Immerse yourself in the country that gave the world Chanel, champagne and Michelin starred restaurants with this haute couture adventure offering a unique 1st class look into the elite art, fashion and gastronomy of France and live like royalty as you stay in private castles in Bordeaux and are brought around the countryside by chauffeur driven rolls royce.
“Joie de vivre” in high style as you voyage through Paris, Bordeaux and St Emilion. Encounter local elite as you blend wines under the tutelage of an expert, enjoy a private collection presentation at a renowned fashion house, create your own scent at the world’s oldest perfumery Guerlain, make macaroons at Lenôtre (one of France’s most famous patisseries) and sip your way through VIP cellars. The French have an ancient saying that, "it is impossible to overdo luxury” - want to give it a try?
A Kensington Elite travel immersion gives you access to unique locations and exclusive experiences in true VIP style, our best take on the best that the world has to offer.
You will be met and greeted by a hostess at the door of your plane and assisted through customs and luggage pick up. If you have a private airport transfer arranged through us, your hostess will connect you up with your driver for a smooth transition.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy the many wonders of Paris. Consider taking a stroll down one of the many quays by the river Seine, or wandering around any of the fascinating neighbourhoods such as Montematre, the Marais or the Left bank. Of course there are a plethora of museums and galleries to choose from if you are so inclined. Consider getting a 2 Day Paris Pass that includes a Paris Transport Travel card for 2 days (zone 1-3) to see all of the sites that are of personal interest to you. The Paris Pass is a smartcard offering free access to 65 attractions in Paris such as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Orsay museum, Musee Rodin, commented cruise with Bateaux Parisiens and Pompidou museum. With this pass, you have access to 22 museums, 24 historical monuments, 15 art galleries, 3 tourist attractions, 1 cruise and special offers in shops and restaurants. Please contact your Sales Advisor if you would like more details.
The Bel-Ami Hotel (5*) is found in the heart of Paris in the arts and letters quarter of Saint Germain des Prés, a short walk from the church of Saint Germain, the famous cafés Le Flore and Les Deux Magots and the Brasserie Lipp. The hotel has long been a reference in the Parisian quarter of Saint Germain des Prés, and is now hoisting its new colours designed by the architect and designer Philippe Maidenberg, to give new life to the St Germain area. You can indulge in la vie en rose at the Bel Ami Cafe, in a warm and fun ambiance in which carefully designed lighting, an elegant mix of pastel colours and a huge central illuminated suspension entice you to enjoy an organic brunch prepared by the chef, Christophe Hay. The Bel Ami Spa has now been entrusted to Esthederm’s innovative savoir faire, whose expert, made-tomeasure care programmes are fashioned to suit men and women alike. After your relaxing beauty treatment, you can indulge in a different kind of pleasure at the Bel Ami Bar, whose new menu by Christophe Hay includes organic dishes which are both natural and fresh. In the evening, house cocktails add an element of subtlety to a moment of pleasure in a haven of peace amid the bustle of the night-time activity of this Parisian quarter. The elegant and spacious new bedrooms of the Bel Ami complement this ambiance of contemporary refinement with their discrete luxury.
It is difficult to imagine a place more unique than the largest Vintage, Design and Antiques market in the world located at Saint Ouen. Often called “flea market” in magazines and newspapers, it is much, much more. Its 1,800 shops, stands and galleries showcase an unparalleled collection of treasures from decades and centuries past. It contains fifteen sub-markets, exquisitely charming cafés, and a gourmet restaurant designed by Philippe Starck. Depending on your interests and needs, you may return home with a few items, or furnish your entire home with the vast array of pieces available! This is arguably the best and first source for designers and decorators and professional art dealers in Europe.Spend half of the day today (4hrs) with a dedicated personal shopper who has developed an exclusive service for those who wish to buy or are interested in antique and vintage items in an eclectic setting - this is sure to be is an unforgettable journey through history and into the heart of Paris.
After meeting and getting a sense of your tastes and needs, your personal shopper will bring you from your hotel in a luxury vehicle to the various venues — including the warehouses, galleries, shops, and stalls of the Vintage and Design Markets. Your Personal shopper will act as your guide, advise, translate, negotiate, and organize payment and door-to-door shipping (including customs formalities) on your behalf. At the end of your tour you`ll be returned to your hotel or dropped off in the city centre if you wish to do some independent exploring or shopping. (There is the option to spend a full day at the "Marche aux Puces" with your personal shopper. Please let your Sales advisor know if this is of interest).
