Duration
10 Days Itinerary
From
USD $3,095 Dates/Prices
Visiting

France

Transportation

Coach, Jeep

Fall in love with the fascinating regions of northern France, from the intoxicating city of Paris to the picturesque Loire Valley, well known for its magnificent chateaux and delectable food and wine, to the scenic northern beaches with their intrepid war history. Experience northern France at its finest on this small group tour that will leave you wanting more.

Tour highlights

Travel back in time through the Brittany and Normandy regions of France that have provided a scenic backdrop for some of the momentous events in France’s history. Learn about some of these occasions as you explore the ancient city of Saint Malo in Brittany before traveling to Caen in Normandy, where D-Day took place in World War II.

Step into a real-life fairytale as you explore the incredible Loire Valley. More than 1,000 years ago the royal court of France descended upon the Loire Valley building opulent chateaux among the medieval villages that today tell a story of how the people of the Loire Valley once lived. Discover intricate interiors, decadent décor, and exquisite exteriors as you explore some of the many chateaux of the region.

A tour to France wouldn’t be complete without trying some of the country’s produce that it is so well-known for. Take to the streets of Paris during a gastronomic tour to taste the likes of freshly baked baguettes and pastries, delicious cheese and more. Visit a winery in the Loire Valley, an apple orchard in Normandy and a fromagerie in Livarot.

Itinerary (10 Days)

Curated destinations, lifetime memories.

Day
Day 1
1

Paris

Welcome to France and its capital city Paris, often referred to as the ‘city of light’. Tree-lined boulevards and charming architecture are around every corner in this iconic city that oozes romance and elegance. 

We arrive in Paris and check into our hotel before meeting our fellow travelers and small group tour leader for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Paris: a day in the city of light

Special Experience

We set out on a full day of touring in Paris after breakfast this morning and immerse ourselves in the elegant charm of the city. Beginning with a gastronomic tour, we treat our taste buds to a delectable tour of France’s best-known and delicious foods – think baguettes, pastries, cheese and more! We connect with local vendors as we learn about the produce and get a glimpse into this brilliant food culture.

After a break for lunch, we see the icons of the city. Navigating the city via the Paris Metro we make our way to the iconic Louvre located on one of the city’s most famous streets, Rue de Rivoli. We visit the city’s Latin Quarter to see the impressive Pantheon that was originally built as an abbey church and has served as the final resting place for a number of France’s elite since 1791. We see the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy a walk along the Champs-Elysees before finishing our tour at one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. We ascend the tower to its second floor for panoramic 360-degree views over Paris.

Our evening is at leisure to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant of our choice. 

[Breakfast]

Day 3
3

Paris to the Loire Valley

After breakfast this morning we say au revoir to Paris and bonjour to the beautiful Loire Valley. Dating back over one thousand years, the Loire Valley is surrounded by beautiful French countryside. Thanks to the kings, queens, dukes and nobles who built chateaux, and the quaint medieval villages that are dotted throughout the region, the Loire Valley today feels like stepping into a real-life fairytale.

Our drive to the Loire Valley takes us through the stunning countryside before we reach the city of Chartres. Here, we discover the wonderful architecture and rich history of Chartres during a tour, before visiting its impressive Gothic-style Cathedral, built in 1220. We enjoy free time for lunch and a chance to further explore the city’s narrow streets and medieval architecture. We continue onto the village of Cheverny where we visit a local winery for a tour of the property and of course a tasting. We finish the day in Chinon, where we check into our hotel and enjoy the rest of our evening at leisure.

[Breakfast]

Day 4
4

Loire Valley: chateaux galore!

Our day today is full of “oh la la” moments as we explore the many chateaux of the region. After breakfast, we head to the small village of Chenonceaux, home to one of the region’s best-known chateaux, Chateau de Chenonceau. In its current form, the Chateau was built between 1513 and 1517 on the banks of the Cher River and is home to an exquisite collection of furniture and art. We explore the Chateau, discovering its opulent rooms and incredible manicured gardens before continuing to the village of Amboise. Here, we visit the Chateau du Clos Lucé, where famous artist Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked in the 14th century. We see da Vinci’s workshop and bedroom during a tour of the Chateau.

Special Experience

Our next stop is Chateau Gaudrelle, a 17th century manor house that since 1931 has been operating as a winery. We enjoy a tour of the winery and learn about the history of Gaudrelle and their process of wine making. No winery visit would be complete without a wine tasting! After our tour, we enjoy a tasting of the wines produced at Gaudrelle, accompanied by some delicious local produce.

