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Chateaux of the Loire & Normandy's History

10 days
From Paris
Heritage & History
Sceneries
US$ 2,420 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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From Paris
Date 
Anytime
Duration 
9 nights / 10 days
Region 
Normandy & Loire Valley
Theme 
Sceneries, Heritage & History

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 a 2-night-stay in a house that has been beautifully restored and decorated in the style of the 19th century, overlooking a lovely garden! This will give you enough time to follow Sandrine’s advice and discover the Seine Valley, Les Andelys and 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

Pictures of the accommodations

A charming mansion from the 16th century

#1A Lord Mansion in the Loire Valley

A charming mansion from the 16th century

We can choose a room in the mansion itself or in a troglodyte outbuilding

#1A Lord Mansion in the Loire Valley

We can choose a room in the mansion itself or in a troglodyte outbuilding

Relax in the garden...

#1A Lord Mansion in the Loire Valley

Relax in the garden...

... with a view over the whole Loire Valley

#1A Lord Mansion in the Loire Valley

... with a view over the whole Loire Valley

or explore the little paths and woods around the place.

#1A Lord Mansion in the Loire Valley

or explore the little paths and woods around the place.

A charming stone house in a lovely hamlet

#2A charming house across the Bay from Mont Saint Michel

A charming stone house in a lovely hamlet

Stay in a comfortable room with a view on the racehorses fields

#2A charming house across the Bay from Mont Saint Michel

Stay in a comfortable room with a view on the racehorses fields

 Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the family dining room

#2A charming house across the Bay from Mont Saint Michel

Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the family dining room

A peaceful B&B, 2 miles from Bayeux

#3A restored mill in Normandy

A peaceful B&B, 2 miles from Bayeux

You can still see the mechanism of the mill

#3A restored mill in Normandy

You can still see the mechanism of the mill

Rest in a very spacious and quiet room...

#3A restored mill in Normandy

Rest in a very spacious and quiet room...

...or in the garden around the house, by the water

#3A restored mill in Normandy

...or in the garden around the house, by the water

Enjoy tremendous breakfasts in a cozy athmosphere

#3A restored mill in Normandy

Enjoy tremendous breakfasts in a cozy athmosphere

Stay in a peaceful house

#4In Giverny, at a 5 minute walk to Monet's house and gardens

Stay in a peaceful house

...with cozy rooms

#4In Giverny, at a 5 minute walk to Monet's house and gardens

...with cozy rooms

Enjoy meeting with your lovely hostess...

#4In Giverny, at a 5 minute walk to Monet's house and gardens

Enjoy meeting with your lovely hostess...

...at the breakfast table or around a dinner.

#4In Giverny, at a 5 minute walk to Monet's house and gardens

...at the breakfast table or around a dinner.

Activities included in this tour

Wine Tasting Private 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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