3-Day Mont St-Michel and Chateaux Country Tour from Paris
- All entrance fees included
- Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Multi-Day Trip
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Tour concludes at original point of departure on day 3 at approximately 7:00pm
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3-Day Mont St Michel
3-Day Mont St Michel and Chateaux Country Tour from Paris
Mont St Michel
- Transport in luxury air-conditioned coach
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- 2 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel
- Meals included : Lunch on the first day, buffet breakfasts, dinner every evening and lunch on the third day
- Porterage service on hotel arrival and departure
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drink, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- There is a maximum of two people per room. Separate bookings should be made for each room required.
Day 1: Paris – Mont St-Michel – Angers (L, D)
Meet your guide near the Pyramides metro station in Paris in the morning and board your air-conditioned coach for the 4-hour journey west toward Normandy. Arrive for lunch at the restaurant ‘Relais Saint-Michel’ (see sample menu below) and take in spectacular views over the island of Mont St-Michel as you dine.
One of the most famous places in France, Mont St-Michel has been a site of religious significance and strategic fortification since the 8th century, when the Bishop of Avranches built a small church there. In the course of its long life it has served as a place of pilgrimage for Benedictine monks and a prison during the French Revolution. Today, Mont St-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage site and people visit from across the world to explore its narrow alleyways and hear of its fascinating past.
Tour the Abbey with your guide to discover the cloister and refectory, see how the ramparts have been strengthened to support the Gothic monastery above and learn of Mont St-Michel’s history and heritage. Afterward, enjoy free time (until 4.30pm) to explore at your leisure and see Mont St-Michel's most impressive feature: the extreme tides. At low tide, Mont St-Michel is surrounded by open beach for miles, but at high tide — just six hours later — sea water rises up to fill the streams and eddies before filling the bay and surrounding the entire island!
As afternoon turns to early evening, hop back aboard your coach and head south for the Loire Valley. Many of France’s most impressive châteaux can be found here — there are more than 300 in total! Arrive in the city of Angers in the evening for dinner with your group and an overnight stay.
Overnight: 3-star hotel in Angers
Day 2: Angers – Langeais – Amboise – Clos Lucé – Villandry – Tours (B, D)
Depart Angers after a buffet breakfast at your hotel and drive out toward Amboise. Stop first to take in views of the impressive Château d'Angers — a 9th-century château overlooking the Maine River — before continuing on through the historic communes of Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault and Saumur to the town of Amboise.
Visit the nearby Château de Langeais, originally a medieval castle. Langeais saw violent conflict in the 10th century and, following its destruction during the Hundred Years’ War, was rebuilt in the 15th century by King Louis XI. Today this beautiful building serves as one of the finest examples of late-medieval architecture in the world. After your tour, enjoy a little free time for lunch in Amboise (own expense).
In the afternoon, explore the nearby Château du Clos Lucé, where the painter Leonardo da Vinci lived between 1516 and 1519. Clos Lucé, as it’s known locally, is now a museum dedicated to da Vinci and houses over 30 models of the various machines he invented. A copy of the Mona Lisa — his best-known painting — also hangs within the château.
Continue onward to stroll around the immaculately-manicured gardens of the Château Villandry. Marvel at the gardens’ seasonal colors and symmetry, and enjoy capturing their beauty on camera. Head onward to visit the historic town of Tours for dinner.
Overnight: 3-star hotel in Tours
- Salmon accompanied by rice and vegetables
- Apple pie
- 1 bottle of cider or mineral water for 6 people
Reviewed by: NURY J, USA, September 2013
This was a very good tour. The hotels were very modern, nice and clean. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Michael R W, June 2013
Excellent tour giving a good overview of the Loire Valley region. Our knowledgable guide, Florence, gave just enough information to keep the interest level right. Great places to visit and highly recommend this tour.