Private tour from Paris to Normandy & the Loire Valley, Private transport from Paris to Bayeux, Local private transport, An English-speaking expert guide, Guided walking-tour in Bayeux, Tour around D-day Beaches, Entrance fees/tickets and guided tour of Mont Saint Michel Abbey, Guided walking tour in Amboise, All entry fees and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau & Chambord, Tour and wine tasting lunch at Caves Ambacia in Amboise, Tour and wine tasting at a local domain, Tour and wine tasting lunch at a local domain, Tour of Gardens of Villandry, 3 nights in a 4* hotel in Bayeux and 3 nights in a 4* hotel in Amboise - all with breakfasts included.
Day 1: Arrival in Normandy...Bayeux
Private transport from Paris to Bayeux.
Check-in at the (Four-Star) Chateau-Hotel Bellefontaine for 3 nights - with breakfasts included.
Bayeux: guided tour of the city
Spared from the World Wars, the medieval city of Bayeux has a rich architectural heritage. The historic centre, beautifully preserved, invites people on foot to discover its Gothic-style cathedral and stroll through its old streets lined with stylish mansions and very old, timbered homes.
Drop-off at your hotel, and dinner is at your leisure.
Day 2: Exclusive private day in Normandy... Pointe-du-Hoc, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery and Longues-sur-Mer
Pick-up is at 9:00 AM at the hotel.
A beautiful natural place featuring majestic cliffs, rock formations and a moor. It is also the site of great American bravery. Located between Utah and Omaha beaches, the GIs stealthily climbed these treacherous cliffs while bearing their heavy equipment and unleashed a surprise attack which neutralizied the enemy's guns and cannons that had been laying in wait for them!
Omaha and the American Cemetery
Genuine American soil in Normandy! In 1956, a decade after the end of WWII, France gave a prominent plot of land to the United States, and in the heart of this American Sector, Omaha Beach, which takes you back to the frightening and triumphant day of June 6, 1944. Imagine thunderous bombings here contrasting with the bucolic and peaceful atmosphere of today. “Bloody Omaha”, named after the unspeakable casualties endured - and a poignant example of human bravery.
The cemetery consists of lines of marble grave markers that seem to go on forever, along with several monuments paying homage to the over 9000 U.S. infantry men who gave their lives and will rest here for eternity. Step inside the Visitor’s Center, the chapel, and then take a quiet moment in the Garden of the Missing memorializing the names of over 1500 soldiers who were never recovered.
Lunch is at your leisure upon your guide's recommendations.
Longues-sur-Mer - German battery
A major key of the German defensive system on the Normandy coast, this battery overlooking the English Channel is particularly well-preserved. Situated between Omaha and Gold Beaches, this stark tableau of mighty cannons and bunkers demonstrates what was at one time referred to as "The Atlantic Wall".
Drop off is at your hotel approximately at 5:30 PM. Dinner is at your leisure.
Day 3: Exclusive private day in Normandy... Mont-Saint-Michel
Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at the hotel.
Mont Saint Michel Guided tour
Brittany's best-known attraction, Mont Saint Michel is surrounded by the most powerful tides in Europe. Perched high on a rocky island, this medieval city and its abbey are a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site as many of its monastic buildings date back to the 13th century and are considered outstanding examples of true Gothic architecture.
Lunch at your leisure during the day.Drop-off is at your hotel at approximately 5:30 PM. Dinner is at your leisure.
Day 4: Arrival in the Loire Valley... Amboise
Check-out after breakfast, then
Private transport from Bayeux to Amboise, and
Check-in at your Four-Star hotel, Le Choiseul for 3 nights - with breakfasts included.
Welcome to the Loire Valley!
Indeed, the Loire Valley has the undisputed reputation of containing the most beautiful of the French castles - such as Chenonceau, Chambord or Azay le Rideau. While here, might as well take some time to discover its "terroir" - the exceptional wines (Vouvray or Chinon) and cheeses (Sainte Maure de Touraine or Selles sur Cher).
