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Paris, Normandy, Brittany Coast & the Loire Valley

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From bright lights to lavish châteaux, see France from all angles.

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

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cheese & cider tasting
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • Normandy coastline
  • Rouen
  • Honfleur harbor
  • D-Day beaches
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Paris
Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meal: 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 to view the Arc de Triomphe
  • Pass Pont Neuf and 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 iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Normandy2 nights
Day 4: Normandy via Rouen & Honfleur
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Visit Rouen, home to a large 16th-century clock and the Gothic, two-towered Rouen Cathedral
  • Walk through the Old Market Square where Joan of Arc was executed
  • See the untouched Honfleur harbor, once an important port
  • Sample cheeses, including Camembert, Pont-l’Évêque, and Livarot, paired with cider and Calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Normandy
Included meal: Breakfast

Relive World War II history during a full-day excursion to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June 1944.

  • 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
  • Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American 2nd Ranger Battalion, which seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops
  • Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day
Brittany Coast2 nights
Day 6: Saint-Malo via Mont-Saint-Michel
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the striking 8th-century island of Mont-Saint-Michel on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • See how the UNESCO-recognized site, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide
  • Pass by medieval houses and then enter the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your local guide

Then, continue your journey toward the Brittany Coast, where you'll sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Saint-Malo
Included meal: Breakfast

Take in Saint-Malo’s narrow streets, tall granite homes, and medieval ramparts on a guided tour.

  • Walk along the city walls, taking in views of the ocean and surrounding town
  • See the statue of Robert Surcouf, a privateer who is closely linked to Saint-Malo's pirate legacy
  • Pass by Saint-Malo Cathedral Cathedral and walk down the historic Rue du Collège

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Brittany's Emerald Coast & Cancale Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Loire Valley2 nights
Day 8: Travel to the Loire Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the Loire Valley today, known for its ornate chateaux.

Later, sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9: Château de Chenonceau
Included meal: 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.

Loire Valley Dinner & Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Paris1 night
Day 10: Travel to Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Return to France’s capital city, where you'll say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Paris

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

Paris2 nights
Day 11: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 12: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Paris or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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by 2nd time traveler 

Excellent tour. Our first. Tour director was fabulous. We will do a Go Ahead tour again

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by 2nd time traveler 

Our tour guide, Ronen was beyond excellent. Friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable, courteous. I would travel with him again. Our bus driver, Louis, kept us on time, safe, excellent driver, great personality. Some of the meals were just o.k., especially on the first night.

Bucket List Tour
by 2nd time traveler 

This tour exceeded our expectations primarily because of the knowledge and professionalism of Ronen, our tour director. The itinerary included many historic sites which we wanted to visit, the hotels and meals were very good, and the coach transportation was excellent. We found the combination of ...

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by 2nd time traveler 

I felt it was hectic because if 4 different hotel changes. Not enough free time and food was average but not exceptional. Would have enjoyed more dinner selections and on our own especially in small towns. The sights were great and especially Ronen the tour guide.

Go Ahead Tours replied on 09/29/2019

Dear Karen, Thanks for letting us know how you fel...

Normandy Experience
by 12th time traveler 

We visited Normandy in November, 2018 and it was such a truly awesome experience for my husband and I. Our Go Ahead TD, Brian made our trip wonderful due to his personable attitude and especially, his WWII knowledge! Always patriotic, Normandy brought home what our US soldiers and our Allies endur...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

This modern hotel is located in Montparnasse. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Nearby, you'll find Luxembourg G...

Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Cabourg. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Hippodrome de Cabourg, Pl...

Hotel Mercure Saint Malo Balmoral

This modern hotel is located in front of the TGV station of Saint-Malo. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find...

Novotel Amboise Hotel

This modern hotel is located in the heart of the Châteaux de la Loire. Guests enjoy a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, and tennis court. Nearby, you’...

Flights

Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather
Honfleur, France
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Normandy, France
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Paris, France
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Rouen, France
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for at least 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, and sandy paths, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information 
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Paris. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips 
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health 
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm in France, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • Cuisine in the Normandy region of France is known for its fresh flavors. Chicken, rabbit, and duck are staples, and you can find fish and shellfish in its coastal towns. The abundance of dairy farms throughout the region means many dishes are accompanied by cheeses and creams. Normandy is also famous for its apples, which are used to create cider and Calvados, or apple brandy.
Electricity & air conditioning 
  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning. The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping 
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
Dates & prices
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20202021
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2020
Fri
Mar 13
Mon
Mar 23
$2,559
$2,559
Extension
Fri
May 08
Mon
May 18
$2,909
$2,909
Extension
Waitlist
Fri
Jun 05
Mon
Jun 15
$3,159
$3,059
Extension
Fri
Jul 10
Mon
Jul 20
$3,059
$3,059
Fri
Aug 14
Mon
Aug 24
$3,059
$2,959
Extension
Fri
Sep 04
Mon
Sep 14
$2,959
$2,959
Extension
Fri
Oct 02
Mon
Oct 12
$2,859
$2,859
Extension
Fri
Nov 06
Mon
Nov 16
$2,759
$2,659

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