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3-Day Tour to Mont Saint-Michel and Loire Valley Castles

3-Day Tour to Mont Saint-Michel and Loire Valley Castles

3 Days/2 Nights From
AU$1,198 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach Tour
  • France Region
    Loire Valley
  • Duration
    3 Days/2 Nights
  • Tour Code
    ML32015
  • Operating Days
    Fri, Sun
3 Days/2 Nights From
AU$1,198 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach Tour
  • France Region
    Loire Valley
  • Duration
    3 Days/2 Nights
  • Tour Code
    ML32015
  • Operating Days
    Fri, Sun
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedAdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideMealsMeals Daily breakfast, lunch on Day 1 & Day 3, dinner on Day 1 & Day 2TransportationTransportation Air-conditioned touring coach

Summary

Visit the magnificent Mont Saint-Michel and its abbey and the stunning castles of Loire Valley.

This tour is available in the following languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Departure Time: 7:15 am

Meeting Point: 2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris

Itinerary

Day 1 
Our air-conditioned bus leaves at 7:15 am from Paris. A guide-interpreter will accompany you on the trip. After passing through the western districts of Paris, the bus enters the Normandy highway. Drink in the magnificent scenery as you drive through the verdant French countryside. The bus will reach Mont Saint-Michel around 11:30 am, stopping at the entrance to the causeway. Your guide will lead the way to the Relais Saint Michel (or a similar restaurant) located in the bay with a panoramic view of Mont Saint-Michel. Enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialties.  

After lunch, a shuttle will take you to the entrance of Mont Saint-Michel. Wander through the village along the Grande Rue, making your way to the top past the museums, souvenir shops and medieval houses that line this street. At the summit you will find the famous Benedictine Mont Saint-Michel abbey, which dates back to the 8th century. Enjoy a guided tour of this Gothic marvel dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. Of particular note are the refectory, the cloister and the garden overlooking the sea. At the end of the tour, you can head back along the city walls and admire the exceptional vistas of the Mont Saint-Michel bay. During this free time you can also explore the bustling picturesque streets, pick up a souvenir or two, and sample some traditional Breton crêpes.

Around 4:30 pm the bus will leave for Angers (about 2.5 hours away). Once you have checked in at the Mercure Lac de Maine (or a similar hotel), where you will spend the night, dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant.

Day 2
After breakfast at the hotel in Angers, you will set off for the Loire Valley. The bus will make a brief stop at the Château d’Angers so that you can view the exterior of this medieval fortress before heading to the next destination. The first guided tour of the day will take place at the Château de Langeais, located about one hundred kilometers from Angers. Langeais is made up of two very different châteaux: the keep built around the year 1000, considered the oldest in France, and the Château de Louis XI constructed in 1465. While you tour the inside of the Langeais château you can experience French history first-hand through depictions made with highly realistic wax figures.

Next stop: Amboise, about 45 minutes from Langeais. There you will have time for some lunch. Your guide will point out the various restaurants near the Château d’Amboise.

After lunch, your guide will lead you to Château du Clos Lucé, which is just a ten minute walk from Château d’Amboise. Built in 1500 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Clos Lucé was once home to Leonardo da Vinci. During the guided tour of the castle you will learn about the private life of this leading light of the Renaissance who spent the last three years of his life there as the guest of King Francis I.

About 60 kilometers away lies Château de Villandry, the next stop on your journey. Your guide will lead you through the splendid Villandry gardens, which boast paths lined with linden trees, several different levels and a wealth of colors that will surround you with a feeling of peace and tranquility.

The bus will then make its way to the town of Tours, about 30 minutes away. During your guided tour of the historic district of Tours you can admire this charming area and its lovely half-timbered houses. Next, your guide will take you to your hotel (Hôtel Mercure Tours Nord or a similar establishment) where you will dine and get settled for the night.

Day 3
Your third day begins in Tours with breakfast, then it's off to the Loire Valley. You will board the bus once again to travel to Château de Chenonceau. Located approximately 30 kilometers from Tours, Château de Chenonceau is a symbolic site for the history of France and a true Renaissance masterpiece. Explore this incredible Loire Château with its fairytale architecture that seems to have appeared by magic on top of the Cher river. Built and renovated by famous French women throughout history (including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de' Medici), the castle bears witness to the refined French way of life with its lavishly appointed rooms. This is why it is known as the "Château des Dames".

The guided tour of Chenonceau is followed by a tour of Château de Cheverny, which is about 45 minutes away. Let your guide lead you through this 17th-century aristocratic estate that embodies the French way of life with its magnificently decorated royal chambers, including a birthing room and a private dining room. Then, explore the château's incredible park before enjoying lunch at Saint Hubert Cour Cheverny.

The trip will end with a tour of the most majestic Loire Château, located about 20 kilometers from Cheverny. On the guided tour of Château de Chambord you will learn about the building's fascinating and complex history through its exceptional architecture. Admire the imposing double-helix staircase in the center of the monument, and visit the former royal chambers and other rooms located on different floors. The large terrace with its majestic chimneys offers a remarkable panoramic view of Chambord park. 

The bus is scheduled to leave Chambord at 6:30 pm and should return to Paris around 9:00 pm.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance tickets
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in 3-star hotel (double occupancy with bathroom)
  • Porterage service on hotel arrival and departure
  • Meals included: Lunch on Day 1 & 3  breakfast on Day 2 & 3, dinner on Day 1 & 2
  • Tour guide

Exclusions

  • Return transport from/to your residence in Paris
  • Lunch on Day 2

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