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Chateaux of the Loire & Norman History

10 days
Loire Valley & Normandy
Heritage & History
Sceneries
US$ 2,920 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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From the Loire Valley castles, to the famous Mount Saint Michel village surrounded by waters, the landings beaches and the Norman hinterland…to end the trip at Monet’s house in Giverny: you’ll have to keep your eyes wide open !

The Loire Valley

  • You can pick up the rental car in Paris or at the airport and drive 3 hours to the gorgeous Loire Valley. This region and its people will welcome you with its renowned "sweet life", its Renaissance castles and gardens, and its famous gastronomy and wines. You will stay for 3 nights in a gorgeous lord mansion from the 16th century. Built by the chamberlain who ordered the construction of Chenonceau castle, you are be in an exceptional place! In addition, you'll enjoy a very welcoming hostess, a tastefully restored room and the lovely garden with an amazing view on the Loire valley and in the end, Amboise castle. Not far from paradise.
  • From there, explore all the marvels of the Loire Valley: the castles of Chambord, Chenonceau and Azay-le-Rideau, the old cities of Saumur, Chinon and Amboise. Discover the vineyards of the Loire Valley with Vincent who worked in wine making for the past 10 years and will take you to his best wineries in the area.You will have the opportunity to taste very different wines: red, whites, still or sparkling...No worries, Vincent will safely drive you back to your B&B. 

Loire Valley and Normandy in 10 days

NORMANDY

  • On your way to Normandy, stop over for 2 nights near Mont Saint Michel: this ancient beautiful abbey sitting on top of a tidal island in the middle of Mont Saint Michel Bay. A true wonder! You'll spend the next two nights of your stay in a lovely Bed & Breakfast, across the Bay from Mont Saint Michel. Your welcoming have a typical Norman stone house, surrounded by fields where racehorses are being grown up and trained...a local specialty.
  • For you to avoid the "up and down walk" on the crowded street on Mont Saint Michel, you'll follow a local English speaking private guide who will help you discover this amazing village off the beaten path. 
  • Located 2 miles from Bayeux, in a peaceful countryside, your third Bed & Breakfast is a beautifully restored water mill where you will be warmly welcomed by your French Hostess. Spend 2 nights there and jump into the local history: from William the Conqueror in the 11th century whose adventures are illustrated in the Bayeux tapestry, to the Battle of Normandy in 1944. Many remains of the WWII landings are still visible everywhere and you can quickly access Omaha and Juno landing beaches as well as the artificial port of Arromanches or the WW Caen Memorial.
  • Your journey ends in Giverny, 1 hour drive to Paris-CDG airport. This tiny unchanged village takes you back to the 19th century when the great painter Claude Monet created a new art movement: impressionism. Monet's gardens are beautifully maintained exactly as they were when Monet painted them. We include in this itinerary a by-pass ticket that enables you to skip the lines at Monet’s house and gardens. In Giverny we have planned for a 2-night-stay in a gorgeous mansion, 2 miles to Giverny town, in the orchards. This will give you enough time to follow Valerie's advice and discover the Seine Valley, Les Andelys and maybe even Versailles at your own pace.

 

You’ll get a bit of everything you’ll be looking for in France: culture, scenic roads, lovely towns, gastronomy & history!

 

This itinerary includes

9 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 10 days
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made especially for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities and visits
A French Smartphone with GPS & all Apps you need for this trip

Activities included in this tour

Wine Tasting Tour

Spend a half-day wine tasting with a professional. He will take you to several cellars so you can enjoy the diversity of the Loire Valley wines. 

Mont Saint Michel

MOUNT SAINT MICHEL PRIVATE TOUR

Discover this unique village and its Abbey with a local guide who will explain you about its history and traditions. She will take you to many small streets to see places that tourist usually don't see.

Giverny Monet

MONET'S HOUSE & GARDENS

Avoid wasting time standing in line, use the by-pass line to visit the house of Monet and its famous gardens. Follow in the footsteps of this painter and the American Impressionists in the small town of Giverny.

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