20 days in Burgundy, Loire Valley, Normandy, Paris | France Just For You
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    Northern France Must Sees & Hidden Beauties
on the Loire River

Northern France Must Sees & Hidden Beauties

20 days
Burgundy, Loire Valley, Normandy & Paris
Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Sceneries
US$ 4,650 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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This is the best itinerary to thoroughly discover the Northern part of France: from the Burgundy vineyards to the Loire Valley castles, Normandy WWII history…ending in the worldwide famous capital of France: Paris.

BURGUNDY

  • As you will probably arrive at CDG airport, we have planned for you to pick up the rental car at the airport. It can be another location based on where you’ll arrive in France. From Paris, drive 3 hours to Burgundy. We will recommend a very nice resting stop on your way.
  • In Burgundy, located 100m from the famous Hospices, right next to the Beaune ramparts, you will stay for 3 nights in a B&B, a tastefully restored toll-house dating back to the Middle Ages when people had to pay to enter the city. Enjoy being able to walk everywhere staying in a quiet townhouse nestled in a cool garden. We'll tell you where to go for the best wine tasting in Beaune. After that, you can savor a traditional Burgundy meal or buy a picnic at the market and sunbathe in the park close by.
  • We will provide you with all the detailed itineraries you need to discover the authentic and charming region of Burgundy. This region is much more than its vineyards: winding roads leading to tiny timeless villages - some of them the "Most Beautiful Villages of France" - will give you a real feel for this region. Dijon has kept a lot of ancient monuments and houses, yet it is a very lively modern city and full of charm. Taste some local cheeses, the "Epoisse" at the cheese factory or stroll around Beaune from cellars to ramparts.
  • For the "Gourmets", this itinerary includes a cooking class with a Chef trained in star rated restaurants. You will prepare a 3-course meal of Burgundy dishes, then savor the lunch with some Burgundy wine. A great way to learn some new cooking techniques. 

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THE LOIRE VALLEY hidden beauties

  • On the 4th day, you will drive about 4 hours to get to the Southern Loire Valley. You will reside for 4 nights 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. If you wish, you can have diner at the B&B. Located on the south banks of the Vienne River, this charming B&B is within short driving distance of Chinon and Saumur, beautiful historic cities.
  • One day, let the owner of a 12th century abbey guide you in this amazing and totally off the beaten tracks historical site.
  • On the 8th day, you will move to the Northern Loire. Stay for 3 nights in a charming restored mansion, 15 minute walk from Amboise castle and the famous Clos Lucé (Leonardo Da Vinci final dwelling). Your hostess has restored the whole place with a lot of taste and she can tell you many stories about each of her rooms. The house is surrounded by a beautiful park, where you will to relax before or after the visits.
  • Touraine is also famous for its vineyards – Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray and many more – and we have planned a special wine tasting in Amboise. 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 wonderful.


NORMANDY : Mt St Michel to Giverny

  • On the 11th day, you will be on your way to Mont Saint Michel! Spend 2 nights in a lovely Bed & Breakfast, across the Bay from Mont Saint Michel. Your welcoming Hosts own a typical Norman stone house, surrounded by fields where racehorses are being grown up and trained...a local specialty. We will give you tips to discover this very touristy sites avoiding most of the crowds.
  • Continue your trip nearby, in Bayeux: heart of Calvados region. Spend 4 nights in a 19th century manor located 2 miles from Bayeux. You will be warmly welcomed by your hosts and stay in one of their suite-rooms. We have planned a Table d’Hôtes dinner for you, together with your Hosts and other guests. You will experience a local custom called the “trou normand”, having a glass of Calvados (apple brandy) between the starter and the main course. It is meant to renew your appetite to make sure you finish the whole dinner!
  • 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 back country 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. This part of Normandy is also famous for its seafood, especially scallops from Port en Bessin and oysters from Asnelles.
  • On day 17, visit Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, on your way back to Paris. We have included in this itinerary by-pass tickets to avoid the lines.

 

Paris landmarks

  • You will drop off the rental car downtown Paris at the nearest agency from your hotel and then become a pedestrian traveler to explore the city of lights.
  • For the last 3 nights of your trip, you will be living the Parisian life. Comfortably accommodated in a charming boutique-hotel in a quiet street of the bustling Marais district, you will discover the French capital city’s must sees and hidden beauties.
  • Being based less than 10 minute walk from 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.

On your last day, you are 1 hour to CDG airport using public transportation or shuttles. 


This is "la belle France" !

 

 

This itinerary includes

16 nights in B&Bs and 3 nights in a boutique-hotel in Paris - that we all personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 17 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

Pictures of the accommodations

100 meters from the Hospices of Beaune, with a cool garden

#1A quiet town house in the heart of Beaune, Burgundy

100 meters from the Hospices of Beaune, with a cool garden

 ...with cozy rooms fully equipped...

#1A quiet town house in the heart of Beaune, Burgundy

...with cozy rooms fully equipped...

...lovely hosts and delicious breakfasts

#1A quiet town house in the heart of Beaune, Burgundy

...lovely hosts and delicious breakfasts

A charming house, nestled in a lovely hamlet

#2A 14th century house in the Loire Valley

A charming house, nestled in a lovely hamlet

Relax in a cozy room, after a day sightseeing.

#2A 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...

#2A 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.

#2A 14th century house in the Loire Valley

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

A beautiful place in a lively town

#3A peaceful mansion in Northern Loire

A beautiful place in a lively town

The whole mansion was entirely rebuilt by your lovely hostess

#3A peaceful mansion in Northern Loire

The whole mansion was entirely rebuilt by your lovely hostess

Relax in the very quiet park

#3A peaceful mansion in Northern Loire

Relax in the very quiet park

A charming stone house in a lovely hamlet

#4A 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

#4A 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

#4A charming house across the Bay from Mont Saint Michel

Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the family dining room

Stay 2 miles from Bayeux historical city

#5A beautiful mansion very close to Bayeux

Stay 2 miles from Bayeux historical city

Relax in a suite room and enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by Vincent

#5A beautiful mansion very close to Bayeux

Relax in a suite room and enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by Vincent

You can also read your guidebook in your own little private greenhouse

#5A beautiful mansion very close to Bayeux

You can also read your guidebook in your own little private greenhouse

A unique place, in the very center of Paris

#6A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

A unique place, in the very center of Paris

Stay in a cozy room...

#6A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

Stay in a cozy room...

...less than 10 minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral

#6A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

...less than 10 minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral

Activities included in this tour

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 class burgundy

BURGUNDY COOKING CLASS

Meet with Olivier who was a Chef in star rated restaurants. He will teach you how to cook some typical Burgundy dishes revised to make them some very sophisticated courses.  

GUIDED TOUR OF A 12TH C. ABBEY

Get totally off the beaten track and explore each nook and cranny of this 12th century jewel. The owner, who will guide you, is passionate about local history and is totally dedicated to the conservation of this site.

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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