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       Mont St Michel
FRANCE with the Loire Valley and Normandy
May 18 to 26, 2019

$2,670 per person
double occupancy
 
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Explore France's glorious chateau country, visit the most famous sites from the invasion of Normandy, tour Monet's home in Giverny and the Palace of Versailles - it's all included in this fabulous tour offered by Gate 1 travel.
Chateau de Chenonceau
Hotel List with Website Links

May 19, 24, 25

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel
17 Boulevard Saint Jacques
Paris, FRANCE 75014
P: +(33)-01-40-78-7888

May 20, 21

Oceania L'Univers Tours
5, bd Heurteloup
Tours, FRANCE 37000
P: +(33)-02-47-05-3712

May 22, 23

Novotel Bayeux
117 Rue Saint Patrice Rond Point De Vaucelles
Bayeux, FRANCE 14400
P: +(33)-02-31-92-1611

Single occupancy - $3,320

Included in the cost:
Non-stop economy air on Delta from Dulles
Airport bus from Ft Meade area
7 nights accommodations (hotel list below)
7 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine
Sightseeing per itinerary (below)
Professional Gate 1 tour manager in France

NOT included in the cost:
Travel Insurance
Gratuities
11th Century Bayeau Tapestry
ITINERARY
All transportation will be by motorcoach provided by Gate 1 Travel
18 May, Saturday - Depart for France
Depart for France
19 May, Sunday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, the City of Lights; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. In the early evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France 
Overnight: Paris, Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris France
20 May, Monday - Chartres, Chambord, Wine tasting, Loire Valley
After breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to Chartres, home to the greatest Gothic cathedral in France. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. Depart Chartres and travel to the Chateau de Chambord, the largest residence in the Loire Valley. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th century by 1,800 men and master masons. After a photo stop, continue for a wine tasting before heading to the hotel in Tours 
Overnight: Tours, L’Univers Tours, Tours France
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
21 May, Tuesday - Loire Valley
Spend the full day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. Travel to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by the mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Also, visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise for a guided tour. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. The artist is buried in the chapel. Return to Tours in the early evening 
Overnight: Tours,  L’Univers Tours, Tours France
Meals: Breakfast
22 May, Wednesday - Mont St. Michel, Normandy
Depart northwards today to the iconic Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock. Cross the causeway by shuttle and browse the narrow streets and admire the views of the surrounding bay, with time for lunch on your own in this charming town. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, the fortified town is crowned by the mighty 10th century Abbey. Continue to your hotel in the afternoon 
Overnight: Normandy, Novotel Bayeux, Bayeux France
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
23 May, Thursday - Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy Landing Beaches
Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Begin by stepping back in time to a historical battle, and see the intricate Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Then turn your attention to World War II and the D-Day invasion, a day that is remembered for true bravery and sacrifice and the beginning of the liberation of France. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasion began on June 6, 1944 – D-Day. Visit Utah Beach, then make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach* and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in the early evening 
Overnight: Normandy, Novotel Bayeux, Bayeux France
Meals: Breakfast
24 May, Friday - Giverny, Paris
This morning, depart for Paris. On the way, stop in Giverny and visit the former house of Claude Monet. Explore the famous gardens which inspired many of Monet's paintings. On arrival in Paris, join your fellow travelers for dinner in a French Bistro 
Overnight: Paris,  Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris France
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
25 May, Saturday - Paris City Tour
This morning, enjoy a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Les Invalides where Napoleon is buried, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. In the afternoon, tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments
Overnight: Paris,  Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris France
Meals: Breakfast
26 May, Sunday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight 
Meals: Breakfast
ITINERARY

All transportation in France will be by motorcoach provided by Gate 1 Travel

18 May, Saturday - Depart for France
Air France 055 departs Washinton Dulles at 6:15pm

19 May, Sunday - Arrive in Paris, Charles de Gaulle 7:45am
Arrive in Paris, the City of Lights; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. In the early evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France
Overnight: Paris, Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris France

20 May, Monday - Chartres, Chambord, Wine tasting, Loire Valley
After breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to Chartres, home to the greatest Gothic cathedral in France. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. Depart Chartres and travel to the Chateau de Chambord, the largest residence in the Loire Valley. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th century by 1,800 men and master masons. After a photo stop, continue for a wine tasting before heading to the hotel in Tours
Overnight: Tours, L’Univers Tours, Tours France
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

21 May, Tuesday - Loire Valley
Spend the full day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. Travel to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by the mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Also, visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise for a guided tour. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. The artist is buried in the chapel. Return to Tours in the early evening
Overnight: Tours, L’Univers Tours, Tours France
Meals: Breakfast

22 May, Wednesday - Mont St. Michel, Normandy
Depart northwards today to the iconic Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock. Cross the causeway by shuttle and browse the narrow streets and admire the views of the surrounding bay, with time for lunch on your own in this charming town. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, the fortified town is crowned by the mighty 10th century Abbey. Continue to your hotel in the afternoon
Overnight: Normandy, Novotel Bayeux, Bayeux France
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

23 May, Thursday - Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy Landing Beaches
Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Begin by stepping back in time to a historical battle, and see the intricate Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Then turn your attention to World War II and the D-Day invasion, a day that is remembered for true bravery and sacrifice and the beginning of the liberation of France. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasion began on June 6, 1944 – D-Day. Visit Utah Beach, then make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach* and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in the early evening
Overnight: Normandy, Novotel Bayeux, Bayeux France
Meals: Breakfast

24 May, Friday - Giverny, Paris
This morning, depart for Paris. On the way, stop in Giverny and visit the former house of Claude Monet. Explore the famous gardens which inspired many of Monet's paintings. On arrival in Paris, join your fellow travelers for dinner in a French Bistro
Overnight: Paris, Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris France
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

25 May, Saturday - Paris City Tour
This morning, enjoy a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Les Invalides where Napoleon is buried, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. In the afternoon, tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments
Overnight: Paris, Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris France
Meals: Breakfast

26 May, Sunday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Air France 054 departs Charles de Gaulle at 1:25pm and arrives at Washington Dulles at 3:50pm
Meals: Breakfast
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