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Explore our Christian heritage in fabulous France. In Paris, highlights include the Sorbonne-the university where Reformer John Calvin and many others studied and taught. We'll visit Notre-Dame along with world class museums and palaces like the Louvre and Versailles. You'll fall in love with Normandy as we walk the medieval streets of picturesque towns like Rouen, Honfleur, and Bayeux. A stirring pilgrimage to the D-Day beaches and a visit to France's most beautiful abbey—Mont St. Michel—complete our time in Normandy. We continue our journey into the beautiful Loire Valley, which will leave you with memories of dream-like chateau in the Valley of the Kings. This two week journey offers the very best of France!


Day 1   We will greet you upon arrival in Paris and transfer you to your hotel. After lunch we'll have an orientation tour of this beautiful city. This evening, join us for a welcome reception at the hotel. (Paris 3 nights)

Day 2   This morning we take a walking tour of the historic heart of Paris including Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, and the Latin Quarter. Hear fascinating stories about the early Protestant Reformers who taught at the Sorbonne, setting the stage for the Reformation brought about by Martin Luther and John Calvin among others. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this fabulous city. You may choose to visit the Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, or go on a shopping excursion.

Day 3   We begin this morning by visiting the site of the infamous St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, which began near the Louvre. In August of 1572, during the Wars of Religion, thousands of French Protestants known as Huguenots were massacred for their beliefs. For years, these devout Christians were severely persecuted for their strong faith in Christ and many were forced to flee France. Later, we tour the magnificent Louvre Museum. Admire the masterpieces and learn how Christianity has been reflected in the arts throughout the ages. After lunch, enjoy more leisure time to discover the many charms of Paris. This evening, we have dinner with the pastor of a local church. He shares with us his vision for winning his city to Christ and answers your questions about ministry in France.

Day 4   Today we leave Paris behind and head for the town of Noyon, the birthplace of John Calvin. Calvin was greatly influenced by Martin Luther's then revolutionary position that only through God's grace could man be saved. He is considered one of the greatest Reformers of the 16th century. We visit John Calvin's Home, which is now a museum. Later, travel to Rouen and enjoy a walking tour of this charming, medieval city. Discover its Protestant history during the 1500's. Rouen is also famous as the city where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431 for her unwavering faith in God. (Overnight in Rouen)

Day 5   Begin the day with a drive through serene Normandy landscapes to the picturesque port of Honfleur. You'll have free time to explore the cobbled streets and unique shops of this quaint harbor town. Travel to lovely Bayeux to admire the magnificent Bayeux Tapestry. Woven in 1077, its 58 stunning panels illustrate the dramatic story of William the Conqueror and the historic Battle of Hastings in 1066. (Overnight in Caen)

Day 6   Today is devoted to the powerful sites of D-Day. We begin at Omaha Beach where thousands of American soldiers lost their lives in their battle against the Germans. Then visit the American Cemetery—the 9,400 white marble crosses are a stark reminder of the cost of victory. We continue on to Pointe du Hoc to relive the harrowing story of the 225 U.S. Rangers who scaled sheer cliffs to disarm enemy guns. This afternoon we arrive in Arromanches. See the impressive artificial harbors built by the Allies, which are still in place after almost sixty years. The excellent Musee du Debarquement recreates this incredible undertaking, which allowed more than 200,000 soldiers to come ashore during the largest military operation in history. (Overnight in Mont St. Michel)

Day 7   The spectacular sight of Mont St. Michel awaits us this morning. This famous abbey seems to rise out of the water off the coast, and is one of France's most dramatic sights. We'll tour the 10th century monastery and then travel to Rennes, the capital of Brittany for lunch. Enjoy wandering its medieval quarter and treat yourself to a delicious crepe at a local creperie. We continue on to the Atlantic port city of La Rochelle. This beautiful port was one of France's most important Huguenot strongholds. In 1627, the city underwent a brutal siege, losing all but 5000 of its 28,000 residents. Eventually the Huguenots were allowed to keep their rights to worship and in the 17th and 18th centuries, La Rochelle prospered as France's major seaport. (La Rochelle 2 nights)

Day 8   This morning begins with a walking tour to explore La Rochelle's rich Protestant history. We'll visit the Vieux Port (Old Port) with its 14th century towers that once guarded the city and protected the Huguenots. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Visit one of Europe's largest aquariums, go shopping along the lovely tree lined boulevards, or relax on the beach on one of the nearby islands off La Rochelle.

Day 9   This morning we get an early start for the Loire Valley—land of kings and dream-like chateaux. We journey to Angers—one of the most beautiful cities in France. Enjoy a visit to the Chateau d'Angers, which is a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Inside, view the exquisite Apocalypse Tapestry. Bring your Bibles for this one! Woven in 1375, it depicts seventy scenes from the book of Revelation. We'll have some free time in Angers and then enjoy a gourmet dinner together. We spend the night in a lovely chateau overlooking the river. (Overnight in Saumur)

Day 10   In the 17th century Saumur was one of the great centers of Protestantism. A Protestant Academy was founded there and its influence extended across Europe. Today, it is famous for its cavalry riding school—The Cadre Noir—which performs riding exhibitions in a 1200-seat arena. We'll have a walking tour of the key Protestant sites, and then savor a picnic lunch overlooking the Chateau Saumur. We continue on to the town of Chinon and tour what remains of its chateau. It was here that Joan of Arc first met the future King Charles VII in 1429, and convinced him to let her go into battle against the English during the Hundred Years War. Spend time on your own discovering the beauty of this tiny Loire town. This evening, we arrive at our manor house for dinner with a special guest, who shares insights on French culture and family life. (Amboise 2 nights)

Day 11   Today we visit two jewels of the Loire Valley. We begin with Chateau Cheverny. The most lavish furnishings in all the Loire decorate this stately hunting palace. After lunch, we arrive at Chenonceau—the 15th century Renaissance castle that arches gracefully over the Cher River. We return to Amboise—the site of one of the key events leading up to the Wars of Religion. Join us for a visit to the home of Leonardo da Vinci, Le Clos Luce, and view the models and plans for his many remarkable inventions. Spend your last evening in the Loire Valley at leisure in Amboise.

Day 12   The inspiring Chartres Cathedral is our first stop. This church is a sermon in glass and stone. Almost thirty thousand square feet of biblical stories unfold before visitors. If you can only see one cathedral in France, make this the one! Later we arrive at Versailles—the most royal palace in Europe. Tour the former home and extravagant gardens of the "Sun King", Louis the XIV, and see why it became the model of grandeur for all European palaces. This evening, we check in to our elegant and historic hotel overlooking the park of Versailles. Tonight, join us for our farewell dinner together as we reflect on the impact the French Protestants had on our Christian faith. (Overnight in Versailles)

Day 13   After breakfast we depart for the airport for our return flights to the USA.

On a Journeys of Faith Tour you'll stay in lovely superior three-star and moderate four-star hotels. All custom tour groups choose their own hotel categories based on their group budget. These are some examples of the type of accommodations we use. Each hotel is chosen for its quality, amenities, and location. Whenever possible, we choose lovely European style hotels in town centers, to make it easy for you to explore on your free time and so that you may experience travel as the locals do. We believe traveling this way will greatly enrich your journey.

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