France Family Fun

8 days from $3,700 pp, based on a family of four*
  • Learn the secrets behind the Louvre’s artworks with a private guide.
  • Make (and eat) delicious sweets and pastries with a private chef-led cooking class.
  • Cruise through the Loire Valley aboard a traditional wooden sailboat.
  • Dress in medieval costume and learn calligraphy on the grounds of a chateau.
  • Stay at a selection of accommodations that put families first.
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It’s hard to think about France, still the world’s all-time favorite travel destination, without first thinking about in grown-up terms: chic cafes, idyllic vineyards, moonlit strolls down the Champs-Élysées. But France is made for families, too. The sights and sounds of Paris are all the more vibrant when experienced for the first time at a young age (and more fun when re-experienced at an older one with kids or grandkids). Outside the city, history comes alive amid the rolling hills and fairytale castles of the majestic Loire Valley, a place where the Middle Ages never truly ended. France is a delight at any age. Take the kids with you and discover it all over again for the very first time.

Start in Paris with a private tour of the city, including its famous monuments and public squares, with the help of a quintessentially Parisian ride: a vintage Citroën 2CV (deux chevaux). Wander the Louvre with a private guide, then explore the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, former home of artists like Monet, Picasso, and Dalí and try your hand at French pastry at a private chef-led cooking class. Next, head back in time in the Loire Valley, where things haven’t changed all that much in almost 600 years. Here, the kids can learn the art of the duel during a fencing class and explore the grounds of an actual castle dressed in medieval finery and armor before boarding a traditional wooden sailboat for a half-day cruise on the Loire River. (The adults can indulge in a glass or two of the region’s delectable wines, too). ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
    • France - Family Welcome Package
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Panoramic City Tour in Vintage Car Tour (1 hr) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Treasure Hunt in the Louvre (2 hrs) - Guide
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour of Le Village de Montmartre (2 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Tour - Private - Patisserie Baking Class (2 hrs) - Chef
  • Day 4 Paris to Amboise
    Paris to Amboise
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Paris - Amboise [1- 2.5 hrs (depending on train) ] - 1st Class Train Ticket(4)
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Fencing Masterclass (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Instructor/Driver
  • Day 5 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Medieval Costumes and Fairy Tales (4 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 6 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Private - 1/2 Day Sailing along the Loire Valley (with Wine Tasting) (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Boat
  • Day 7 Amboise to Paris
    Amboise to Paris
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Amboise - Paris [1 - 2.5 hrs (depending on train)] - 1st Class Train Ticket(4)
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 8 Paris
    Paris
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
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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Day 1: Paris

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.

Relax on 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.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information required will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Discover Paris in a truly original and personalised manner aboard classic Citroën 2CV. You will be driven by a knowledgeable, English speaking chauffeur, and discover the most famous beautiful and elegant monuments of Paris like Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, Place Concord and more.  He will fill you in on lots of stories about Paris from his own unique perspective!  The capacity of the 2CV vehicles is 3. If there are more in your family additional, cars will be arranged so you can travel in convoy.  (Includes hotel pick up and drop off in central Paris).

Accommodation: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments

Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments are located in the heart of Paris in one of its most attractive districts, with streets dotted by bookshops, French cafes, bars and shops. This hotel sits on the banks of the Seine River, opposite the Pont-Neuf, and is just a short stroll from Boulevard St-Michel. Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés offers 204 fully furnished apartments in over 7 floors; including 142 two-person studios and 62 one-bedroom apartments for four guests. Each apartment features a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances, although there is also a breakfast room available to guests. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness room onsite. Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Prés offers the comforts of home with the conveniences of a hotel.

France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Paris
Paris
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments
Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments

Day 2: Paris

Discover the secret meanings behind various masterpieces in the Louvre such as the Mona Lisa. Identify clues in the painting and works of art as you follow the trail throughout the museum. A private guide will welcome you and lead you through a game with puzzles, activity books and even a surprise at the end. Discover eleven masterpieces from the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance and even as far back as Ancient Egypt! The whole family will have a lot of fun and learn loads too! Entrance to the museum is included.

