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3-Day Mt Saint-Michel & Loire Valley Castles with Optional Pick up

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Paris, France

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Overview

On this 3-day adventure from Paris, experience two of northwestern France’s most beloved locales —  the World Heritage–listed island village of Mont St-Michel in Normandy and the ‘château country’ of the Loire Valley, another UNESCO site. With a guide, learn about the architecture and significance of these historical landmarks, and enjoy spending the night in the towns of Angers and Tours. You’ll be awed by castles like Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chambord and Château du Clos Lucé, once home to Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Visit Mont St-Michel in Normandy, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit 6 different historic French châteaux in the beautiful Loire Valley including Château de Chambord and Château de Langeais
  • Includes 2 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels with breakfast
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
Dinner
Breakfast
Transport in luxury air-conditioned coach
Professional guide
2 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel
Meals included : Lunch on the first day, buffet breakfasts, 1 dinner and lunch on the third day
Porterage service on hotel arrival and departure
Entrance ticket for the various monuments.
Pick up and drop hotel in Paris ( if option selected)
Lunch (2)
Gratuities
Food and drink, unless specified
Lunch on the 2nd day

Departure Point

2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France

Traveler pickup is offered
If Pick-up option selected: Pick up location will be from the hotel or Private residence in Paris ( Zip code must start by 75), should the address be provided at least 72 hours ( local time) prior to tour's departure.Without the accommodation address and if booking is made less than 72 hours prior to departure, the pick up will be from PARISCityVISION on 2 rue des Pyramides, nearest Metro : Tuileries or Pyramides ( line 1 or 7/14)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your 3-day tour from Paris to the popular French regions of Normandy and the Loire Valley includes comfortable coach transportation, accommodation at 3-star hotels in the towns of Angers and Tours, and most meals, including lunch at Relais Saint-Michel, where you can admire views of Mont St-Michel while you eat. You’ll have free time to get other meals on your own.

