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Paris, Loire Castles & Normandy

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Our classic tour of northern France, from the eternal romance of Paris to the charming towns and chateaux of the enchanting Loire Valley and the historic region of Normandy, home to magical Mont Saint-Michel.

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Caen
Loire Valley
Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy
Paris
Tours
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Land in Paris and admire one of the most famous cities in the world and its cultural delights. Spend nights surrounded by castles and renaissance culture in the incredible Loire Valley. Discover Mont Saint Michel, one of the most important Unesco World Heritage sites located on a small island and enjoy amazing views of the wonderful landscapes of the Normandy coast.

9 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

YTO - PAR

2

YTO - PAR

Paris

3

Paris

4

Tours

5

Tours

6

Mont Saint Michel

7

Caen

8

Paris

9

PAR - YTO

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board

Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of France? Arrive at your departure airport to catch a flight to Paris.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Paris

Arrive at Paris airport and self-transfer to your hotel*. Paris is the capital of France and a great place to discover the city’s most famous tourist sights, the local culture and cuisine. Overnight stay in Paris.

* You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

3rd Day: Paris

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city’s most famous tourist sights and monuments on a Half Day City Tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Marvel at Paris's best-known sights: Place Vendôme Square, the Opera House, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, the Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Invalides. The rest of the day is free to explore Paris at your leisure. Overnight stay in central Paris.

Included
Paris City Tour
4th Day: Paris - Orleans - Chambord - Tours

After breakfast, depart Paris by coach towards the Loire Valley and its wonders of the Renaissance period. First stop is the capital of the Centre-Val de Loire region, Orleans. The history of this lovely city on the banks of the Loire River is inseparably bound with the history of Joan of Arc. While exploring the city independently, try not to miss the 13th century Sainte-Croix Cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, displaying around 700 artworks. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to The Chambord Estate * one of the most emblematic castle examples of Renaissance architecture in France. Following this visit, transfer to the historic city of Tours. Overnight stay in Tours.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audioguide on the spot. 

5th Day: Tours - Chenonceau - Valençay - Tours

After Breakfast at the hotel, explore the magnificent Castle of Chenonceau*. The two-story gallery stands upon a graceful arched bridge that crosses the Cher River which gives the impression that the castle is floating on water. Also known as "The Ladies’ Castle", it was initially constructed in 1513. Equalling the beauty of the interior, the Château's Renaissance French Gardens are perfectly landscaped with decorative pools and flower beds and are an important destination for garden lovers from all over the world. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon, we recommend an optional excursion to the Château de Valençay.** Overnight stay in Tours

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio guided on the spot. 

** Optional Château de Valençay excursion: Discover through an audio guided tour the spectacular castle of Valencay. Former property of the Prince of Talleyrand, built in 1540 by order of Jacques d'Estampe on an old feudal building. Its construction continued until the 18th century with the addition of the South Tower. Discover its history and enjoy the wonderful gardens. Castle open from 14th of March 2021 to 11th november 2021.

Optional
Château de Valençay excursion
6th Day: Tours - Mont Saint Michel

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Tours heading towards the world-renowned Mont Saint Michel, a Unesco World Heritage site. The car park stands approximately 1.5 miles away from the island. On leaving the coach, head for the Place des Navettes, where shuttle buses called Passeurs transfer to the mount itself. The Mount was consecrated to St-Michel from the year 708. The Benedictine Abbey presents a grand panorama of the medieval architecture from the XI-XVI centuries. Spend some time exploring the village built on the slopes in the shadow of the fortifications. Overnight in the surrounding area.

7th Day: Mont Saint Michel - Day Beaches Tour - Caen

After breakfast, the tour takes in some of the WW-II landing beaches of the Allied Forces and also a visit to the Memorial de Caen *, a museum and war memorial commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. Overall the museum is dedicated to the history of the twentieth century, mainly focusing on the fragility of peace. Overnight stay in Caen.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audioguide on the spot. 

Included
Caen Memorial Museum
8th Day: Caen - Honfleur - Paris

After breakfast, depart Caen and enjoy a panoramic tour of the neighbouring town of Lisieux which is famous for its history as a pilgrimage destination. Next, learn more about the best food and drink that this rich region of France has to offer, starting with a visit to the Village du Fromager. See all stages of cheese production and enjoy tasting the different types of cheese on offer. After the visit, head to Honfleur in time for a lunch break. This small city and harbour dates back to the Vikings invasion in the 11th century. After a couple of hours exploring the city, continue eastwards until reaching Paris. Overnight stay in Paris.

9th Day: Paris - Canada

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to Paris airport for your return flight back to Canada**. Arrive in Canada and end of your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 3 in Paris

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 10:00 Approx

Paris City Tour

Discover some of the most iconic and memorable places of Paris and admire the beauty of this incredible and romantic city. See Place Vendôme Square, marvel at the Paris Opera House and head to the Latin Quarter to see the impressive Pantheon.

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Included activity for day 7 in Caen

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Light

Caen Memorial Museum

After seeing some of the WWII landing beaches pay a visit to the Caen Memorial Museum, dedicated to commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. The museum focuses on the history of the twentieth century and the fragility of peace.

What's included: Entrance included Not included: Audio-guide (can be purchased at the destination)

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5

Château de Valençay excursion

Discover through an audio guided tour the spectacular castle of Valencay. Former property of the Prince of Talleyrand, it was built in 1540 by order of Jacques d'Estampe on an old feudal building.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Paris - Canada.
  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels. *
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  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. **
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • English speaking driver throughout the trip & guide during the city tour in Paris. ***
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Airport transfers, Tax, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* If you travel with children or book a triple room, please contact our Customer Service to find out the conditions.

** Airport transfers are not included. You can book the optional transfer in the next step of the booking process.

*** Important: Please note that you will have an English-speaking driver throughout the trip, but you will not be traveling with a tour leader or guide. A guided tour is included in Paris. The possibility to book an audio guide for the castle visit is available at the destination. 

The special deals are based on groups of maximum 25 pax. 

Important: accommodation tax must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 3 € per person per night).

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required for tourist stays of up to 90 days.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    French.
  • Electricity
    230 V. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 01:00.
  • Other useful information
    Taxis do not have a particular colour, however you can spot them at the station or in the street by their luminous lettering on the roof of the car.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://ee.france.fr/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

 

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