Day 1: Arrival to Paris
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 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.
Day 2: 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 Veroneseand 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.
Day 3: Tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower Districts
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.
*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. Upon request, the tickets can be arranged for a visit to the Eiffel Tower after the guided tour. Your guide would escort you to the Eiffel Tower, where you would have free time on your own for the visit.
Day 4: Tour of Versailles Magnifique
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 evening at leisure.
*Round trip by the train can be replaced with a private driver. Refer to your travel specialist for more details.
Day 5: Day at Leisure and Departure to Bayeux
Today you have a check-out and time to continue enjoying Paris on your own or choose our carefully planned optional tour.
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 Market Tour and Cooking Class, Paris
Join a small group of up to 8 participants to enjoy a tour of the French market and pick up fresh products to cook them on the masterclass.
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, eclair, baguette or tart.
In the afternoon you meet your driver at the hotel for the transfer to the station for your departure to Bayeux, in the Normandy region of France.
Day 5: Arrival to Bayeux
Upon arrival at the train station your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your hotel for check-in.
Day 6: Tour to Mont Saint-Michel
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 metres 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 and 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.
Day 7: D-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.
Day 8: Day at Leisure and Departure to Paris
Following breakfast, you have free time to explore Bayeux on your own or 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.
In the afternoon you are transferred to the Bayeux train station for your departure to Paris.
Day 8: Arrival to Paris
Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.
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.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.
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