3 Day Guided Trip to Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, Loire Valley Chateaux and Wine Tasting from Paris

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This three-day tour will delight you as you the explore France's rich cultural heritage with a guide-interpreter. Tour the Beaches of Normandy after first visiting two Norman towns: Honfleur and Rouen. Continue your journey with a tour of Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. Finish your trip in the Loire Valley with a visit to Langeais, Chenonceau and Chambord.

DAY 1: Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rouen, Honfleur and the Normandy Landing Beaches

Our air-conditioned bus boards at 6:45 am in front of our agency located near the Louvre Museum. At 7:15 am you will set off on the Normandy highway after passing through the western districts of Paris. After about two hours on the road, the bus will make its first stop in the city of Rouen. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historic district featuring the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the Gros Horloge (an astronomical clock that is one of the city's treasures), the half-timbered houses and the medieval pedestrian streets that give the area an authentic charm. Rouen has inspired a number of Impressionists, including Claude Monet who depicted the Cathedral in a series of paintings.

Visit Rouen
Rouen

The morning ends with an hour-long drive to Honfleur. During the ride, be sure to look for the incredible Pont de Normandie suspension bridge that spans the Seine estuary. During the stop in Honfleur you will have the chance to explore the town on your own. Enjoy the picturesque streets and colorful houses of this quintessential harbor town. This is the perfect chance to have lunch in one of Honfleur's restaurants on a terrace with a view of the sea.

After lunch the bus will set off again, this time along the Norman coastline. Explore the famous Normandy beaches where the Allies landed on June 6, 1944. These are must-see sites for World War II history. The American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer, located near Omaha Beach, is a place for quiet reflection. Commemorating the Battle of Normandy, the cemetery is notable for its size, 70 hectares, and its rows of white marble tombstones.

American Cemetery in Normandy
American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer

After leaving this site, the next stop is Arromanches beach (25 minutes from Colleville sur Mer), where you can still spy traces of the pontoons used to support the artificial harbor (built in England and towed to this site for the landings) despite the wear and tear inflicted by the sea.

Your first day ends at the Caen Novotel (or a similar hotel) where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Menu

Starter
Potato tortilla and onion with warm camembert
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Main course
Vallée d'Auge Chicken with mashed potatoes
**
Dessert
Tarte Tatin

 

Vegetarian Menu

Raw vegetables assortment
**
Plain or ham and cheese omelette
**
Tarte Tatin

DAY 2: Guided Sightseeing Tour of Saint-Malo and the Mont Saint-Michel cities

Your second day begins with a breakfast buffet and the excursion continues in Saint-Malo (located about 170 km from Caen). Admire the city walls, Château, Saint-Malo Cathedral and Fort National during the guided tour of Saint-Malo, a town with a rich heritage. You will then have time for lunch in this Breton town at a restaurant of your choosing.

Visit Saint Malo
Saint Malo

The day continues at one of the can't-miss sites for any trip to France. Let your guide introduce you to the incredible Mont Saint-Michel, perched on a rocky peak and surrounded by a beautiful bay. You can best enjoy the climb to the top of the village by taking the Grande Rue, where most of the shops, museums and traditional medieval houses can be found. The walk ends at the top of the mountain where the Benedectine abbey that dates back to the 8th century is located. Enjoy a guided tour of Mont Saint-Michel abbey, during which you can take in the incredible Gothic structure featuring a cloister and a garden with a panoramic view of the sea. After your tour, take a moment to stroll the bustling streets, admire the incredible vista of the bay as you walk down along the city walls or sample some delicious crêpes.

Mont Saint Michel village
Mont Saint Michel

The bus leaves for Angers around 4:30 pm. After a ride of about three hours, you will get off at the Angers Centre (or a similar hotel) where you will spend the night. You will find many restaurants near your hotel to have dinner. 

DAY 3: Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Loire Valley Castles of Langeais, Chenonceau and Wine Tasting

The third day begins with breakfast at the hotel.

You will then set off for the Loire Valley and the first tour will take place at Château de Langeais, a well-preserved fortified castle. Your guide will take you through the interior of the château, where depictions of everyday life in the medieval era using highly realistic wax figures will take you on a voyage of discovery through French history.

After the tour of Langeais there will be time for lunch in Amboise at a restaurant of your choosing. Your guide will point out some dining options located near Château d’Amboise.

