Heart of France

Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley & Champagne

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10 days
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Discover the heart of France on this enchanting tour taking us from the famous “City of Lights” through historic Normandy and on to the lovely Loire Valley and Champagne region. No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, and Arc de Triomphe plus enjoy dinner in the city’s famous Montmartre area. We’ll also take in the country’s natural beauty with visits to Giverny and Monet’s House & Gardens which inspired the famous impressionist painter’s most famous works. Explore Mont Saint-Michel with its medieval abbey and take a step back in history to learn about one of our most famous days in history: D-Day. In the Loire Valley and the Champagne region, we’ll visit some of France’s most stunning châteaux like Château Chambord and Château de Chenonceau and enjoy wine tastings!

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Paris
  • 3 nights in Normandy
  • 2 nights in Loire Valley
  • 2 nights in the Champagne Region

Tour Highlights

  • City Tour of Paris—Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe & more!
  • Monet’s House & Gardens (Giverny)
  • Versailles Optional Excursion
  • Mont St. Michel (Normandy)
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Normandy American Cemetery
  • Château de Chambord (Loire Valley)
  • Château de Chenonceau (Loire Valley)
  • Wine tastings in Loire Valley & Champagne region
  • Reims Tour

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-France ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 15 meals: 9 full buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners
  • Glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admissions fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Intermediate

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Fast

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect early mornings and/or long travel days by bus, and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 1-3 nights. Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

Mont St Michel and Montmartre are hilly with lots of stairs and might pose a challenge for those with difficulties walking.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

For flight details, see Before You Depart.

Day 1: Arrive in Paris (France)

Paris, France

Arrive in the beautiful city of Paris, also known as the "City of Lights." For centuries, Paris has been one of the world's most important cities and certainly one of the world's most beautiful. Not only is Paris the capital of France, but it is considered the global capital for cuisine, art, fashion, and more. After checking into our hotel, enjoy some free time to say "bonjour" to Paris before our welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Republique or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Paris

Day 3: Paris – Normandy

Day 4: Mont Saint-Michel

Day 5: Normandy Beaches – American Cemetery & Memorial

Day 6: Normandy – Château de Villandry – Loire Valley

Day 7: Château de Chambord – Château de Chenonceau – Wine Tasting

Day 8: Loire Valley – Reims

Day 9: Champagne Excursion

Day 10: Depart Reims

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jun. 2, 2023 to get the best price.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

2023 Tours With Flights  
Thu — Sun
Sep 14 — 24
$5,100 $4,600
 Book with Flights Only 5 spots left
Thu — Sun
Oct 5 — 15
$4,699 $4,199
 Book with Flights
2023 Tours Tour Only  
Fri — Sun
Sep 15 — 24
$4,200 $3,700
 Book Tour Only Only 5 spots left
Fri — Sun
Oct 6 — 15
$3,899 $3,399
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Versailles Tour


Erica L

This was a very exciting and fun-filled tour. Our tour Director, Patrick, was very knowledgeable about France and French history which added to our experience. This trip included lots of walking so it would be for someone who is used to physical activity and who could navigate difficult terrain such as steps, cobblestones, etc.
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