Paris and Loire Highlights

7 days from $4,025 per person*
  • Sample the flavorful wines of the Loire Valley at historic chateaus.
  • Explore the opulent Palace of Versailles with an expert guide.
  • Private guided walking tour of the highlights of Paris.
  • 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. 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 private guided walking tour through the fabled streets of this historic and gorgeous European capital, seeing historic landmarks like Notre Dame, the revered Champs-Elysees, and the iconic Eiffel Tower. The next day, tour the stunning Palace of Versailles with a guide and marvel at this opulent monument to the ancien régime. Next, walk the enchanting streets and peruse the markets of Amboise on your own before embarking on a full-day exploration of the historic chateaus of Blois, Cheverny, and Chambord (lunch and wine tasting included), before returning to Paris.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard. « Show Less

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
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour of Paris (3 hrs) - Guide
    • Optional: Evening Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Small Group Tour - 1/2 Day Palace of Versailles (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-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
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Self-Guided - Discovering Amboise at Leisure
    Le Choiseul (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 5 Amboise
    Amboise
    • Small Group Tour - Blois, Cheverny & Chambord Castles (with Lunch & Wine Tasting, 9.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Le Choiseul (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 6 Amboise to Paris
    Amboise to Paris
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Amboise - Paris [1-2.5 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 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.
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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.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Six

Hotel Le Six is nested in a quiet Haussmann-style building, ideally situated in the renowned district of Saint Germain des Prés, in the heart of Paris' Left Bank. A boutique hotel with 41 rooms and suites, Le Six believes in the lost art of honest hospitality, offering a piece of Parisian heaven in a stylish and contemporary setting. Enjoy a cocktail under the luminous glass roof of the bar-lounge, or relax and rejuvenate at the spa and wellness center. Hotel Le Six on Stanislas Street provides the perfect address to discover (or rediscover) the City of Lights.

Paris and Loire Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paris
Paris
Paris and Loire Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Le Six
Hotel Le Six

Day 2: Paris

Meet your private guide at your hotel and depart on foot for a 3-hour walking tour of Paris, the City of Light. The location of your hotel will dictate how your time is best spent, though your guide will be happy to accommodate any specific requests. Perhaps make your way to Ile de la Cite, where the medieval city was focused, and where you can admire the cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the most famous Catholic churches in the world. Make your way to see the courtyards of the world famous Louvre, the largest palace and museum in Europe. Learn about Paris at the time of Napoleon as you see the imposing Arc de Triomphe on the renowned Champs-Elysees, or make your way toward the icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, for a ground-level photo opportunity of this must-see monument.

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: Hotel Le Six
Paris and Loire Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Notre-Dame
Notre-Dame
Paris and Loire Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paris at Night
Paris at Night

Day 3: Paris

With a pickup at your hotel, embark on a half-day small group tour to Versailles, exploring the iconic palace with a driver-guide, and up to 8 total participants. One of the world's most illustrious monuments, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France and their courts from 1682, until the French Revolution in 1789. With priority access, follow your driver-guide straight to the front of the line, entering this UNESCO World Heritage Site to visit the most beautiful rooms inside the palace: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms dedicated to different gods, and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, which include the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others. Also, marvel at the sparkling Hall of Mirrors of Versailles, a large reception room in which to see and be seen, dreamt up by the celebrated architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Afterwards enjoy some free time to stroll through the palace's stunning grounds and formal gardens before a return transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Six
Paris and Loire Highlights 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.

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

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. 

Accommodation: Le Choiseul (B) (Superior Room)

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 Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Amboise
Amboise
Paris and Loire Highlights 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 (B) (Superior Room)
Paris and Loire Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Chateau de Cheverny
Chateau de Cheverny

Day 6: Amboise - Paris

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

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.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Six

Day 7: 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.

Hotel Le Six: Paris

Hotel Le Six is nested in a quiet Haussmann-style building, ideally situated in the renowned district of Saint Germain des Prés, in the heart of Paris' Left Bank. A boutique hotel with 41 rooms and suites, Le Six believes in the lost art of honest hospitality, offering a piece of Parisian heaven in a stylish and contemporary setting. Enjoy a cocktail under the luminous glass roof of the bar-lounge, or relax and rejuvenate at the spa and wellness center. Hotel Le Six on Stanislas Street provides the perfect address to discover (or rediscover) the City of Lights.

Paris and Loire Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Le Six
Hotel Le Six

Le Choiseul (B) (Superior Room): 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.

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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    Working with Danny S. was a real pleasure. He was lovely, very professional and knowledgeable. Our trip was so enjoyable and stress free. Hotels were perfect, restaurants booked by Kensington were authentic and the food was excellent. The flamenco show was so much fun and the venue was relaxing and intimate. Our guides were prompt, smart and passionate about their country. A really wonderful group of individuals. It was very reassuring to know we always had a person on the ground to call if necessary. This was an A+ trip and we will always have wonderful memories of a beautiful country and it’s warm and welcoming citizens. My heartfelt thanks to Danny and all others who planned a perfect trip on our behalf. We look forward to another trip in 2019!

  • Marilyn K. — September 20, 2018 — Europe

    Our guides were knowledgeable and kind beyond expectation, and were extremely amenable to our requests. The tour expert was very patient and knowledgeable as well, and truly had our travel wishes in mind when creating our trip to Poland. It was a wonderful and amazing life changing experience!

  • Irene Y. — September 13, 2018 — Europe

    This trip was just what we were looking for, a private tour of England, Scotland and Dublin. Julie C. was awesome! She and I worked together to figure out what my family and I wanted to do. I could have never done it without her! The cars/guides were waiting at the airport for us. Everyone associated with Kensington Tours was so helpful and kind. The location of the 3 hotels, we stayed in, were amazing!! We walked everywhere! Each tour, we were scheduled for, went smoothly, and on time. The tour guides were so smart and informative about the places we went. I didn't stand in one hotel concierge line. My tickets and vouchers were printed out and in hand ahead of time. Julie even researched and scheduled horseback riding in the Dublin Mountains, which they hadn't handled before. What a highlight that was!! This trip was everything I asked for. I will be using Kensington Tours and Julie again!!

  • Lesley M. — September 04, 2018 — Europe

    We thoroughly enjoyed our entire trip to Greece. Everything went as planned, our hotels met and exceeded our expectations. The tour guides were all marvelous - knowledgeable, personal, patient, organized and pleasant to be with. And our sunset cruise in Santorini was superb - first class catamaran, crew and their other passengers were great to be with. We met a couple who also were frequent Kensington Tours clients and we all agreed you are our top choice when it comes to travel tours. Thank you for another unforgettable trip!

  • Ronnie B. — May 29, 2018 — Europe

    The entire tour was well planed. Jason and our European guides and drivers were wonderful and often went above and beyond what was expected. Everything was flawlessly executed and we would not hesitate to use Kensington again.

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    Everything went smoothly! From the pickups and drop offs from the airport and the tour guides being prompt. Will definitely be using Kensington for our next Trip!

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    Kensington did a phenomenal job planning our vacation. The logistics of getting from place to place was incredibly well planned. The tour guides were knowledgeable, fun and tailored our experience based on our interests. Hotel accommodations were incredible and Patrick answering our questions, provided information on several occasions and ensured our that all our requests were met. This was our second trip with Kensington and we will without a doubt utilize their services again!

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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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