Best of France's Loire Valley & Normandy
"With crenellated towers, soaring cupolas and glittering banquet halls, the châteaux, and the villages and vineyards that surround them, attest to a thousand years of rich architectural, artistic and agrarian creativity. The Loire Valley - an enormous Unesco World Heritage Site - is also known for its outstanding wines and lively, sophisticated cities, including…Saumur." - Lonely Planet Guide Book to the Loire Valley.
"From the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings of 1944, Normandy has long played an outsized role in European history. This rich and often brutal past is brought vividly to life by the spectacular …Bayeux Tapestry, world-famous for its cartoon scenes of 11th-century life; and the cemeteries and memorials along the D-Day beaches, places of solemn pilgrimage. Lower-profile charms include a variety of dramatic coastal landscapes, …quiet pastoral villages and architectural gems including the maritime charms of Honfleur … apples, cider, cream-rich cuisine and the very freshest fish and seafood provide further reasons to visit this beautiful region of France." - Lonely Planet Guide book to Normandy.
Join us as we travel through these two regions of France, rich with history, beauty, charming sceaneary, and amazing food. We'll visit wineries in the Loire, see the most beautiful castle garden in the world, explore castles, boat on the Loire.
We'll stay in the town of Saumur.
And villages of Chenonceaux and Honfleur.
We'll eat in Michelin star restaurants, and small family bistros, visit wineries, traipse through castles and boat on the Loire river.
We'll experience the majestic beauty of Chartres Cathedral and the whimsical beauty of Honfleur. We'll visit the somber D-Day Beaches sites with a guide who has family ties to the events. We'll taste Calvados and enjoy the rich cheeses of Normandy. All along your guide will enlighten you with just enough history to keep you interested and you'll meet the local wine makers and cheese makers in the intimate settings that Tuscany Tours is famous for. Come and join us for this amazing adventure in two of France's most famous regions.
Cost: The land cost of the tour is $4,690, per person, based on double occupancy. Cash discount cost is $4,600 per person for payment by check or wire transfer.
You may make your registration deposit using PayPal and/or your credit card and still be eligible for the cash
discount cost if your final balance is paid by check or wire transfer. Single rooms are available for a supplementary charge of $900. Airfare is not included.
Accommodations: 8 nights lodging in elegant, historic hotels (2 nights Saumur, 2 nights Chenonceaux, and 4
Please note: Many cities in Italy and France have recently implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order "to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports." We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually €1 per hotel star per person per night. (A four-star hotel will usually be €4 per person per night).
Historic properties often do not have the same room size as they are former residences made into guest
The hotel in Honfleur does not have air-conditioning but every time we have stayed there, we’ve needed
an extra blanket just the same. The average lows are in the 50s.
Meals: All breakfasts, one full-course meal daily (either lunch or dinner), additional meals as scheduled. All meals -after breakfast! - include regional wines. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine.
Transfers: All ground transportation during the tour subsequent to your arrival at the designated meeting point in Central Paris on June 14. For the departure day, there will be a group shuttle departing Honfleur at 10:30 AM going first to Central Paris and then to Paris-Charles deGaulle Airport.
Wine tastings of various French varieties (including small local producers and larger well-known wineries).
Guided Tours with Local Authorized Expert Guides: Saumur, Villandry, Chinon, Chambord, Chenonceaux, Chartres, Honfleur, Bayeaux,Calvados and Cheese tastings, D-Day sites.
Admissions: Entrance fee for all planned visits to monuments, galleries and museums are included.
Small, Intimate Group: We will be limiting the number of participants to a maximum of 16.
Early Arrival/ Late Stay Options: We will be offering a 4-night post-trip to Paris from June 22-26. If you wish to make other add-on arrangements, we’d be happy to help you! For trip extensions of 2 nights or less, we provide planning assistance on a complimentary basis. For extensions of 3-5 nights, there is a nominal fee of $150 to assist with trip planning including booking hotels, guides, drivers, etc.
Arrival and Departure: The tour begins at 8:00 AM on June 14. The group will meet at a designated meeting point in Central Paris to take a bus to Saumur (about 4 hours). On the final morning of the tour, there will be a group shuttle departing Honfleur at 10:30 AM going first to Central Paris and then to Paris-Charles deGaulle Airport. If flying out on June 22, we recommend departing flights be no earlier than 5:00 PM.
Tour Exclusions: Airfare; arrival airport transfer.
Experienced Tour Leaders: Tuscany Tours has been leading small-group tours in Europe since 1997. Your Tour Leaders for this tour will be Pam Mercer and Cid Quadros. Pam has been leading small group tours in Italy and France since 1997. Cid Quadros is a licensed France guide who brings a sense of humor and a depth of history to all his travelers.
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*Note: This itinerary is subject to change without notice based on availability of tour leaders and guides, opening hours of restaurants, hotels and venues.