Paris and Loire Discovery

7 days from $2,485 per person*
  • A quick visit to two iconic parts of France, with a carefully selected combination of private transfers, shared touring, and self-guided Kensington recommendations.
  • Premium accommodation options chosen to put you in the heart of the action without breaking the bank.
  • Can’t miss sites such as the Marais district, Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, and the markets of Amboise.
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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. Show More »

With private transfers, chauffeur-driven vehicles, guided tours and efficient French trains, you will travel effortlessly around Paris and onward to 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.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • France - Welcome Package Paris & North
    • Self-Guided - Walking Tour
    Hotel Londres & New York (3*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Unescorted Tour: Hop on - Hop off Bus (1 day) - Double Decker Bus/Driver/Headphones
    • Optional: Evening Activities
    Hotel Londres & New York (3*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Shared - 1/2 Day Versailles (4 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Hotel Londres & New York (3*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Paris to Amboise
    Paris to Amboise
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Paris - Amboise [1 - 2.5 hrs (depending on train)] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Local taxi (not included)
    Le Choiseul (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Shared - Blois, Cheverny & Chambord Castles (with lunch & Wine tasting)(approx. 9.5hrs) - Small group shared tour - max. 8 people
    Le Choiseul (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Amboise to Paris
    Amboise to Paris
    • Self-Guided - Discovering Amboise
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Train - Amboise - Paris [1 - 2.5 hrs (depending on train)] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Hilton - CDG Airport (4*)
    Breakfast
  • 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 by night
Paris by night
Paris L'Open Tour
Paris L'Open Tour

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 English speaking driver.

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 (4*) 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:

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 (4*) 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
Guest Room
Guest Room
  • Vanessa Oquendo — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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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