Paris and Normandy

November 18-26, 2023


Fri. Nov. 17 Depart U.S.

Sat. Nov. 18 Arrive Paris

Transfer to hotel and check-in.
Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight at Le Belmont hotel

Sun. Nov. 19 Versailles and Les Catacombes

Palace of Versailles, former French royal residence and center of government, is now a national landmark. The original residence was primarily a hunting lodge and private retreat for Louis XIII (reigned 1610-1643) and his family. Perhaps the most famous room in the palace is the Hall of Mirrors, where 17 mirrors are opposite 17 windows that overlook the gardens. The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919 at the palace ended World War I.
Explore the underground Catacombs. Beginning in 1785 major public health problems that were tied to the city's cemeteries led to a decision to transfer the contents to an underground site, located outside the capital: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries. Starting in 1809, the Catacombs were opened to the public by appointment.
Overnight at Le Belmont hotel
Meals - B, D

Mon, Nov. 20 Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower

We will spend most of the early part of the day at the Louvre. This is a vast museum with collections near 38,000 objects and home to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace built in the late 12th century. The afternoon will be at your leisure. You will have tickets to enter the Eiffel tower's top floor.
Overnight at Le Belmont hotel
Meals - B

Tues. Nov. 21 Loire Valley Castle Tour

We will have a full-day excursion to Loire Valley and will visit Chateau de Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau. The Chateau de Chambord is most recognizable because of its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. The plan of the castle and its decors stem from a central axis, the renowned double helix staircase, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. The Chateau Chenonceau began as a medieval chateau dating from the late 12th century and is defined by women who built, protected, and restored it. The Chateau even served as a military hospital during World War I.
Overnight at Le Belmont hotel
Meals - B,L

Wed. Nov. 22 Train to Caen

Travel via train to Caen where you can spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Dinner included at hotel
Overnight at Chateau De Bellefontaine
Meals - B, D

Thurs. Nov. 23 Normandy

A full-day tour with a historical guide of Normandy that will include Arromanches beach, the site of the artificial Mulberry Harbour, Memorial Museum of Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American Cemetery Visitors Center Museum.
Overnight at Chateau De Bellefontaine
Meals - B

Fri. Nov. 24 Mont-Saint-Michel

A full-day tour to Mont-Saint Michel is one of Europe's most famous sights built on a tidal island. From 966 onwards, the dukes of Normandy, followed by the French kings, supported the development of a major Benedictine abbey on Mont-Saint-Michel. This Abby became a renowned center of learning, attracting some of the greatest minds in Europe.
Overnight at Chateau De Bellefontaine
Meals - B

Sat. Nov. 25 Paris and Seine River Cruise

Travel back to Paris via train. Afternoon at your leisure. End the trip with a Seine River Dinner Cruise on Bateaux Parisians.
Overnight at Le Belmont
Meals - B, D

Sun. Nov. 26 Depart for the U.S.


$3629 per person
By check or +3%
Based on double occupancy
Includes meals, tours, guides, entrance fees, and transportation listed
Does not include gratuities, airfare, travel insurance and meals not listed

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