La Normandie et Paris

France | 9 days / 7 nights
American cementery in Normandy, France

DAY 1: USA | FRANCE

  • Fly overnight to Paris, France.

DAY 2: PARIS | ARROMANCHES | CAEN

  • Bienvenue en France! Meet your Forum Tour Manager at the airport, then board your private bus to Normandy.
  • After a stop for lunch, visit the Musée du Débarquement to learn about the incredible story behind the D-Day landings.
  • Continue to Coleville-sur-mer. Pay tribute to the 9,386 fallen Americans at the World War II Normandy American Cemetery and lay a wreath of flowers to honor their memory on behalf of your school.
  • Next, explore the bunkers and craters near the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial, commemorating the heroic raid by the American Second Ranger Battalion.
  • End your day with dinner in the town of Caen, founded by William the Conqueror.
saint-malo

DAY 3: MONT SAINT-MICHEL | SAINT-MALO

  • After breakfast, drive to the 1000 year-old Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. Built atop a rock surrounded by sea and sand, this masterpiece of medieval architecture is one of the most mesmerizing sights in Europe.
  • Continue to the charming port town of Saint-Malo. For great views of the area, follow the one-mile walk around the high, sturdy ramparts that encircle the town, then explore the narrow cobbled street and seafood specialties waiting to be discovered in the walled city!
  • Dinner and night accommodation in Saint-Malo.

DAY 4: SAINT-MALO | PARIS

  • After breakfast, board your private bus to Paris.
  • Upon arrival, stroll down the famous Champs Elysées.
  • Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and admire the view.
  • Dinner and night accommodation in Paris.

DAY 5: PARIS

  • After breakfast at your hotel, visit the magnificent Musée d´Orsay and see its extensive collection of 19th – and 20th -century paintings and sculptures housed in a former railway station.
Chateau de Versailles - Galerie des Glaces
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch on the Île de la Cité.
  • See the iconic Cathédrale Notre-Dame.
  • Later, wander through the Jardin du Luxembourg before dinner in the lively Quartier Latin.

DAY 6: PARIS | VERSAILLES

  • This morning after breakfast, travel by RER train to Versailles.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette on a guided tour of the Château de Versailles. See the opulent Grand Apartments, the Opera, and the Hall of Mirrors.
  • Afterward, enjoy the elegantly landscaped gardens.
  • To complete your visit, take the petit train and head to Marie-Antoinette´s “rustic” retreat at the Trianon Palaces.
  • In the evening, enjoy a concert at Le Zenith!
  • Return to Paris for dinner and night accommodation.
Louvre pyramid at night

DAY 7: PARIS

  • After breakfast, visit a French Lycée (high school) and discover what school life is like in Paris.
  • Next, step into the kitchen of a local boulangerie to see how the famous French croissants are made (includes tasting!), then choose from one of their mouth-watering sandwiches for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Palais Garnier, Paris´ iconic opera house and the inspiration for Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Enjoy dinner at a local crêperie.
  • Follow your Tour Manager on an evening stroll of illuminated Paris before returning to your hotel.

DAY 8: PARIS

  • Today, explore Philippe Auguste´s Musée du Louvre and the Richelieu Wing, furnished entirely in the Second Empire style. See the galleries´ masterpieces, including the breathtaking Mona Lisa.
  • Walk through the Place du Trocadéro for a striking view of the Eiffel Tower.

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  • Then, board a glass-topped bateau mouche and enjoy a refreshing cruise on the Seine River.
  • Later in the afternoon, head up to Montmartre.
  • Climb the steps to reach the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre’s hilltop church and take in the panoramic views of the city.
  • After exploring the enchanting streets where artists like Van Gogh and Picasso once trod, enjoy a farewell musical dinner with your group.
  • Return to your hotel for night accommodation.

DAY 9: DEPART

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

A bientôt et bon voyage!

What our teachers are saying

Ann G., French Teacher from Cincinnati, OH

A very good experience that my students are still talking about!

Carrie C., French teacher from Williamsburg, VA

This was my first time ever traveling with a group, and it was one of the best vacations I have personally ever taken. Door to door service and safe travels with a larger group – I never had a concern. From the hotels, meals, metro and tram, bus and plane travel, this was an amazing…