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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Medieval Carcassonne
  • Market town of Albi, including Toulouse-Lautrec Museum
  • Cliffside village of Rocamadour
  • Caves at Lascaux IV
  • Dordogne River cruise
  • Chateau at Chenonceau
  • Medieval Mont-St-Michel
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Tours of Normandy’s Landing Beaches and D-Day sights
  • American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach
  • Memorial Museum, Caen
  • Monet’s gardens at Giverny
  • Paris city tour
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Toulouse, France

Day 2: Arrive Toulouse After arriving in Toulouse in the Midi-Pyrénées today, our time is at leisure until we meet our tour director this evening for a welcome dinner and a ­briefing about the journey ahead. D

Day 3: Toulouse/Carcassonne Today we tour nearby Carcassonne, the quintessential medieval town with the longest city walls in Europe. Sitting atop a hill overlooking vast green plains that stretch all the way to the Pyrénées, Carcassonne boasts battlements and ramparts dating to the 1st-century Romans. We return to Toulouse mid-afternoon for time at leisure. B

Day 4: Toulouse/Albi/Sarlat We travel today to the historic market town of Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées. Hometown of Belle Époque artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi was built with rose-colored bricks that cast a warm glow over the medieval streets and ramparts. Our city tour here includes the medieval Cathedral and Palais de la Berbie, an ancient fortress now a museum of works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Leaving Albi, we travel to the rugged, unspoiled countryside of the Périgord region and the Dordogne Valley. We continue on to Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of France’s prettiest villages and one of Europe’s best preserved medieval gems, with more registered historic sites than anywhere else on the continent. We’re in the land of the truffle and foie gras, so bon appétit! B,D

Day 5: Sarlat/Lascaux IV This morning we tour the International Center for Cave Art at Lascaux IV, showcasing reproductions of the orig­inal pre-historic cave paintings found nearby. After lunch at a charming local inn, we spend the afternoon on a leisurely cruise along the Dordogne River, life-blood of this fertile region and redolent with history. As we pass cliff-top castles and fortified medieval towns, the historical region of Aquitaine comes to life – this is where beloved Eleanor of Aquitaine reigned in the 12th century. We return to Sarlat, where dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 6: Sarlat/Rocamadour This morning we take a brief walking tour then have time at leisure to visit some of Sarlat’s museums or art galleries – or simply to wander the atmospheric cobblestone streets. After lunch on our own we visit nearby Rocamadour, a revered pilgrimage site and medieval village whose three tiers cling almost impossibly to a sheer limestone cliff. We take a guided walking tour then enjoy some free time before we return to Sarlat mid-afternoon and dine together tonight. B,D

Day 7: Sarlat/Le Dorat/Saumur This morning we depart for the Loire Valley, stopping in the small market town of Le Dorat for a typical country lunch at a local restaurant. From here we travel on to picturesque Saumur and our hotel, a converted 18th-century mansion on the banks of the Loire River. B,L

Day 8: Saumur We visit a local winery this morning then the day is free to enjoy this town of half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets as we wish. Options include exploring the town’s old quarter; visiting the Cavalry Museum; or tasting the renowned locally made sparkling wine – methode champenoise – at Maison du Vin. B,D

Day 9: Saumur/Chenonceaux We’re in chateaux country, where England battled for control of France; where Joan of Arc triumphed; and where a great opu­lence reigned during the 16th century. Originally built as fortresses to keep intruders out, the Loire Valley’s grand chateaux now welcome visitors from around the world. We tour a most impressive one today: Chenonceau, the Renaissance masterpiece considered the most romantic chateau of all. Lunch today is at La Cave in Montlouis. B,L

Day 10: Saumur/Mont-St-Michel/Crépon Traveling north this morning, we stop at Mont-St-Michel, Normandy’s famed Gothic abbey that sits atop a 264-foot-high rock formation at the edge of the sea and was constructed between 1017–1521 of granite hauled stone by stone from Brittany. After a guided tour and some free time for lunch and to explore on our own, we continue on to our lodgings in Crépon: a restored but rustic 35-room farmhouse dating to the 13th century. B,D

Day 11: Crépon/Bayeux/Caen Miraculously spared wartime bombing, medieval Bayeux is our first stop today. Here we visit the Tapestry Museum, home of the 1,000-year-old Bayeux Tapestry depicting the exploits of William the Conqueror. Later we visit Caen’s Memorial Museum devoted to “history for peace.” Time permitting, we may visit Arromanches late this afternoon. B,D

Day 12: D-Day Landing Beaches A poignant, inspiring day is ahead as we travel to the very places where Allied forces overcame overwhelming odds to alter the course of World War II. We visit Pointe du Hoc, where American Rangers scaled towering cliffs to establish a beachhead; Utah Beach; and Ste-Mère-Eglise, where the 82nd Airborne Division successfully parachuted on June 5, 1944. We end the day at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville. It’s a particularly moving site; row upon endless row of white marble crosses and Stars of David honor the nearly 10,000 soldiers buried here. B,L,D

