How it was built, the occupants and those that live there now. Our group was very congenial with a nice balance of group and individual activities and meals. I learn so much on a Rick Steve's tour! Chris was everything your site said she'd be and more. "Every day was a "wow" day, but Monet's Garden made me the happiest. The balance of tour time & free time was perfect. RICK STEVES BEST OF FRANCE helps travellers make the most of their French adventure in two weeks or less, whether they're climbing the Eiffel Tower or dining at a sidewalk cafe with a glass of vin rouge. "Staying on Mt. If you have about 8–10 days, consider a loop linking Paris, Normandy, and the Loire. I'll definitely consider another Rick Steves tour. Getting to spend the night there was a magical experience that I will never forget.". )- pronounced Ans, from Belgium]. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. "Chenonceau was gorgeous. Also, in general, the great bread, cheese, and macarons...yum!!!". "Monet's garden and flag-lowering ceremony at American Cemetery.". It literally took my breath away. This was our second Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. From the Paris neighborhoods and museums, to the chateaux of the Loire Valley, to spectacular Mont St. Michel, to powerful walks on Normandy beaches, to the beauty of Monet's garden, this tour was an amazing experience. Lots to see and do with tight timelines. The Bayeux tapestry was fantastic. It made me realize the awesome sacrifice that these young soldiers made for our freedom.". Who would not have wanted to paint those lilies?". Rebecca was a fabulous guide...taking care of every detail with lots of fun surprises planned for us. You can sit and contemplate under the tree canopy. "Everything was great from Paris to the WWII beaches. Our guide, hotels (being close to everything),itinerary was excellent and local guides very good. Experience the best of the best with Rick Steves Best of France. He was so knowledgable We spent extra days in Paris before meeting the group.Glad to say it was an easy-going group and our tour guide, Rebecca, was superb. Literally, a dream come true. Sainte-Mere Eglise. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and was a great experience! I learned so much about the events of D-Day.". She was very knowledgeable, well organized and very approachable. Rick Steves Classroom Europe® is a free online video library for teachers, students, and parents. The second was seeing history relived at the Chateau de Guedelon.". Everything was well organized- sightseeing, transportation, etc. The morning prayers at the Abbey, the quiet of the evening overlooking the wide beach, and just the ancient history involved were all very memorable.". "I had looked forward to our time on Mont St Michel and it was all I hoped for and more. "Sunrise on Mont St Michel on the way to the singing in the chapel.". After touring Paris, take the TGV train to Avignon, rent a car there, and drop it in Nice (or use trains, buses, and minivan tours to get around). What we do--We research and write European guidebooks, produce a public television series and a public radio show Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. How to choose? "Definitely seeing Mont St Michel for the first time or the Normandy beaches were moments that grabbed me. The resonance and acoustics in the Abbey are phenomenal. "Spending our anniversary on Mont-Saint-Michel. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Leonardo da Vinci's home and garden. "Clearly the visit to Mont Saint-Michel. Liked the food. Knowledgeable and friendly local guides who willingly answered questions and made us feel very welcome. We were able to experience a good many of Paris' highlights, and then get out into the beautiful french countryside, my favorite part. Jan 23, 2020 - Explore France with Rick Steves' Europe. The pace of the tour was good with just about the right amount of time spent at each site. We saw and did so much - the pace of this tour at times felt a bit rushed, with less than optimal time allotted for some of our shared adventures. The hotel did not ask name/verify identity before providing key. Please see my partner's evaluation for more comments on this trip. Monet's gardens in Giverny were lovely, with lots of blooms and color even in late October. "Being a US History buff, my wow moment was of visit to Normandy. I had an excellent tour guide that taught me a lot about life in France. Monet's Garden was a great day. This was our fourth tour, we are already registered for our fifth (Sicily) and soon sixth (Scotland). Bus: 2 hours. The whisper system was great for this! The incredible antiquity of the building, the spine tingling purity of their voices echoing through this sacred space was very moving. "Spending the night on Mont St Michel! "Not really a "wow" because of all the pictures but seeing Mont St Michel in person was great. She was