Paris to Loire Valley

Paris to Loire Valley

Paris to Loire Valley

10 Days

France

Paris (3), Caen (2), St Malo (1), Tours (2),Paris (1)

Overview

Discover the charm and beauty of France with this 10-day program that visits Paris, Normandy, and the Loire Valley. This educational tour offers an immersive experience, combining the historical and cultural riches of Paris, the poignant history of Normandy, and the breathtaking beauty of the Loire Valley. Explore iconic landmarks, indulge in gourmet delights, and traverse picturesque landscapes as you journey through some of France’s most celebrated regions.

Highlights

  • Explore iconic landmarks of Paris such as the Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame, and the Louvre.
  • Admire Paris’s prestigious monuments from a unique perspective on a scenic river cruise.
  • Explore Versailles Castle and view the Hall of Mirrors and Queen Marie-Antoinette’s bedroom.
  • Visit Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and Arromanches-les-Bains to learn about D-Day.
  • Experience the medieval architecture and natural beauty of Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Explore two of the Loire Valley’s most magnificent castles.
  • Enjoy a fragrant journey through the history of French perfumery.
  • Take in panoramic views of Paris from the top of Montparnasse Tower.
  • Enjoy guided train tours in Caen and Tours for a unique perspective on these historic cities.

Itinerary

Begin your adventure in Paris with a warm morning welcome from your GEC tour director. Transfer from the airport to the city center by bus, followed by lunch at your own pace. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Paris, exploring iconic neighborhoods such as the Champs-Élysées, Concorde, Trocadéro, Notre Dame, Opéra, Louvre, and Saint Germain. Check into your hotel in the evening and savor a delightful dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant. Spend your first night in the enchanting City of Lights.
Overnight: Paris

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Seine River, showcasing Paris’s most prestigious monuments from a unique vantage point. After free time for lunch, delve into the opulence of Versailles Castle, where you’ll tour its grand salons, the Hall of Mirrors, and Queen Marie-Antoinette’s bedroom. Enjoy dinner in Paris and some time to explore the city at night.
Overnight: Paris

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a visit to the world-famous Louvre Museum to explore its vast collection of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. After lunch at your leisure, take a walking tour of the charming Montmartre area. Conclude the day with dinner and an overnight stay in Paris.
Overnight: Paris

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for Normandy with your guide and private coach. Visit the Graindorge cheese factory for a self-guided tour and cheese tasting. After a lunch stop, arrive in Caen and take a commented touristic train ride through the city. Check into your hotel in the Caen area, have dinner, and stay overnight.
Overnight: Caen

After breakfast, spend a full day exploring the significant sites of the Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and Arromanches-les-Bains. Learn about the bravery and sacrifice that shaped the course of World War II. Enjoy free time for lunch during the day and return to your hotel in Caen for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight: Caen

Following breakfast at the hotel, depart for Mont Saint Michel, a marvel of medieval architecture and natural beauty. Spend your morning exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoy lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the St Malo area, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Overnight: St Malo

After breakfast, head to the Loire Valley, a journey of around 4.5 hours. Upon arrival in Tours, enjoy free time for lunch before taking a touristic train ride through the city. Check into your hotel, have dinner, and settle in for the night in Tours.
Overnight: Tours

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and then visit the enchanting Chenonceau Castle. After a leisurely lunch in the Amboise area, continue to the majestic Chambord Castle. Return to Tours for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight: Tours

Following breakfast, depart for Paris, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours. Enjoy free time for lunch upon arrival, then visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Continue to the top of Montparnasse Tower for panoramic views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. Check into your hotel and conclude your day with a special farewell dinner at a restaurant. Spend your final night in Paris.
Overnight: Paris

Depending on your flight time, you will make your way to the airport and start the journey back home. We hope you had an incredible time in France!

This Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All accommodations on program
  • All transportation in-country
  • All breakfasts and dinners on the program (lunches paid locally)
  • All activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • A Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by local guides as specified
  • Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
  • Travel insurance for all participants
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance
  • Support from GEC representatives abroad