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9 Day Normandy, Brittany And The Loire Valley

Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles.  This tour takes us from France’s dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages and sample home-grown delicacies.

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Tour Highlights

  • Walk down the medieval Rue du Jerzual in Dinan
  • Visit Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in the country
  • Sleep in the storybook surrounds of a grand French château
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader/driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Cider and calvados sampling
  • A garden tour of Château de la Bourdaisière
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Paris and Trouvelle

Day 2

Trouville and Normandy

Day 3

Trouville, Normandy Beaches and Crepon

Day 4

Crepon, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Dinan

Day 5


Day 6

Dinan, Angers and Chinon

Day 7

Chinon and Château De Villandry

Day 8

Chinon, Château de Chenonceau and Montlouis-Sur-Loire

Day 9

Montlouis-Sur-Loire, Chartes and Paris

Day 1

Our first impressions of France are formed in Giverny, Normandy at the home of one of the world’s most celebrated artists – Claude Monet.  The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with every shade of flower.

We carry that image with us all the way to Trouville. The town is a seaside resort on the Cote Fleurie and boasts a long sandy beach, historical markets and is our home for the next two nights. (D)

Day 2

On the menu today is a journey on the road less travelled to Livarot where we have free time to relax.  We will track the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in all of France.  From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados, it’s here that we pause to taste the fruits of the region’s orchards – a delicious end to our day. (B)

Day 3

We turn our attentions to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy Beaches, where we stand at the sites of the D-Day Landings of 1944.

Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. (B,D)

Day 4

Time to unfold another layer of Normandy history this morning with a trip to see the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry.

In the afternoon, we drive on to enchanting Mont St Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village.

To top off a charm-filled day, we spend this evening in Dinan. (B)

Day 5

With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this Gallic gem. (B)

Day 6

We’re deep into fairy-tale territory when we travel towards the Loire Valley, a landscape whose skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles.  Our first port of call is Angers, once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings and later, we move on to Chinon where dinner at a local restaurant awaits. (B,D)

Day 7

Our first château of the tour is the last of Loire’s greats: Château de Villandry.  Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two. (B)

Day 8

Château de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore the fascinating museum.  While at our own château, deep in the heart of the Loire Valley, we turn into lords and ladies of the manor with a night spent in stately surrounds – but not before a guided tour of the gardens and an indulgent farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 9

A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated cathedral of Chartres, believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and a beautiful image to take back to Paris where we say “au revoir”. (B)

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Entrance included to: Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny
  • Château d’Angers and Bayeux Tapestry
  • Mont St Michel and Château de Villandry
  • Château de Chartres and Château de Chenonceau

Important Information

  • We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.
  • On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader/driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Cider and calvados sampling
  • A garden tour of Château de la Bourdaisière
  • Entrance included to: Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny, Château d’Angers, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chartres and Château de Chenonceau.

Our accommodation, whether a rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.  Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.  Character is not a substitute for quality and comfort however and at all of our hotels you’re guaranteed an en-suite, a great night’s sleep and delicious food.  There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.

On the vast majority of our tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches.  Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view.  With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the on-board PA system and, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.


What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.