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France

Paris, Giverny, Versailles, Normandy & the Loire Valley
8 Days/7 Nights - 2016
7 Days/6 Nights - 2017

Revel in genuine joie de vivre on your vacation to France, with Adventures by Disney enabling your carefree enjoyment of this remarkable country. Tour magnificent locations that served as backdrops to history as well as inspired great artistic and literary masterpieces, culinary excellence and romance!

2016 Trip Highlights Include:

  • Monet's House and Garden in Giverny

    After a guided tour of Claude Monet's home in picturesque Giverny, unleash your inner artist in the gardens by creating your own impressionistic work of art.

  • Magnificent Mont Saint-Michel

    Visit the medieval monastery that sits atop this breathtaking tidal island. Explore the fascinating corridors and hallways of its ossuary, abbey, scriptorium and much more!

  • Biking and Wine Tasting at Châteaux in the Loire Valley

    Bike through the royal gardens of the exquisite Chateau de Chambord and taste the wines that make this scenic region famous at your home of 2 nights, The Chateau Hotel Domaine de la Tortiniere.

  • Paris Museum Pass and Dining at the Louvre

    Get front-of-the-line access to over 60 Paris museums and attractions with a provided museum pass. Then say "au revoir" to your adventuring friends at a private farewell dinner inside the famed Louvre museum.

  • Omaha Beach and Privately Guided Tour of American Cemetery

    Visit the renowned beach where the United States 1st Division landed on D-Day to secure victory in World War II. Learn the story of the invasion and its costs on a privately guided visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.

2017 Trip Highlights

 

Monet's House and Garden in Giverny

Feel as if you're walking through a masterpiece painted by one of the greatest impressionistic painters, Claude Monet. Enjoy a guided tour of the artist's home and stunning gardens in picturesque Giverny, the inspiration for some of his most famous paintings.

 

Magnificent Mont Saint-Michel

Visit the medieval monastery that sits atop this breathtaking tidal island. Explore the fascinating corridors and hallways of its ossuary, abbey, scriptorium and much more!

 

Omaha Beach and Normandy American Cemetery

Visit the renowned beach where the Allied Forces secured victory in World War II and take a privately guided tour of the Normandy American Cemetery.

 

Chateau De Vaux-le-Vicomte

Visit Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which was built centuries ago by the same painter, architect and gardener who created the Château de Versailles. With spectacular gardens and abundant works of art, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful château in France.

 

Musee De L'Orangerie

Visit the museum in the Tuileries Gardens that houses some of the most famous impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world. Here, you can see Monet's famous "Water Lilies" painting, inspired by the gardens he created at his Giverny estate.

Esprit de France - Adventure Dates

2016

  • May 21-May 28, 2016: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
  • June 2-June 9, 2016
  • June 11-June 18, 2016
  • June 25-July 2, 2016*
  • July 2-July 9, 2016
  • July 23-July 30, 2016*
  • Aug 4-Aug 11, 2016*
  • Aug 20-Aug 27, 2016: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)

2017

  • June 11-June 17, 2017
  • June 23-June 29, 2017
  • July 16-July 22, 2017
  • July 23-July 29, 2017
  • August 4-August 10, 2017
  • August 13-August 19, 2017

*= Guaranteed departures

Esprit de France - Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - 2016

Arrive in Paris
Bienvenue! Welcome to Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Your Adventure Guide is there to greet you and help you with your luggage before you are transferred by car to your hotel in regal Versailles.

Trianon Palace
After your Adventure Guide checks you in, settle in at this woodland retreat nestled at the edge of tranquil Royal Domain of Versailles, less than a mile from Louis XIV's world-famous chateau. Steeped in tradition yet thoroughly contemporary, this hotel features a sumptuous décor and well-appointed accommodations.

Lunch On Your Own
If you arrive in the morning, feel free to indulge in one of the hotel restaurants for déjeuner or ask your Adventure Guides for lunch recommendations.

Welcome Reception
Gather with your fellow Adventurers for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. Sate your appetite with a delicious buffet of local and regional French cuisine as you sip that world-famous wine.

Meal included: Dinner

Day 2 - 2017

Arrive in Paris

Bienvenue! An Adventures by Disney representative welcomes you at Charles de Gaulle International Airport and assists you with your luggage before you are driven to your hotel.

