Heart of France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley & Champagne

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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!

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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.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

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.

Paris, France

Arrive in 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 meeting our Tour Director at the airport, we’ll travel to our hotel. We’ll have some free time to say…

Paris

Today we’ll enjoy a guided orientation tour of this magnificent city. We’ll see the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, Pantheon, Place Vendome, and the Paris Opera and more. The tour will end with the afternoon free to explore on our own or to take an optional tour to Versailles. In the evening, we’ll come together for our transfer to Montmartre, a famous section of the Right Bank…

Paris/Normandy

After breakfast, we’ll travel to the lovely town of Giverny which rose to fame in 1883 when famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet, “discovered” the village and moved there. Here, we’ll visit the Monet House and Gardens and see firsthand the place that inspired many of Monet’s most famous works. Our next stop is Rouen, one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe located on the River Seine. Upon arrival in Rouen, the…

Mont Saint-Michel

Note: Mont Saint-Michel is hilly with lots of stairs and might pose a challenge for those with difficulty walking. Today we’ll travel to the rugged coast of Normandy and savor breathtaking views of magnificent Mont Saint-Michel which was built on an isolated island in the gulf of Saint-Malo. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont Saint-Michel is reached by causeway. The lower towers and medieval sea wall protect a small village, capped magnificently by the…

Normandy Beaches/American Cemetery & Memorial

Today we’ll experience and learn about one of the most famous days in history: D-Day. We’ll visit the Normandy Beaches including Omaha Beach near the coastal village of Colleville-sur-Mer. Omaha was one of the principal beachheads where the U.S. Army stormed ashore on D-Day (June 6th, 1944). Explore Pointe du Hoc, located between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, where a group of American Army Rangers defied all odds by scaling a massive cliff at a…
Chateau de Villandry

Normandy/Château de Villandry/Loire Valley

This morning is free to explore Caen (Normandy) independently before we travel to the Loire valley, famous for its old-world villages and charming châteaux (castles). En route we’ll pay a visit to the Château and Gardens of Villandry, the last of the great Renaissance châteaux built on the banks of the Loire River. The estate’s renowned architecture is matched (if not surpassed) by its magnificent gardens, which are spread across three levels and are truly…
Chateau de Chenonceau

Château de Chambord/Château de Chenonceau/Wine Tasting

This morning, we’ll visit Château de Chambord, the undisputed crown jewel of the region and arguably the emblem of the French Renaissance. Originally King Francois I’s weekend hunting lodge in the early 16th century, the Château evolved into one of the most expensive and excessive architectural projects by a French monarch. Next, we’ll continue to Château de Chenonceau, the second most visited château in France (after Versailles), where we’ll be blown away by the magical…
Cathedral Notre Dame in Reims, France

Loire Valley/Reims

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the Champagne Region by coach.  En route, stop in Château-Thierry which was the site of one of the first actions by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during WWI.  We’ll visit the Belleau Woods & Château Thierry monument prior to some brief time wandering around town to see the château and a quick lunch before continuing to Reims, the “City of Kings”.  Upon arrival in Reims, explore the town with a…
Winery in the Loire Valley, France

Champagne

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

Reims/USA

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.

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Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

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.

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May 5
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May 15
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September 8
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September 18
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October 13
Sunday
October 23
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $699

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

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.

Versailles Tour

  • 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.

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