14 Day Classic France

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Jul 06  (Sold Out) $2499 $3199*
Jul 27  (Sold Out) $2699 $3589*
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Aug 17  (Sold Out) $2749 $3469*
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $2749 $3149*
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$2299 $2809*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Triple Rooms at the Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

Sep 21 departure will be accommodated at the NH Nice in Nice instead of Juan Les Pins.

Oct 12 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Aston La Scala in Nice instead of Juan Les Pins.

Oct 26 departure will be accommodated at the Panorama Hotel in Lourdes.


Entry Requirements:
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.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Paris, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Paris
    • 1 night Dijon
    • 1 night Lyon
    • 2 nights French Riviera
    • 1 night Carcassonne
    • 1 night Lourdes
    • 2 nights Bordeaux
    • 1 night Loire Valley
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 18 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Paris, Dijon, Lyon, Carcassonne and Bordeaux
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Drive along the Champs Elysees to to the Arc de Triomphe and continuing to the Iconic Eiffel Tower
  • Travel to the famed Champagne region with tastings of this bubbly delight
  • View the striking Dijon Cathedral and Ducal Palace, remarkable Gothic structures
  • Drive via the Route des Grand Crus to Beaune, celebrated capital of Burgundy wines
  • Visit Avignon, "City of Popes" and the spectacular Roman Aqueduct of the Pont du Gard
  • Witness the stirring candlelight procession in Lourdes and behold the holy waters
  • Wine and Cognac tastings throughout your journey in the wine country
  • Visit the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher


DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, “City of Lights”; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. In the early evening, join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. Afterwards, a delightful cruise on the River Seine introduces you to the sparkling beauty of Paris at night
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Saturday - Paris City Tour
Drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", the vivacious Left Bank, where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Pass the colorful Luxembourg Gardens, the second largest park in Paris and garden of the French Senate, housed in the Luxembourg Palace. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join the optional tour of the Louvre Museum where you will enjoy the expertise of a professional guide. Tonight, you may wish to join the optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour with dinner and wine
Optional: Louvre Museum Tour (PM)
Optional: Montmartre & Illuminations with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Champagne Tasting, Dijon
Travel from Paris to the famed Champagne region with its magnificent stretches of vineyards as far as the eye can see. This historic province in the northeast of France, formerly ruled by the Counts of Champagne, is best known for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. In Epernay, visit one of the renowned cellars, learn more about the process and enjoy tastings of this very expensive bubbly delight. Its main boulevard is the elegant residential Avenue de Champagne, with its timeless neoclassical villas and Victorian town houses. Then continue to Dijon, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy, a vast center of wealth and power. View the striking Dijon Cathedral and the Ducal Palace, a remarkably well-preserved Gothic structure that served as royal residence for the estates of Burgundy. Overnight in Dijon, also known as home of the tasty mustard
Overnight: Dijon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Beaune's Burgundy Vineyards, Lyon
Depart Dijon via the Route des Grand Crus to Beaune, celebrated capital of Burgundy wines, nestled in the heart of France's finest vineyards. The facilities and cellars of many prominent wineries, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. This walled city still displays its original battlements, ramparts, moats and a historical "old town." A walking tour takes you to the lively central square, with its gourmet cafes, fashionable clothes and local wine stalls. At the Hotel Dieu de Beaune, founded to help the poor and needy, see the original building converted to a museum - a perfect example of 15th century French architecture. Then drive south to 2000 year-old Lyon at the meeting of the Rhone and Saone Rivers. Upon arrival, visit Place Bellecour, an enormous square in the heart of the city flanked by a famed statue of Louis XIV. Ascend Fouvière Hill to view the Roman amphitheater and magnificent gardens that overlook the city
Overnight: Lyon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Fields of Provence, French Riviera
Heading south, pass the Olympic city of Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps on your way through the colorful landscapes of Provence, inspiration for the early Impressionist painters. Here, Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso created their masterpieces inspired by the region's incredible beauty and soft light. Travel past the olive groves and pine forests to the picturesque fortified town of Sisteron, nestled between the mountains and the sea, with its hilltop villages and impressive remains of 14th century walls. Continue towards Cannes, the "star" of the dazzling French Riviera, famous for the International Film Festival, glitzy hotels, and beautiful people. Next, a visit to a French perfumery. Hear about the many ways to produce this major export and try some of the popular fragrances. The aromas are amazing! Tonight, at dinner, a taste of the French Riviera's specialties
Overnight: French Riviera
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in the French Riviera
A full day to enjoy the countless extravagant delights of the Cote d'Azur and your resort in the quintessential Mediterranean twin towns of Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins, known for their long sandy beaches and energetic nightlife. Relax on the beach, suntan at the pool, shop to your heart's content and just "people-watch" from a seaside café. Don't miss the optional excursion to the Picasso Museum at Chateau Grimaldi, where he painted and lived. Tonight, see glamorous Monte Carlo's lights glisten as you travel along the magical seaside Corniche on the optional night tour
Optional: Picasso Museum Tour (AM)
Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)
Overnight: French Riviera
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Avignon, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne
This morning journey on to Avignon, the "City of Popes" named after seven popes who reigned there during the 1300s. Admire the Place de l'Horlorge, the city's main square and the vast Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), a fortress-like palace that once served as the papal residence. View the famed Bridge of Avignon, the city’s landmark. Lunch is in the historic center on your own before traveling to the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River dating from 19 AD, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day in the fairytale medieval town of Carcassonne. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Carcassonne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Carcassonne, Lourdes, Candlelit Procession
This morning’s walking tour takes you around Europe's best restored ancient fortified city with its over fifty towers and turrets, still standing today. Stroll along the cobbled streets to the St. Nazaire Basilica, adorned with magnificent stained glass and intricate carvings. Browse the shops selling medieval wares, and perhaps taste some of the local peasant stews at a café in the medieval town. Your journey continues to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, that rose to international fame in 1858 when visions of the Virgin Mary were described at the Grotto of Massabielle. The town is now a major site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of reported miraculous healings. Witness the stirring candlelight procession tonight, which has unfailingly taken place since the 1800s. Dinner and overnight is in Lourdes
Overnight: Lourdes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Lourdes Visits, Wine Tasting in St. Emilion, Bordeaux
In Lourdes, visit the sacred church, sanctuary and grotto where the apparitions took place and behold the healing water spring from the grotto, believed to possess healing properties. Time to reflect on your own before departing this holy city. Afterward, drive north through magnificent rolling landscapes to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Emilion. In this fertile area, viticulture was first introduced by the Romans and further intensified in the Middle Ages. The tradition was carried on by the monk Emilion, who was the first to begin commercial wine production. Views of the city include Romanesque churches and fascinating historical ruins stretching along steep and narrow streets. Enjoy a wine tasting and then free time to wander on your own in this delightful town before continuing to Bordeaux. A lovely evening tonight! Dinner together at a local restaurant in Bordeaux accented by fabulous wines and local flavors
Overnight: Bordeaux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Tour of Bordeaux
Morning tour of Bordeaux, on the crescent-shaped Garonne River, with its rich architectural and cultural heritage. Bordeaux is distinguished for the wines that bear its name, considered by connoisseurs to be amongst the best in the world. The city tour begins at the Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Western Europe with its mighty pillar centerpiece, the Girondist Column. In the historic Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, view the beautiful Grand Theatre built in 1780 and the Victory Arch, an amazing piece of Roman architecture. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this beautiful city. Choose to stroll down Rue St. Catherine, a main pedestrian thoroughfare running through the historic district. This evening, an optional dinner in the Bordeaux countryside will complete the day
Optional: Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner (PM)*
Overnight: Bordeaux
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Cognac Tasting, Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley
Depart Bordeaux to the enchanting town of Cognac, world-famous for the grape-based spirit produced here for over 300 years. Visit one of the cellars, hear about the history of cognac and enjoy a tasting! Onward to the very heart of the magnificent Loire Valley, brimming with treasures waiting to be discovered. For centuries, royalty and nobility built their magnificent chateaux here, inspired by the lush forests and rich farmlands. Tour the elegant 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 Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Continue to Amboise, a delightful riverside town with an imposing castle, before continuing to the hotel for overnight. Enjoy dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Loire Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Farewell in Paris
Begin by crossing the Loire River and head back to the capital Paris for time at leisure to independently discover this city with its never-ending surprises, or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner together in a Parisian bistro, including wine as you bid au revoir to your new-found friends and a fascinating journey through France
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart France
Bon Voyage! Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*The optional Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner tour may not be available for all departures.


