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Ever wonder how it feels to live like royalty? This 9 day tour of France, provides the chance to find out. Spending your nights in castles, drinking the best wine on earth and eating Michelin starred dinners only begins to describe your regal adventure in one of the most historically preserved countries on the planet. Begin with 2 days of sightseeing in Paris. Then make your way through the Valley...

Ever wonder how it feels to live like royalty? This 9 day tour of France, provides the chance to find out. Spending your nights in castles, drinking the best wine on earth and eating Michelin starred dinners only begins to describe your regal adventure in one of the most historically preserved countries on the planet. Begin with 2 days of sightseeing in Paris. Then make your way through the Valley of Loire and its countless castles and vineyards. Finally finish off in the Bordeaux region with a day at the beach and two days exploring the city of Bordeaux.

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  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting
  • Local culture
    Local culture
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    Sport
  • Countryside
    Countryside

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Day 1: Settling in

Conveniently located in the north/central region of France, Paris is the clear starting point for any trip to Europe. The capital and most popular city in France has no shortage of amazing sights, incredible shows, historic landmarks, world-renowned museums, delicious restaurants and trendy bars sure to hold the attention of every type of traveler. 
Pick up the rental car, then head to your iconic and centrally located hotel for check-in.  

Afterwards you will have the pleasure of exploring a city where the possibilities are truly endless. 

Countless museums provide insight into the rich history and culture of the city: The Louvre is the world's largest and most well-stocked museum and home to some of the most famous art and antiquities are known to man. (I.E. The Mona Lisa, Ancient Egyptian mummies, etc.) Other popular museums include the following: Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musee des Arts et Metier, the Petit Palais, and the Grand Palais. 

Next, your choice of one of Paris' famous cabarets will help you start the night off with some excitement: The Moulin Rouge, Lido de Paris and Crazy Horse all offer magical evenings, with stunning spectacles of song, dance and acrobatics together with both comedic and erotic undertones. 

Visited:
Paris
Accommodation
Hôtel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Étoile (Paris)

Day 2: Explore the city

This morning dive into the life of France's most famous king with a guided tour of the famous Chateau de Versaille. The castle and primary residence of Louis XIV, "The King of the Sun," allows you to step into the extravagant life and mind of a 17th-century monarch. 

Then take a panoramic tour of the city to get a first look at famous districts such as Montmartre or the Marais, as well as monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, offering excellent photo opportunities and breathtaking views. 

Guided boat and bus tours allow you to see even more of the city while taking a load off after a few hours of walking through busy streets and museums.  

Rendezvous at 6 pm for a wine tasting in Saint Germain Des Pres then (Optional*) take a short walk for an exquisite dinner at Le Christine Restaurant. As a member of the esteemed “French Association of Masterful Cuisine,” Le Christine offers a modern, yet authentic, French dining experience in a comfortable setting. 

Visited:
Paris
Accommodation
Hôtel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Étoile (Paris)

Day 3: Your kingdom awaits

Today begins the true ascent to the regal lifestyle as you head to your first imperial destination. This 18th-century castle offers an elegant experience in a beautiful setting. With it's a gourmet restaurant, extensive wine selection, a relaxing spa, pool, billiards room, and magnificent 18 hole golf course, the Domaine de Vaugouard truly has something for everyone. Along the way you will have a bird's eye view of the kingdom, with a hot air balloon ride over the magnificent Chateau de Fontainebleu. (With the option of a guided tour of the castle afterward) This huge palace dating back as far as the 12th century has been home to numerous royal families; including being the second home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte himself. 

For nature buffs, the majestic forest of Fontainebleu offers horse-drawn carriage tours, hikes, rock climbing, and even an extensive dog-sledding tour (equipped with wheels for year-round availability). 

Next, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your regal oasis with a 1 hr massage and a bottle of champagne by the pool, or perhaps a round of golf if you prefer. 

For the evening you won't have to go far as celebrated chef Jerome Violette of Les Saules restaurant, is at your service offering a full menu of his signature dishes as well as the option of creating a customized culinary experience. 

Visited:
Paris,
Accommodation
Domain de Vaugouard ()

Day 4: The Valley of Loire

As you make way toward your next regal oasis you enter the Valley of Loire. The region of France known for two things: wine and castles. 
Along the route, you will find France’s most famous castle, Chateau Chambord. With it's classic architecture, formal French gardens and authentic moat, Chambord is a type of castle from which everyone imagines medieval kings and queens to have ruled.  

