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      The program is a National Geographic Journey that offers more inclusions compared to other GEEO programs. You will enjoy upgraded accommodations, greater hands-on exploration, interactions with local experts, and the freedom to roam, all still within the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

      This program is confirmed to run as a shared departure with G Adventures, which means there will be non-educator participants who book directly through G Adventures. The minimum age is 12 years old instead of GEEO's typical minimum of 18 years old.

      • Hotels: Upgraded Class

      • 10/13/2024 - 10/20/2024

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 8 Days / 7 Nights


      Connect with the rich history and culture of France, journeying from evocative gardens at Giverny to hallowed battlegrounds in Normandy. Marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, touch World War II uniforms and other D-Day relics, and visit the gravity-defying monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cap off your adventure exploring the sights and sounds of Paris—and toasting the captivating capital with fine French wine and cheese. Visit Northern France, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

      A map of the tour begins in Paris, with several stops in Normandy: Rouen, Bayeux, Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day landing beaches, Giverny, and Honfleur.
      What's Included:
      • D-Day historical experience
      • Visit to Monet Gardens
      • Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel
      • Paris orientation walk
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, local guides
      • 7 breakfasts, 1 French wine and cheese pairing lunch, 1 dinner – allow $360-470 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels (7 nts)
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by private vehicle, antique WWII vehicle
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Paris at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference, overcome any jetlag, and avoid any disruption to your trip due to flight delays or cancellations. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Paris before and/or after the trip. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another. The "City of Lights" is unlike any other place on Earth. Known for its glorious monuments, museums, and markets, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Montmartre to the Marais, Paris has something for everyone. Discover for yourself Paris’ “je ne sais quoi.”

      Depart Paris for Upper Normandy and the quaint village of Giverny. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Monet felt that his flower and water gardens here were his greatest works of art, and they are meticulously maintained to this day. The gardens served as inspiration for his celebrated Water Lilies series and have been named by National Geographic as one of the "10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Afterward, continue on to Honfleur, which sits on the estuary where the River Seine meets the English Channel. The town is considered one of the prettiest ports in France, and its quaint harbor and historic buildings have long been a draw for artists, including Monet. Your tour leader will take you on an orientation walk and then leave you with some free time to eat lunch and explore on your own. This evening, arrive in Bayeux and enjoy an included dinner at a local crêperie. Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs by private vehicle

      Today is designed for those who can’t get enough of WWII history. In the Norman town of Bayeux, you will meet a recognized war historian who will lead a lecture about the Allied invasion of Normandy and how it has shaped this region in Northwest France. Visit a hands-on museum to view and touch relics including weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and maps. Then board an authentic WWII transport to travel to the British War Cemetery at Secqueville-en-Bessin, where you will walk the grounds and learn about the emblem of the ultimate sacrifice in war, the poppy. In the afternoon, visit sites of the D-Day invasion that had a pivotal role in the history of the world. Visit the moving memorials and beaches, and learn about how this event impacted the direction of the Second World War. The Battle of Normandy Historical Area is considered an open-air museum and encompasses all of the sites, museums, and memorials associated with D-Day and the invasion. Old army bunkers and war relics still exist along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Museums and memorials throughout the region are forceful reminders of this decisive moment in WWII. Nearly 30 cemeteries (including American, British, Canadian, French, German, and Polish) hold the remains of almost 100,000 soldiers who never returned from their service in Normandy. Today, these memorials offer quiet space for personal reflection for every visitor, young or old, regardless of nationality. With your tour leader, you will visit some of the key landmarks from D-Day, which can include Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Approximate travel time: 3-3.5 hrs by private vehicle

      Go on an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an iconic town off the coast of Normandy. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval fortress dates to the 6th century and is considered one of Europe’s most stunning and imposing sites. Get your bearings with an orientation walk and then explore on your own. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or simply wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets. At high tide, Mont Saint-Michel is nearly turned into an island. Before road-dykes were added, Mont Saint-Michel was inaccessible to pilgrims and tourists during high tides. Approximate travel time: 3-3.5 hrs by private vehicle

      Bayeux's medieval city center is worth exploring, so amble along its quaint streets and take in the local scene at shops and cafés. Then opt to visit the 11th-century Cathedral of Bayeux and see the famed Bayeux Tapestry. Depicting over 50 scenes, the Bayeux Tapestry is a 230-foot-long embroidery created in the 11th century. The scenes tell the tale of the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy. The stunning linen canvas was thought to be embroidered by monks in the south of England after the Battle of Hastings in October 1066.

