Your 3-day tour from Paris to the much-loved regions of Normandy and the Loire Valley in northwestern France includes comfortable coach transportation, accommodation at 3-star hotels in the towns of Caen and Angers, and dinner and breakfast. You’ll have free time to enjoy lunch on your own.
With your informative guide, travel first to the Normandy coast, visiting Rouen, Honfleur and Omaha Beach. On Day 2, head to the walled city of St-Malo and then Mont St-Michel, a World Heritage site known for its unique setting on a small rocky island. Day 3 is reserved for the castles of the Loire Valley, including Château de Langeais and Château de Chenonceau.
Day One: Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Caen (D)
Jump aboard your luxury air-conditioned coach in the morning and head out of central Paris and deep into the beautiful Normandy countryside to begin your tour. Stop first in the medieval city of Rouen — Normandy’s ancient capital — and take a tour of the Old Town with your informative guide.
Travel onward to the delightful seaside town of Honfleur and take time to appreciate its picturesque port and fresh sea air. Sit down to lunch at your leisure (own expense) and take in beautiful views over the coastal port-town. One of Normandy’s prettiest towns, Honfleur is home to many traditional craft shops and charming cafés, with many waterside walks to enjoy.
Continue on to the Normandy beaches, made famous as the landing site of Allied forces during World War II. Gaze out over Omaha Beach, where so many courageous soldiers lay down their lives in battle, and spend time at the American Cemetery of Saint-Laurent and Arromanches. Overnight: 3-star hotel in CaenDay Two: Caen – St Malo – Mont Saint-Michel – Angers (B, D)
Following your morning buffet breakfast, leave Caen behind and travel on toward Brittany in the north west of France. Take a tour of the ancient, walled city of St Malo and discover its age-old ramparts and cathedral with your guide.
Pause for lunch and refreshments (own expense) and spend a little free time exploring St Malo at your leisure, then travel onward to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont Saint-Michel, an island fortress located on the Normandy coastline. Considered by many to be one of France’s best-known landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel has a complex and fascinating history going all the way back to the 8th century.
Explore the ancient abbey with your guide then spend a little free time wandering along Mont Saint-Michel’s cobbled streets and alleyways at your leisure. Overnight: 3-star hotel in Angers
Day Three: Angers – Château de Langeais – Amboise – Château de Chenonceau – Paris (B)
Depart Angers after breakfast and head into France’s château country. Admire the imposing Château d’Angers in the Loire Valley on route and capture its beauty on camera before continuing onward.
Travel through the ancient towns of Cunault and Saumur on your way to the Château de Langeais, a medieval castle nestled in Indre-et-Loire. Destroyed in the Hundred Years’ War, Château de Langeais was fully rebuilt in the 15th century by King Louis XI and is today widely considered to be among the finest examples of late-medieval architecture in France. Tour the castle with your guide and gain insight into its centuries of history and heritage.
Travel onward to the town of Amboise, on the banks of the Loire River, and enjoy a pause for lunch (own expense) and a little free time to explore the town at your leisure.
Afterward, take a guided tour of the Château de Chenonceau considered as one of the remarkable châteaux in the region.
At the conclusion of your visit to the Château de Chenonceau, hop back in your coach for the return journey to central Paris where your tour will come to an end.Sample Menu:Starter:
- Roast turkey, green beans and Provençal tomatoes
- Iced nougat and berry coulis