Our 4-Day Normandy and Loire Valley tour from Paris includes visits to Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, Gardens of Villandry, and 5 Loire Valley chateaux.
• Visit the D-Day Beaches of Normandy
• Guided tour of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel
• Discover Saint-Malo
• Guided tours of Chateaux Langeais, Chenonceau, and Chambord
• Gardens of Villandry
• Special visit to Chateau du Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years
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We're going to take the Normandy motorway, stopping at Rouen for a walking tour of Old Town before going on to Honfleur, where you'll have free lunch time.
We will proceed to the Normandy beaches and Omaha's American Landing Beaches, then visit Saint-Laurent's American Cemetery.
The evening accommodation is in Caen.
We're going to leave Caen and head towards Brittany. First up is Saint Malo's guided tour. We will leave for Mont Saint-Michel after free time for dinner for a guided Abbey tour followed by free time in the village. In Angers we're going to spend the night.
Château de Langeais is located about 100 kilometers from Angers, the first stop on your Loire journey. Your Langeais guided tour will bring you on a trip through the history of France.
After that we will bring you to Amboise for dinner at a restaurant of your choice (own cost), about 45 minutes from Langeais.
Touring Chateau du Clos Luce, a ten-minute trek from Chateau d'Amboise, will be spent the early evening. Built in 1500 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years in this French castle. On the guided tour you'll learn about this Renaissance genius ' personal life, who spent the last three years of his life as Francis I's guest at Chateau du Clos Luce.
The next stop is Chateau de Villandry, 60 km from Amboise. Your guide will guide you through the Gardens of Villandry. Magnificent trails lined with linden trees distinguish the different sections of the garden with its numerous terraces and topics.
You will go on a guided tour of the historic district of Tours before dining and settling in for the night at the Mercure Tours Nord (or similar). Located 30 minutes from Villandry, Tours will delight you with its ancient town center and beautiful half-timbered houses.
We will leave Tours and drive to Chenonceaux for an indoor tour of Chateau de Chenonceau, followed by a visit to the royal and imposing Chateau de Cheverny, featuring exquisitely decorated royal residences and a magnificent park with an impressive pack of hounds that still engage in hunts. At the Saint Hubert Cour Cheverny, lunch will be served (beverages not included).
The journey ends with a tour of the Loire Valley's most magnificent chateaux: Chateau de Chambord, approximately 20 kilometers from Cheverny. You will be impressed with its intriguing architecture during your guided tour of Chambord. Be sure to admire the impressive, complex double-helix staircase and visit the ancient royal chambers and other rooms on the many levels of the castle. Take from the huge terrace, adorned with impressive chimneys, the panoramic view of Chambord's park.
The bus is planned to leave Chambord around 4:30pm and return at 7:00pm to our Paris center agency.