Next, prepare your connoisseur's palette for an extensive wine tasting at the award-winning, Domaine du Viking. 

Afterward, check-in to another spectacular castle. This 17th century home to Duke Charles Albert de Luynes and favorite hunting retreat of King Louis XIII, welcomes you to the enchanting landscape of the Loire Valley. Fully stocked with equipment and facilities for tennis, basketball, bocci ball; and mountain biking in the vast and beautiful park in which it is nestled, Beauvois promises a comprehensive royal experience. (Additional wine tasting also available in the castle wine cellar). 

Finish off the day with a Michelin Star dinner at Les Hautes Roches -. In this intimate gourmet restaurant located in "la gentilhommière (the manor house)" Chef Didier Edon proposes traditional, yet inspired seafood cuisine guaranteed to delight the tastebuds. 

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,
Accommodation
Château de Beauvois ()

Day 5: Tours - Niort

Today, you head to the charming city of Niort. Here you begin with a walk through the immense Halles de Niort market. Accompanied by your driver, you will find a plethora of regional delicacies that will make up a picnic-style lunch personalized to your individual tastes.

Next, a guided boat tour of the breathtaking Marais Poitevin, with an optional aperitif ( I.E. wine/cocktails and snacks). 
Afterward, check in to the next magnificent palace. Originally called the Chateau du petite Chene this 17th-century historical landmark offers an air of class and luxury unlike no other. 

Head to the Cognac Room for a private tasting of the region's world-famous spirit before an exceptional dinner at Daniels. Head chef Ludovic Dumont, the 2012 winner of Masterchef (hosted by Gordon Ramsey,) provides a gourmet menu of unique signature dishes perfectly paired with choice local wine, offering a cerebral dining experience. 

Visited:
Accommodation
Alexandra Palace ()

Day 6: Connoisseur's Paradise

After 5 days of structure and organization enjoy three days in the Bordeaux region with the freedom to do as you wish.  
Begin in St Emilion, where you can spend the day visiting the historic Medieval City as well as the celebrated vineyards and tasting the best selections of this world-famous wine region.  

(Optional*) Afterwards you will enjoy the superb gastronomy of "Le Clos du Roy." Here, chef Nikhola Lavie-Cambot prepares a modern menu with traditional French ingredients to create a unique and exceptional dining experience. 

Visited:
Saint Emilion
Accommodation
5 Lasserre (Saint Emilion)

Day 7: The dock of the bay

Today you can visit another gem of the Bordeaux region. The popular town of Arcachon, resting on the Arcachon Bay, is bursting with charm. 
Begin the day by exploring the town's four quaint and versatile districts named after the seasons, and grab a bite of the regional favorite Moules Frites for lunch ( a popular dish in the area made up of mussels, sauteed in the shell with an order of fries on the side.)  

Next, enjoy some bird-watching, with a tour through the majestic Parc Ornithogique du Teich a natural park and bird sanctuary boasting 250 species, some of which are seldom seen anywhere else. 

(Optional*) Followed by a late afternoon boat tour of the bay and it's many famous oyster farms' with a sunset oyster and wine tasting. 

Visited:
Saint Emilion, Arcachon

Day 8: Explore the city

This morning take the short road to Bordeaux. Also known as "The Pearl of Aquitaine" this lively city is well known for both wine and gastronomy, but also offers numerous museums, concert halls, and chic boutiques, perfect to scratch that shopping itch which has surely been building in the recent days. 

Check in to your lavish 4-star hotel, then spend the day touring this beautiful city. 

(Optional*) For dinner head over to the Michelin Starred Garopapilles - , where decorated chef Tanguy Laviale showcases his talent with a refined selection of regional favorites, finely tuned for your enjoyment. 

Visited:
Bordeaux

Day 9: Farewell to France

All good things eventually come to an end. Take a few last snapshots, make sure you have all your souvenirs and head to the airport - Or Not!... 

Ask about our extension packages, including more extensive tours of the Bordeaux region, Normandy, Burgundy and the French Riviera.

Visited:
Bordeaux

ParisSaint EmilionArcachonBordeaux

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