Hilton Paris Opera

After your Adventure Guide checks you in, settle into classic Parisian luxury at this elegant hotel in the Opera quarter, near Paris' famous department stores and renowned sights.

Lunch on Your Own

If you arrive in the morning, feel free to indulge in déjeuner at the hotel restaurant or ask your Adventure Guides for lunch recommendations.

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Gather with your fellow Adventurers for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. Satisfy your appetite with a delicious meal of local and regional French cuisine as you sip world-famous wine.

Meals Included: Dinner


Day 2 - 2016

Château de Versailles
Our local expert leads you on a privately guided tour of the opulent Palace of Versailles. Be dazzled by the extravagant décor of this historic home to the Kings and Queens of France, including the legendary Marie-Antoinette. Admire the extravagant vaulted ceilings canopy ornate rooms with gilded royal portraits and sculptures. Peer through windows that look out over sophisticated gardens with immaculate topiaries. As you stroll through the dazzling Hall of Mirrors, reflect on the bygone glories of French royalty.

Lunch at Le Grand Café d'Orléans
After basking in the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, adjourn to its South Wing for lunch at the quaint Le Grand Café d' Orléans.

Claude Monet's Home and Gardens
Visit the home of this great Impressionist painter and discover its tranquil gardens bursting with vibrant blossoms and luxurious, leafy trees.

Royal Barrière Hotel
Take the coach to your home away from home for the next 3 nights: the Royal Barrière Hotel. This majestic gem crowns the prestigious beach of Deauville, a refined getaway that offers a hushed ambience for discerning travelers.

Dinner on Your Own
For dinner, select from some of Normandy's exquisite cuisine. Indulge in fantastically fresh seafood and salads, as well as creamy cheeses, mouthwatering apple desserts, hard cider and the celebrated apple brandy, Calvados. Feel free to ask your Adventure Guides for restaurant recommendations.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Wake up to a delicious breakfast before you begin your exciting day of adventure.

Panoramic Tour of Paris

After breakfast, hop onboard a motor coach for a panoramic tour of The City of Light, highlighting Paris's iconic architectural landmarks. Enjoy a chance to capture the moment in photos when you stop at the Trocadero.

Musée de l'Orangerie

See impressionist and post-impressionist paintings at this extraordinary museum of art, located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens. It contains works of some of the most renowned artists in the world, including Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Amedeo Modigliani and Henri Rousseau, among others.

Lunch at a Local Restaurant

Enjoy a relaxing moment over a delicious French lunch.

Claude Monet's Home and Gardens

Take a scenic trip to Giverny to visit the home of this great Impressionist painter. Discover his sources of inspiration in tranquil gardens bursting with vibrant blossoms, luxurious, leafy trees and ponds adorned with water lilies.

Royal Barrière Hotel

Take the coach to the grand hotel in Normandy that will be your home for the next 3 nights: the Royal Barrière Hotel. This majestic gem crowns the prestigious beach of Deauville, a refined getaway that offers a quiet ambiance for discerning travelers.

Dinner at La Belle Époque Restaurant in Deauville

Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine in a beautiful setting in this fine restaurant housed in the elegant Hotel Normandy.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 3 - 2016

Breakfast and Coach Trip
Fuel up on a satisfying breakfast at the hotel before boarding the coach for 2 hours on a trip to awe-inspiring, unforgettable Mont St-Michel.

Mont St-Michel
The silhouette of this formidable island fortress looms on the horizon as your coach approaches. Surrounded by a venerable town, this medieval Benedictine abbey was built in honor of the Archangel Michael who, according to medieval legend, will slay the dragon at the Apocalypse. With a local guide, explore rooms such as the ancient scriptorium, ossuary, chapel and crypt. Feel the island's enchantment as you wander down winding cobblestone streets on your own trek through town.

Lunch at La Mère Poulard
The rhythmical beating of eggs in copper mixing bowls can be heard down the street, beckoning hungry visitors to try one of their world-famous omelets! Feast on an enormous, fluffy omelet with a hot camembert starter and dessert at this quaint yet historic restaurant.

Mont St-Michel On Your Own
Spend time wandering the rambling cobblestone streets to discover shops and curiosities galore. Climb the winding Lace Staircase for the gorgeous gallery on the abbey roof. Or visit the cloisters for their vertiginous views.