Who hasn't dreamt of baking a delightful French pastry, or preparing an exquisite French-style dessert? During Renaissance times in the 16th century, almonds were imported to France and biscuits were served at the Royal Court. Today, celebrity pastry chefs in Paris offer ever more exquisite macaroons with surprising and perfectly combined flavors. Learn how to prepare French Macaroons, how to shape the shells using a pastry bag, and how to prepare the creams for the fillings at the renowned LeNotre establishment with a private cooking class. Your will have a chauffeur driven vehicle at your disposal to drop you to and from the location.
Your private vehicle and driver will take you to meet an exceptional Master jeweller. You'll be privy to an individualized commented visit of the very exclusive, luxury Boucheron’s Jewelry workshop, guided by the company’s top heritage representative. During the visit you'll be brought through the process step by step, from watching the initial designing, up to the jewel’s realisation in a precious metal, and then the setting of the rarest gemstones. Also to be discovered is the Boucheron private museum’s collection, as well as extremely precious archives, a historical testimony of Boucheron’s constant creative exuberance. A possible addition to this exclusive tour is to have a meal arranged in the private salon located above the workshop which has fabulous views of the Place Vendome. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you are interested in having this added to your experience.
Enjoy a very rare visit of Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture salons and workshops today! A Graduate of the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Stéphane Rolland’s talent was first recognized by Balenciaga, who hired him to work on his menswear collections, and promoted him to creative Director within a year, at the age of 21. At 24, he designed his own prêt-à-porter collection. Success came immediately. Later, he desired a new challenge: Haute Couture. It was in the house of Jean-Louis Scherrer that he would find his place. Aged 30, Stéphane Rolland was the youngest French couturier on Avenue Montaigne, in Paris. Following 10 years at Scherrer, he finally launched his Couture House with the first Couture show under his own name, in July 2007.
Entering his universe at the prestigious address on Avenue Georges V, you will discover the bohemian outlook and luxurious extravagance which define his character. You will be presented his latest collection in his showroom as well as his inspirations through the very personalized furniture and decoration. Upstairs in this listed private mansion is where the Couture workshops where the collections are designed are located. You'll have the opportunity to observe the delicate work of the latest “petites mains” with the constant backdrop of the repetitive sound of the sewing machines....Truly a one of a kind experience... (Includes private transportation between your accommodation and the workshop).
Get ready for a sensory experience today as you are driven by private chauffeured vehicle to the enviable address of the Guerlain perfume workshop located on the Champs Elysées, a legendary location and boutique since 1914. This listed building was entirely decorated by the designer Andree Putman who transformed it into a boutique flooded with natural light and embellished with gold mosaic walls. In the intimacy of a private salon upstairs, the world-famous perfumer and one of the few noses exclusive to the House, is ready to unveil his creations, like a magician revealing his most precious secrets. Enjoy a welcome beverage before touring the boutique and creating your own perfume under the tutorage of a master. During the perfume workshop you'll get to discover the origins and inspirations for Guerlain's perfumes, refine your olfactory sense and discover exclusive raw materials, particularly the ones used as signature ingredients. Finally, enjoy the tactile process of creating your own signature fragrance which you'll get to keep as a momento. In case you are not overly fond of your own creation, you'll get to choose a Guerlain fragrance within the limited collection which is only sold in this boutique.
At the end of your morning activity, you'll be transferred to the train station in Paris in time for your journey to Bordeaux.
You will be picked up this afternoon from Bordeaux and transferred to your chateau, located twenty minutes south west of Bordeaux city.
Enjoy the train ride from Paris to Bordeaux. The train duration is approximately 3 hours (direct).
You will have a dedicated professional Driver and a luxury Rolls Royce at your disposal during these four days of your itinerary. Your driver will transfer you between visits and will be at your disposal during your free time, should you like to discover some particular sites or wineries.
Take in the sumptuous surroundings of your chateau this evening and sit down to a 4 course feast in the comfort of the regal dining room within the property. (drinks not included).
Spend the night in the luxurious Chateau Pape Clement tonight, a Grand Cru classe of Graves, where you will fall under the spell of the story of a pope and seven hundred years of history. The castle is not a hotel, but rather is a private residence with five well appointed bedrooms. Should your group use all 5 rooms then it will obviously be on an exclusive basis – otherwise, there may be other guests staying here during your stay. You can of course, request the chateau on an exclusive basis which can be arranged for an additional charge. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if this is desired.