Enjoy your walking tour of Montmartre with your private English speaking guide. This village is almost entirely self sufficient: mills for mkaing bread; vineyards for its own wine; churches and a cemetery; several cabarets; and of course its famous inhabitants. There are interactive games and fun riddles to solve along the way. This tour includes certified guide, tickets to the Montmartre museum and gift for each child.

Accommodation: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Louvre
Louvre
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
The Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre

Day 3: Paris

This activity will introduce you to the most enjoyable part of the Parisian culture: the food. You will accompany your private chef into a cooking school to prepare your very own piece of pâtisserie. After a short introduction on French pastries, get your hands in the dough! Whether you are a cooking enthusiast or a beginner, this cooking class promises to be sweet and entertaining. Best of all, you get to devour your creations!

 

Accommodation: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Patisserie making
Patisserie making

Day 4: Paris - Amboise

Enjoy 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 number of high-speed trains. The trip duration is typically between one hour (high-speed train) and two and a half hours (regional train). 

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Enjoy a transfer with your private chauffeur to Meung sur Loire, where you will experience the world of fencing in a 16th century chateau. Recalling the spirit of D’Artagnan and Zorro, haven’t you ever dreamt of donning your helmet and stepping up for a duel? You will be given the opportunity to experience this age-old discipline in a safe environment with your little ones with a personal fencing master. Your teacher has trained several Olympic teams, so there is no doubt he or she will tell you many of the secrets you need to excel at this sport – or should we say art? A visit to the unique fencing museum next door is also possible to extend your knowledge and hear anecdotes about armors, musketeers and dueling. Afterwards, you will return back to your hotel in Amboise. This tour includes: private chauffeur from Amboise, instructor, and fencing equipment.

Accommodation: Manoir Saint Thomas (4*)

Le Manoir Saint Thomas is located right at the heart of the Loire Castles. Guests will appreciate the serenity of this Renaissance residence, where the subtle harmony of refinement, hospitality, elegance, comfort, and authenticity reign. The Manoir counts ten personalized rooms, refined lounges, and a heated pool. Each room of the Manor is full of delightful details and recalls the history of Amboise. The fireplaces, the sweeping staircase, the tower made of carved stone, the ceilings with painted beams, and the woodwork bring together the charm of the past into contemporary world. The shaded floral footpaths of the park lead you to the swimming pool, so you made decide to take a relaxing stroll in the garden, enjoy bathing in the pool, or reading in the grand salon. Start your day with delicious breakfast served daily in the breakfast room.

France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Amboise
Amboise
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Manoir and Swimming Pool
Manoir and Swimming Pool

Day 5: Amboise

Dress up as knights and princesses in a medieval Loire Valley castle and have fun learning the art of calligraphy. This half-day tour is perfect for all ages, especially children. While the adults visit the château, the little ones will walk through the gardens, highlighting a mix of fairy tales and contemporary artwork. To finish this wonderful experience, you will have a family initiation to the ancient art of calligraphy.

Accommodation: Manoir Saint Thomas (4*)
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Medieval Costumes and Fairy Tales
Medieval Costumes and Fairy Tales

Day 6: Amboise

Days in the Loire Valley can be very busy, packed with amazing castle visits and other adventures. This is the perfect way to take a wistful break in the area and to let yourself be carried along at the gentle pace of the river’s ebb and flow. Let your family discover the last truly wild river in France aboard a traditional wooden boat. To cap off the experience, we will include a fishing activity for the kids and the opportunity to try their chances and drop in a line.Tour also includes wine tasting for parents. 

Accommodation: Manoir Saint Thomas (4*)
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sailing along the Loire Valley
Sailing along the Loire Valley

Day 7: Amboise - Paris

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

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: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments

Day 8: Paris

Relax on 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.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments: Paris

Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments are located in the heart of Paris in one of its most attractive districts, with streets dotted by bookshops, French cafes, bars and shops. This hotel sits on the banks of the Seine River, opposite the Pont-Neuf, and is just a short stroll from Boulevard St-Michel. Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés offers 204 fully furnished apartments in over 7 floors; including 142 two-person studios and 62 one-bedroom apartments for four guests. Each apartment features a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances, although there is also a breakfast room available to guests. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness room onsite. Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Prés offers the comforts of home with the conveniences of a hotel.

