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The Happy Traveler US
with Dr. Rosemary Swade
 

Boutique Group Travel for Amazing Journeys of Discovery
Member: IAMAT   California Seller of Travel Program     Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation

The Happy Traveler US with Dr. Rosemary Swade invites you to join us in…

Beautiful France!


This tour will take us from the gastronomic capitol of the world Lyon to the Beaches of Normandy.

We will explore vibrant cities and charming villages as we travel by private coach and high speed trains. During our tour we will stay in first class hotels, have private guided tours, eat  delicious  authentic French cuisine, see the most important historical sites as well as "off the beaten path" treasures that only insiders know. 


  Join the Happy Traveler US with Dr. Rosemary Swade for a trip rich in beauty, history, amazing food and culture.

This French adventure will take place:

 June 21-30, 2018 


This trip is created for first time travelers and veteran travelers alike.

See the sights not to be missed for first time visitors to France and for those that have been to France included  are “off the beaten path” places for a rich French experience.


What makes The Happy Traveler US special...the TRAVELERS!

All Happy Travelers are delightful to be in the company of, have traveled with The Happy Traveler US in the past or have been recommended to The Happy Traveler by those that have. 


Why travel with Dr. Rosemary Swade?

Rosemary has led intimate and medium size groups of Happy Travelers on trips ranging from 2 weeks to 4 months all over Western Europe and Turkey since 1997. She has lived and worked in Western Europe and with joy and enthusiasm she will show you her favorite places.


Scroll down for the day to day itinerary 


Trip Highlights will Include:

  • Lyon
  • Annecy (one of the world's most charming villages)
  •  Paris
  •  Giverny
  • Versailles
  •  Rouen
  • The Beaches of Normandy


All accommodation at first class hotels.

There will be free time in each location.


Program Includes: 

All accommodations 

Private tours and tour guides

Entrances to museums and cultural sites , events such as a boat ride on the Seine

Most meals including celebratory welcome and farewell dinners 

Mandatory gratuities for tour directors and bus drivers

Private air conditioned bus, boats and high speed trains for all touring and excursions 

Airport transfers from the airport  upon arrival and from France upon departure (exact locations TBA). 

Happy Travel companions and a wonderful time! 


PRICES & CONDITIONS

Prices are based on double room occupancy bathroom en-suite with a 

minimum of 15 Happy Traveler US participants.

Per person land only all-inclusive

$4,545

If you prefer a room to yourself there is a “single supplement” charge of $760.00


A deposit  of $3,000 is now being accepted

PayPal or Personal Check accepted


Save your place for this wonderful adventure by contacting Rosemary Swade at: [email protected] to let her know of your intention to join this wonderful program. You will be given information on how to register and where to send your deposit.

Deposit amount is $3,000.00. The deposit reserves your place on our wonderful trip!

At this time kindly pay in full or make payments on or before the following dates:

Payment Schedule:

Deposit now due     $3,00.00    

April 30, 2018            Balance due including: Cooking class in Lyon, $225 visit to the Louvre $80 and or Moulin          Rouge  dinner and show $225   and single supplement $760 if applicable.



 If you are traveling on your own and would like to be paired with another Happy Traveler please let us know and we will be happy to try to accommodate you. We cannot promise a roommate but we will do our best!

Price is based on a minimum of 8 paying participants as well as on the following exchange rate:

$1.00 = EUR 0.94. Prices and or services are subject to changes in the unlikely event of fluctuation of exchange rates. All of the performing opportunities mentioned above are subject to confirmation.


Not Included

Airfare (suggestions will be made) Estimation will be

 $1,000-$1,550

     Trip Insurance (a suggestion will be made) typical cost $150-$250 per person

                                        Single supplement $760


THE HAPPY TRAVELER US INVITES YOU TO

Beautiful France!

Join US June 21-June 30, 2018

Fly on or before Wednesday June 20th from USA to Lyon France Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS)

Welcome to Beautiful Lyon the Food Capitol of France!

Day 1 Jun 21 Thursday

  • Arrive LYON 
  • Meeting time TBA at the Lyon airport. Meet and greet other Happy Traveler US’ and our tour escort Dimitri

Meeting point is the STARBUCKS between Terminal ONE and Terminal TWO

  • We will have a sightseeing in the ‘Old Part’ of Lyon with a local guide
  • We are going on a cruise on the Saône and Rhône River
  • Late afternoon: check-in at hotel, time to relax and unwind
  • Welcome group dinner at one of the typical “Bouchons”


Day 2 LYON

Jun 22 Friday  LYON

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • We will be going on a private bus excursion to the BEAUJOLAIS REGION for wine-tasting at the Château de la Chaize (30 miles north of Lyon)
  • Once back in Lyon, the afternoon is free for further sightseeing, shopping etc.

