France Family Fun

8 days from $4,000 pp, based on a family of 4*
  • 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
    • Private Transfer - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
    • France - Family Welcome Package
    • Private Tour - Panoramic City Tour in Vintage Car Tour (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
    Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Treasure Hunt in the Louvre (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Local Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Walking Tour of Le Village de Montmartre (2 hrs) - Guide
    Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - Patisserie Baking Class (2 hrs) - Chef
    Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )
  • Day 4 Paris to St. Pierre des Corps to Amboise
    Paris to St. Pierre des Corps to Amboise
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Paris - St. Pierre des Corps [1 hr - 2.5 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - St. Pierre des Corps - Amboise [Train Station, 30 min] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Fencing Masterclass (4.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Instructor/Driver
  • Day 5 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Wonders of Chambord (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Local Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Sailing the Loire Valley (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Boat
  • Day 7 Amboise to St. Pierre des Corps to Paris
    Amboise to St. Pierre des Corps to Paris
    • Private Transfer - Amboise - St. Pierre des Corps [Train Station, 30 min] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - St. Pierre des Corps - Paris [1 hr - 2.5 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )
  • Day 8 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Transfer - 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, a Meet & Greet assistant will be waiting for you outside of airport customs, holding a sign with your name on it. They will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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 provided to you on your first day in destination.

Discover Paris in a truly unforgettable manner, riding as passengers in a classic Citroën 2CV through the City of Love. You'll be met at your hotel and driven by a knowledgeable, English-speaking chauffeur in traditional clothes, who will tell you all about the landmarks of the city you see along the way. Over the course of the 2-hour ride, you'll and discover the most iconic monuments of Paris like the imposing Arc de Triomphe, the world famous Champs-Elysees, the Place de la Concorde and more.

Please note, the capacity of the 2CV vehicles is 3 passengers. Additional cars will be arranged for larger families to travel in convoy. 

Accommodation: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )

The 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, cafes, bars and shops. The apart-hotel residence sits on the banks of the Seine River, opposite the Pont-Neuf, and is just a short stroll from the tree-lined Boulevard Saint-Michel, and the renowned Notre Dame Catherdral. Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés offers 204 fully furnished apartments across 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, and a communal breakfast room is available for guest use. Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Prés offers the comforts of home with the conveniences of a hotel.

France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Citroën 2CV Vintage Car
Citroën 2CV Vintage Car

Day 2: Paris

Meet your private driver for a transfer to the the largest palace in Europe, Paris' famous Louvre Museum, where you'll meet up with a private guide for a special treasure hunt tour for the whole family. Your priority access tickets will get you in quickly, with your tour taking you to all the most famous artworks of the Louvre’s collection, including the 3 women of the museum: the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory (Nike) of Samothrace. The treasure hunt will also let you and your family discover masterpieces of the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance and objects even dating as far back as Ancient Egypt. The sight of a real Egyptian sphinx is always a treat for children! With clues, puzzles and riddles, your children will have a great time hunting the hidden treasure and navigating through the museum. Learn a lot, and have fun while doing so, before connecting with your driver for your return transfer.

Meet your private guide and depart on foot for a 2-hour walking tour of the hilltop district of Montmartre. With its narrow cobblestone streets, small shops, its artistic ambiance and its vineyard, Montmartre is more than just a neighborhood in Paris. It is one of the most charming areas of the French capital, and taking a walk there feels just like walking in a small quaint French village. Home to the iconic white Sacré Coeur Basilica, cabarets, vineyards and mills, it's largely self-sufficient. Discover the artistic side of Montmartre, both past and present. Many would famous artists such as Picasso, Renoir and Van Gogh lived here. Today, many talented artists join on the Place du Tertre, selling their sketches and paintings to those who want to bring home a piece of Montmartre’s artistic legacy. Your children will actually assist your guide in leading you through the many curiosities of the neighborhood thanks to a great orientation game. Using an easy-to-read map and an entertaining game booklet, your children will have 2 hours of pure fun and excitement.

Accommodation: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Louvre Treasure Hunt
Louvre Treasure Hunt
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre

Day 3: Paris

Is there anything more delicious and fun to make than French pastries? Meet your private professional chef in a cooking school kitchen just a stone's throw away from the Notre Dame Cathedral, and get ready to get your hands deliciously dirty as you learn how to make your own French pastries. Under the guidance of your chef, this fun and educational 2-hour activity will allow you to easily reproduce these recipes at home. After kneading the dough, adding fillings and toppings, you'll make your own mouth-watering hot chocolate drink to enjoy as your pastries bake. When they're done, it’s time to eat your tasty creations during a typical French snack break, while your chef tells you many exciting stories and fun facts about the art of the French cuisine. Afterward, you’ll walk out with a bag filled with your very own self-made sweet creations. For anyone with a sweet tooth, this activity is sure to satisfy your cravings. 

Accommodation: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )
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Baking Class
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments
Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Pres Apartments

Day 4: Paris - St. Pierre des Corps - Amboise

Train Station Transfer

Enjoy a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.

Depart by train from Paris to St Pierre des Corps. Approximate travel time ranges between 1 hour and 2.5 hours depending on the train.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer from St. Pierre des Corps Train Station to Amboise. Approximate travel time is 30 minutes.