France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments
Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments
Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments

Manoir Saint Thomas (4*): Amboise

Le Manoir Saint Thomas is located right at the heart of the Loire Castles. Guests will appreciate the serenity of this Renaissance residence, where the subtle harmony of refinement, hospitality, elegance, comfort, and authenticity reign. The Manoir counts ten personalized rooms, refined lounges, and a heated pool. Each room of the Manor is full of delightful details and recalls the history of Amboise. The fireplaces, the sweeping staircase, the tower made of carved stone, the ceilings with painted beams, and the woodwork bring together the charm of the past into contemporary world. The shaded floral footpaths of the park lead you to the swimming pool, so you made decide to take a relaxing stroll in the garden, enjoy bathing in the pool, or reading in the grand salon. Start your day with delicious breakfast served daily in the breakfast room.

France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Manoir and Swimming Pool
Manoir and Swimming Pool
France Family Fun Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Breakfast Room
Breakfast Room

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Kimberly M — September 15, 2017 — Europe

    Fiona was fabulous and planned a dream vacation for us from start to finish. Our guides and tours were all very personable, knowledgeable, and comfortable. Our drivers were very punctual and professional. Our itinerary and tickets kept us knowing exactly where and when we needed to be somewhere. The weather, food and hotels were amazing. We truly had our dream vacation and now need a beach vacation to recuperate from the fast paced vacation we just returned from! Would recommend your agency to anyone! Thank You!

  • David B. — September 22, 2017 — Europe

    We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our trip! Thank you for the attention to detail and comprehensive planning!

  • Cleo M. — September 22, 2017 — Europe

    Excellent guidance and assistance from Rachel Cook in your Delaware office and great guides/drivers. The hotel was nicely situated and everything went smoothly - we thank you! It was our first time on such a tour and we would like to try it again.

  • Suzanne A. — September 22, 2017 — Europe

    We had an amazing experience with Kensington! I loved our specialist Garret. He was incredibly helpful! We also really loved our guide in Cape Town.

  • Kyran D — September 15, 2017 — Europe

    Our tour expert Rachel Cooke was outstanding! She handled all inquiries and requests with great professionalism and patience. The location of our hotels were optimal for touring and easy access to trains and metro. Tour guides Marion for the Latin Quarter, Frederick the Louvre, Bruno Mont St Michel and Melanie for the beaches of Normandy were all very knowledgeable and delightful to be with!

  • Donna O — September 15, 2017 — Europe

    Andrew was an amazing guide starting in Inverness! And Debbie was great for our walking tour in Edinburgh. We could not be happier! We learned so much about Scotland and enjoyed every minute of our trip.

  • Robert Goodby — August 14, 2017 — Europe

    This was one of the best trips we've ever taken. Everything worked as planned, someone was always waiting to greet us at each transfer point, and the guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg were absolutely first-rate: knowledgeable, friendly, fluent in English, and very helpful. Our conversations with them about Russian life and history were an unexpected bonus to what was already a highly educational and informative itinerary.

  • Peter Stephanos — August 14, 2017 — Europe

    Kensington was top notch. Our transfers were always on-time and courteous/professional. When there was a labor strike in Athens, they rescheduled our cancelled ferry and booked us on a flight. We had no idea until they called and said we had been booked on the flight. So helpful that we didn't ever have to stress!

  • Barbara Schulman — August 14, 2017 — Europe

    We had an absolutely WONDERFUL trip; Everything was perfectly planned by Kensington; all drivers were professional and the city guides were excellent, educated in the history of their city and enjoyable to be with. Upon hearing that we were artists, one guide even changed her tour to include local artworks that we would not have known about , and we were thrilled. We have never had a tour planned personally for the 2 of us, and were delighted with the results. All contacts with our planner, Jason Susinski, were timely and professional. We will definitely travel with Kensington again.

  • Nancy Silvio — August 14, 2017 — Europe

    This was my first experience with a totally guided tour. It was wonderful to not have to worry about anything, it was all well planned out. What we did see was wonderful, important and the guides were knowledgeable and kind. When we expressed interest in going bowling in Berlin he made sure we found the best place!! Anything was possible.

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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