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 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. Enjoy the contrast of staying in an urban hotel in the heart of Paris’ historic district and the boutique luxury accommodation arranged for you in the city of Tours. 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.
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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 the customs with 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 Soundwalk 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.
Comfort Andre Latin (3*) is right next to the Pantheon, Saint Michel Boulevard and Mouffetard Street. It's also close to Saint Germain des Pres, Notre Dame and the Ile Saint Louis. Located in a historic district but it also has a bucolic side with the nearby Luxembourg Gradens and Jardin des Plantes Park. A prestigious location with excellent bus service, easy access to RER (direct access to Orly and Roissy airports) and within 10 minutes walking distance from the metro. Rooms at Hotel are equipped with satellite TV, a telephone and private bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony and all rooms are serviced by an lift.
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). (Includes transportation by coach, commentary by headphones on L' Open Tour buses). Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 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).
Paris takes on a different hue at night and, with many of the magnificent buildings aglow which make it is possibly the best time to admire the beauty of the city. There are plenty of options to choose from for evening entertainment including an early evening wine tasting in a beautiful, airy Parisian loft of a French 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 evening tour of the city with many of the historical buildings aglow.
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. Includes: entrance to Versailles Palace, authorisation fees for guided visits, a multilingual guide with individual earphones. Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 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.
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.
Take the train from Paris to Amboise in the heart of the Loire valley 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). Return included.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Le Choiseul (4*) 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.
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 Chateau of Beauregard. Beauregard was François 1st’s meeting place for the hunt. You will discover the Gallerie des Portraits, displaying 327 portraits of great French People (kings, queens, ministers etc.) and its exceptional Delft tiling. 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 with the wines of the tasting, cheeses, charcuterie, salad, and dessert.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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