Normandy and the Loire Valley Châteaux in Style

Visit northern France in comfort and style while staying in the most luxurious château-hôtels that Normandy and the Loire Valley have to offer. You’ll think you’re in a French fairytale. In Normandy, tour the D-Day landing beaches, see the spectacular Mont-Saint-Michel, and explore the picturesque port town Honfleur. Sample Normandy cheeses, delicious apple cider, and Calvados apple brandy. The magnificent Loire Valley châteaux are next on the itinerary. A private guide shows you the imposing Château de Chambord and the iconic Château d'Amboise. The trip ends with a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of Kings rounding out this unforgettable experience.

Charm and Luxury,
10 Days
from 6999 €

DAY BY DAY

DAY
1

Paris - Bayeux

Private transfer from Paris to Bayeux



A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer to your lodging in Bayeux (approximately 170 miles or 270 km).

Night and breakfast at a luxury hotel in the heart of Bayeux

DAY
2

Bayeux

Private Full-Day Guided Tour of the D-Day Landing Beaches (US Sector)

This tour covers a large area and stops at all the major sites in the U.S. sector. Your guide discusses the German Occupation, the French Resistance, and soldiers’ personal war stories.

After visiting the German Cemetery, Normandy's largest with over 21,000 buried, you head to Sainte-Mere-Eglise. This farming community was the center of the huge airborne operation (with 15,000 U.S. paratroopers) that began the night before D-Day. The Airborne Museum has gathered an amazing collection of memorabilia, much of it donated by the veterans themselves.

Up next is Utah Beach. This landing could have been disastrous, as it was the closest beach to the German line and separated from the other landing sites. Fortunately for the Allied Forces, it was lightly defended. The soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division managed to rapidly cross the flooded area behind the sand dunes to reinforce the paratroopers. While 23,000 soldiers landed here, the division sustained fewer than 200 casualties.

Next is Pointe du Hoc. The U.S. Army Ranger Assult Group successful scaled the cliffs to capture this German fortification. This spot will put you right in the D-Day atmosphere. You can contemplate the beach, the cliff, the bunkers, and the bomb craters.

Finally, you visit the most famous and most difficult of the five D-Day beaches, Omaha Beach. The troops landing here sustained the highest casualties. When you see this 4-mile (6.5 km) long beach, with its impressive tides and the German fortifications, you’ll be amazed at the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought here. Their victory cost the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions more than 3,800 casualties.

The day’s tour ends at the thought-provoking Normandy American Cemetery. It is the final resting place of 9,387 Americans. You'll have time to pay your respects in the cemetery or see the visitor center.

Pick up and drop off in Bayeux

Lunch is at your own expenses; museum entrance fees are paid on site. 

Duration: 9 hours

Night and breakfast at a luxury hotel in the heart of Bayeux

DAY
3

Bayeux - Honfleur

Private Full-Day Guided Tour of the Pays d'Auge



When one imagines Normandy one pictures dairy cows, apple orchards, and half-timbered houses with thatched roofs. This tour explores the Pays d'Auge, to see the traditional Normandy. Be driven through rolling hills and picturesque villages and visit a local artisan producing cheese, cider, and Calvados apple brandy.

Your first stop is to the Côte Fleurie coast to the small fishing villages that once attracted the Impressionist painters. Today they have become the well-known beach communities Deauville and Trouville. It’s a place where gorgeous villas overlook the fine sand beach and salty air. They offer horse race tracks, golf courses, casinos, and art galleries.

Admire the changing light and natural beauty of the Côte de Grace coast and the mouth of the Seine River. Time seems to have stopped centuries ago in Honfleur. The variety of architecture is astounding. The Sainte-Catherine Church and the ruined fortifications allow you to imagine the Middle Ages. The Renaissance is well represented too, with the 16th century being a particularly prosperous time here. Samuel de Champlain departed from Honfleur’s port to explore the Americas and found Quebec City. More recently it became an artist colony that attracted Claude Monet. Enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own, to indulge in some boutique shopping, browse the art galleries, and enjoy lunch.

The afternoon takes you through winding countryside roads past horses, farmhouses, and apple orchards to the picturesque village Beuvron-en-Auge.

Pick up and drop off in your hotel in Bayeux at your hotel

Lunch is at your own expense

Museum entrance fees are paid on site

Duration: 8 1/2 hours

Night and breakfast at a luxury hotel in the heart of Bayeux

DAY
4

Bayeux

Private Guided Walking Tour of Bayeux

 

Pick up at 9 am at your hotel in Bayeux.

Medieval Bayeux preserves much of its rich architectural heritage. The Bayeux Cathedral is a Romanesque architectural gem. You'll walk past timber-framed houses, townhouses, and mansions.

 

The MAHB (Musée d'Art at d'Histoire Baron Gérard) offers a journey through the history of European art. It is housed in a medieval palace and boasts archaeological and ethnographic pieces, paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings, and photographs. Local Bayeux porcelain and lace are also on display.

 

Your tour ends at the world-renowned Museum of the Tapestry. The famous Bayeux Tapestry is a 230-foot (70 m) long medieval masterpiece that recounts the story of William, Duke of Normandy. He changed world history and the English-speaking world when he invaded and conquered England in 1066.

 

Drop off at the end of the day at your hotel in Bayeux

Museum entrance fees to be paid directly on site.

