16 days in Paris, Loire Valley, Normandy | France Just For You
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    Northern France at your own pace
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Northern France at your own pace

16 days
Paris, Loire Valley & Normandy
Heritage & History
Gourmet Experience
Sceneries
US$ 4,050 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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This itinerary gives you the perfect tour of Northern France: from Paris to the Loire castles and gastronomy, ending in Normandy with the landing sites, the hinterland and beautiful Giverny

PARIS

  • Start your trip living the Parisian life for 4 nights. Comfortably accommodated in a charming 4* boutique-hotel in Saint Germain disctrict, you will discover the French capital city’s must sees and hidden beauties.
  • Being based less than 10 minute walk to Notre Dame Cathedral, we have prepared for you different itineraries to explore Paris by foot, by boat or using public transportation. We also recommend our favorite restaurants and boulangeries in different districts of the capital city so you’ll know where to take a break.
  • To get oriented in Paris, we plan for you to take a guided tour on a bike, following a Parisian guide. Those who are not interested in biking can also take a walking tourparis normandy loire map.

 

THE LOIRE VALLEY

  • On Day 5, get a rental car near the hotel and drive 3 hours to the 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.
  • Between Amboise and Chenonceau, you will stay in a charming tuffeau house, in a quiet and green valley, away from the crowds. One night, you will enjoy a dinner made by your lovely hostess. The house is surrounded by a lovely garden, where you will to relax before or after the visits.
  •  Touraine is famous for its vineyards – Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Amboise and many more – and we have planned a special wine tasting in the bowels of the earth. A local winemaker will take you about 800 meter deep to explain you about Touraine caves. Then you taste the white, red, sparkling and sweet house wines accompanied with local products. A “very French” experience.
  • On day 8, you will move to the Southern Loire Valley for 3 nights near Chinon. From there, discover all the hidden marvels of the Loire Valley: the castles of Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais, the beautiful gardens in Villandry and the old cities of Saumur, Chinon and Richelieu.
  • You will stay in the outbuildings of a disappeared monastery dating back to the 14th century. Your charming Hosts know very well this region and will be happy to share some tips with you. One night, you will share a delicious home-cooked dinner, prepared by Monsieur. Do not miss the aperitif in the underground vaulted cellar - an out-of-time experience!

NORMANDY

  • On day 11, drive about 3hr30 to the Normandy seaside area, in Calvados. You will stay right in Bayeux old town, in a beautiful B&B which is walking distance to everything in Bayeux: the Cathedral, the tapestry, restaurants, etc. Enjoy a spacious room and also a nice garden to rest at night. 
  • From there you can visit Bayeux and its famous tapestry, all the landing beaches (from Sainte Mère Eglise to Pointe du Hoc) and Caen, mainly worth a visit for the WWII Memorial.
  • Normandy hinterland might not be advertised abroad but is much worth a detour: the typical half-timbered villages, the Cider road, the beautiful English style gardens, the apple brandy traditional manufactures…and of course the cheeses…a trip to Normandy would not be complete without tasting Camembert or Livarot cheeses!
  • Deauville and Honfleur are within driving distance, Honfleur really deserves a visit for its picturesque harbor and Deauville for its famous Grand Casino, its racecourse and luxury cars.
  • To get familiar with Norman gastronomy, we have planned a cooking class with Brigitte. She will welcome you in her house where you’ll prepare a 3 course meal that you will savor for lunch. A fun experience!
  • On day 14, you will take the last step of your trip in Giverny – 2hrs from Bayeux and 1hr to 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. In Giverny you will visit the house where he lived for 43 years and where he painted some of his most beautiful masterpieces, among them “Haystacks”, “Rouen Cathedral” and the “Water Lilies”. These gardens are beautifully kept in the exact shape as they were when Monet painted them. We include in this package a by-pass ticket that enables you to avoid the lines at Monet’s house and gardens.
  • You will spend the last 2 nights in a house that has been beautifully restored and decorated in the style of the 19th century between Giverny and Les Andelys with Richard Lionhearted fortress. Your lovely hostess Nath prepares amazing breakfasts and is native from Giverny – which she knows inside out. If you wish to visit Versailles castle, it is only a 45 minute drive.

 

With this itinerary, you will enjoy the must sees of Northern France and also you will discover hidden areas.

 

 

This itinerary includes

4 nights in a Boutique Hotel in Paris & 11 nights in B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 12 days
2 «Table d’Hôtes» dinners, 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

Pictures of the accommodations

A charming place run by the same family for several generations

#1A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

A charming place run by the same family for several generations

Stay in a comfortable superior room and enjoy walking everywhere in Paris

#1A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

Stay in a comfortable superior room and enjoy walking everywhere in Paris

Relax in a cozy salon

#1A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

Relax in a cozy salon

Rely on the friendly staff to make your stay even more enjoyable

#1A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

Rely on the friendly staff to make your stay even more enjoyable

A charming tuffeau stone house in a green valley

#2A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

A charming tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

#2A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

or in the garden

#2A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

or in the garden

Enjoy a savory home-made cuisine

#2A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Enjoy a savory home-made cuisine

A charming house, nestled in a lovely hamlet

#3A 14th century house in the Loire Valley

A charming house, nestled in a lovely hamlet

Relax in a cozy room, after a day sightseeing.

#3A 14th century house in the Loire Valley

Relax in a cozy room, after a day sightseeing.

Your lovely hosts will take good care of you...

#3A 14th century house in the Loire Valley

Your lovely hosts will take good care of you...

...and will take you to their vaulted cellar for the apéritif.

#3A 14th century house in the Loire Valley

...and will take you to their vaulted cellar for the apéritif.

Stay downtown Bayeux, 1 minute walk to the Cathedral

#4A lovely house in Normandy

Stay downtown Bayeux, 1 minute walk to the Cathedral

...in a beautifully renovated house...

#4A lovely house in Normandy

...in a beautifully renovated house...

...with a a spacious room and lovely hosts

#4A lovely house in Normandy

...with a a spacious room and lovely hosts

Stay away from the crowds half-day to Giverny and les Andelys

#5A cozy house in a vast park near Giverny

Stay away from the crowds half-day to Giverny and les Andelys

Enjoy a very large suite room with a nice lounge area

#5A cozy house in a vast park near Giverny

Enjoy a very large suite room with a nice lounge area

Relax in the spa

#5A cozy house in a vast park near Giverny

Relax in the spa

Savor delicious breakfasts made by your lovely hostess

#5A cozy house in a vast park near Giverny

Savor delicious breakfasts made by your lovely hostess

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.

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.

cooking course france

NORMAN COOKING CLASS

Spend a morning with Brigitte who will teach you how to make a real norman meal. Then you'll enjoy the lunch in her welcoming dining room or in the terrace. 

Paris Bike Tour

Spend about 4hrs with a Parisian who will have you discover his city on a bike, with a group of max.10 travelers. For those who don't like biking, you can also take a walking tour. 

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