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This culturally enriching tour will give you an insightful look into the both the modern lifestyle and history of France. Beginning in Paris you will experience firsthand, the liveliness and passion of the capital, and heart of France. Then stopping in at various regions known for their regal history, amazing wine/champagne, delightful seafood and pristine beaches. With the added opportunity to pa...

This culturally enriching tour will give you an insightful look into the both the modern lifestyle and history of France. Beginning in Paris you will experience firsthand, the liveliness and passion of the capital, and heart of France. Then stopping in at various regions known for their regal history, amazing wine/champagne, delightful seafood and pristine beaches. With the added opportunity to pay respects to our own brave WW2 veterans at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. 

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Trip highlights
  • Horseback riding
    Horseback riding
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Relax
    Relax
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting

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Day 1: Settling in

Conveniently located in the north/central region of France, Paris is the clear starting point for any trip to Europe. The capital and most popular city in France has no shortage of amazing sights, incredible shows, historic landmarks, world-renowned museums, delicious restaurants and trendy bars sure to hold the attention of every type of traveler. 

Pick up your rental car and head to your iconic and centrally located 4 Star hotel for check-in. 

Afterward, you will have the pleasure of exploring a city where the possibilities are truly endless. 

Countless museums provide insight into the rich history and culture of the city: The Louvre is the world's largest and most well-stocked museum and home to some of the most famous art and antiquities are known to man. (I.E. The Mona Lisa, Ancient Egyptian mummies, etc.) Other popular museums include the following: Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musee des arts et Metier, the Petit Palais, and the Grand Palais.  

Next, your choice of one of Paris' famous cabarets will help you start the night off with some excitement: The Moulin Rouge, Lido de Paris and Crazy Horse all offer magical evenings, with stunning spectacles of song, dance and acrobatics together with both comedic and erotic undertones.

Visited:
Paris
Accommodation
Hôtel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Étoile (Paris)

Day 2: Explore the city

This morning dive in to the life of France's most famous king with a guided tour of the famous Chateau de Versaille. The castle and primary residence of Louis XIV, "The King of the Sun," allows you to step into the extravagant life and mind of a 17th century monarch.  

Then take a panoramic tour of the city to get a first look at famous districts such as Monmartre or the Marais, as well as monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, offering excellent photo opportunities and breathtaking views. 

Guided boat and bus tours allow you to see even more of the city while taking a load off after a few hours of walking through busy streets and museums. 

Rendezvous at 6pm for a wine tasting in Saint Germain Des Pres then take a short walk for an exquisite dinner at Le Christine Restaurant. As a member of the esteemed “French Association of Masterful Cuisine” Le Christine offers a modern, yet authentic, French dining experience in a comfortable setting.

Visited:
Paris
Accommodation
Hôtel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Étoile (Paris)

Day 3: Toast to the good life

You begin your road trip in style, by heading East to visit two cities in the heart of the Champagne Region.   

First, a stop in Reims affords the chance to view the stunning Gothic architecture of the city and tour the famous Notre Dame of Reims, Cathedral.  

Next, a quick ride through the Reims Mountain Natural Park brings you to Epernay. As home to the world's most celebrated champagne houses such as Dom Perignon, Moet and Chandon and Perrier Jouet this charming city has accurately proclaimed itself the "Capitale du Champagne."  

As you make way down the Avenue de Champagne you will pass many of the stately 19th century mansions belonging to the aforementioned champagne powerhouses. However, this trip, catered to even more refined tastes, brings you to the Club Tresors de Champagne. Here you will have an exclusive tasting of the lesser publicized, local favorites, made from hand-selected organic grapes, aged to perfection and reserved for a lucky few. A group in which you now have the fortune of residing. 

Visited:
Paris, Épernay
Accommodation
Champagne A. Bergere (Épernay)

Day 4: Honor the fallen

You get an early start today, leaving shortly after breakfast for Colleville Sur Mer. Some time on the road affords the chance to take in the beautiful and versatile landscape of France before arriving at the famous beaches of Normandy.   

Here, a guided tour of the D-Day beaches, as well as the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will give you the opportunity to honor the brave American souls that gave it all to ensure an allied victory in WW2. 

Afterward prepare for regal lodging at an integral part of the region’s rich culture, with ties to both William the Conqueror and WWII. Equipped with a bicentennial park and moat, this 15th-century manor Opens the domain to the tranquility of the countryside and transports you to the romanticism of a forgotten era.  

Visited:
Épernay,
Accommodation
Manoir de Cléronde ()

Day 5: Bird's Eye View

Today you begin with an exciting helicopter tour of the beautiful beaches and landscape of the entire Normandy region. 

Afterward, you will have the option of many, nearby activities and attractions including:

- Horseback riding on the beach with the "Equestrian Farm of Normandy." 

- A round of golf at the "Omaha Beach Golf Club." 

- The Deauville Seaside Resort (and casino) 

- Countless museums and Art galleries 

Finish off the day with another amazing dinner at your "table d'hotes" (host's table) of Manior De Cleronde.  