Duration: 4 hours

Suggestion: Self-Guided Visit of Medieval Bayeux

Bayeux Cathedral is a Romanesque architectural gem. The medieval city preserves much of its rich architectural heritage. You'll walk past timber-framed houses, townhouses, and mansions.

The MAHB (Musée d'Art at d'Histoire Baron Gérard) offers a journey through the history of European art. It is housed in a medieval palace and boasts archaeological and ethnographic pieces, paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings, and photographs. Local Bayeux porcelain and lace are also on display.

Don’t miss the Bayeux Tapestry. The 230-foot (70 m) long medieval masterpiece recounts the story of William, Duke of Normandy. He changed world history and the English-speaking world when he invaded and conquered England in 1066.

Bayeux is an ideal gateway to visit the D-Day beaches and other sites related to the Battle of Normandy. It was actually the first French town to be liberated in June of 1944. The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy explains the chronology from June 7 to August 29, 1944. The battle is brought to life through archived footage and displays of military equipment, uniforms, and other objects.  

The trail along the Aure is a relaxing place to walk and admire the restored mills.

Night and breakfast at a luxury hotel in the heart of Bayeux

DAY
5

Bayeux - Mont Saint Michel

Private Full-Day Guided Tour to Mont-Saint-Michel

The stunning Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay is one of France's iconic sights. Explore the island and magnificent medieval abbey with a private guide. Wander the narrow, cobblestone streets to admire the architecture. The views of the bay are breathtaking. At low tide, the sand stretches as far as the eye can see and Mont-Saint-Michel is connected to the mainland. High tide is a different story. The water rises dramatically creating an island.

Pick up and drop off in Bayeux

Lunch at own expenses

Museum entrance fees to be paid on site.

Comfortable shoes are recommended. There is a lot of walking and stairs.

Duration: 8 1/2 hours

Night and breakfast at a luxury hotel in the heart of Bayeux

DAY
6

Bayeux - Tours - Montbazon

Private transfer from Bayeux to Montbazon



A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging in Bayeux and your lodging in Montbazon (approximately 185 miles or 300 km).



Half board

Night and breakfast in the Deluxe room of a château-hôtel

DAY
7

Chambord - Montbazon

Private Full-Day Guided Tour of the Château de Chambord, Château de Beauregard, and Château de Villesavin

Visit the privately-owned Château de Beauregard and its 173-acre (70-hectare) estate. It is located between Blois and Chambord, and was built at the end of the 15th century. Today the Renaissance estate houses an exceptional portrait gallery depicting 327 European monarchs, ministers, clergymen, diplomats, and other notable people. Enjoy a traditional French breakfast at the château, followed by a guided tour of this unique collection.

Your next stop is the Château de Chambord, a true Renaissance masterpiece. It is the biggest and most majestic of the Loire palaces. Created as a hunting lodge for King François I, it is monumental work of 440 rooms. It sits on a 21-square mile property, equivalent in size to the entire city of Paris. The property features extensive royal gardens and unspoiled woods enclosed by a 19-mile (31-kilometer) wall. Elements seem to be inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's work. The view from the top offers a gorgeous panorama of the roofs, towers, chimneys, and the surrounding estate. 

This extraordinary day ends with a visit to the nearby Château de Villesavin. It was built as a private residence for Jean Le Breton, the secretary of King Francois I who supervised the construction of the Château de Chambord. As he used the same architects and crew on both projects, this mansion is nicknamed “La Cabane de chantier de Chambord” (the Chambord construction hut).

The tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off. 

Lunch is at your own expense.

Duration: 7 hours

Half board

Night and breakfast in the Deluxe room of a château-hôtel

DAY
8

Chenonceau - Montbazon

Full-day Private Guided Tour of the Château de Chenonceau

Ride a bicycle around the Château de Chenonceau (90 minutes) to appreciate it and its beautiful gardens. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the château.

Take a private guided tour of this magnificent castle spanning the Cher River. It earned its nickname, the Château des Dame, thanks to the numerous noblewomen who left their mark on its history. It was originally built by Kathrine Briçonnet in 1513. Later Catherine de' Medici and her rival Diane de Poitiers expanded it.

The visit gives an opportunity to experience the Renaissance through to the 17th Century. Tour the royal grounds, ancient keep, medieval fortified mill, and Diane de Poitiers’ gardens.

Follow in the steps of the great French philosophers and poets Voltaire, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Buffon, and Rousseau who were once esteemed guests at the castle.

The tour includes hotel pick-up/drop-off and a picnic lunch.

Half board

Night and breakfast in the Deluxe room of a château-hôtel

DAY
9

Chenonceau - Montbazon

Day Trip by Car with Guide/Driver

Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you safely to your various activities of the day.

Private vehicle – departure at 9.30 a.m. and return at 3.30 p.m.

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Loire Valley and its Châteaux

Drift with the wind over the sumptuous Loire Valley. You'll see its châteaux, vineyards, and unspoiled forests on this exhilarating hot air balloon ride. This is a unique opportunity to see the "garden of France" as never before. 

Following the flight, is a toast and commemorative flight certificate signed by your pilot.

Flight Details:

Welcome

Balloon inflation

A one-hour flight

Balloon deflation

A toast to the passengers and reception of flight certificates

Return to the point of departure

Duration: 3 hours



Half board

Night and breakfast in the Deluxe room of a château-hôtel

DAY
10

Montbazon - Paris

Private transfer from your accommodation

A private driver will pick you up at your accommodation in the Loire Valley and drive you safely to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (approximately 250km).