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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


Vehicle Options

Mini Manual - Peugeot 107 or similar

  • 1-2 passengers
  • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

Compact Manual - Opel Astra or similar

  • 1-3 Passengers
  • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

Compact Automatic - Peugeot 307 or similar

  • 1-3 Passengers
  • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission

Premium Automatic - Volvo S80 or similar

  • 1-4 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission

Minivan Manual - Renault Espace or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

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
Meals: Breakfast

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
Meals: Breakfast

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*
Overnight: Normandy
Meals: Breakfast

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*
Overnight: Normandy
Meals: Breakfast

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)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

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)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart for the USA
Transfer independently to the airport for your return flight
Meals: Breakfast

*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.

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    *Not Included:
    Car rental fees of $80 per vehicle, optional car rental insurance and parking.


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    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.


     

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