12 Day Discover Northern France



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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.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours. The pace is moderate. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This itinerary includes a mix of city and countryside sightseeing. The longest day spent on the bus is between St. Malo and the Loire Valley with about three and a half hours on the bus in total. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details

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Flight Details

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • 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
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Paris
    • 2 nights Normandy
    • 1 night St. Malo
    • 2 nights Loire Valley
    • 2 nights Versailles
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 6 dinners with wine
  • Coffee and tea with all meals. Wine is included with lunch and dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit the remarkable Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa and other celebrated masterpieces
  • Travel to the Champagne region to enjoy tastings of this expensive bubbly delight
  • Visit the magnificent Reims Cathedral, where French Kings have been crowned
  • Tour the home of Claude Monet in Giverny, one of the world’s greatest impressionist painters; view the tranquil gardens that inspired his masterpieces
  • Experience the American Cemetery on Omaha Beach, resting place of thousands of U.S. troops. Salute their bravery
  • Meet a World War II historian who helps you gain a greater understanding about D-Day and the Normandy beaches
  • Visit the WWII Memorial Museum, a stirring monument to peace, with its detailed chronology of events that took place in this region
  • Visit iconic Mont St. Michel, magnificently rising from the sea on a mighty rock
  • View the 400 foot long Apocalypse Tapestry, that depicts more than 70 scenes from the Book of Revelation, in Angers
  • Visit the elegant Chateau de Chenonceau, a jewel of Renaissance architecture
  • Dine in a Troglodyte Cave, cut into the face of a cliff - a unique experience
  • At the Royal Chateau of Amboise, visit the chapel’s memorial to Leonardo da Vinci
  • View Chambord Castle, Loire’s largest Chateau, built in the 16th century by King François I
  • In Chartres visit the world-famous Gothic cathedral, considered the greatest in France
  • Enter the Palace of Versailles to see the lavish apartments of King Louis 14th and the extravagant Hall of Mirrors
  • Walk through the amazing Versailles Gardens and view the spectacular musical fountains

