Jewels of France (4750) - 2017 / 2016

8 Day Tour from Paris to Paris


Jewels of France
Paris’s Arc De Triomphe at night
Paris’s Arc De Triomphe at night
The Medieval Town of Rouen, France
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Mont St-Michel in Normandy, France
Eiffel Tower
The Arc de Triomphe standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle
Rouen Cathedral
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Experience the highlights 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 many more. Visit Giverny and its famous gardens, source of inspiration for some of Monet’s most famous paintings, 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 the Loire Valley. On the way back to Paris, visit gothic Chartres Cathedral. Spend a final night in Paris to celebrate your vacation “joie de vivre!”

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

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

Scenic Highlights:
Châteaux Country

Guides:

Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:
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)
March 25 Departure – Easter Week


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. In the included sightseeing with a local expert are 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 March 26 onwards, departure March18 will visit D-day Museum in Arromanches due to closure). 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 70 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 depicting the story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066 to conquer England. Then, southwards to visit spectacular 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 the Loire Valley for two overnights. (B)

Day 6Loire Valley

A whole day to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion and visit the Château of Chenonceau, 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 in time to enjoy an optional excursion. (B)

Day 8Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach


PARIS Ibis La Villette (ST) or Novotel Porte d'Orleans (F) or Novotel Paris 17 (F)
DEAUVILLE Ibis Deauville (ST)
MONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert (ST) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (ST) at St. Quentin sur le Homme
LOIRE VALLEY Novotel (F) at Amboise or Villa Bellagio (ST) at Blois
PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST) or Ibis La Villette (ST) or Novotel Porte d'Orleans (F) or Novotel Paris 17 (F)

Buffet breakfasts daily; 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.

CLARA CRAWFORD

Years of Experience: 4 years

It would delight me to show you France - the most visited country in the world. This is a place of enormous variety in its history, natural beauty, and the magic of Paris! Add to this the fantastic food, wonderful wines, and musical language and you'll truly fall in love with the country and its people!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Jewels of France:

  • Chartres Cathedral
  • Mont Saint Michel and its Bay


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