Suggestions: the Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum) and the Musée Historique des Tissus both the Textile and Arts Museum are outstanding

  • Option-Take a COOKING CLASS with a master chef (see below)
  • In the evening meet us for a Gourmet Food and Wine Walking Tour

Optional Cooking Class: June 22

Lyon, is often referred to as the second French capital and the

FIRST capital of gastronomy and the culinary arts!

Lyon is home to a number of excellent cooking schools and we will be the beneficiaries of their expertise!

The cost for our full day 9:00 to 5:00 cooking class option is $225 and includes a full day of shopping at an open air market for the best, freshest foods of the season, the preparation of that food and enjoying the "fruits of our labor" in an excellent French meal, created under the guidance of a professional chef. Our private class will be taught in English.


Day 3  Day trip to ANNECY

Jun 23 Saturday  

  • Breakfast at hotel in Lyon
  • Morning: private coach for the drive to the village of ANNECY said to be one of the MOST CHARMING villages in the world! Annecy is located east of Lyon, on the northern end of Lake Annecy
  • We will be met by a local guide for walking tour and orientation. We will go inside the Château with d’Annecy – one of France’s most gorgeous castles.  Also we will enjoy a cruise on Lac d’Annecy. This two-hour boat trip, will take us around the lake, making stops in several of the lakeside villages.
  •  Please note if the weather is not fair we may change the destination of the day trip as Annecy is best enjoyed in good weather.


Day 4  Lyon to Paris

Jun 24 Sunday 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Journey by high speed TGV train to Paris Gare de Lyon
  • Upon arrival in Paris we will be welcomed by local guide and have a private bus tour of Paris! We will go inside Notre Dame Cathedral and at the Eiffel Tower
  • Then check in at our hotel near the district of the Champs Elysees where we will have time to relax and unwind
  • Tonight will be aboard a River Boat on the Seine!
  • Dinner  (not included) Suggestion: Restaurant La Closerie des Lilas’171, Boulevard du Montparnasse near the Latin Quarter Opened in 1847, the Closerie was a social and culinary magnet for the avant-garde. The famous people who have sat in the "Pleasure Garden of the Lilacs" include Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Ingrés, Henry James, Chateaubriand, Picasso, Hemingway, Apollinaire, Lenin and Trotsky (at the chess board), Whistler, and others. The place usually resounds with a jazz pianist. It can be tough to get a seat in what's called the bâteau (boat) section, but you can make the wait more enjoyable by ordering the world's best champagne julep at the bar. It's also possible to have just coffee or a drink at the bar, though the food is better than ever. Try the veal kidneys with mustard, veal ribs in cider sauce, steak tartare, pike-perch quenelles, or filet of beef with a green-peppercorn sauce.


Day 5 PARIS

Jun 25 Monday  PARIS

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Your morning and early after noon are free to enjoy Paris!
  • In he late afternoon we will take the famous Paris metro to the beautiful Montmartre area where we will have a guided walking tour including the artist’s square frequented by Matisse, Van Gough, Monet, Picasso, Gertrude Stein and many other famous artists
  • Dinner options (not included) will be suggested after the tour 
  • 9:00-11:00pm OPTIONAL cabaret performance at the MOULIN ROUGE, which is in the Montmartre area. Please let Rosemary know if you would like to purchase this option ASAP, the cost is $225 for dinner and a show. If you prefer show only from 9:00-11:00 the cost is $145 per person.


Day 6 PARIS

Jun 26 Tuesday  PARIS

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Free time in Beautiful Paris! Suggestions will be made on what to do with your free time
  • For those interested: admission into the Louvre Art Museum can be pre-booked, just for entrance (approximately $25.00 "skip the line"or for a guided tour,  (approximately $80.00) for this afternoon, details TBA please let Rosemary know ASAP if you would like to visit the Louvre


Day 7 PARIS to NORMANDY

Jun 27 Wednesday NORMANDY - Honfleur Area

  • Breakfast at hotel, check-out and departure by private bus for…
  • The Palace of VERSAILLES (20 miles west of Paris) where we will have a guided tour
  • We continue on our private bus to beautiful Rouen where we will meet with a local guide, who will focus on the spectacular Cathedral Notre Dame (subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet). Rouen is the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
  • We will have a group dinner at hotel (included)


Day 8 NORMANDY (BEACHES)

Jun 28 Thursday - Honfleur Area

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • We will have a private bus to the area near ARROMANCHES for a visit to the

D-Day Beaches

At Omaha Beach (10 miles northwest of Bayeux, is the Monument du Débarquement (Monument to the Normandy Landings) and nearby, in Vierville-sur-Mer, the Monument to the Members of the U.S. National Guard who fought in both world wars. In Colleville-sur-Mer there is the hilltop American Cemetery and Memorial. Here there is a tribute to the fallen, with its Wall of the Missing, drum like chapel, and avenues of holly oaks trimmed to resemble open parachutes. The crisply mown lawns are studded with 9,386 marble tombstones. You can look out to sea across the landing beach from a platform on the north side of the cemetery. The most spectacular scenery along the coast is at the Pointe du Hoc, is 8 miles west of St-Laurent.

