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Overview

On an overnight adventure from Paris, experience two of the most popular areas of northwestern France — the UNESCO-listed island village of Mont St-Michel in Normandy and the ‘château country’ of the Loire Valley, another World Heritage site. With a guide, you’ll learn about the history of these stunning sites, plus spend the night in the town of Angers. Prepare to be wowed by castles like Château de Chenonceau. If you have a short stay in France, this is the ideal way to see a bit more of the country than just Paris.
  • 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 the remarkable castle of Château de Chenonceau including a wine tasting
  • 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
Your 2-day tour from Paris to the beloved French regions of the Loire Valley and Normandy includes comfortable coach transportation, accommodation at a 3-star hotel in the town of Angers and meals (lunch and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2). With your informative guide, you’ll go first to Mont St-Michel, a World Heritage site famous for its unique setting on a tiny rocky island. The next day, visit some of the Loire Valley’s castles, including Château de Langeais, and Château de Chenonceau.

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 — 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 destination.
Re-board the coach and relax on the drive back to Paris, arriving at night.

Reviews

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A
, Nov 2017

The tour was ok we saw all of the highlights but we didn't have enough time at any of the places.

A
, Sep 2017

The company that does this tour is super organized. Everything went as planned and we saw and learned a lot of cool things.

My only complaint is with the nature of a big tour like this. There is a lot of bus travel and the time at the sites is very limited. We had to rush around after the guided parts to see anything else. The planned meals weren't that great, I would rather not have that included and instead just leave time for folks to eat on their own.
The hotel was fine, the breakfast was great.

It's really cool that they accommodate so many different languages. If you don't want to drive yourself, this is a great option.

It's a bit pricey.

L
, Aug 2017

It was an amazing tour.
The places are gorgeous and the guides were very nice.
Recomended

K
, Aug 2017

To get a lot in within a few days this was great! The guides were knowledgable, pleasant and made sure everyone e was looked after. I would definetly recommend this trip.

C
, Jul 2017

I loved seeing the Mont Saint-Michel and the Loire Castles. Wish they would have told us ahead of time that due to the time schedule we would not be seeing the Mont Saint Michel at high tide and therefore missing it being surrounded by water. Also, because of the time schedule we felt rushed a lot. They would say there will be plenty of time at the end to take photos, but that never seemed to happen. Also, a lot of times it felt like we were huddled in a corner and told about what we were going to see and then we would rush by what we were seeing. That being said, other than renting a car, I don't see any better logistics for the trip.

g
, Jun 2017

Unfortunately our tour coincided with a holiday weekend so all the destinations where crowded and rushed. Check for local holidays before booking.

m
, May 2017

This tour was excellent! We saw many wonderful chateaus and the hotel for the overnight stay was very nice as was the dinner provided. The guides were very knowledgeable but the headsets could be better. I would recommend this tour to everyone!

f
, Oct 2016

Caroline was an excellent guide and host during our visit to Mount St. Michel. She has a very good grasp of the history of the region. We enjoyed ourselves emensely. Very well worth the time and money spent to make this visit.

f
, Oct 2016

Caroline was an excellent guide and host during our visit to Mount St. Michel. She has a very good grasp of the history of the region. We enjoyed ourselves emensely. Very well worth the time and money spent to make this visit.

A
, Sep 2016

It was a very good tour. Very Informative. The fact that we had to change buses twice was a the reason why I wont give it five stars.
Overnight stay was in a good hotel. Included meals were good and tasty. We had the option to eat chicken both times. Not sure how many options will be available for Vegetarians.


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