Small group tour of Normandy, Paris & the Loire Valley

Visit the poignant beaches of D-Day, discover the rugged Brittany Coast, dine at an elegant estate in chateaux country, and spend three memorable nights in Paris on one of our most comprehensive Northern France and Normandy tours – AND for a limited time get great savings on airfare.

There are still seats available on June and July departures, starting at $6990 per person, double occupancy (land only).

One upfront, flat round-trip price per person covers air from US and Canadian gateways:

  • $890 Economy Class
  • $1,490 Premium Economy Class
  • $3,490 Business Class

Special air price is available for new bookings only made January 9 – February 28, 2017. Valid for departures March 1 through August 31, 2017.

Contact us for a detailed itinerary.

Honfleur Harbor

American Cemetery

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

Hotel Report Card: Le Clos d’Amboise, Amboise, France

Le Clos d'Amboise

Le Clos d’Amboise
27 rue Rabelais, 37400 Amboise
tel. 2-47-30-10-20 fax: 2-47-57-33-43
18 rooms. Singles: €86 Doubles: €97 to €149 Visa/MC accepted.

Le Clos d'Amboise, bedroom

After a careful restoration that added 20th century conveniences like modern plumbing and air conditioning, this 17th century manor house still retains a homey, old world charm. Located in the heart of Amboise, the rectangular enclosure -- formed by the main house, Mansard Pavilion, pool and garden wall -- provides a tranquil retreat from the bustling streets outside.

Le Clos d'Amboise, bathroom

Rooms have hardwood floors, modern, high-quality furnishings, and cove ceilings. The cheaper rooms are small, and can feel cramped, especially on a hot day. Spend more and the size increases nicely.

Overall: A
Location: B+
Ambiance: A
Cleanliness: A-
Maintenance: A
Staff: A+


Hotel Report Card: Le Manoir les Minimes, Amboise, France

Manoir les Minimes

Le Manoir les Minimes
34 Quai Charles Guinot
37400 Amboise
Tel: 02-47-30-40-40; Fax: 02-47-30-40-77
13 rooms. Singles: €115; Doubles: €115 to €190

Sitting Room, Manoir les Minimes

During the 1500's France's Loire Valley became something of a Renaissance version of the Hamptons, a playground for the rich and influential (or at least those who wanted to appear to be rich and influential). King Francis I, who loved the area for its dense forests and bountiful hunting, had several palaces in the region. He even managed to entice Leonardo da Vinci to abandon Italy and spend the last years of his life here.

Bedroom, Manoir les Minimes

Today many of these palaces have become museums, while others have found new life as hotels. If you're traveling by car you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a chateau hotel. Since many of them are located in isolated positions in the country, it's harder to get the chateau experience if you're relying on public transport. One great option is the village of Amboise, with frequent train connections to Paris, most via the town of Tours.

My favorite spot here is the Manoir les Minimes, a charming little manor house, located a short walk from the center of town and right near the river. Beautifully decorated, well-managed, and easy on the budget.

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