Eat, Drink, and Experience the Authentic Paris and Loire Valley

Discover the highlights of Paris and the charming scenery, rich cultural heritage, and gastronomy of the Loire Valley. Visit famous historical sights, important châteaux, and enjoy the local cuisine and wines. In Tours, a knowledgeable local guide will take you to a traditional French market to shop for the best seasonal ingredients, then invite you back to her home to prepare them and experience a real French meal together. You’ll also have the opportunity to cycle around the Château de Chenonceau, learn about Leonardo da Vinci's inventions at the Château du Clos Lucé, and walk through the Château de Villandry’s many gardens. In Paris the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum await you. Stroll through the medieval Latin Quarter, making regular stops to taste famous French foods including foie gras, wine, cheese, and bread. You’ll also get a private tour of one of Paris’s best-kept secrets, the passages couverts. These covered shopping arcades boast elegant architecture, boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and cafés that are missed by the ordinary visitor.

Art de Vivre,
10 Days
from 5599 €

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DAY BY DAY

DAY
1

Tours - Amboise

Train from Paris CDG to Tours in 1st class

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the train station and your lodging (distance is approximately 15 miles or 25km)

Private Tour of a Troglodyte Cellar with Wine and Cheese Tasting

The Loire Valley is the largest wine region in France. With its diversity of climates and soils, it produces a wide variety of renowned wines.

Daniel, a local guide passionate about wine, offers you a tour of a 16th-century troglodyte cellar. Subterranean galleries like these are ideal places for storing and tasting wine! Formerly tufa stone quarries, they were dug to supply stone for the construction of the Loire châteaux.

Daniel introduces you to the philosophy of wine, shares the history of the Loire Valley grapes and soils, and shows you how the local wines are made and stored. The visit concludes with a tasting of three Loire wines, each paired with a different local cheese.

Duration: 1 hour

Commentaries in French and English - Service arising of sharing economy.



Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming château-hôtel near Amboise

DAY
2

Chenonceau - Amboise

Full-day Private Guided Tour of the Château de Chenonceau

Ride a bicycle around the Château de Chenonceau (90 minutes) to appreciate it and its beautiful gardens. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the château.

Take a private guided tour of this magnificent castle spanning the Cher River. It earned its nickname, the Château des Dame, thanks to the numerous noblewomen who left their mark on its history. It was originally built by Kathrine Briçonnet in 1513. Later Catherine de' Medici and her rival Diane de Poitiers expanded it.

The visit gives an opportunity to experience the Renaissance through to the 17th Century. Tour the royal grounds, ancient keep, medieval fortified mill, and Diane de Poitiers’ gardens.

Follow in the steps of the great French philosophers and poets Voltaire, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Buffon, and Rousseau who were once esteemed guests at the castle.

The tour includes hotel pick-up/drop-off and a picnic lunch.

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming château-hôtel near Amboise

DAY
3

Amboise

Private Full-Day Tour of the Loire Valley

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the day's tour stops.

Hotel pick-up and drop-off 

Lunch and entrance fees at own expenses

Duration: 8 hours

Visit to the Château du Clos Lucé

The Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise is a relatively small 15th-Century palace. It was the childhood home of King François I, but it is much more famous for being where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final three years as a guest of the king. Today the Château du Clos Lucé houses a museum about the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. It contains models of his designs. A stroll through the large garden reveals additional models, art, and engineering projects inspired by the Renaissance legend.

Visit the bedroom where Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519. According to tradition, the king was at his side. The chapel contains frescoes from Da Vinci’s pupils. You’ll also visit an 18th-Century living room, a Renaissance-era great hall, and the kitchens. All are furnished with period pieces and tapestries.

The château houses working models of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs, ranging from engines of war to engineering equipment. 

Visit the Château d'Amboise

Explore the royal residence, chapel, gardens, and Leonardo da Vinci's tomb at your own pace.

This palace was a residence for French Kings from the 15th until the 19th century. As impressive as it is today, the château was once even bigger; many of its interior buildings were demolished in the 16th century. As you wander through its halls, you'll travel chronologically through rooms decorated in medieval, early-Renaissance, and through to 19th-century styles. The 130-foot (40-meter) Minimes Tower offers impressive panoramas. 

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming château-hôtel near Amboise

DAY
4

Villandry - Chancay - Amboise

Private Full-Day Tour of the Loire Valley

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the day's tour stops.

