(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Versailles, Loire Valley, Paris
This private tour of France focuses on the country’s most beautiful and renowned gardens, including chateau gardens, pleasure gardens and Monet’s famous gardens in Giverny. The tour also includes private touring focused on art and culture, as well as accommodation at the finest luxury hotels in Paris, Versailles and the Loire Valley.
Begin in Versailles, where King Louis XIV built the Chateau de Versailles, one of the grandest royal palaces in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During touring with your expert private guide, see the highlights of Versailles Palace and explore the vast formal French gardens and parkland designed by Andre le Notre. Also enjoy private touring of the English-style gardens of the Petit Trianon; the Hameau de la Reine, a Norman-style farming hamlet built for Marie-Antoinette; and the Potager du Roi, the king’s vegetable gardens. There will also be time to enjoy the resort and its extensive grounds and fine restaurants. Other options include visiting the town’s covered and open-air food markets and the town’s elegant antiques district.
Continue to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where small villages sit among vineyards and elegant chateaux are surrounded by beautiful gardens. During private touring in the Loire Valley, the birthplace of French formal gardens, visit chateaux and gardens according to your interests. Among the many highlights are Chateau Villandry and its stunning Renaissance gardens; romantic Chateau de Chenonceau, built on arches across the Cher River; and other aristocratic, pleasure, kitchen and belvedere gardens in the region.
Continue to Paris, one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic cities. With your sophisticated expert guide, tour the very best of Paris and its many parks, gardens and cultural attractions according to your interests. First-time visitors may wish to tour the Luxembourg Gardens, Tuileries Gardens and Eiffel Tower, as well as major museums such as the Louvre, Musee de l'Orangerie, and the Musee d'Orsay. Among the many other garden and park options are the Jardin des Plantes, Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Boulogne, Buttes Chaumont and Promenade Plantee, which is built on a disused, elevated railroad track. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Giverny to tour the house, gardens and lily ponds where Claude Monet lived and painted in his final years.
This tour can easily be extended to include private touring of additional gardens in the Ile de France, Normandy, the South of France, and other parts of France. This tour also combines nicely with Artisans of Leisure’s garden tours in Italy and England.
Arrive Paris – Versailles
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Morning private tour with guide and driver. Afternoon at leisure
Versailles – Loire Valley
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring of chateau gardens en route
Private touring of chateaux and gardens
Loire Valley – Paris
Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights with touring en route
Half-day private tour
Private excursion to Giverny or continue Paris touring
Private airport transfer
Trianon Palace Versailles
Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Four Seasons Hotel George V or Hotel le Bristol
Per person (double occupancy)
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