Starting in the City of Lights this tour will show you some classic sites in a fun way, all linked up by the sleek modern train french train service. So Paris deserves its reputation as the most romantic city in the world. Its centre is small and ideal for visiting on foot, this tour will show you that every turn reveals a famous landmark, a cosy café, a smart boutique or a busy boulevard. Then it’s off to Normandy, where it is all about history - This rich and often brutal past is brought to life by the stunning monastery of Mont St-Michel ; the Bayeux Tapestryand of course the D-Day beaches. A train journey inland will bring you to the Loire Valley- as described so poetically by UNESCO when they included the area as protected world herirtage:The landscape of the Loire Valley, and more particularly its many cultural monuments, illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design . This trip (with guided visits) will show you all this and more. Throughout we choose hotels to suit every visitor’s tastes and budget, from the palatial to the contemporary, the trendsetting to the classical.
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Greeting and pickup by driver at the airport.
After settling into your accommodation, explore the city. A city of world-class restaurants, art galleries, shops and natural masterpieces, beautiful parks and gardens. See the Mona Lisa at the world famous Louvre Museum. Wander through the narrow lanes of Bohemian Montmartre, the artists’ community where you can watch them sketch as you sit at one of the many outdoor cafes. Take a romantic boat cruise on the River Seine.See the Arc de Triumph, one of Paris’ principal focal points and the Place de la Concorde, the largest square in France.
A hidden jewel- the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, should not be missed. The 61-acre Parc des Buttes Chaumont, in the 19th Arrondissement, is one of the city’s original parks, and it’s a convenient place for a rest if you’re already visiting Montmartre. It’s known for the Temple de la Sibylle, which sits atop an island in the middle of a lake, and for its bridges and waterfalls.
Wonder through the city’s Left Bank before seeing Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Here you will come across colorful markets, lively cafes and the passionate Latin Quarter. Looking for a prime picnic spot, for first-timers, there’s nothing better than sitting on the Champ de Mars in the heart of Paris with that iconic view of the Eiffel Tower. Or set up in the Jardin du Luxembourg, a beautiful park near the Left Bank that’s perfect for a picnic after you’ve explored the Latin Quarter. This evening after dinner visit one of Paris’ famous music-hall shows at the Folies Bergere or the Moulin Rouge.
Pick up by private transfer and transfer to the train station. Take the train to Rouen where you will meet a top-notch driver or guide.
It was in the ancient city of Rouen, the home of William the Conquerer before he invaded England, that Joan of Arc was tried and burned at the stake in 1431. The old town’s narrow streets, many pedestrianised, are lined with picturesque timber-framed houses. Your guide will help you explore and navigate the most charming corners of the city. Then jump back in the car or van and cross the Seine into Normandy and arrive at Honfleur, one of the most picturesque fishing ports in France. Bathed in the soft light of the northern sea it has long been an attraction for famous artists and writers – plaques throughout the town attest to this. Honfleur retains its timeless character. The lively old streets are lined with timber and stone houses and the old harbor (Vieux Basinn) shelters a fishing fleet as well as yachts. Continue on to the glamorous haven for the rich and famous, the resort of Deauville, for your overnight stay. Appreciate its famous seafront boardwalk and casino.
Your driver/guide will pick you up nice and early for this full day.
This morning drive to Bayeux to see one of the oldest surviving complete tapestries in the world, the Bayeux Tapestry. Continue to the D-Day Landing Beaches. Now, more than 60 years later, the Normandy coast is peaceful with lovely picturesque beaches and seaside towns. However, memories of D-Day are everywhere. From here to the spectacular Mont St. Michel.It is linked to the mainland by a narrow causeway, and this extraordinary will come to life with your private guide. On to St. Malo, a unique walled town for your overnight stay. St. Malo has some of the best seafood restaurants in Europe.
Free day in St. Malo. The enthralling mast-filled port town of St-Malo has a dramatically changing landscape. We’ll suggest that you visit the Demeure de Corsaire. This 18th-century mansion and historic monument was once owned by corsair (privateer) François Auguste Magon and is worth a visit. Depending on the tides and the weather the Île du Grand Bé and Fort du Petit Bé are in an island off St Malo. At low tide, cross the beach to walk out via Porte des Bés to Île du Grand Bé, the rocky islet where the great St-Malo-born, 18th-century writer Chateaubriand is buried. About 100m beyond the Île du Grand Bé is the privately owned, Vauban-built, 17th-century Fort du Petit Bé.
Private transfer to the train station. Train to Tours in the Loire Valley. On arrival, you’ll be picked up by private driver. Visit the Place Plumereau - a busy square bordered by fine 15th century residences built of stone and timber. Kings, queens, dukes and nobles came here to establish feudal castles and, later on, sumptuous pleasure palaces – that's why this fertile river valley is sprinkled with hundreds of France's most extravagant fortresses. Tours is the best place to be based to see it all.
After breakfast make your way to the meeting point for a small group tour to the best château in the Loire Valley. In the morning visit the Chateau of Amboise (tickets included), this is one of the first truly "royal" residences, it is an outstanding example of combined Gothic and Renaissance styles. Look for the exceptional collection of beautifully preserved furniture. Then, visit of the Clos Lucé- Parc Leonardo da Vinci (tickets included). This was the residence of Da Vinci during the last years of his life. Lunch in restaurant in Amboise.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit Chambord (tickets included). Chambord is the dream come true of a young king,François 1st. who, at 25 years old starting building the most lavish hunting lodge ever. Then,finally visit the Chateau of Chenonceau (tickets included). This is one of the purest early French Renaissance style works, constructed on the foundations of an ancient fortified water mill in the river bed itself. A stroll through the French gardens makes a pleasant end to your visit.
After breakfast make your way to the meeting point for a small group tour. Visit of the Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (tickets included). Then, the Chateau and Gardens of Villandry (tickets included), walk through one of the most beautiful gardens in France, constructed on three levels. Lunch at the restaurant of the Chateau of Villandry.
In the afternoon, visit of the Chateau of Usse (tickets included). It inspired Perrault to write his famous story about ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and it remains a symbol of the medieval fairytale castle inhabited by brave lords, beautiful ladies and poets. Then,finish out your full day at the Chateau of Langeais (tickets included) – it is a perfect example of a late mediaeval castle, complete with parapet walk and drawbridge. Its originality lies in its furnishings — furniture, woodwork, fabrics, sculptures, and paintings. Drop back at the train station before your high speed transfer to Paris. Greeting and private transfer to your hotel in Paris.
After breakfast we’ll organise a private transfer to the airport. Thank you for visiting, we hope to see you again soon!
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|Price per person||£1,950|