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Highlights
  • City Tour of Paris – Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe & more!
  • Monet’s House & Gardens (Giverny)
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Rouen)
  • Mont St. Michel (Normandy)
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Normandy American Cemetery
  • Chateau de Chambord (Loire Valley)
  • Wine Tasting (Civray de Touraine)
  • Versailles Optional Excursion
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Cezanne Studio (Aix-en-Provence)
  • Palais des Papes (Avignon)
  • Calanques Cruise (Cassis)
  • Colline du Chateau (Nice)
  • Picasso Museum (Antibes)

Explore France on this unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most beautiful and historic countries. From Paris, the “City of Light”, to Normandy, home to the WWII D-Day landings, to Loire Valley, with its luxurious chateaux, to our Provence tours, with its old world charm, and last but not least, to Nice, the stunning capital of Cote D’Azur. Space is limited for this trip of a lifetime!

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  • Airfare included

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SmarTours Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.9 Guide
4.9 Activities
4.9 Lodging
4.9 Transportation
4.9 Meals
4.9
Unforgettable France

MB

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FRANCE 14 DAYS May 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
WE HAD A TRULY WONDERFUL TIME . France was different in all three areas, but our tour guide Victor made each area so out standing, you fell in love each time you entered a new area . The people were wonderful,and so kind and help full. All the hotels had great locations. Our tour guide Vic made it special for every one. We really had so much fun,I have shared our trip with all my friends. We also felt safe at all times. I owe my great trip to Vic the best guide ever.
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CB

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Best trip so far! March 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is my third Smartours trip and without a doubt the best one yet! Mostly due to our tour director, Patrick Fargier. I go on these tours mostly to photograph and Mr. Fargier was very accommodating to my photo needs. The trip was packed with beautiful places and breath taking landscapes and Patrick always told me of the best vantage points. Mr. Fargier is very inspiring after hearing his stories of travel. I want to travel even more after hearing his tales. All in all it was an excellent trip! My only complaint is that it needs to be longer. France is just too beautiful! Thank you for a wonderful tour! www.chuckbandel.com if you want to see the pictures from the trip.Thank you,Chuck
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PA

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Awsome France-Awsome Patrick December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wow! My girlfriends and I (the YaYa's) have travelled to China, Thailand, Italy, Egypt among other places in the last 8 years. Only Thailand and France with Smartours and most of the other trips were River cruises. I feel experienced enough to give a review on travel and our tour guides. First of all I love France from the wonderful city of Paris to the beautiful city of Nice. Our trip was well thought out and planned. I'm sure one of the reasons in keeping the price reasonable was the hotels which were clean but very small. (Hotels in China and Italy were more upscale.) The food was delicious almost every place we ate. The exception was the last dinner. The trip to Antibe could easily have been eliminated. We all needed more downtime for shopping and rest. With all that out of the way: It really was a great trip......the chateaus, castles, countryside. My yaya's and I had a fabulous, interesting and informative overland voyage! The best contributor was our wonderful Patrick. He has a great understanding of your and his country.....knew so much history that he shared with us...was charming, had time for everyone, never left anyone out of anything and made all comfortable, and was just fun. All the guys with us wanted to spend time with him and all the women couldn't get enough of his company. Of all our trips I think he was the most interested and interesting guide/host. We did have a small group of people who were very well traveled and wanted to learn about France. I wish I had better words to explain how much we enjoyed France, but it wouldn't be the same when I come back without our Patrick! Thank you!
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BM

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Another Fabulous Tour!!! November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is my 49th year of international travel, and the 15th tour with smarTours -- I've even repeated South Africa and Thailand twice! I'm one of your biggest fans, and always promote the great tours you have to offer -- and at fabulous prices. This trip was no exception. We covered a lot of history -- and territory -- and it was worth it. What a wonderful introduction to a country. The people we were met were very nice, the landscape everywhere was awesome (there were flowers everywhere in June), and the history and cities we visited will remain with me forever. This was one of my favorite tours!!
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CLG

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Tres Magnifique!!!! October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just wanted to let you know that I have never had a happier two weeks than my two in France. Each day was (unbelievably) better than the one before. Our guide, Nadine LaPlat, was informed, funny and just plain wonderful to spend two weeks with. I wanted an overview of France and I received it. I was all over that country. Your tour gave me exactly what I wanted. The hotels were wonderfully situated... The Mercure and swimming on the roof deck pool with all of Nice at my feet was a stellar way to end the trip. A tout a l'heure! "Charl"
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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating journey to France begins this evening with an overnight flight to Paris.

