Sample the cultural museums and architecture of Paris as your entrée and finish with the Cote d’Azur as dessert in this gourmet feast of French cities!
Home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world (think Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa and the Palace of Versailles), Paris is a wonderful gateway to the delights of France. Tour ancient churches, window-shop along the Champs-Elysees, stroll around the historic cobbled streets of the artists’ quarter, and take a pleasant cruise on the River Seine as part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles are just one of the opulent royal residences you can tour. The efficient French railway system makes short work of the journey south to the French Riviera where the glamorous neighboring resorts of Monte Carlo, Cannes and Antibes can all be explored at leisure.
Pre-arranged touring, and free time to really feel the essence of France, make this whirlwind tour of Paris and the Cote d’Azur seem effortless and unhurried. After the bustle of Paris, travel in relaxed style through France on the speedy TGV train looking at the scenery rather than a road map. You will stay in a comfortable hand-picked hotel in Paris, conveniently close to the main sights, before heading south to a hotel on the French Riviera, chosen for its historic charm.
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Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant waiting for you outside of customs. This assistant will have a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
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.
Whether it is strolling down the famed Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with a personal shopper, exploring the Louvre Museum with your iPod-based Da Vinci code museum tour, or taking a walk through the lively St. Germaine district, there is something to suit every mood and interest. Discover St Germain des Pres as you stroll through the literary and historical neighbourhood along winding streets lined with boutiques, art galleries and other places of interest. Alternatively (or in addition), explore the Marais neighbourhood - the most fashionable district of Paris in one of the most well preserved neighbourhoods of the city. Marvel at the remarkable 16th and 17th century mansions, squares and museums, beautiful streets steeped in history and trendy shops and bars. Lastly, discover the Montmartre area of Paris - a neighbourhood of steps and narrow cobblestoned streets which evokes images depicted by Toulouse Lautrec.
Steeped in history and packed full of world famous landmarks, seeing the city by open air double-decker bus is by far the best ways to see the capital. With this ticket, enjoy great views from the open top deck hop on and off bus, and see Paris in your own time, at your own pace. The ticket offers you the flexibility of L' Open Tour, valid on 4 different routes. The Paris Grand Tour takes you to the all the main sights, while the other 3 routes concentrate on particular areas (Montparnasse/St Germain tour, Montmartre/Grands Boulevards tour and Bastille/Bercy tour). This tour includes transportation by coach, commentary by headphones on L' Open Tour buses. Please note that shared tours can have up to approximately 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages).
Discover Versailles Palace, the symbol of France's grandeur during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Leave Paris by the western districts of the city and follow the Normandy motorway as far as Versailles in a luxury air conditioned coach. Your guide will take you straight in without standing in line and lead you through the most beautiful rooms including the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private Apartment. Then enjoy some free time to explore the palace gardens. This tour has a central pick up and drop off point in the centre of Paris and hotel pick up and/or drop off is not provided. This tour includes entrance to Versailles Palace, authorisation fees for guided visits, and a multilingual guide with individual earphones. Please note that shared tours can have up to approximately 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages). Note: from April 2nd to October 29th, the entrance fees to the gardens are NOT INCLUDED: - On "MUSICAL FOUNTAIN DISPLAY" days ( Saturdays and Sundays, Tuesdays from May 21st to June 25th + May 8th + May 9th + August 15th)- On "MUSICAL GARDENS" days (Tuesdays from April 2nd to May 14th and from July 2nd to October 29th), on bank holidays.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Enjoy the train ride from Paris to Nice (direct) on the high-speed TGV train. Train duration is approximately 6 hours.
Explore the colorful, historical centre of Nice at leisure...The Cours Selaya Flower Market is a must-see. This is also one of the main neighborhoods for dining, with several cafés lining the outdoor market. If you want seafood, this is the spot to hit. There are also several souvenir shops, gourmet shops and other boutiques here. The Promenade des Anglais is something anyone visiting Nice is sure to see. The Pedestrian Zone (zone pietonne) is a bit of a tourist trap, but there's a good reason. This is a lovely area for a stroll, as cars are forbidden except for the early morning. The shops here are on the tacky-tee-shirt scale in most cases, although there are several great clothing store chains and nice shops like the gourmet boutique Ducs de Gascony. This is the ideal spot to sip a café au lait and watch the world go by. Follow the Cours Saleya which runs parallel to the United States quay - polychrome façades, flower market, fruit and vegetable market, chapelle de la Miséricorde) then turn left into the rue Jules-Gilly (Red Penitents’ chapel). Continue on Rue Droite (église du Gesù) before reaching on your left, place Rossetti (cathédrale Sainte-Réparate). Return to rue Droite (palais Lascaris) towards place Saint-François (fish market). Then back to the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna through the narrow streets of the old city (many shops and restaurants) or via the castle hill (splendid view over the city and the port).
Enjoy a half day tour to Monaco, Eze and Monte Carlo on a shared tour. En route, you will pass by Villefranche / Cap Ferrat with its beautiful bay, considered the first port of Nice and a 16th century citadel, and Beaulieu, made famous by its casino and gastronomical restaurants. Once in the principality of Monaco, enjoy a panoramic visit of the city with the Prince’s Palace , the Cathedral (which houses Princess Grace Kelly’s grave), See the changing of the Palace Guards – 11.55 am. Tour of the Principality following the amazing Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit ! Stop in Monte-Carlo and its luxurious casino, mega yachts, chic boutiques. Return by Middle Corniche road and visit the charming medieval village of Eze. (Includes: pick up/drop off at the hotel, English speaking driver guide).
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
Ideally located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, stands the Belloy Saint Germain hotel. Since 1871, the Belloy Saint Germain has been providing guests quality accommodation with refined, undisturbed serenity in this upscale quarter of the city, only minutes away from some renowned Parisian sites and monuments including the Odéon, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon of Paris. Each of the 50 guest rooms at the Belloy are elegantly designed with a sense of classical refinement in mind. Each room features a range of modern amenities to satisfy the needs of the savviest traveller. Before heading out to explore some of the many beauties of the “City of Lights” for the day, it is important that each guest enjoys a hardy, delicious breakfast, something taken very seriously by the culinary staff at the Belloy. The buffet breakfast boasts freshly baked breads and pastries, fresh and if possible, locally produced dairy products and cheeses, fruits and so much more. With comfort and elegance, landmarks and culture sheer minutes away from the entrance way, the Belloy Saint Germain provides guests of all ages a great place to rest while visiting one of Europe’s greatest cities.
The Westminster (4*) excellent location, on the seafront, right on Promenade Des Anglais and very close to the shopping centre. This is an attractive, period building painted in a pleasant pale pink with sculpted decorations over the windows. Entering this hotel is like stepping into another era as it exudes old world charm. Near the beach and other points of interest, this is an excellent hotel that is very well located. The Westminster’s restaurant serves Mediterranean specialties which can be enjoyed on the hotel’s terrace.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
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."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
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."
Chery Westlund ,
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 bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements 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. 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. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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