Sleep in Paris. This was my fifth RS tour so that should tell you how highly I value my travel experience with you. Paperback $17.49 $ 17. Thanks to Arnaud for giving us that gift!". Just terrific. She taught us France! We enjoyed every day. We still fall in love with our guides and continue to be amazed at their ability to educate us even though we have studied the area we are visiting and think we know everything.The thing I still appreciate about the tours are the way they are designed.The perfect mix between educational and a stress free environment. To have the opportunity to not only tour this medieval village and abbey, but also to dine and spend the night here was wonderful!". "The first sight of the stain glass at Sainte-Chappele as I emerged from the spiral staircase was astounding. It truly did give you a flavor of Paris and some the charming sites in the heart of France. Arnaud was very informative, a great coach for travel tips etc. Michaelanne was an excellent guide - kept us entertained on the bus with much information about the French culture. Thoughtful, insightful, great sense of humor, and intelligent. My husband and I got up early and climbed the ramparts high above the beach in the early morning stillness to attend the morning service at the abbey. Good food, good wine, wonderful sights, many of the WOW moments, above and beyond the call of duty, Patrick, our guide was wonderful. They were very friendly, helpful and charming. "My favorite wow moment was the tour of Normandy. "Of all the places on the tour, my favorite was Mont St.Michel. We had a great group. The community of travelers was again pleasurable and we met 50 interesting people on back to back tours! Its almost mystical air and stunning views of the sea from its ancient fortress-like heights captivated me. Then waking up in the morning with the place mostly to ourselves was just a delight. Awesome time! It made places as Mont St-Michel so memorable. "I don't think that I can pick just one "wow" moment. We go to learn more about the French people and their way of life, their values, their outlook, etc. "Being an engineer and a history major the museums and architecture always amazes me. Our D-Day guide Dale was supurb at bringing history to life.". The sites we saw were magnificent and all of the food was beyond expectations. "We had quite a few favorites, but it was quite a thrill to see the original Monets covering the walls of his studio at Giverney (and the gardens there were lush, too, as he'd evidently intended). Being able to spend a night there without the mob of tourists that shows up during the day was quite special.". Rick Steves Paris 2020 Rick Steves France 2020 Rick Steves Best of France Rick Steves Pocket Paris Also Available from Rick Steves From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the ancient catacombs below the city, explore Paris at every level with Rick's annually updated guide. The "What" needs to be accompanied by a "Why". Great experience. I felt that the tour itself was very well planned out. "Because it was the 75th anniversary of D-day, the local villages still had their decorations up. Each day, we knew the itinerary and could plan accordingly. There were numerous craft areas that I would have very much liked to have visited. We enjoyed the small hotels in the middle of the towns where we stayed. The tour was well balanced with sites and cultural experiences well coordinated. I generally travel independently but have taken several Rick Steves tours over the last 20 years, although not the 21 day tour. Any time between April and October is a good time to take a Paris & the Heart of France tour. Walking and investigating every inch of the site was a so rewarding. You know you've had a great trip when it stays in your mind weeks after it ended! Important: Book TGV (also called "InOui") train trips (marked here with a *) well in advance, particularly if traveling with a rail pass. While you are there you're breath is taken away - continuously. Chapelle; glimpsing Mont St. Michael from a distance; seeing the cathedral in the small town of Bourges; but a surprising Wow moment was coming back to Paris together in the bus after touring around and singing the song "Champs-Elysees" with Virginie as we drove down it.". Virginie was a great guide and she did a great job telling us about her country, as well as her time spent in the USA. "Tough to pick one "wow" moment. Mont St. Michel was also a very special experience. The itinerary was packed but very interesting and fun.I thought maybe one less chateau but my husband and sister totally disagreed.After Paris the Loire Valley was wonderful.Normandy had a special significance for us since our father was a Ranger who landed at Pointe du Hoc. We did, and it was magical! Taking night shots of the Mont was incredible. Our tour was packed full of unique experiences beyond the set itinerary. The places we visited were fantastic, the tour guides everywhere were wonderful, and the provided meals were awesome. Merci et au revoir! The whole tour of Normandy was awesome!". Oui, Virginie, Calvados does indeed mysteriously allow one to eat more! "That first view of Mt St-Michel, Laudes at Mt St-Michel, the American Cemetery in Normandy. "Seeing a sculpture depicting God's hands giving "birth" to Adam and Eve. A nice balance of cities, museums, countryside, history and culture. Every place we visited was unique and so very French and authentic, and I appreciated that. Seeing the place where my uncle was wounded on his first day in battle 75 years ago was an unexpected moment that I will treasure always. This was our 3rd Rick Steve's Tour & our 1st time visiting Paris & France: it was a great experience! Having never been on a RS tour I didn't know what to expect. Spending a night at Mont St. Michelle was special, but so were Monet's gardens.". I was a little nervous about an "organized" tour, but the experience was wonderful. She was lively and fun and generous with special treats on the bus. He saluted the crowd. The two day pass was helpful. Let's begin where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. This was a wonderful experience. Terms of Service | Privacy. Taps at the American cemetery near Omaha beach. 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