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5-Day Private Tour around Seine Valley and the Loire Valley

Two certified guides take you around the Seine Valley and the Loire Valley, which are the Kings' Valleys. Both French and American, these two guides have been guiding for years and know their regions perfectly. Kevin, in Paris, will tell you all about Classicism, while Sylvain, in the Loire Valley, focuses on Renaissance... and wine of course!

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$5,081

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Duration

5 days

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Wine tastings
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte
    • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
    • Entry/Admission - Laduree le Bar
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne
    • Entry/Admission - Fauchon
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau Royal de Blois
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chambord
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Villandry
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chenonceau
    What's excluded :

    • Day 1: The Seine Valley - Maisons Laffitte & Versailles

      Stop At: Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte, 2 avenue Carnot, 78600 Maisons-Laffitte France
      The château Maisons Laffitte was constructed in the 1640's by François Mansard for a banker, René de Longueil. Though by no means a medieval castle, we can still detect a few persistent "souvenirs" of the Middle Ages hefre, but other elements make Maisons typically 'early French classical" - and the spatial conception is clearly moving toward something else.
      Accès: Public transport, RER A + brief walk
      Time nec: 4 hours - 1/2 day including transportation
      Duration: 3 hours

      Stop At: Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000, Versailles France
      Unfortunately for Monsieur Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte was far more splendid than anything the then young - and quite jealous - Louis XIV had, or had ever seen. Outshining the Sun King cost Fouquet dearly, as the young King seized not only château and contents, but the construction team as well, brought them to a fairly swampy place called Versailles and as of 1661, invited the architect, interior designer, and landscape architect of Vaux to do something worthy. Vaux therefore gave birth to Versailles, which was constructed - and re-constructed and modified - up to and beyond the end of the reign of Louis XIV ( † 1715 ).
      Access via public transport ( RER C ) + brief walk
      Duration: 4 hours

      Stop At: Laduree le Bar, 13 rue Lincoln, 75008 Paris France
      Come taste the world-famous macarons!
      Duration: 1 hour

      Meals included:
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3 star hotel

      Day 2: The Seine Valley - Vaux le Vicomte & Champs sur Marne

      Stop At: Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, 77950 Maincy France
      The château Vaux-le-Vicomte is also a bankers' - or finance minister's - residence; it is a "total work of art". In the 1650's, Nicolas Fouquet brought together a team that razed an entire village here to implant an extraordinary château avec attendant garden; this is where the classical French garden in the form we know today is born. At Vaux, we continue the story we started at Maison.
      Access: Either public transport ( RER D + taxi ) or private shuttle
      Duration: 3 hours

      Stop At: Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne, 31 rue de Paris, 77420 Champs-sur-Marne, Marne-la-Vallee France
      The delicious château at Champs sur Marne is finished between 1703 and 1708 by the Bullets ( father Pierre and son Jean Baptiste ) for Paul Poisson de Bourvallais, secretary of the Royal Finance Council. Champs takes lessons from Vaux on the one hand, lessons from Versailles on the other, and translates them into an extremely pleasant summer house with garden and park.
      Access: Either public transport ( RER A + taxi ) or private shuttle
      Duration: 3 hours

      Stop At: Fauchon, 30 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris France
      Tasting at the famous Paris branch of Fauchon!
      Duration: 1 hour

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at a B&B at the sommelier's home

      Day 3: Loire Valley - Blois & Chambord

      Stop At: Chateau Royal de Blois, 6 Place du Chateau, 41000, Blois France
      Discover the wonders of 4 different architectural periods combined in 1 Chateau! From Medieval times to French classicism, this region has thrived especially during the 16th century known as French Renaissance. The Chateau Royal de Blois was home to the French Kings and played a role in French greatness!
      Duration: 2 hours

      Stop At: Chateau de Chambord, le Chateau, 41250, Chambord France
      440 rooms, 282 chimneys, 82 staircases, Chambord is Beauty & the Beast all in one! This Chateau surrounded by 32 kilometers of walls (!) was the beloved place for hunting of King Francis I.
      Duration: 3 hours

      Stop At: Cheverny, Cheverny, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
      Wine tasting with a sommelier in a renowned winery in AOP Cheverny, where you will taste 2 white wines, 1 rosé and 3 reds. Including a very rare grape variety planted by King Francis himself! Let the sommelier explain you all the details of wine growing, winemaking, and wine tasting.
      Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at our B&B at the sommelier's home

      Day 4: Loire Valley - Touraine

      Stop At: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau France
      This 16th century Chateau has been judged a "hidden gem" by French writer Honoré de Balzac. L-shaped, surrounded by the river Indre, its beauty is simply astonishing, and its interior encapsulates many precious secrets and furniture of the time.
      Duration: 2 hours

      Stop At: Chateau de Villandry, 3 rue Principale, 37510 Villandry France
      Undoubtedly the most beautiful gardens of all the Loire Valley. 4 levels of terraces of gardens surround the Medieval castle, which has been renovated throughout the centuries. The Chateau is privately owned, what an amazing job they have done with it!
      Duration: 2 hours

      Stop At: Chinon, Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire
      2 wine tastings in the lovely town of Chinon, home of French writer Francois Rabelais, one of the "inventors" of the French language!
      Cabernet Franc is dominant here, you will learn to taste it blind!
      Duration: 3 hours

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at the B&B

      Day 5: Chenonceau - Vouvray

      Stop At: Chateau de Chenonceau, 37150 Chenonceaux France
      A chateau on top of the water! The most visited chateau of the Loire Valley is famous for its gallery standing over the river Cher. Home to the Medicis family but also King Henri's mistress Diane de Poitiers, we go back 500 years and discover the mysteries of this romantic palace.
      Duration: 3 hours

      Stop At: Vouvray, Vouvray, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire
      Wine tasting at one of the top producers in the Loire Valley.
      Since 1712, this winery has made the best white wines (grape variety Chenin Blanc) of the region, thanks to an old-school approach to winemaking. Elegant and sophisticated, their wines can be kept for up to 100 years!
      Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Stop At: Sambin, Sambin, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
      Goat farm visit and Cheese tasting paired with local wines!
      Duration: 1 hour

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      No accommodation included on this day.
    • Departure Point :
      Louvre – Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
      Departure Time :
      8:00 AM
      Return Detail :
      41000 Blois, France
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
      • Face masks required for guides in public areas
      • Face masks provided for travelers
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Language

    English - Guide

    Age Req.

    -

    Fitness Req.

    None

    Group Size

    8

    Organised by Wine Geometry Tours

    Activity ID: V-113047P11

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