Paris and Loire Discovery

7 days from $3,206 per person*
  • Sample the flavorful wines of the Loire Valley at historic chateaus.
  • Explore the opulent Palace of Versailles with an expert guide.
  • See Paris lit up at night on a cruise on the Seine.
  • Get to and from your destinations via private transfers.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of accommodations.
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Paris, the immortal “City of Light,” is what brings people to France; the Loire Valley, the country’s pastoral heart, is one of the reasons they stay a little longer. The big city is romance incarnate: a strollable maze of charming avenues, streetside cafes, famous landmarks, and ripe with all sorts of little wonders. The Loire is a child’s picture book come to life, where fairytale chateaus stand watch over charming medieval towns, luscious rolling hills, and vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest whites. Just a few hours apart but spiritually world’s away, these two destinations are each worthy of exploration on their own. But why limit yourself? Come with us and experience both.

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 »

It begins in Paris with a self-guided walking tour through the fabled streets of this historic and gorgeous European capital. Get to know it even more intimately the next day via a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and spend the evening in the company of a sommelier, strolling the illuminated city, dining atop the Eiffel Tower, among other options. The next day, tour the stunning Palace of Versailles with a guide and marvel at this opulent monument to the ancien régime. Next, journey to Amboise where, in the shadow of the royal Château d’Amboise, you’ll embark on a full-day exploration of the historic chateaus of Blois, Cheverny, and Chambord (lunch and wine tasting included). Later, walk the enchanting streets and peruse the markets of Amboise on your own before returning to Paris.

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

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: Opera Cadet (3*)

Opera Cadet is located in central Paris, just 1 km from the Opera Garnier.  Situated on a pleasant street with lots of little restaurants and shops opposite the Cadet Metro station, it provides direct access to the Galeries Lafayette department store and Le Louvre in 10-minutes.  All of the 85 rooms have a TV with satellite channels and a minibar.  Each room has its own private bathroom with amenities and a hairdryer. A full breakfast is served each morning in the breakfast room featuring floor-to-ceiling arched windows. Guests may also dine near the fountain on the interior patio garden. The Cadet also has a bar and a 24-hour reception with a currency exchange service. The private garden and lounge are the perfect places to relax with a cocktail or a glass of champagne.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paris
Paris
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Opera Cadet
Opera Cadet

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: Opera Cadet (3*)
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paris L'Open Tour
Paris L'Open Tour
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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: Opera Cadet (3*)
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 is a four-star castle hotel, comprised of three charming 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 beautiful 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 Restaurant 36, where you can enjoy innovative, youthful creations for lunch. During summer, watch a ‘Son et Lumière’ show at Château d’Amboise.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Amboise
Amboise
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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*)
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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: 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.

Opera Cadet (3*): Paris

Opera Cadet is located in central Paris, just 1 km from the Opera Garnier.  Situated on a pleasant street with lots of little restaurants and shops opposite the Cadet Metro station, it provides direct access to the Galeries Lafayette department store and Le Louvre in 10-minutes.  All of the 85 rooms have a TV with satellite channels and a minibar.  Each room has its own private bathroom with amenities and a hairdryer. A full breakfast is served each morning in the breakfast room featuring floor-to-ceiling arched windows. Guests may also dine near the fountain on the interior patio garden. The Cadet also has a bar and a 24-hour reception with a currency exchange service. The private garden and lounge are the perfect places to relax with a cocktail or a glass of champagne.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Opera Cadet
Opera Cadet
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Opera Cadet Garden
Opera Cadet Garden

Le Choiseul (4*): Amboise

Le Choiseul is a four-star castle hotel, comprised of three charming 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 beautiful 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 Restaurant 36, where you can enjoy innovative, youthful creations for lunch. During summer, watch a ‘Son et Lumière’ show at Château d’Amboise.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Le Choiseul Hotel
Le Choiseul Hotel
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Guestroom
Guestroom

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.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hilton - CDG Airport
Hilton - CDG Airport
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Skylight Restaurant
Skylight Restaurant

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.
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    We greatly enjoyed dealing with Kensington, from pre-trip planning, through the experience itself. Our advisor, Julienne Bourgeois was very helpful and responsive. All the arrangements went off without a hitch. We like all our drivers and guides and the trip was well balanced, exciting, easy and fun. All the accommodations were wonderful. It was a memorable trip!

  • Pamela L — October 06, 2017 — Europe

    This was the most incredible trip! Monica planned a perfect itinerary on short notice. Our tour guides and drivers were amazing, especially Andrea. We really enjoyed the food and wine tour and our accommodations were wonderful. We could not have asked for a better trip! Definitely recommend Kensington Tours to all.

  • Suzanne D — October 06, 2017 — Europe

    We had a wonderful experience. The itinerary and accommodations were first rate, the guides very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The mix of city (Rome, Florence, Venice) and country (Tuscany) was a perfect balance. Without having to worry about any logistics, we made the most of the opportunity to have fun!

  • Karen B — October 06, 2017 — Europe

    The guides and drivers were wonderful!!! They were patient with the many questions we had. They had a wealth of information to share. Andrea adapted easily to our request for a major change for our last day in Prague. Her suggestions for that day were absolutely amazing!!! She was wonderful.

  • Edward A — October 06, 2017 — Europe

    Guides are more than a 10. Ned in Rome and Silvana were over the top outstanding. Hotels were excellent. The meet and greet advisors were very good and a great help

  • George K — October 06, 2017 — Europe

    Well organized... I thought everyone did a terrific job.

  • Margaret B — October 06, 2017 — Europe

    Everything went very smoothly and the trip was very organized. The drivers were all punctual and professional. We loved the itinerary that Eva helped to create, and the hotels she chose were perfect. We will definitely recommend Kensington to our friends!

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    We have used Kensington twice now and would use them again. You are very good.

  • James I — October 06, 2017 — Europe

    We had a wonderful time in Spain. Our tours were terrific and I would definitely recommend the private tours we had. I look forward to travelling with Kensington again soon.

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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