Cider and Calvados Tasting
Climb aboard the coach for a ride to Les Vergers de Ducy orchard, where you will tour the orchard and cider production areas. After sampling a traditional pudding dish native to Normandy, taste delicious cider and the simmering sweetness of Calvados.

Deauville and Dinner On Your Own
Known as the "lady of the French coast," Deauville awaits with its stylish restaurants and bustling nightlife. Return to your hotel from the orchard and explore this upscale resort town before enjoying le diner. If you need restaurant recommendations, your Adventure Guides can help find the perfect meal for you.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - 2017

Breakfast and Coach Trip

Fuel up on a satisfying breakfast at the hotel before boarding the coach for a trip to awe-inspiring, unforgettable Mont Saint-Michel.

Le Mont Saint-Michel

As your coach approaches, be awestruck by the silhouette of this formidable island fortress and the looming monastery at its core. Surrounded by a venerable town, this medieval Benedictine abbey was built in honor of the Archangel Michael who, according to medieval legend, will slay the dragon at the Apocalypse. With a local guide, explore rooms such as the ancient scriptorium, ossuary, chapel and crypt. Feel the island's enchantment as you wander down winding cobblestone streets on your own trek through town.

Lunch at La Mère Poulard

Feast on world-famous omelets and other regional favorites at this quaint, historic restaurant that proves why French cuisine is très magnifique!

Le Mont Saint-Michel On Your Own

Spend time wandering the rambling cobblestone streets to discover shops and curiosities galore or visit the cloisters for their vertiginous views.

Deauville and Dinner on Your Own

Return to Deauville, known as the "lady of the French coast," to enjoy its stylish restaurants and bustling nightlife. Explore this upscale resort town before enjoying le dîner. If you need restaurant recommendations, your Adventure Guides can help find the perfect meal for your family.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 4 - 2016

The Bayeux Tapestry
Travel to Bayeux to see the astonishing Bayeux Tapestry—a 224-foot (68-meter) embroidered cloth that tells the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

Omaha Beach Private Tour
Ride the coach to Omaha Beach where the United States 1st Division landed on D-Day to secure victory in World War II. The story of the invasion and its costs come to life on a privately guided tour of the area, including the Normandy American Cemetery.

Arromanches les Bains and Lunch on Your Own
This quiet waterfront hamlet nearby Omaha Beach played an important role in the Allied invasion during WWII. Have lunch at your leisure in this delightful seaside village. If you've not yet had a traditional French crèpe, here's your chance to visit an authentic French crèperie.

Bike Ride Along the Boardwalk
After lunch, return to Deauville, where you'll bicycle along the famous seaside boardwalk. You'll also have time on your own to shop or enjoy other beachside activities of your choosing.

Deauville Dinner
Unwind and enjoy dinner with your fellow Adventurers at the Royal Barrière Hotel while Junior Adventurers attend a private dinner of their own.

Disney Movie Night
End the day curled up with your petits as you are treated to a private showing of a Disney movie.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel.

The Bayeux Tapestry

Travel to nearby Bayeux to see the astonishing Bayeux Tapestry—a 224-foot (68-meter) embroidered cloth that tells the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

Omaha Beach Private Tour

Ride the coach to Omaha Beach where the United States 1st Division landed on D-Day to secure victory in World War II. The story of the invasion and its costs come to life on a privately guided tour of the area, including the Normandy American Cemetery.

Arromanches-les-Bains and Lunch on Your Own

Visit this quiet waterfront hamlet near Omaha Beach which played an important role in the Allied invasion during WWII. If you've never tasted a traditional French crèpe, here's your chance to visit an authentic French crèperie and enjoy the real thing

Afternoon on Your Own in Deauville

Back in Deauville, indulge your inner boulevardier as you stroll past romantic Belle Époque villas on the beachfront boardwalk of this suave seaside resort. A year-round playground for the French elite, Deauville is abuzz with film festivals, regattas, golf tournaments, jazz—and world-famous thoroughbred racing at the Hippodrome.

Deauville Dinner

Unwind and enjoy dinner with your fellow Adventurers at the Royal Barrière Hotel while Junior Adventurers attend a private dinner of their own.

Disney Movie Night

End the day curled up with your petits when you are treated to a private showing of a Disney movie.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5 - 2016

Morning and Lunch on Your Own in Honfleur
Travel by coach to Honfleur, a picturesque port town painted by Impressionist greats like Monet and Boudin many a time. Create your own impressions as you wander the scenic Normandy commune at your leisure and stop for lunch.