Chateau de Chenonceau
The Château de Chambord

The afternoon kicks off with a guided tour of Château de Chenonceau, just 20 kilometers from Amboise. This Renaissance masterpiece that spans the Cher river looks like a palace from a fairytale and has played a major role in French history. Also known as the "Château des Dames", it was built and renovated over a period of many years by a number of famous women from French history (including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de' Medici). During your guided tour you will get the chance to admire the lavishly appointed rooms that embody the refined French way of life in the castle's heyday.

Your journey continues with a wine tasting in the Cave des Dômes in Chenonceaux. 

The bus leaves from Chenonceaux at 5.15 pm to arrive at PARISCityVISION in downtown Paris around 8:00 pm.

Please note :

  • From June 6th to June 16th: the guided city tour of Rouen is not included due to the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landing Beaches. Instead a walking guided tour of Honfleur will be included and more time on the beaches
  • The wine tasting could be before or after the guided visit of the Chenonceau castle
  • Persons with walking difficulties might not be able to reach the Abbey (many steps)
  • Comfortable clothing and good shoes recommended
  • In the case of a booking requiring a single room, a supplement of 101€ will have to be paid at PARISCityVISION agency prior your tour departure.
    For example:
    - For a booking of 1 person: you will be automatically assigned a single room, so you will have to pay 101€ extra upon the departure of the tour 
    - For a booking of 2 people: you will be in a double room without any extra charge. If you want to be in two separate rooms, you will need to book the tour separately and pay the single room extra for each person upon the departure.
    - For a booking of 3 people: you will be in a double room and a single room. In that case, you will have to pay the 101€ extra upon the departure. Triple rooms are unavailable.

    The price includes :

    • Transportation in an air conditioned coach
    • Entrance tickets for the various monument and museum visits
    • Accommodation (2 nights) in 4-star hotel (double room accommodation with bathroom) 
    • Buffet breakfast and evening meal in the hotels except in day 2 
    • Services of a tour guide
    • Porterage service on hotel arrival and departure
    • Return transport from/to your residence in Paris depending on the tour selected

    The price does not include :

    • Lunches
    • Dinner in Angers on the second day

    Further information on your confirmation voucher:

    You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and present it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your departure.

    • Duration 3 day(s)
    • Tour language
    • Highlights
    • Magnificent 3-day French trip starting from Paris 
    • One day in Normandy to see the famous D-Day beaches 
    • Visit to the unmissable Mont-Saint-Michel
    • Explore two major Loire châteaux: Langeais, Chenonceau
    • Tasting of Loire wines in Chenonceaux
    • Visits to these famous French sites with an enthusiastic guide

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    • Practical information

    Organized by ParisCityVision

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    Departure

    Address : PARISCityVISION Agency
    2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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    Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides

    Duration

    3 day(s)

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    • Customer reviews
    Number of reviews : 9
    Average rating : 4.7 /5
    5/5
    "This was a great tour. We really loved our guide Roberto. Paris vision has been in business for years and are reliable. They have these tours figured out from what is best to see to how long to spend at each stop. I recommend these whole heartedly."
    5/5
    "History brought together finally for northern France with outstanding guides!"
    5/5
    "It’s an excellent tour, worth every dime and I would highly recommend taking it."
    5/5
    "Very memorable experience with wonderful tour guide and well organized itinerary for the 3 days! Its perfect and worth every Euro spent!"
    4/5
    "Overall good tour. We really liked honfleur and had a delicious lunch. Also loved saint malo and mont st Michele. I think theb3rd day, we were just tired from 13 + hour days on the first two days. Our guide Florence for first 2.5 days was excellent and very knowledgeable. She adding interesting facts throughout - ie why tapestry colors the way they wore. She really knew the information well and conveyed it clearly. She seemed a little less receptive to questions but i think that was so she could stay on schedule given our tight timelines. Negative of this tour is the substantial amount of time sitting on the busses. I was used to walking 5-7 miles a day and on most tour days we only walked 3 - but sat on the busses for more than 6 hours. Tour was otherwise well organized and impeccably on time. We were always worried about missing the bus and getting left behind. Would consider a similar tour again,"
    5/5
    "Great tour of a beautiful and historical part of France. Our guide, Florence, provided great leadership and knowledge of the places we visited and was a very enjoyable person as well."
    5/5
    "We covered a lot of ground and the tour guide was just excellent. A great driver, comfortable coach and excellent hotels. Enough time was spent at each major town/attraction. Can highly recommend this tour.Great value for money!"