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Specialty Tour Featuring Normandy, Loire Valley, Versailles, Champagne


Specialty Tour: Featuring Normandy, Loire Valley, Versailles, Champagne

Join us for this exclusive 13 day/12 night specialty tour featuring Normandy, the Loire Valley, Versailles and Champagne.

DATES: October 18-30, 2022

***Only 4 Spaces still available!!***

Tour Price: US$11,398 per person double/twin occupancy, 13 Days/12 Nights

Single supplement for those wanting a solo room, meaning NOT sharing with another traveler, add US$1,840.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

October 18 – Day 1: Guides meet guests at Charles de Gaulle airport at 1 pm for transfer to our hotel along the Normandy coast – Visit GIVERNY – D

October 19 – Day 2: Full Day – Guided visits of the D-Day landing beaches and cemeteries with our friend and specialist guide, Florent – B, L

normandy guideABOUT OUR NORMANDY GUIDE : Our World War II specialist guide, Florent, is a French native married to an American, and lives in Normandy. With a strong passion for and profound knowledge of World War II history, Florent received his Bachelor’s degree in history in 2011 and Master’s degree in business and tourism in 2014 from universities in France. With his degrees in hand he set out to interview WWII veterans in order to learn and preserve their stories, and show his gratitude for what they did to liberate his country. He spent three years traveling around the United States in a camper to accomplish his goal. He has also worked for the American Cemetery and, as a tour guide, on the battlefields of Normandy before starting his own guiding company.

As the most knowledgeable and passionate WWII guide we’ve ever worked with, Florent brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge to the table. His understanding of the events of WWII runs deep, and is evident when he shares the stories he learned from the 1,000+ veterans interviewed. He recounts WWII history with great passion linking facts with the stories he learned, as if he had been there by their side during the war. He left me speechless and, at moments, in tears, the first time I interviewed him. He dug deep, and did the necessary to track down veterans who had never been interviewed. Today, Florent remains friends with the men he interviewed. Many have since passed, but Florent has vowed to keep their memories alive through sharing their stories with those who come to Normandy.

calvadosOctober 20 – Day 3: Visit WWII memorial in Caen, Tour & Tastings at our Favorite Calvados producer and his distillery – B, L

October 21 – Day 4: Depart from hotel in Normandy to Transfer to the Loire Valley – B, Damboise castle

montdomaine loire wineOctober 22 – Day 5: VIP Winery Tour, Tastings & Discovery at Friend’s Estate, Privately Hosted Lunch, Chenonceau Castle & Gardens – B, L

chambord castleOctober 23 – DAY 6 – Chambord Castle & Gardens, Dinner Together – B, D

loire valley tour itineraryOctober 24 – DAY 7 – Royal Castle & Town of Blois, Lunch Together – B, L

cooking at homeOctober 25 – DAY 8 – Royal Castle of Amboise, Cooking at Home Culinary Class with Family Friends Christophe & Angelique, Farewell Dinner at Our Chefs’ Family Home – B, D

October 26 – Day 9 Departure from the Loire Valley to Versailles, Tour Chateau de Versailles, Check-in at Versailles Hotel, Dinner Together – B, D

OTBP Champagne TourOctober 27 – Day 10 – Departure from Versailles to Champagne, Check-in at Reims Hotel, Champagne House Tour & Tasting at Pommery, Welcome Dinner hosted by Pommery – B, D

OTBP Champagne TourOctober 28 – Day 11 – Champagne House Tour & Tasting at RUINART, On to EPERNAY for a Gourmet Bistrot Lunch, Afternoon: Champagne House Tour & Tasting at Moët & Chandon– B, L

OTBP Champagne TourOctober 29 – Day 12 – Champagne House Tour & Tastings at MUMM and TAITTINGER – B, D

October 30 – Day 13 – Tour Concludes, Transfer from Reims to Charles de Gaulle Airport – B, L

  • BREAKFAST.
  • Morning:: Check out of our Reims hotel, and departure to Charles de Gaulle airport for return home. If you’re planning to stay on Paris and are departing by train back to Paris, please contact us, and we can help to coordinate your transfer.

Everything that is Included in the price of this Specialty Tour

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to various France Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides are professional France history and regional-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, anecdotes and stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • 11 nights luxury boutique accommodations in each region.
  • 24 Meals Included – 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners.
  • All premium wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all visits, activities and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –COMFORT ZONE– 100% Easy. Designed for the interests of and to appeal to travelers of all walking ability levels.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – International airfare to/from France, entry fees for optional visits not specified in the above itinerary, laundry services, personal purchases, gratuities to guides and professional driver.

Authentic Experiences Throughout!  Experience France like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes!


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