Paris and Loire Discovery

7 days from $2,576 per person*
  • Sip delicious wines in the Loire Valley during tastings.
  • Led by expert guide, explore the Palace of Versailles.
  • Choose to float under the lights of Paris on a night cruise.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Gaze into the eyes of the Mona Lisa, gasp at Paris’ landmarks from the top of the Eiffel Tower and dine after dark in the romantic “City of Love.”

By day, Paris is an endless conveyor belt of museums, basilicas, gardens and splendid architecture bordering the River Seine. After dark it becomes the City of Love, with exquisite dining, the floodlit Eiffel Tower and colorfully lit bateaux-mouches traversing the river by moonlight. Spend time shopping for chic accessories in designer boutiques or markets; amble along the cobbled streets of the Montmartre artists’ quarter; climb the steps of the stunning Sacré Coeur and drool over a brie-filled baguette at a shady street-café. Within easy reach, the Palace of Versailles is the paradigm to which all other European palace-builders aspired. The contrasting delights of the peaceful Loire Valley are just a train journey away, where further fairytale chateaux offer jaw-dropping photo opportunities.

With private transfers, chauffeur-driven vehicles, guided tours and efficient French trains, you will travel effortlessly around Paris and onward to the town of Tours to discover the very best that France has to offer. Forget the worry of a foreign language and the hassle of navigating a map. Instead you will be transported in comfort and style from one wonderful experience to the next. Each hotel is handpicked to provide easy access to the main sights of Paris as well as the scenic beauty of the castles of the Loire. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant(9)
    • France - Welcome Package Paris & North(2)
    • Self-Guided - Walking Tour
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Unescorted Tour: Hop on - Hop off Bus (1 day) - Double Decker Bus/Driver/Headphones
    • Optional: Evening Activities
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Versailles (4 hrs) - Coach/Guide (AM)
  • Day 4 Paris to Amboise
    Paris to Amboise
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Paris - Amboise [1 - 2.5 hrs (depending on train)] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Local taxi (not included)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Tour - Shared - Blois, Cheverny & Chambord Castles (with lunch & Wine tasting)(approx. 9.5hrs) - Small group/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Amboise to Paris
    Amboise to Paris
    • Self-Guided - Discovering Amboise
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Amboise - Paris [1 - 2.5 hrs (depending on train)] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 7
    • Local taxi (not included)
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Day 1: Paris

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Londres & New York (3*)

Hotel Londres & New York (3*) is ideally situated in the heart of Paris at Saint Lazare, near Opera and Madeleine, and a short walk from the main department stores and the famous Louvre Museum. All guest rooms at the Londres et New York hotel are soundproofed and feature satellite TV, a work desk and tea and coffee making facilities, and all rooms are serviced by an elevator and some have a balcony. A varied buffet breakfast is served every morning in the Londres et New York breakfast room, or in guests’ rooms upon request. There is also a lounge bar where guests are invited to relax with a drink. The Hotel Londres et New York is perfect for business or holidays.

Paris
Paris
Hotel Londres  & New York
Hotel Londres & New York

Day 2: Paris

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).

With many of the magnificent buildings aglow, Paris takes on a different hue at night, making it possibly the best time to admire the beauty of the city.  There are plenty of options for evening entertainment to choose from, including an early evening wine tasting in a beautiful, airy Parisian sommelier, located close to the lively Marais district, a dinner cruise, a cabaret show, dinner in the Eiffel Tower followed by a night time cruise, or an illuminated evening tour of the city.

Accommodation: Hotel Londres & New York (3*)
Paris L'Open Tour
Paris L'Open Tour
Paris by night
Paris by night

Day 3: Paris

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 1st to October 28th, the entrance fees to the gardens are NOT INCLUDED: - On "MUSICAL FOUNTAIN DISPLAY" days ( Saturdays and Sundays from April 5th to October 26th + April 18th, May 8th, May 29th, August 15th)- On "MUSICAL GARDENS" days (Tuesdays from April 1st to May 13th and from July 1st to October 28th), on bank holidays.