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Montmartre & Illuminations with dinner

Tonight head to Montmartre, the former artist village on a hill crowned by the white dome of Sacre Coeur Basilica with sweeping views of the whole city. As the sun sets there is a bohemian atmosphere as the street artists and performers ply their wares. You will enjoy a French dinner with wine and see the illuminated monuments on the way back to the hotel.

*Please note that in the Summer part of the tour may be operated in the daylight

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #3 07 Nov 2016 - 12 Nov 2017 $90.00
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Louvre Museum Tour

Enjoy a visit to one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, the Louvre Museum. First stop to marvel at the modern pyramid amid the classical medieval fortress. Then continue on your tour to view some of the most famous art works of all time, highlighted by the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the museum’s most reputed masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. At the end of the tour, you may remain at the Louvre to continue your exploration or to explore the center of Paris independently. Alternatively, your Tour Manager will accompany you to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 01 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $83.00
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Antibes & Picasso Museum Tour

Depart from your hotel in the morning to explore the town of Antibes and discover the fortification walls, explore the quaint streets, and visit the historical area. Pass Billionaire's Quay, a beautiful world-renowned harbor home to some of the world’s largest yachts! Picasso stayed at the 16th century Chateau Grimaldi shortly after World War II and donated several works to the restored museum which you will also visit.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 07 Nov 2016 - 12 Nov 2017 $45.00
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Monte Carlo by Night

Tonight, drive to the Principality of Monaco to see the route of the Grand Prix, the luxury boats in the harbour and view the Prince's Palace, atop the famed "Rock". Stop at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, one of the Riviera's most photographed landmarks.* Monte Carlo is the epitome of wealth and glamour; a prime destination for royalty and some of Hollywood's most famous actors and actresses. Enjoy the lights of the dazzling Corniche road coastline as you return to your hotel.**

*Please note that children under 18 years old are not permitted inside the casino.

**Please note that in the Summer part of the tour may be operated in the daylight.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #7 06 Nov 2016 - 12 Nov 2017 $60.00
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Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner

Depart late afternoon for a scenic drive south of Bordeaux, along the Garonne River, to go for wine tasting at one of the famed wine estates in the region. Bordeaux and its neighboring countryside with a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares earned itself a fine reputation after centuries of wine growing. Then on to Cadillac, for a stroll in the lovely walled town, towered over by an impressive castle, to have a typical French dinner, served of course with wine!

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #11 05 Jun 2017 - 05 Aug 2017 $70.00
07 Aug 2017 - 12 Aug 2017 $70.00
14 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017 $70.00
28 Aug 2017 - 12 Nov 2017 $70.00
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Versailles Apartments

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 to 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.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #13 03 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $85.00
01 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018 $85.00
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13 Day Kaleidoscope of France, June 2017
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We had a GREAT TIME in France. The itinerary was perfect and we enjoyed the opportunity to experience different regions and their unique history and cuisines. Due to this positive experience, we are considering similar tours in other European countries.

Connie L. New York, NY
14 Day Classic France, May 2017
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There is no doubt whatsoever that we had the very best Gate 1 had to offer on out Classic Tour of France. Gate 1 should be grateful that they have in their employ our tour manager, Craig, and his accompanying drivers, Alain & Daniel. Craig's knowledge of the history made our trip one that was fuelled with the rich history of France and an enviable memory for dates and the names of the nobility. He successfully combined with this an engaging personality. I observed, from my own work experience, his ability to respond with sincerity to anything that was asked of him. Importantly, he clearly enjoys his chosen occupation and that shows at all stages of his tour management. This is our second Gate 1 tour but not our last.

Miroslav K. NSW, Australia
6 Day Paris Special, April 2017
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Excellent! The accommodations were comfortable and clean. Paris is beautiful and we used the train system to get around. It was a wonderful experience.

