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Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley

10 days
Few countries offer such an enticing combination of history, scenery and mouthwatering food and drink. Immerse yourself in the history of Normandy. Visit iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Mont-Saint-Michel. Sample the sauvignon blanc and feast on coq au vin. From the iconic sights of Paris to the beautiful scenery of the Loire Valley, this is the France you’ve read about—now yours to discover.

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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris! Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe 

• Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square 

• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $109*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Normandy Coast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Normandy via Rouen & Honfleur

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel through the historic cities and pristine port towns on your way to the Normandy region.

• Visit Rouen, home to a large 16th-century clock and the two-towered Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral 

• Walk through the market square where Joan of Arc was executed

• Enjoy a tasting of Calvados, the Normandy region’s distinctive apple brandy 

• See the untouched Honfleur harbor, once an important port

Day 5: Free day in Normandy

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Normandy on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - D-Day Beaches of Normandy $75*pp Details

Relive World War II history during this excursion to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June 1944. First, travel to the D-Day Museum in Arromanches. Next, stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville—the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the battle of Normandy. From there, visit Pointe du Hoc to view the evocative granite monument erected by the French in honor of the American Second Ranger Battalion, who seized the German canons here before they could be used to fire on American troops landing on Omaha Beach.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Saint-Malo 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Saint-Malo via Mont-Saint-Michel

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the striking island of Mont-Saint-Michel, a sacred site known as the “Wonder of the West,” on a guided sightseeing tour

• Pass by medieval houses and then enter the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your local guide

• See how the UNESCO-recognized site, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide

Then, continue your journey toward Saint-Malo.

Loire Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Travel to the Loire Valley

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take in Saint-Malo’s narrow streets, tall granite homes and medieval ramparts on a guided tour. Later, drive through the Loire Valley, once known as France’s “Playground of the Kings.”

Day 8: Château de Chenonceau

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know châteaux country on a guided tour of the Loire Valley region.

• Step inside the extravagant Château de Chenonceau and explore its gardens

• Discover how the castle got the nickname “Château de Femmes”—some of its famous female residents included Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Loire Valley Dinner & Wine Tasting $99*pp Details

Cap off your day in the Loire Valley taking in views of the Valley's châteaux and greenery on your way to a local wine cellar. With its central location in the country, this area draws culinary influence from several parts of France, which you'll experience during a wine tasting and dinner at a local restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Paris 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Travel to Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Return to France’s capital city making a photo stop at Château Chambord on the way, and enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.

Add Paris $349 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Élysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk cafe and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Paris on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Notre-Dame & the Marais $75*pp Details

Your guided walking tour of Paris begins on Île de la Cité, the city’s legendary birthplace and home to the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral. Step inside the cathedral to admire the stained-glass rose windows and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings. Walk along the flower market beside the island’s Palais de Justice, which houses the Conciergerie, the former prison where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned. Wander past the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s administrative heart, and continue through the Jewish Quarter to the gardens of Musée Carnavalet and Place des Vosges, noted as one of the prettiest squares in Paris. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 11: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet’s home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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  • Saint-Malo, France
  • Amboise, France
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Passport and Visa Requirements

In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return to the United States. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry- on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to France. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Nearly all restaurants post a menu outside. Browse around until something strikes your fancy.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Paris. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. Most of the destinations on tour are best explored on foot, but in Paris you may want to take advantage of the excellent transportation system. Paris’ massive Métro is world class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your tour director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal.

Electricity

France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6 p.m. in Paris.

Currency

The Euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards, credit cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Please note: With the conversion to the Euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside Europe’s major cities—both at banks and shops—and they often attract higher fees.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best Kept Secret: St. Malo

When you arrive, you will know why Paris is the most visited city in the world. Our guide, Thierry was a most excellent host and ambassador for the French country. His friendly disposition and knowledge of French history made this trip extraordinary. If Normandy is on your bucket list, go on this tour. St. Malo was an exceptional surprise. The hotel was only a place to sleep, but the food and history were amazing! We purchased all but one of the excursions---well worth the money. Our anniversary coincided with the optional "Evening in Paris": a wonderful dinner and a cruise on the River Seine that ended with docking at the Eiffel Tower just as the lights are twinkling on.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Yes, Susanne is a great tour director. She has a great sense of humor. Despite the dairy farmers' strike, (they were blocking sections of the highways), Susanne with the GPS on her phone and our driver, Kadir, gave us a scenic tour of the French countryside while trying to keep up with our schedule. We missed Bayeux tapestries because of the detour, but she made up for it by taking us to the Apocalypse Tapestries in Angers. The beaches in Normandy are overwhelming, especially the American cemetery. We had to walk extra to Mont Saint Michele, again because of the strike, but the effort was worth the sight from on top of the monastery. Saint Malo is refreshing and the chateau, Le Chenonceau, is so beautiful. Just wish we had more time to spend there. On the way back to Paris, it was decided by democratic vote to skip Chambord and instead go to Chartres to see the cathedral and the Saturday morning farmers' market. I think we supported the dairy farmers that morning by buying cheese for our lunches! Susanne had to take a group to the Marais the morning we left to meet up with a tour guide. She insisted on returning to the hotel to see us off and a good thing she did. The driver was 30 minutes later because he went to the wrong hotel. Susanne was on her phone trying to clear up the problem. Overall, the itinerary of the trip was great, the local tour guides were also very informative, and our clever tour guide make what could have been a mess because of the strike into a very enjoyable vacation.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

