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Normandy and the Loire Valley: 15 nights

Arrive in Paris

Take the RER from the airport to central Paris and transfer to the métro to arrive at Gare St. Lazare. Catch a train to Rouen (approx. 1.5 hours) and then a taxi to your hotel. Settle in at the hotel. Enjoy a late afternoon stroll and dinner. Explore Rouen's churches and museums, savouring the cuisine of Normandy along the way.

2 nights

Pick up the rental car and drive to Honfleur

En route to Honfleur, stop to see the ruins of Jumièges. In the quaint seaside town of Honfleur, wander the streets, stroll around the Vieux-Bassin, climb to the top of the Côte de Grâce for spectacular views of the Pont de Normandie, and enjoy a meal with those legendary local oysters.

1 night

Visit the D-Day beaches and Bayeux

After pausing for a sombre yet powerful visit at Juno Beach, continue on to nearby Bayeux where you will explore the ancient Bayeux tapestry. From here, carry on to Boucéel, near Vergoncey, where you will stay at a château run by a real count and countess. While staying here, visit spectacular Mont St-Michel, mediaeval Fougères or the windswept coastal town of Saint-Malo.

2 nights

Drive to Amboise (Loire Valley)

Break the drive up by stopping for lunch in Angers in the west end of the Loire Valley. When you arrive in Amboise, park the car and spend some time exploring this lovely town (where Da Vinci spent his last days). Over the next few days, discover stunning châteaux in the lush Loire countryside.

5 nights

Train to Paris

Drop off the rental car in nearby Tours before catching the train back to Paris. With four full days in Paris, you can get a lot done. From the resplendent Louvre to the charming Musée Jacquemart-André, there is art for every taste. Popular sights include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opéra Garnier, Le Panthéon and the Cimetière du Père Lachaise. Consider a daytrip out of Paris before heading home (Versailles or Fontainebleau).

5 nights

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