Luxury Trip to Paris, Normandy, and Loire Valley

12 days | History & Culture, Honeymoons & Romance, Wine & Food

A luxury mix of all the must-sees with gourmet stops of Paris, Normandy, and Loire Valley.

Luxury | From $14,899 pp

This luxury tour mixes the must-sees with gourmet stops. Visit the simply unmissable Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau. Visit the royal town of Amboise, and taste Loire Valley wines paired with local cheeses. The highlight of the week is a hot air balloon ride.  5-star hotels and chateaux, and private chauffeur guides ensure that you don’t miss a thing. A private full-day chauffeured tour takes you to the D-Day beaches, the Colleville-Sur-Mer American Cemetery, and history-changing sites of the Battle of Normandy. Spend the night in Bayeux before heading off for a day at the mesmerizing Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay, one of the most popular sights of France.

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Day 1: Paris

Private Transfer from Paris Airport to Paris Center

A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you safely to Paris center in a Mercedes Class E or Mercedes Viano Deluxe Minivan.

Airport Meeting point: Your driver will be in place exactly 45 minutes after your plane has landed in order to leave you the time to clear the Immigration and pick-up your luggage. He will wait for you holding a signboard with your name on it.

Paris Orientation Private Tour

Your licensed guide will meet you at your hotel and give a presentation of Paris. You’ll receive useful information including historical sites to visit, how to get around, events not to be missed during your stay, itinerary proposals and the do’s and don’ts.

Your guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your Paris trip and also give you some tips that will make your stay a memorable one.

This presentation is followed by a tour around the hotel to help you orient yourself and give you some ideas and independence for your stay. The tour will end in the vicinity of your hotel.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Classic Room at a Beautiful 5-star Hotel Near the Champs-Élysées in Paris

group of travelers admiring eiffel tower from seine river cruise

Day 2: Paris

Full-Day Private Tour of Paris and Guided Louvre Tour with Licensed Driver Guide

Experience the beautiful city of Paris and its wonderful monuments, museums and architectural wonders, and the ever famous Louvre museum with a licensed driver guide.

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel for a full-day tour of Paris in a Peugeot 508, VW Caravelle, or similar vehicle.

Pass by the Opera Garnier, one of the world’s most famous opera houses, the Palace Vendôme, Paris’ most luxurious square, and the Place de la Bastille brimming with history. Tour the religious and historic heart of Paris the Cathedral of Notre Dame, renowned for its Gothic architecture made famous by Victor Hugo’s novel. Pass by the Madeleine Church, Montmartre, and the Sacre Coeur. You’ll finish with a guided tour of the Louvre.

Before it became a museum in 1793, the Louvre had long been one of the principal palaces of the Kings of France. Located right in the heart of Paris, the Louvre’s galleries stretch for 786,000 square feet and is home to the world’s largest collection of artworks, spanning more than 7,000 years. After visiting the Louvre, the tour ends with the Champs Élysées, Paris’ most famous and most beautiful avenue.

Your licensed driver guide will pick you up from your hotel and will drop you off at your hotel after the tour.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Classic Room at a Beautiful 5-star Hotel Near the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Day 3: Paris

Full-Day Custom Private Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

Enjoy a custom-built tour with an English-speaking driver.

Art Nouveau in Central Paris private walking tour with a licensed guide

With this 2-hour walking tour, you will discover some of the finest architecture in the French capital. Starting from St. Lazare station, you will learn about the history of the district. At Palais Garnier — a 19th-century opera house — you will get to explore this amazing architectural masterpiece.

You will get to make a stop at a French typical brasserie, have a drink and enjoy the view on Art Nouveau tiles, mosaics & marbles.

Next, you will head to Boulevard Haussmann, a bustling thoroughfare named after 19th-century urban planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who redeveloped Paris at the height of the Art Nouveau movement.

On this busy boulevard, you will find the Galeries Lafayette luxury department store, Paris’ most famous hub for designer shopping, alongside Printemps. Step inside to be wowed by the towering stained-glass dome ceiling and gilded balconies — more reminiscent of an opulent palace than a shopping mall.

Finally, the tour will end with the visit of an Art Nouveau-inspired bank.

Private Wine experience: Discover France in Six Glasses

Taste five carefully chosen wines and one Champagne to help you discover major French wine regions.

Discover the art of blind wine tasting, using all your senses: sight, smell, taste, but also touch and hearing. This will help you maximize the sensual aspect of the wine tasting experience. Explore your ability to recognize aromas through a stimulating sensory game, and participate in a friendly gastronomic quiz.
With all wines, hear memorable anecdotes to help you impress your friends back home – but also great tips and tricks from our exceptional sommelier to learn how to recognize the origin of a French wine without looking at its label!

Last but not least, you will learn the key to sabering Champagne – before sharing a glass of course. And you will leave not only with a great memory but also with a very useful booklet and a branded drop-stop for many years of perfect pouring. Served with sliced hams, bread, and olives.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Classic Room at a Beautiful 5-star Hotel Near the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Day 4: Paris - Versailles

Private return transfer from your accommodation to Versailles

Your English-speaking driver will pick you up at your accommodation in a luxury vehicle and drive you safely to Versailles. At the end of the day, he will pick you up from Versailles to drive you back to your hotel.

Private visit of the apartments of Marie Antoinette

Meet your private guide for a visit to the apartments of Marie Antoinette.

