THE LOIRE VALLEY
THE LOIRE VALLEY
7 days / 6 nights
21 st to 27th of June 2019 (REF: PLV2106)
€1200.00 PER PERSON
3 nights in Paris at the Mercure Porte de Versaille Expo 4* with breakfast
Airport transfer with assistance on day 1
4x lunches in Paris (2x), Blois and Amboise (3 courses)
Full day coach and guide on day 2 in Paris
Half day coach and guide on day 3 in Paris
Coach hire and English speaking guide from day 4 to day 7
3 nights at the Mercure Blois 4* Centre with breakfast and dinner
Entrances: Seine Cruise, Château Chambord (guided), Château Chenonceau (self-guided), Amboise Château Royale (self-guided), Wine tasting in Amboise, Château Saumur, Lunch Cruise on the Loire, Wine tasting in Vouvray
Single supplement = €300.00 per person
ARRIVAL IN PARIS
Arrival in Paris, pick up by your coach and English speaking assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day and dinner will be at leisure to explore the city. Overnight.
PARIS SIGHTSEEING & SEINE CRUISE
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of this fascinating city. We will pass by famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre and many more. After the tour we enjoy a 3-course lunch in a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon, we take a leisurely cruise along the River Seine for a different point of view of the city! We pass by Notre Dame, Musee d’Orsay, Louvre and Pont Neuf amongst other sights. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we enjoy a guided walking tour of the Marais quarter. This tour is based in the historic quarter of Marais and away from the typical tourist paths – a hidden Parisian gem! Explore outstanding buildings of historical and architectural importance, mix in with the locals and find out about the secrets and stories of the Marais quarter.
After the tour, we enjoy a 3-course lunch at a typical restaurant.
The afternoon will be at leisure to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Overnight.
PARIS - ORLÉANS - BLOIS
Breakfast at your hotel, check-out and departure towards the Loire Valley. We arrive in Orléans and take a guided walking tour - in the footsteps of Joan of Arc. The tour takes you to the discovery of the life of the young French icon, nicknamed ‘The Maid of Orléans’. In Orléans, she is a superstar! You will find her on the medallions that are dotted along the city streets, on the stained glass windows at the cathedral, in paintings and sculptures. After the tour we enjoy a 3-course lunch.
In the afternoon, we travel to Château Chambord for a guided visit. The castle is an exceptional work of art and a UNESCO’s World Heritage site since 1981. As an emblem of the French Renaissance known throughout the world, Chambord is an architectural masterpiece bearing the double signature of François I, its grand patron, and of Leonardo da Vinci, its inspirational architect.
Travel to your hotel in Blois. Check-in, dinner and overnight.
AMBOISE & CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU
Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Château Chenonceau for an independent visit. The history of the Château de Chenonceau is defined by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. Afterwards we continue to Amboise and enjoy a 3-course lunch.
In the afternoon we explore the city and the royal castle with our guide. A place of residence for French kings from the 15th to the 19th centuries, its destiny is inextricably linked to the history of France.
Before we head back to Blois, we take a tour through a wine cellar in Amboise, where we will also sample local products to complement the wines as part of a traditional French aperitif.
Travel back to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
SAUMUR & VAUVRAY
Breakfast at the hotel and departure towards Saumur. Your guide will show you around the city and you will visit the Château Saumur.
Afterwards, we take a cruise on the Loire and enjoy lunch on board.
In the late afternoon we travel back towards our hotel in Blois and make a stop on the way in the wine region of Vouvray. We then take in a guided tour of the wine cellar and sample some of their wines of course!
Travel back to your hotel, farewell dinner and overnight
TRAVEL BACK TO PARIS
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Travel back to Paris Airport for your flight back home.
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