help from Leonardo da Vinci, and the fairytale-like Chateau de Chenonceau, former home of many female aristocrats (including Catherine Medici!) with your official tour guide.

Experience what life was like during the Renaissance period in these stunning properties that once accommodated the courts of the Kings of France. Relax on a luxury air-conditioned coach as you take in the beautiful French countryside as you make your way from chateau to chateau.

*Please note: During summer months, on Mondays and Saturdays the tour visits Chateau d’Amboise instead of Chateau de Chambord.

Day 7
Paris

Paris is overflowing with things to do, see, and experience! Today, why not pay a visit to the breathtaking Sacre-Coeur, followed by a stroll through the hilly Montmartre, a beloved artistic hub and home to a handful of art studios and galleries.

Or perhaps you’d like to take a dive into the darker depths of the city with a stroll through the catacombs.

In the evening, head to the Eiffel Tower to experience this landmark one more time as it becomes illuminated in the evening – the perfect way to spend your last evening in Paris!

Day 8
Depart France

Say au revoir to France as you are transferred from the hotel to the airport in time for your departure flight home.

Transfer from hotel to Paris airport (CDG)!

Fly home!

What's Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Paris (CDG)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 7 nights in Paris at the Hotel Square Louvois or similar
  • Paris Hop-On/Hop-Off Pass (24-hour)
  • Guided Tour of Normandy & The D-Day Beaches
  • Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of Versailles Palace
  • Guided Tour to the Loire Valley Castles
  • Breakfast daily

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