Coach Tour of Paris
After lunch, reconvene for a panoramic tour of The City of Light, with a photo stop at the Trocadéro, directly across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.

Arrive at Hotel Napoleon
Steps away from the Champs Elyseés, the Hotel Napoleon features an Old World décor with modern amenities. Relax as we check you in at these elegant accommodations, where you'll stay for the next 3 nights.

Dinner at Ladurée
Dine on elegant French fare at your leisure at this world-renowned Champs-Elysées restaurant and bakery. Ladurée is legendary for its delectable macarons in a multitude of flavors. Delicieux!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before you begin your exploration of Honfleur.

Farmers Market in Honfleur

Travel by coach to this historic and picturesque Normandy fishing town. Like Monet and Boudin and other great Impressionist painters, you will join in the vibrant throng at the Honfleur open air market, a haven of artisanal pâtisserie, cheeses and fresh fruit. And then enjoy lunch on your own at the market or a nearby café or restaurant.*

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

On the way back to Paris, stop at this estate containing a château and gardens that are considered among the most spectacular in France. Bought by Nicolas Fouquet in 1641, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte took a 20-year collaboration of an architect, painter and landscape gardener to be transformed into a veritable testament to harmonious beauty.

Dinner at a Fine French Restaurant

Back in the City of Light, dine on elegant French fare at your leisure at one of its remarkable restaurants. Delicieux!

*The Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays only.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 6 - 2016

The Eiffel Tower
Soar toward the stars for a sky-high experience you and your family will never forget! Embark on a walking tour of the top 2 levels of this Parisian icon and discover the "heights" of art.

Paris Comme Vous Voulez!*
Soak up the splendor of the City of Light with some "on your own" time. See the Seine River on the Batobus boat, sight-see via L'Open Air double-decker bus or take to the streets on foot. Be sure to ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations regarding lunch and "don't miss" destinations of over 60 museums and attractions — including Disneyland Paris.*

Dinner on Your Own in Paris
Now's your chance to venture out and experience the grand French ritual of le dîner! Your Adventure Guides will help you find the perfect restaurant for an extraordinary family meal as only the French can create.

*Activities for this day, including the Batobus boat, L'Open Air double-decker bus, and Disneyland Paris, are not included and are available at an additional cost.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Start off your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready to view some of the greatest artistic masterpieces in the world.

VIP Louvre Masterpiece Tour and Wine Tasting

Be awestruck by the art you view in a privately guided tour of the Louvre Museum. Enjoy wine tasting in a private area of the Museum and share your impressions of these masterpieces with fellow Adventurers.

Afternoon on Your Own in Paris

Spend the entire afternoon as you wish—shopping, sightseeing or simply watching passersby at a charming sidewalk café.

Farewell Dinner

Enjoy a superb feast in a historic location and share memories of your France adventure with your fellow Adventurers before you bid them a fond farewell.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day 7 - 2016

Open Air Market Shopping
Experience life like a true Parisian as you peruse the aisles surrounded by the freshest ingredients and amazing aromas. But this shopping trip isn't just for looks — you're shopping for items that you'll be using in your private French cooking class!

French Cooking Class and Lunch
What better way to celebrate French culture than by learning how to prepare classic French dishes yourself? In a private cooking class, you'll do exactly that! Afterward, sit down and enjoythe fruits of your labor for lunch with your fellow Adventurers.

Paris, Part Deux
Continue your exploration of Paris as you spend the entire afternoon as you wish, shopping, sightseeing or simply watching passersby at a charming sidewalk café.

Farewell Dinner at the Louvre
Dine in the height of elegance in a private room at the Louvre overlooking the famed glass pyramid entrance in the Cour Napoléon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Bid your fellow Adventurers a bon voyage at your last breakfast in Paris.

Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

What better way to celebrate French culture than by learning how to prepare classic French dishes yourself? In a private cooking class, you'll do exactly that! Afterward, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch with your fellow Adventurers.

Paris, Part Deux

Board pre-arranged transportation to the airport and say au revoir—until you return again!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 8 - 2016

Breakfast at the Hotel
Bid your fellow adventurers a bon voyage as you enjoy one last meal in Paris.

Transfer to Airport
Board pre-arranged transportation to the airport and say au revoir until you return!

Meals Included: Breakfast