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    Paris, the Loire Valley and Normandy at a slower pace

Paris, the Loire Valley and Normandy at a slower pace

26 days
Paris, Loire Valley & Normandy
Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
US$ 6,100 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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This itinerary will take you to 3 of the richest regions of France, at a relaxed pace and away from the beaten tracks.

We recommend flying into and out of Paris on this itinerary.

Paris: Capital of France & City of Lights

  • Live the Parisian life! Comfortably accommodated for the first 5 nights of your trip 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.
  • We plan for you to get oriented with a Parisian guide for a half-day, discover Paris most famous buildings along the Seine river and get to learn a lot about French culture and history...having a lot of fun.
  • 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.

self-drive map paris, loire and normandy

 

The Loire Valley away from the beaten paths

  • On the 6th day, you will pick up a rental car by the ring road in Paris so you don’t drive across the city. The drive to the Loire Valley is about 3hrs long.
  • You will spend the following 4 nights of your journey nicely settled in a beautiful historic home nestled in a lively town, by the river. Your host will be happy to make many recommendations about wineries, wine bars or restaurants to experience the Touraine sweet life.
  • Located on the banks of the Vienne River, you will jump back to the Medieval times and learn about Joan of Arc history. At night, one of the best restaurants in the region is less than a 1-minute-walk.

 

The Loire Valley: Chambord & Chenonceau area

  • On the 10th day, you will drive towards the most famous of the Loire castles area.
  • Spend 3 nights in a welcoming Bed & Breakfasts, between Amboise and Chenonceau: Your hostess is an excellent cook and she will take you on to a fun cooking workshop, followed by a nice dinner shared with fellow travelers. We can have you work on the type of dishes/products you like.
  • On your way to Normandy, treat yourself with 2 nights in a luxury privately owned castle, 5 miles to Chambord Unesco Renaissance castle.
  • You will stay in a comfortable room which may have original frescos dating back to 1620 on the walls (for the early birds) and also enjoy a vast park, tennis court and a huge swimming pool. In the evening, enjoy a drink in one of the many "salons" where you will always feel welcome.

 

From Saint Malo to Mont Saint Michel

  • On the 15th day, you will reach Normandy which is only a 3hrs drive and we will suggest a nice stop on the way.
  • Stay in a former presbytery from the 18th century, located half-way between the famous town of Mont Saint Michel and the lovely port of Saint Malo. One night, enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your host who is also a Chef.
  • A place you won't want to miss is Mont Saint Michel: this sumptuous abbey standing on a tiny island in the middle of a bay is truly the “8th wonder of the Western world” and is well worth a visit.
  • We will also take you to the very near Eastern Brittany : it's lovely ports, granite stone towns and delicious crêpes are a real addition to your immersion into the Northern France culture.
  • In Cancale area, experience the Breton sailormen's life on board of a nice wooden boat. The Captain will tell you many stories and have you discover the finest local products with a gastronomic picnic.

 

Bayeux, Calvados & Landing Sites area in Normandy

  • Reside for 5 nights in a peaceful countryside house, located between Bayeux old town and the Landing Beaches. Your hosts travel a lot and will be happy to share many tips with you.
  • 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.
  • From your B&B, you are within reach of all the D-Day sites and museums: from Sainte Mère Eglise to Ouistreham, Isigny, pointe du Hoc, the artificial port of Arromanches or the Caen Memorial.
  • 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.
  • The Normandy back country might be less famous but is certainly worth a detour: the typical half-timbered villages, the Cider road, the beautiful English style gardens, the apple brandy traditional manufacturers…and of course the cheeses…a trip to Normandy would not be complete without tasting Camembert or Livarot cheeses!

 

Last Step: Giverny & Monet’s house

  • You will stay for the last 2 nights of your trip, in a gorgeous mansion, in the orchards, 2 miles to Giverny town. Val, your lovely hostess, will be available to make the most of your stay.
  • We include here cut-the-line tickets to Monet’s house and gardens. Lovely Seine river towns also deserve a visit.
  • On your last day, you are only a 1hr drive to CDG Airport where we would suggest you return the rental car.

This itinerary includes

5 nights in a Boutique-Hotel in Paris & 20 nights in premium B&Bs that we all personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 21 days
2 «Table d’Hôtes» home-cooked dinners, with your Hosts and other 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 unique place, in the very center of Paris

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

A unique place, in the very center of Paris

Stay in a cozy room...

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

Stay in a cozy room...

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

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

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

A historic home, in the center of a lively wine town

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

A historic home, in the center of a lively wine town

relax in a large room

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

relax in a large room

...in the courtyard or the guests living room

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

...in the courtyard or the guests living room

Share breakfasts with other fellow travelers

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

Share breakfasts with other fellow travelers

A charming tuffeau stone house in a green valley

#3A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

A charming tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

#3A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

or in the garden

#3A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

or in the garden

Enjoy a savory home-made cuisine

#3A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Enjoy a savory home-made cuisine

Stay in a gorgeous privately owned castle in the Loire valley

#4A gorgeous private castle in the Loire

Stay in a gorgeous privately owned castle in the Loire valley

play the piano or enjoy a drink in one of the salons

#4A gorgeous private castle in the Loire

play the piano or enjoy a drink in one of the salons

Early birds will have 1620 fescos on their room s walls.

#4A gorgeous private castle in the Loire

Early birds will have 1620 fescos on their room s walls.

Your lovely hosts will share their passion with you

#4A gorgeous private castle in the Loire

Your lovely hosts will share their passion with you

Stay, hidden from the crowds, near Mont Saint Michel

#5A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

Stay, hidden from the crowds, near Mont Saint Michel

Enjoy a very comfortable BandB where you will feel at home

#5A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

Enjoy a very comfortable BandB where you will feel at home

Your host is a professinnal Chef, be ready for a savory dinner !

#5A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

Your host is a professinnal Chef, be ready for a savory dinner !

This is the view from your room...

#5A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

This is the view from your room...

stay in a very quiet setting between Bayeux and the Landing Beaches

#6A beautiful countryside house near Bayeux

stay in a very quiet setting between Bayeux and the Landing Beaches

enjoy a comfortable room

#6A beautiful countryside house near Bayeux

enjoy a comfortable room

Share a delicious table dhôtes dinner with your hosts

#6A beautiful countryside house near Bayeux

Share a delicious table dhôtes dinner with your hosts

Relax in the guests living room or in the garden

#6A beautiful countryside house near Bayeux

Relax in the guests living room or in the garden

Stay away from the crowds only 2 miles to Monet's house and gardens

#7A Gorgeous Mansion on the hill above Giverny town

Stay away from the crowds only 2 miles to Monet's house and gardens

Rest in a spacious room, lavishly decorated...

#7A Gorgeous Mansion on the hill above Giverny town

Rest in a spacious room, lavishly decorated...

...or in the welcoming living room

#7A Gorgeous Mansion on the hill above Giverny town

...or in the welcoming living room

Activities included in this tour

paris guided tour

PARIS ORIENTATION TOUR

Discover Paris most famous buildings along the Seine river and get to learn a lot about French culture and history...having a lot of fun.

cooking workshop with Valérie

Loire Cooking Workshop

Spend a late afternoon with Valérie who trained in gastronomic restaurants. You will prepare a main course and a dessert, then you'll enjoy a savory dinner with your hosts. 

boat tour in Brittany

Old Wooden Boat Tour & Picnic

In Cancale area, experience the Breton sailormen's life on board of a nice wooden boat. The Captain will tell you many stories and have you discover the finest local products with a gastronomic picnic. 

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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