Douglas S. Las Vegas, NV
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, April 2017
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The trip was wonderful. We saw so many beautiful cathedrals and the memorial in Normandy was wonderful. Paris of course was wonderful as well. Our tour guide was so well educated, informative and caring, a sweet, gentle soul. We all loved him.

Lisa P. Newfoundland, NJ
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, April 2017
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Our trip to France was fantastic! We were thrilled by all of the sights--it was a wonderful way to experience the beauty of France and the history of the Normandy beaches and the American cemetery. However, the very best part of the trip was our fabulous guide-Simeon! He was charming, warm, informative and entertaining while explaining the sights as well as French history and culture. Our bus driver Derrick was also great! We could not have had a better tour!

Mark L. Crofton, MD
14 Day Classic France, April 2017
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I had a lovely time. Edo, the guide, took very good care of us and told us great stories of history and culture. Our driver, Alain, was careful and calm and also great. I also enjoyed my fellow travelers who were mostly very experienced travelers.

Lisa P. Seabeck, WA
9 Day Affordable France , March 2017
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The trip was wonderful. Not much sun and a little rain, but did not dampen the spirit. Anna the tour guide and the bus driver were great. The group was such a good group to enjoy the trip with. You can bet we will be going with Gate 1 for a third time. We have a few destinations in mind depending on the price. We are thinking Ireland, Greek Isles, southern Rome or a river cruise.

Nancy R. Milton, WI
9 Day Affordable France , March 2017
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Our trip was wonderful. Just the right pace and well organized. Of particular importance was our guide Ann. She was outstanding, kind, understanding, helpful and well prepared.

Philip H. Ontario, Canada
6 Day Paris Special , February 2017
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The trip was GREAT! Was hesitant about how great the deal was but it was a pleasant surprise. Hotel was great and we enjoyed everything!

Sheraine G. Jamaica, NY
6 Day Paris Special , January 2017
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Terrific! The hotel was perfect for travels seeking to see the city - at a transportation hub; excellent breakfast buffet; quite, comfortable rooms. As you know, the price was amazing.

Edsel L. Morristown, NJ
8 Day Paris Value Vacation , January 2017
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Our trip was wonderful - Now that my kids have all graduated from college my husband and I are traveling and we have taken a few trips with Gate 1 and some other travel sites and now I can really appreciate the great customer service and efficiency of Gate 1- from timely travel documents to booking flights and arranging seating etc. all without any aggravation! When I have called with questions the customer service is top notch. We will definitely be booking with Gate 1 again. Thank you!

Jean T. Rocky Point, NY
8 Day Paris, Barcelona & Rome Special, January 2017
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The trip was great! We really enjoyed All three cities, Barcelona in particular was really nice and Rome is always a great time. It was neat to see Paris too and the tour of the Louvre was incredible, really enjoyed seeing that city at night.

Cameron T. Dallas, TX
8 Day Paris & Rome Special, January 2017
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Italy, and France was amazing. The hotels were great, food and all the attractions we got to visit. We've told so many people about how inexpensive and well worth this trip was. We travel a lot, so this is probably one of the vacations we've taken thus far.

Trevarus W. Katy, TX
6 Day Paris Special, December 2016
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It was great. I loved every moment. The hotel & flight was comfortable. Everything was handled accordingly to Gate 1 travel arrangements & I can't wait to use Gate 1 Travel for future trips!

Brittney W. Baltimore, MD
8 Day Paris & Rome Special, December 2016
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The BEST experience ever!! the Transfers was there on time and polite...the tour guides very informative and the hotel great hospitality definitely considering another trip soon

Tyeesh F. Trenton, NJ
14 Day Classic France, October 2016
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My trip to France was great and enjoyable, and our guide was great. She was very knowledgeable and very helpful with everything. One of the best guides I've had on my trips. Thank you very much with your help in setting up my trip.

Lupe L. Albuquerque, NM
8 Day Paris, Provence & the French Riviera, October 2016
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Our trip was fantastic. Jenny our tour guide was amazing. France is a wonderful place to visit and Gate 1 makes it so easy as they handle all logistics flawlessly. I will recommend Gate 1 to all my friends.