Accommodation: Hotel Londres & New York (3*)
Versailles
Versailles

Day 4: Paris - Amboise

Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and 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.

Today you will take the train from Paris to Amboise in the heart of the Loire valley. There are usually plenty of trains throughout the day including high-speed trains. The trip duration is typically between one hour (high-speed train) and two and a half hours (regional train).

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Accommodation: Le Choiseul (4*)

Le Choiseul comprising of three delightful manor houses dating from the 15th and 18th century, overlooking the River Loire, Le Choiseul sits at the foot of Château d’Amboise. Close to most of the Loire Valley’s finest châteaux, the hotel has pretty terraced gardens bordered by Troglodyte caves, stunning river views and the choice of two exciting restaurants.The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing. Antiques and attractive classic furnishings can be found throughout the rooms which are bright and light. Wander around the delightful gardens and admire the Italian sculptures, before retiring to the terrace for a glass of Vouvray Moelleux. Explore historic Amboise or take a river cruise. Return for gourmet cuisine either in the renowned formal restaurant or in Le Bistrot 36 where you can enjoy innovative youthful creations for lunch. During summer, watch a ‘Son et Lumière’ show at Château d’Amboise.

Amboise
Amboise
Le Choiseul Hotel
Le Choiseul Hotel

Day 5: Amboise

Spend the day on a small group (max 8 people), guided shared tour. After being picked up at your hotel, you'll begin the day's adventure with a guided visit of the Royal Chateau de Blois. After, discover the wine of Loire Valley: Cheverny and Cour Cheverny tasting of different wines. The “Cheverny” appellation produces elegant red wines from pinot noir and gamay as well as fruity white wines from chardonnay and sauvignon. Lunch will be at local restaurant or at the winery. After lunch, you will take a guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny, which has been owned by the same family since the XIII and then Chateau of Chambord, a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. At the end of the day you will be returned to your hotel in Amboise. (Includes hotel pick up, entrances for above mentioned castles, wine cellar visit and tasting, lunch with drinks).

Accommodation: Le Choiseul (4*)
Chateau de Cheverny
Chateau de Cheverny

Day 6: Amboise - Paris

It is often said that Amboise has the most Italian flair of all the Loire Valley cities. The presence of many tourists from the other side of the Alps is a cheerful reminder of what the Italian Renaissance brought to the area five centuries ago. Amboise is a serene, easygoing town, true to the image of splendour that characterised that blessed era. You will surely appreciate the pedestrian shopping areas as well as the esplanades located along the docks of the Loire, the best place to take in fantastic views of the river. The city is also home to one of the largest markets in the area, every Friday and Sunday morning.

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Take the train from Amboise in the Loire to Paris today. There are usually plenty of trains throughout the day including a certain of fast trains. The trip duration is typically between one hour (fast speed train) and two and a half hours (regional train).

Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and 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.

Accommodation: Hilton - CDG Airport (4*)

Ideally located at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport between the three main terminals, the Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport hotel is set in an impressive, brightly lit atrium with a magnificent glass roof arching beyond the glass elevators. All of the guest rooms at this modern Paris hotel feature bright, contemporary decor and Wi-Fi. Swim a few laps in this Paris hotel's heated indoor pool or work out in the fitness center, which is fully equipped with cardio machines and weights. Enjoy a day of sight-seeing in Paris city center, and then relax in the hotel's sauna. Savor modern French cuisine at Skylight Restaurant. The à la carte menu showcases fresh, quality and local produce with an emphasis on telling the story of the origin of the dishes.

Hilton - CDG Airport
Hilton - CDG Airport

Day 7:

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel Londres & New York (3*): Paris

Hotel Londres & New York (3*) is ideally situated in the heart of Paris at Saint Lazare, near Opera and Madeleine, and a short walk from the main department stores and the famous Louvre Museum. All guest rooms at the Londres et New York hotel are soundproofed and feature satellite TV, a work desk and tea and coffee making facilities, and all rooms are serviced by an elevator and some have a balcony. A varied buffet breakfast is served every morning in the Londres et New York breakfast room, or in guests’ rooms upon request. There is also a lounge bar where guests are invited to relax with a drink. The Hotel Londres et New York is perfect for business or holidays.

