Luxury France Tour - Paris, Normandy and the Loire Valley

11 days

Explore palaces, castles and beaches in Normandy, the Loire Valley and Paris. This luxury French trip will introduce you to the historical beauty of Paris, the beautiful coast of northern France and the opulent chateaux that dot the picturesque Loire Valley.

Trip Highlights

  • Travel in style with private door-to-door transfers and first class rail travel as detailed in the trip

  • Spend four nights in a boutique guesthouse located a stone's throw away from the Bayeux Tapestry

  • Private day tour discovering Mont-Saint-Michel

  • Experience the captivating history of the D-Day invasion at Normandy with two days of private guided tours along the historic coastline

  • Follow in the footsteps of French royals and aristocrats with a private tour discovering Château Chenonceau and Château Amboise

  • Stay in a charming château hotel located in the heart of the historic Loire Valley

  • Unwind with a wine tasting lunch with cheeses selected by a champion cheese refiner

  • Four nights in a beautiful boutique in the heart of Paris' bohemian 5th Arrondissement.

  • Enjoy a memorable gastronomic river cruise on the Seine

  • Private walking tour around Paris, discovering Montmartre and Le Marais

from $6,699 per person

This is a guide price based on two people travelling together and sharing a room.



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Trip details

Day 1

Arrive in Paris and relax with private transfers to Bayeux. Unwind with three nights staying in an 18th-century private mansion located in the former botanical garden of Bayeux, in the heart of the town, a stone’s throw away from the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Day 2

Start your historical tour with a private excursion to discover the beaches of the D-Day Landings. Visit the site of the US airborne landing at Sainte-Mere-Eglise and the La Fiere causeway. Learn all about Operation Overlord, also known as the Battle of Normandy, with a guided tour of the Omaha and Utah beaches where the American V Corps and VII Corps landings occurred on 6th June 1944.

Day 3

A full-day private tour of the British and Canadian D-Day sites. Discover Pegasus Bridge, the site of the British glider-borne assault, followed by the fight for the Merville Battery. This tour will take you to the area seized by the 6th Airborne Division on the morning of D-Day. You will then visit the three Commonwealth beaches of Sword, Juno and Gold, following the British 3rd Infantry Division, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, and the British 50th Infantry Division and their associated units. You will also see the famous Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches. Unwind during the day with free time for lunch.

Day 4

Private day discovering Mont-Saint-Michel. Discover the history and the riches of this “Wonder of the West” with a guided tour of the Abbey with its magnificent cloisters. Learn how this emblematic French site has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture!

Chateau stay in the Loire Valley
Day 5

Enjoy some free time in Bayeux and see the Tapestry, one of the world’s greatest medieval artwork depicting the story of Harold, William the Conqueror, and the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Depart from Normandy with high-speed rail travel to the beautiful Loire Valley, where breathtaking châteaux and gardens await you. Stay in a charming château hotel located in the heart of the historic Loire Valley Châteaux region.  Built during France’s second empire this château has a fifteen-hectare wooded park with views of the Indre valley and a modern  interior.

Day 6

Your day in the Loire Valley starts with a visit to Château Chenonceau and its resplendent Renaissance gardens. Later in the morning you’ll get to explore the cellars and caves of a Loire Valley wine specialist and taste vintage drops of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. Then follows a wine tasting lunch with cheeses selected by a champion cheese refiner, before tours of the Château Clos Lucé and the Royal Château of Ambois.

 

Day 7

After breakfast at the château, Paris awaits you! A chic hotel in the heart of the Quartier Latin, a beautiful boutique in the heart of Paris’s bohemian 5th Arrondissement. Tonight, you will enjoy a memorable gastronomic river cruise on the Seine. The perfect way to celebrate with a stunning evening dining with fine wines as you cruise along the river.

Day 8

Meet with your private guide after breakfast. Discover Montmartre and immerse yourself in what used to be a village to the gate of Paris. Stroll through charming, café-lined streets immortalised in paintings by former residents like Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Dali, and see where these famous artists made their homes and studios. Relax with lunch in fabulous Parisian bistro. The afternoon unfolds as you explore Le Marais, a district with exceptional architecture, walk through La Place des Vosges, discover remnants of the old wall built on Philip Augustus’s request and learn about the art of living in the 18th Century and personalities that have marked the history of this charming neighbourhood.

Day 9

We propose walking from the Arc de Triomphe all the way down Champs-Elysées, to the grand 28-hectare Tuileries Gardens. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to visit The Musée de l’Orangerie housed in the former Orangery of the Tuileries Gardens, built in 1852. The building now houses one of French impressionist painter Claude Monet’s most luminous achievements: Les Nymphéas.

Dinner has been booked at the fabulous Michelin-star Jules Verne Restaurant with an outstanding view over Paris. Perched at a height of 410 feet and providing an exceptional view of Paris, Le Jules Verne is the must-visit gastronomic destination of the capital. Escape the crowds and take a private elevator for this amazing gastronomic dining experience. (Dinner is not included)

Day 10

Depart the city of love, or why not continue your journey and explore Provence or Champagne?

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