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Unforgettable France

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

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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

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Single room supplement is $799.
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Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person 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.
Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating  France tours begin this evening with an overnight flight to Paris.
Day 2
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 drink and briefing at your hotel. Mercure Vaugirard Porte de Versailles Hotel
Day 3
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. Perhaps consider an optional excursion to Versailles for a fascinating visit of the Chateau and the brilliant hall filled with mirros 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. 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. (B)
Day 4
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 a series of paintings by none other than Claude Monet. You’ll also visit the Place due Vieux-Marche (or “Old Marketplace”), where Joan of Arc was executed for heresy in the 15th century and where a church in her name was built in 1979. Continue your journey and arrive at your hotel in Caen, in the heart of the Normandy region. Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel (B,D)
Day 5
Mont St. Michel.
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 designated as a monument historique in 1874. Prior to the causeway, Mont St. Michel was on an isolated island that pilgrims could approach mindful of a tide that could seep in at any time. Return to Caen. (B)
Day 6
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 setting located on a bluff overlooking both Omaha Beach and the English Channel. You’ll later visit the city of Bayeux, home to the world famous Bayeux Tapestry and the fortress of William the Conqueror, before returning to your upscale hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 7
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. Novotel Amboise Hotel (B,D)
Day 8
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 a delicious wine tasting at the magnificent Caves du Pere Auguste winery, with a wide variety of refreshing wines to enjoy. Return to your hotel, and your evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 9
Loire Valley/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. This evening, enjoy dinner at an authentic Parisian restaurant in Montmartre, a famous section of the Right Bank (“Rive Droite”) in Paris. Mercure Vaugirard Porte de Versailles Hotel (B,D)
Day 10
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 the world. You’ll also marvel at the iconic bridge Pont Saint Benezet on the Rhone River, better known as Pont d’Avignon because of the famous French song that the bridge inspired in the 15th century called “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”. Later, arrive at your upscale, centrally located hotel in Avignon and enjoy an included dinner this evening. Novotel Avignon Centre Hotel (B,D)

Day 11
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 Night in 1889 depicting the view from his hospital window. Here, you’ll enjoy an olive oil tasting before some free time for lunch on your own. After lunch, you’ll visit one of the most beautiful villages in all of France, Les Baux-de-Provence, perched on a hill in the Alpilles mountains. Set atop a rocky formation, the village’s name is derived from “baou,” meaning rocky spur. Along with its paved alleyways and stone houses, enjoy a visit to the Church of St. Vincent, the oldest religious building in the village  and home to magnificent stained-glass windows. Later, return to your upscale hotel, and the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 12
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 Monte Carlo, a glittering center of international high society and home to a world-renowned casino. Mercure Centre Notre Dame Hotel (B)

Day 13
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 such due to the large number of English tourists who began flocking to Nice in the 19th century.  The rest of your day is at leisure, or perhaps you might enjoy an optional tour of Grasse (the world’s perfume capital) and St. Paul de Vence (a medieval hilltop jewel). This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group. (B,D)

Day 14
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. (B)

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.

Paris - Day 3
Versailles Excursion (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.

Nice - Day 12
Monte Carlo Excursion (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. 

Nice - Day 13
Grasse & St. Paul de Vence Excursion (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. 

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

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.

Departure Date

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Airline Depart

Return

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.

LAND ONLY TRAVELERS

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.

CLIMATE

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. 

BAGGAGE

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.

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by MARIANNE BARTOLOTTA on Blank Business Name
FRANCE 14 DAYS

WE HAD A TRULY WONDERFUL TIME . France was different in all three areas, but our tour guide Victor made each area so out standing, you fell in love each time you entered a new area .
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.

by Chuck Bandel on Blank Business Name
Best trip so far!

This is my third Smartours trip and without a doubt the best one yet! Mostly due to our tour director, Patrick Fargier. I go on these tours mostly to photograph and Mr. Fargier was very accommodating to my photo needs. The trip was packed with beautiful places and breath taking landscapes and Patrick always told me of the best vantage points. Mr. Fargier is very inspiring after hearing his stories of travel. I want to travel even more after hearing his tales. All in all it was an excellent trip! My only complaint is that it needs to be longer. France is just too beautiful! Thank you for a wonderful tour! www.chuckbandel.com if you want to see the pictures from the trip.Thank you,Chuck

by Patricia Arsenault on Blank Business Name
Awsome France-Awsome Patrick

Wow! My girlfriends and I (the YaYa's) have travelled to China, Thailand, Italy, Egypt among other
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!

by Bonnie Mack on Blank Business Name
Another Fabulous Tour!!!

This is my 49th year of international travel, and the 15th tour with smarTours -- I've even repeated South Africa and Thailand twice! I'm one of your biggest fans, and always promote the great tours you have to offer -- and at fabulous prices. This trip was no exception. We covered a lot of history -- and territory -- and it was worth it. What a wonderful introduction to a country. The people we were met were very nice, the landscape everywhere was awesome (there were flowers everywhere in June), and the history and cities we visited will remain with me forever. This was one of my favorite tours!!

by Charles L Gast on Blank Business Name
Tres Magnifique!!!!

Just wanted to let you know that I have never had a happier two weeks than my two in France. Each day was (unbelievably) better than
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"

by Jacqueline O'Donnell on Blank Business Name
Fabulous trip

We were delighted with our recent 14 day tour with Marie Agnes. We had fellow travelers who were enjoyable, punctual and pleasant . The country side was charming , Normandy very moving, and Paris was magnificent, especially at night.
Marie Agnes was knowledgable , humorous, and patient. The weather was beautiful (1 rainy day) and the food and wine delicious. Great tour!

by Dave Harden on Blank Business Name
Amazing Vacation

This tour was totally interesting. Great guide, great sites, ands great time.

by Gunther Nothnagel on Blank Business Name
Review of 20 August Tour to France

Singularly Outstanding to say the least. Our tour guide (Nadine)went the extra mile to keep us informed, entertained and made sure we had no problems during our trip. Well worth the money. Food great, hotels great, and the tour as a whole was awesome. I received value for my money. Many thanks.

by Barbara Struck on Blank Business Name
Unforgetable France

This was the most amazing tour. Our tour Director, Nadine LePlat could not have been more informative, vivacious, and more accommodating. I loved all parts of the tour: Normandy, Mount St Michel, the chalets, Paris, Avignon, Nice, and the boat ride in Marseilles. There was so much to see and do. The hotels were great. Loved every minute!!!

by Constance Layne on Blank Business Name
F,rance, the Fourteen Day Tour

I have never had such a wonderful time on a tour. Our tour guide Nadine Leplat was fabulous. Everything about the trip was great form the itinerary to the hotels. I would do this again. Au revoir France.

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