The tour was very well balanced in terms of seeing the usual tourist sites as well as cultural experiences. Still planning trip to Italy in 2021, but now I see much better flight deals to Paris around Sept 2021. Many wow moments. We could hear the waves crashing on the rocks far below with not another person in sight!". Good food, good wine, wonderful sights, many of the WOW moments, above and beyond the call of duty, Patrick, our guide was wonderful. We are RS groupies so we love the tours and can't wait to do another. Join us for Paris & the Heart of France in 11 Days! If I had known that was not the case, I would have hired a private guide. 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. Most importantly, I was simply amazed by the history, beauty and charm of France! Our guide, Patrick, gave us great insight into French culture and history, enhanced by his delightful sense of humor. Walking and investigating every inch of the site was a so rewarding. So we could have a taste of the place apart from the mobs of tourists. Wow!". Going through the home was really lovely also. "I was surprised at how emotionally moved I was at the Normandy beaches. "My favorite WOW moment was at Normandy in the American Cemetery. Hit France's can't-miss art, sights, and bites in two weeks or less with RICK STEVES BEST OF FRANCE!Inside you'll find: Strategic advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and money We fully recognize that there is a lot to see in this area, but we felt like we were getting the "bums rush". Peering out of our window in the middle of the night and seeing the abbey all lit up! Wonderful tour! ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Once in a lifetime experience & only 4 of us choose this experience!". I'm a real fan of Monet's so I really enjoyed Giverny: the gardens and his home. As I clicked, it was very good. The bountiful vineyards, classic villages, and hearty cuisine of eastern France are legendary. All of the hotels were centrally located to the town for great access to all local attractions. Your guide will lead a walking tour of the city's early history, including a pair of Europe's most significant medieval Gothic churches — the legendary and resilient Notre-Dame Cathedral and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle — along with a stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter. We would do this again. It brought tears to my eyes. per person + air, Single Our first Rick Steves tour to France was a very special time and a resounding success. She did a great job introducing us to French culture and the ins and outs of travel in France. We were able to experience a good many of Paris' highlights, and then get out into the beautiful french countryside, my favorite part. The Loire Valley was a bonus. This tour did not disappoint. Our guide, Virgine, was wonderful - she knows Americans almost as well as she knows the French and was able to help us understand the France and french society. Our tour companions were interesting and fun to get to know, we all looked out for each other along the way. Bus travel was broken into tolerable amounts. Having the island all to ourselves after dark! Our guide, Linda, did a great job, providing a good blend of history, culture, and fun! "Not a WOW moment, but a WOW day experience. Sitting in the garden sipping coffee and eating pastry at the various hotels. "Chateau de Guedelon, Mont St-Michel and the D-Day beaches". This was our first time as part of a tour. Mt St Michael was a wonder unto itself. 4.5 out of 5 stars 2. Also liked flexibility of doing many things with tour then time to venture out and explore on own. We had ample down time or free time to go on our own. All breakfasts and included lunches/dinners were delicious. 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