France, Belgium & the Battlefields with Rose Gray

July 9, 2019 to July 21, 2019

Join Rose Gray on this very special trip to France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. This Fox 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 Insights 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. Then, travel through the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to Ghent and enjoy a canal cruise in beautiful Bruges. We give you 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.

Our tour is led by Insight Vacations Tour 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 WW2 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 come along on this trip of a lifetime!

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe. Or travel independently and meet us in Paris.

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: Concorde Montparnasse (or similar)
Meal: Welcome Dinner

This morning you enjoy a Paris orientation tour by motorcoach en route to visiting Notre Dame. Continue onto the Eiffel Tower for a second-floor visit and lunch. This afternoon you are at your leisure to explore this romantic city.

Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Travel to Giverny, where you visit Monet’s house and gardens. Continue onto the beautiful town of Honfleur where you are at your leisure to explore. End the day at Bayeux with dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Villa Lara or Reine Mathilde (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

See Omaha and Utah beaches which played a part in the 1944 Normandy landings. Next, 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. Later, follow the route of the Rangers, visiting the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc.

Hotel: Hotel Villa Lara or Reine Mathilde (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Visit the Pegasus Bridge Memorial before traveling to Courselles sur Mer for 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: Hotel Villa Lara or Reine Mathilde (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

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: Hotel Villa Lara or Reine Mathilde (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Leave Bayeux for Dunkirk to visit the 1940 museum. Continue to Ypres, to see the Menin Gate. Here, availability permitting, you will get to dine and enjoy a beer at the Brasserie Kazematten, a restaurant housed inside a barrack.

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

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: Hotel de Tuilerieen Bruges (or similar)
Meals: Buffet 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. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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

Travel to Luxembourg where you visit the National Museum of Military History. Visit the grave of US General George S. Patton.

Hotel: Hotel: Melia Hotel Luxembourg (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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. This evening, enjoy a final Celebration Dinner.

Hotel: Melia Hotel Luxembourg (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to the Luxembourg Airport. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package Transportation Inclusions

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • 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

Hotel Accommodations:

11 nights in 4-star hotels throughout France, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Two nights in Paris at Le Meridien Etoile Hotel (or similar)
  • Four nights in Normandy at Hotel Villa Lara or Reine Mathilde (or similar)
  • One night in Flanders Ypres at Novotel Leper Centrum Flanders Ypres (or similar)
  • Two nights in Bruges at Hotel de Tuilerieen Bruges (or similar)
  • Two nights in Luxembourg at Melia Hotel Luxembourg (or similar)
 Hotel accommodations for 11 nights include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling. Similar hotels may be substituted.

Meals

  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Three lunches including a lunch in the Eiffel Tower
  • Five dinners including a Welcome Dinner, three 3-course dinners and a final Celebration Dinner

Sightseeing and Services

  • A luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and an onboard restroom, for transportation and sightseeing
  • Premium experiences including:
    • Paris: Paris Orientation city tour with a visit to the Eiffel Tower with lunch and a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral
    • Giverny: Visit Monet’s home and gardens
    • Honfleur: Visit the picturesque port town
    • Normandy: Omaha & Utah Beaches, American Military Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, Arromanches, Bayeux Tapestry Museum and Pegasus Bridge
    • Mont St. Michel & St. Malo: Visit the hilltop abbey and drive the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo
    • Dunkirk & Ypres: Visit the 1940 museum and see the Menin Gate and enjoy dinner and a beer at the historic Brasserie Kazematten
    • Bruges: Walking tour of the city, canal cruise
    • Ghent: Tour the “City of Flowers” and visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of Counts
    • Luxembourg: National Museum of Military History, Grave of General George S. Patton
    • Bastogne: Visit the Mardasson Monument dedicated to US troops, visit Bastogne Barracks Museum
  • Handset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Insight Vacations professional local tour director
  • Customized, informative travel documents

Not Included: The price outlined above does not include: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, any items of a personal nature and anything not specifically listed as included in the package price.

* A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.  Hotels, tour itinerary and tour inclusions are subject to change.

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: $1,515.00
Initial Deposit: $500.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
 No later than January 2, 2019

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $668.50 per person are included and subject to change. 

Flights from Chicago are pending

This package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, 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. A minimum number of passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

About Your Hosts

Rose Gray

Rose GrayRose Gray is the Manager of Business Development for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. 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 30 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. Rose is a blast to travel with and our clients LOVE traveling with her escorted tours and river cruises to new destinations, most recently Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia . Will you be next to join Rose?

 

 

 

John Bromage

John was born in London, and met his American wife Gigi, in Paris. He has a passion for history, particularly French and Military and he and his wife has lived in Normandy for the last 15 years.  John is Insight Vacations’ leading WWI and WW2 Battlefield historian and expert in France and Northern Europe. His background also includes having studied Cordon Bleu cuisine and wine at Leiths in London.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to January 2, 2019: Initial deposit of $500.00 per person
  • January 3 – May 3, 2019:  50% per person penalty + applicable airline fees
  • May 4 – May 24, 2019: 75% per person penalty + applicable airline fees
  • May 25, 2019 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Air is non-refundable once ticketed. 

To talk to a travel specialist or book your trip, please call 1-888-369-8785 or request more information online.