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Why us Instead of the Bus to Mont Saint Michel?

Mont St. Michel Day Tour Comparison LinkParis.com was founded on the idea of offering semi-private tours to destinations outside of Paris. Our competitors offer tours from Paris to Mont St. Michel literally by the bus load. So here are the main differences between us and them. LinkParis.com: Eight people per group maximum. English speaking driver/guide. Competition: Large bus, many languages. LinkParis.com: Five hours total rail time. Our guide will meet you at the rail station. Train is non-stop from Paris to Rennes. Train has a great snack bar. Competition: Ten hours of driving roundtrip. Includes stops at the vendors "preferred" rest areas and restaurants. LinkParis.com: See Monst St. Michel, Dinan and St. Malo. Three great destinations. Competition: Mont St. Michel only. The crowded tour bus WILL...

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Loire Valley Cycling Tour Highlights

Château d'Amboise The village of Amboise is anchored by the grand Château Amboise, along the river Loire, just 20 minutes from Tours. In recent times, the château Amboise has been partially restored and preserved, but has never returned to its 16th century glory, when Leonardo Da Vinci and Italian craftsmen lived on the grounds, building to the specifications of then King Francis I. It's the only castle still owned by heirs to the French throne. Clos Luce Clos Luce is a stately manor house with the distinction of being Da Vinci's last home. Connected to the château Amboise via an underground tunnel, it's now a museum housing 40 assembled models based on the genius artist/inventor's mechanical plans. The grounds feature...

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Loire Wine and Castle Tour - Wednesday and Saturday Castles

Castles You'll Visit... Built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher, Chenonceau is most known for the arched bridge at its base joining the château to the river's opposite bank. A couple of centuries of crumbling disrepair was finally addressed right after World War II by the current owners (the family Menier, heirs to a chocolate-making fortune). Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited château in France. The village of Amboise is anchored by the grand Château Amboise, along the river Loire, just 20 minutes from Tours. In recent times, the château Amboise has been partially restored and preserved, but has never returned to its 16th century glory, when Leonardo Da Vinci and Italian craftsmen...

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Loire Wine and Castle Tour - Tuesday and Friday Castles

CASTLES YOU'LL VISIT... Chambord is the biggest Loire castle, yet was only built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I. It's been suggested, but not proven, Da Vinci had a hand in its design, but it's attributed to Phillipe Delorme. Unique architectural features such as the minaret-like spires and grand double helix staircase add to its distinction. Onsite is the Museum of Nature and Hunting, and an especially rare collection of tapestries. Designed by the same architect who created Blois,  has stayed in the Count of Cheverny's family almost continually since it was built in the 16th century. Intact interiors and priceless antiques are a must-see, but the famed hunting dog kennels on the grounds are the biggest draw, open...

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Loire Wine and Castle Tour - Monday and Thursday Castles

Castles you'll visit... Chateau D'Azay-Le-Rideau is dramatically situated on an island in the Indre river. The plush interiors are decorated in the Italian Renaissance style popular when it was first built in the 16th century. One of the newest exhibits is in the attic, showing the complicated beam and buttress design needed to hold the massive roof. Villandry features the finest formal gardens in Europe. The dilapidated gardens and castle were restored to their 16th century glory in the 1900's, by a wealthy American heiress, Ann Coleman, and her French husband Joachim Carvallo. It takes 8 gardeners working full time to plant, prune and care for the 60,000 vegetable plants and 45,000 other varietals set out each year.  Château de Langeais was built...

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