August 5-17, 2023 | France (Loire Valley & Normandy), Belgium and Holland

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Overview

It’s a big world out there.   So many places to see.  In Europe alone, you could choose from hundreds of different itineraries – but this one is UNIQUE and you won’t find it anywhere else. This trip focuses on the Loire Valley in France, the poingnant sites in NORMANDY, and interesting places in Belgium and the Netherlands. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Two nights in Paris at the beginning of the trip
  • Time to enjoy two fabulous castles in the fabled Loire Valley, among the most beautiful areas in France.
  • A visit to iconic Mount St. Michel on France’s Northern Coast.
  • A full day to enjoy the beaches and cemeteries in the Normandy area
  • Treasures of Belgium including medieval Ghent and Bruges (Venice of the North
  • Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Delft in the Netherlands

And when you come back, we predict that you will have enjoyed as much as any other region you’ve visited.   So join us as we fly Paris and home from Amsterdam. 

 

Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Two nights in Paris to enjoy the highligts and a visit to the Louvre Museum
  • Two days to explore the natural beauty and interesting castles (chateaus) of the famous Loire Velley
    • Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord
  • Angers Castle and charming St. Malo in Brittany, France
  • Mount St. Michel with two nights in Bayeux
  • Full day in Normandy to explore the famous sites
    • Visit St. Mere Eglese (beginning point of D-Day Invasion)
    • Utah Beach (Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc)
    • Omah Beach and the American Cemetery and Memoirial
  • Seaside town of Honfleur in northern France
  • Belgium
    • Highlights of Brussels, PLUS fascinating Ghent, medieval Bruges (must see!) and the castle of the Counts
  • Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Delft in the Netherlands
    • Miniature town of Madurodam
    • and much more!

Price Includes

  • Escorted sightseeing by luxury motor coach
  • Tour Director throughout and local English speaking guides along the way
  • Accommodations at FIRST CLASS hotels (four star hotels)
  • Full breakfast daily and SEVEN dinners 
  • Admissions to all places listed in the itinerary including:
    • The Louvre in Paris
    • Castles/Chateaus in the Loire Valley and Brittany (France)
    • Mount St. Michel
    • All World War II sites in Normandy
    • Sites listed in Belgium and Holland
  • Tips for baggage handling (where offered), taxes and hotel gratuities except gratuity to your local guides

Price per person

  • $2,895 + Airfare –  Based on two in a Room
  • $2,795 + Airfare:   Based on three in a Room
  • $3,645 + Airfare:   Based on one in a Room

Note:

*The above prices do not include international airfare and air taxes.  Air will be reserved in early 2023.  We anticipate the airfare to be about $1,250.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: August 5 – Depart for France

Depart for France

DAY 2: August 6 –  Arrive in Paris
Welcome to Paris, the magnificent “City Of Lights;” transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of this city on the Seine. Your tour begins with an orientation meeting with the Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM followed by a light dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3: August 7 – Paris City Tour, Louvre Museum
Get acquainted with Paris today as you drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower. Continue to “Rive Gauche,” the celebrated Left Bank where artists, philosophers, and writers in a bygone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse, including Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway and more. Visit the incomparable Louvre, one of the world’s most famous museums. Of the many exhibitions found therein, view the medieval fortress and the museum’s most reputed masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Afternoon is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city on your own
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4: August 8 – Chambord, Blois, Tours
Depart Paris and drive south exploring the stunning Loire Valley to view the fairytale Chateau de Chambord, Loire’s largest residence, built in the 16th century for King François I. Continue to Blois, a royal town packed with lively streets, beautiful paved squares and charming cafes where you visit the extraordinary chateau, once home to Louis XII and François I. Stop at Chateau de Chenonceau, a jewel of Renaissance architecture, stretching over the River Cher. Walk through its extravagantly furnished rooms and traditional formal gardens, added during the time of Henry II, by his mistress Diane de Poitiers. Our final destination tonight is Tours. Evening dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: August 9 – Saumur, Angers, St Malo
Today we make a stop in riverside Saumur and sample the local wine. Drive to Angers where wepause at the surprising Angers castle, home of the stirring 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry. Continue through the gorgeous Loire Valley, brimming with treasures waiting to be discovered. For centuries, royalty and nobility built their magnificent chateaux in this valley, inspired by the lush forests and rich farmlands.  Arrive in the beautiful city of St. Malo in Brittany; its maze of medieval streets is bursting with history. The legacy of its 19th-century pirates and seafaring past is a story told by generations of sailors. Walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town and enjoy dinner tonight at a charming restaurant.
Overnight: St. Malo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: August 10 – Mont St. Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy
Depart northwards today to the iconic Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock. Cross the causeway by shuttle and browse the narrow streets and admire the views of the surrounding bay, with time for lunch on your own in this charming town. One of France’s most recognizable landmarks, the fortified town is crowned by the 10th century abbey. Continue to Bayeux and step back in time to a historic battle and see the intricate Bayeux Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Afterwards, return to Bayeux for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: August 11 – Normandy Landing Beaches
Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Turn your attention to World War II and the D-Day invasion, a day that is remembered for true bravery and sacrifice and the beginning of the liberation of France. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasion began on June 6, 1944 – D-Day. Visit Utah Beach, then make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach* and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in the early evening
*The visit to Omaha Beach is subject to local conditions.
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8: August 12 – Honfleur, Brussels
Travel to the enchanting harbor at Honfleur with its colorful boats, immortalized by several of the world’s greatest impressionist painters. Time to browse the charming galleries, tiny shops and stop for coffee at a typical café. Continue to Brussels. Evening dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Brussels
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: August 13 – Tour Brussels
Enjoy a tour with views of the Atomium, the Royal Palace, the Museum district, and the Palace of Justice. Visit the 17th-century Grand Place and stroll through the city center to view the famous Manneken Pis fountain. Travel to Ghent, a port city in northwestern Belgium, with a wealth of medieval and classical  architecture. Upon arrival,Relax and enjoy the view of the city from the river. Bask in the fascinating history of Ghent as your professional tour guide shares with you all the history and secrets of the city. See the beautiful buildings of Ghent including the Castle of the Counts.
Overnight: Ghent
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10: August 14 – Ghent, the Historic Flanders Port, Medieval Bruges
Discover the historic Flanders port of Ghent today. The tour includes views of the 7th century St. Bavo’s Cathedral and Gravensteen Castle. At the town center, view the gigantic Belfry and the Gothic style Cloth Hall, glorifying the city’s major industry. In the afternoon, travel to Bruges, also known as the “Venice of the North.” Here, view the Beguinage Convent, Market Square and Belfry, and the Town Hall Square with its Chapel of the Holy Blood. Return to Ghent.Tonight, dinner is at a traditional local restaurant
Overnight: Ghent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: August 15 – Delta works, Amsterdam
Depart towards Amsterdam and first visit to the Delta Works. After the flood in the Netherlands, the Delta Plan was created to prevent a disaster from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier, almost six miles long, stands as the final defense in the battle against the water. It is FASCINATING to see. Upon arrival in Amsterdam, we’ll.board a glass-top boat for a cruise of the winding canals of  this historic city for an up-close view of stately historic mansions, 16th-century gabled merchant houses, and charming churches with bell towers.
Overnight: Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12: August 16 – Explore southern Holland on a full-day tour to Delft, Rotterdam, and The Hague.
There is much to see today. We’ll visit Rotterdam, one of the oldest (and most interesting) Dutch cities with its valuable natural harbors. We’ll visit The Hague and see the historic buildings of the Dutch Parliament. Finally, we’ll spend an hour at the famous, miniature town, Madurodam. This is The Netherlands in Minature and all of our group enjoy visiting here. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel and stay in Amsterdam again tonight.
Overnight: Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13: August 17 – Depart
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to the US.
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Please Note

