During a five-day sojourn in Paris, experience legendary museums and historic sites with your own private guide; then settle into charming Bayeux to visit Normandy’s poignant World War II sites.

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 Panorama of Paris
 Sunset on the Seine River
 The Louvre
 The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
 Versailles Garden and Chateau Exterior
 Section of the famous Bayeux Tapestry
 The mulberries used during D-Day at Arromanches
 Normandy American Cemetery
 German gun emplacement near Omaha Beach

Paris and Normandy: A Tailor-Made Journey

9 days from $5,995

During a five-day sojourn in Paris, experience legendary museums and historic sites with your own private guide; then settle into charming Bayeux to visit Normandy’s poignant World War II sites.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

Overview

The following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a Tailor-made journey to Paris and Normandy. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

Settle into life in Paris during a five-day stay in the city center, gaining insights into French history and culture as you explore famous sites with a private guide. Enjoy a tour of the Louvre customized to your interests, and encounter the grandeur of Versailles. Cruise the Seine past iconic monuments and zoom up to the upper level of the Eiffel Tower for incredible views. Then travel to Normandy to retrace the events of D-Day at Omaha Beach, Pointe-du-Hoc, and beyond.

Highlights:

  • Discover the delights of Paris during a five-day stay, touring gem-like Sainte-Chapelle, the Louvre, and Les Invalides with a private guide, and enjoying plenty of free time to pursue your own interests.
  • Spend a day at magnificent Versailles, exploring its grand halls and gardens with a private guide.
  • Examine the intricate, embroidered scenes of the Bayeux Tapestry, which tell the tale of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England.
  • Walk the battlegrounds and cemeteries associated with the Allied invasion on D-Day, hearing tales of valor and sacrifice at the landing beaches, Pointe-du-Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, and beyond.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Paris, France

Arrive in Paris and meet your private driver for the transfer to your hotel in the city center. Enjoy an introduction to Paris on an afternoon cruise on the River Seine, taking in views of the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. Toast the start of your journey with a glass of champagne.

Day 2 — Paris

Your private guide meets you at your hotel for a morning walk to the two islands in the heart of Paris: Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. See legendary Notre Dame Cathedral and learn about its meticulous reconstruction following the 2019 fire. Then stroll over to Sainte-Chapelle, a 13th-century chapel known for its remarkable stained-glass windows, which reach up to 50 feet in height. Cross to the Right Bank to the Louvre, where your private guide will tailor your visit to your interests, be it the Mona Lisa and other highlights, artifacts from ancient Egypt or Assyria, or the palace apartments of Napoleon III.

Day 3 — Versailles and Paris

Travel with your private driver-guide to Versailles, a former hunting lodge transformed into an extraordinary palace by Louis XIV. Tour the royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the opera, galleries, and chapel, hearing from your guide about the rich history of the palace and the reign of the Sun King. End your visit with a walk through the formal gardens and fountains surrounding the palace. Return to Paris and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 4 — Paris

Delve into France’s military history with a guided morning visit to the Hôtel les Invalides—another creation of Louis XIV, designed as a home for wounded soldiers. Here, see Napoleon’s tomb and examine his legacy, and trace the history of warfare from Viking swords to World War II at the Army Museum. Continue to the Eiffel Tower for a shared tour, learning about the history and construction of this iconic monument.  

Day 5 — Paris

Take advantage of a full day at leisure to explore Paris at your own pace. You might visit another of Paris’s many museums (we recommend the Musée Rodin or the Musée d’Orsay), or wander through a historic part of the city. See the haunts of Picasso and van Gogh in hilltop Montmartre and take in sweeping city views from the steps of Sacré-Coeur; or venture into the narrow lanes of Le Marais, the former Jewish quarter, now full of epicurean shops and stylish boutiques and home to the renowned Musée Picasso.  

Day 6 — Bayeux

Your driver escorts you to the train station for your morning train to the town of Bayeux in Normandy. Meet your guide for a tour of the historic center, including a visit to the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a 224-foot embroidery that depicts England in fascinating detail the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Day 7—D-Day Landing Sites/Bayeux

Experience the poignant sites associated with the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. With your private guide, head to Omaha Beach, a six-mile stretch of tranquil sand where one of the most dramatic battles of World War II unfolded. Visit the Normandy American Cemetery, where nearly 10,000 American soldiers were laid to rest. Next, stroll among ruined German bunkers and mortar craters on the bluff at Pointe-du-Hoc, where American Rangers scaled the cliffs from the beaches below. In Sainte-Mère-Église, the first French village to be liberated, visit the Airborne Museum and learn stories of daring paratroopers that landed here before dawn. Make a final stop at Utah Beach before returning to Bayeux.

Day 8—D-Day Landing Sites/Bayeux

Explore the British and Canadian landing sites with your guide today, including Pegasus Memorial, Ranville British Cemetery, and the Merville Battery. After lunch, continue to the Juno Beach Centre and for a walk along Juno Beach. Then visit two country estates that were used as headquarters during the war—one by the British and one by the Nazis.

Day 9 — Return home

Transfer to the train station in Bayeux to catch a train to Charles de Gaulle airport, where you will connect with your flight home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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