* France – Paris, Highlights Loire valley castles and Normandy travel with DMC
Period : March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Reference : 13P008
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Departure from Paris for your discovery tour & the fascinating beauty of the castles in the Loire Valley. : Chambord, Chenonceau, Villandry. Travel to the Normandy : from the « Cote Fleurie » to the bay of Mont St Michel, from the fragrance of apple orchards to the smells of the sea ! Please contact us, our DMC is here for you.
D1 Paris, City of Light
Group arrival at Paris airport where you will be welcomed by your guide (flight arrangements at your own discretion) and coach transfer to Paris. Sightseeing tour of the city’s classic landmarks: the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Invalides and grand avenues. Take a ride to the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower for unrivalled views of the city stretching out before you (an aperitif at the Tower whilst you admire the views is an optional extra). Check-in to your hotel in Paris. Dinner and overnight.
D2 Heart of Paris and the River Seine (30 km)
Sightseeing tour in the historic heart of Paris, taking in the Hotel de Ville, the Ile de la Cite, site of the very first settlers, and stunning Notre-Dame (pedestrian access only), the elegant Place des Vosges and the Marais district (walking tour possible). Free time for lunch then take to the river, on a traditional “bateau mouche”, to admire the beautiful bridges and monuments near the riverbanks. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure, whether it be shopping, strolling by the Seine or taking in the Champs Elysees. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
D3 Versailles and Montmartre (70 km)
After breakfast leave for Versailles and a tour of the Royal Chateau with its famous Hall of Mirrors and sumptuous Royal apartments. Free time for lunch then return to Paris and take the tourist train up to the Place du Tertre, at the heart of Montmartre, full of portrait painters. The imposing Sacre Coeur Basilica is just a few streets away. With its steep stairways, and corners of greenery, the area still retains a distinct village feel. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
D4 Chambord Castle (265 km)
Breakfast then set off for Chambord. Lunch at your leisure then a visit to Chambord Castle, one of the largest in the Loire, and also one of the loveliest. Built by Francois 1st, it’s a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, surrounded by extensive parkland, though nowadays the hunting grounds are a game reserve. Check-in to your hotel in the Tours region. Dinner and overnight.
D5 Chenonceau castle & Bourre (90 km)
Chenonceau was home to the ladies of the Court during the Renaissance, and after breakfast, leave to visit this delightful Castle, its graceful arches spanning the River Cher in an idyllic setting. Free time for lunch then on to Bourre for a guided tour of the extraordinary troglodyte dwellings, hewn from the cliff on three levels, and to learn about quarrying techniques of the prized truffeau stone. On the way back to the hotel make a halt at a traditional cellar for some wine-tasting. Dinner and overnight.
D6 Villandry Gardens / Chateau d’Usse (100 km)
Make for Villandry Castle, whose world-famous gardens are the main attraction, in particular the highly ornamental kitchen garden. On then to taste a local speciality, “Poires Tapées à l’Ancienne” : see how the pears are dried and conserved using traditional methods. Free time for lunch then continue to Usse Castle, nicknamed Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, with its multitude of turrets, skylights and chimneys. Return to the hotel via Azay le Rideau. Dinner and overnight.
D7 Caen and the D-Day Landing Beaches (350 km)
Today we set off for Normandy, arriving in Caen in time for lunch. You are free to take lunch before our tour of Caen, home of William the Conqueror, taking in the old centre, the two Abbeys and the Ducal Castle ramparts. Our route takes us along the Cote de Nacre to Arromanches via the Normandy Landing Beaches, dotted with bunkers, batteries and War Memorials. Check-in to your hotel in the region. Dinner and overnight.
D8 Mont St-Michel
Depart to Mont St-Michel, granitic islet surrounded of vast sandbanks. Guided visit to the mont nicknamed the “Wonder of the West”. Visit to the Mont St-Michel Abby, Then continue to Caen for diner and overnight in the region.
D9 Cote Fleurie and Cider Country (220 km)
Continue along the scenic Normandy coast of the Cote Fleurie with its popular seaside resorts of Deauville, Trouville, and Honfleur stopping en route to taste some local cider and calvados. Free time for lunch then on to Fecamp across the giant span of the Normandy Bridge and via the spectacular chalky cliffs and chiselled archways of Etretat. The Benedictine Palace in Fecamp is famous for its artwork and architecture but more so for its unique liqueur which is still exclusively distilled on the premises. End your visit with a tasting session then continue to Rouen for dinner and overnight in the region.
D10 Dieppe and the Alabaster Cliffs ( 180 km)
Tour Dieppe, maritime city par excellence. In the 19th century, aside the thriving port, Dieppe was one of the first places where sea bathing came into fashion. Free time for lunch, then stop to visit the little church in St Valery with its exquisite stained glass windows by Braque and Ubac, and enjoy the far-stretching views along the coast. The English style park and gardens in Bois des Moutiers are home to an exceptional collection of plants and shrubs from all over the world. Continue along the sheer white cliffs of the Alabaster Coast to St Valery-en-Caux. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
D11 Rouen and the Seine Valley (170 km)
A visit to Rouen old town centre is a delight, thanks to its well-preserved half-timber houses, and other old buildings such as the Gros Horloge Clock Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Free time for lunch then on towards Caudebec en Caux following the tranquil meanders of the Seine, so loved by the Impressionists. The gently undulating countryside is sprinkled with small villages, country manors and fine Abbeys. Our route takes us via the picturesque village of La Bouille, St Pierre de Manneville and its 16th century Manor, the Abbey of St Martin de Boscherville, the beautiful ruins of Jumieges Abbey, and St Wandrille Abbey founded in the 7th century. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Paris airport for return flight (flight arrangements at your discretion).
Your discovery tour:
Services of an English-speaking Guide for the duration of the itinerary
Accommodation sharing a double room in 3* hotels as per itinerary
Half Board (3 course menu – drinks not included) from dinner on D1 to breakfast on D12
Visits with tasting sessions: wine cellar, “poires tapées”, cider and calvados, Benedictine Palace
Entrance Fees : 56th Floors Montparnasse Tower, Versailles Palace, Chambord and Chenonceau Castles, Troglodyte Dwellings, Villandry Gardens, Usse Castle, Bois des Moutiers Gardens, Mont-Saint Michel Abby.
Seine River Cruise (1h)
Tourist Train to Montmartre (round trip)
Single Room (11 nights) : 385 €
Aperitif at the Montparnasse Tower : 12 €
Jumieges Abbey : 6 €
Alabaster Coast Cruise (45 mn) : 14 €