If Europe were a collection of art and culture, France would be its premier exhibit. The museums of Paris display masterworks of Western Civilization that inspire Parisians and visitors from around the globe. The shores of Normandy evoke a deep and humble connection to the contemporary world. Medieval castles in the Loire Valley represent exuberant nobility in their extraordinary architecture and gardens. Half-timbered villages reflect images from storybooks that come to life. Your custom tailored...
Paris - First Sight of Paris
Paris is a city that exudes culture and imagination. Lush trees shade wide boulevards. Parisians fill cafes and spend time watching the city pass them by. Museums house notable paintings by artists who have spent their time gaining inspiration in the bars, cafes, and the cobblestone streets of the city. Bakeries fill their windows with the pastel colors of freshly baked macaroons. Verdant gardens provide a touch of countryside ambiance in the rush of the world-famous city. Your private transfer greets you at Charles de Gaulle International Airport and escorts you to a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Paris.
Enjoy a brief walking tour before dinner to take in the exciting monuments that are close to your hotel. In the evening, the city radiates with light, living up to its moniker, “The City of Lights.” The Eiffel Tower, the iconic image of Paris, shimmers with elegance across its entire 906-foot frame. The tower was erected in the 19th century as the entrance gate to the World Fair, located on the Champs du Mars. A single beam continues to shine from the tower’s pinnacle.
A Little Parisian History
Paris - The Art of Joie de Vivre
Paris - In the Royal Court
Paris - The Past as It Was
Chambord - Palace at Chambord
Chambord - Capturing the Loire Valley
Mont-St-Michel - The Culture of Breton
Mont-St-Michel - Morning on the Mount
Normandy - Touching Contemporary Legends
Paris - Capturing Giverny
Paris - Savoring the Last Glance
- Explore the elaborate and extravagant palaces scattered across the French countryside, including the unforgettable Palace of Versailles
- Visit the beaches of Normandy for an immersion into the contemporary history of World War II that shaped the modern World
- Spend time wandering along the twisting alleyways and rising landscape of Mont-St-Michel off the Breton coast
- Witness the exceptional Bayeux Tapestry that captures the history of the Norman Invasion of England
- Stroll through Monte’s Gardens at Giverny to experience the moment where the tangible plants meet the colorful representation of the artist’s work
- Indulge in the history of Paris on a private guided tour of the city’s ancient roots and indelible architecture
- Discover the tremendous artwork throughout Paris, displayed in the countless museums and gardens
- Relish enchanting medieval towns peppering the landscape, each providing insight into the unique heritage and culture of France’s different regions
Your 12-day France tour intertwines art and culture, ancient history and the contemporary past for an unforgettable experience. Your France vacation begins with your arrival in Paris, the City of Lights. Your private transfer escorts you to your hotel located in the heart of the city. Enjoy a brief tour to get acquainted with the impressive streets where the iconic images of the city come to life. The next morning, your guide leads you through the fabulous history of the Ile de la Cité. Experience the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank and the remarkable churches on the Seine River. In the afternoon, visit one of the celebrated museums of Paris.
Follow your guide through the maze-like galleries of the Louvre. Come face-to-face with priceless artwork and ancient artifacts. In the afternoon, you stroll through the Musée Orangerie to view Monet’s Water Lilies. Discover the extraordinary architecture, lavish décor, and sensational gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Then, your private transfer takes you out of Paris to the Chateau de Guedelon, a castle in the process of construction using only 13th-century techniques. After your visit to the castle, you arrive in the sensational town of Bourges. Venture into the Loire Valley to explore the opulent grounds of the Chateau Chambord.
You next travel to the Chateau Chenonceau, constructed over the River Cher. Continue to the charming riverside town of Amboise for a brief tour of the chateau where Leonardo da Vinci once stayed. Venture to the region of Brittany where the connection to ancient Celtic tribes remains strong. Visit traditional Breton villages along the way to Mont-St-Michel. In the morning, your guide leads you on a fabulous tour of the dramatic landscape of the island of Mont-St-Michel. You continue to the shores of Normandy to see the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry.
Traverse the D-Day Beaches of Normandy for a unique perspective into the first official battle America participated in during World War II. Afterward, make your way to the southern border of Normandy to visit the enchanting town of Giverny. Wander through Monet’s marvelous gardens and immerse yourself in the image of the painter’s inspiration. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at your hotel in Paris and escorts you to Charles de Gaulle International Airport for your flight home.
$4,291 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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