Craig C. Garrison, NY
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, September 2016
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I had a wonderful time. I joined some family members on the tour of Northern France and it exceeded expectations. Craig was our guide and I can't say enough good things about him. He was organized, incredibly helpful and courteous. He was well prepared and very knowledgable. I would definitely consider using Gate1 again.

Lauri L. Columbus, OH
14 Day Classic France, September 2016
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It was a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed Paris and all the places we went. The hotels were good and the tour guide, Patrick was knowledgeable and hospitable. The restaurants and wine tastings were superb. We met congenial people on the tour.

Donald M. Columbia, MD
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, September 2016
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Our trip was fantastic. We loved walking the battle grounds in Normandy. It was a very moving experience. Being on Omaha Beach was earth shattering. Our guide, Craig, was one of the best guides we have ever had with our ten trips with Gate 1.

Francis S. Summerville, SC
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, September 2016
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The trip was wonderful. Our guide Edo was informative, pleasant and fun. Our driver, Yennis was awesome. We truly enjoyed the tour and it has inspired us to begin planning another trip to France.

Susan C. Hoover, AL
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, August 2016
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We were very happy with our tour to Paris/Loire Valley and Normandy. Representatives at the airport were waiting for us when we arrived to take us to our hotel. All three hotels visited throughout our trip were extremely nice, clean and in the heart of where we were visiting. All meals provided by Gate 1 were both very good and in wonderful restaurants, especially our final meal as a group where we had an excellent meal with entertainment to end our tour with our other tour members. However what really makes a trip memorable is your tour guide and we had one of the best with Jennie. In our many travels, she was the best time manager we have ever experienced getting us to the tour sites with no waiting, beating the crowds and still allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the sites. She was extremely knowledgeable on site histories and had a wonderful sense of what was important to the group, this was especially evident when in Normandy making sure we visited the areas that our veterans met with such opposition during the landings. In addition to being a wonderful tour guide, she was wonderful assisting us in any questions, reservations or logistics that we had when on our personal time. All in all, Gate 1 did a great job and we would not hesitate taking more trips with your company.

Sharon G. The Villages, FL
14 Day Classic France, August 2016
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We had a wonderful time. Weather was virtually perfect, the tour manager was extremely personable and professional, the sights in France were glorious. We returned with memories we will treasure.

Michael M. Dunedin, FL
8 Day Paris, Provence & the French Riviera, July 2016
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Our trip was one of the most fantastic experiences we have ever had. Our guide (Simeon) was very charming and knowledgeable about all of the locations we visited on the trip. From hotel check in to tickets for entry to side tours, all was handled ahead of time to move our group along in a hassle free enjoyable trip. From Simeon marking our maps to get us around town on our free time to head counts and making sure all were accounted for. We will definitely use Gate 1 again, possibly as soon as next year for a trip to Spain or the Canadian Rockies. I am spreading the word on your behalf of how Gate 1 can make a dream trip become THE trip of a lifetime.

Russell H. Phoenix, AZ
13 Day Kaleidoscope of France, July 2016
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We had a wonderful time. This trip was very special since we were celebrating our 50 wedding anniversary. When we got married we could not afford a honeymoon, so we took this perfect trip to celebrating our 50 year late Honeymoon. The tour was perfect for us as I am an artist and a retired art teacher. We were able to visit places that I have only dreamed about: Monet's Garden, house and lily ponds, Leonardo De Vinci's Amboise house and workshop, and Vincent Van Gogh's Arles and St. Paul's Asylum. We also wanted to see Paris, Mont St Michel, the Normandie coast, Tours with its chateaux, cathedrals, Avignon, Nice Monaco, and the Mediterranean Sea. This trip was perfect! Great weather, great food, great traveling companions and especially Siméon, our tour guide/manager. He brought history and locations alive. Great personality and good humor. Enjoyed this whole experience! Thank you Gate 1! Looking forward to traveling with you again, maybe next year.

