3-Day Normandy — Brittany — Loire Castles Small-group from Paris, 10 Excursions & Tastings included

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Paris: 4-Day Normandy — Brittany — Loire Castles Trip by Minivan, 10 Excursions & Tastings inclusive
Duration

Durations: 4 Day(s)

Group Size

Group Size: 1+

Languages

Languages: English

Discover on this Small-group 4 Day Live Guided Trip from Paris the most beautiful sites of Normandy & Brittany: Rouen, Étretat, Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel, Cancale, 

From £ 1,064.20 per person

  1. Meeting Point
  2. Tour Overview

    • Discover on this Small-group 3 Day Live Guided Trip from Paris the most beautiful sites of Normandy & Brittany: Rouen, Étretat, Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel, Cancale, Fougères as well Cancale with Oysters Tasting and 3 famous Loire Castles: 
    • By air-conditioned comfortable minivan USB/WiFi up to 6 passengers with Pick-up/Drop-off option
    • Live Guide is with You all the time
    • We want to stress that we offer professional driver and professional guide as well. Each of them makes with quality his job concentrated on his duties. 
    • Walking tours in Rouen, Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel
    • Visit of Etretat with its famous Falaises 
    • Calvados, Cider tasting, & Normandy Cheese tasting, Oysters tasting in Cancale
    • Learn from our informative guide about each site, and fit in souvenir shopping along the way
    • Pay Attention: minivan drives faster than normal bus, so you have got more time for visiting and rest. Minivan is also more comfortable for such trips compared with normal cars
    • This Experience is also available as Private Experience - please check up the availability on our web

  3. Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 : 07:30 Departure from Paris to Rouen

    07:30 Departure from steps of Opera Garnier in Paris, destination Rouen. Pick up service from You hotel for those who have selected this option. ! Pay Attention that the pick up starts before 08:30 depending on the location of your hotel

    The Guide will welcome our small group and the Trip begins. The Guide will give You general Information about the French history connected to Normandy: Rouen and Honfleur.

    There are approx. 122 km to drive on a highway from Paris to Rouen. It takes in general around 2 hours. 


    09:30 - 11:30 Arrival in Rouen and Sightseeing walking tour

    09:30 - 11:30  Visit of Rouen - the capital of the Duke of Normandy. Sightseeing walking tour of Rouen, the city of a hundred bell-towers, famous for its Gothic cathedrals. Here You will have the opportunity to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral of the XIII - XVI centuries, known throughout the world in the paintings of Monet, the area of the Vieux Marché, the place of execution of Joan d'Arc and the Church of Joan d'Arc, the Palace of justice of the XVI century, to see the old medieval clock on the pedestrian street of Gros-Horloge.

    The walking tour lasts about 1 hour. Free time. 

    11:30 Departure from Rouen towards Etretat is about 80 km. 


    12:30 - 14:30 Arrival in Etretat. Walking tour. Free time.

    12:30 - 14:30  Arrival in Etretat. Walking tour in Etretat. Free time. 

    14:30  Departure destination Honfleur to a local Calvados producer. It takes about 1 hour drive. 


    15:30 - 16:30 Calvados distillery visit with Calvados & Cider tasting

    15:30 - 16:30  Calvados distillery visit with Calvados & Cider tasting. You can get explanations from the local producer how it is being made for centuries and taste the genuine Calvados & Cider of Normandy.

    16:30  Departure to Honfleur. It takes just half an hour drive.


    17:00 Arrival in Honfleur

    17:00 Arrival in Honfleur. Walking tour of Honfleur with its famous port. Honfleur - the main defensive port of Normandy of the XV century, transformed into a charming resort town with a picturesque Bay, much-loved by the artists of the XIX century.

    Free time. Cheese and Calvados tastingt.

    18:30/19:00 Departure from Honfleur to Caen. It takes about 1,5 hour to drive 130 km (highway).


    18:30 Departure from Honfleur to Caen

    18:30 Departure from Honfleur to Caen. There are approx. 130 km to drive on a highway. It takes 1,5 hours. One stop will be made at the rest area according to Your wish. 

