Private luxury tours in France

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Essence of France

(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Loire Valley, Normandy, Paris & Versailles

On this private luxury tour, experience some of our France favorites: the best of sophisticated Paris; the outstanding chateaux, gardens and wine of the romantic Loire Valley; and the impressive historic sites and villages of Normandy.
After landing in Paris, visit Versailles. Tour Louis XIV’s opulent palace, extensive gardens, and Hameau de la Reine, the mock hamlet created for Marie-Antoinette. Continue to the Loire Valley. During private touring, visit the most beautiful and interesting chateaux and gardens. If desired, also visit local vineyards and wineries to sample the wide range of the Loire Valley’s best varietals. Touring is flexible according to your interests, but some of our favorite options are chateaux such as Chambord, the largest royal chateau in the Loire; romantic Chateau de Chenonceau, built on arches across the Cher River; Chateau Villandry and its stunning Renaissance gardens; and Chateau du Clos-Luce, the mansion in which Leonardo da Vinci lived out his final days. Other highlights include visiting the outstanding Chartres Cathedral, as well as lesser-known chateaux with unique gardens.

Next, transfer to Normandy for several nights at a luxury chateau hotel. With your private Normandy expert, tour the D-Day landing beaches and other significant World War II-related sites such as the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the Mulberry Artificial Harbors, and the Caen Museum of Peace. Also, visit the historic town of Bayeux to see the famous tapestry illustrating the Norman invasion of England in 1066. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Mont Saint-Michel, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. This enormous abbey and town on a tidal island has been a pilgrimage site since ancient times, and it remains one of Europe's most popular attractions.

Finish your tour with several nights in Paris. With your own guide and driver, tour the very best of Paris according to your interests. First-time visitors may wish to tour major attractions such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens, and major museums such as the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Other possibilities include an epicurean tour of Paris; walking tours through the exclusive residential streets on Ile St-Louis, the old Jewish quarter in the Marais, the former art colony of Montmartre, the medieval streets of the Latin Quarter, or to Left Bank cafes made famous by poets and philosophers; and shopping for antiques in flea markets or haute couture in fashionable boutiques.

This tour can also be taken in reverse.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Paris – Versailles – Loire Valley

Private transfer to Loire Valley for 2 nights, with touring of Versailles en route

Day 2 Loire Valley

Full-day private tour of chateaux and gardens

Day 3 Loire Valley - Normandy

Private transfer to Normandy for 3 nights

Day 4 Normandy

Full-day private tour of D-Day sites and Bayeux

Day 5

Full-day private excursion to Mont Saint-Michel

Day 6 Normandy - Paris

Private transfer to Paris for 3 nights

Day 7 Paris

Full-day private city tour, including behind-the-scenes tour of Eiffel Tower

Day 8 Paris

Half-day private city

Day 9 Depart Paris
Private airport transfer

Loire Valley: Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Normandy: Chateau La Cheneviere or Ferme St. Simeon
Paris: Four Seasons Hotel George V, The Peninsula Paris, Hotel Le Bristol Paris or Shangri-La Paris

$14,120 Per person (double occupancy)
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