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Unforgettable France

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PARIS, NORMANDY, LOIRE VALLEY, PROVENCE, AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA

Fall in love with France on this incredible air-inclusive trip featuring the country’s most beautiful sights. No trip here would be complete without a visit to Paris—you’ll see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Panthéon, and so much more. Admire the inspiring floral scenery of Giverny and Monet’s House & Gardens, and then revel in the beauty of Mont St. Michel and Normandy’s breathtaking beaches. Visit the old world villages and numerous charming castles around Loire Valley before returning to Paris to experience more sights, food, and culture. From here, you’ll take a train to explore the medieval city of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, the arts capital of Provence. Round out this marvelous trip with a stop through Cassis, a quaint fishing port, before ending with a relaxing stay in Nice.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 3 nights in Paris (2 nights in the beginning & 1 night after Loire Valley)
  • 3 nights in Normandy
  • 2 nights in Loire Valley
  • 2 nights in Provence (Avignon)
  • 2 nights in French Riviera (Nice)

Tour
Highlights

  • City Tour of Paris – Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe & more!
  • Monet’s House & Gardens (Giverny)
  • Versailles Optional Excursion
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Rouen)
  • Mont St. Michel (Normandy)
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Normandy American Cemetery
  • Chateau de Chambord (Loire Valley)
  • Chateau Villandry (Loire Valley)
  • Chateau Chenonceau (Loire Valley)
  • Wine Tasting (Civray de Touraine)
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Cezanne Studio (Aix-en-Provence)
  • Palais des Papes (Avignon)
  • Calanques Cruise (Cassis)
  • Monte Carlo Optional Excursion
  • Grasse & St. Paul de Vence Optional Excursion

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-France ground transportation and transfers, including TGV train from Paris to Provence
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • 17 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

Your fascinating  France tours begin this evening with an overnight flight to Paris.

Arrive Paris (France).

Arrive in the beautiful city of Paris, also known as the “City of Light.” 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 Paris is considered the global capital for cuisine, art, fashion, and more. After being picked up at the airport by your Tour Director, you’ll be taken to your hotel. You’ll have some time to say “bonjour” to Paris before a welcome dinner at a a local restaurant.
Crowne Plaza Republique Hotel | Dinner

Paris

After breakfast, enjoy a guided city orientation tour of this magnificent city. See the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, Pantheon, Place  Vendome, and the Paris Opera. This afternoon is at leisure. In the evening you may wish to take a stroll along the famous River Seine, where you’ll savor spectacular views, before you select an authentic Parisian restaurant or cafe for dinner. This evening, enjoy dinner at an authentic Parisian restaurant in Montmartre, a famous section of the Right Bank (“Rive Droite”) in Paris.

Paris/Giverny/Normandy

After breakfast, travel to the lovely town of Giverny. The town rose to fame in 1883, when the famous impressionist Claude Monet “discovered” the village and moved there. Here, enjoy a visit to the Monet House and Gardens and see firsthand the inspiration for many of Monet’s most famous works. Your 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 capital of Normandy, you’ll enjoy a walking tour and visit the famous (and imposing) Notre Dame cathedral, which was the subject of…

Mont St. Michel

Note: Mont St Michel is hilly with lots of stairs and might pose a challenge for those with difficulties walking.

Today travel to the rugged coast of Normandy and savor the breathtaking views of magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island in the gulf of Saint-Malo. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont St. Michel is reached by causeway. The lower towers and medieval sea wall protect a small village, capped magnificently by the commanding Abbey dedicated to the Archangel Michael. You’ll enjoy a visit of the spectacular interior of the Abbey, which was…

Normandy Beaches/American Cemetery & Memorial

Spend a remarkable day experiencing and learning about one of the most famous days in history: D-Day. You’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 critical moment during the invasion. Continue to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, a spectacular and emotional…

Normandy/Chateau Villandry/Loire Valley

Morning at leisure to explore Caen (Normandy) independently before traveling to Loire Valley, famous for its old world villages and charming chateaux (castles). En route, pay a visit to the Chateau and Gardens of Villandry, the last of the great Renaissance chateaux 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 a sight to see. You’ll continue to your hotel, where you’ll enjoy an included dinner.
Novotel Amboise Hotel | Breakfast, Dinner

Chateau de Chambord/Chateau de Chenonceau/Wine Tasting

This morning, you’ll visit Chateau de Chambord, the undisputed crown jewel of the region and arguably the emblem of the French Renaissance. Originally a weekend hunting lodge for King Francois I in the early 16th century, the Chateau evolved into among the most expensive (and excessive) architectural projects by a French Monarch. Continue to Chateau de Chenonceau, the second most visited chateau in France (behind Versailles), where you’ll be blown away by the magical architecture that was constructed in harmony with the beautiful River Cher. On the way back to your hotel, enjoy…

Loire Valley/Paris

After breakfast, travel back to Paris for your second taste of one of the world’s greatest cities. Perhaps consider an optional excursion to Versailles for a fascinating visit of the Chateau 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. You may wish to take a stroll along the…

Paris/Avignon

After breakfast, you’ll head to the Paris train station and board the TGV train to the historic city of Avignon in the heart of Provence. En route, be sure to admire the beautiful landscapes of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. A charming medieval city that was home to seven successive popes during the 14th century, Avignon will wow you with its imposing Gothic architecture, magnificent art, and fascinating history. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a guided city tour, highlighted by the Palais des Papes (Papal Palace), one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in…

