Private tour to Paris, Loire Valley & Bordeaux - Firebird Tours ®

Loire valley Chateau De Chenonceau
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Trip Overview

Enjoy 10 days discovering France! Begin in its stunning capital Paris and see top attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Triumphal Arch, the Louvre, and Versailles. Continue to the Loire Valley that boasts fascinating castles and vineyards, recognized by UNESCO to see Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord. Then on the world wine capital, Bordeaux, for top-notch sightseeing and wine-tastings in Saint-Emilion and Medoc.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.92 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star or boutique central hotels
    Standard room
    9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    3 train rides between cities
    1 train journey for day trip
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 walking city tours
    1 guided tour outside the city
    3 small group tours

  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts
    1 lunch
    Wine tastings

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Bonjour! Arrival to Paris

As they say, Paris is always a good idea! Bonjour and welcome to the most romantic city in the world and the charming capital of France - Paris! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the arrivals hall of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

Day 2
Exploring Crème de la Crème of Louvre & the Latin Quarter

After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the two famous districts of Paris: Latin Quarter (5th) and Marais (4th).

Your tour of the fabulous capital of France begins with the UNESCO Site Heritage - Banks of Seine River. Continue to the Latin quarter and taste a Bohemian charm of the medieval narrow streets and stone-paved alleyways. Reach the Ile de la Cite where you see the world’s most famous gothic cathedral - Notre Dame. Walk through the Ile Saint Louis and get closer to more sights: Hotel de Ville (city hall), Fountain of the Innocents and Palais Royal.

You then proceed with the tour of the Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest museums, taking advantage of your skip-the-line tickets. You see the crème de la crème collections and the most celebrated works of art, ancient artifacts, Greek sculptures, including the famous Venus di Milo, Winged Victory, and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Eugene Delacroix, Paolo Veronese and the world's most enigmatic Portrait of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower Districts

Following breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 5-hour walking tour of the Champs-Elysees (8th) and Eiffel Tower (7th) districts.

Today you start with outstanding Places Vendome and Concorde and proceed to the Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city. You get to see one of the most recognizable landmarks with its magnificent glass-domed roof - Grand Palais and smaller but similar Petit Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Step on the most ornate and extravagant bridge in the city - Pont Alexandre III and continue to the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower*.

After the tour you may return to the hotel or take an optional boat cruise along the Seine River.

  • Optional tour: Public (or Private) Boat Ride on Seine River, Paris
    Start the cruise in the very heart of Paris and discover the most wonderful city gems including Louvre Museum, Cathedral Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower and other beautiful monuments from an absolutely different perspective.​

Note: Tickets to the Eiffel Tower are not included in the city tour due to limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date if you would like to include it.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Tour of Versailles Magnifique

Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Versailles - the famous residence of French kings. 

Together with your experienced guide you take a short train ride to taste what is means to be a local, and appear in the heart of Versailles in just 1 hour. You see the Palace of Versailles and admire its grandiose opulence from the inside. You get to walk through its well-known Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed and see the actual rooms of the most extravagant king of France, Louis the XIV. You also discover the world famous Le Notre gardens, see the Grand Trianon (exterior) and enjoy an inside visit to Petit Trianon - Marie-Antoinette’s estate.

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Leisure Time in Paris and Train to Loire Valley

Today you check out from the hotel and have free time to continue enjoying Paris on your own or join our carefully planned optional day tours.

  • Optional tour: French Pastry Master Class, Paris
    Join a small group of up to 8 participants for a masterclass of preparing some of the most famous French pastries: croissant, macaron, etc.
  • Optional tour: French Market tour and Cooking Class, Paris
    With a small group of up to 8 participants, enjoy a tour of the French market and pick up fresh products to cook them on the masterclass.
  • Optional tour: The Art of Fashion & Craftsmanship, Paris
    Meet a French fashion editor for a Paris based magazine to have a unique custom made behind-the-scenes tour related to fashion and design.

In the late afternoon, your driver meets you at the hotel lobby for a transfer to train station, where you take a to Amboise. Upon arrival in 2 hours, your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Loire Valley Touring with Chateau de Chenonceau and Chambord

In the morning after breakfast, you have a small group tour* to the Loire Valley.

