France, Belgium and the Battlefields with Rose Gray

September 4, 2022 to September 16, 2022

Travel with Rose Gray on a very special trip to France, Belgium, and Luxembourg! This Fox World Travel custom tour is packed with incredible sights, unique venues and tours, as well as incredible battlefields and museums from WWII. You’ll travel in comfort on Insight’s executive style motorcoaches that only seat 40 guests and have roomy business class seating. 

This tour has something for everyone! In addition to the battlefields and museums, you’ll have an opportunity to see some of the most beautiful sites in Paris, including lunch in the Eiffel Tower, a trip to Giverny to see Monet’s Garden and a visit to stunning Mont-Saint-Michel. Travel through the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to Ghent and enjoy a canal cruise in beautiful Bruges. Enjoy free time to explore on your own as well.  Perhaps stop in at one of the many art museums in Paris, enjoy a coffee at a café along the Champs Elysées, or taste some of the fine beers in Belgium. 

This tour is led by Insight Vacations Travel Director John Bromage.  John was born in London, met his American wife in Paris and has lived in Normandy for the last 15 years.  He is Insight’s leading WWI and WWII Battlefield historian and expert. John has worked with us to handpick the hotels, restaurants and tour stops just for our guests.  We hope you’ll join this trip of a lifetime!

Your journey begins at Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to France.

Welcome to Paris, known as the “City of Lights”! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Later, join your Travel Director for Welcome Drinks and a relaxed evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Le Meridien Etoile (or similar)
Meal: Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a Paris orientation drive as your Travel Director introduces you to all the fabulous sights, including the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and the immense facades of the Louvre. Behold the vast Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood, then travel down the Champs Elysée’s to Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe. Continue onto the Eiffel Tower for a second floor visit and lunch (subject to availability). This afternoon you are at your leisure to explore this romantic city.

Hotel: Le Meridien Etoile (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

A lovely drive takes us along the Seine to the village of Giverny, where the impressionist artist Monet lived for the last 43 years of his life. Visit his house and see its fascinating blend of colors. However, it's in the garden where the spirit of the artist is most revealed. A spectacular array of color is created by poppies, delphiniums, lupins, peonies, irises and roses, while the water garden is a wistful dream of bamboo, willow and rustic bridges sweeping over the water lilies, one of Monet's favorite subjects. Continue to the charming fishing town of Honfleur for some time to explore on your own before arriving in Bayeux.

Hotel: La Reine Mathilde Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

See Omaha and Utah beaches which played a part in the 1944 Normandy landings. Visit the Utah Beach Museum. Continue to Ste. Mere Eglise to visit the Airborne Museum. Spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent. Follow the route of the Rangers, visiting the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc.

Hotel: La Reine Mathilde Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Visit the Pegasus Bridge Memorial, dedicated to the men of the British 6th Airborne Division who were the first Allied troops to arrive in Normandy on the night of the 5th/6th of June 1944. After stopping in Courselles sur Mer for an included lunch, travel past Juno Beach to Arromanches for a stroll along the floating harbors and lounges. Visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum that chronicles the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066.

Hotel: La Reine Mathilde Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Journey through Bocage country for an exploration of the hilltop abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. The abbey stands on an island and is reached by a causeway across the shining sands. Enjoy lunch at Cancale before continuing along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo, situated on the Rance Estuary and one of the most stunning places in France. A local Expert will take you on an exploration of the City of the Corsairs. Walk through the maze of streets of Intra Muros, the walled city.

Hotel: La Reine Mathilde Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Leave Caen for Dunkirk to visit the 1940 Museum. Learn all about Operation Dynamo —during which hundreds of thousands of Allied troops were successfully evacuated— in the place where it happened and discover a number of artifacts from the era. Continue to Ypres, to see the Menin Gate Memorial, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. Tonight, availability permitting, you dine at the Brasserie Kazematten, a restaurant house inside a barrack. Enjoy one of their fantastic Belgian beers.

Hotel: Novotel Leper Centrum Flanders Ypres (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel to Bruges where you meet your local Expert for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with high-gabled houses from the 16th century. Visit the market square dominated by the 80-meter belfry of the Market Hall. Explore the Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. This afternoon cruise along the canals of beautiful Bruges.

