PARIS, NORMANDY, LOIRE VALLEY, PROVENCE, AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Fall in love with France on this incredible 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- Cezanne Studio (Aix-en-Provence)
- Palais des Papes (Avignon)
- Calanques Cruise (Cassis)
- Monte Carlo Optional Excursion
- Grasse & St. Paul de Vence Optional Excursion
- 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
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
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 upscale hotel. You’ll have some time to say “bonjour” to Paris before a welcome dinner at a a local restaurant.
Mercure Vaugirard Porte de Versailles Hotel | Dinner
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.
Mercure Vaugirard Porte de Versailles Hotel | Breakfast
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 upscale hotel, where you’ll enjoy an included 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…
Note: Montmartre is hilly with lots of stairs and might pose a challenge for those with difficulties walking.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 New York.
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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $799.
For more information on this tour, please contact us or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 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.
- From approx. 75 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
- From approx. 64 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.
Grasse & St. Paul de Vence Excursion
- From approx. 67 Euro (cash) Per Person
Visit the town of Grasse, the world’s perfume capital. You’ll have a guided perfumery tour, and then you’ll stroll around the old town. 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 the 12th-century town hall to the 14th-centry church to the 16th-century fortified walls and cemetery, you’ll be walking back through history in this spectacular place.
Mercure Vaugirard Porte de Versailles
69 Boulevard Victor
75015 Paris, France
Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance
1 Rue de Courtonne – BP 3086 – Caen Cedex
14018 Caen, France
Novotel Amboise Hotel
- Loire Valley
17 Rue des Sablonnieres
37400 Amboise, France
Novotel Avignon Centre
- Provence (Avignon)
20 Boulevard Saint Roch
84000 Avignon, France
Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame
- French Riviera (Nice)
28 Avenue Notre Dame
06000 Nice, 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.
|2019: Apr. 4, Jun. 6, Jun. 13||New York (JFK)||Air France||10:00PM||4:00PM|
|2019: Apr. 25, May 9, May 23, Aug. 29, Sep. 5, Sep. 19, Oct 3||New York (JFK)||Air France / Delta Airlines||10:00PM||3:30PM|
|2019: Oct. 17||New York (JFK)||Lufthansa Airlines||4:00PM||3:00PM|
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 Nice hotel on Day 14 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 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
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 withdrawal 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.
Check out photos taken by smarTours travelers on this trip of a lifetime!
The people were wonderful,and so kind and help full. All the hotels had great locations. Our tour guide Vic made it special for every one. We really had so much fun,I have shared our trip with all my friends. We also felt safe at all times. I owe my great trip to Vic the best guide ever.
places in the last 8 years. Only Thailand and France with Smartours and most of the other trips were River cruises. I feel experienced enough to give a review on travel and our tour guides. First of all I love France from the wonderful city of Paris to the beautiful city of Nice. Our trip was well thought out and planned. I'm sure one of the reasons in keeping the price reasonable was the hotels which were clean but very small. (Hotels in China and Italy were more upscale.) The food was delicious almost every place we ate. The exception was the last dinner. The trip to Antibe could easily have been eliminated. We all needed more downtime for shopping and rest. With all that out of the way:
It really was a great trip......the chateaus, castles, countryside. My yaya's and I had a fabulous, interesting and informative overland voyage! The best contributor was our wonderful Patrick. He has a great understanding of your and his country.....knew so much history that he shared with us...was charming, had time for everyone, never left anyone out of anything and made all comfortable, and was just fun. All the guys with us wanted to spend time with him and all the women couldn't get enough of his company. Of all our trips I think he was the most interested and interesting guide/host. We did have a small group of people who were very well traveled and wanted to learn about France. I wish I had better words to explain how much we enjoyed France, but it wouldn't be the same when I come back without our Patrick! Thank you!
Charles L Gast
the one before. Our guide, Nadine LaPlat, was informed, funny and just plain wonderful to spend two weeks with. I wanted an overview
of France and I received it. I was all over that country. Your tour gave me exactly what I wanted. The hotels were wonderfully situated...
The Mercure and swimming on the roof deck pool with all of Nice at my feet was a stellar way to end the trip. A tout a l'heure! "Charl"
Marie Agnes was knowledgable , humorous, and patient. The weather was beautiful (1 rainy day) and the food and wine delicious. Great tour!