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#1 Posted : Friday, March 11, 2016 11:27:07 PM(UTC)

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I am considering the 12 Day Discover Northern France Tour. I like the churches and sites visited (and the cave dinner!).

If you have done this or similar trips: can you tell me about on average how much time is spent at the churches and spiritual sites (Reims, Chartres, Mont St Michel)? I like to spend some time just exploring these on my own.

Also, I like some indepenedant travel. For instance, when we go Monet's home and Versailles, I'd want to spend most of the time in the gardens, so I'd like to skp the indoor tours. Is that type of independance OK?

If this type of tour is not right for me, I would appreciate any suggestions of a better tour that might work. I am considering France and Italy.

Thank you and all the best!

#2 Posted : Saturday, March 12, 2016 12:20:18 PM(UTC)

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I did the Kaleidescope of France several years ago. It was a 2 week tour of the whole country and I booked a pre week in Paris and did Versailles on my own. Other than spending extra money, I don't see the reason to do the Discovery tour but if that's your choice, ok. In Giverney you are basically on your own you will meet back up at the bus. You could arrange the Versailles trip to meet at the bus as well, but you will be missing a magnificent structure by not going in.
The churches and other places you listed are a basic visit inside, I think there was adequate time, you could possibly revisit from your hotel once you arrive.
Mont St Michel you will be on your own, yes. meet back at the bus.
I lived in Paris for 6 years so I fgeel very comfortable there, I can instruct you how to manage those places on your own with a significant cost savings.
I was actually disappointed with the offered meals, it's France, best food in the world and the meals were cheap and inadequate.
you can send me a PM if you want more info.
Sharon ~ Florida, USA

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