  • After our visit to the Beaches of Normandy we will drive to the area southeast of Caen, known for the production of the most famous cheese of France: Camembert for a visit of cheese production and product tasting
  • Time permitting: visit to the city of HONFLEUR

Honfleur is a town in northern France's Normandy region. It's on the estuary where the Seine River meets the English Channel. The Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, has been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son Eugène Boudin. Nearby is 15th-century St. Catherine's Church, a vaulted timber structure erected by shipbuilders.

  • Once back at our hotel, the evening is free


Day 9 NORMANDY to PARIS

Jun 29 Friday back to…  PARIS

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • By private bus we will return to Paris along the way we will stop at…
  • GIVERNY to visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens

Monet moved to Giverny, a village along the Seine about 45 miles to the northwest of Paris, in 1883. Here he designed a pond, redesigned much of the garden and, most famously, created the paintings of water lilies, flower beds and the Japanese footbridge

  • We will continuation to Paris for free time and our…
  • Farewell group dinner at local restaurant

Day 10 RETURN TO THE U.S.

Jun 30 Saturday

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Private bus for one transfer from hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • Services of escort Dimitrji terminate after this transfer

Au Revoir Happy Traveler US and

France!


Please note: Although unlikely, the schedule is subject to change due to weather, traffic, unforeseen closures, unplanned or planned strikes or demonstrations or for safely reasons or to offer some thing better than noted.

INCLUDED:

  • All accommodations for 9 overnight stays in moderate first class hotels in central and convenient locations based on double occupancy. All rooms have private bathroom facilities. Hotels are noted in the itinerary and may change before our departure date.
  • All breakfasts
  • Group dinners where noted
  • Experienced, multilingual Club Europa escort Dimitri Wentner throughout the trip
  • Services of deluxe bus-motor coach, equipped with A/C
  • Both airport transfers (Lyon and Paris - ONE group transfer at each airport)
  • Services of all licensed, local guides as noted in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees as noted in the itinerary
  • Rail journey to Paris (tickets plus seat reservations in non-smoking cars are included)
  • All applicable local taxes including hotel taxes
  • Gratuities for escort, local guides and bus drivers
  • FAQ’s and travel tips including Money Matters and what to pack
  • Delightful travel companions!

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunches and some dinners
  • Drinks with dinners (table water is not always free of charge in Europe)
  • 3 Optional events: 1. Cooking class in Lyon 2. Louver museum Paris 3. Molin Rouge Show in Paris
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as passport, laundry, insurance, souvenirs etc.
  • Airport transfers in the United States
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Flights to and from France
  • Travel Insurance (optional and recommended)
Please purchase air NOW


Flight Arrangements and Travel Insurance Suggested Through:

Patrizia Cavanaugh of Expert Travel Associates

16250 Ventura Blvd, St. 205 Encino, CA 91436

phone 818 907 0014 fax 818 337 7369 cell 818 606 1704

email: [email protected] [email protected]

For the best rates and service please immediately identify that you are traveling with

Dr. Rosemary Swade and The Happy Traveler US!

RATES are based per person, land only, based on twin or double occupancy

$4,545

If you prefer a room to yourself there is a “single supplement” charge of $760.00

Please email [email protected]

ASAP for questions and to let us know you are interested in joining us!

Payment Schedule:


Cancelation Policy

December 20, 2017                                Full refund no penalty

February 14, 2018                   Full refund less $700.00 plus any other *non-recoverable costs 

March 1, 2018                        Penalty is $1,850.00 plus any other *non-recoverable costs

April 1, 2018                            Penalty is $2,500 plus any other *non-recoverable costs

May 1, 2018 Penalty is $3,000 plus any other *non-recoverable costs

After June 1, 2018 No refund available

*A non-recoverable cost is anything that was prepaid without the possibility of The Happy Traveler US to procure a refund, such as the nonrefundable purchase of pre-paid museum tickets or entrances to historical sites and the like or accommodations that require advance deposits or payments.

However, by purchasing travel insurance these “non-recoverable costs” may be remitted to you from your travel insurance company.


Dr. Rosemary Swade has led intimate and medium size groups of Happy Travelers on trips ranging from 2 weeks to 4 months all over Western Europe since 1997. If interested please email The Happy TravelerUS with Rosemary Swade at: [email protected]