Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley

9 days from $13,200 pp*
  • Live like royalty, staying overnight in historic French chateaux in the Loire Valley.
  • Explore picturesque wine regions by Segway and helicopter.
  • Discover historic Paris, and the Palace of Versailles with a private guide.
  • Relax in serene landscaped gardens at the International Garden Festival.
  • Enjoy a curated list of luxurious accommodations throughout.
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Discover Paris with your private guide, one of the most revered cities on the planet, and dazzling home of haute couture. Dripping with romance, and an unmistakable joie de vivre, peel back centuries of history and culture on your private-guided tour. Experience brilliant city-spanning views from the UNESCO-listed Eiffel Tower, discover the world-famous Louvre Museum, and witness iconic landmarks like the cathedral of Notre Dame, and the world-renowned Palace of Versailles. Then, journey back in time and bask in the exquisite gardens and architecture of the aristocratic Chateaux of the Loire Valley. Stay in historic castles that are plucked from fairy tales, even retrace the final steps of master artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, with your luxurious surroundings a perfect base for a curated wine tasting adventure. Live like royalty and experience the essence of France, tailor-made for you.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Private Transfer - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
    • France - Welcome Package Paris & North
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour with Eiffel Tower (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Louvre Museum Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Versailles (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Activity - Dinner at Restaurant 58 Eiffel Tower (Menu Service Premier) - Dinner
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 4 Paris to Blois to Onzain
    Paris to Blois to Onzain
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Paris - Blois [1.5 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station, with Châteaux of the Loire Valley (Vehicle/Driver-Guide)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 Onzain
    Onzain
    • Private Tour - Cooking Class, International Garden Festival & Chateau Chaumont - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 Onzain to Veigne
    Onzain to Veigne
    • Private Transfer - via Château d'Amboise, Clos Luce & Boat Ride - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 7 Veigne
    Veigne
    • Private Tour - Segway Tour with Wine Tasting & Chenonceau Castle - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Private Tour - Helicopter over the Loire Valley (30 min) - Helicopter/Pilot
  • Day 8 Veigne to St. Pierre des Corps to Paris
    Veigne to St. Pierre des Corps to Paris
    • Private Transfer - Veigne - St. Pierre des Corps [Train Station (30 min)] - Vehicle/Driver-guide
    • Train - St. Pierre des Corps - Paris [1 hr - 2.5 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 9 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.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)

Situated between the Louvre and Opera, the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is an essential Parisian address, a refined haven in the heart of Paris where architecture, culture and gastronomy blend with the most exclusive boutiques. The hotel is nestled in a magnificent 18th century building, parts of which are officially designated a historic monument. All 68 rooms and suites are luxuriously equipped with Pierre-Yves Rochon’s decor, while an on-site spa and restaurant, staff trained in the tradition of luxury French hotels, and the unique location in Paris make the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal the new address for Parisian chic.

Day 2: Paris

With your private guide and driver, embark on a half-day exploration into the history of Paris, while bearing witness to all of the must-see highlights in the City of Lights. Make your way to Ile de la Cite, where the medieval city was focused, and home to the cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the most famous Catholic churches in the world. In Le Marais district, a chic quarter known for its food, you can see the stunning Place des Vosges, a historic planned square formerly populated by Parisian nobility. After, make your way to see the courtyards of the world famous Louvre, the largest palace and museum in Europe. Admire breathtaking architecture while your guide stimulates the imagination with tales and legends from the palace's past. Continue on to learn about Paris at the time of Napoleon as you see the imposing Arc de Triomphe on the renowned Champs-Elysees, then learn about the World's Fair held in 1900 as you head over towards the Eiffel Tower, and Trocadéro – which boasts the best view of the Tower in the entire city! Head up the Eiffel Tower with your guide, and see the city's true beauty from the third floor observation deck, where the views are remarkable.

Please note: Eiffel Tower tickets are subject to availability.

