The Best of France's Loire Valley and Normandy - Tour Specifics
Cost: The land cost of the tour is $4,790, per person, based on double occupancy. Cash discount cost is $4,700 per person for payment by check or wire transfer.
You may make your registration deposit using PayPal and/or your credit card and still be eligible for the cash discount cost if your final balance is paid by check or wire transfer. Single rooms are available for a supplementary charge of $875. Airfare is not included.
Accommodations: 8 nights lodging in elegant, historic hotels (4 nights Saumur, 4 nights Honfleur).
Please note: Many cities in Italy and France have recently implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order "to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports." We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually €1 per hotel star per person per night. (A four-star hotel will usually be €4 per person per night).
Historic properties often have rooms of varying sizes as they are former residences made into guest lodging.
The hotel in Honfleur does not have air-conditioning, but we've never needed it. Every time we have stayed there, we’ve needed an extra blanket! The average lows are in the 50s.
Meals: All breakfasts, one full-course meal daily (either lunch or dinner), additional meals as scheduled. All meals -after breakfast! - include regional wines. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine.
Transfers: All ground transportation during the tour subsequent to your arrival at the designated meeting point in Central Paris on June 4. For the departure day, there will be a group shuttle departing Honfleur at 9:30 AM going first to Central Paris and then to Paris-Charles deGaulle Airport.
Wine tastings of various French varieties (including small local producers and larger well-known wineries).
Guided Tours with local authorized expert guides: Saumur, Villandry, Chinon, Chambord, Chenonceaux, Chartres, Honfleur, Bayeaux,Calvados and Cheese tastings, D-Day sites.
Admissions: Entrance fees for all planned visits to monuments, galleries and museums are included.
Small, Intimate Group: We limit the number of participants to a maximum of 16.
Early Arrival/ Late Stay Options: We will be offering a 3-night post-trip to Paris from June 12-15. If you wish to make other add-on arrangements, we’d be happy to help you! For trip extensions of 2 nights or less, we provide planning assistance on a complimentary basis. For extensions of 3-5 nights, there is a nominal fee of $150 to assist with trip planning including booking hotels, guides, drivers, etc.
Arrival and Departure: The tour begins at 8:00 AM on June 4. The group will meet at a designated meeting point in Central Paris to take a bus to Saumur (about 4 hours). On the final morning of the tour, there will be a group shuttle departing Honfleur at 9:30 AM going first to Central Paris and then to Paris-Charles deGaulle Airport. If flying out on June 12, we recommend departing flights be no earlier than 5:00 PM.
Luggage Allowance: Please be sure to have a luggage tag attached to the top handle of your luggage with your name printed clearly on each piece of luggage. This helps the porters deliver your luggage directly to your room.
Tour Exclusions: Airfare; arrival airport transfer
Experienced Tour Leaders: Tuscany Tours has been leading small-group tours in Europe since 1997. Your Tour Leaders for this tour will be Pam Mercer and Cid Quadros. Pam has been leading small group tours in Italy and France since 1997. Cid Quadros is a licensed France guide who brings a sense of humor and a depth of history to all his travelers.
To reserve your place and register for this tour above.
There is a non-refundable deposit due of $350 per person at time of registration to secure your spot on the tour.
Please feel free to contact us via email or call us at (800) 634-3460 with any questions you may have about the tour or about traveling to Tuscany.
*Note: This itinerary is subject to change without notice based on availability of tour leaders and guides, opening hours of restaurants, hotels and venues.