Our guide and driver were marvelous. I saw and learned so much. Very pleasant hotels. With the walking and stairs I didn't have to worry about calories.
I really enjoyed my time on this tour. We did so much that the 4 days felt like two weeks! The highlight for me was Mt. Saint Michel, a must go place in France.
Veronique did a great job guiding this tour in several languages, the cities were beautiful and the experience was unforgettable
Very comprehensive tour, like it except one of English and Italian tour guide is very rude. She screamed to the other visitors who were bit loud at the site, and if you were bit late for bus, she blamed and pointed finger to you.
Janet D Australia
Excellent tour. Efficiently covers a lot of countryside and you are escorted by very knowledgeable and professional guides. Great accommodation. Loved Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. We had a great group - highly recommended.
This trip is an excellent way to see a lot of France in only a few days. The tour is a large group, and covered in multiple languages, but the guides (Adrian and Carlos) did an outstanding job of accommodating everyone. The bus and hotels were comfortable. Plenty of time in most of the sites, but I would have liked more time at Mont St. Michel and Chambord. The tour is a very good value for everything that is included.
Bernard H New Zealand
Well worth it. Very much enjoyed. Guides were full of knowledge. Would recommend.
Gai R Australia
Fabulous guides, excellent choice of sites to visit but I would have liked a little more time at the high profile chateau and less time in the city of Tours which I found dull.
This was my and my husband's first multi-day tour. All in all we had a good time. Our guide, Corinne, was very knowledgeable and gave us information that made the viewing more interesting and added to our general store of knowledge. The bus was very comfortable. My husband has a bad back, and because the bus was never full, he was able to utilize the back row of seats. The windows all over were big and allowed great viewing of the sights. This is especially true on the small country roads in Normandy where we could see the thatched roofs on the cottages up close. Although there were adequate bathroom stops, the bus bathroom did come in handy and was clean and comfortable. We were lucky enough to have good weather for half the trip, so sites like Honfleur and the chateau Chenonceau were particularly beautiful. Sights like Omaha Beach and Mont. St. Michel were almost better in rainy ominous weather. The hotels we stayed in were quite comfortable, modern and clean. The breakfasts were delicious, with a huge array of pastries, cold cuts, eggs, fruits, etc. Lunches were up to us, and since I did research online ahead of time, we found a couple of really good restaurants. My main complaint were the dinners provided by the hotels. With a couple of notable exceptions, the dishes were not very flavorful and were in fact rather odd. When the kitchens fell back on traditional French cooking, it was much better. Frankly, I would rather have the option to pay for dinner myself. One thing we discovered is that the nature of the tour was a little hard-going for us. It would have been easier to be able to return to the bus when we got tired, and the early rising and little time between arriving at the hotels and dinner kept us somewhat tired. It is understandable, though, that a tour has to keep us going to make best use of the time. In retrospect we are glad we saw so much.
The tour itself was great. Every stop is a place you could spend hours/days.
That said, our guide, Adrian, was less than helpful. Didn't make much of an effort to answer questions repeated himself a LOT and unnecessarily at times seemed like talking about wherever we were was a chore for him - something he just needed to get through as quickly as possible so he skipped around and rushed us.
Excellent itinerary and guides. Everything run very well and the hotels were very good as well. My only issue was the food that did not offer any alternatives of main course unless you stated you didn't eat a specific item like fish. I have been in several excursions and always had 2 options choice
The only reason i give this 4 stars (which is generous) is because it got me to all the places i wanted to go and see. The tour guides were good. OUr english tour guide was particularly knowledgeable and i liked her very much.
The tour company is Paris visions and they are a horrible tour company.
Here's what I liked:
I saw all the places I wanted to see.
The last lunch was fabulous, it was the only one at a local bistro and the food was delicious.
Here's what I didn't like:
Mulit lingual tour
Not enough time at each place to do the guided tour AND go to do a little shopping at the book store. This was particularly true at Normandy,.
The places we stayed at were Super 8 quality. That did 't bother me so much except that one of the hotels literally smelled horrible.
The dinners included were awful. I didn't think it was possble to have a bad meal in France.
The breakfast were okay.
They changed people on our bus three times. We actually had to drive back to Mont St Michel to do a switch of people. That made the day incredibly long to sit on a bus. Horrible.
I would never do another tour of this size again. It really taught me the questions to ask prior to booking a tour.
excellant tour altho a little expensive seeing you had to buy your own lunches also the lunch breaks a little too long
This was an excellent tour. The guides were really great. Our main guide was Florence and spoke very good English. A very busy tour and a lot of walking but we covered a lot of interesting sights.
Good tour, saw a lot in a short amount of time. Guides were good, hotels OK and included meals were average.
Great way to get around as everthing is spread out and likely would have cost more money and time to get to all the sites. Because there were so many languages spoken it took a lot of time. It would have been better when we got to a site with an audioguide to allow us to have an audio guide if we wanted and then we could explore at our own pace and see the things that interested us more, it allows people of different age groups and backgrounds to pick what interests them and what they are capable of walking to. This would be more time efficient instead of hanging out with the group and having to wait for both languages to be spoken and therefore losing time to see and hear about what we wanted. The guide was good, we had a neat diverse group. The many languages inhibited spontaneous commentary on points of interest as we passed them on the coach ride, although the guides did try to point out the most important ones. The one guide lacked some enthusiasm and talked slowly, and i felt like the one guide was saying less things as compared to the guide with the other languages. Good hotel stays with great breakfasts, and the meals were good, but not for someone who is any way fussy because we didn´t get a choice at all and two out of the three days we got fish. Neat multiple courses of typical french cuisine. Well worth it to go on the trip because of being able to accomplish and see so much without feeling rushed, other than the lacking of seeing what I wanted to in the sites because of having to stay with the guide for the information but loosing time on waiting for the other language to be spoken. Would have been much happier with the trip if an audio guide was given to us at each site they were available.
We would have had a fantastic time had it not been the mayhem and chaos in the registration and boarding of the designated bus on day 1 at the tour office in Paris, and the FOUR languages that the two guides had to manage for each site, making it ridiculously impossible to follow. We paid for an English language tour, and felt we were short-changed! Hotel accommodation and dinners were good.
I found the content, accommodation and method of transport excellent. My complaint is that the guide was not competent in English. He did not face people when he talked and was not audible. He was "translating" in English and French yet often only gave the French translation; there were 20 English speaking people and 2 French speaking people.it is not good enough to have a guide who does not speak good English given the number attending who are English speaking. Others in the group commented similarly.
We visited many very interesting and historically important locations on this tour. Unfortunately, in my opinion, not nearly enough time was spent on the Normandy beaches part of the tour. Overall, the tour was rushed and time was wasted driving back and forth to some of the locations. Visiting Mount St. Michel was a highlight of the tour but, again, we had really very little time at the location. The guide was very nice and friendly but her accent was so thick that it was sometimes difficult to understand her. I have to say that I was disappointed in this tour.
The whole trip was alright. We wish to spent more time at Mont St Michel rather than having long lunch at some other places.