The Queen’s inner chambers have been reopened after several years of renovation. Located behind the Grand Apartment, these rooms were decorated with the greatest care and underwent numerous modifications. Marie Antoinette left her exquisite mark on them. The precious furniture, paintings, and objets d’art evoke her personality and her way of life, her passion for decoration, arts, and fashion.
Beware, this visit includes many steps.

The rest of the day is at leisure in Versailles… There is so much to see in Versailles!

With this entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles, you can visit at your own leisure the main state apartments and discover the real life of the French Kings. Visit the King’s chambers with their elegant décor, and the grandiose Hall of Mirrors, which was once a reception hall overlooking the immense gardens of the palace.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Classic Room at a Beautiful 5-star Hotel Near the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Versailles and its gardens, France

Day 5: Paris- Bayeux - Port-en-Bessin

Private Transfer in a Luxury Vehicle from Paris to Bayeux

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Paris and Bayeux.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in an Exquisite 5-star Hotel in Port-en-Bessin

Day 6: Pointe du Hoc- Colleville sur Mer (US Cemetery)- Utah Beach- Omaha Beach

Full-Day Private Driving Tour of the D-Day Landing Beaches

Normandy was on every newspaper front page around the world. The biggest amphibious force ever assembled was about to try breaking through Fortress Europa. 156,000 allied personnel landed on D-Day, making it the introduction of the last chapter of WWII in Europe.

During your day tour, you will see both Utah Beach and Omaha Beach landing sites, which were the two American sectors. Discover the mighty cliffs that the rangers climbed at the Pointe du Hoc, as well as Sainte-Mère-Eglise: the first town in France to be liberated by the US Airborne Division. Finish this emotional day at the Normandy American Cemetery where you will be able to pay respect to the sacrifice forever owed to the greatest generation.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in an Exquisite 5-star Hotel in Port-en-Bessin

Day 7: Caen- Beuvron-en-Auge- Port-en-Bessin

Full-Day Private Driving Tour of the Pays d’Auge

Going on a full-day cheese-making and cider-brewing tour is probably the best way to discover gourmet Normandy!

In the morning you will learn everything about Camembert. One of the last producers to make Camembert on a farm will welcome you. After seeing the cows, watching the production process, and tasting different products you will know more about cheeses from Normandy than the average French man!

Weather permitting, you will have a picnic lunch in one of France’s most picturesque villages with local products such as a seasonal salad, andouille, baguette, teurgoule, butter, cheeses, and ciders…or you can go to a restaurant recommended by your guide.

Then, you will discover the process of cider brewing. Your guide has chosen the best places in Normandy so that you have an unforgettable experience. By the end of the day Normandy’s “art-de-vivre” will no longer hold any secrets for you.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in an Exquisite 5-star Hotel in Port-en-Bessin

Cathedral fo Caen in Frace

Day 8: Bayeux- Tours- Amboise

Private Transfer from Bayeux to Tours

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Bayeux and Tours.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Lovely 5-star Mansion in the Heart of Amboise

Castle in Loire Valley, France

Day 9: Amboise- Chenonceau- Chaumont-sur-Loire

 Full Day Private Tour of Amboise, Clos Luce, and Chenonceau Castles

Chenonceau, which was known as “the Ladies’ castle” and built across the Cher river, is both delicate and feminine. Surrounded by amazing gardens, it is superbly furnished and decorated. There, you will discover the intrigues of the royal French court.

Amboise is the castle where Leonardo da Vinci was buried after he died in 1519. He spent the last three years of his life in Clos Lucé after he was invited by King Francis I of France. Discover his universe and genius through 40 models of his famous machines designed by IBM.

Private Guided Cruise Tour on a Traditional Boat with Lunch

You will get to cruise the Chaumont Sur Loire River on a traditional boat with lunch on board prepared by a caterer with a starter, main course, dessert, and wines.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Lovely 5-star Mansion in the Heart of Amboise

Day 10: Blois- Chambord- Cheverny- Amboise

Full Day Private Tour of Blois, Chambord, and Cheverny

Blois will give you an amazing panorama of the Loire Valley architecture from 13th to 17th centuries. This castle welcomed 10 queens and seven kings of France and the visit will fill you in on the secrets of the court and the wars of religion.

Then you will visit Chambord, which is the largest and the most impressive castle in the area, famous for its outstanding architecture and double-helix staircase. Located in the Sologne area in the largest enclosed game park in Europe, it is a celebration of the personality of King Francis I in the 16th century.

Owned by the same family for six centuries, Cheverny is the most furnished château in the area. It is a symbol of the heart of French living, surrounded by a pretty English park. You will also have a chance to meet the pack of hunting hounds owned by the Marquis.

This is an after-hours guided tour of the Château de Chambord. Enjoy exclusive access to areas not usually open to the public.

The tour ends with a glass of champagne so you will feel like royalty in this 16th-century royal masterpiece.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Lovely 5-star Mansion in the Heart of Amboise

Castle in Loire Valley, France

Day 11: Amboise- Paris

Private Tour of Loire Valley

A day that can fully be customized to your interest.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Classic Room at a Beautiful 5-star Hotel Near the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Day 12: Paris

Private Transfer from your Accommodation to Paris Airport

A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation and drive you safely to Paris airport in a Mercedes Class E or Mercedes Viano Deluxe Minivan.

Departure Assistance “Fast Track” from Car Park to Plane with Immigration Skip-the-Line

Your personal greeter/porter will escort you from the car park to your plane and assist you with check-in, tax refund and customs formalities.

Paris view of Seine

Map

 

About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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