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Paris, Normandy, Brittany Coast & the Loire Valley

11 days |  13 days with Paris extension
11 days |  13 days with Paris extension
Group size1538 travelers
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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
  • 7 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • Normandy coastline
  • Rouen
  • Honfleur harbor
  • D-Day beaches
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Day-by-day itinerary

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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 France! 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

From $139 per person

Normandy Coast2 nights
Day 4: Normandy Coast via Rouen & Honfleur
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

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

  • 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

Dive into World War II history with your Tour Director during a visit to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June, 1944.

  • Travel to the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy
  • Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day
  • 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
  • Stop in the seaside town of Arromanches, home to one of the main Allied landing harbors, and enjoy free time to explore
  • Pay a visit to Juno Beach and the Bény-sur Mer Canadian War Cemetery (time-permitting)
Brittany Region2 nights
Day 6: Brittany Region 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 view the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your local guide

Then, continue your journey toward the Brittany region, where you'll sit down for 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

From $125 per person

Loire Valley2 nights
Day 8: Transfer to the Loire Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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 in the Loire Valley or add an excursion.

Loire Valley Dinner & Wine Tasting

From $109 per person

Paris1 night
Day 10: Transfer to Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Return to France’s capital city, where you'll celebrate your trip with 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 flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Paris
Paris is always a good idea, so extend your trip to keep exploring. Take a couple of days to museum-hop, stroll along the boulevards, brush up on your français, and let your expert Tour Director point you toward the crème de la crème.
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

From $129 per person

Day 12: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy another day free day in Paris or add an excursion.

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

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

From $109 per person

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5

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    9/1/23 by 2nd-time traveler Diane

    This was my husband and mine second tour with Go ahead tour. Our first tour was in Italy and it was wonderful in every sense of the word - from hotels to food, to destinations. The tour guide was wonderful and so informative and accommodating. This tour left so much to be desired. Most of the hotel...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/8/23

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Follow Up Review
    10/7/23 by 1st-time traveler Noel

    Did you receive my extremely positive earlier review? Susanne was pivotal to our enjoyment of the France tour. A superb guide. Value her at MORE than five stars. And Thierry a magnificent bus operator. Superb bus management and safety epitomized his driving skills. njd

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/7/23

    Hi Noel Thank you so much for your kind review - w...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    EF Tours had our Back
    10/7/23 by 3rd-time traveler Richard

    We added an extra 2 days in Paris at the end of the tour. Our tour director, Suzanne, gave us an intro to the wonderful public transit services, Metro & RER that helped us navigate a day at Musee d'Orsay and an outing to Versailles sadly cut short when the palace was evacuated for the 3rd straight ...

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    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.
    Le Méridien Etoile
    Le Méridien Etoile

    This chic hotel is located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Guests enjoy the private garden area, Jazz Club, and fitness center. Nearby you'll fin...

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    Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome
    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...

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    Hotel Mercure Saint Malo Balmoral
    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...

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    Novotel Amboise Hotel
    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’...

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    Flights

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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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