      Depart for riverside Rouen, and then set out to explore the port city on foot. Rouen was an important city in the Roman era and Middle Ages, showcased by its historical (and beautiful) city center with Gothic churches and medieval half-timbered houses. It is most notable as the place where Joan of Arc was tried for heresy. Enjoy free time in Rouen before heading back to Paris, where you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the City of Lights. Beautiful Paris is the capital of France and is famous around the world for its magnificent architecture, glorious monuments, fine museums, and romantic ambiance. Check out the Arc de Triomphe, Champs d'Elysees, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Paris, and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The most iconic sight in Paris is, of course, the Eiffel Tower, which sparkles for five minutes every hour, on the hour, from dusk until 11:45 p.m. Take a walk along the famous ponts de Paris (bridges) and enjoy some fine French food. Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs by private vehicle

      During orientation walk this morning around the Île de la Cité, you can opt to step inside Sainte-Chapelle, a dazzling Gothic chapel with 1,113 stained glass windows. Afterward, enjoy a presentation on French wines and learn the art of perfectly pairing them with cheese. Taste five wines presented by our local expert, and learn the proper etiquette, terminology, and appreciation of French wine. Later this afternoon and evening, you are free to explore on your own to discover the je ne sais quoi of this marvelous city. Opt to visit the Eiffel Tower, explore the city's outstanding museums and churches, float down the River Seine on a cruise, or simply people-watch.

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Paris at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Paris, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.


      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about France
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important to review our Terms and Conditions before signing up for a GEEO program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation Policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in writing by emailing your request for cancellation to If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to the start of your program, all your program fee payments will be refunded excluding your $350 deposit, which is kept on file for future use and never expires.
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to the start of your program, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit will be kept on file for future use and will never expire.
      • If you cancel within 30 days prior to the start of your program, you will receive no refund, but your deposit will be kept on file for future use and will never expire.
      Trip Notes
      1. GUIDES: In Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks that will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are legally unable to share historical facts and figures in public places. Your tour leader will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location if you would like one.
      2. LUGGAGE: In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
      3. ACCOMMODATIONS: Please be aware that properties we stay in with only two stories may not have elevators installed and climbing the stairs with your luggage will be necessary.
      4. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: During high season in Europe (May-October) we highly recommend booking reservations for any popular optional activities/museum tickets etc. in advance to avoid encountering sold-out activities on the ground while on tour.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. In the cities, you can split apart from the group to go your own pace.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. TAXI: A taxi from either of the airports in Paris to the hotel will cost around €50. Please check your vouchers for more details about your starting hotel. If the hotel is Relais Monceau Hotel: - TRAIN from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: Follow signs in the airport for "Paris by train" and take the RER B line direct to Gare du Nord. The journey time is approximately 30 mins and the cost is €8.40 EUR. From here, it is a short taxi ride (20 mins for €15-20) to the hotel. Alternatively, you can take metro Line 2 from La Chapelle Station to Villiers Station and walk to the hotel from there. - TRAIN from Paris Orly Airport: Take the ORLYVAL shuttle train to Antony (8 mins), where you will transfer to the RER B line direct to Gare du Nord (45 mins). The cost is €7.40 (ORLYVAL) + €6.10 (RER). Follow the same instructions as above from Gare du Nord to the hotel. If the hotel is Hotel Ampere: - TRAIN from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: Take the RER B line direct to Gare du Nord, which is approximately a 30-minute journey. Once you arrive at Gare du Nord, you can take a taxi to the hotel, which will take around 20-25 minutes and cost approximately €20-30 EUR, depending on traffic. Alternatively, you can take metro Line 4 from Gare du Nord to Saint-Augustin Station, which is a short walk from the hotel. - TRAIN from Paris Orly Airport: Take the ORLYVAL shuttle train to Antony (8 mins), where you will take the RER B line direct to Châtelet Les Halles (40-45 mins). From there, take metro line 14 to Saint-Lazare Station, and then transfer to line 3 until you reach Pereire Station. The hotel is just a short walk from Pereire Station. The total cost is around €12.50 EUR.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures UK office (manned UK 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.): +44 20 7243 9870 For absolute emergencies after office hours, please contact +44 18 5837 8000 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. Suggested Checklist
      • Personal clothing for hot weather – we recommend packing 8 days of outfits so you don't have to do laundry
      • Sturdy walking or running shoes
      • Daypack
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Water bottle
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries – important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Flip-flops/sandals
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      • Light fleece top
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
      • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
      • EUR/USD cash
      • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
      • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
      Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary. We recommend packing enough clothes so you don't have to do laundry.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO programs require the participant to have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not require a visa to travel to France for less than 90 days. Non-American participants should check online to determine if they need a visa.
      Money Exchange
      France is part of the Eurozone and uses the common currency, the euro (EUR). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from €3-5 EUR per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, €30-40 EUR per person per week would be appropriate.
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins and ends in Paris. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Paris. You may want to arrive in Paris one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. If you have never been to Paris before, there is a lot to see! You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Paris any time on the final day of the program, or stay longer to see more of the city.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. France has type C outlets for two circular prongs, and the voltage is 220-240V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible.
      • The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
      • You must be able to carry or roll your luggage easily, so do not over-pack.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      The weather in Paris in late May and early June is usually mild and sunny, with highs in the upper 60s F. Normandy is bit cooler, with an average high temperature in the lower 60s. Rain is likely, especially in Normandy.


      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $125-200 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $1,000-1,700 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      $67-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      $45 USD for your G Adventures tour leader, $20 for tipping local guides and drivers.
      Airport Transfers
      Varies depending on whether you take public transport or taxis. Anywhere from $30 to $100
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $320-400 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.