Meet your private guide out front a cafe just steps away from the world famous Louvre Museum, housed within the largest palace in all of Europe. With an astonishingly rich collection of art ranging from Ancient Greece all the way to the 19th century, the Louvre is arguably unmatched. Witness Da Vinci's timeless The Mona Lisa, the statues of Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, both over 2,000 years old dating back to ancient Greece, and the 4,600-year-old Great Sphinx of Tanis, a relic of the Egyptians. See Eugene Delacroix's iconic 17th century Liberty Leading the People representing victory by the people in the French Revolution, and check out the original Code of Hammurabi, a legal code depicted on a black basalt tablet shaped like an index finger, which dates back to a time just under 4,000 years ago. Bear witness to incredible history at the Louvre. Return to your hotel independently.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum

Day 3: Paris

Enjoy a half day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles, traveling in a private car and English speaking guide. This magnificent Baroque palace is known to the world as a symbol of civilization and pleasure. The Palace of Versailles dates back to 1038 and was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. Used by Louis XIV initially as a hunting lodge, the property expanded to become the majestic site of French classical architecture complete with extensive manicured gardens. The interior showcases brilliant examples of Baroque furnishings, a rare collection art, and special exhibitions. Your guide will lead you through the most beautiful rooms where you'll be dazzled by their sheer opulence. Free time is allocated at the end of the tour for a walk in the French style gardens which feature exalted statues, busts, and marble vases, before returning to Paris.

Enjoy a gourmet evening as you dine at Restaurant 58 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, offering marvelous views across Paris. Your meal includes a lift ticket, privileged window seating, a glass of champagne, mignardises (petit four), a 4-course dinner menu, and select wine, mineral water, and coffee. 

Please speak with your Destination Expert if you would like to have private transfers arranged for dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Versailles
Versailles
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower at Night

Day 4: Paris - Blois - Onzain

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

Depart by train from Paris to Blois. Approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

Meet your private driver-guide at the train station and depart by private vehicle toward Onzain. En route, you'll drive out into the heart of the verdant Loire Valley to visit three beautiful chateaux: 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. Next, visit 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. Conclude your day with a transfer to your hotel in Onzain.

Accommodation: Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Set at the very heart of the Valley of the Kings, Domaine des Hauts de Loire makes an indescribable impression, the sort of impression you get from a place where those in the know come to enjoy the comforts of a 19th-Century hunting lodge that is now devoted entirely to good living and the simpler, subtler pleasures in life. he historic residence, with walls clad in pepper vine, is nestled in an unspoiled setting amidst ponds teeming with birdlife, and offers the ideal peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Refinement and elegance are the guiding principles of the hotel's 31 rooms and suites, while an on-site spa and 2-Michelin-starred restaurant cater to your complete indulgence.

Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord

Day 5: Onzain

Meet your private driver-guide and transfer to Chateau Gaudrelle for a wonderful private cooking class and wine tasting in a gorgeous setting. Under the helpful guidance of your private instructor chef, you'll prepare a two-course traditional lunch, picking up tips and gaining insight into traditional French cooking techniques, as well as learning the art of wine pairing. Afterward, sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you prepared, paired with wine and cheese. In the afternoon, you'll head to Chaumont Sur Loire and visit the International Garden Festival. Every year a unique theme is selected, and a team of new generation designers, architects and artists come together to construct 30 gardens, all designed around the theme of the year. Stroll through the paths of the park and explore this living landscape and contemporary open-air art museum. Lastly, you'll visit the 1,000 year-old Chateau of Chaumont sur Loire, built strategically to keep an eye on the border between the counties of Blois and Anjou. The chateau as it stands today is a 15th century reconstruction, after Louis XI had the chateau burned to the ground.

Accommodation: Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Culinary Class
Culinary Class
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Onzain
Onzain

Day 6: Onzain - Veigne

Meet your private driver-guide for a transfer to Veigne today, making a stop in Amboise to visit the impressive Château d'Amboise and Chateau du Clos Luce en route. At Château d'Amboise, admire the stunning Renaissance castle of Charles VII that looks out over the scenic Loire River. Delve into the rich history, and be awed by the impressive structure, intricate details, and the beautiful gardens. After, make a visit to Chateau du Clos Luce, a historic castle that served as the final home to famed artist Leonardo da Vinci. The chateau houses numerous machines and models designed by the inventor, as well as an underground tunnel that connects it to Chateau d’Amboise. Next, you'll join up to 12 other participants as you hop on board a traditional Loire River wooden boat for a small group cruise along the river. Sit back, relax and gently glide over the river taking all the scenic views in. After, continue on to Veigne for check-in.