Our final stop for the day is at Chateau de Villandry. Inhabited since the Renaissance, the grand Chateau’s interior décor and furniture combined with its exterior architecture and stunning gardens, paints a picture of what life was like for the families who once called it home. After our guided tour we return to our hotel and enjoy the rest of our evening at leisure.

[Breakfast]

Day 5
5

Loire Valley to Saint Malo

The historic walled city of Saint Malo, located on the English Channel in France’s Brittany region, is our destination today. First inhabited in the 8th century, a wealth of history is housed between its ancient walls, with beautiful buildings, charming streets and a stunning coast.

We bid farewell to the Loire Valley after breakfast and make our way to Saint Malo. Our first stop for the day is in the town of Fougeres. Here, we visit Chateau de Fougeres, the largest best-preserved medieval fortress in Europe. We tour the chateau and learn about the techniques used to build the impressive structure, as well as the role it played in the history of the region. We discover Fougeres’ quaint medieval old town at our own leisure as we enjoy a break for lunch.

We continue to Saint Malo this afternoon and check into our hotel. The evening is free for us to get to know the city on our own.

[Breakfast]

Day 6
6

Saint Malo

Today we explore Saint Malo during a tour this morning. We see the forts of Saint Malo and take to the city’s ramparts for a walk around the ancient city, enjoying views out across the English Channel. We see the Solidor Tower, a dungeon with three towers built in the 12th century, before stopping at the city’s Gothic-style Cathedral.

After enjoying some free time for lunch, we drive to Cap Frehel. With dramatic cliffs that steeply descend into the water below, we take in the stunning scenery before visiting an oyster farm. Here, we learn about the process of farming oysters and enjoy a taste of the farm’s freshest harvest. We return to Saint Malo for an evening at leisure.

[Breakfast]

Day 7
7

Saint Malo to Caen

We continue into France’s Normandy region today as we make our way to the port city of Caen. Established in the 11th century Caen has battled a rough history, notably during the 1944 Battle of Normandy, but stands tall today with impressive architecture and intriguing museums.  

We begin our journey to Caen after breakfast this morning, driving to the magnificent Mont Saint-Michel. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site located on an islet off the coast, is pure magic. As we approach the causeway that links Mont Saint-Michel to the mainland, you’ll be in awe at the beauty of the Benedictine Abbey, erected in 966, that rises high above the islet. We enjoy a guided tour of the abbey before enjoying some free time for lunch.

We continue to Bayeux, home to the 70-meter long Bayeux Tapestry. We enjoy a visit to the impressive tapestry that dates back to the 11th century and discover the story of the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066, as told by the intricate embroidery. Our evening is at leisure when we arrive in Caen.

[Breakfast]

Day 8
8

Caen: discovering D-Day history

We enjoy a full day of touring the Normandy region today beginning at Pointe Colleville sur Mer. We learn about World War II and pay our respects to those who served before continuing to Pointe du Hoc, a cliff that played an important role in World War II. We enjoy free time in Sainte Mere Eglise.

Special Experience

After lunch, we explore the important sights linked to D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history that took place during World War II. We tour the sights in open-top World War II jeeps as we are taken back to 1944 and learn about what happened on that fateful day.  

This afternoon, we continue to Ducy-Sainte-Marguerite and visit the apple orchards of Les Vergers de Ducy. We enjoy a tour of the property, that produces apple cider, cider vinegar, apple juice and the aperitif, Pommeau de Normandie. We treat our taste buds to a taste of the delicious apple beverages before returning to Caen.

This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together with our fellow travelers and small group tour leader at a local restaurant.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 9
9

Caen to Paris

After breakfast this morning we begin to make our way back to Paris. Our tour to France wouldn’t be complete with a visit to a fromagerie and this morning we stop in at Fromagerie E. Graindorge in Livarot. We indulge in a tasting of the cheese produced at the family operated fromagerie which has been producing delicious cheese varieties since 1910. We continue to Giverny, made famous by Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Here, we enjoy some free time for lunch before meeting back up with the group for a visit to Monet’s Garden. We explore the gardens of Monet’s home, famously painted by Monet, before continuing to our hotel and enjoying the evening at our own leisure.

