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Paris & Normandy Highlights 8 Days 7 Night Tour

Enjoy 8 days delving into history and culture in France’s Norman villages, exploring D-Day and WWII military sites with an expert, & strolling through Claude Monet’s garden.
Paris, France
Duration
Duration
8 days, 7 nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
16
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Low
Meals
Meals
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Paris
What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • An 8-day exploration of the historical & culturally significant sights throughout Paris & the Normandy region
  • 7 nights quality accommodation, with good locations & facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, & 1 dinner
  • A mix of transport throughout the tour, including private vehicles, an antique WWII vehicle, & walking
  • Orientation walk, Paris
  • Behind-the-scenes studio tour of a renowned National Geographic photographer, Paris
  • French Wine and Cheese Pairing Lunch, Paris
  • Tour of Monet Gardens, Giverny
  • Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy
  • D-Day Historical Experience, Bayeux
  • Services of a locally-based CEO Chief Experience Officers to guide you through this exciting adventure
  • Departs from the meeting point at Hotel Relais Monceau, 85 Rue du Rocher (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)

Where we Visit:

  • Paris
  • Giverny
  • Bayeux
  • Mont-Saint-Michel
  • D-Day Landing Beaches
  • Honfleur
  • Rouen
What's excluded

  • Some meals – allow USD360-470 for meals not included
  • Optional activities
What to Expect

Connect with France's rich history and culture, journeying from evocative gardens at Giverny to hallowed battlegrounds in Normandy. Marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, touch World War II uniforms and other D-Day relics and discover the gravity-defying monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cap off your adventure exploring the sights and sounds of Paris—and toasting the captivating capital with fine French wine and cheese.

 

Itinerary

 

History lovers and culture connoisseurs will delight in this 8-day exploration of France's Norman villages and World War II sites. 

 

Day 1 – Paris

 

You're welcome to arrive in Paris any time on Day 1, as there are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Feel free to explore before the meeting, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

 

It is recommended to arrive a day or two early to explore this world-renowned city fully. The City of Lights is unlike any other place on earth. Known for its glorious monuments, museums, and markets, Paris has something for everyone from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Montmartre to the Marais. Discover for yourself Paris je ne sais quoi.

  

Day 2 – Paris to Bayeux  

  

Depart Paris for Upper Normandy and the quaint village of Giverny. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Monet felt that his flower and water gardens here were his greatest works of art, and to this day, they are meticulously maintained. These served as inspiration for his celebrated water-lily series and have been named by National Geographic as one of the ten most magnificent gardens in the world.

 

Then, it's on to the town of Honfleur, which sits on the estuary where the River Seine meets the English Channel and is considered one of the prettiest port towns in France. Its quaint harbour and historic buildings have always been a draw for artists, including Monet. Enjoy free time for a walk and lunch in this pretty seaside Village.  

 

Day 3 – Bayeux

 

This morning, you'll be immersed in WWII history with a local, accredited expert. Begin with a lecture on the Allied invasion and visit a museum to view and handle WWII relics, including vintage weapons, uniforms, and maps. Then, board a WWII transport vehicle to visit Secqueville en Bessin War Cemetery to learn about the significance of poppies, the ultimate emblem of military sacrifice.

 

This afternoon, continue exploring with your CEO, visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American cemetery and memorial. Take in scenes of the D-Day landing, which had a pivotal role in the history of the world. You'll also visit the moving memorials and beaches and learn about the impact this event had on the direction of the Second World War.

 

The Battle of Normandy Historical Area is considered an open-air museum and includes all the sites, museums and memorials associated with D-Day and the invasion. Old army bunkers and war relics still exist along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, while museums and memorials throughout the region stand as forceful reminders of this decisive period of WWII. In addition, nearly 30 cemeteries hold the remains of almost 100,000 young soldiers who never returned from their service in Normandy. Today these memorials offer quiet space for personal reflection for every visitor, young or old, regardless of nationality. 

 

Day 4 – Bayeux

 

Today, enjoy an excursion to Mont Saint Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. A UNESCO world heritage site, the medieval fortress is considered one of the most stunning and imposing sites in Europe, with origins dating back to the 6th century. Take an orientation walk with your CEO, then enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets. 

 

Day 5 – Bayeux

 

After a few activity-packed days, you'll enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and cafes, then take an optional visit to the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry. Depicting over 50 scenes, the Bayeux Tapestry is a 230 feet long piece of embroidery, made in the 11th century. The scenes tell the tale of the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy. This stunning linen canvas was thought to be embroidered by monks in the south of England after the Battle of Hastings in October 1066. 

 

Day 6 – Bayeux to Paris

 

Depart for the river port city of Rouen, where we take an orientation walk with your CEO and enjoy some free time. Rouen was an important city in the Roman era and Middle Ages, showcased by its historical centre of Gothic churches and medieval half-timbered houses. It is most notable as theplace where Joan of Arc was tried for heresy. 

 

Continue back to Paris, where you'll visit the studio of renowned National Geographic photographer Reza. For nearly four decades, Reza has served as a frontline witness to the world's most serious conflicts and catastrophes. Visit his Paris studio and meet with one of his assistants for a behind-the-scenes tour and discussion about Reza's current role as a photographer documenting the ongoing global refugee crisis. Learn what it means to be a National Geographic photographer, how assignments are outlined, and how final images are selected for the magazine. Then enjoy some wine and cheese and get to know the staff of this incredible and important operation. 

 

Day 7 – Paris

 

Enjoy a morning walk with your CEO in the medieval centre of Paris, the Ile de la Cite. Afterwards, take advantage of some free time to explore on your own to discover the je ne sais quoi of this stunning city. Choose optional activities such as visiting the Eiffel Tower, exploring the city's outstanding museums and churches, floating down the River Seine on a cruise, or simply people-watching. Being the art, fashion, and gastronomy centre of France, there is no shortage of things to do and see.

 

Day 8 – Paris

 

After spending your final night in the City of Lights, you're free to depart any time today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cold Weather:

  • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
  • Scarf
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Warm layers

Documents:

  • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Moneybelt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:

  • Face masks (required)
  • Hand sanitizer (required)
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Rubber gloves

Smart Dress:

  • Smart outfit (For evenings out)

Warm Weather:

  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
  • Sun hat/bandana
  • Swimwear
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While conventions can vary from country to country, tipping is customary in Europe. A general rule is 10% of the bill for wait staff, and a smaller amount (€1 or €2) for other service providers.

 

Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program, and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day, depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

 

At the end of each trip, if you felt your CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is expected and appreciated. The precise amount is a personal preference, however, €30-€40 per person, per week can be used as a guideline.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum age is 12 years, & an adult over the age of 18 years must accompany each child under the age of 18 years
  • While it is The Operator's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
  • An average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our program. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, 3 to 4 flights of stairs
  • All guests must complete & sign a waiver of liability

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking by notifying the Tour Operator. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the Tour Operator and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled Tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).

Cancellation of a Tour:

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
  • Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable

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