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Highlights of Loire Valley & Bordeaux

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,639

Embark on a 10-day vacation into the Loire Valley and Bordeaux to discover France’s celebrated history and main sites of interest. Start in Paris, where you’ll cruise along the Seine, ride up the Eiffel Tower, and skip the line at the Louvre. Then head on to Tours and Bordeaux to visit wineries, tour chateaux, and enjoy local delicacies.


This 10-day French vacation takes you to Paris as well as the Loire Valley and Bordeaux to explore French history and culture. It features first-class and deluxe accommodations, small group tours, and is a great introduction to France.

Your journey begins in Paris, the French capital and one of the most beloved cities in the world. A Paris Seinorama tour will introduce you to many of its most famous landmarks. Travel through the city in an air-conditioned panoramic bus and see the sites, including the Pantheon, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Arc de Triomphe, and Les Invalides. Disembark at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and board an hour-long cruise along the Seine to see Notre Dame and the Louvre from the water. Return to dock and ride up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the best views of the city. The next day, you’ll skip the line at the Louvre to see some of the world’s greatest artistic masterworks, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

From Paris, ride the train to Tours, where you’ll be based for a few days in the Loire Valley. One day, travel back in time at two lovely chateaux in the Loire Valley. Explore the Chateau de Chambord and the Chateau de Chenonceau in the company of a local guide, who will explain the fascinating history behind these gorgeous Renaissance buildings. The next day, head on a half-day wine tour to Vouvray to visit a traditional vat room, learn about the region’s specific terroir, and enjoy a wine tasting in some troglodyte galleries carved into the earth.

Ride the train to Bordeaux and discover the secrets behind a city that captures the French “Art de vivre” like few others. Head on a gourmet small group tour of the city to visit local bakers, chocolatiers, and cheesemakers, tasting some delicacies as you go. End the tour with a chic lunch at Bordovino’s Apartment in a stunning 18th-century building. The next day, tour the famous wine region of Saint Emilion, exploring the UNESCO-listed village and tasting some local vintages at Classified Growth Chateaus.

At the end of your stay, you’ll depart Bordeaux to connect to your onward destination.


 

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Accommodation in Paris

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    Elysees Bassano



    The Elysees Bassano hotel is located right in the heart of the capital, midway between the world-famous Avenue des Champs-Elyees and the iconic landmark of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a stroll along the Avenue Montaigne and the Avenue Victor-Hugo, just a 5-minute walk from the …

    The Elysees Bassano hotel is located right in the heart of the capital, midway between the world-famous Avenue des Champs-Elyees and the iconic landmark of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a stroll along the Avenue Montaigne and the Avenue Victor-Hugo, just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The building, constructed in the 19th century as a private mansion, has been fully renovated and now offers 40 comfortable air-conditioned rooms in soothing shades of beige.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Corner
    • Room Service
    • Snack Bar
    • Turn down service
    • WiFi

    More Details

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,639

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Day 1

Paris Airport to Paris Central Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Elysees Bassano

The Elysees Bassano hotel is located right in the heart of the capital, midway between the world-famous Avenue des Champs-Elyees and the iconic landmark of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a stroll along the Avenue Montaigne and the Avenue Victor-Hugo, just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The building, constructed in the 19th century as a private mansion, has been fully renovated and now offers 40 comfortable air-conditioned rooms in soothing shades of beige.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Elysees Bassano

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    Elysees Bassano



    The Elysees Bassano hotel is located right in the heart of the capital, midway between the world-famous Avenue des Champs-Elyees and the iconic landmark of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a stroll along the Avenue Montaigne and the Avenue Victor-Hugo, just a 5-minute walk from the …

    The Elysees Bassano hotel is located right in the heart of the capital, midway between the world-famous Avenue des Champs-Elyees and the iconic landmark of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a stroll along the Avenue Montaigne and the Avenue Victor-Hugo, just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The building, constructed in the 19th century as a private mansion, has been fully renovated and now offers 40 comfortable air-conditioned rooms in soothing shades of beige.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Corner
    • Room Service
    • Snack Bar
    • Turn down service
    • WiFi

    More Details

Day 2

Paris Seinorama: City Tour, Seine Cruise, Eiffel Tower

Take a tour by air-conditioned panoramic coach and enjoy the opportunity to see Paris and learn about its history and most famous sights through an audio guide commentary. Marvel at Paris's best-known sights: Place Vendome Square, the Opera House, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, the Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe (Arc of Triumph), and the Invalides.
At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, step aboard for an hour-long musical cruise along the Seine with an audio guide. Marvel at the amazing architecture of the heart of Paris's most prestigious monuments lining the banks of the Seine: the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Orsay Museum, the Conciergerie. Then, with your priority access, skip the line and speed up by elevator to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, Paris's most unmissable monument. This tour ends at the Eiffel Tower.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Guided Louvre Museum - Skip the Line Morning

Your priority access ticket will allow you to follow your guide straight into the world's largest museum. No need to stand in line! This guided tour offers the perfect opportunity to learn about the museum's huge collection and its greatest works of art, such as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Coronation of Napoleon.

Before it became a museum in 1793, the Louvre had long been one of the principle palaces of the Kings of France. Located right in the heart of Paris, the Louvre's galleries stretch for 786,000 square feet. It is home to the world's largest collection of art works, spanning more than 7,000 years from ancient civilizations to the 19th Century. The museum's collections are split into eight different departments: Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan & Roman antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, Islamic art, Paintings, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, and Prints & Drawings.

