(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Paris & Versailles, Loire Valley, Bordeaux
This private luxury tour is perfect for active travelers wanting a combination of culture, cuisine, wine, walking and biking. It features walking tours in Paris and Bordeaux, and bicycling through beautiful rural landscapes in the Loire Valley and the Bordeaux wine country.
Begin with two nights in Paris. With your sophisticated expert guide, enjoy 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 specialty chocolate shops, fromagerie (cheese shops), copperware stores and tea sellers; 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.
Next, visit Versailles. Tour Louis XIV’s opulent palace, extensive gardens, and Hameau de la Reine, the mock hamlet created for Marie-Antoinette.
During private touring in the Loire Valley, visit the most beautiful and interesting chateaux, gardens and rural villages. 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 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. One day, enjoy a private bicycle tour through the Loire Valley, passing through ancient forests and the villages of the Sologne. Also, visit Chambord, the largest royal chateau in the Loire, and, time permitting, other nearby chateaux.
Next, transfer to Bordeaux, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Enjoy a private walking tour of the city of Bordeaux, a historic port on the banks of the Garonne River. Tour highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site such as well-preserved 18th-century architecture, ancient churches, markets and museums. Stay three nights at a luxury Relais & Chateaux property in Saint-Emilion, an ancient town and another UNESCO Site.
One day, take a private excursion into the Dordogne (Perigord) region to the charming medieval village of Sarlat and important sites in the Vezere Valley, such as the National Museum of Prehistory and the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux. Another day, enjoy a private bicycle tour through the vineyards and wine-making villages of Bordeaux, such as Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, stopping to taste local wines along the way. (Artisans of Leisure can also arrange meetings with local winemakers, vertical flight wine tastings, meals in Michelin-star restaurants with wine pairings and more, upon request and for additional fees.)
Return to Paris for one night at the end of the tour.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Half-day private tour
Paris – Versailles – Loire Valley
Private transfer to Loire Valley for 3 nights. En route, tour Versailles
Private full-day tour of chateaux, gardens and vineyards
Private biking tour
Loire Valley – Bordeaux (Saint-Emilion)
Private transfer to station for train to Bordeaux. Private tour on arrival, followed by private transfer to Saint Emilion for 2 nights
Private half-day biking among the vineyards. Afternoon private wine tasting
Bordeaux (Saint-Emilion) – Paris
Private transfer to TGV train to Paris. Private transfer to hotel for 1 night
Private airport transfer
Four Seasons George V
Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Hostellerie de Plaisance
Per person (double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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