Paris and Loire Discovery

7 days from $2,961 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] - First Class
    • Local Taxi (not included)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Small Group Tour - Blois, Cheverny & Chambord Castles (with Lunch & Wine Tasting, 9.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Amboise to Paris
    Amboise to Paris
    • Self-Guided - Discovering Amboise at Leisure
    • Local Taxi (not included)
    • Train - Amboise - Paris [1-2.5 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7
    • Local Taxi (not included)
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Day 1: Paris

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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.

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.

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 quite possibly the best time to admire the beauty of the city. There are plenty of options for evening entertainment to choose from. Why not explore the city on your own, including the illuminated Champs Elysees with its dramatic Arc de Triomphe, or ask your Destination Expert to include one of many exceptional optional activities tonight, from an early evening wine tasting in an airy Parisian cellar, to a cabaret show, or perhaps a dinner cruise. There are countless options, and the choice is yours.

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 at Night
Paris at Night

Day 3: Paris

Discover Versailles Palace on a group tour, 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. 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), and on "Musical Gardens" days (Tuesdays from April 1st to May 13th and from July 1st to October 28th), or bank holidays.

Accommodation: Opera Cadet (3*)
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Versailles
Versailles

Day 4: Paris - Amboise

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

Depart by train from Paris to Amboise. Approximate travel times range between 1 hour to 2.5 hours, depending on scheduled departures.

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 boutique castle hotel in Amboise, comprised of three charming manor houses dating from the 15th-18th centuries. With an idyllic location overlooking the River Loire, Le Choiseul sits at the foot of the iconic 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, with 28 light and airy guestrooms featuring antiques and attractive classic furnishings. Wander around the delightful gardens to admire the Italian sculptures, dine at the on-site gastronomic restaurant while looking out across the Loire, or take to the terrace for a glass of Vouvray Moelleux. Welcome to your peaceful Loire Valley retreat.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Amboise
Amboise
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Le Choiseul
Le Choiseul

Day 5: Amboise

Meet your driver-guide at the hotel and depart on a small group tour to visit the impressive chateaux of the Loire Valley. In the company of no more than 8 participants, you'll drive out into the heart of the verdant Loire Valley to visit three beautiful chateaux today: 13th-17th century Chateau de Blois, 17th century Chateau de Cheverny, and 16th century Chateau de Chambord. At the 100-bedroom Chateau de Blois, admire the Gothic architecture and learn about life at the castle during the reigns of Kings Louis XII and François I. Afterward, enjoy a visit to a local winery, sampling wines of the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, followed by an included lunch. Continue to Chateau de Cheverny with its gorgeous fixtures and fittings, and learn about the historic Hurault de Vibraye family who owns the property. Your final visit of the day is Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in the Loire, where you'll marvel at a structure straight out of a fairy-tale, and be awed by the fantastic architecture, grand suites, and impressive double-spiral staircase. At the end of the day you will be returned to your hotel in Amboise. 

Accommodation: Le Choiseul (4*)
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Chateau de Cheverny
Chateau de Cheverny

Day 6: Amboise - Paris

Amboise is a serene town, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years. The narrow streets with historic timbered housing are contrasted by an image of splendor that characterized the area, King Charles VII's grand 15th century Chateau d'Amboise. Why not take some time to independently discover the pedestrian shopping areas as well as the esplanades located along the Loire, the best place to take in fantastic views of the river. 

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Depart by train from Amboise to Paris. Approximate travel times range between 1 to 2.5 hours, depending on scheduled departures.

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

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 boutique castle hotel in Amboise, comprised of three charming manor houses dating from the 15th-18th centuries. With an idyllic location overlooking the River Loire, Le Choiseul sits at the foot of the iconic 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, with 28 light and airy guestrooms featuring antiques and attractive classic furnishings. Wander around the delightful gardens to admire the Italian sculptures, dine at the on-site gastronomic restaurant while looking out across the Loire, or take to the terrace for a glass of Vouvray Moelleux. Welcome to your peaceful Loire Valley retreat.

Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Le Choiseul
Le Choiseul
Paris and Loire Discovery Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Historic Reception Area
Historic Reception Area

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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