Rita P. Melbourne, FL
14 Day Classic France, July 2016
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It was a very good trip. The group size was ideal. Seeing and tasting along the French countryside was perfect. My favorite was the Bordeaux countryside dinner (optional tour). But to stroll through the many small towns was interesting at best. The flexibility and free time were a plus. I cannot praise our tour director, Craig, enough. He was organized, thorough, focused and always kept the group together. He was so thorough in relating the histories, and background information of all our sights was the best. He was always prepared, patient, and his little touches of serving local aperitifs and treats were a delight. He was always approachable and had a great attitude. I highly recommend this tour and Gate 1 to friends and family.

Marvis O. San Francisco, CA
13 Day Kaleidoscope of France, June 2016
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Our trip to France was excellent in large part due to a great Tour Manager, Simeon. He provided wonderful insight to French history and culture and offered great suggestions for things to do and where to eat. Fortunately with our arrival the weather broke and we had primarily partly sunny to sunny days throughout our tour. The itinerary was excellent, the accommodations were great and the professionalism of the Tour Manager, local guides and motor coach drivers was fantastic. My wife and I are already starting to plan our next Gate 1 Tour for 2017.

Thomas O. Katonah, NY
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, May 2016
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It was fantastic. We can't say enough nice things about our guide, Ginny. She was very informative, friendly, and helpful. Although it rained everyday of the tour, we took it in stride and did not deter from our enjoyment. The hotels were nice, the bus was comfortable, food was great, and the other tourists were fun to be with. Our next tour will certainly be Gate 1! Thanks for a wonderful trip! The bus driver, Phillipe, was a great guy and careful driver!

Janet B. Kingwood, TX
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, May 2016
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We were a party of 8 family members traveling together celebrating graduations and anniversaries. Our trip was amazing, showcasing the major sights in Paris, Tours, Bayeau, and Giverny. The northern countryside offered a relaxed step backward in time at the vineyards and châteaus. Normandy was a beautiful but sobering memorial for us (Americans). Mount St Michel and Claude Monet's gardens were as interesting as lovely. Versailles was a breathtaking understanding behind the French revolution. Our tour guide was Jamil who was a wonderful mentor with a humorous touch. He made our anniversary celebration very special. Our group ranged from ages 19 to 76 and this tour accommodated everyone's interests. The food was delicious, the company special, and the other 31 participants were fun to befriend. The only thing I would have added would have been a short evening excursion to the Louvre. We were well pleased with Gate 1. Thank you!

Ann L. Baton Rouge, LA
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, May 2016
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Our tour manager, Jamil, was wonderful. He was so knowledgeable, kind and helpful throughout the trip. One of the areas of the tour was Normandy and in our group was a WWII veteran named Henry. It was so nice to have shared this visit with him and his family. At the American Cemetery, Jamil made a special moment for Henry so we as a group could thank him for his service and we sang the National Anthem. Actions like this make a outstanding tour manager. This was my second trip with Gate 1. Looking forward to another.

Linda B. Lakewood, OH
14 Day Classic France, May 2016
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It was great, very enjoyable; we had a very good group. Most of the hotel accommodations were decent with easy access to town centers. Our tour director, Jean was very good; he is very experienced, detail oriented, provides a lot of interesting local & national history of France and current affairs. He worked very hard to try to give us the best traveling experience in his country.

Timothy L. Woodcliff Lk, NJ
8 Day Paris & Barcelona , May 2016
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Fabulous! Very pleased with our accommodations . The breakfasts were excellent. We will be traveling with Gate 1 again.

Lee T. Damascus, MD
8 Day Paris, Provence & the French Riviera, April 2016
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Amazing! Breathtaking! Romantic! Incredible! Did I say amazing? Beautiful, bustling Paris; a high-speed train adventure; a medieval town high in the French Alps; a bus trip along the Mediterranean Sea to the glittering lights of Monte Carlo! I cannot thank Gate 1 Travel enough for putting together such a wonderful trip. From the flights; to the hotels; to the included stops; the optional excursions; the train; the bus driver, Rene; the tour guide…all top notch! Especially, our guide, Jenny. Jenny was wonderful…a treasure Gate 1 should hold onto! So informative and organized, and a beautiful personality. She really knows her stuff and you could tell she enjoyed it…I never thought I’d learn so much on vacation! I’m already planning my next vacation with Gate 1! I am happily posting this review online!