[Breakfast]

Day 10
10

Depart Paris

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We say goodbye to our new friends and to incredible France.

[Breakfast]

Inclusions

No last minute surprises, these are all part of your trip.

Travel

  • Travel in a small group of 10 to 18 passengers
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Enjoy a tour of historic D-Day sights in open top World War II jeeps

Stays

  • 9 nights in superior hotel accommodation
  • Hotel highlight, Saint Malo. Stay in a traditional neo-classical style 19th century building in the heart of historic Saint Malo. Enjoy sweeping views out to sea and across the city from the hotel’s impressive rooftop restaurant.

Meals

  • 11 meals, including 9 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Food highlight, Paris. Take part in a gastronomic tour of Paris and taste quintessential French cuisine including baguettes, pastries and more
  • Food highlight, Livarot. Enjoy a cheese tasting at family operated Fromagerie E. Graindorge

Guides

  • A small group tour leader accompanies the group on the entire tour
  • Specialist local guides join the small group tour in selected locations

Special Experiences

  • Savor a gastronomic tour of Paris, sampling some of the delicious food France is famous for
  • Enjoy a wine and food tasting at a small Loire Valley Chateau
  • Take part in a historical D-day sights tour by jeep and pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and Pointe du Hoc

Sightseeing

  • Paris orientation tour by public transport
  • Visit the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower
  • Chartres Cathedral
  • Chateau Chenonceau
  • Le close Luce, former residence of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Chateau Gaudrelle
  • Chateau Villandry
  • Chateau de Fougeres, the biggest fortress in Europe
  • Saint Malo sightseeing
  • Cap Frehel
  • Oyster Farm visit
  • Mont St Michel
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Sainte Mere Eglise
  • Historical WW2 jeep tour
  • Les Verges de Ducy Calvados Tasting
  • Fromagerie E. Graindorge
  • Monet’s Garden

Accommodation

Accommodation, a superior and safe retreat.

France flag Paris France

Relais Monceau Paris

4-star

Centrally located in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, the Relais Monceau Paris is the perfect base for your stay in the French capital with the city sights just an arm’s length away. Warm and inviting, the hotel rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, free wifi, a safe deposit box, a coffee maker and more. The hotel boasts a colorful outdoor terrace and a cozy bar and library.

France flag Chinon France

Hotel Le Plantagenet

3-star

Set in a traditional 19th century house, the Hotel Le Plantagenet offers a charming stay in the heart of the Loire Valley. Elegant rooms are spacious and filled with natural light, featuring air-conditioning, free wifi, and more. The hotel facilities are charming with beautiful gardens and an onsite eatery.

France flag Saint Malo France

Les Ajoncs D'Or Saint Malo Hotel

3-star

Housed in a historic building in the heart of Saint Malo, Les Ajoncs D’or Saint Malo Hotel offers a pleasant stay in the ancient city. Rooms feature simple and classic styling and make for a relaxing retreat whilst the onsite restaurant serves delicious meals. The hotel’s location in Saint Malo means the city’s attractions are just steps away from the hotel, making it easy for guests to explore the fascinating city.

France flag Paris France

Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport

4-star

The Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport hotel offers a relaxing stay in the heart of Paris’ main international airport. Rooms feature modern styling and are equipped with free wifi, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more. The hotel features an indoor swimming pool and an onsite restaurant and bar serving delicious meals and beverages.

Information

Details for your small group tour.

01

Currency

France - Currency

The official currency in France is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)
02

Fitness Level

Europe

To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Europe tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Europe’s historic architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning landscapes. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Europe.

Walking Ability
2 - 3 hrs
03

Arrival Time

France - Arrival time

We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 15:00 in order to take part in your welcome dinner.

Dates and Prices

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*Prices shown are in USD.

Start Date   End Date Tour Price Offer Price Savings Status  
19 Apr 20
28 Apr 20
$3,095
$3,095
Available
03 May 20
12 May 20
$3,195
$3,195
Available
10 May 20
19 May 20
$3,195
$3,195
Available
24 May 20
02 Jun 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
07 Jun 20
16 Jun 20
$3,395
$3,395
Available
05 Jul 20
14 Jul 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
23 Aug 20
01 Sep 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
06 Sep 20
15 Sep 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
13 Sep 20
22 Sep 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
27 Sep 20
06 Oct 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available

Additional Info

Single Supplement

The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.

Tipping

Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.

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