4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
Discover the regions of Normandy and the Loire Valley on this 2-day tour from Paris. Visit iconic Mont St-Michel and then venture through château country to visit several renowned castles like Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord. Your guide will reveal the history of these must-see regions and sights during your guided visits. If you have a short stay in France, this easy trip from Paris is a fantastic way to see more of this beautiful country. Overnight accommodation and comfortable coach transport is included.

Highlights

  • 2-day tour from Paris to Normandy and the Loire Valley
  • Experience two must-see regions of France with a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mont St-Michel in Normandy
  • Travel through the beautiful château country of the Loire
  • Tour four remarkable castles including Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord
  • See the biggest tapestry in the world at Château d’Angers
  • Enjoy free time in each place to shop and explore at your leisure
  • Overnight accommodation in a 3-star hotel included

What You Can Expect

2-Day Mont St-Michel and Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

Explore the Chateau de Chenonceau on day two of your trip

Take a guided tour of iconic Mont St-Michel in Normandy before venturing to central France to visit three remarkable Loire Valley châteaux: Château de Langeais, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord. A knowledgeable guide, round-trip coach transport and overnight accommodation is included, as well as some meals.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris — Mont St-Michel — Angers (L,D)
Meet near the Pyramides metro station in Paris in the morning to meet your guide and board your air-conditioned coach. Relax on the long drive through the Normandy countryside of northern France to your first destination: Mont St-Michel.

One of the country's most iconic attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed abbey of Mont St-Michel is perched on a rocky island amid a vast bay and encircled by stout ramparts and battlements. After fueling up with lunch at a local restaurant, follow your guide on a walk to the top of the hilly village, where you’ll then travel back in time as you enter the fascinating abbey.

As you'll learn, Mont St-Michel was a major cultural and pilgrimage center during the Middle Ages. Legend has it that the abbey was established in the 8th century, when the bishop of Avranches was visited by the Archangel Michael in a dream. Today, the abbey is still crowned by a gilded copper statue of Michael slaying a dragon, representing the triumph of good over evil.

Visit the abbey’s cloister and refectory, and see how the ramparts have been added to support the Gothic monastery over the centuries. After your tour, wander the surrounding village at your leisure. Walk around the abbey's ramparts, shop along the main street, visit the island's museums, and witness Mont St-Michel's most well-known and alluring feature: the extreme tides. At low tide, the island can be surrounded by bare sand for miles, but at high tide — just six hours later — sea water swells up and fills the bay, surrounding the whole island.

In the late afternoon, re-board the coach and depart south for the Loire Valley. This scenic region in central France is marked by wide, flat green plains dotted with picturesque villages and vineyards, as well as the country’s most renowned châteaux — there are more than 300 here!

Arrive in the city of Angers in the evening for dinner with your group and an overnight stay.

Overnight: 3-star hotel in Angers

Day 2: Angers — Langeais — Amboise — Chenonceaux — Chambord — Paris (B)
After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a day full of stately French castles and incredible scenery. You’ll take guided visits of three of the most remarkable Loire Valley châteaux.

Start with a brief photo stop at Château d’Angers, hanging over the River Maine. Founded in the 9th century by the Count of Anjou and expanded in the 13th century, it is home to the Apocalypse Tapestry, the largest tapestry in the world.

Then head to Château de Langeais, also founded by the Count of Anjou. This castle was attacked by the Count of Blois and then destroyed during the Hundred Years’ War. In the 15th century, King Louis XI rebuilt it into a grand château, and it now serves as one of the world’s best examples of late medieval architecture.

Continuing on your drive, pass the towns of Cunault and Saumur on your way to the quaint town of Amboise on the banks of the Loire, where you’ll stop for lunch.

Your next stop is Château de Chenonceau, one of the most iconic Loire Valley castles with a fascinating history. Straddling the River Cher, it served as an escape route during World World II from the Nazi occupied zone on one side of the river to the ‘free’ zone on the opposite bank.

After your visit, pass by Château de Cheverny for a glimpse of the exterior before making your way to your final stop, the largest and most imposing royal residence of the Loire, Château de Chambord. Tour the interior and wander the immense park that surrounds this historic gem.

Then re-board the coach and relax on the drive back to Paris, arriving at night.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Loved every bit of it. Great pacing. We weren't rushed but also didnt feel like we had to find ways to kill time. Comfy buses. Great accomodation. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Loved exploring the Mont and various chateaus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

We enjoyed this tour a great deal. Comfortable buses, well organized, knowledgeable guides. One suggestion. The guides might remind passengers to keep their conversations fairly quiet in respect to others on the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

The 2 day tour was fabulous and I recommend it. The sight of Mont St Michel as it came into view from the bus was awesome. We had lunch first before going to the Mont and that was good but took about an hour. There were only two toilets in the restaurant so a queue quickly formed - there is a lack of public toilets in France, my only complaint. You can take a free bus to and from the Mont but could walk if you want. The actual village of Mont St Michel was fascinating but a fairly steep climb up many steps. You need a reasonable level of mobility to reach the top parts. Many, many tourists unfortunately. Beautiful views around the surrounding countryside from the top parts. The overnight accommodation at the Mecure Hotel and the meals provided were all good. On the next day was the return trip to Paris via the chateaux. I saw the chateaux of Langeais, Chenonceau and Chambord and all were different from each other but were worth seeing. The grounds of the chateaux were lovely to walk around. The guides were all English speaking. The trip was well organized and an enjoyable time was had. Highly recommended.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The tour was great!! Mont St-Michel was just fantastic. A fe things to note, not enough time at Chamboard. At all the other chateaus we were giving a good tour and some history, but only shown the top of Chamboard and really nothing else Bit of a shame considering how beautiful and HUGE it is. Could of had a bit less time in the first chateau. Apart from this the tour was great! History fantastic and food!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

A beautiful tour with many lovely sights. Well done!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

Though the tour guides were of uneven quality, the two days did pack in just as much touring as I had hoped: Mont St. Michel, nice meals, a good hotel, and three chateaux. I appreciated the 1.5 hours of free time after each tour, so we would be free to roam where we liked. However, on the trip back to Paris, it would really help to find a different rest stop. The bathrooms at the gas station/mini-mart were quite smelly, with limited stalls for women (some of which could not be used: truly primitive). Nonetheless, I would book a tour with this company again, simply for its convenience and budget-friendliness. (I don't need to travel in luxury.) I like to see as much as possible for the $: this tour did accomplish that.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

My husband enjoy the trip very much.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2011

Mont St Michel was fabulous! The day was a bit hazy, but the views were still wonderful. It's a lot of climbing for people with any physical impediments, though. The Chateaux were extraordinary and the commentary about them was very interesting. The dinner provided was quite good, but it's too bad they didn't choose a hotel in an area with things to see and do. The only option was to sit in the room.

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