Day 2: Arrive Paris (France)

Accommodation: Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles

Arrive in the beautiful city of Paris, also known as the “City of Light.” For centuries, Paris has been been one of the world’s most important cities and certainly one of the world’s most beautiful. Not only is Paris the capital of France, but Paris is considered the global capital for cuisine, art, fashion, and more. After being picked up at the airport by your Tour Director, you’ll be taken to your upscale hotel. You’ll have some time to say “bonjour” to Paris before a welcome drink and briefing at your hotel. Oceania Porte de Versailles Hotel

Day 3: Paris/Giverny/Normandy.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

After breakfast, travel to the lovely town of Giverny. The town rose to fame in 1883, when the famous impressionist Claude Monet “discovered” the village and moved there. Here, enjoy a visit to the Monet House and Gardens and see firsthand the inspiration for many of Monet’s most famous works. Your next stop is Rouen, one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe located on the River Seine. Upon arrival in Rouen, the capital of Normandy, you’ll enjoy a walking tour and visit the famous (and imposing) Notre Dame cathedral, which was the subject of a series of paintings by none other than Claude Monet. You’ll also visit the Place due Vieux-Marche (or “Old Marketplace”), where Joan of Arc was executed for heresy in the 15th century and where a church in her name was built in 1979. Continue your journey and arrive at your hotel in Caen, in the heart of the Normandy region. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel

Day 4: Mont St. Michel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

Today travel to the rugged coast of Normandy and savor the breathtaking views of magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island in the gulf of Saint-Malo. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont St. Michel is reached by causeway. The lower towers and medieval sea wall protect a small village, capped magnificently by the commanding Abbey dedicated to the Archangel Michael. You’ll enjoy a visit of the spectacular interior of the Abbey, which was designated as a monument historique in 1874. Prior to the causeway, Mont St. Michel was on an isolated island that pilgrims could approach mindful of a tide that could seep in at any time. Return to Caen and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 5: Normandy Beaches/American Cemetery & Memorial.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

Spend a remarkable day experiencing and learning about one of the most famous days in history: D-Day. You’ll visit the Normandy Beaches, including Omaha Beach near the coastal village of Colleville-sur-Mer. Omaha was one of the principal beachheads where the U.S. Army stormed ashore on D-Day (June 6th, 1944).  Explore Pointe du Hoc, located between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, where a group of American Army Rangers defied all odds by scaling a massive cliff at a critical moment during the invasion. Continue to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, a spectacular and emotional setting located on a bluff overlooking both Omaha Beach and the English Channel. You’ll later visit the city of Bayeux, home to the world famous Bayeux Tapestry and the fortress of William the Conqueror, before returning to your upscale hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 6: Normandy/Chateau Villandry/Loire Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Amboise Hotel

Morning at leisure to explore Caen (Normandy) independently before traveling to Loire Valley, famous for its old world villages and charming chateaux (castles). En route, pay a visit to the Chateau and Gardens of Villandry, the last of the great Renaissance chateaux built on the banks of the Loire River. The estate’s renowned architecture is matched (if not surpassed) by its magnificent gardens, which are spread across three levels and are truly a sight to see. You’ll continue to your upscale hotel, where you’ll enjoy an included dinner. Novotel Amboise Hotel

Day 7: Chateau de Chambord/Chateau de Chenonceau/Wine Tasting.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Novotel Amboise Hotel

This morning, you’ll visit Chateau de Chambord, the undisputed crown jewel of the region and arguably the emblem of the French Renaissance. Originally a weekend hunting lodge for King Francois I in the early 16th century, the Chateau evolved into among the most expensive (and excessive) architectural projects by a French Monarch. Continue to Chateau de Chenonceau, the second most visited chateau in France (behind Versailles), where you’ll be blown away by the magical architecture that was constructed in harmony with the beautiful River Cher. On the way back to your hotel, enjoy a delicious wine tasting in Saumur, a region known for its sparking wines and Cabernet. Return to your hotel, and your evening is at leisure.

Day 8: Loire Valley/Paris.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles

After breakfast, travel back to Paris for your second taste of one of the world’s greatest cities. Upon returning to Paris, enjoy a guided city orientation tour of this magnificent city. See the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, Pantheon, Place  Vendome, and the Paris Opera. The evening is at leisure with endless possibilities. You may wish to take a stroll along the famous River Seine, where you’ll savor spectacular views, before you select an authentic Parisian restaurant or cafe for dinner. Oceania Porte de Versailles Hotel

Day 9: Optional Versailles Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles

A full day at leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion to Versailles for a fascinating visit of the Chateau and the brilliant hall filled with mirrors and chandeliers, numerous galleries, salons, and royal apartments, all lavishly decorated and fitted with ornate furnishings. The magnificent fountains, supplied by almost 100 miles of pipes, spray jets of water in a forceful dance. You will also have an opportunity to explore the palace and grounds at your own pace. This evening, enjoy dinner at an authentic Parisian restaurant in Montmartre, a famous area part of the Right Bank (“Rive Droite”) in Paris.