kind and fun. see our FAQ. This was the only summer tour for us and heat in France was a factor, though crowds were entirely manageable. This was our first trip to France and our first RS Tour. The amount of walking/climbing stairs was just about all I could handle but the side benefit is that I am walking more now as a result! This trip also works well in reverse. Our tour will culminate with a visit to Bourges' Cathédrale St-Etienne, where we'll learn how to read some of France's most remarkable and original medieval stained glass before having dinner together this evening. She really cared about us. Slipping in to stay the night and visit the abbey early in the morning was perfect. ", "The knowledge of tour guider Rebecca --- everything.". We were taken to parts of France that we might not have known to go to. To be honest though, it was the wine and food.". After taking Eastern France tour last year this may have been too much of same thing. Mere Eglise, Utah and Omaha Beaches, the cemeteries of the fallen--made WWII so personal and connected us so profoundly with the people of France. I learned so much French history and culture as well. Our overall guide, Chris was outstanding. "Bourges, all of it. This is our third RS tour and as expected it did not disappoint. "Mont st. Michele, without a doubt a doubt! The tour agenda was as described, Michaelanne did an excellent job, bus rides and hotels were very good. As with other Rick Steves tours I have been on, there is the right amount of free time for the tour members to create their own experiences outside of the tour. Another terrific RS Tour which had the perfect mix of free time and organized activities. Special.". Our local tour guide, Jessica, took us up through the pathways and steps, leading us to the abbey, all the while talking us through the inception of the idea, how it was built, its history through time, making you feel like you were experiencing it through time. My husband and I had been to Paris several times, but we enjoyed this trip because we didn't feel compelled to see all of the "must sees" such as the Mona Lisa and the top of the Eiffel Tour. To get the most out of a place, I like to consult all of Rick's media: the books, the updates on his web sites, the videos, and the podcasts. And visiting Le Mont-Saint-Michel was such a memorable experience. The tour was well balanced with sites and cultural experiences well coordinated. It brought tears to my eyes. To help you get started, we've listed our top picks for where to go in France, and our plan for your best three-week trip. Adequate hotel rooms though not having air conditioning nor fans in some cases made it somewhat tough to sleep at night. Great tour with an excellent guide and a wonderful group of fellow travelers. Staying there at night was wonderful and getting to see the lights from the causeway was spectacular.". "Too many to say...staying on Mont St-Michel, seeing Omaha and Utah beaches and the wonderful comments on the store owners windows thanking for their freedom was heart warming. I went well prepared- followed the packing tips and traveled light. "The sites and stories/explanations related to Normandy D Day Beaches, the cemetary, Angoville-au-Plain Church and the Saint Mere Eglise Chuch.". per person + air, Single This was our first time in France and we really enjoyed our visit. The tour bus was very comfortable and our driver helpful. ", "The Mont Ste Michel and the Normandy beaches". Bay area I also displayed at. I was a little nervous about an "organized" tour, but the experience was wonderful. ", "I have never been to France. "Chenonceau was absolutely breathtaking. The 10 day tour was exactly as described in the brochure. We would do this again. All the places we visited were interesting.Our tour mates were fun and friendly, and our group dinners were great. To see the D day Beaches on the 75th anniversary of the landings was never to be forgotten. Rebecca was terrific! In Paris we learned to master the subway and maximized our time there. I wish we would have spend a bit more time getting to know each other early on. I'm very glad we made the trip. We had a wonderful mix of people and a fantastic guide in Rebecca Berry. Overall it was great. Our time in Normandy was very moving. A sad wow- Notre Dame! Was surprised I so enjoyed some areas I didn't think I would like that much. We chose this tour because it included stops that we really wanted to see and which were not included in other tours or arranged differently. Overall, I had a terrific time and felt it was well worth the money. Our bus driver, Hans, was quite friendly and helpful and got us where we needed to be on time and was very friendly after hours at meals, etc.. "Out day spent at the Normandy beaches, memorials, museums and cemeteries and the Monet gardens". While walking around, looking at all the architecture, the fantastic art, the incredible bakeries, I just could