Depart your hotel with a private driver and vehicle, embarking on a transfer to the town of Meung-sur-Loire, approximately an hour away, where an exciting experience awaits. You'll make your way to a beautiful 16th century chateau for a masterclass in fencing, a Renaissance activity pioneered in Italy, but later adapted and improved by the French. Here's your opportunity to experience this age-old discipline in a safe environment for all ages, with a personal fencing master. Your teacher has trained several Olympic teams, so there's no doubt you'll become privy to many of the secrets you need to excel at this sport, considered an art. Recalling the spirit of D’Artagnan and Zorro, don your helmets, and step up for a friendly duel. All of the equipment is provided for you, so there's no preparation needed. See who has what it takes! Work up a bit of a gratifying sweat before returning to Amboise.

Accommodation: Manoir Saint-Thomas

A manor-turned-boutique hotel, the Manoir Saint-Thomas is located right at the heart of the Loire chateaux country. Behind its magnificent renaissance façade is a charming hotel full of delightful details where every room speaks of the history of Amboise: the fireplaces, grand staircase, dressed stone turret, painted ceiling beams, and paneling - the charm of the past at one with the contemporary world. Offering ten uniquely styled guestrooms, intimacy and authenticity reign supreme. Located within walking distance of the old town center of Amboise, the Chateau Royal and the Chateau du Clos Lucé, you're well situated for a discovery of the Loire Valley, as you experience the art of living at Manoir Saint-Thomas.

France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fencing
Fencing
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amboise
Amboise

Day 5: Amboise

The fairy tale-like Chateau de Chambord is truly one of the most impressive highlights of the Loire Valley, and is an absolute must-see when visiting the region. Departing your hotel with a private driver and vehicle, an hour-long drive will bring you to the colossal 16th century Chambord, featuring 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases - originally used as a hunting lodge! Upon arrival you'll meet your private guide, and your children will be given game booklets. This tour will not only enable you to enjoy the beauty of its architecture and history, it is also a unique way to keep your children engaged and entertained while they learn about Renaissance art. Learn about King François I, who ordered the creation of the castle, and discover the famous double helix staircase (designed by Leonardo Da Vinci), the grand fireplaces, the beautiful terraces and much more. You’ll even hear how the Mona Lisa ended up hidden here during World War II! Conclude your tour with a return transfer to Amboise.

Accommodation: Manoir Saint-Thomas
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord

Day 6: Amboise

Meet your private driver for a transfer to a boat launch along the Loire for a relaxing 2 hour cruise. You'll meet your private Captain to embark through the Loire River Valley, discovering the last truly wild river in France aboard a basic yet charming traditional wooden boat. This is the ideal way to take a wistful break in the area and allow yourself to be carried along at the gentle pace of the river’s ebb and flow. Watch the beautiful countryside and enjoy the ride with a glass of local wine as you leisurely sail back toward Amboise.

Accommodation: Manoir Saint-Thomas
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sailing Along the Loire Valley
Sailing Along the Loire Valley
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Salon
Grand Salon

Day 7: Amboise - St. Pierre des Corps - Paris

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to the train station in St. Pierre des Corps. Approximate travel time is 30 minutes.

Transfer by train from St. Pierre des Corps to Paris. Approximate travel time ranges between 1 hour and 2.5 hours depending on the train.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés Apartments (One Bedroom Apartment )

Day 8: Paris

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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 (One Bedroom Apartment ): Paris

The 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, cafes, bars and shops. The apart-hotel residence sits on the banks of the Seine River, opposite the Pont-Neuf, and is just a short stroll from the tree-lined Boulevard Saint-Michel, and the renowned Notre Dame Catherdral. Citadines Prestige St Germain-des-Prés offers 204 fully furnished apartments across 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, and a communal breakfast room is available for guest use. Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Prés offers the comforts of home with the conveniences of a hotel.

Manoir Saint-Thomas : Amboise

A manor-turned-boutique hotel, the Manoir Saint-Thomas is located right at the heart of the Loire chateaux country. Behind its magnificent renaissance façade is a charming hotel full of delightful details where every room speaks of the history of Amboise: the fireplaces, grand staircase, dressed stone turret, painted ceiling beams, and paneling - the charm of the past at one with the contemporary world. Offering ten uniquely styled guestrooms, intimacy and authenticity reign supreme. Located within walking distance of the old town center of Amboise, the Chateau Royal and the Chateau du Clos Lucé, you're well situated for a discovery of the Loire Valley, as you experience the art of living at Manoir Saint-Thomas.

France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Manoir Saint-Thomas
Manoir Saint-Thomas
France Family Fun Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.
  • Sandra S — August 11, 2019 — Europe

    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kimberly E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

  • Sara L — June 29, 2019 — Europe

    Our Iceland trip was fantastic. From planning with Melissa (many times over until we had it right) to being greeted in Iceland and all of the wonderful tours we took, we had a fabulous time. Our guide, Sigga, was excellent. She guided us, told us tales of Iceland, was extremely accommodating with my elderly mom. We enjoyed being with her very much. Inke, our guide to the glacier, was also wonderful. We had a great time and felt Kensington did a fabulous job. Thanks!

  • Dawn K — July 18, 2019 — Europe

    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

  • Diana B — June 23, 2019 — Europe

    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

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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