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France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond

9 days, Paris to Paris

Explore the wonderful history, art, and culture of France on an adventure from iconic monuments in Paris to amazing cave dwellings in the Loire Valley. Find secret spots in the splendid gardens at Giverny and Versailles, study the strategy behind World War II operations, and solve ancient mysteries in the halls of historic castles and cloisters. From crepes to cathedrals, discover the many treasures this incredible country holds for travelers of all ages.

9 days

Paris to Paris

From$25219HKD
Valid on Jul 9 2022
Trip Code: EFPNF

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Explore the wonderful history, art, and culture of France on an adventure from iconic monuments in Paris to amazing cave dwellings in the Loire Valley. Find secret spots in the splendid gardens at Giverny and Versailles, study the strategy behind World War II operations, and solve ancient mysteries in the halls of historic castles and cloisters. From crepes to cathedrals, discover the many treasures this incredible country holds for travelers of all ages.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Family Journeys

Trips for adventure-loving families in search of a meaningful way to discover the world together.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 20, avg 18

Age requirement: 7+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

9 days

Paris to Paris

From$25219HKD
Valid on Jul 9 2022
Trip Code: EFPNF

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

100

Map of the route for France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

Prices are based on double occupancy; all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

Family Journeys are designed for groups traveling with children between the ages of 7 and 17. Your group must include a child in order to book, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

There are new Health & Safety Protocols for National Geographic Journeys tours. Please see here for full details and up-to-date requirements as they may change.

Itinerary

Day 1Paris

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Paris

Head straight to the heart of Paris on a walking tour of the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine where the city was first settled. Cross the stone arches of the Pont Neuf, or New Bridge—which is actually the oldest bridge in Paris! The rest of the day is yours to explore the City of Light. Choose to climb the steps of the Eiffel Tower, satisfy your sweet tooth at a chocolate-tasting workshop, or explore inside the iconic pyramid of the Louvre, home to treasures such as the "Mona Lisa" and the "Venus de Milo."

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Giverny/Honfleur/Bayeux

Travel outside the city to the village of Giverny, and visit the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Wander around weeping willows and green lily ponds in the gardens that inspired some of his greatest works of art. Then head to Honfleur, a colorful port town sitting where the Seine meets the English Channel. Enjoy lunch and stroll the streets of this seaside community, where many great artists have painted the rainbow of fishing boats afloat in the harbor. Later, continue to Bayeux, an ancient city that has been sacked by Vikings, conquered by the English, and occupied by the Germans in World War II.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4Bayeux

This morning, delve into the story of D-Day and the battle to liberate France during a hands-on, sensorial World War II history experience. Feel the weight of real GI equipment, try on a field jacket, and taste the chocolate bars carried in soldiers’ kits. Climb aboard a military vehicle and drive to the nearby Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the first American World War II cemetery established on European soil. After lunch, spend a free afternoon exploring historic Bayeux. Later, learn the delicate art of making crepes before gathering for a delicious dinner.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment D-Day Family Experience and Memorial Visit| Your Family Journeys Moment Crepe-Making Demonstration and Dinner

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5Bayeux

Venture to the amazing Mont-Saint-Michel, an island stronghold perched on a rock off the Normandy coast. Built in the eighth century, this UNESCO World Heritage site has been attacked and besieged, but rarely captured—perhaps due to the quicksand that surrounds the fortress at low tide! Head out on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to wander winding lanes and cobbled streets, climbing from the base of the mountain to its crowning medieval abbey. Meander through the cloister of the monastery or discover the island’s history at a museum. Return to Bayeux and choose to view the incredible Bayeux Tapestry, tracing the Norman conquest of England in colorful embroidery.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Loire Valley/Blois

Say au revoir to Normandy and enter the lush green Loire Valley. Set foot inside the amazing cave dwellings known as troglodyte homes—charming houses built in and around cliff-side caverns. On an underground walk, delve into the geological history of the region and learn about the local troglodyte lifestyle. Continue to the ancient city of Blois, perched above the lovely Loire River, and enjoy a free evening to relax or explore this hillside city’s many staircases.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7Chenonceaux/Ambroise/Blois

Wake up this morning and head out on the water for a canoeing excursion along the Cher River. Paddle past picturesque medieval towns to the incredible Château de Chenonceau. This fairy-tale castle spans the river, while the gardens enclose sculpted hedges, a fantastic fountain, and a tricky maze. Later, venture to the last home of Leonardo da Vinci—the spectacular Château du Clos Lucé. Young travelers can pick up a special "inventor’s notebook" and set out to invent a machine using da Vinci’s ingenious tips and tricks.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Versailles/Paris

Today, be amazed by the Hall of Mirrors in the magnificent Palace of Versailles, a World Heritage site. Imagine yourself decked out in velvet and gold as you stride between sparkling rooms on a guided tour, or explore the endless winding pathways in Versailles’ vast gardens. Return to Paris and enjoy a free afternoon to wander the banks of the Seine, munch on macarons, or shop in elegant boutiques. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment Palace of Versailles Family Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Paris

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Family Journeys Moment: D-Day Family Experience and Memorial Visit, Bayeux
  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Crepe-Making Demonstration and Dinner, Bayeux
  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Palace of Versailles Family Visit, Versailles
  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided Paris Île de la Cité walking tour
  • Giverny and Monet Gardens visit
  • Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Bayeaux orientation walk
  • Troglodyte cave visit
  • Canoeing on the Cher River
  • Chenonceaux Castle Visit
  • Visit Clos Lucé
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts)

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD360-470 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, antique WWII vehicle, canoe, walking

Staff & experts

2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, local guides

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $6989.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Price Options

  • From$25219HKD Per Adult
  • From$23819HKD Per Child

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France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond

| 9 days - Paris to Paris - from $25219 HKD