not believe I was there. Browse Rick's best France tours and vacation packages: Best of Paris in 7 Days Tour "Sainte-Chapelle seemed to be made entirely of glass and was a kaleidoscope of color that literally took my breath away.". Virginie was engaging and knowledgable, pushing us sometimes outside our comfort zone; the very epitome of a Rick Steves guide. His stories and anecdotes were great! The locations and day tours were informative and interesting. We were lucky to also view the tapestry of the Last Supper, which brings to mind the amazing amazing embroidered tapestry of the Norman Conquest in Bayeux.I could go on but I'd be relating the entire trip.". Our guide was so helpful and informative with a wonderful sense of humor. I was surprised how much high school French I recalled. The tour itself is one big WIN.". Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. This was my first Rick Steves tour, in fact my first group tour ever, and I'm happy to say it was a very enjoyable and memorable experience. The itinerary is varied and interesting. Seeing that the Notre Dame Cathedral, while burned, was not destroyed was heart-warming. I chose "very good" overall instead of outstanding because I think the tour tried to cover too many places. We had a great time in Paris especially visiting the art museums. We had a great group of people that were a lot of fun and got along very well. Actually walking on the sands of the Normandy's beaches was humbling.". Traveling with her was like having a wonderful friend from France showing you around. Had never visited France, this tour was a great introduction to the art, culture, and people of France. Tour guide? "Standing on Omaha Beach by myself, imagining what it like to be there 75 years ago. Mona. "Getting to spend the night on Mont St Michel was incredible. We also found them very engaging and personable!since I am an artist person I have to say visit, "Since I am a retired art teacher and love to garden, I'd have to save Giverny was breathtakingly beautiful and a wow for me! Our guide did a fine job of handling this age-diverse group and making expectations known and carried out. This morning we'll take a walking tour of Mont St-Michel's town and its towering abbey to learn about local legends, monastic life, and the far-reaching influences exerted by abbeys in French history. Patrick, our guide kept us well informed and organized. Most of the pictures don't show them correctly or show what great beaches they are". It felt like I was in a dream walking the cobblestones, exploring the Abbey, and looking out over the vast sea bed. Or do a one-way trip, such as flying into Nice and out of Paris, seeing the Riviera, Provence, the Alps, and Burgundy along the way. I find it hard to believe how well they built buildings of stone with primitive tools. Seeing Monet's work displaced at L'Orangerie and visiting his gardens were very high. "This is difficult as there were several "wow" moments. The books have guided me through many places and saved me a lot of time and money. I love hearing other people stories.". Guedelon, Chambord, Chenonceau, Mont St-Michel, Learning the whole story of the Battle of Hastings from the tapestry. Cameras cannot fully capture the sights, the memories, the feelings of evening and daybreak on the isle. "My father, a WWII vet who flew 2 missions to Normandy on D Day had died 4 months before our trip. "Outside of the charm of Paris, I actually had 3 "wow" moments including Mont St. Michele, the D-Day beaches / American cemetery and Monet's gardens in Giverny. She made the trip come alive and challenged us. Longest Day " & everybody said they have to watch the movie again . This was a piece of history I was acquainted with since I was a kid, from my father who landed after the battle as a member of the Army Air Corps to the several books I read. "The first sighting of Mt St Michel from far off in the flatland approach was breathtaking and the ensuing views were punctuated by grasslands and fields, sheep and a cool breezy blue Norman (or were they Breton) sky. Some of the towns that we stopped for lunch had few options because shops and store fronts had closed and been vacated. The Heart of France tour was wonderful! Loved this trip and those we traveled with! )but she was great.I loved the Bayeaux tapestry... having heard about it in school as a child I was amazed to finally see it. I especially enjoyed our time in the French countryside, visiting the less traveled spots, that Rick Steves is known for. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. I would say that watching a veteran of the Omaha Beach landing stand from his wheelchair as taps was played at the American Cemetery in Normandy, and assist with the folding of the flag, was an extremely touching moment I will not forget.". Coming from the travel industry myself, saw him at many travel shows in the S.F. Giverny. I feel we learned a lot about French life, culture and history without a long boring tirade of facts and figures. From beginning to end, our tour leader, Michaelanne, kept us informed, entertained and on the go! "I had two "wow" moments: the 13th century castle being built at Guedelon and the visit to the small church in Ste-Mere Eglise where we learned about the two medical servicemen who took care of injured soldiers on D-Day.". The bus was nice and always on time, but it lacked wifi. She made the trip so pleasant and interesting. "I found Mont St. Michel very interesting and would consider that my "wow" moment. Our third RS tour matched our high expectations as set by the first two. Our guide that day, gave us a very moving experience. I will say I'm glad we are in good shape as there was a lot of walking and stairs, so your advice is well given that this is an active tour. "Favorite "wow" moments were: Chateau de Chenonceau, walking torwards Mont St. Michel, seeing the American Cemetery and watching the flags be taken down and listening to Taps, the gardens and lily pond at Monet's home in Giverny.". After experiencing a more traditional bus tour in Italy, we were hesitant to book another crowded, shopping filled experience. We'll have ample time to visit this magnificent château, its expansive grounds, and find some lunch. The schedule was perfect, with a good balance of tours and time on our own. I have never been to French countryside before so seeing its beauty and the antiquity of the places we visited was awe inspiring. A once in a lifetime experience. She was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job at balancing talks while on the road with quiet rime. This was a wonderful experience. That is really well done. Claude's house is fascinating. France Travel Guide by Rick Steves For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, see our FAQ . That does not mean it was perfect. Loved the whole trip. "Mont St-Michelle...after the hordes had departed. I wouldn't change a thing. My husband and I got up early and climbed the ramparts high above the beach in the early morning stillness to attend the morning service at the abbey. It was very emotional, and much of this was due to our tour guide's explanation of the graves and who is buried there. Having been on a Rick Steves tour twice previously, I felt confident that the tour guides would be exceptional. And taps at the American Cemetery in Normandy is certainly a moment not to be forgotten.". I loved the sites included in the tour, felt all of the guides were wonderful, the hotels were diverse and interesting, the food was great and Marie was like a mother hen hovering over us all to make sure we had a wonderful experience. A local D-day expert guide met us at our hotel in the morning and spent the entire day with us. "There were many "wow" moments on this tour. information she imparted to us about France, France culture, France politics, etc. It was a very interesting crew. "Sending the night on Mount St. Michele. Basically everything except the weather was wonderful. Our tour guide, Linda, was extraordinary. ! Smart, funny, attentive, alert, sensitive, and charming. "I would do everyday over again....there were so many WOW moment in each and every day!". Our experience with Paris and the Heart of France exceeded all of my expectations, even though they were pretty high to start with! Each day brought a variety of different experiences from museums, chateaus, and cathedrals, architecture, gardens, food, and exploring various towns and cities. Bus and driver more than met expectations. Mont St Michel. Attending morning prayer service at Mont St. Michel was ethereal. Could not have been better. Everything about it held a bit of magic for me. Our guide - Rebecca - was amazing. Divine! Most of us do a lot of planning and research long before the trips we take, believing that preparation is half the fun. The guides were excellent and the group meals were fun and delicious. Group "gelled" well together, due to great leadership by Rebecca Berry. "Of all the places on the tour, my favorite was Mont St.Michel. This afternoon you'll have time on your own in Amboise to find lunch and sightsee. The hotel was great here. Everyone seemed to get along really well. For example, the time we had to enjoy our picnic lunches at the winery was very short. The balance between free time and scheduled time was great. "Mount Saint Michel, seeing it for the first time and being able to spend the night there. We could hear the waves crashing on the rocks far below with not another person in sight!". The itinerary was excellent; the guide Virgine exceptional. Best organized tour experience from planning through completion I have ever experienced. Chapelle; glimpsing Mont St. Michael from a distance; seeing the cathedral in the small town of Bourges; but a surprising Wow moment was coming back to Paris together in the bus after touring around and singing the