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Mont Saint-Michel & Chateaux Country 3-Day Tour from Paris

1. Mont Saint-Michel & Chateaux Country 3-Day Tour from Paris

Drive through the beautiful French countryside to discover Middle Age and Gothic-inspired architecture, and learn the intriguing history of Normandy and France from an expert guide. Cross to the tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel, and soak up the refinement of prestigious Loire Valley castles, such as the vast royal Château de Chambord. Day 1 (Friday): Traveling by luxury air-conditioned coach, depart Paris via the western districts and take the Normandy motorway as far as Mont Saint-Michel. Arriving at approximately midday, stop for lunch at the 4-star Relais Saint Michel, offering fantastic views across to the island. After lunch, ascend to the Abbey on the summit of the mount for a guided visit of its Gothic and Romanesque interior. Enjoy some time at leisure exploring the narrow, hilly streets before your departure for Angers, cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Hotel Mercure Lac de Maine (or similar accommodation). Day 2 (Saturday): After a hearty breakfast, drive to Langeais, passing Cunault and Saumur en route. Driving by vineyards, enjoy views of romantic castles on the horizon. Arrive at Château de Langeais to explore one of the best-known examples of late medieval architecture. Continue with a guided visit of Clos-Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's last dwelling place. Stroll through the stunnning gardens of Villandry, and visit the old historic district of Tours on the lower reaches of the Loire. An evening meal will be served at your overnight stop in Tours at the Hotel Mercure. Day 3 (Sunday): Take a guide tour of the Château de Chenonceau, built on the site of an old mill across the River Cher. Continue to the decorative Château de Cheverny, used by Tintin creator, Hergé as the inspiration for his fictional Château de Moulinsart. After lunch at the Hotel Saint-Hubert, go to the Château de Chambord to explore the largest and most imposing castle in the Loire Valley. Admire the distinctive French Renaissance architecture, which blends impressively with traditional medieval forms.

Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art Full Access

2. Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art Full Access

Enjoy full access to the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art, a radical, committed, living place in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just 2 hours from Paris. Explore the museum's permanent collection comprised of the world's largest collection of works from the Art & Language movement, a pioneer of conceptual art. Installed in a château of the Loire Valley, the museum has the architecture, collection, and exhibition spaces that place it among the best international institutions dedicated to contemporary art. The cultural program is a mirror of the creative wealth of contemporary artists; Innovative and experimental, it is organized around temporary exhibitions, events, concerts, talks, and performances. Your access to the museum allows you to explore the richness of its permanent collection that includes videos, installations, paintings, and sculptures, and to discover the current temporary exhibition. The ticket also gives you access to the château's terrace that offers a panoramic view of the Loire River.

Chinon: Bicycle Tour of Saumur Wineries with Picnic Lunch

3. Chinon: Bicycle Tour of Saumur Wineries with Picnic Lunch

Starting From Chinon, take the cycling path towards the Vienne's river and cross a beautiful countryside for 45 minutes or so. Once you arrive at Candes-Saint-Martin reach the panoramic view and enjoy the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers. Make a stop at the bailica of Saint-Martin and enjoy the beauty of the whole village of Saint Martin before reaching Montsoreau and it's beautiful Castle that overhangs the Loire's river. From then, cycle uphill to reach the hill vineyards of the "appellation Saumur Champigny" and cycle across them, making stops at amazing wineries to taste local wines made with the famous cabernet franc and chenin grapes ! After the first visits of wineries, it' s time to enjoy a nice lunch (picinic) on the banks of the Loire. Back on the cycling path, discover the troglodyte villages of Turquant and Souzay-Champigny before visiting other wineries and tasting local wines again ! Once you reach the world famous castle of Saumur and its fantastic panoramic view over the whole city, take a short shuttle (10 minutes) to take you to Bouvet Ladubay's sparkling winery and enjoy another experience on vintage bikes. Put the headlamps on and follow the guide that takes you to underground galleries to finish your fanstastic wine cycling day ! A shuttle (40 minutes) minutes will drive you back to the starting point at Chinon.

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It was a long queue for the shuttle to get into the castle, then we decide to walk for 45 mins By the time we arrived there it was quite tired exploring around. We walked around the ground level and decided to go back by shuttle. It was a really nice surrounding. I would recommend to go for a visit if you have never been.

We had a wonderful ride with Yohan and Jacque! The ride was just the right amount with a delicious picnic lunch midday. Yohan shared his knowledge of wine and love for the Loire Valley throughout the entire day. This was the highlight of our Loire Valley trip!