(5) Buffet Breakfasts
(4) Dinner Meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach w/ restroom & WiFi onboard (except in remote locations)
An expert Travel Director and separate driver
Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling and all fees and local taxes
Arrive in Paris on the date of your choice. On your own, you can take in Paris, the City of Lights, with all of its points of interest including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Louvre Museum and much more. You will certainly want to catch a show at the Moulin Rouge and of course, a Jimmy Buffett concert or two. Prior to the tour beginning, we are working on putting together a music festival at La Javalle on the Seine River where Brent performed last year. We hope to have several artists perform along with Brent. More details on that as we get them.
Day 1: PARIS – ROUEN – HONFLEUR – BAYEUX - NORMANDY BEACHES (2 NIGHTS)
This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbor town of Honfleur - its narrow lanes and colorful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalized its beauty on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.
Day 2: FULL DAY NORMANDY D-DAY LANDING BEACHES INCLUDING OMAHA BEACH AND JUNO BEACH
We begin the day visiting the poignant D-Day Museum and the bunkers and Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha, imagining the sense of terror and triumph felt the fateful day that Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, one of the five D-Day landing beaches. A drive through the Norman countryside takes us to a family-run cider farm, where we'll visit and taste the local tipple. Then, we're off to a Farmhouse Inn for a Norman feast with drinks included!
Day 3: NORMANDY BEACHES – MONT ST. MICHEL
This morning, travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Here we'll join a Local Specialist for a tour of Mont St. Michel's medieval Benedictine Abbey. Legend has it, the abbey was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island. You’ll explore the prettiest walled port in Brittany with our Local Specialist. Stroll along the medieval ramparts, admire the aristocratic old houses of wealthy shipping merchants and take in the Emerald coastline. Home of Jacques Cartier and the great romantic, Chateaubriand, this is your chance to discover one of the jewels of France.
Day 4: CHÂTEAUX EXCURSION
We spend our day admiring the beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and join a Local Specialist for a visit to the Amboise Royal Château. It is here that King François I hosted Leonard da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a visit to Chenonceau, a château built on the Cher River. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, due to the many women who influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections, including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.
Visit the Manor house and gardens where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years, preserved much as he left them on his death almost 500 years ago. Your guided tour culminates in a display of Leonardo's most extraordinary inventions - from submarines to helicopters. Toast our new-found friends as we enjoy a typical French meal in an atmospheric Old World setting. Drinks are included.
Day 5: LOIRE VALLEY – CHAMBORD – PARIS
Our first stop today is the royal Château de Chambord of King François I, regarded as one of the world's most remarkable châteaux, with its exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and decorative moat. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the City of Lights with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.
Day 6: DEPART PARIS
For now it's time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travelers at the end of a memorable trip. Transfers to airport.
Initial Deposit - $500 per person ($200 is non-refundable)
2nd Payment - $500 is due by February 15th.
3rd Payment - $500 is due by May 15th.
Final Payment is due by July 31st.
Travel Protection Insurance
Travel insurance is available for this trip. Please indicate that you would like an insurance quote on the registration form. Please be aware that it is in your best interest to purchase the insurance within 14 days of making your deposit. If you purchase the plan within 14 days of your initial trip deposit/payment you will be covered for pre-existing conditions. By purchasing within the 14 day period, it will protect you against unforeseen circumstances that may arise at a later date and the Pre-Existing Condition exclusion.
Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each guided vacation hotel and porter service
at airports for intra-air inclusive guided vacations, is included in the guided vacation price. Due to limited
motorcoach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm)
A charge of US$6/CA$6 or local currency equivalent per traveling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a
second piece of baggage is permitted to be carried, or if suitcase exceeds weight or size limits. This is not assurance
that luggage in excess of limits on size, weight and number of pieces will be permitted on the motorcoach.
Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit
under your motorcoach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the