Spend time discovering these collections with your guide, who will show you some of the museum's most famous works and tell you about the stories that lie behind them. Marvel at the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1506, one of the most famous female portraits in the world; the Venus de Milo, a celebrated Greek sculpture dating from 100 BC depicting the goddess Aphrodite; or the giant 33-foot-long painting of the Coronation of Napoleon, painted in 1807 by Jacques-Louis David to commemorate the crowning of Napoleon Bonaparte in Notre Dame Cathedral.

After your guided tour, spend time exploring other parts of the museum at your own pace.

Duration2 Hours
Day 4

Paris Hotel to Paris Train Station/Port

Duration1 Hour

Saint Pierre des Corps Train Station to Tours City Centre

Duration0 Minutes

Chateau Belmont by The Crest Collection

Located in Tours in the heart of the Loire valley, the Castle Hotel Belmont****, combines a peaceful and relaxing place very close to the city life of Tours.

The hotel is set in a majestic environment in the middle of a park of 2.5 hectares, and offers the comfort of a personalised hotel service and the pleasure of a prestigious decoration.

The Castle Hotel Belmont**** offers 65 modern rooms and air-conditioned suites shared between the tourism residence and the old building dating from the XVIIIe century and totally renovated in 2011.

There you can find a restaurant with its traditional French cooking, a bar, and a spa area, signed by the famous trademark Cinq Mondes, with its heated indoor swimming-pool, hammam and fitness corner.

Meal Plan ROOM and ONLY
Duration3 Nights
Day 5

Must-see in Loire Valley: Chambord and Chenonceau

Jump into the heart of French history and visit two must-see chateaux of the Loire Valley. Let yourself be guided by your local guide who will share its secret anecdotes with you! Enjoy a guided visit of the exceptional Chateau de Chambord and get ready to travel back in a time of the French Renaissance! The Chateau de Chambord is the largest and most majestic castles of the Loire and the symbol of the French Renaissance. After lunch, continue the day with the discovery of a family-owned chateau where the owners still live. Your day ends with a guided visit to the unique Chateau de Chenonceau and its stunning gardens with a view on the river. Take a French aperitif with local products at a secret spot before driving back to the hotel.

Duration9 Hours
Day 6

Half Day Wine Tour to Vouvray

Start this half day tour with meeting a genuine French winemaker in a charming family-run estate. Visit the traditional vat room where hundreds of barrels are lined up (bring your coat, it is freezing in the vat room). You will improve your knowledge regarding wine-making and of course wine-tasting. The terroir of this wine area and its main grape variety of Chenin blanc allows the production of elegant white wines, dry, sweet or sparkling.

After this, your guide will drive you to a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. Stroll inside its impressive troglodyte galleries. Dug in the hills, these underground tunnels are part of Loire Valley's historical heritage. Discover all the secrets of elaboration of the wines from this ancient historical house, still using the "methode traditionnelle". Have a lovely French aperitif paired with local food to complete your half day tour to Vouvray.

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Tours City Centre to Saint Pierre des Corps Train Station

Duration0 Minutes

Saint Jean Train Station to Bordeaux City Centre

Duration0 Minutes

Hotel Burdigala - MGallery Collection

Located in the heart of Bordeaux, the Burdigala Hotel was completely refurbished in summer 2011, and its elegant yet relaxed atmosphere provides a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether traveling for business or leisure, come and enjoy the "urban chic" and warm welcome for which we are renowned.

Meal Plan ROOM and ONLY
Duration3 Nights
Day 8

Gourmet City Tour with Lunch

Welcome to Bordeaux, a city that enjoys the French "Art de vivre" - history, traditions, architecture, wine, and food. This small-group excursion is a gourmet city tour that will take you to the most distinctive producers of local delicacies. You will enjoy visits and tastings in a bakery, a chocolate shop, and a cheese shop. You will end the tour by having a casual and chic lunch at Bordovino's Apartment in an 18th-century building.

Duration4 Hours
Day 9

Saint Emilion Wine Tour Full day

Today, enjoy a full day exploring the Saint-Emilion wine region. This wine tour is a perfect introduction to both the wines of the right bank and to the charming village of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Your tour will include visits and tastings to three carefully selected Classified Growth Chateaus/wineries known for the quality of the wine they craft as well as a walking tour of the village with your guide.

Duration8 Hours
Day 10

Bordeaux City Centre to Saint Jean Train Station

Duration0 Minutes

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Tuesday, Friday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure transfers 
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Paris 
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Tours 
  • 3 nights first class accommodation in Bordeaux 
  • Private transfer services between train stations and hotels 
  • Shared Paris Seinorama: City Tour, Seine Cruise, Eiffel Tower 
  • Shared Guided Louvre Museum with Skip the Line Access 
  • Small Group Must-see Loire Valley: Chambord and Chenoceau (max 8 guests) 
  • Small Group Wine Tour to Vouvray (max 8 guests) 
  • Small Group Gourmet City Tour, including lunch (max 8 guests) 
  • Small Group Saint Emilion Wine Tour (max 19 guests) 
  • Breakfast daily  

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Train tickets between cities
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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