I am thrilled with the memories of this wonderful tour of Paris and northwest France. Each day of our journey was different, and held varied experiences. From bustling city life and priceless museums, to medieval history in Rouen and Mont Saint Michel, to the Renaissance beauty of Chenonceau and Amboise, to the moving remembrances of World War II at Normandy, this tour is well-chosen for culture and history. Susanne is a great director; I loved her history lessons on our way to destinations, and I appreciated her expertise in guiding a group. She's so much fun, and ensured that I had a memorable birthday in St. Malo! We chose the extension for more time in Paris; La Musée d'Orsay and Claude Monet's home and gardens in Giverny were favorites. I highly recommend this tour and Susanne!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

I was fortunate to go on this trip with my Mother, and we had an incredibly amazing experience! Susanne was our Tour Director, and she was FABULOUS. Honestly, she made the whole trip! She was so helpful in figuring out the Metro in Paris and hilarious the entire time! I loved all of the places that we went, and the hotels (save for the one hotel in St. Malo) were very nice and comfortable. The only thing I really wished for was more time in the smaller towns that we visited: St. Malo, Rouen, and Honfleur! I would highly recommend this particular trip and Susanne!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Trip!

I love to travel and find the Go Ahead tours the very best. This was my third Go Ahead tour, plus one EF tour and they have all been wonderful. I signed up for all the options and found them all great and well worth the price. I enjoyed seeing Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Paris Opera, and Versailles. We all loved Normandy and found it very moving, including the American cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, and the museum. I thought the towns of Rouen, Honfleur, and St. Malo were really special. I wish I could take my summer beach vacation every year at St. Malo! The chateaus of the Loire Valley were beautiful and the wine tasting visit was fun. Our group all signed up for the optional two day extension in Paris, and I'm so glad we did. It gave us more time to see the beautiful city and the option to Monet's village of Giverny was, alone, worth the extension. Our Tour Director, Margaret, is the very best. It's my third tour with her, and she makes the trip better. I also thought the tour guides for individual sites were exceptionally good on this trip, especially, Maria, Irene, Coco, and Nathalie.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/29/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tristan

Tristian was very knowledgeable, controversial, accommodating and to the best if his abilities made sure we got to see the things we were most interested.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Tour Director

Tristan was our tour director and I cannot say enough good things about him! The tour itself was wonderful but he made it even more exciting. He was knowledgeable, interesting, humorous, and patient( a real plus when traveling with seniors!) He brought with him many years of interest in History and language, and it came through in many ways. Go Ahead is very fortunate to have him on their team, and to have him be the face of "Go Ahead" in France.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: ND

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The French Countryside - AWESOME

Upon arrival in Paris, I was very disappointed in Paris. I was shocked to see graffiti written all over any space that didn't have something posted on, mounted on, etc. The French people were very friendly and nice, but Paris was dirty and very disappointing. I was glad to be able to see the Arc de Triomphe, the Eifel Tower, the Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palais Opera House, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and Versailles. I was able to book a tour to Monet's Home and Gardens on our day of arrival - April 25th and really glad I did, otherwise, I never would have gotten to see and tour Monet's Gardens, his home and estate. Once we were able to leave Paris and travel to Reuen and learn about Joan of Arc, the 16th century clock, two-towered Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, tour of the Calvados distillery, the entire D-Day Beaches tour (the main reason I booked this tour), Honsfleur, Saint Malo, the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel, our tour of the 6th generation winery and wine tasting, the beautiful Loire Valley and the Chateau de Chenonceau. I really enjoyed all the towns, cities and places we visited and toured once we left Paris. My only complaint and disappointment was that our tour director took away all of our "free time" and filled it with places, things, etc., he thought we should see. I have never experienced that on any of the other 4 tours I have taken with Go Ahead. We really had no time to just walk around and explore on our own. My other complaint was our stay at the Novotel at the end of our tour before returning to Paris. They were very unfriendly and unaccommodating. In the future, I recommend that you carefully choose the transportation company that brings your tour participants from Charles de Gaulle Airport to our hotel in Paris. The company chosen by Go Ahead for the April 24 - May 3 Tour (Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley) was the worst I have ever experienced on a Go Ahead Tour. They were arguing over who should transport us to the Best Western Rive Gauche since none of them really wanted to do it - once they finally decided who would take us to our hotel, the driver and his partner drove all around Paris and it took us over an hour to reach our hotel. I am ready to book my 2016 tour within the next few days!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome Tour!

This was my first experience with Go Ahead, and it was great! Knowledgeable & very personable tour guide. He went above and beyond in offering special walking tours, information and help in setting up free time options. Included meals & hotels better than expected. Local guides all excellent. Wish we had had more time in Givency, however. Already looking at my next tour with this company!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everything Just Fabulous!

Our tour of Paris, Normandy, and the Loire valley was just fabulous! Tour guide Ronen was super - so knowledgeable and very considerate of every member of the group. The itinerary was great, hotels and meals nice, and pace was just right. Can't wait to sign up for my next tour with Go Ahead!! Sharon

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