Day 13: Crépon/Giverny/Paris This morning we visit the village of Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist artist Claude Monet. Here we see the familiar lily pond and wisteria-covered Japanese footbridge of Monet’s paintings, as well as his home, now restored to its original design. Then we travel to Paris, reaching our hotel late afternoon. We are free for dinner on our own in this culinary capital. B

Day 14: Paris Today we get acquainted with one of the world’s great cities, seeing the highlights on this morning’s city tour, including a visit to the renowned Louvre Museum (or the Musée d’Orsay of Impressionist artwork when the Louvre is unavailable). This afternoon is free for independent exploration; tonight we gather for a farewell dinner to bid “adieu” to France. B,D

Day 15: Depart for U.S. This morning we depart for the airport and our connecting flights to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 1
Oct 8
Oct 15
May 7, 11
Aug 27
Sep 3, 7
Sep 10
Sep 17
Sep 24
May 14
May 21
May 28
Jun 11
Boston, New York$4,397$4,697$4,797
Charlotte, Phil,
Washington, DC
Atlanta, Chicago,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Dallas, Detroit,
Hou, Miami, Minn,
Orlando, Tampa
Denver, Los Ang,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $402, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995 Oct; $1,095 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $995 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Crowne Plaza Toulouse, Toulouse / Days 2-3 / First Class 

    Well located in the heart of Toulouse’s “Ville Rose” on Capitole Square, the 162-room Crowne Plaza Toulouse offers a restaurant, cocktail lounge, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Au Grand Hotel de Sarlat, Sarlat-en-Perigord (Dordogne) / Days 4-6 / Not rated 

    Au Grand Hotel de Sarlat sits just north of Sarlat’s medieval city center, only five minutes’ walking distance from this well-preserved 14th century town.  Boasting lovely manicured gardens and an outdoor heated swimming pool, the hotel also features a bar (with a public piano), fitness center, spa, sauna, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms are split among two separate buildings:  our rooms in the Pavillon de Selves have private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone.

    Hôtel Anne d’Anjou, Saumur (Loire Valley) / Days 7-9 / Not rated 

    Overlooking the Loire River, the charming 18th-century Hôtel Anne d’Anjou stands with its original wood, glass, and freestone moldings that date to the Louis XVI, Restoration, and Empire periods. Minutes from the town’s center, the 45-room hotel has a restaurant and bar, lounge, Internet access, laundry service, and garden. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Ferme de la Rançonniere, Crépon (Normandy) / Days 10-12 / Not rated 

    Dating to the 13th and 15th centuries, this rustic restored farmhouse is in a rural setting outside the village of Crépon. The hotel features one bar, a medieval dining room with vaulted ceilings, and Internet access. The fine food served here is typical of the region. Each of the 35 Normandy-style bedrooms, decorated in period furniture, has a private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone. There is no elevator.

    Hôtel Château Frontenac, Paris / Days 13-14, Extension / Superior First Class 

    Ideally located between the Champs Élysées and Avenue Georges-V, close to entertainment, restaurants, and shops, the 104-room Hôtel Château Frontenac offers a bar and breakfast room, laundry and dry cleaning services, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Paris – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $495 total price
Single Supplement: $345

Savor the City of Light on your own time, at your own pace.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Hôtel Château Frontenac (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Catherine Chamoux

“Catherine was an excellent tour director – well informed, caring, helpful. She’s probably the best we have ever had!”
Martha & Paul Crump
Odessa, TX

Florence Hebert

“Florence Herbert is perhaps the best tour director we have ever had in all our years taking land tours. She is warm, welcoming, organized, efficient, and so knowledgeable. Florence made each and every area come alive with her vast knowledge.”
Denise & Alan Federoff
Tustin, CA

Anita Leroy

“She was excellent in every respect, very professional and knowledgeable, a wonderful resource, and extremely helpful.”
Nancy Metzler
Charlotte, NC

Elsa Maréchal

“Elsa was wonderful! Very kind and caring about each of us… A very special lady!”
Janet & Gary Rosmarin
Jupiter, FL

Laurent Pesneaud

“Laurent was exceptional – great guide!”
Lynn Vaillant
Red Wing, MN

Fanny Poirier

“Fabulous Fanny! She showed boundless energy, excellent knowledge of the areas visited, plus the ability to tell a great story, helpfulness, and concern for our personal needs. And she can sing! We miss her.”
Chris & Bonnie Conroy
Montclair, NJ

Balwinder Probhakar de Bois-Juzan

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Sylvie Royer

“Sylvie was friendly, insightful, and extremely knowledgeable about each area. Very generous with her time and helpfulness. One of the best tour directors!”
Dolores Hagen
Alameda, CA

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