Aix-en-Provence/Les Baux-de-Provence

Today, visit the arts capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence (or “Aix,” as it’s commonly called). A vibrant town located in the shadow of Mt. Sainte-Victoire, Aix is famous for its charming squares, elegant fountains, majestic avenues, and, of course, spectacular art. Following a guided city tour, you’ll visit the home and workshop of renowned painter, Paul Cezanne, who used the natural beauty of Aix and its surrounding areas as the subject of much of his work. Continue to Saint-Remy-de-Provence, a historic village where Vincent van Gogh painted The Starry…

Cassis/Nice/Optional Excursion to Monte Carlo

This morning, travel to Cassis, a quaint fishing port famous for its cliffs and sheltered inlets (calanques). Boasting a picturesque harbor and quintessential Provençal houses, Cassis will be the launching point for your spectacular calanques cruise, featuring France’s version of fjords with its inlets surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs. After your cruise, continue to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera (Cote D’Azur), where you’ll check into your centrally-located hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Or, perhaps you might enjoy an optional excursion to…

Nice

With the beautiful blue waters of Cote D’Azur as its backdrop, Nice is one of the most beloved cities in all of Europe, blending old-world opulence with a lively cosmopolitan vibe. Long recognized as one of the gems of Europe, Nice changed hands several times between the French and the Italians before eventually settling in as part of France. In the old city of Nice, you’ll discover the narrow streets and renowned Baroque architecture and enjoy a walk along the Promenade des Anglais (“Walkway of the English”), a famous promenade along the Mediterranean named as…

Nice/USA

After breakfastsay “au revoir” to your France tour and head to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your exciting journey ends as you touch down in New York.
| Breakfast

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $799.
2020 Departures: Single room supplement is $899.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments

Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To enhance your visit to France, your tour director will offer you optional tours. All rates are in Euros. Payment must be made in Euros (cash). Optional tours are subject to a minimum of 10 participants and may therefore be cancelled if this minimum is not met.

Foodie Tour at Parisian Market

  • From approx. 55 EUR Per Person

Enjoy a visit to the famous Parisian Market (Marche des Enfants Rouges) for a foodie tour. Marché des Enfants Rouges houses stalls selling some of the most diverse dining you’ll find in one spot in Paris. Explore with your guide and enjoy included tastings throughout the market.

Versailles Excursion

  • Paris
  • From approx. 79 Euro (cash) Per Person

Join an optional excursion to Versailles for a fascinating visit of the Chateau 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.

Monte Carlo Excursion

  • Nice
  • From approx. 69 Euro (cash) Per Person

Join an optional excursion to Monte Carlo, a glittering center of international high society and home to a world-renowned casino. Enjoy a walking tour around town (one of the fanciest in the world) , and if you’re so inclined, try your hand at the casino. Note: Entrance to Casino Monte Carlo not included.

Eze & St. Paul de Vence Excursion

  • From approx. 72 Euro (cash) Per Person

With its twisting cobblestone lanes, jumble of medieval houses, and shady courtyards lined with traditional cafés, Eze is a tranquil village high above the glamorous resorts and golden beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The hilltop town is undeniably picturesque, affording panoramic views over the Mediterranean, and its timeless charm has made it a firm favorite on the French Riviera. Tour the Medieval hilltop town of Eze and visit a perfumery. Next, you’ll visit St. Paul de Vence, a medieval hilltop jewel. This is what many people dream of when they think about the South of France. From…

Reviews

Penny D

What can I say ..... we'll always have France. What a wonderful tour. Short of waking us up at 2:00 a.m. I don't think we could have seen more. Days were packed with tours. The dinners that were included were spectacular and our guide, Damien was ......well let's just say if I was 40 years younger!!! All kidding aside he was great. Herding 27 people around for 13 days with humor. Informative both of France's history and personal insights made the trip beyond memorable. Plus, since my husband screwed up our travel plans took time to get it all straightened out. I literally cried when saying goodbye to him. This is our 3rd trip with SmaTours and am already dreaming about where to go next.

Penny D

Trip was FANTASTIC. Great fellow travelers and our tour guide, Damian, was top, top notch. Incredibly helpful when my husband messed up our travel plans. Brought humor, knowledge and insight into France. Tour itself was wonderful. Short of waking us up at 2:00 am I don’t know how we could have seen anymore. Normandy was emotional and the highlight of the trip. Third trip with SmarTours. Will definitely do another!

Michael

Nice fellow travelers, very good tour leader, too much time visiting castles-one is enough. Except for Caen, accomodations nice. Good idea to limit group to 30 max.

Eve

The tour is very aptly named. It offers a great overview of France - from the great city of Paris to the Cote d'Azur an we loved it all. We had a congenial group of fellow travelers and the weather was co-operative for the most part. What made this tour extraordinary was our tour director Damien Ganem. He is an extremely caring individual with a wonderful sense of humour who went above and beyond to ensure that each and every person on the trip was well looked after and comfortable. Not only was he knowledgeable about the regions we visited - presenting them to us with flair - but he also gave us great insight into France as a whole both past and present. He is a gem - a tour director par excellence. Thank you Damien for making Unforgettable France truly Unforgettable!
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