Registration Information:

To make a reservation, simply fill out the attached reservation form and send it to us with a deposit of $400 per person.  When we receive your deposit, we will mail you a receipt confirming that you are registered for the tour.  A letter with instructions, hotel itinerary flight information (if applicable) and luggage tags will be sent 90 days prior to departure at which time the balance will be due.  You do not need to pay the balance until after you receive that packet.  We require final payments in the form of a check.  If that is not possible, arrangements can be made to use a credit card.  Webb Tours accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover.  A 2% surcharge will be added for credit card payments. 

Cancellation Penalties

We understand that you may need to cancel your trip for whatever reason.  If it is 95 days or more before departure, all money will be refunded.  If it is within 95 days, the following schedule applies

120 – 46 days prior

$300 per person + insurance + any applicable airline fees

45 – 22 days prior

25% of total cost + insurance + any applicable airline fees

21 –  8  days prior

50% of total cost + insurance + any applicable airline fees

  7 – 1   days prior

75% of total cost + insurance + any applicable airline fees

 Day of departure

100% of total cost + insurance + any applicable airline fees

 For airlines, specifically, tickets are generally non refundable when purchased.  However, most airlines will allow the value of the canceled tickets to be reused for future travel, though a penalty may be assessed to reuse the tickets.  If you have to cancel, Webb Tours will work with other providers to obtain as much refund as possible for our travelers.  Our travelers know us to be very fair in this regard.

 Cancellation Insurance: 

To avoid cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance may be purchased.  Insurance will reimburse you for the non-refundable cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason like illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or an immediate family member.  Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, or a documented traffic accident en route to departure.

 The per person price for insurance for this tour is $199

If you are interested in the insurance, it is best to purchase it when your deposit is made as all preexisting conditions are waived.  However, insurance may be purchased any time up to the point you make your final payment.  Insurance cannot be purchased after your final payment is made.  Webb Tours is not the insurer and acts as agent for the insurance company.  To activate your insurance, we need your premium and your birth date.  Travel insurance also includes $2,500 for baggage loss, $500 for baggage delay, up to $50,000 for medical expenses and up to $50,000 for medical evacuation.

Currency Fluctuation: 

Webb Tours reserves the right to adjust the rates if necessary in order to reflect currency fluctuations larger than 10% from those used in our tour price.  This is not likely to happen, but we must protect against it.  A shift of that magnitude would quickly erase our tour profits.  Of course, if the fluctuation moves in the opposite direction, we will reduce your tour price.

Mail deposit and enclosed reservation form to:

 WEBB TOURS

2378 Evergreen Avenue

Salt Lake City, UT  84109

Tel. (801) 278-3101

or Toll Free 1-800-658-8519

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