song "Champs-Elysees" with Virginie as we drove down it.". We loved visiting Paris and the heart of France. But the highlight was our travel guide. We had gone 4 days early, so we're quite settled by the time we met the group. The RS provided food was only fair. Linda our tour guide was quite organized and kept us on schedule. I knew of some of his paintings but never knew that he was an inventor of so many things. ", I had several safety and security concerns. Getting up early to see the sunrise over the mudflats and attend the morning service was very inspirational. From guides, to sights, to the people, to accommodations, to food (!!!) The hotels were very decent, especially those in the small towns outside of Paris. To conclude, use Antoine! Our D-Day guide Dale was supurb at bringing history to life.". It exceeded my expectations!". End in Paris. our hike up the abbey.". I will definitely plan on another Rick Steves tour. Honorable mention to the Normandy's D-Day Beaches, due mostly to our outstanding local guide. "Seeing chataeu st Michelle rise from the farm fields as we approached and spending the night there.". Took a French for travelers class- had no difficulties with language. It was wonderful not having to worry about any of the details and having everything planned out. This was our 2nd RS tour and it didn't disappoint. Shakespeare and Co. Eiffel Tower lunch.". And the lily pond at Monet's house that brought his paintings to life.". Unfortunately my wife injured her leg on the 2nd or 3rd day when a wayward bicyclist struck her, so this limited her ability to join the group on all the walking tours, but we were okay with going some things on our own at her pace. I also loved learning all about medieval castle building at Guedelon.". Bus: 1 hour. We loved our guides and their passion for French history and culture. I was planning Rome, Amalfi, Puglia trip. Guedelon was the biggest surprise because it was so much more than I expected. "My wow moment on this tour was Normandy. Our guide Michaelanne was a wealth of information, has a good sense of humor, and was easy to get along with. ", enjoyed the whole experience very much. "There were WOW moments every day during the tour, which makes it impossible for me to choose only one. Bonus - the hotel room had a large patio and an awesome view.". Many more "wows", but this was my favorite.". To extend your trip, spend a night in Burgundy (in Beaune) or two nights in the Alsace (in Colmar); each is a 6.5-hour train ride from Chamonix. Sorry to leave it.". However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds. As a single traveler, I was welcomed into the group and never felt "alone". The information you get from Rick Steves is exactly right - the tourist crowds are gone by evening, and you have the place to yourself. This was another well-organized Rick Steves tour with a great guide, Marie, and an expert driver, Rudy. I loved Normandy.I loved Paris.I loved it all.Loved all the hotels. From the wines and cheeses to the chateaus and castles. Mt St Michael was a wonder unto itself. Daley was an excellent guide.". Marie was experienced, kind, and worked hard to make it a good trip. WE got to see and experience so many things on the tour that we would have missed if we had been traveling on our own. All the history and character of the island...plus seeing the tides surround the island was amazing. Taking night shots of the Mont was incredible. The tour was well balanced between busy and urban Paris with the slower pace of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. Gardens were very crowded, but a very worthwhile expedition. Going through the home was really lovely also. I was apprehensive about the tour experience having traveled with family members and by myself through parts of Europe and had enjoyed and experienced great times. The short info sessions on the bus were very good. Sleep in the Loire Valley. But, if I have to pick one, I would say Normandy--St. Spending the night there is key -- it was so crowded when we arrived and when we left, but in between it was perfect! Our tour guide, Antoine, was exceptional. The fellow travelers were fun. Thank you!! I came away with the desire to return and see more. Made for a very special night.". But Best of France does cover Normandy, the Loire, and the French Riviera in a fair amount of detail — the extra information in Rick Steves Snapshot: Normandy, Rick Steves Snapshot: Loire Valley, and Rick Steves Snapshot: Nice & the French Riviera is only worthwhile for … Wows come in unexpected places sometimes - I enjoyed how the tour built on the theme of craft, whether Medieval stone architecture or terrior.". The Heart of France Tour was extremely well led by Rebecca and Veronique. It was wonderful!". Overall, I think the tour is a great value. We liked the hotels and restaurants (although uniquely French shower controls nearly defeated our efforts several times). As