Hotel: Du Tuilerieen Hotel Bruges (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Cross the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to Ghent, the City of Flowers. With a local Expert, visit the St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its Van Eyck masterpiece and see the Castle of Counts. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Du Tuilerieen Hotel Bruges (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head for Bastogne to visit the Mardasson Monument, dedicated to the US troops who died during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, and visit the Bastogne Barracks Museum.

Hotel: Hotel Wemperhardt (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Visit the National Museum of Military History in Diekrich, tracing the course of the Second World War with a particular focus on the Battle of the Bulge. Visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and see the grave of US General George S. Patton. You are in a memorable evening as you enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Wemperhardt (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Celebration Dinner with Wine

Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to the Luxembourg Airport for your flight home.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Hotels and Daily Itinerary are subject to change.

Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Paris, and return from Luxembourg, including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Paris and Luxembourg when purchasing the Air & Tour package

Hotel Accommodations

11 Nights throughout the tour

  • Two nights in Paris
  • Four nights in Normandy
  • One night in Flanders Ypres
  • Two nights in Bruges
  • Two nights in Luxembourg

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Included Meals

  • Daily Breakfast
  • Three lunches including one in the Eiffel Tower
  • Five dinners with wine including a Paris Welcome Dinner, three 3-course dinners, and a final evening Celebration dinner in Luxembourg

Fox Flourish!

  • Visit and lunch at the Eiffel Tower
  • Monet’s home and garden tour in Giverny
  • Four nights in Normandy
  • Visit Dunkirk and the 1940 Museum
  • Dinner in Ypres at the historic Brasserie Kazmatten restaurant and enjoy a Belgian beer
  • Canal cruise in Bruges
  • Visit National Museum of Military History in Diekrich
  • Luxembourg American Cemetery
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*

Premium Tour Experiences

  • Join a Paris Orientation city tour
  • Visit the picturesque port town of Honfleur
  • Normandy visit the Omaha & Utah Beaches, American Military Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, Arromanches, Bayeux Tapestry Museum and Pegasus Bridge
  • Visit the hilltop abbey of Mont St. Michel & St. Malo and drive the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint Malo
  • Visit the 1940 Museum and see the Menin Gate of Dunkirk & Ypres
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Bruges and take a canal cruise
  • Tour Ghent, the “City of Flowers” and visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of Counts
  • In Luxembourg visit the National Museum of Military History and Grave of General George S. Patton
  • Visit the Mardasson Monument in Bastogne which is dedicated to US troops, plus visit Bastogne Barracks Museum

Tour Services

  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by an Insight Vacations professional, local Tour Director
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.

*Minimum of 30 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.

Tour Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive

Tour and air included
Airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1,250.00
Initial Deposit: $200.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: May 23, 2022

Single occupancies are limited and based upon availability.

All current air taxes and fees of $504.61 per person are included and subject to change.

Available Discounts

Early Booking Discount: Early booking discount may apply to receive a $300.00 discount per person

Insight Vacations Past Passenger Discount:  $100.00 per person*

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time

Roundtrip flights from Chicago O’Hare

  • September 4, 2022: Depart Chicago O’Hare at 6:25pm, arrive Paris, France at 9:30am (September 5)
  • September 16, 2022: Depart Luxembourg at 11:10am, arrive London, England at 11:40am
  • September 16, 2022: Depart London, England at 2:25pm, arrive Chicago O’Hare at 5:20pm

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Rose Gray

Rose Gray is the Business Relationship Director at Fox World Travel.  She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 35 years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore.  And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training.

Optional Motorcoach:

$45.00 per person, each direction. Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points (Air & Tour Packages only unless air schedules fit the group air package).

Optional Insurance:

In these volatile times and for peace of mind, we recommend purchasing travel protection insurance. Your travel advisor can discuss options with you, including medical expense coverage, pre-existing medical condition exclusion waivers, trip cancellation, trip delay, lost, delayed or damaged baggage and more. To cover pre-existing conditions, most policies must be purchased within 14 days of making your initial deposit. Travel protection insurance prices are based on your age and the trip cost.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to May 23, 2022: Initial deposit of $200.00 per person
  • May 24, 2022 – June 30, 2022: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 1, 2022  – August 4, 2022: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 5, 2022 to day of departure: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

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