This 10-day itinerary includes some of the must-sees of Paris and then explores historic Normandy and the breathtaking Loire Valley. With the perfect combination of rustling-bustling city culture and romantic countryside landscapes, highlights include the Louvre, Versailles, Château de Chenonceau, D-Day Beaches, and more. In addition to performing in Paris, your ensemble will have the opportunity for a concert at the royal Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, constructed in the 16th century by King Francis I of France and one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world. Your last performance takes place at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, final resting place for many heroes of our Greatest Generation.
Departure from the United States.
Arrive in the City of Light this morning. Today's guided sightseeing tour shows you the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde and the bustling Champs-Élysées. Check-in to your hotel and participate in your arrival briefing before some leisure time. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner as a group.
After breakfast, you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral before continuing on to the Louvre where you will discover the many famous masterpieces that call this museum home. In the afternoon, transfer to a local venue for rehearsal and your debut performance. Afterwards, celebrate your successful concert with dinner as a group.
Today, you will visit Louis XIV's magnificent palace at Versailles this morning. With your guide, discover the palace interior, including the famous Hall of Mirrors. This afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own or with your Tour Manager. Tonight, have dinner together before boarding a boat for your illuminated ride along the Seine.
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and board your deluxe motorcoach for your transfer to Loire Valley. En route, stop in Chartres for your guided tour of Chartres Cathedral, famous for its precious stained-glass windows. Continue to Loire and check-in to your hotel. Take some time to relax before having dinner at a local restaurant.
Experience the beauty of the Loire Valley today. Visit Chenonceau, the château of six women, built over the River Cher in an exquisite Renaissance design. See the château of Amboise, perched on a bluff above the Loire as you spend some free time exploring the town. Finally, discover mighty Chambord, the sprawling creation commissioned by François I, towering over its deer-filled park. During your stay, perform your second concert to the many visitors of Chambord. After your performance, return to Loire for dinner and your overnight stay.
Depart this morning for Caen. While in Normandy, stop for a visit at the lovely island monastery of Mont St. Michel. This medieval abbey, once an important pilgrimage site, is surrounded by water at high tide. Continue to Caen and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner as a group.
Spend the morning remembering not only a part of France's history, but a very important part of our own past when you visit the famous D-day beaches in Normandy. Visit the the serene American War Cemetery in St. Laurent, overlooking Omaha Beach. Also see the museum in Arromanches and the vista from the Pointe du Hoc, the exact view that the German army had as the Allied troops approached from the sea. Tonight, preform your final concert. Return to Caen for dinner and an overnight stay.
After breakfast, board your motorcoach and return for your final day in Paris. The day is free for you to explore this beautiful city. Perhaps stop for a photograph in front of Paris' most famous site of all, the Eiffel Tower, and learn the history of this once not-so-popular attraction. Celebrate your successful performance tour with a farewell dinner as a group.
Return to the U.S.
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