CHATEAUX OF THE LOIRE VALLEY
AND THE LADIES WHO LIVED IN THEM
Proposed Dates: October 4 – 12, 2016
For more information please contact:
215 563 1094
OVERNIGHTS: Vendôme (1), Tours (2), Paris (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit: Chambord Chateau, Blois Chateau, Chaumont Chateau, Amboise Chateau, Chenonceau Chateau w/audio guide, Chartes Cathedral with local guide, Versailles State Apartments w/audio guide, Trianon and Gardens, Vineyard tour with wine tasting dinner.
****OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE – SEE BELOW****
DAY 1 • DEPARTURE • Begin you journey on an overnight flight to Paris.
DAY 2 • VENDÔME • Bonjour Paris! When you arrive at the airport, meet an assistant (airport only) and coach for transfer to the picturesque town of Vendôme. Check in at the hotel (luggage will be stored if rooms are not yet available). Enjoy some time to relax before greeting the coach for a visit at the royal Château de Chambord, originally built as a hunting lodge for King Francois. Afterwards, return to the hotel. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant. Overnight in Vendôme.
DAY 3 • VENDÔME • CHÂTEAUX • TOURS • Following a Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel before meeting your coach and full-day guide to explore the Loire Valley. Begin the day with a visit at the royal Château de Blois. From there, you will make the short journey to Chaumont-sur-Loire where you’ll enjoy lunch (on your own) as well as a visit atChâteau de Chaumont. Continue on to Amboise where you’ll enjoy a visit of the Chateau, which was a medieval fortress, royal residence and the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. Transfer to Tours for check-in at the hotel. Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Tours.
DAY 4 • CHÂTEAUX • Enjoy a Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy some time at leisure before greeting your coach for transfer to Chenonceau, considered the most romantic castle in the Loire region for a self-guided tour. Afterwards, reboard your coach for a panoramic trip through the Loire Valley, viewing châteaux, including Château de Chinon. Later this afternoon, visit a vineyard where you will enjoy a tour and tasting followed by dinner. Return to hotel. Overnight in Tours.
DAY 5 • TOURS • CHARTRES • VERSAILLES • PARIS • Following a Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the hotel, board the coach for transfer to Chartres a major spiritual center during the Middle Ages. Greet a local guide for a tour of the Chartres Cathedral, whose stained glass windows are considered France's most beautiful. There will be time for lunch on your own before boarding your coach for transfer to Versailles one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Enjoy a audio guided (included) visit to the State Apartments and Gardens plus the Grand Trianon and Marie Antionette’s Estate. Afterward, reboard your coach for transfer to Paris for check-in at the hotel.Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Paris.
DAY 6 • PARIS • Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring Paris with your group leader (no entrance fees are included). Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Paris.
DAY 7 • PARIS • Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring Paris with your group leader (no entrance fees are included). Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Paris.
DAY 8 • PARIS • Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring Paris with your group leader (no entrance fees are included). Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Paris.
DAY 9 • RETURN • After breakfast, meet a coach for transfer to the airport. Bid adieu to France!
Minimum of 10 full paying participants: $3239 + $650* = $3889.00 pp.
Minimum of 15 full paying participants: $2929 + $650* = $3579.00 pp.
Minimum of 20 full paying participants: $2669 + $650* = $3319.00 pp.
Land Only: less 21%
*Departure Taxes / Airline Fuel Surcharge: currently $650 but subject to change until ticketedapprox 45 days prior to departure.
Single Supplement: $630
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEES
Weekend travel supplement: program departing or returning on a weekend (Fri., Sat., Sun.) are subject to a surcharge of $30 each way.
Tips (tour director, drivers, local guides): $20 pp (suggested amount.)
City taxes – must be paid in person, directly to the hotel (if applicable).
Baggage fees and any other airline fees (if applicable.)
Other items not specifically mentioned as included.
Mid-week, round-trip airfare from Philadelphia for travel in October 2016.
Full day coach: Days 2 – 5
Local coach: Paris hotel – airport
7 nights twin occupancy accommodations in superior tourist or tourist class hotels in the following cities: Vendôme (1), Tours (2) & Paris (4).
Hotel Le Vendôme http://www.hotelvendomefrance.com/Home_en.htmor similar
Oceania L’Univers Tours http://www.oceaniahotels.co.uk/h/hotel-oceania-l-univers-tours/presentationor similar
Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-1978-novotel-paris-vaugirard-montparnasse/index.shtmlor similar)
Continental buffet breakfasts (7)
Dinners (3) - including wine-tasting dinner at Loire Valley vineyard.
Full-day guide: Day 3
Visit: Chambord Chateau, Blois Chateau, Chaumont Chateau, Amboise Chateau, Chenonceau Chateau w/audio guide, Chartes Cathedral with local guide, Versailles State Apartments w/audio guide, Trianon and Gardens.
Vineyard tour with wine tasting dinner
All visits are subject to availability at the time of booking.
International medical insurance (for travel outside the United States.)
Trip cancellation insurance up to $2,500 (land only – does not include airfare)
Culture Quest Travel Pak including flight bag, luggage tag, and important travel information.
Taxes and gratuities on included items.
Service and planning of Culture Quest Staff.
****OPTIONAL HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE – LOIRE VALLEY****
When:Rides are planned at dawn or at dusk when the temperatures are not too hot in order to avoid the winds linked to the heat. Departure will be at 07:30 AM or 17:00 PM.
Flight will be confirmed by the hot-air balloon company depending on the weather.
Departure planned at dawn: later in the day the day before the visit
Departure planned at dusk: later in the morning on the day of visit
Departure:next to the Châteaux de Blois, Chaumont sur Loire, Loire bank in Amboise or Cher bank in Chenonceaux (depending on the weather)
- Passenger greeting
- Clients can participate in setting-up the balloon(s)
- 1-hour flight in the wind (it’s not possible to decide the itinerary – wind decides)
- After landing, fold the balloon(s)
- Toast with the balloonists
- Return to the starting point
Clothes:Wear preferably closed & flat shoes (no heels), and bring a hat or cap.
Nacelle (balloon basket):
22 pax: 1 nacelle for 16 + 1 nacelle for 8
16 pax: 1 nacelle for 16
Under 11 pax: 1 nacelle for 16 (includes outside participants)
Refund in case of unsuitable weather advised by the company before the set-up
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL BALLOON RIDE FEES:
Minimum of 10 full paying participants: $250.00 pp.
Minimum of 15 full paying participants: $230.00 pp.