Charlotte M. Old Bridge, NJ
6 Day Paris Special, April 2016
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We had a wonder trip to Paris! Our air travel went off without a hitch and all of our flights were on time and as expected. Our stay in Paris was wonderful. Our hotel was quite comfortable and modern. We didn't spend much time there but the time we did was nice. The free buffet daily breakfast was very good and saved us a ton of money. Thanks to Gate 1 Travel for your help in making this vacation a wonderful experience.

Kathleen R. Glenside, PA
9 Day Affordable France , March 2016
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Everything was great! Our tour guide was organized and knowledgeable and the tour itself all we ever could have hoped for. All in all, a wonderful experience.

Lois S. Longview, TX
9 Day Affordable France , March 2016
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Thank you. I absolutely loved France, and particularly Paris. I guess I never believed the hype that it was a beautiful and romantic city, and yet I discovered it truly was--and is now my most beloved city in the world! I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to have done this particular package because it was more than just Paris, including Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel and the Loir Valley...all places for which France is famed but not everyone gets out to see. It was a lot to cram into a trip, but in travelling so far, it is best to make the most to experience everything one can in the time there. I studied French in school, picking it as my second language of study because it sounded so elegant to my ear, and my lessons were integrated with anecdotes about French history, culture, and geography in both high school and college. The places we visited thus had a ring of familiarity to me by such association, and it's gratifying that I've now actually seen and experienced them! I understand from our tour guide Ann (who was excellent) that Gate 1 offers a tour package of the south of France and Monaco, and I think I'd be interested in doing that someday, as northern France (particularly Normandy) had pretty nasty weather (c'est la vie, as the French say!). Bring on the sunshine in the Riviera and lavender fields of Provence!

Edward G. San Diego, CA
8 Day Paris & London Special, March 2016
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We had a fabulous time...walking, exploring. French people were great. Our hotel in France was great! The breakfasts in both places was more than we expected and very good. Thanks for a great trip.

Virginia N. Devon, PA
9 Day Affordable France , March 2016
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The Paris ,northern France trip was wonderful. Our tour guide Ann was fabulous and made it a truly wonderful experience. We saw more and learned more about Paris and the great sites we visited, than we could have ever done on our own. Ann was the best, and our driver Frank was always there for us. Thanks for a great trip Gate 1

Beverly H. New Prt Rchy, FL
14 Day Classic France, October 2015
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We had a excellent trip. Really liked the itinerary.  Exceptional weather and Patrick, our guide, was OUTSTANDING.  Patrick spoke perfect English and was a real pro.  Would love to take another trip with Patrick.

Philip L. Hemlock, MI
8 Day Paris Vacation, September 2015
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The trip was great.  Our hotel room was small, even compact, but it was clean, very well located and the staff was extremely helpful. This is what we hoped for when we selected that hotel.

Both the air and the ground transportation arranged were efficient and on time. We have traveled with Gate 1 in the past and will continue to rely on your good service in the future.

Gary H. Monkton, MD
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, August 2015
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The trip was so much better than I could have imagined!  Everything went smoothly and, better than that, our tour guide, EDO, was wonderful and made everything interesting and informative, made everyone on the journey feel equally important and maintained a sense of relaxed enthusiasm which was then shared by all of us. Our rooms were great, our "official" dinners were wonderful and were in colorful and interesting places. Our driver was competent and skilled.  He was also unfailingly good humored and calm. Thank you so very much, Ahmad, for helping me plan for this wonderful trip and thank your company for me for making everything so memorable. Bravo to you all.

Marjorie O. Sparks, NV
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, June 2015
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Our trip to France with Gate 1 was wonderful in every way.

Our guide, Anne, made it so. She was professional, knowledgeable and quite humorous. Everything was perfect. My daughter, Nora, and I were very impressed by her.

Seeing Normandy and the Landing Beaches were the highlights of the tour. Mont St Michel was extraordinary and I am so glad that I was able to make the climb to the top. The view of the bay was just awesome! Giverny and Monet's gardens were so beautiful as was Paris, of course.

