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    Normandy & the Loire Valley Loop
Langeais town in the Loire Valley

Normandy & the Loire Valley Loop

13 days
Normandy & Loire Valley
Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Sceneries
US$ 3,550 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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Normandy

  • Your journey starts in Giverny. 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 avoid the lines at Monet’s house and gardens. In Giverny we have planned a 2-night-stay in a historical domain from the 13th century which has been beautifully restored, only few minutes’ walk to Monet’s House & Gardens. This will give you enough time to recover from jetlag and discover the Seine Valley.
  • The second leg of your journey takes you to peaceful countryside house, located between Bayeux old town and the Landing Beaches. Your hosts travel a lot and we plan for you to enjoy a delicious table d’hôtes dinner with them one night. Spend 3 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 Gold and Juno landing beaches as well as the artificial port of Arromanches or the WW Caen Memorial. To help you better understand the events of the Battle of Normandy and bring them to life, we have planned a private guided tour with a specialist in WWII history. You will be shown all the main landing sites and learn in detail about what happened here on D-Day. 
  • On your way to the Loire Valley, 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! Stay in a gorgeous castle 20 minute drive to the famous village. Your welcoming Hosts own the place for several generations and you'll really feel what the "vie de château" trully is !

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The Loire Valley

  • The Loire Valley will welcome you with its renowned "sweet life", its Renaissance castles and gardens, and its famous gastronomy and wines. You will stay there for 5 nights at Flo & Phil’s in their beautifully restored 15th century farmhouse built around a peaceful garden. They know the Loire Valley inside out and can give you off-the-beaten-path addresses and tips on finding places that tourists usually miss. 
  • From there, discover all the marvels of the Loire Valley: the castles of Chambord, Chenonceau and Azay-le-Rideau, the old cities of Saumur, Chinon and Amboise.
  • Included in this itinerary is a bike rental for a day. You will explore, at your own pace, several villages and castles such as Langeais and Villandry. No worries, the road along the Loire river is totally flat!
  • In Amboise, we have planned a very special wine tasting. You will have the opportunity to taste 5 different wines – some of them very old - accompanied by delicious local cheeses or cold cuts. If you prefer not to drive immediately after the tasting we can recommend either good restaurants or a good teahouse where the pastries are wondeful.

History, culture, gastronomy, "the sweet life": this is France!

 

This itinerary includes

12 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 13 days
A «Table d’Hôtes» dinner, with your Hosts and fellow travelers
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

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.

WWII guided tour

Private Guide on the WWII sites

Spend a half day with a private guide who will customize the itinerary to your wishes and interests. A must do to better understand what happened on D-Day. 

loire valley wine tasting

Loire Wine Tasting

Enjoy a wine tasting experience in a limestone troglodyte cave and discover 3 different wines paired with cold cuts or cheeses. You will learn the 5 steps of wine tasting so you will be able to recognize and appreciate the wines of the Loire Valley.

Biking in the Loire Valley

Biking day in the castle's country

Spend a day biking at your own pace and discover many villages and castles nestled on the banks of the river. We have tested several itineraries so you can chose depending on your mood and what you would like to see.

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We are glad to customize this itinerary to include additionnal night stays, extra activities
or any specific request you have.

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