Day 10: Paris/Avignon.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Avignon Centre

After breakfast, you’ll head to the Paris train station and board the TGV train to the historic city of Avignon in the heart of Provence. En route, be sure to admire the beautiful landscapes of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. A charming medieval city that was home to seven successive popes during the 14th century, Avignon will wow you with its imposing Gothic architecture, magnificent art, and fascinating history. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a guided city tour, highlighted by the Palais des Papes (Papal Palace), one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in the world. You’ll also marvel at the iconic bridge Pont Saint Benezet on the Rhone River, better known as Pont d’Avignon because of the famous French song that the bridge inspired in the 15th century called “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”. Later, arrive at your upscale, centrally located hotel in Avignon and enjoy an included dinner this evening. Novotel Avignon Centre Hotel

Day 11: Aix-en-Provence/Les Baux-de-Provence.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Novotel Avignon Centre

Today, visit the arts capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence (or “Aix”, as it’s commonly called). A vibrant town located in the shadow of Mt. Sainte-Victoire, Aix is famous for its charming squares, elegant fountains, majestic avenues, and, of course, spectacular art. Following a guided city tour, you’ll visit the home and workshop of renowned painter, Paul Cezanne, who used the natural beauty of Aix and its surrounding areas as the subject of much of his work. Continue to Saint-Remy-de-Provence, a historic village where Vincent van Gogh painted The Starry Night in 1889 depicting the view from his hospital window. Here, you’ll enjoy an olive oil tasting before some free time for lunch on your own. After lunch, you’ll visit one of the most beautiful villages in all of France, Les Baux-de-Provence, perched on a hill in the Alpilles mountains. Set atop a rocky formation, the village’s name is derived from “baou,” meaning rocky spur. Along with its paved alleyways and stone houses, enjoy a visit to the Church of St. Vincent, the oldest religious building in the village  and home to magnificent stained-glass windows. Later, return to your upscale hotel, and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 12: Marseille/Cassis/Nice.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame

This morning visit Marseille, a vibrant port city and the oldest city in France with twenty six centuriers of history. Marseille, the second largest city in France, has a contagious energy and rich culture that centers around Vieux Port (or “Old Port”). You’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour, where you’ll savor the magnificent architecture, highlighted by your visit to Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic basilica. Later, travel east to Cassis, a quaint fishing port famous for its cliffs and sheltered inlets (calanques). Boasting a picturesque harbor and quintessential Provençal houses, Cassis will be the launching point for your spectacular calanques cruise, featuring France’s version of fjords with its inlets surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs. After your cruise, continue to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera (Cote D’Azur), where you’ll check into your centrally-located hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Mercure Centre Notre Dame Hotel

Day 13: Nice/Antibes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame

With the beautiful blue waters of Cote D’Azur as its backdrop, Nice is one of the most beloved cities in all of Europe, blending old-world opulence with a lively cosmopolitan vibe. Long recognized as one of the gems of Europe, Nice changed hands several times between the French and the Italians before eventually settling in as part of France. In the old city of Nice, you’ll discover the narrow streets and renowned Baroque architecture and enjoy a walk along the Promenade des Anglais (“Walkway of the English”), a famous promenade along the Mediterranean named as such due to the large number of English tourists who began flocking to Nice in the 19th century. Train up to the Colline du Chateau (or “Castle Hill”), where you’ll savor a sweeping panorama of Nice and the Baie des Anges (“Bay of Angels”). In the afternoon, proceed to the charming neighboring town of Antibes, where you’ll visit the Picasso Museum, housing one of the world’s great Picasso collections: 24 paintings, 44 drawings, 32 lithographs, 11 oils on paper, 80 pieces of ceramics, two sculptures, and five tapestries. The rest of your day is at leisure before an included farewell dinner with your group.

Day 14: Nice/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame

After breakfast, say “au revoir” to France and head to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your exciting journey ends as you touch down in New York. 

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,499

Price Per Day:

$ 250 per person
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 799
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from New York
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-France ground transportation and transfers, including TGV train from Paris to Provence
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • 17 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature.
Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations
  • Night 2: Paris: Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles
  • Nights 3-5: Normandy: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance
  • Nights 6-7: Loire Valley: Novotel Amboise Hotel
  • Nights 8-9:Paris: Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles
  • Nights 10-11: Provence (Avignon): Novotel Avignon Centre
  • Nights 12-13: French Riviera (Nice): Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame
Start City
Paris
End City
Nice
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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