Hotel Londres  & New York
Hotel Londres & New York

Le Choiseul (4*): Amboise

Le Choiseul comprising of three delightful manor houses dating from the 15th and 18th century, overlooking the River Loire, Le Choiseul sits at the foot of Château d’Amboise. Close to most of the Loire Valley’s finest châteaux, the hotel has pretty terraced gardens bordered by Troglodyte caves, stunning river views and the choice of two exciting restaurants.The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing. Antiques and attractive classic furnishings can be found throughout the rooms which are bright and light. Wander around the delightful gardens and admire the Italian sculptures, before retiring to the terrace for a glass of Vouvray Moelleux. Explore historic Amboise or take a river cruise. Return for gourmet cuisine either in the renowned formal restaurant or in Le Bistrot 36 where you can enjoy innovative youthful creations for lunch. During summer, watch a ‘Son et Lumière’ show at Château d’Amboise.

Le Choiseul Hotel
Le Choiseul Hotel
Le Choiseul - lobby
Le Choiseul - lobby

Hilton - CDG Airport (4*) : Paris

Ideally located at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport between the three main terminals, the Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport hotel is set in an impressive, brightly lit atrium with a magnificent glass roof arching beyond the glass elevators. All of the guest rooms at this modern Paris hotel feature bright, contemporary decor and Wi-Fi. Swim a few laps in this Paris hotel's heated indoor pool or work out in the fitness center, which is fully equipped with cardio machines and weights. Enjoy a day of sight-seeing in Paris city center, and then relax in the hotel's sauna. Savor modern French cuisine at Skylight Restaurant. The à la carte menu showcases fresh, quality and local produce with an emphasis on telling the story of the origin of the dishes.

Hilton - CDG Airport
Hilton - CDG Airport
Skylight Restaurant
Skylight Restaurant
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Nancy L. — May 25, 2016 — Europe

    Thank you very much for all of your efforts. We had a wonderful trip to France. This was our third trip with Kensington. Once again it was perfect. The guides, hotels, drivers, suggestions, everything was lovely. It was rewarding to be able to plan the trip together. Thank you for your flexibility and expertise.

  • William C. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    We had a great time. Loved Amboise and Le Choisel and the chateau tour. Thanks

  • Betty H. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Once again Kensington did a magnificent job for us. They planned the tour around just what we wanted to see. The guides were very knowledgeable. The drivers were always on the dot and excellent as well.

  • Connie P. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    The sunset cruise on the island of Santorini was fabulous!

  • Elijah S. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Once again, Kensington Tours did not disappoint. Our accommodations in Greece were marvelous, the private vehicles were comfortable, and the selected itineraries were well planned. What truly made our vacation memorable were the tour guides. Everyone was professional, courteous, friendly, and possessed an impressive knowledge of history and culture. Our guides added a new level of appreciation and depth to our travels through Greece. We're already planning a repeat visit. Highest possible recommendation and bravo!

  • Andrea H. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    We really enjoyed our experience. Our guides were fantastic in each place we went and the hotels were also superb. Great experience.

  • Glen G. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Theresa planned a wonderful trip for us. The additional stopovers in Bratislava and Cesky Krumlov were fantastic. Guides were exceptional and really made the travel day worthwhile. All hotels were excellent. Well located within easy walking distance of prime city tourist areas, excellent breakfasts, very clean and comfortable. All of our guides were good - feel Monica in Vienna was exceptional - she really knew her stuff and was a wealth of knowledge.

  • Catherine B. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Andreia and Jose, our driver, were very professional. Andreia was knowledgeable, spoke very good English, and was very understanding and very helpful. Jose was an excellent driver. The car was very clean and very comfortable. We enjoyed and appreciated the personal attention and the tours provided at our own pace.

  • David J. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    The hotels were 3 star and in the center of the most interesting parts of the cities - just as I prefer. Guide Ion Dima was 5 star and a pleasure to be touring with.

  • Connie S. — May 18, 2016 — Europe

    Both my guides were extraordinary in their knowledge, rapport and professionalism.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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