- Visit three of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful castles: Chateau Chambord, Chateau d’Amboise and Chateau Chenonceau
- Enjoy dinner and a wine tasting at Chateau d’Amboise
- Explore the UNESCO-listed site of Mont Saint-Michel
- Discover Monet’s home in Giverny and visit the Impressionist Museum
- Cruise along the River Seine on a private yacht
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Day 1 Arrival Loire Valley – Chateau Chambord
Upon arrival at the airport you’ll be escorted by car to your accommodation.
Refresh after your journey, then begin your exploration of the romantic castles of the Loire Valley with a trip to Chateau Chambord. Admire the French Renaissance architecture and formal French gardens of one of France’s most beautiful castles.
Day 2 Loire Valley, Chateau d'Amboise
Today’s adventure takes you to the royal Chateau d’Amboise, where you’ll go on a VIP tour of the castle. Wander through private corridors and imagine life here during the Middle Ages.
In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting in the underground cellars before dinner in the castle.
Day 3 Loire Valley, Beauval Zoo
Enjoy a day at Beauval Zoo, home to around 600 species of animals including giant pandas and their young, and many other species rarely seen in Europe.
Day 4 Loire Valley, Chateau de Chenonceau
Known as ‘the Castle on the River’, Chateau de Chenonceau is defined by an almost uninterrupted succession of women, who built, renovated, protected and restored it throughout its history. Its gardens are of particular interest.
Day 5 Loire Valley – Mont Saint-Michel
Today you’ll leave the Loire Valley and head to Mont Saint-Michel, an island in Normandy accessible via a tidal walkway. Stroll around the Mont and head up the gravity-defying monastery and abbey.
Few visitors get the opportunity to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site by evening, but you’ll spend the night in a hotel on the island.
Day 6 Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy
After breakfast on the Mont, you’ll return to the mainland to see the pretty town of Honfleur on the estuary of the River Seine. Explore the Vieux-Bassin (Old Harbour), lined with timber-framed houses, and visit the wooden church, Saint Catherine.
In the afternoon you’ll visit Giverny, muse of the painter, Claude Monet. Discover Monet’s house and explore the Impressionist Museum.
Day 7 Normandy – Paris
This morning you’ll be privately transferred to Paris. Settle into your hotel and spend a morning at leisure – your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities to suit your interests prior to departure.
In the afternoon you’ll be escorted to Montmartre, a hilltop district with incredible views over Paris. Visit the vineyard of Clos Montmartre with a wine specialist for a tour and tasting.
Day 8 Paris - Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Today’s excursion takes you out of Paris to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the largest privately owned castle in France. Explore the architecture and wander around the gardens.
Day 9 Paris
Enjoy a day at leisure in Paris.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities to suit your interests including shopping, places to eat and drink, and an optional private yacht cruise along the Seine.
Day 10 Departure
This morning you’ll have some free time in Paris before being escorted to the airport for your onward journey.