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours. The pace is moderate. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This itinerary includes a mix of city and countryside sightseeing. The longest day spent on the bus is between St. Malo and the Loire Valley with about three and a half hours on the bus in total. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Paris
Bonjour! Welcome to Paris, the magnificent "City Of Lights;" transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of this city on the Seine. Your tour begins with an orientation meeting with the Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM followed by a light dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Paris City Tour, Louvre Museum
Get acquainted with Paris today as you drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower. Continue to "Rive Gauche," the celebrated Left Bank where artists, philosophers, and writers in a bygone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse, including Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway and more. Visit the incomparable Louvre, one of the world's most famous museums. Of the many exhibitions found therein, view the medieval fortress and the museum's most reputed masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Afternoon is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city on your own
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Champagne Region
Today, travel to the heart of the famed Champagne region with its magnificent stretches of vineyards as far as the eye can see. This historic province, formerly ruled by the counts of Champagne, is best known for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. Drive along the elegant Avenue de Champagne, in Epernay, home to many of the world's most celebrated Champagne houses' timeless neoclassical villas. Visit one of the wine cellars and enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Learn more about the champagne process and savor tastings of this expensive delight. Then, on to Reims with its magnificent Gothic cathedral adorned with striking stained glass windows, where many of France's kings were crowned. Return to Paris and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. You might choose to admire views of the illuminated monuments as you walk along the Seine or just linger at a trendy bistro to enjoy fine wine and a delectable dinner
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Sunday - Giverny, Lecture with World War II Historian
Today, a scenic drive takes you to Giverny, home of Claude Monet, one of the world's greatest impressionist painters. Walk through the tranquil gardens that inspired many of his masterpieces, including his famous "water lilies" series of paintings. Have lunch nearby on the site of a charming 18th-century water mill. This afternoon, enter the Normandy region head to the popular seaside resort of Cabourg for overnight. After dinner tonight, meet a World War II historian who helps you gain a greater understanding about D-Day and the beaches where the Allied forces landed 75 years ago
Overnight: Normandy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Beaches in Normandy, American Cemetery, Honfleur Harbor, Cheese & Brandy Tasting
This morning visit the historic beaches in Normandy. The first stop is at St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasions began on June 6, 1944, a day long remembered for the bravery and sacrifice of the U.S. troops; stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Finish today's exploration of Normandy's historic sites with the cherished American Cemetery on Omaha Beach, a vision that will forever be embedded in your memory. Then for a change of pace, continue to the enchanting harbor at Honfleur with its colorful boats, immortalized by several of the world's greatest impressionist painters. Time to browse the charming galleries, tiny shops and stop for coffee at a typical café. Afterward, visit a working farm to taste some of the local specialties including Camembert cheese and Calvados, the region's well-known apple based brandy. Return to your hotel for overnight
Overnight: Normandy
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - World War II Memorial Museum, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo
Morning visit to the WWII Memorial Museum, a stirring monument to peace, with its detailed chronology of the events that took place in this region during WWII. View the many exhibits and walk through the American, British and Canadian Gardens dedicated to the three main allied nations involved in liberating France. You then leave Normandy and head toward the rugged coast of northwestern France. It's a dramatic moment when you have your first glimpse in the distance of magnificent Mont St. Michel. Built on an isolated island in the gulf of Saint-Malo, this structure is considered one of the "wonders of the world," and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reached by a causeway, the lower towers and medieval sea wall protect a small village, capped magnificently by the commanding Abbey dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Prior to the completion of the causeway, Mont St. Michel was on an isolated island that pilgrims approached, knowing that the dangerous tides could sweep in at any time. Then, drive along the coast to the beautiful city of St. Malo in Brittany; its maze of medieval streets is bursting with history. The legacy of its 19th-century pirates and seafaring past is a story told by generations of sailors. Walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town and enjoy dinner tonight at a charming restaurant
Overnight: St. Malo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Angers, Saumur
Depart St. Malo on your journey to the gorgeous Loire Valley, brimming with treasures waiting to be discovered. For centuries, royalty and nobility built their magnificent chateaux in this valley, inspired by the lush forests and rich farmlands. Pause at the surprising Angers castle, home of the stirring 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry. Next, a chance to sample the local wine with a stop in riverside Saumur. Travel to a lovely chateau hotel in the Loire Valley, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, dinner is at the chateau's dining room
Overnight: Loire Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Chateau de Chenonceau, Troglodyte Cave, Chateau d'Amboise
Spend another day exploring the stunning Loire Valley with its splendid chateaux. The first stop is at Chateau de Chenonceau, a jewel of Renaissance architecture, stretching over the River Cher. Walk through its extravagantly furnished rooms and traditional formal gardens, added during the time of Henry II, by his mistress Diane de Poitiers. Then, an unusual visit to a Troglodyte Cave, nestled in the valley for a wine tasting and lunch. Troglodyte Caves can be found all over the region, cut into the cliffs or dug underground, often carved out of abandoned quarries. Afterward, on to the Royal Chateau d' Amboise, with its commanding views of the river, most closely associated with King François I who brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. The tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his final years in Amboise, lies in the chapel of the Chateau. Later, time to relax at your chateau before dinner together this evening
Overnight: Loire Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Blois, Chambord, Chartres Cathedral
The day begins with Blois, a royal town packed with lively streets, beautiful paved squares and charming cafes where you visit the extraordinary chateau, once home to Louis XII and François I. Then, on to view the fairytale Chateau de Chambord, Loire's largest residence, built in the 16th century for King François I. Next, arrive in Chartres, home to the greatest Gothic cathedral in France. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and astonishing stained glass windows. Conclude the day in Versailles. Best known as the site of the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, today Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs outside of Paris. The rest of the day is at leisure to immerse yourself in these beautiful surroundings
Overnight: Versailles
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Palace of Versailles and Gardens
Enter the Palace of Versailles this morning to view the lavish apartments of King Louis XIV and the extravagant Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed at the end of World War I. The splendid interiors of Versailles were envied and copied by royalty throughout Europe. Walk through the beautiful gardens with its spectacular fountains, a gorgeous fusion of nature, sculpture, music and water, designed by Andre Le Notre, the blueprint of French Gardens throughout the world. Tonight, at dinner, share memories of your journey in France and bid au revoir to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Versailles
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Treasures of Provence, September 2021
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We would like to give a glowing recommendation for our guide, Edo! We have done a lot of traveling around the world over many decades and know Edo is one of the best guides we have had. He is extremely personable and made us feel like he was escorting his friends through Provence. His knowledge of the area and ability to relate to the local people we met such as the owner of the bull ranch in the Camargue region, the lady at Mas de Cadenet winery, and many of the restaurants we ate at was wonderful. Edo arranged some fun, unique experiences such as riding in a classic Deux Chevaux from the Louvre to Montmartre, making chocolate and eating an amazing buffet dinner at L'Esperantine Marseille Chocolaterie, and playing Bolles near the Cathedral with the setting sun as our backdrop! He treated us to several small and delightful gifts like a bag of lavender, nougat candy, and cookies. Also, Momo was an excellent bus driver with a great personality.

