For three days, explore the D-Day landing beaches, Honfleur and Rouen, Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel, then the Loire Valley with its various Châteaux: Langeais, Chenonceau and Chambord, by coach from Paris with a guide !
Come and enjoy an intense experience with this cultural excursion!
Departing Paris at 7.15 a.m., an air-conditioned coach will take you first to Rouen. You'll start with a guided walking tour of the historic center, featuring Notre Dame Cathedral, medieval streets, half-timbered houses and the Gros Horloge. You'll then move on to the town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque old port, where you'll have free time to discover this port city with its historic and artistic heritage. You can also take advantage of this free time to enjoy the view from the Pont de Normandie and have lunch in the town.
You'll then head off to the Normandy landing beaches of 1944, where you'll discover the Saint-Laurent de Colleville sur Mer American military cemetery near Omaha Beach, where the Allies lost the most troops.
You'll then stop off at Arromanches beach, an artificial port built by the Allies.
Finally, you'll take the road to Caen, where you'll settle into your hotel before enjoying a pleasant dinner.
Day 2 :
After breakfast at your hotel in Caen, you'll visit another emblematic region of France, Brittany.
You'll arrive in Saint-Malo where, accompanied by your guide, you'll visit the seaside resort's must-see sites, such as the cathedral and the ramparts of Saint-Malo.
After a free lunch in the city, you'll be driven to Mont Saint-Michel and its bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site marking the border between Brittany and Normandy. You'll climb up to the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey for a guided tour of this predominantly Gothic building. You'll then have free time to stroll through the village, taste local specialties and/or buy souvenirs.
Free time to stroll around the village.
You'll leave at around 4:30pm to return to your hotel in Angers, where you can enjoy dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.
Day 3 :
After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, you'll set off by coach for the Châteaux de la Loire.
You'll be taken to the Château de Langeais, where your guide will show you the architecture of this medieval and renaissance château, as well as reconstitutions of everyday scenes from the period.
Afterwards, you'll visit the Château de Chenonceau, a true masterpiece of the French Renaissance, renowned for its rich collections. Admire the different rooms and learn more about its history. This castle is also known as "le château des dames", reflecting the influence of the various female characters who have lived there. Free time for lunch in the gardens.
Your tour ends with a visit to the Château de Chambord, built in the 16th century and the largest château on the Loire. You'll have the opportunity to climb the famous "double staircase" and visit some of the rooms, while listening to your guide's comments and anecdotes. Enjoy a panoramic view of the park from the terrace.
You'll leave Chambord at around 5.15pm, arriving in Paris at around 8pm.