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Bask in the rich culture and romance of fascinating France on a tour that explores captivating Paris, picturesque Provence, historic Normandy and breathtaking Le Mont St. Michel. Delight in a 2-night stay in a stunning, renovated French abbey in the UNESCO World Heritage Loire Valley. Relish a tour of two of the Loire Valley's most famous castles - Chateau du Chenonceau and Chateau du Clos Luce. Sip wine during a tour of a well-known winery in the medieval town of Chinon. Visit the gastronomical capital of France, the city of Lyon, and dine at a traditional bouchon. Come to know the enchanting medieval walled city of Avignon during a walking tour and visit to the 14th-century papal palace. Exciting experiences like a a spectacular evening river cruise on the Seine bring to life the joie de vivre of this fabulous country.

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12 Days
Day 1ParisOvernight Flight: Embark on your journey through France. Bask in the rich history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns.
Day 2ParisParis, France - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in beautiful Paris. Celebrate the beginning of a fabulous trip with a sunset river cruise past famous glittering landmarks along the River Seine, which divides the north from the south of Paris into what is known as the Right Bank and the Left Bank. Then we'll head to one of Paris' brasseries for a delightful French dinner. Enjoy sumptuous food and wine set amongst an Art Nouveau background reminiscent of the jazz and Hemingway-era of Paris.
Day 3ParisParis: It's your choice! Take a splendid panoramic coach tour that includes a stop for a short walking tour inside the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral. Or, for a truly local experience, join a guide who will take you to some of Paris' most iconic sights by Metro. Either way you'll see the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome. Write your own story during a free afternoon. Perhaps you'll take an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre.
Day 4ParisParis - Caen: Set off for the Normandy coast. During WWII, the largest invasion in history took place here. Visit the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic Battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, see the remains of the artificial Mulberry port built near Arromanche-les-Bains - where the allies resupplied their lines during the liberation of France - before making your way to the hotel.
Day 5CaenCaen - D-Day Landing Sites - Caen: This morning visit the Omaha Beach Cemetery and stop by the new interpretive center. See the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy. Then, walk through Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-Day to seize the fortified enemy position. Next, make your way to Sainte Mere Eglise, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit other landing beaches, such as Utah and Juno.
Day 6CaenCaen - Bayeux - Dinan - Saint-Malo: Travel back in history when you stand before the impressive Bayeux Tapestry (UNESCO), a 230-foot embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Next, journey to Dinan, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in France. Then, it's your choice! Join a local guide for a walking tour along cobbled streets and discover the city's fortified walls. Or, learn about the quaint port of Dinan, the entry point for resupplying the Duke of Dinan during the Hundred Years' War, as your local guide explains the rich history from a viewpoint. Continue exploring as you walk up the famous Rue de Jerzuel hill to the town center. Either way, you'll fall in love with the streets lined with half-timbered houses and the ramparts that overlook this picture-perfect port village. Then it's off to Saint-Malo, Brittany's famous coastal village. Here you'll be immersed in the beautiful beaches, striking blue water, and views of the fortified Old Town where you'll enjoy a wonderfully prepared local dinner.
Day 7Saint-MaloSaint-Malo - Le Mont St. Michel - Saint-Malo: Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Mont St. Michel, the 'Wonder of the West.' Resting on the border between Normandy and Brittany, this world-famous pilgrimage site sits on the edge of the sea and becomes an island at high tide. Take in the breathtaking views as you stroll through the old city at the base of the village before exploring one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, dating back to the 11th century. Return to Saint-Malo and enjoy time to relax or explore independently.
Day 8Saint-MaloSaint-Malo - Chinon - Fontevraud: Journey south to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with chateaux and parks, once the setting for the French court. Arrive in the medieval village of Chinon, set on the banks of the Vienne River. Visit the renowned Royal Fortress of Chinon where Joan of Arc first met young Charles VII and shared her vision that he would defeat the English during the Hundred Years' War. This afternoon, check into your hotel within the magnificently renovated abbey of Fontevraud. Delve into the history of this site which was home to one of the largest orders in Europe during medieval times and serves as the final resting place of King Richard the Lionheart. Tonight's dinner is set amongst flying buttresses, chiseled arches and ancient stone.
Day 9FontevraudFontevraud - Amboise - Fontevraud: Embark on a tour of the spectacular Chateau de Chenonceau. Perched along the banks of the Cher River, it is a jewel of Renaissance architecture. Head to the picturesque center of Amboise. Enjoy free time for exploring and getting to know the local culture. Tour Chateau du Clos Luce - where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last three years - which showcases a display of his early inventions. Next, visit a local winery to discover some of Europe's best Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc wines.
Day 10FontevraudFontevraud - Lyon: Travel the French countryside to the gastronomical capital of France, Lyon (UNESCO). The city was once an important area for silk production. Today it is known for its world-renowned cuisine. This evening experience this cuisine firsthand when you dine at a bouchon, a local restaurant that serves traditional Lyonnaise fare.
Day 11LyonLyon - Avignon: Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvier with its amazing views of the city. Tour the historic Vieux Lyon, or Old Quarter, with a local expert. Continue to Les Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse market, named after the famous chef. Marvel at its culinary delights as you enjoy free time to explore before continuing to Provence and the city of Avignon.
Day 12AvignonAvignon: This morning come to know the walled city of Avignon during a walking tour led by a local resident. Learn about the historical period when the Papacy moved here in 1309. Then, explore some of the 25 rooms of the 14th-century papal palace, Palais des Papes, the world's largest Gothic palace. Your evening is capped off with dinner at a local restaurant, complete with a cocktail reception and creme brulee demonstration.
Day 13AvignonAvignon - Tour Ends: Set out for home with many magnificent memories.

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04/07/2019$3,399.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/26/2019$3,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/28/2019$3,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile Paris, France
Hotel Oceania Saint-Malo, France
Mercure Caen City Center-Port de Plaisance Caen, France
Mercure Hotel Cite Des Papes Avignon, France
Mercure Pont d' Avignon Avignon, France
Fontevraud l'Hotel Fontevraud-L'Abbaye, France
Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette Lyon, France
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
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