Highlights include Paris, Seine River Cruise, Parisian Cabaret Dinner, Omaha Beach, Amboise, Winery Tour, TGV Train, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Monaco and more.|
Day #1 Overnight Flight -
Day #2 Arrive Paris, France - Tour Begins - Your tour begins in beautiful Paris. Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise past famous landmarks along the River Seine. Celebrate the beginning of a fabulous trip with a special dinner at the Paradis Latin, Paris's oldest cabaret theatre. Enjoy a delicious dinner complete with wine, champagne and a delightful cabaret show.
Day #3 Paris - A panoramic tour of Paris reveals the breathtaking architecture of the Arc de Triomphe; the Cathedral of Notre Dame; the Place de la Concorde and its commanding obelisk from the tomb of Ramses II in Egypt; Place Vendome; and the Champs-Elysées, the promenade famous for its people watching.
Day #4 Paris - Caen - Huppain Port-en-Bessin - Set off for the Normandy coast. During WW II, the largest invasion in history took place here. Enjoy an insightful visit to the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, experience a moving visit to the U.S. Military Cemetery in Omaha Beach.
Day #5 Huppain Port-en-Bessin - D
Day #6 Landing Sights - This morning visit Ste. Mere Eglise, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and its parachute shaped Airborne Museum. At the Pointe Du Hoc Ranger Memorial, see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-
Day #7 to seize the fortified enemy position. A drive to Utah Beach provides a visit to the scene of the 4th Infantry Division’s operations.
Day #8 Huppain Port-en-Bessin - Blois - Journey south to the Loire Valley which is brimming with chateaus and parks, once the setting for the French court. Visit Chateau de Chenonceaux on the banks of the Cher River, a jewel of Renaissance architecture with traditional French gardens.
Day #9 Blois - Amboise - Blois - Embark on a tour of Chateau du Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last three years, showcasing a display of his early inventions. Proceed to the picturesque center of Amboise for free time to explore the colorful market street, stroll along the river or the colorful market street. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a well-known winery in Vouvray.
Day #10 Blois - Paris - TGV Train - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence/Avignon - Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train heading for Avignon, Provence. Enjoy a delightful tour of this walled city that was the center of European religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. Tonight, enjoy dinner and fine French wine.
Day #11 Aix-en-Provence - Embark on a walking tour “in the footsteps of Cézanne” through Aix-en-Provence’s tree lined avenues to view sites from the famous painter's life. Experience the markets and monuments of this ancient city.
Day #12 Aix-en-Provence/Avignon - Grasse - St. Paul de Vence - Nice - Today, journey to Grasse, a retreat in the alluring Cote d'Azur region of France. Learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, when visiting a famous perfumerie. Travel to St. Paul de Vence, a 16th century walled town overlooking the Mediterranean coast. Then it’s off to Nice, the playground of the rich and famous and your home for two nights.
Day #13 Nice - Monaco - Nice - Enjoy a morning stroll through the local Flower Market in Nice. Next, see Place Massena and the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Witness the splendor of Monaco, the glittering gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous Casino of Monte Carlo and the 13th century Prince’s Palace. See the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a quaint restaurant.
Day #14 Nice - Tour Ends -