    20:00 Arrival in Caen. Accommodation at 3*+ Hotel.


    Day 2 : 08:00 Departure from Your Hotel in Caen destination Mont Saint-Michel

    08:00 Departure from Your Hotel in Caen destination Mont Saint-Michel.

    There are approx. 130 km to drive on a highway from Caen to Mont Saint-Michel. It takes in gen eral around 1,5 hours. The Guide will give You general Information about the French history connected to Normandy, Brittany, especially Fougeres and Mont Saint-Michel.

    09:30 Arrival at Mont Saint-Michel.


    Day 2 : 09:30 - 13:00 Arrival at Mont Saint-Michel and visit of the Benedictine Abbey.

    09:30 - 13:00  Arrival at Mont Saint-Michel and visit of the Benedictine Abbey. Free time to enjoy Mont Saint-Michel, time for Lunch. 

    • After arrival at UNESCO World Heritage Mont Saint-Michel your guide will bring You up the narrow streets of the medieval village toward the top sharing with You stories and legends. On the top of the Island You can admire panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and bay and enter the Benedictine Abbey. Entrance tickets into the Abbey include audio-guides in many languages.
    • First settled by man in the year 709 it contains Medieval village & beautiful Abbey fortress dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. The construction of the Benedictine Abbey started in the 700’s and continued through the 1200’s. The whole island is classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site. It remains practically the same since the Middle Ages as it was the goal of pilgrims from all over the world. Mont Saint Michel remains the most visited site of France. 
    • After You visit to the Benedictine Abbey You ll have: Apple Cider Tasting: Normandy is known for it’s apple production. You will taste some of the famous Cider, Pommeau and Calvados. 
    • Free time to enjoy in Mont Saint-Michel to explore the island’s shops & museums, walk around to admire the beautiful nature at your leisure Time. 

    Free time for Lunch at a local Restaurant. 

    • 13:00 Departure from Mont Saint Michel to Cancale (50 km). It takes about one hour going driving by national roads.

    Day 2 : 14:00 Arrival in Cancale. Oysters Tasting.

    14:00 Arrival in Cancale (Brittany). Oysters Tasting on the local fishermen's market. You can buy a tray from a stallholder to take away to eat them at place admiring the bay of Cancale.

    If You mention Cancale to a Frenchman he well say "oysters", which have been cultivated in this fishing village for hundreds of years. In Cancale You enjoy also breathtaking views over the Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel.

    15:00 Departure to Saint-Malo. There are 18 km to drive (national roads). It takes half an hour. 


    Day 2 : 15:30 Arrival in Saint-Malo. Sightseeing city tour

    15:30 Arrival in Saint-Malo (Brittany). Walking tour Saint-Malo. Saint-Malo was once the city of corsairs and the birthplace of the discoverer of Canada, Jacques Cartier and the poet Chateaubriand. We will have a walking tour with a tour of the Old Town, surrounded by high walls, with narrow cobbled streets and buildings of the 18th and 15th centuries.

    17:15 Departure destination Saint Malo - Fougeres Castle. It is about 90 km (1,15 hours drive)


    Day 2 : 18:30 Stop at the Fougeres Castle for relax and taking pictures

    18:30  Arrival in  Fougères. Stop at the view point of the Fougeres Castle for relax and taking pictures

    In the 11th century, Brittany was a rich and flourishing duchy that needed to be protected. Thus arose the "golden arc" of fortified cities: Chateaubriand, Vitré, Fougeres, Rennes. Fougeres, with its 11th-century fortress, was the main bastion of the Breton defense line.

    19:00 Departure destination Loire Vallée.

    20:30 Hotel Accommodation in a city not far away from the Loire Vallée castles.


    Day 3 : 09:30 - 11:30 Arrival and visit of Château de Chenonceau

    09:30 - 11:30  Arrival and visit of Château de Chenonceau.

    Duration: 2 hour 

    Skip-the-line access with Guide to Chenonceau Castle nicknamed the "ladies’ castle", remarkable for its feminine history of famous women of France such as Catherine de Medici as well as for it’s stunning architecture as well as unique aches over the River Cher. The Renaissance-style gardens Gardens of Chenonceau with their more than 130,000 flowerings plants will impress You as well. 