With your informative guide, travel first to Mont St-Michel, a World Heritage site famous for its unique setting on a tiny rocky island. Then on days two and three, visit some of the Loire Valley’s many castles, including Château de Langeais, Château du Clos Lucé, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord.
Itinerary
Place des Pyramides
Depart Paris and head through the Normandy countryside to the historic Mont St-Michel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
Enjoy a guided tour of the interior of the Abbey
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Baie du Mont St Michel
3 course Lunch with view of the Mont st Michel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Fortifications du Mont-Saint-Michel
Then explore the streets and alleyways in your own free time and soak up the atmosphere at your leisure.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Office de Tourisme d'Angers
Departure for Angers. Overnight stop at the hotel in Angers, accommodation 4* hotel.
Accommodation:
 Day 1: Overnight at the hotel in Angers, accommodation 4* hotel
Meals:
 Lunch  
Chateau de Langeais
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Chateau d'Angers ouvert
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 —
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Office de Tourisme Amboise Val de Loire
before continuing on through the historic communes of Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault and Saumur to the town of Amboise where you will enjoy a little free time for lunch (own expense).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Chateau de Villandry
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Tours
Head onward to visit the historic town of Tours for dinner.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Day 2: Overnight at the accommodation 4* hotel in Tours
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Château de Chenonceau
After breakfast, depart Tours for a guided visit of the Château de Chenonceau, widely considered the most famous in the Loire Valley. The extraordinarily beautiful Château de Chenonceau was built in the early 16th century and its 4 arches span the length of the Cher River. Learn of its impressive history and architecture from your guide and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Chateau de Cheverny
Continue onward to the Château de Cheverny and lunch. The Château de Cheverny has been in the same family for six centuries and boasts elegant interior, grand salons and a fine antique collection. It underwent major renovations in 1768 and the results can still be enjoyed today.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Chateau de Chambord
Your final visit is to the opulent Château de Chambord, the very largest in the Loire Valley. With its ornate French Renaissance architecture and imposing stature, the Château de Chambord impresses throughout. It was built in the early 16th century to serve as a hunting lodge for King Francis I of France, and to show off his considerable wealth. Take a tour of the château and learn of its amazing history from your guide. Depart Chambord at 4.30pm for the 2.5-hour journey back to Paris, where your 3-day Mont St-Michel and châteaux tour will come to an end. Sample Menu: Main course: • Salmon accompanied by rice and vegetablesDessert: • Apple pie Drinks: • 1 bottle of cider or mineral water for 6 people
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Lunch  
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Template lunch: Starter : Crunchy camembert and its greenery Main course : Skewer of Cod and Salmon “à la Normande”, crunchy vegetables and seafood Dessert : Sweet trilogy of desserts: homemade chocolate mousse, apple pie, whipped cream-vanilla cream with salted butter caramel Drinks: bottle of cider for 6 people / 1 bottle of water for 6 people / coffee or tea per person
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 3-Day Mt Saint-Michel & Loire Valley Castles with Optional Pick up?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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The two guides we had on the trip were...
Jackie Y
, Aug 2018
The two guides we had on the trip were both excellent. They have a great knowledge of all the places we visited and made the trip enjoyable. I have to say the description of the trip was not very complete. I think Viatour could do better in explaining the accommodations and food included. We did have two lunches included and both times they served us fish with no other choices. It was a set menu. Since I don't eat fish, I felt it was a waste of money. They should at least give us two or three choices. Same with dinner. Also, we were not with the same people or guides the whole time. They picked people up from one chateau and others left during that time. It was confusing. I also wish we had gone for only two days as three days of castle touring was too much. We had two nights in a hotel. Both were the Mercer chain. Not bad. The rooms were clean but nothing fancy. The internet was annoying as you had to keep logging in. The buses were fine although we had to change buses after the first day.
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We had a fantastic trip to Mont...
Michael W
, Jul 2017
We had a fantastic trip to Mont St-Michel and the Loire Valley Chateaux's. The trip was well organized and our guide was great. We had a full bus for Mont Sain-Michel but then transferred to another bus for the Loire Valley with 10 people. Accomodations good. Highly recommend. Good value!
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Excelent tour, grat guide and...
Arturo S
, Aug 2016
Excelent tour, grat guide and comfortable all the time
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Mont st michel good, guide had poor...
Heather T
, Jul 2016
Mont st michel good, guide had poor English skills and turned away from the hand held mic all the time so you only heard a third of what she had to say, when approached she said it was the best she could do. This tour also has lots of stairs and we had people with issues and the guide just left them behind, for the more abled to help which really wasn't our 'job'. Changed guides in the afternoon for the chateaux which was good she was very clear and very good English and wore a head mic. Still didn't deal with people with issues or who were lateconstantly accomodation was variable, not a fan of 60cm single beds! Couples got much better rooms than singles.meals were bland and uninspiring. Most of the chateaux were good except for Chambord which was not of the same quality, and has not really been renovated ok if you are into turrets. Villandry gardens were amazing.
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The locations visited were fabulous...
Sandra H
, Oct 2015
The locations visited were fabulous. It was disappointing that the 3 day trip was made up from people doing 1 day, 2 days or 3 days, with different people and buses changing frequently. Time spent at some of the locations wasn't enough, particularly Mont St-Michel. It would have been better not to have a sit down 3 course lunch at any location as this took too much time. The guides were difficult to understand as their english wasn't the best. One guide was sick and coughing all the time, he was rude and unhelpful.
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Our guide .on the first day, I had...
Arnold P
, May 2015
Our guide .on the first day, I had forgotten his name, but was great and ensured we were well informed of the monastery. On the last 2 days Elina was amazing. She was made me feel as if we were a family of closely related people and not strangers. She gave me so much insight of a caring person who really enjoyed our company as well. She was most informative, knowledgable and had appropriate answers to any questions. At concluding I felt that she was sad to see our trip end even though the traffic back to Paris was horrendous. 4 hours for 150ks. Thank you for a great trip.
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Local tpur operator, Cityrama, was a...
Susan B
, Sep 2013
Local tpur operator, Cityrama, was a little ovetrwhelmed with all the morning tours departing at the same time and did little to inform or assure passengers thougj they did manage to sort it all out and depart only 10 minutes late. Mont St Michel was a wonderful venue, despite the long drive from Paris. Lunch was disappointing though. Might be a good idea to let people know the level of physical agility required. Guide (Pascale) really brought a lot of interest to the tour. Following 2 days in the Loire was mixed. Could've done without the entire 1st day itinerary and swapped it for a winery tour and a tour of a Troglodite village. Day 2 with the 3 chateaux however was great. In general, it was a little annoying to have the constant commentary being translated into 4 languages. Smaller groups of same language might help?
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This was a very good tour. The...
NURY J
, Sep 2013
This was a very good tour. The hotels were very modern, nice and clean. I highly recommend it.
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My partner and I really enjoyed the...
Kathy L
, Jul 2013
My partner and I really enjoyed the tour, and it was a nice change of pace from the self-guided sightseeing we usually do. Our guide was Adrien, a historian who was very knowledgeable about the sights we visited. He was also very friendly and pitched information in an accessible way. The tour itself was well-organised and we visited a lot of places. We got free time to wander around every major stop, and while you could always spend more time, it was enough for a taste and didn't feel rushed. The accommodation was comfortable both nights and the food was generally good and generous. Fussy eaters may be frustrated by a fixed menu.
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Excellent tour giving a good...
Michael R W
, Jun 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.

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