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Unforgettable France

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  • 13
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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. Explore the medieval city of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, the arts capital of Provence before ending with a relaxing stay in Nice.

Learn more about Mont-Saint Michel from World Heritage Journeys!

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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 3 nights in Paris
  • 2 nights in Normandy
  • 2 nights in Loire Valley
  • 1 night in Lyon
  • 1 night in 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
  • Mont St. Michel (Normandy)
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Normandy American Cemetery
  • Chateau de Chambord (Loire Valley)
  • Chateau Chenonceau (Loire Valley)
  • Wine Tasting (Civray de Touraine)
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Palais des Papes (Avignon)

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-France ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Nice/USA

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 in 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…

Paris

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 and more. The tour will end with the afternoon free to explore on your own. Consider an optional foodie tour at a Parisian market or a Seine River cruise this evening!

| Breakfast

Paris

After breakfast, travel back to Paris for your second taste of one of the world’s greatest cities. You may wish to take a stroll along the famous River Seine, where you’ll savor spectacular views or consider an optional tour to Versailles. In the evening, rejoin your group for transfer to Montmartre, a famous section of the Right Bank (“Rive Droite”) in Paris for dinner at an authentic Parisian restaurant.

| Breakfast, Dinner

Paris/Normandy

After breakfast, travel to Normandy where you will spend the afternoon experiencing and learning about one of the most famous days in history: D-Day. Your tour will begin in Arromanches to explore the coastal town and view the remains of the Mulberry Harbors in the distance. Enjoy some free time for lunch before continuing to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, a spectacular and emotional setting located on a bluff overlooking both Omaha Beach and…

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…

Normandy/Loire Valley

Travel to Loire Valley, famous for its old-world villages and charming chateaux (castles) and wine! En route, enjoy a wine & food tasting experience at a local winery. 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…

Loire Valley/Lyon

An early morning departure brings you to Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site and France’s third biggest city known for its gastronomy culture. Accompanied by a passionate local guide, go on a discovery of the unmissable historical district of Old Lyon! During 2 hours, you will alternate between unusual visits and tasting breaks. The opportunity for you to visit the traboules and places known as the most secrets of this district while discovering the emblematic…

Lyon/Avignon

After breakfast, travel to Avignon, 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 the world. You’ll also marvel at the iconic bridge Pont Saint Benezet on the…

Avignon/Aix-en-Provence/Nice

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. Here, you’ll enjoy an olive oil tasting before some free time for lunch on your own hotel, and the rest of the day is at leisure. Continue to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera…

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. Enjoy a walking tour from your hotel with a local guide. Visit the old city of…

Nice/USA

After breakfast, say “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 the U.S.

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Guided Tour Pricing

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $999.

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

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…

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!

Carla

We went on the Unforgettable France tour from September 5 to September 18. Our guide, Damien Ganem, was wonderful. He had a great sense of humor and was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. We were impressed with how smoothly everything ran and when there was an occasional problem how quickly Damien was able to fix it with a plan B. Our local guides were wonderful, but in particular we enjoyed the enthusiasm of our guide Natalie as she took us through Avignon. Breakfasts were wonderful and the included dinners were very good also. We always stopped in nice places for lunch and "ice cream". The hotels (except for the one in Caen) were up-to-par with comfy beds and fluffy pillows and towels. If you've not been to the countryside in France I recommend this tour. It took us to Normandy, Loire Valley, Provence and Cote d'Azur, Nice and, of course, Paris. It was a wonderful overvue of a beautiful country. We loved that the airfare was included, and we feel that we got great value for the money we spent. We also loved that the group size was limited to 30 - we had 27.

Jane W

This was our 15+ tour with Smartours and as usual, we were very pleased. Our tour director, Agnes, was knowledgeable , efficient and caring. She always managed to beat the crowds at our sightseeing stops! The itinerary was well planned. The major sights of each area were visited and well explained by Agnes. The breakfasts were excellent as were the included dinners. My only suggestion would be to serve an alternate main course at the final dinner in Nice as rabbit was not well received by our group. The hotels were clean and the rooms were spacious. All in all, excellent value for your dollar on this tour!

Stewart

One of the best trips we've taken with SmarTours. The itinerary gives you a great overview of the country. The visit to Normandy was especially moving since it was right before the 75th anniversary of D-Day. A special thanks to our tour director, Urban Sorban, who made the whole trip so memorable. During our visit to the American cemetery at Normandy, Urban sang 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone' and we joined in, which made it very emotional. As well as the information Urban gave us during the trip, the local tour guides were also very knowledgeable at all the sites and cities we visited. This is our seventh trip with SmarTours and we have never been disappointed.

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 B

This tour is very aptly named. It offers a terrific overview of France - from the City of Lights to the beautiful Cote d'Azur and we loved it all. We had a most congenial group of fellow travellers and the weather was co-operative (for the most part). The local guides were very good. But what made this tour extraordinary was our tour director - Damien Ganem. He is a tour director par excellence. He is an extremely caring individual with a great sense of humour. He prepared us for each area we visited and did so with flair. He also gave us wonderful insight to France as a whole, both past and present. Dealing with a disparate group of seniors cannot be an easy task, but he handled everything effortlessly. He went above and beyond to make sure that each and every one of us was looked after and comfortable. If he is any example, France should be very proud of its young people. Kudos Damien. Thank you for making Unforgettable France truly Unforgettable.

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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