The Family Friendly Tour: Loire Valley, Normandy and Paris

This trip shows you the glory of France‘s culture and heritage, as well as the creativity of the French people over the centuries. The extravagant royal castles in the Loire Valley will bring you back in time to experience the lives of French kings. You will also learn about their wine culture. The Mont-St-Michel in Normandy is a must-see for lovers of architecture, romance and awe-inspiring sights. You will experience a different Paris regardless of whether you’ve been there before.

Day 1: Arrival into the Loire Valley

As people say, to feel the glory of France, you need to go to 2 places: Paris and Loire Valley. Loire Valley is considered to be the classic quiet backyard of France. Their castles are synonyms of romanticism.

The splendid Chateau Chambord is the focal point of a visit to the Loire. People say it is the castle that is the easiest to recognize, as its architecture is mixed with traditional middle-age classics and French and Italian Renaissance styles. This is one of the most beautiful castles in this region.

Day 2: Chateau d'Amboise, Loire Valley

Today you will start with a VIP Visit to the Royal Castle of Amboise. Since the 14th century, French kings resided in this castle.

During the visit, you will walk through some private corridors in the castle and enjoy the panoramic views from the balcony. Surrounded by forests, old bridges and houses in the distance, you’ll be brought back in time to a quiet middle aged period.

In the evening, you will visit an exceptional underground cellar and have a wine tasting of old vintages from the Loire Valley. Dinner will be in the castle.

Day 3: Beauvais Zoo

Your accommodation today is an extension of Beauvais Zoo, one of the most impressive zoos in Europe. You will spend quality time either discovering new and rare animals, including the cute Chinese Giant Pandas, or you and your family may prefer to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities.

Day 4: Chateau Chenonceau, Loire Valley

This morning you will visit Chateau Chenonceau, a splendid castle in the Loire Valley, the famous “Castle on the river”. The castle was uniquely owned by ladies, which can easily be seen by visiting the superbly designed garden.

Day 5: Mont-Saint-Michel

One of France’s most recognizable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than 3 million people visit it each year.

Victor Hugo famously said that Mont-St-Michel is as important for France as the pyramids are for Egypt.

Mont Saint-Michel was previously connected to the mainland via a tidal causeway, i.e., a trackway covered at high tide and revealed at low tide. On the top, it was an abbey and a monastery. Inside the Mont, there are many traditional Normandy style houses and shops. You can wonder around inside and shop for some souvenirs.

While most people visit this Wonder during the day, we will bring you to the unique hotel in the Mont-St-Michel to spend a night there. Only few people can make the most of the evening view of Mont-St-Michel.

Day 6: Honfleur & Giverny in Normandy

You will spend this day at leisure, appreciating the style of Normandy in Honfleur and Giverny. You will walk through the charming half-timbered houses in the unique little harbour city of “Vieux Bassin”, visiting the famous bells of the Saint Catherine Church.

In the afternoon, you will go to the fairy-tale like town, Giverny, a typical farming town in Normandy. The painter Claude Monet was charmed by this town and painted a lot of masterpieces for the town.

You will visit the Maison de Monet, and witness the beauty of the famous botanical gardens, Japanese bridges, and the water pond. End your day with a visit to the Impressionist museum.

Day 7: Paris

Paris is modern romanticism at its best: the smell of the French bakery in the morning, the aromas of coffee from the street side cafés…There is something new to explore here every day. You will enjoy free time in the City of Love during the morning. After this you will be driven to Montmartre and its vineyard!

Montmartre is a very picturesque area, with a lot of painters on the famous Place du Tertre. It is located on a hill with an amazing view of Paris. During the afternoon, you will visit Clos Montmartre in the middle of the vines with a wine specialist.

Day 8: Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle, Paris

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is the finest private chateau in France, built for Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s financial superintendent.

Here you can get lost in the sheer wonder of the Chateau and explore all that it has to offer at your own leisure. Perfectly preserved despite its long and interesting past, Vaux offers an intimate encounter with the rich beauty and glamour of French history.

Day 9: Paris

Start your day by shopping in the streets of Paris, lingering over a croissant in a sidewalk café…At the end of the morning, you will be on a private yacht for a cruise on the Seine (optional activity). You can get a glimpse of some of the city’s most mythical spots, just sit back and revel in the fresh air taking in the sites of Paris.

Day 10: Paris

This is your final day in Paris to enjoy at leisure before your departure later in the day.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival into the Loire Valley
Day 2: Chateau d'Amboise, Loire Valley
Day 3: Beauvais Zoo
Day 4: Chateau Chenonceau, Loire Valley
Day 5: Mont-Saint-Michel
Day 6: Honfleur & Giverny in Normandy
Day 7: Paris
Day 8: Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle, Paris
Day 9: Paris
Day 10: Paris

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Excursions
  • Transfers or car hire
  • Activities with guides
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visa if necessary
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that this is required for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1- Chateau Chambord 2- Chateau d'Amboise 3- Chateau Chenonceau 4- Mont-Saint-Michel 5- Honfleur 6- Paris

Price available upon request

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant