Essence of France

$ 1,350.00

10 days/ 9 nights Highlights of Portugal


Day 1: Paris
Arrival in Paris. Meet your tour escort and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and welcome meeting at hotel in Paris.

Day 2: Paris
Our morning city tour features a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, the Louvre and the Champs-Elysées. Remainder of the day at leisure. Optional afternoon excursion to the Palace of Versailles. Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 3: Paris – Versaille
Meet your tour guide at your pre-scheduled time in your hotel. Together with the tour guide, you will start with a train ride to reach the city of Versailles (40min from Paris).

Train tickets to and from Versailles is not included (€7 per person round trip from Paris)

From the train station to the palace, you will have an overview of one of the nicest cities in France.

Once you get there, your guide will help you to purchase the entrance tickets.
Entrance fees (€18 per adult) is not included.

Uncover the secrets of France’s royal court and the center of the French revolution while you tour the extravagant Palace of Versailles and its legendary gardens on a private guided tour

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most famous palaces in the world and attracting millions of visitors each year from all over the globe. On this tour you will visit the King’s Suite, well known for it’s luxurious woodwork, paintings, and marble décor. You will see where Louis XIV conducted his royal escapades and where Marie Antoinette hosted her lavish parties. Your private tour of Versailles also includes visits to the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon. You will even explore the stunning gardens that are almost as striking as the palace itself on your private Versailles Tour. Created in the traditional royal style, Versailles’ gardens are filled with more than just lush fauna – they are also full of exquisite marble and gold statues and lustrous fountains.

After spending approx. 4 hours together, your guide will take you back to your hotel

Day 4 : Paris – Normandy

We take the Normandy motorway and make our first stop at Rouen for a walking tour in the old town before continuing to Honfleur. On the way between Rouen and Honfleur, view of the newly built Normandy bridge.
In Honfleur : free time for lunch (not included).
We continue to the American Omaha Landing Beach. Then visit of the American Cemetery. Stop at Arromanches.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Caen.

Day 5: Visit Saint Malo and Mont Saint Michel

We leave Caen in the direction of Brittany. Guided visit of St Malo (ramparts).
After lunch (not included) we depart for Mont-Saint-Michel (at the border between Brittany and Normandy regions) for a guided visit of the Abbey followed by free time. Departure around 4.30 PM. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Angers.

Day 6: Visit the Castles of Langeais and Clos Lucé, visit Villandry castle gardens

We leave Angers at 8 AM (short stop at the Castle of Angers for taking photos) and pass by Cunault and Saumur. Guided visit of the castle of Langeais before lunch (not included) at Amboise. In the afternoon, we visit the Clos-Lucé, last dwelling of Leonardo da Vinci.
Then visit of the Gardens of Villandry castle. Visit of the historic districts of Tours.
Dinner and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Tours.

Day 7: Visit the Loire Valley Castles of Chenonceau, Cheverny, Chambord

For our final day in the Loire Valley, our itinerary includes guided visits of Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chambord Castles with a farewell lunch at Cheverny.

Departure from Chambord around 4.30 PM. Return to Paris around 7:00 PM.

Low Season
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • Double/Twin Sharing: $1350
  • Single Supplement: $600

High Season
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • Double/Twin Sharing: $1450
  • Single Supplement: $700

Peak Season
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • Double/Twin Sharing: $1550
  • Single Supplement: $800

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Group departure guaranteed for minimum 2 travelers.


As indicated in the itinerary.


Deluxe motorcoach throughout as per itinerary
English-speaking tour escort throughout
Accommodation in 4* hotels in double / twin room
3 nights with half board in Lisbon
1 night with half board in Fatima
2 nights with half board in Oporto
1 night with half board in Viseu
1 night with half board in Evora
Guided visits: Lisbon (2h), Oporto (2h)
Wine tasting in Oporto
Admission to the following sights:
Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, St. Clara Monastery, Palacio da Bolsa, St. Francisco Church, Gardens of Palacio Mateus, Jewish Museum (Belmont), Village Palace, Jeronimos Palace
Porterage at hotel in / out
All taxes and charges


International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Personal expenses, extras in the hotels, tips to guides and drivers and beverages
• 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
• Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
• 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
• Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: EUR 40.00 pp
• 3-hour guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
• Visit to Old Russian Circus: EUR 70.00 pp
• 6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral: EUR 80.00 pp


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