Amboise: a guided tour of the city
Dominated by the royal château on high, enjoy Amboise at street level, with its shops, bars, restaurants, and numerous Medieval half-timbered and Renaissance homes - Amboise is certainly one of the more quaint towns in the Loire Valley.
Drop-off is at your hotel, with dining at your leisure.
Day 5: Exclusive private day in the Loire Valley... Chambord, Chenonceau and Caves Ambacia
Pick-up is at your hotel at 9:30 AM.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord
In the middle of a forest the size of Paris, Chambord was the first Loire Valley chateau listed in the world heritage by UNESCO. King Francois the 1st ordered it built in 1519 and it ended up with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces - easily the largest castle in the region. Notable fact: Leonardo da Vinci designed and engineered its incredible double-helix staircase.
Tour and wine tasting with a Specialist in matured Loire Valley vintages at Caves Ambacia
Welcome to this cellar cave established back in 1874. Here you can discover a large range of vintages, from 1947 to the present. Made of chenin blanc, the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity that gives it a great capacity to age well. The meal served here is based around the Loire Valley wines and includes tastings of local culinary products.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau
The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle", Chenonceau is associated with prominent French women such as Catherine de Medici. The exquisite Renaissance gardens surrounding it make it even more spectacular.
Drop-off at your hotel is at approximately 5:30 PM, with dinner at your leisure.
Day 6: Exclusive private day in the Loire Valley... Gardens of Villandry, tour and wine tasting at two local domains
Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at your hotel.
A tour and wine tasting at a local domain (specifics are in constant rotation), then...
A Tour and Bourgueil wine tasting lunch at a second local domain
The appellation Bourgueil produces red and rosé wines from the cabernet franc grape. After touring the estate, you'll enjoy a delightful selection of regional specialities and this food will be paired with a selection of the domain's wines.
Gardens of Chateau de Villandry
The castle of Villandry, finished in 1536, is the last of the large castles that were built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance and offers of one of the most spectacular gardens in this magical Valley.
Drop-off at the hotel is at approximately 5:30 PM. Dinner is at your leisure.
Day 7: End of services.
Check-out is after the lovely breakfast.
Normandy: the Four-Star Chateau-Hotel de Bellefontaine for three nights
A quiet and charmingly unique Four-Star hotel located in the Norman countryside in the heart of Bessin, and only 800m (1000ft) from the Historic Center of Bayeux. The Château de Bellefontaine ensures a beautiful and soothing setting for a most pleasant stay.
Loire Valley: The (Four-Star) Hotel Le Choiseul in Amboise for three nights
Located in the heart of Amboise at the foot of the Royal castle, the luxury hotel Le Choiseul is in a traditional Touraine town house. With terrace gardens lined with stone-age cellars, this hotel-restaurant enjoys a central position relative to the Castles of the Loire Valley and happens to have one of the finest restaurants in the region.
This package includes:
Please note that this package is based on a double occupancy room
- Three nights in a Four-Star Hotel in Bayeux with breakfasts
- Three nights in a Four-Star Hotel in Amboise with breakfasts
- Private transport from Paris to Bayeux
- Local private transport
- An English-speaking expert guide
- Guided walking-tour of Bayeux (approximately 2 hours)
- Private tour around the D-Day Beaches
- Entrance fees/tickets and guided tour of Mont Saint Michel
- Guided walking-tour of Amboise (approximately 2 hours)
- Entry fees and guided-tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord and Gardens of Villandry
- Tour and wine tasting lunch at Caves Ambacia in Amboise
- Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in the Loire Valley
- Tour and Bourgeuil wine tasting-lunch at another local domain
This package does not include:
- Extra meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Other visits not listed
- Guide appreciation gratuity
- Providers are subject to change according to their availability at the time of reservation. Should this arise, we will ensure a parallel alternative at the same high standard