Accommodation: Domaine de la Tortiniere

The family-owned Domaine de la Tortiniere is a tranquil, boutique hotel in the heart of the Loire Valley, promising guests an an authentic chateau stay in a residence that reflects the great Loire Valley chateaux traditions. Located 7 miles south of Tours in the commune of Veigne, Domaine de la Tortiniere's 32 charming rooms and suites combine classic style with modern comforts and conveniences and, in some cases, a magnificent view over the Indre Valley. Let yourself be swept away by this residence and its omnipresent history as you relax in the heated swimming pool, serve up some fun at the tennis court, or savor fine French cuisine while dining al fresco on the chateau’s terrace.

Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Château d'Amboise
Château d'Amboise
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Domaine de la Tortiniere
Domaine de la Tortiniere

Day 7: Veigne

Hop on a Segway to discover the Loire Valley and its vineyards today. Snap on your helmet and once you are comfortable on your 2-wheeled off-road electric vehicle, you'll venture out into the vineyards. Explore at a leisurely pace, cruise along the gorgeous trail and learn about wine-making followed by some wine tasting at stops along the way. In the afternoon, you will visit Chenonceau Castle, situated on the picturesque riverside. Popularly known as ‘the ladies chateau' since it was loved, administrated and protected by extraordinary women, who, for the most part, have marked history. Admire the structures, stone carvings, and walk through the immaculate gardens.

Discover the dramatic scenery from high above the Loire Valley on an exhilarating 30-minute private helicopter flight. Soar over the Loire's lush, vineyard-covered landscape, spotting winding rivers and gorgeous chateaux from a unique aerial vantage point.

Accommodation: Domaine de la Tortiniere
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Segway through vineyards
Segway through vineyards
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chenonceau Ariel View
Chenonceau Ariel View

Day 8: Veigne - St. Pierre des Corps - Paris

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer from Veigné 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: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Paris
Paris
Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

Day 9: 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.

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room): Paris

Situated between the Louvre and Opera, the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is an essential Parisian address, a refined haven in the heart of Paris where architecture, culture and gastronomy blend with the most exclusive boutiques. The hotel is nestled in a magnificent 18th century building, parts of which are officially designated a historic monument. All 68 rooms and suites are luxuriously equipped with Pierre-Yves Rochon’s decor, while an on-site spa and restaurant, staff trained in the tradition of luxury French hotels, and the unique location in Paris make the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal the new address for Parisian chic.

Domaine des Hauts de Loire : Onzain

Set at the very heart of the Valley of the Kings, Domaine des Hauts de Loire makes an indescribable impression, the sort of impression you get from a place where those in the know come to enjoy the comforts of a 19th-Century hunting lodge that is now devoted entirely to good living and the simpler, subtler pleasures in life. he historic residence, with walls clad in pepper vine, is nestled in an unspoiled setting amidst ponds teeming with birdlife, and offers the ideal peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Refinement and elegance are the guiding principles of the hotel's 31 rooms and suites, while an on-site spa and 2-Michelin-starred restaurant cater to your complete indulgence.

Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Domaine Grounds
Domaine Grounds

Domaine de la Tortiniere : Veigne

The family-owned Domaine de la Tortiniere is a tranquil, boutique hotel in the heart of the Loire Valley, promising guests an an authentic chateau stay in a residence that reflects the great Loire Valley chateaux traditions. Located 7 miles south of Tours in the commune of Veigne, Domaine de la Tortiniere's 32 charming rooms and suites combine classic style with modern comforts and conveniences and, in some cases, a magnificent view over the Indre Valley. Let yourself be swept away by this residence and its omnipresent history as you relax in the heated swimming pool, serve up some fun at the tennis court, or savor fine French cuisine while dining al fresco on the chateau’s terrace.

Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Domaine de la Tortiniere
Domaine de la Tortiniere

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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