Hotel pick-up and drop-off 

Lunch and entrance fees at own expenses

Duration: 8 hours

Visit to the Château de Villandry

The Château de Villandry is one of the Loire Valley's most impressive sites. It is best known for its extensive gardens, which include a French-style formal garden, vegetable garden, ornamental garden, water garden, jardin du soleil, and herb garden.

Villandry is noteworthy for being the last Renaissance castle to be built in the Loire Valley in the early 16th-century. You may visit the castle courtyard without entering the castle. The interior of the Château de Villandry is open to visitors. Most of the interior and -furniture dates to its 18th-century renovation. Highlights include the staircase, beautiful ceilings, and the views of the gardens.



Guided Walking Tour Vouvray A.O.C. Vineyards

Myriam is your guide on a tour of Loire Valley vineyards in the heart of Touraine. She's a local who is passionate about teaching oenology, and she’s worked in a number of vineyards. Learn about Vouvray’s unique terroir and the traditional winemaking process from start to finish. After a guided walk, you'll visit a wine cellar. The tour concludes with the tasting of six local wines matched with food.



Small group (maximum of 12 people)

Remember to bring a jacket or a sweater as the wine cellar can be chilly.

Duration: 3 hours

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming château-hôtel near Amboise

DAY
5

Tours - Tours - Amboise

Private Full-Day Visit of Tours and its Market followed by a Cooking Class and Lunch in a Real French Home

Your guide and host Cathy invites you to spend a day learning the art of living (and eating) in the Loire Valley.

Your tour begins with a morning visit to the medieval center of Tours. This relaxed city delights visitors with its rich cultural heritage, traditional riverside cafés, and great shopping.

Your host will show you a local market where you will taste and shop for the best seasonal products (cheese, charcuterie, and wine to name but a few ).

After the market return with Cathy to her home in a neighboring village for a cooking class and lunch. She'll demonstrate how to make a real French meal, which may include coq au vin, goat cheese, apple tart, madeleines, Loire Valley wine, and more.

After lunch, you can relax on the terrace, learn some basics of the French language, or explore a nearby château.

The tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Duration: 7 hours

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming château-hôtel near Amboise

DAY
6

Amboise - Tours - Paris

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the train station

(distance is approximately 15 miles or 25km)

Train in 1st Class from Tours to Paris



Duration: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the train station and your lodging.

Arrival in Bayeux

After checking into your hotel enjoy a free day to explore the town.

Suggestion: Explore the Historic and Trendy "Le Marais" District

Le Marais is one of Paris's jewels. Wander through its narrow cobbled-stone streets and you can trace centuries of French history through its monuments..

Le Marais is a historically Jewish Quarter. A detour to the Rue des Rosier to taste the falafel is highly recommended. You won't find a better one in Paris. If your curious about the neighborhood's Jewish history, there is a fine Jewish Museum nearby.

This neighborhood is now a hub for local artists. You'll find trendy bars and galleries on every corner. It's a great place to go bargain hunting at boutiques and vintage shops for hip clothing.

Art lovers will want to visit the recently refurbished and well-equipped Picasso Museum.

The splendid Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It's the perfect place to take a break while appreciating the panorama of the royal building and elegant arcades.

You’ll be spoiled for choice between magnificent historic monuments, museums, hip bars, trendy restaurants, elegant boutiques, and vintage shops!

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

DAY
7

Paris - Paris

Private Guided Tour of Paris with River Cruise and Lunch on the Eiffel Tower (morning)

Discover Paris's most famous sites with an expert guide. You'll travel in style and comfort aboard a chauffeured luxury minibus to ensure an intimate experience. 

Stop for a photo in front of the majestic Hôtel des Invalides before heading down the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triumph to the Place de la Concorde. Marvel at the Palais Garnier opera house. Try to spot Quasimodo at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Admire the impressive architecture of the Place Vendôme.

Next up is a 3-course lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant in Paris most famous tower. The large bay windows boast spectacular views over the Seine River, Champs de Mars, and Trocadero. You'll get priority skip-the-line access to the elevator.  

Your tour ends with an hour-long river cruise. Sit back, relax, and enjoy iconic views of Paris while learning about its monument's history and architecture.

The tour includes hotel pick-up.

The tour does not include hotel drop-off (your tour ends at the Eiffel Tower).

