Trip Overview

Paris and the Loire Valley

April 14 - 22, 2023

  • Rhonda Brashears
  • 46775
  • DFW
  • 66 days

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Paris and the Loire Valley

April 14 - 22, 2023


The itinerary is the starting point to your tour, but it’s not set in stone. Your group leader may make changes leading up to departure.

Day 1, Friday April 14: Overnight Flight

Departure from the United States.

Day 2, Saturday April 15: Loire Valley

Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel in the beautiful Loire Valley. (D)

Day 3, Sunday April 16: Loire Valley

Today, visit the chateaux of Blois as well as Chenonceau, the château of six women, built over the River Cher in an exquisite Renaissance design. It features a moat, drawbridge, towers and turrets—and great stories about resistance to the Nazi army. Enjoy a wine tasting while in the Loire. (B)

Day 4, Monday April 17: Loire Valley

Your day begins with a visit of the town of Amboise as well as the chateau. You'll also enjoy a visit to Clos Luce, a fortified palace turned Renaissance manor where, at the invitation of Francis I, Leonardo lived, created, and died. Marvel at the display of many of his inventions brought to life as working models. Legend maintains that Clos Luce was linked by an underground tunnel to the nearby Château of Amboise so that Francis I could visit Leonardo when the King resided at Amboise. (B,D)

Day 5, Tuesday April 18: Paris

Depart for Chartres to view the famed Gothic Chartres Cathedral, its stained-glass windows and veil of the Virgin Mary, before traveling on to Paris this afternoon. (B)

Day 6, Wednesday April 19: Paris

Your day begins with a guided sightseeing tour that takes you past some of the most famous attractions in Paris. Your expert local guide will show you the splendid Seine, Napoleon's final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. Free afternoon. (B)

Day 7, Thursday April 20: Paris

Guided tour of the Paris Opera House. Free afternoon before Farewell Seine River dinner cruise. (B,D)

Day 8, Friday April 21: Paris

Free day to explore on your own. (B)

Day 9, Saturday April 22: Departure

Transfer to the airport for return flight to the United States. (B)

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