Discover the cellars of the seven hundred year old wine estate of Chateau Pape Clement this morning - a Grand Cru Classe of Graves since 1885.
Sit down to a gourmet lunch this afternoon in the privacy of the opulent dining room in the chateau.
Immerse yourself in the splendid atmosphere of Bordeaux - a city with UNESCO heritage designation, as you are shown its many sights in the company of an English speaking guide.
Learn the art of wine tasting and determine your preferences and the corresponding type of wine during an hour and a half wine blending class and create your ideal wine. Once you’ve put on your apron, you’re ready to begin tasting a number of single-variety wine samples which have been selected for their unique characteristics and their typical expression of Bordeaux’s terroir. Equipped with a test tube and graduated cylinder, you will make several experiments under the tutalage of an expert. Then create a label for your bottle and depart with a bottle of your own, custom-made wine.
The river plays a crucial role in Bordeaux. Consider taking a private charter of a hacker craft, immortalised by Humphrey Bogart and Jackie Kennedy and see the city's sights by water. Alternatively, you may be interested in taking a private boat trip on a traditional boat of the region to discover the stunning nature reserve of Banc d'Arguin, a golden island with numerous lagoons that looks like a little exotic paradise. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these private tour options are of interest.
Enjoy a wonderful dinner this evening in a michelin starred restaurant in Bordeaux.
This morning will see you at the impressive Chateau de Fombrauge, a 17th century manor in the medieval village of St Emilion. Enjoy a private tour of the chateau and learn about its history and the prestigious wines that are produced here.
Take in the tranquil scenery as you sit down to a lovely lunch on the chateau's terrace this afternoon.
Enjoy the charms of the UNESCO designated medieval village of St Emilion this afternoon.
Your evening meal this evening will take place in the dining room of the Chateau de Fombrauge, with an impregnable view over the vineyards. (drinks not included).
The neo-classical architectural jewel that is the Grand Theatre in Bordeaux has a wide variety of concerts and spectacles throughout the year. If you are interested in learning what is on during your time in Bordeaux please speak to your Sales Advisor. Alternatively, consider having your own private concert at the castle where you are staying.
The Chateau de Fombrauge provides an intimate backdrop for a sojourn in St Emilion. As a private residence it has a two well appointed bedrooms for guests. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if your group will not fill both guest rooms and you would like to ensure having the property on an exclusive basis.
Barrel making is an ancient and well respected trade in France. Learn the various stages that go into making a premium wine barrel this morning under the tutorage of an expert at the Chateau la Tour Carnet. The property is one of the oldest in the Medoc region and is bordered by a moat on three sides.
Weather permitting, lunch will be held on the banks of the moat at the Chateau La Tour Carnet.
Consider any number of optional activities such as a private fishing trip followed by a cocktail buffet in a traditional fisherman's hut known as "carralet". The regions golf clubs offer some remarkable courses, from links to parkland courses. If you would like to try your hand at local cuisine, consider a private cooking lesson with a chef, or alternatively, you may like to have a body treatment. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these options are of interest.
Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. You will have your luxury vehicle and driver at your disposal.
At days end, you will be transferred to Bordeaux.
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Edwards Family ,
November 28, 2013
"People do not know what they are missing by not going to Romania. The landscape: beautiful, clean, untouched. The people: People exceeded friendly! Super safe. Wherever we went, we received the reception of "Welcome, welcome! You are our guest", by everyone. Food & Drink: Everything had such incredible flavor! They use only the freshest ingredients and everything is organic. Every meal was a new, exciting experience to our palettes. Architecture: The beauty, intricacy, history. One cannot help but appreciate the abundance of castles, churches and buildings boasting such incredible architecture. Experience Romania sooner than later! You’ll be so glad you did! Once again, Kensington Tours, and special thank you to Claudia.
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
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Mike Mikkelsen ,
November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
"My trip to Holland and Belgium was a lifelong dream and Kensington Tours made it greater than my dream. I was treated like royalty, even when I missed some of my connections. They quickly solved any problems that U had. All the drivers were courteous and helpful. My accommodations were top notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a better tour experience. Thanks to Richard Racicot for booking the best fo me."
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November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
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November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bend over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangement made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Our time in Dubrovnik and Split were awesome, in hind sight we both wished we would have went back to Split from Plitvice Lakes rather than carry on to Zagreb. We both found Split much more appealing and would have definitely preferred to spend another night there rather than Zagreb. We’ll know for next time! Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
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