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French Language Tour
Paris, Normandy and Loire Valley
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Alliance Française on tour
10 days tour with departure 19 May
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Central hotels, entrances and meals
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Private group tour with language teacher
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Experience cultural France beneath the surface
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French Language Tour

With Alliance Française

Private Tour – 10 days

French Language Tour

This is a tour for the leisure traveller who is seeking a French cultural immersion, enriched with daily French language lessons. You will experience authentic life in the best of France alongside your teacher and fellow travellers. The tour starts and ends in Paris, the metropolis of good food, art and fashion. This tour brings you from the beaches of Normandy to the Loire Valley via Mont Saint-Michel.
Your private Tour Manager will guide you through the local gems and introduce you to the highlights on the way, while your private language tutor (Alliance Française) will teach you during morning sessions before the daily activities. Your linguistic introduction will be linked to the places you visit and activities on tour that are essential for France. Hotels and restaurants will be personal and of high standard.

Hotel Nights

  • Paris (2 nights)
  • Caen (2 nights)
  • Loire Valley (3 nights)
  • Paris (1night)
All hotels will be centrally located and of high standard. The exact hotels will be communicated separately. You will always have a quality breakfast included at each hotel. In Loire Valley we may be staying in a countryside location if well placed for the Chateau visits in the area.

Tour Route

French Language Tour

This tour starts and ends in Paris. By private coach you will travel to Honfleur, Caen, Normandy beaches, Mont Saint Michel and the Loire Valley.

Bonjour!

Bonjour Alliance Francaise

A greeting from your local guide in Paris.

Day 2

Arrive in Paris

Day 3

Free time

Day 5

Omaha, Normandy

Day 7

Mont Saint Michel

Day 8

Loire Valley

Day 9

Chateau de Chambord

Day by Day

  • Depart from USA on an overnight flight to Paris.
  • Arrive in Paris. Introduction to Paris, guided sightseeing. Welcome dinner in the evening. Bienvenue à Paris!
  • Start the day with your private French lesson at the hotel. At lunch time we explore a local market. Spend the afternoon in a museum of your choice and a Seine river cruise (not included) for those who would like to join.
  • After your French class in the morning, we transfer to Normandy via Honfleur, where we have lunch and explore the many local delicacies at the market. We arrive at our hotel in Caen in the late afternoon and have dinner in town in the evening.
  • After French class in the morning, we set off to the Caen Memorial Museum for a deep-dive into the events that took place on D-day. We will have lunch at Arromanche overlooking Winston Harbor and continue from there to the American Cemetery, Omaha beach and Pointe du Hoc, before returning to Caen.
  • After morning class, we travel to Mont Saint-Michel where we make a longer stop for guided sightseeing, including entrance to the abbey. We continue in the afternoon to the Loire Valley where we overnight and have dinner.
  • After language class in the morning, we visit Chateaux Chenonceau, with possibly a visit to a local farm producer (time allowing).
  • Today we take an enjoyable walk and visit some local producers for a lovely wine tasting. Dinner is included in the evening.
  • After morning class, we travel to Paris and with a visit to Chateau Chambord on our way. We end the tour with a farewell dinner in Montmartre, Paris.
  • Transfer to Airport for returning flights to the USA or stay behind for extra days in Paris.

Included on tour

  • A specialist Tour Manager from beginning to end.
  • Private French classes (around 10 hours in total) each morning on tour by teacher from Alliance Française.
  • Centrally located hotel of high standard.
  • Daily breakfast and five dinners.
  • Wine tasting and visit to a local producer among other treats along the way.
  • Visits and excursions to selected sights according to the outset: One museum of choice in Paris, Chateau Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau
  • A private bus and local transportation for included activities
  • Airfares and airport transfers.

Quality Meals

Your included dinners

Your meals on tour will be genuine quality with local specialties.

Hotels on tour

All our hotels will have a high quality. In Paris we will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais in the 3rd arrondissement, one of our preferred hotels in Paris. We will be right in the heart of Le Marais and walking distance from Bastille and the many bars and restaurants in the area. Around the corner you will find the charming and exclusive Place des Voges, where Victor Hugo once lived. Villa Beaumarchais is a comfortable 4 star hotel right in the center of Paris, walking distance to metro line 1, 5 and 8.

Tours

Paris, je t'aime

Loire Valley

Local Markets

Normandy

Caen Castle

Did you know?

Le miel de Paris

The rooftops of Paris produce some of the world’s best honey. Thanks to the incredible diversity of flowering plants, trees, and herb gardens in Paris, bees from more than 500 rooftop beehives stay busy and defy extinction. Urban beekeeping is in revival in Paris. Taste honey grown on the rooftops of Palais Garnier, Musee d’Orsay, the National Assembly and Hotel Invalides, and drink hydromel (mead) - a sweet golden wine brewed in the Catacombs of the city.

Did you know?

Chateau de Chenonceau

The fairy-tale-like “Chateau des Dames”, harmonious in design and gardens with the river Cher; was established in 1513 and thrived under the guardianship of women. It’s late Gothic/Renaissance-style construction was overseen by Katherine Briconnet while her husband was warring. Henry II gained the Chateau as a debt payment, and gave it to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. When he died jousting at the castle, his wife, Catherine de Medici, expanded the grounds elaborately.

Did you know?

"We will leave it in ruins"

Hitler instructed that Paris must not fall into the enemy’s hands, except as “a field of ruins”. He ordered that the city be prepared for demolition should the Allies invade. The military commander of Paris, General of Infantry Dietrich von Choltitz, had no intention of seeing Paris destroyed. He loved the beauty of the city, as well as its cultural significance. He was appalled by the act of destruction he was to commit and disobeyed his orders, leaving Paris intact.

Extend your stay

You may choose to spend extra time in Paris before or after the tour. This will give you extra time to discover what you find interesting. A vast choice of museums and galleries can keep you busy for weeks. Paris is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and there are plenty of secrets hidden in the city.
Contact us to enquire about a pre or post stay for the tour and if you would like to stay at the hotel in Paris or elsewhere.

Enrollment Form

Enroll on tour and secure your place. For more information about rates and options, please contact us directly or Alliance Francaise in Philadelphia.
Your tour code is FLT752 and group name is Alliance Francaise.