My daughter and I are looking forward to traveling again with Gate 1, next time to visit the south of France.

Catherine S. Bayside, NY
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, June 2015
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My trip was great. It was my first time going to Europe, and I had a lot of fun. Anne is a great tour manager. I learned a lot about French histories, cuisines, and cultures. Rick is also a great driver. I don't think I can drive on those narrow roads in the countryside. 

Thank you. I would definitely choose Gate 1 again in the future if I plan to visit other parts of Europe.

Zhan Y. Rocky Hill, CT
13 Day Kaleidoscope of France, June 2015
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It was absolutely perfect! Everything was so well organized and planned down to the last detail. We especially enjoyed our excellent guide, Simeon! He was very pleasant and entertaining and knowledgeable about the French customs and history. We will definitely recommend and sing Gate 1 Travel and travel again with you.

Mary S. Springer, OK
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, June 2015
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The trip was great!

Everything went smoothly, our fellow travelers were a nice group, and we loved our guide, Simeon. We learned a lot about France's history. I've been to France a number of times before, but the D-Day beaches, Amboise, Bayeux, and Giverny were new to me and I loved them all.

My teenaged daughter had a great time too and especially loved Mont St. Michel and the D-Day beaches. A great value and I will recommend this tour to my friends and family.

Nancy S. Alhambra, CA
13 Day Kaleidoscope of France, April 2015
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The trip to France was Absolutely wonderful! Truly a trip of a lifetime! We saw so much! Among my favorites were Paris  (of course!) and Giverney where Monet's home and gardens were! All the flowers were in bloom! It was beautiful! Normandy was so touching and humbling- I did not know the American cemetery is considered American soil! The French Riviera and Nice were beyond words! I feel so fortunate to have seen all this with the most amazing weather AND the most wonderful tour guide Jenny!  She was a gem - caring, organized, friendly and so knowledgeable on all the history!  The other people on the trip with us were just terrific too! The chanenceaux and Chamborg castles and Mont St Michele - all amazing !  

Thank you to gate 1 for this marvelous trip - I have many memories that will last a Lifetime!

Loretta W. Wilmington, DE
9 Day France with Loire Valley & Normandy, April 2015
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Our trip through Normandy, Paris and the Loire valley was superb. Anne, our guide, was delightful... Extremely knowledgeable and professional while being naturally personable and gracious. She definitely made the trip more special. We hope to return to that area one day. We spend a lot of time in southern France, but, with the exception of Paris, we had not visited the surrounding region.

Laurie N. Sierra Vista, AZ
8 Day Paris & Barcelona, March 2015
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I really enjoyed the trip.  Been to Europe a few times, and this continued the grand experience. Your hotel choices were magnificent, and the tour options we chose worked out perfectly.

The air portion worked out perfectly, as you allowed us to go non-stop from SFO to Paris on AirFrance with a nominal fee, and of course the non-stop option was the way to go.

When I called your people before the trip, every time, they were very courteous and very helpful. I will definitely use Gate1 in the future and will be recommending it to my friends,

Anthony S. San Jose, CA
Paris & Rome, March 2015
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The trip was absolutely fabulous.  My daughter and I had the times of our lives!  The hotels in Paris and Rome were both excellent!  Location couldn't have been better.  The Holiday Inn in Paris had a more contemporary European flair, while the Hotel Solis in Rome was truly "old world."  Rooms were tiny, but we've traveled in Europe and understand hotel rooms are for sleeping, and not much more. Loved them both!!  Staff members of both hotels were fabulous - so kind and helpful. Breakfast and free Wi-Fi?  My daughter was in heaven. The flight from Dulles to Paris was cancelled/delayed four hours, so we lost a little bit of time, and had to ask someone to change seats so we could sit together, but everything worked out. 

Can't thank you and Gate 1 for the wonderful memories. Will definitely recommend you all to friends and family, and will use your services again.

Brenda C. Woodbridge, VA
9 Day Affordable France, March 2015
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The trip was AWESOME and Anne-Mette (tour director) and Frank (Driver) were both fantastic.  It was a wonderful experience, especially as this was our first trip with Gate1. 

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Wendy L. Hayward, CA

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