Gary M.
Treasures of Provence, September 2019
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The trip was great. We loved it all, Paris, Provence, Nice...hotels were fine, food great and our driver Alfeo was excellent. Best of all was our tour director, Anne. There are no words to adequately describe her contributions...let me just say she is a gem and Gate 1 is lucky to have her. Gate 1 has not seen the last of us. Till the next time...

Robert F. Hawley, PA
Discover Northern France, August 2019
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George and I had a wonderful trip. Our tour guide, bus driver and tour group was fabulous. We enjoyed everyday of the trip and have many many great memories.

Linda S. Castro Valley, CA
Treasures of Provence, October 2018
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We had a great trip. France was beautiful, great food, people, weather and we visited some really interesting and unique places. Laura, our tour guide, was fantastic! The best I think we've ever had, and we've had a lot of great tour guides.

Discover Northern France, May 2018
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It was fantastic! Anne was an amazing guide. She was so attentive to everyone’s individual needs and request. I really enjoyed the small group. The itinerary was excellent. We learned so much about WWll in Normandy, experienced the beauty of Monet’s house and garden, and stayed at a gorgeous Chateau in Loire Valley, it was a perfect trip that I will be recommending to everyone!

Allison S. Ann Arbor, MI.
Discover Northern France, September 2016
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Had a great time. Everything went smoothly and the tour was great. Lara was an excellent tour guide and extremely helpful.

Ronald R. Winder, GA
Discover Northern France, September 2016
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Absolutely amazing. Our guide, Laura, was exceptional her attention to detail was incredible, for example when we were at the National Cemetery I thought , I wish I had bought a flower to place on a grave, and what did she have for each person in our tour, a rose. I could go on and on with examples such as this. The planning, scheduling, and visit locations prepared by Gate1 could not have been better. Lodging perfect, restaurant selections delicious, tour and sightseeing locations spot one. The only thing I might suggest is instead of two nights in Versailles perhaps one night, tour the palace and relocate the last night back in Paris, since all of us had to make our way back to the city for departures to other locations. Also, our last dinner held at the oldest restaurant in Paris was in the city. Great job to Gate1 and Laura. We will definitely book another small group tour. BTW your help was outstanding as well. Our flights were perfect and I was appreciative of the prompt response to my questions prior to our trip.

Cynthia A. Torrance, CA
Discover Northern France, May 2016
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It was a trip of a lifetime! Incredible itinerary, phenomenal guide, great accommodations, and delicious food! We will be traveling with you next year.

Jerod C. Wilmington, NC
Discover Northern France, April 2016
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Our trip was wonderful. As usual, Gate 1 did a great job of planning and initiating the tour. Our guide, Patrick, was knowledgeable and helpful. Our tour group couldn't be beat. The highlight for me as a professional trumpet player was having the opportunity to play "Taps" at the American cemetery in Normandy, France. Thanks for your help and thanks for asking.

Paul R. Eustis, FL
Discover Northern France, April 2016
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Our tour in Northern France was fabulous. We had a small group of 10 who all got along and got to know each other well. Our director - Edo - was really good, as was our driver - Frank. Edo kept us constantly informed of our planned activity, gave us great historical background on each site, developed great relationships with each traveler and entertained us. My wife and I were the oldest and slowest in our group; Edo was very sensitive to this and made sure we could keep up with everyone. Our provided meals were all wonderful as was the wine. The hotels were of high quality and were well located. We chose the trip because of the itinerary. Our tour in Northern France was great, better than we expected. Thanks for asking me about this.

Frank L Jr. Shelbyville, IN