    Free time to walk around the gardens.


    Day 3 : 12:00 to 12:45 Visit of the local Vinery with Wine Tasting.

    12:00 to 12:45  Visit of the local Vinery with Wine Tasting. 

    12:45 Departure to the Amboise city. 

    13:00 Arrival in Amboise. Lunch time. There are many cafes and restaurants at the main walking street of Amboise near the entrance to the Castle. So You will have the best choice for Lunch.



    Day 3 : 14:00 to 15:00 Visit of Château Royal d'Amboise.

    14:00 to 15:00  Visit of Château Château Royal d'Amboise.

    Visit of Chateau d’Amboise. Duration: 1 hour. 

    Skip-the-line access with Guide to Chateau d’Amboise. Amboise is the grand 15th-century residence of King Charles VIII and an example of the transition of Gothic to Renaissance architecture. Learn the history of the castle Amboise on your guided tour is known as birth place of princes, the reign of Kings, and the death of the greatest Renaissance master, Leonardo Da Vinci! You can see his grave in the chapel.

    15:00 Departure to Château de Chambord. It takes about one hour.


    Day 3 : 16:00 - 18:00 Arrival at Château Chambord.

    16:00 - 18:00 Arrival at Château Chambord. Visit of the Castle with Audioguide

    18:30 Departure to Paris. There are approx. 180 km to drive on highway. It takes 2,5 hours. One stop will be made at the rest area. 


    Day 3 : 21:30/22:00 Coming back to Paris. Drop Off at Your hotel.

    21:30/22:00 Coming back to Paris. Drop Off at Your hotel.


  4. What's Included

    • We organize this Experience according to our timetable — check up the availability on our web
    • We start at 08:00 from Opera Garnier Steps. You can also choose the option to be picked up from Your hotel in Paris 
    • It takes 4 Full Days with one overnight at 3* Hotel in Caen (1 night), in Saint-Malo (1 night), at Tours (1 night)
    • In minivan there is space for up to 6 passengers + Guide and Driver
    • Professional multi-lingual guide (up to 2 languages spoken in a group)
    • Guided visits of Rouen, Etretat, Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo, Fougeres, Vitré
    • Visit of Cancale & Oysters tasting
    • Calvados & Cider Tasting
    • Normandy Cheese Tasting
    • Visit inside of two Castles: Château Royal d'Amboise, Château de Chenonceau, tickets included
    • Visit of Chateaux Chambord ticket included
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges.
    • You are welcome to take pictures and videos all along the experience 

  5. What's Excluded

    • Gratuities
    • Souvenirs

  6. FAQs

    Please Note:

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking after Your online payment (Credit cards, bank transfers, PayPal)
    • First Day: Distance from Paris to Rouen is 122 km (highway), from Rouen to Etretat 90 km (highway) from Etretat to Honfleur 45 km (highway), from Honfleur to Caen 130 km (highway)
    • Second Day: Distance from Caen to Mont Saint-Michel is 130 km (highway), from Mont Saint-Michel to Cancale 50 km (national roads) from Cancale to Saint-Malo 18 km (national roads)
    • Third Day: Distance from Saint-Malo to Vitre is 105 km (national roads), from Vitre to Fougeres 28 km (national roads) from Fougeres to Tours 235 km (highway)
    • Fourth Day: Distance from Tours to Amboise Castle is 26 km (national road), from Amboise Castle to Chenonceau Castle 14 km (national roads) from Chenonceau Castle to Chambord Castle 60 km (national roads), from Chambord Castle to Paris 180 km (highway)
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately 
    • Comfortable shoes are recommended 
    • Not wheelchair accessible, some stairs to access the underground Wine cellars. 
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult 
    • Stroller accessible 
    • Infant seats available 
    • Most travelers can participate  
    • Near public transportation

  7. Requirements

    • Comfortable shoes
    • The tour takes place all year round, so dress for the weather 

  8. Cancellation Policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 72 hours or less before event

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