PARIS, NORMANDY, LOIRE VALLEY & THE CHAMPAGNE REGION
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!
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.
- 2 nights in Paris
- 3 nights in Normandy
- 2 nights in Loire Valley
- 2 nights in the Champagne Region
- 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
- Round-trip airfare from New York Area (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- airfare 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
Your fascinating Heart of France tour begins this evening with an overnight flight to Paris.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Paris on Day 2.
Arrive in Paris (France)
Normandy Beaches/American Cemetery & Memorial
Normandy/Château de Villandry/Loire Valley
Château de Chambord/Château de Chenonceau/Wine Tasting
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a tour through the famous Champagne Region visiting two local wineries with an included tasting and a farewell lunch. Our tour will end at our hotel with the evening free at leisure.
| Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, we’ll say “au revoir” to France as we head to the airport for our return flight to the USA. Our exciting journey ends as we touch down in the U.S.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 11, in Reims.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York area (JFK or EWR). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $699
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made 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 $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. 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.
- From approx. $97 Per Person
Join an optional excursion to Versailles for a fascinating visit of the Château and the brilliant hall filled with mirrors and chandeliers, numerous galleries, salons, and royal apartments, all lavishly decorated and fitted with ornate furnishings. The magnificent fountains, supplied by almost 100 miles of pipes, spray jets of water in a forceful dance. You will also have an opportunity to explore the palace and grounds at your own pace.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Crowne Plaza RepubliqueParis
10 Place de la République, 75011 Paris, France
Mercure Caen Côte de NacreCaen
2 Place Boston, Citis, 14200
Herouville Saint Clair, France
Novotel Amboise HotelLoire Valley
17 Rue des Sablonnieres
37400 Amboise, France
Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale HotelReims
31 Boulevard Paul Doumer, 51100 Reims, France
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
- Health Certificate Required: France requires non-EU tourists to have a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence. For information about requirements and to apply, please click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. More details including cost will be added when available.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (France)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (France)
Your flights from New York to France and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
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Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at hotel in Paris on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land Services end after breakfast at Reims hotel on Day 11 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
You may expect daytime temperatures averaging in the 60’s and 70’s in the Summer and the 50’s and 60’s in the Spring and Fall.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a cafe is about $25-30 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdraw local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (no more than 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece (no more than 18”x10”x8”). We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.