Paris and Normandy

plane landing in Paris

Paris and Normandy

8 Days

France

Paris (3), Caen (3), Paris (1)

Overview

Experience everything France has to offer with this incredible educational tour through Paris and Normandy. Over eight unforgettable days, you’ll traverse the vibrant streets of Paris, exploring its iconic landmarks and indulging in its rich history and culture. Journey through the picturesque Normandy region, where history comes alive at the famous landing beaches of D-Day and at the magnificent Mont Saint Michel. With guided tours, immersive cultural experiences, and time to explore, this itinerary promises a perfect blend of adventure and learning. Join us on this extraordinary journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Discover Paris with visits to iconic landmarks such as the Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame, and the Louvre.
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Seine, offering unique views of Paris’s most prestigious monuments.
  • Explore the opulent palace and gardens, including the Hall of Mirrors and Queen Marie-Antoinette’s room.
  • Wander through the historic Montmartre area, known for its artistic heritage and breathtaking city views.
  • Reflect on the impact of World War II with a visit to a WWII museum.
  • Visit Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and Arromanches-les-Bains and learn about D-Day.
  • Experience the marvel of this medieval island with its stunning architecture and rich history.

Itinerary

Arrive into Paris and meet your GEC tour director. After a comfortable journey from the airport to the city center in a private coach, enjoy lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of the iconic neighborhoods of Paris, including the Champs-Élysées, Concorde, Trocadéro, Notre Dame, Opéra, Louvre, and Saint Germain. Check into your hotel in the evening and savor a delightful dinner. Head back to your hotel for an early night after a long day of travel. Welcome to the enchanting city of Paris!
Overnight: Paris

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel before embarking on 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. At the end of the day, enjoy dinner and time to explore the city at night.
Overnight: Paris

Following breakfast at the hotel, set off on a walking tour of the charming Montmartre area, known for its artistic history and stunning views. After enjoying lunch at your own pace, visit the renowned Louvre Museum to admire its vast collection of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. End your day with a delicious dinner and head back to your hotel.
Overnight: Paris

After breakfast, depart Paris with your guide and private coach, heading to the picturesque region of Normandy. En route, visit the Graindorge cheese factory for a self-guided tour and cheese tasting. Continue your journey with a stop for lunch (paid locally) before arriving in Caen. Enjoy a commented touristic train ride through Caen and check into your hotel in the area. Dinner will be served at the hotel or a local restaurant, followed by a night in Caen.
Overnight: Caen

Today you will embark on a full-day exploration of the historic Normandy Landing Beaches. Visit Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and Arromanches-les-Bains, among other significant sites. Through these visits, you’ll uncover the stories of courage and sacrifice that played a crucial role in World War II. Return to your hotel in the evening for dinner and another overnight stay in Caen.
Overnight: Caen

After breakfast, travel to the stunning Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its medieval architecture and breathtaking views. Spend your morning exploring this unique island and enjoy lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, return to Caen and visit the Caen Memorial Museum on a self-guided tour.
Overnight: Caen

Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer back to Paris, a journey of approximately three to four hours. After lunch at your leisure, visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum for a short, fragrant tour, then ascend the Montparnasse Tower for panoramic views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. Check into your hotel and enjoy a special farewell dinner at a restaurant for your final night in Paris.
Overnight: Paris

Transfer to the airport for your journey 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 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