Air & Land
9 Day Loire Valley & Normandy Fly & Drive with Paris
Independent Package Includes
- Round trip flights NYC-Paris
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 7 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
- 3 nights Loire Valley
- 2 nights Normandy
- 2 nights Paris
- 6 day car rental: Mini Manual. Upgrade to other categories available
- Car rental includes: Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance, Theft Protection (T.P.), Collision Damage Waiver (C.D.W.), local taxes (VAT)
- Breakfast daily
Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.
DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for France. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey
DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Paris, Travel to Loire Valley
Arrive in Paris and pick up your vehicle at the airport. Drive to your hotel in the Loire Valley region and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Drive Time: 2 hours*
Distance: 100 miles*
Overnight: Loire Valley
DAY 3, Monday - Orleans, Chambord, Blois
Spend the full day at leisure in the Loire Valley or explore Orleans, the historic city where Joan of Arc saved France from the English in 1429. Visit the Maison de Jeanne d'Arc and the Cathedrale Sante-Croix, rebuilt between the 17th and 19th centuries. Depart Orleans and travel to the Chateau de Chambord, the largest residence in the Loire Valley. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th Century by 1,800 men and master masons. Next, drive to the charming town of Blois and visit the Chateau Royal de Blois, located on the north bank of the river. The Chateau was the royal residence of Henry IV and now contains four unique wings to explore. Return to your hotel in the evening
Drive Time: 2 hours*
Distance: 80 miles*
Overnight: Loire Valley
DAY 4, Tuesday - Tours, Chenonceau
Spend the full day at leisure in the Loire Valley or explore the enchanting city of Tours, built on the site of a Roman town. Take a stroll down the atmospheric place Plumereau and stop in one of the many galleries, boutiques, and cafes. Depart Tours and travel to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197 foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by a mistress of of Henry II. Return to your hotel in the early evening
Drive Time: 2 hours*
Distance: 90 miles*
Overnight: Loire Valley
DAY 5, Wednesday - Chartres, En Route to Normandy
Depart Loire Valley and drive to Normandy. On the way, visit Chartres, home to the greatest gothic cathedral in Europe. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. Continue on to your hotel in Normandy. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure or explore Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Visit the gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame and view its west façade, the famous subject of a series of paintings by Monet. Take a stroll past the Great Clock on the rue aux Juifs and stop in one of the many shops and cafes. Continue on to the place du Vieux-Marche, the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Return to your hotel in the evening
Drive Time: 3.5 hours*
Distance: 175 miles*
DAY 6, Thursday - Cotentin Peninsula
Spend the full day at leisure in Normandy or explore the sandy beaches of the Cotentin Peninsula. Visit the historic Utah beach along the east coast, where the allied invasion took place on June 6, 1944. Continue east to visit Omaha beach and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in the early evening
Drive Time: 1 hour*
Distance: 60 miles*
DAY 7, Friday - Giverny En Route to Paris
Depart Normandy and drive to Paris. On the way, stop in Giverny and visit the former house of Claude Monet. Explore the famous gardens which inspired many of Monet's paintings. Drop the car rental off at a central Paris location** and independently make your way to your hotel.
Drive Time: 2.5 hours*
Distance: 140 miles*
Optional: Cruise & Illuminations (PM)
DAY 8, Saturday - Full day in Paris
Spend the full day at leisure in Paris. Explore the streets and stroll down the Champs-Élysées. Perhaps visit the famous Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 to honor the hundred year anniversary of the French Revolution. Choose to visit the beautiful works of art in the Louvre museum, or spend the day in the many cafés and bistros that define Parisian cuisine
Optional: Grand Louvre Museum (AM)
Optional: Paris Seinorama (PM)
DAY 9, Sunday - Depart for the USA
Transfer independently to the airport for your return flight
*Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Driving times and distances are estimated and can vary due to many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended and can be rented locally.
**Exact location will be provided prior to departure
Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
Novotel Orleans La Source, Orleans
This tourist class hotel is located nearby the Parc Floral de la Source.
Novotel Rouen Normandie, Rouen
This first class hotel is situated nearby the Jeanne d'Arc Church.
Hotel Mercure Montmartre, Paris
This superior tourist class hotel is located in the city center close to Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.
Novotel Amboise, Amboise
This first class hotel is set on a hill overlooking Amboise and its castle.
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen
This deluxe hotel is centrally located in the city of Rouen.
Hotel Baltimore Paris, Paris
This first class hotel is located in the heart of Paris near to the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
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Cruise & Illuminations (CI) 7:00 PM
01 Jan 2014 - 31 Mar 2014 $49|
|Tonight, see Paris city as it is meant to be seen -- cruising the River Seine. From the comfort of your ship, enjoy illuminated views of some of the city's historic monuments, and scenes of Paris otherwise unnoticed from street level. Afterwards, put ashore for the second leg of the tour and enjoy an illuminated drive through the city. Criss-crossing avenues past flood-lit monuments, you'll see the Place Vendome, Comedie Française, the Louvre, Pont-Neuf, Hotel des Monnaies, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Notre Dame, Place du Chatelet, Conciergerie, Hotel de Ville, Place de la Concorde, Petit et Grand Palais, Champs-Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Eglise de la Madeleine, and the Opera Pigalle. The tour ends at Place de L'Opera.|
During winter months, the tour will begin with the illuminations tour and end with the Seine River cruise.
Departs at 7:00 pm from 2 Place des Pyramides, Paris 75001. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
Versailles Apartments (VAM) 8:45 AM
12 Mar 2014 - 31 Mar 2014 $103|
|Relive the glorious period of Louis XIV, XV and XVI as you pace one of the largest and most influential formal gardens in the world. Today's tour takes you Versailles Palace to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture. Visit the Palace and extravagant State Apartments, including a guided visit to the Reception Halls, the Queen's Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. You will also have time to walk the palace grounds and formal gardens*, designed by Andre le Notre, at your leisure. En route, you will be prepared for your tour with commentary detailing the history of this magnificent site. |
**Please note during April to October entrance to the gardens is not included but can be purchased locally
Departs at 8:45 am from 2 Place des Pyramides, Paris 75001. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
Paris Seinorama (PS) 2:45 PM
09 Mar 2014 - 12 Mar 2014 $75|
16 Mar 2014 - 17 Mar 2014 $75
19 Mar 2014 - 21 Mar 2014 $75
23 Mar 2014 - 23 Mar 2014 $75
25 Mar 2014 - 27 Mar 2014 $75
|Depart the Cityrama office via the Place de la Concorde and continue along the Champs Elysées as far as the Arc de Triomphe. The tour continues towards the 16th district, considered one of the most prestigious residential areas in Paris, and home to the celebrated Bois de Boulogne. Reach quai de la Bourdonnais, where you will board a Bateaux Parisiens vessel for a delightful one-hour Seine River cruise. Enjoy commentary detailing the many historic bridges of Paris as you cruise. When the cruise terminates, visit the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a panoramic view of France's unforgettable capital. Your guide will point out the principal landmarks of the city from the Tower's second floor observatory. At the end of the tour you may choose to explore the city on your own, or return by bus to the terminal. |
Departs from 2 Place des Pyramides, Paris 75001. Drop-off to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
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Car rental fees of $80 per vehicle, optional car rental insurance and parking.
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