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Jewels of France (4750) - 2015 / 2014

8 Day Tour from Paris to Paris


Jewels of France
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Arc de Triomphe standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle
The Medieval Town of Rouen, France
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Paris’s Arc De Triomphe at night
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Experience the sites and landmarks of northern France, starting in Paris, the “City of Light.” Enjoy a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and a guided orientation of the city’s main highlights: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and more. Visit Giverny with its splendid Monet Gardens, see Rouen with its impressive cathedral, admire Normandy’s striking coastline with memories of D-Day, and relive William the Conqueror’s feats, as embroidered in the Bayeux tapestry. The wonder of Mont St. Michel is next, then St. Malo, Rennes, and two overnights in the Loire Valley. On the way back to Paris, visit Blois with its renaissance castle and gothic Chartres cathedral. Spend a final night in Paris to celebrate your vacation “joie de vivre!”

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur, Normandy Landing Beaches and American Cemetery, Bayeux and its tapestry, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, Rennes, Blois, Chartres

Scenic Highlights:
Châteaux Country

Guides:

Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:

  • April 18 Departure - Easter week
  • On Sunday departures, overnight is at Blois instead of Amboise. Itinerary changes as follows:
  • Day 5: Mont St. Michel–Blois. (B)
  • Day 6: At leisure in Blois or optional excursion to Chenonceau & Amboise Castles. (B,D)
  • Day 7: Blois–Chartres–Paris. (B)


Day 1Arrive in Paris, France

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2Paris

One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert starts with an inside visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available. (B)

Day 3Paris–Giverny–Rouen–Honfleur–Deauville

Start the day with a visit to Giverny, home of painter Claude Monet. The famous water garden at Giverny was the inspiration behind some of Monet's finest work (gardens open from April onwards). Continue to Rouen to visit its great cathedral. Next, enjoy a stop in lovely Honfleur and then continue to the seaside resort of Deauville for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 4Deauville–Normandy Landing Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. Michel

This morning, visit the nearby legendary beaches of Normandy, where the Allied troops landed more than 60 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, to Bayeux, famed for its lace-making and the world-renowned Bayeux Tapestry (included visit). Then, southwards to visit Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway. (B)

Day 5Mont St. Michel–St. Malo–Rennes–Loire Valley

Drive along the coast to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo to admire its cathedral and ancient walls. Continue to Rennes with its traditional, colorful timber-framed houses. Later, reach Amboise for two overnights. (B)

Day 6Loire Valley

A whole day to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion and visit the Châteaux of Chenonceaux, now privately owned and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley, and Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. (B,D)

Day 7Loire Valley–Blois–Chartres–Paris

Start the day with a visit to picturesque Blois, with its renaissance castle located in the town center and once occupied by Louis XII. Later, another highlight is the visit of Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Reach Paris well in time to enjoy an optional excursion. (B)

Day 8Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Paris if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach


PARIS Courtyard (F) at Arcueil or Kyriad Bercy (ST) at Bercy or Forest Hill (ST) or Quality Orleans (F) or Campanile Porte d'Italie (ST) of Holiday Inn Express La Villette (ST)
DEAUVILLE Ibis (ST)
MONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert (ST)
LOIRE VALLEY Novotel Amboise (F) or Villa Bellagio Blois (ST)

Buffet breakfasts; 2 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

EDO MAECKELBERGH

Years of Experience: 6 years

As you travel with me through France, you will soon realize why I moved here. It is an honor to show you this beautiful and diverse country-from cosmopolitan Paris and the most charming little villages to the historic beaches and through the mountains. And, of course, all along the way we'll enjoy France's amazing regional cuisine!

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