Visited:
Normandy
Accommodation
Manoir de Cléronde ()

Day 6: City in the sea

The next leg of the trip brings you to the picturesque city of Mont St. Michel. This UNESCO world heritage site is a small yet compact city, built on a giant rock just off the coast which actually transforms from a peninsula into an island every day during high tide. With it's breathtaking views, warmhearted locals and the stunning "Abbey du Saint Michel," (which began construction as early as the year 708 ad) this charming town proves that big things do come in small packages.   

Afterward, you head a bit inland to your next stately manor Built in the 18th century yet stocked with modern amenities such as a heated pool, billiards table, and wifi, this medieval paradise is sure to offer everything needed for an evening of relaxation. Including a gourmet home-made dinner. 

Visited:
, Mont Saint-Michel
Accommodation
Chateau de Bouceel (Mont Saint-Michel)

Day 7: Seafood and Wine

This morning you make way for another of the many regions in France well known for its wine, the Loire Valley. Upon arrival in Chinon you will have the delightful option* of dining at "L'Oceanic." An exceptional restaurant, listed among France's best, by the French Association of Restaurant Masters.  
Next, you will visit the "Chateau de la Grille" for an exclusive wine tasting with the owner himself. Followed by a guided tour of the 15th century castle, as well as it's many acres of vineyards and large winery. 

Afterward, check in to your very own royal estate. Built by Benedictine monks in the 10th century and home to numerous royal counts, this historic castle offers unparalleled luxury and amenities that will leave you truly feeling like a king (or queen).  

Visited:
Mont Saint-Michel,
Accommodation
Château le Prieuré ()

Day 8: Castles Galore

Prepare yourself to be transported to the past, with a guided tour of the cities and castles of Saumur, Chinon, Usse and more. All of which have been meticulously preserved and offer exhibitions, giving one an up close and personal look into the lifestyle and culture of medieval royalty. 

Visited:
Loire Valley
Accommodation
Château le Prieuré ()

Day 9: Back to the beach

After a brief drive to Chateillaillon Plage, you check into the beautiful "Grande Terrasse Hotel." This tranquil ocean-side getaway affords the chance to relax in luxury with beautiful views, numerous activities, and fresh-caught dishes from local favorite restaurants "Le Pertuis."  
Begin with a tasting of the regions renowned oysters on the charming island, "Ile de Re". 

Then head back to the hotel for a full afternoon of relaxation with a massage, sauna, jacuzzi, and whatever else your heart desires at the "Nuxe" Spa.  

(Optional*) Then head to "Le Pertuis" for an exquisite dinner made from fresh local ingredients and seafood. 

Visited:
, Châtelaillon-Plage
Accommodation
La Grande Terrasse (Châtelaillon-Plage)

Day 10: Tour "The Pearl of Aquitaine"

Feeling rejuvenated, you take to the road once more, heading to another one of France's favorite destinations, Bordeaux. Also known as "The Pearl of Aquitaine" this lively city is well known for both wine and gastronomy, but also offers numerous museums, concert halls, and chic boutiques, perfect to scratch that shopping itch which has surely been building in the recent days.  
You will spend the day touring the city with a knowledgeable guide prepared to take you to all the must-see locations as well as wherever you may want to go. 

Then, take a short ride to St Emilion to check into a stunning and peaceful villa, situated in the beautiful countryside and surrounded by vineyards; and one of a select few bed and breakfast locations showcased on the 2019 Michelin's List. 

Visited:
Châtelaillon-Plage, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion
Accommodation
5 Lasserre (Saint Emilion)

Day 11: Connoisseur's Paradise

Spend the day visiting the historic Medieval City as well as the celebrated vineyards and tasting the best selections of this world-famous wine region. 

Afterward, you will enjoy the superb gastronomy of "Le Clos du Roy." Here, chef Nikhola LavieCambot prepares a modern menu with traditional French ingredients to create a unique and exceptional dining experience. 

Visited:
Saint Emilion
Accommodation
5 Lasserre (Saint Emilion)

Day 12: The dock of the bay

Today you will visit another gem of the Bordeaux region. The popular town of Arcachon, resting on the Arcachon Bay, is bursting with charm.  
Begin the day by exploring the town's four quaint and versatile districts named after the seasons, and grab a bite of the regional favorite Moules Frites for lunch ( a popular dish in the area made up of mussels, sauteed in the shell with an order of fries on the side.)  

Next, enjoy some bird-watching, with a tour through the majestic Parc Ornithogique du Teich a natural park and bird sanctuary boasting 250 species, some of which are seldom seen anywhere else.  

(Optional*) Followed by a late afternoon boat tour of the bay and its many famous oyster farms' with a sunset oyster and wine tasting. 

Visited:
Saint Emilion, Arcachon

Day 13: Au revoir France

After a fun-filled 12 days this trip has reached its final moments. Stock up on souvenirs and head to the Airport for the flight home. 

Visited:
Bordeaux

ParisÉpernayNormandyMont Saint-MichelLoire ValleyChâtelaillon-PlageBordeauxSaint EmilionArcachon

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