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The Treasures of France

8 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

From fairytale châteaux to the chicness of France's capital Paris, this Country Explorer trip has it all.

"The Local Specialists were impressive, I didn't want to leave"


About this trip

Criss-crossing the north, this trip fuses fairytale châteaux and vineyards in the rich Loire Valley with the chicness of Paris and the poignancy of standing on Omaha Beach in Normandy.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… imagining living like royalty in the turreted châteaux that pepper the Loire Valley, before stopping at Chenonceau, where you find out about the stories behind this fairytale castle's contoured gardens.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: FTOF

7 Nights


13 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 5 dinners.

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The Treasures of France

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Paris

Welcome to France. Relax and unwind after your journey or take some time to explore the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you, including the Champs Élysées and the Arc d'Triomphe.

Welcome Reception
Evergreen Laurel

2. Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux

This morning visit Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Then travel to Honfleur, a picturesque port immortalised by many artists. Later in Bayeux visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

3. Bayeux – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Mont St. Michel

Your Travel Director provides excellent historical commentary during your visit to the D-Day landing beach at Omaha and the military cemetery. Stop for lunch in Arromanches, a town at the heart of the Normandy landings. You might like to finish your day with an Optional Experience to the historic walled port town of Saint Malo, former home of French explorer, Jacques Cartier.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Le Relais Du Roy

4. Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley – Amboise (2 Nights)

Visit the Benedictine Abbey at Mont St. Michel with a Local Specialist. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to build an oratory on this rocky island jutting into the English Channel. Travel through the scenic countryside of the Loire Valley and later stop for a memorable Be My Guest experience on a picturesque farm, including wine tasting. Travel to your hotel in Amboise where you dine tonight.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Dinner with wine

5. Châteaux Excursion

Your Local Specialist takes you on a visit to the Amboise Royal Château, where King François I spent much of his childhood with his mother, Louise of Savoy. During the first few years of his reign the château reached the pinnacle of its glory. As a guest of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to château Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the nearby Clos Lucé, connected to the Château by an underground passage. Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. Continue with a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairy tale château built on the River Cher. The beautiful architecture – reflected in the waters of the river – is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The Château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women influenced its construction and development. It contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and numerous masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Amboise – Chambord – Chartres – Paris (2 Nights)

Visit Chambord, one of the most remarkable and recognisable châteaux in the world. Influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, the château resembles a medieval stronghold incorporating classical Italian ornamental flourishes. The château was constructed by King François I as a royal hunting lodge, however, he didn't live to see it completed. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and marvel at the original stained glass windows. Tonight in Paris consider going to see a spectacular cabaret show, for which the city is internationally renowned.

Buffet Breakfast
Renaissance La Defense

7. Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. During your free time you may want to explore a world class museum or gallery, or even join an Optional Experience to Versailles. This evening the finale to this great trip starts with a visit to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across this wonderful city. Then celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner with wine at a Parisian bistro.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

8. Depart Paris

Say ‘au revoir' to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a wonderful trip. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Buffet Breakfast

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    For included sightseeing in Mont St. Michel, the Loire Valley and Paris.

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    Experience local hospitality at a picturesque 17th century farmhouse, including wine tasting.

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Insider walking tour of Paris

    • Orientation of Paris, Bayeux and Amboise

    • Visit the town of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur, Bayeux Tapestry, the historic D-Day beach of Omaha, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, Amboise Château, the châteaux of Chenonceau and Chambord, Chartres Cathedral and the second level of the Eiffel Tower

    • View the Champs Élysées and Arc d'Triomphe in Paris.

What's Included


    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 5 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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