we walked toward the island, I was in awe. Normandy Beaches and Giverny were all equally amazing.". Peering out of our window in the middle of the night and seeing the abbey all lit up! Coming onto the island when everyone else was leaving was great.". Sleep in Paris. WOW! The overall tour experience was great! Excellent overview for us (who had never toured in France) gave us a terrific overview, and enough deep dives to provide insight into the culture and habits of the French. So far from the truth! "Mont St. Michel! He made the trip for me. Marie was wonderful. "Perhaps the thing about this tour is that is delightful through and through. My wife and I decided to use your services for our trip to France. The place is overrun during the day but much quieter at night so staying overnight made all the difference. The Loirve valley visits to Chambord and Chenonceau chateaus and stay in Amboise dazzled the senses and afforded spectacular photo imagery. Such a beautiful country. Good decision not to try to include the Eiffel Tower and Arc du Triumphe in the group tour. She kept the group cohesive and on time. Great experience! 12 days is not enough to do anything justification. The cathedrals and small chapels. We have been big Rick fans in our other few trips to Europe, but have self-directed our sightseeing activities. Definitely exceeded any preconceptions I had about the Mont.". Post questions and answers about travel in France. The detail! Some of the hotels were not great. I had a wonderful time! There was the anticipated "wow" of Mont Saint Michel with the tide racing in and later the breathtaking views at dusk. Experiencing it without the crowds, having a room with an amazing view, a memorable dinner, and the personable tour with the local guide the next day. We saw so many things: chateaux, castles, the Louvre, Muse d'Orsey, a market in Bourges, a winery in a chateau, the making of a castle. With Notre Dame being damaged - it was amazing to visit Bourges and see the cathedral there. "The Loire Valley experience. "The most moving moment was standing on the D-Day beaches and reflecting on the significance of what occurred there 75 years ago. Any "best of" tour is a compromise with exposure to lots but limited time in most places. The cities and sites chosen for this tour gave us such a variety of experiences as we traveled through the week. The tour schedule helped us to see things we otherwise might have missed. I can't imaging a better tour guide then Virginie - she is so engaging in her teaching style. Our co-adventurers meshed very well. And we had a great group of fellow travellers to share the experience with. It was amazing!". "Our definite "wow" moment was the Normandy area; ie the D-Day beaches. Oui, Virginie, Calvados does indeed mysteriously allow one to eat more! Humbling.". Linda was so kind. Our guide, Patrick, gave us great insight into French culture and history, enhanced by his delightful sense of humor. Paris was exciting and embedded in history, but my favorite part of the trip was after Paris. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account. This was the reason we chose this tour and it did not disappoint. The community of travelers was again pleasurable and we met 50 interesting people on back to back tours! Stringing together an all-star collection of Rick's favorite places in and around the City of Light, this France tour will bring you the very best of Paris along with its most stunning surroundings: the Loire Valley's exquisite châteaux, Brittany's half-timbered villages, Normandy's magical Mont St-Michel and stirring D-Day beaches, Monet's dreamy gardens at Giverny, the stained-glass wonders of Bourges Cathedral, and a medieval castle being built today in Burgundy — using lots of muscle and 13th-century technology. Hotels,neighborhoods, dinners were excellent. "Guedelon absolutely captured my heart and my imagination. An experience that will stay with me. Half of our group went with our guide to early morning prayer service at the Abbey. She taught us how to navigate the Parisian transit system so that we became confident in using it, which we did on the days we spent in Paris on our own and when we had free time during the tour. Then, we got a group photo together at the Mont, the morning we left, and that was worth its weight in gold! It was perfect. Our accommodations were comfortable and at time luxurious. She kept us on schedule and made our travels on the bus interesting and insightful. "See above! Loved the food! Please see my further comments after question 16 below. Excellent experience! See more ideas about Explore france, France, Rick steves. We saw so much in just eleven days and Rebecca and Veronique were certain to include special treats - such as Macarons in the Tuilleries, a champagne treat at sunset on Mount St. Michel, and dinner at the Bouillon Camille Chartier. 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