It is a region well endowed with natural and built heritage, boasting a large number of Chateaux castles and vineyards, recognized by UNESCO. The first place you visit today is the Chateau de Chenonceau. During your guided tour you learn about the chateau and stroll along gardens of Chateau, making use of your included skip-the-line entrances.

Following lunch, you continue to a local winery where you have a tour and wine tasting.

After tasting you continue to the Estate of Chambord - an outstanding masterpiece included in the UNESCO world heritage list. During a guided tour of the chateau you stroll along rooms, see the double spiral staircase, and discover a connection between the project of the chateau and ideas of Leonardo da Vinci.

After the tour you are taken back to Amboise. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*Group size is up to 8 people. This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option.

Breakfast, lunch and wine tasting included.

Day 7
Train to Bordeaux & City Tour

Following breakfast meet driver at the hotel lobby and have a transfer to the city of Tour where you board the direct train to Bordeaux.

In just 2 hours you arrive at the capital of Aquitaine region and have a transfer to the hotel.

Before check in you have a 2-hour walking city tour with your private guide. You see the top sights of the city of Bordeaux: the Place de la Bourse which was built by King Louis XV in the early 1700's as the Royal Plaza, the Water Mirror, Opera, Place de la Comedie, Porte Caillau, riverfront, Quinconces square and its majestic fountain, and Cathedrale Saint Andre.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Medoc Wine Tour

Today after breakfast prepare for a small group tour* to one of the most famous red wine districts in the world - to Medoc.

You visit a top winery in the Margaux appellation where you get to learn about the winemaking process and taste wines. Then continue to two renown wineries in Pauillac, where you have wine-tastings as well.

On the way back you ride along the Route des Chateaux, the legendary castle road, and see beautiful wineries. You are taken to Bordeaux and have the rest of the day free.

*Group size is up to 8 people.​ This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option.

Breakfast and wine-tasting included.

Day 9
Tour to Saint-Emilion

In the morning after breakfast you start a small group tour* to Saint-Emilion where more than 800 producers make wine.

This wine region is located on the right bank of Bordeaux’ region and today you take a chance to walk in its lavish vineyards. You visit Chateaus, dive into the heritage of Bordeaux winemaking, grape varieties, and experience wine tastings. Today you also discover the charming UNESCO-listed village of Saint-Emilion on a short walking tour.

After the tour you return to Bordeaux and have the rest of the day free.

*Group size is up to 8 people.​ This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option.

Breakfast and wine-tasting included.

Day 10
Departure from Paris

This is the last day of your tour of France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to Bordeaux train station for your direct 3.5-hour train to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight back home (1st class train tickets included).

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.


Included

9 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
4-star hotel in Paris

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation in 4* or boutique centrally located hotels in Paris, Amboise and Bordeaux;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfer to Paris and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Amboise, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps - Bordeaux, Bordeaux - Charles de Gaulle Airport;
  • Regular class train tickets Paris-Versailles-Paris;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Villandry, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Chambord;
  • Wine tastings in the Loire Valley, Saint-Emilion and Medoc;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.

Tour Highlights
  • A city tour of the famous districts of Paris: Marais, Latin Quarter, Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower
  • A tour to Versailles
  • An exploration of the Loire Valley & wine tasting
  • A guided tour of Chateau de Chenonceau and Estate of Chambord
  • A guided sightseeing tour of Bordeaux
  • Wine tour in Medoc
  • Group tour to Saint-Emilion with wine tastings
What to Know
  • You can expect to find some shops, restaurants, and museums closed for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • French breakfast is not as heavy as other European breakfast meals, it usually includes sweet pastries, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal
  • Tipping in restaurants might be included in the bill, "service compris" (tip included) or "service non-compris" (tip not included), but in any case, if you liked the service you can leave few Euros on the table either way
  • Most communication equipment takes 220/110 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type E) to make your plug fit into the socket

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,121
Deposit $825
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,498
Deposit $900
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,121
Deposit $825
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,498
Deposit $900

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