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3-day excursion Normandy, Mt Saint-Michel, Loire Valley & wine tasting from Paris

Duration: 72 hours
Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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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

What to expect

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 have dinner and spend the night.

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.

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.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

All gear/equipment is sanitized between use

Visitors are required to bring and wear masks

Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks

Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above

What's included

Transportation in an air conditioned coach

Entrance tickets for the various monument and museum visits

Accommodation (2 nights) in 3*** hotel (double room accommodation with bathroom)

Buffet breakfast and evening meal in the hotels

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

What's not included

Lunches

Location

Hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, 22 Rue Jean Rey, 75015, Paris

Meeting point:

Meet your representative with a Paris City Vision sign outside the hotel.

Provider

booking@pariscityvision.com

Important to know

  • 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
  • For any booking requiring a single room (triple room unavailable), a supplement of 101€ will have to be paid at PARISCityVISION agency prior your tour departure
  • Free cancellation up to 6 calendar days before departure (Central European Time) | Beyond that period, the following fees apply: | 5 calendar days prior service: 50% of tour price (Central European Time) | 3 calendar days prior service: 100% of tour price (Central European Time)