Magnificent French Renaissance Castles, D-Day landing beaches…Go back in time to discover part of the country’s history on this 3 or 4-day trip to Normandy and the Loire Valley from Paris.
Day 1: Paris - Rouen - Honfleur - Beaches of Normandy - Caen
Depart from central Paris at 7:15am on a luxury air-conditioned coach and sit back during a 2-hour journey to Rouen. The first stop includes a guided visit through this fascinating medieval city and its famous landmarks, including the Gros Horloge, an astronomical clock, which is the subject of many mysterious legends. You’ll also visit the impressive Gothic-styled Cathedral, which has been painted by the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet several times. You’ll continue the itinerary towards the mouth of the Seine River and admire the Pont de Normandie suspension bridge, one of the longest in Europe. Upon arrival in Honfleur, you can enjoy some free time and have lunch in one of its typical restaurants and stroll through the Port where the boats are docked in front of pretty colored houses.
In the afternoon, you’ll head to the Beaches of Normandy. Here, you'll discover the history of France and you'll also probably recognize this part of the coast of France, as it has been the set for numerous films about World War II, including “Saving Private Ryan.” Visit the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer and Arromanches beach, where the Allies built an artificial port to disembark in France. The last stop of the day is Caen, where you'll spend the night in a 3 star hotel and enjoy a exquisite dinner at your hotel.
Day 2: Caen - Saint Malo - Mont Saint Michel - Angers
After a good breakfast at the hotel, the coach will head south to Saint-Malo. Follow the guide on a tour of the city walls on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and discover its landmarks, like the Cathedral or the National Fort, where several bloody battles between pirates took place. You’ll then have time to explore the city at your own leisure and have lunch before heading to Mont Saint Michel.
Mont Saint Michel is a small rocky island with winding cobbled streets. It houses the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at the very top. Follow the guide through the charming alleyways and discover some of the most famous legends about this Medieval pilgrimage site, many of which have inspired film directors and writers. After visiting Saint-Michel, board the coach and get off at Angers, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Day 3: Angers - Langeais - Amboise - Chenonceau - Chambord - Paris
After a buffet breakfast at your hotel in Angers and a panoramic view from the Château d'Angers, you’ll be driven to the Château de Langeais, where its numerous wax figures will demonstrate how daily life was in the several Loire Valley Castles. The next stop will be the stunning Château d’Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci's burial ground is located. The Renaissance artist and scientist lived the last three years of his life in the court of Francis I of France, a monarch greatly interested in the Italian’s inventions.
You’ll have time to have lunch in the surroundings of the Castle before you continue your journey to the Château Chenonceau. The arches of this striking fortress cross the Cher River, and it is one of the most-visited Palaces in France. Next, enjoy a wine tasting near Chenonceau. From here, you'll hop back on the bus and arrive in the French capital at around 9pm.
If you wish to discover more of this part of France, you can choose to do a 4-day tour instead of a 3-day trip. In this case, the itinerary will be exactly the same during the first two days and on the third day, after visiting the Château de Amboise, you’ll follow your guide on a 10-minute walk to the Château du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci lived for three years and you’ll get the chance to discover some of his marvelous inventions. The coach will then take you to discover the Château de Villandry, where you’ll explore its impressive and romantic gardens. The day will end with a delicious dinner and accommodation in Tours.
On the fourth and last day of the tour, after having breakfast at your hotel in Tours, you’ll get on board the coach and head to the Château de Chenonceau. After exploring one of the most visited castles in France, you’ll head to the Château de Cheverny, where your guide will relate all of the Palace’s most fascinating anecdotes. You’ll enjoy a typical French meal in the Saint Hubert Cour Cheverny restaurant. After lunch, you’ll visit the impressive Château de Chambord and then take the coach back to Paris and get to the city center at around 9pm.
Depending on whether you chose a 3 or 4 day tour, you’ll stay 2 or 3 nights in a 3-star hotel (double room accommodation with bathroom) with buffet breakfast and dinner:
- Day 1 – Caen: Hotel Novotel Côte de Nacre or similar.
- Day 2 – Angers: Hotel Ibis Angers Centre Château or similar.
- Day 3 – Tours (optional): Hotel Mercure Tours Nord or similar.
- If you require a single room instead of a double room, you’ll have to pay a supplement.
- If you've chosen the 3-day tour, on the 21st and 28th of March 2019 we'll visit the Amboise chateau instead of Chambord.
- From the 1st April 2019 this tour will not include dinner in Angers. Instead, you'll have free time to eat lunch at your own pace.
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|3 Day Tour||
|4 Day Tour||
3 Day Tour
Children 3-11 years oldUS$ 611.5
Children under 3 years oldFree
4 Day Tour
Children 3-11 years oldUS$ 821.9
Children under 3 years oldFree
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
3 or 4 days.
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Return transportation on a luxury air conditioned coach.
English speaking guide.
Accommodation for 2 or 3 nights in a three star hotel (includes dinner and breakfast).
Lunch at the Saint Hubert Cour Cheverny on the fourth day of the excursion (optional).
Entry to the Loire Valley castles and other monuments included in this itinerary.
Lunch on the first, second and third day.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 8 days before (Paris local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
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