Duration: approximately 5 hours

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer to your destination within Paris.

Dinner and Show at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret

Experience an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge!

Enjoy a fine meal created by the chef David Le Quellec. Following dinner, the cabaret's legendary Féerie show begins at 9:00 pm.

Féerie brings together an extensive troop of performers including more than 100 artists and dancers and original music from more than 80 musicians. Parisian studios have created more than 1,000 feather, glitter, and rhinestone costumes. The show features astonishing colorful stages and the famous giant aquarium.

Please note:

- Guests are asked to dress elegantly. No shorts, jeans or tennis shoes are allowed.

- There is a required coat check.

- Children under six years old are not admitted

- The show runs from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The tour does not include hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Duration: 4 hours 

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

DAY
8

Paris

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer to your destination within Paris.

Private Morning Walking Tour in the Latin Quarter

Taste the best that Paris has to offer on this classic gourmet tour. Experience a variety of flavors and foods. You’ll have the opportunity to sample iconic French products and learn about the city from a knowledgeable guide.

Explore the medieval part of the Latin Quarter, a neighborhood famous for the high quality and large choice of food products. This tour takes you to one of Paris’ most prestigious cheese shops, a unique bakery, and a wine shop to pair a glass of fine wine with foie gras.

Along the way, discover some of the city’s best-known sites and some hidden nooks unknown to most visitors.

This tour will satisfy your stomach and inspire your mind.

The tour does not include hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Meeting point is in the Latin Quarter.

Duration: 3 hours

Suggestion: visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame

Built between the 12th and the 14th century, Paris’s iconic cathedral was made famous by Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The imposing western facade looks out on the main square. Its three elaborately-decorated doorways are the Portal of Judgement depicting the end of the world, the Portal of Saint Anne featuring the Virgin Mary and child in a Romanesque style, and the Portal of the Virgin recounting the death and the coronation of Mary.

Inside the light bursting through the stained-glass windows gives the cathedral a spiritual dimension. Take a moment to admire the three enormous rose windows. The south-facing window, the “Rose du Midi”, was a gift from Saint Louis, a 13th-century French king.

Please note that respectful attire is required to visit the interior of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Clothing should cover your knees and shoulders.

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

DAY
9

Paris - Paris

Private Guided Tour of the Louvre Museum

Your guide will pick you up from your lodging in Paris for a skip-the-line tour of the world’s most popular museum. Also one of the world’s largest museums, it displays more than 35,000 objects from prehistory through the 19th century spread across more than 650,000 square feet (60,387 square meters) of gallery space.

The Louvre Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time on August 10th, 1793 on the one-year anniversary of King Louis XVI’s death. Over 600 years the building was transformed from a medieval fortress to a Renaissance palace to a decadent symbol of the French monarchy and, finally, to its current form as a museum.

Your guide will lead you through the galleries and explain many lives of this building. Together you’ll marvel at the building’s iconic glass pyramid and admire masterpieces from artists such as David, Géricault, Delacroix, and Leonardo da Vinci. You will see the most famous pieces: the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Mona Lisa.

At the end of the tour, you can continue to explore the museum independently.

The tour includes:

Hotel pick-up

Entrance tickets with priority access

The tour does not include:

Hotel drop-off (your tour ends at the Louvre)

Duration: the guided tour is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer to your destination within Paris.

Private Walking Tour of Paris’s Covered Passages

Only a few lucky visitors to Paris make it to the hidden passages couverts. These covered shopping arcades and passageways were the shopping malls of the 19th century. At the time only the most affluent ladies could afford to stroll up and down the passages in their fine gowns, indulging in window shopping, the new Parisian pastime.



Many of these architectural beauties still exist today. Some have been restored to their former elegance and house exquisite boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and cafés. Others are faded and remain unchanged after a century and a half. All of them are fascinating. Be sure to bring a camera.

You’ll explore the secret passageways on the right bank on the Seine River close to the Louvre. A knowledgeable guide will entertain you with stories about life in 19th century Paris. Together you'll see five passages couverts which evoke those romantic, bygone days.

A highlight is a glass of wine with the owners of a tucked-away, gourmet food shop. This is a true taste of 19th-century shopping!

The tour does not include hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Departure point: Louvre-Rivoli Metro Station

Duration: 3 hours

Overnight stay including breakfast at a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

DAY
10

Paris

Private transfer from your accommodation

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the airport.