Day 1 - PARIS
Arrival to the airport – assistance and transfer to the hotel.
With its museums, monuments... the city of Paris offer a rich cultural and touristic life covering all the majors’ artistic disciplines. In the afternoon city tours – Arch of Triumph, Trocadero, Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Champs Elysees, Concorde, Latin quarter, Pantheon, Notre Dame, Orsay Museum, Place Vendome, Opera etc – in the afternoon free time.
Dinner in the typical restaurant – return at your hotel and overnight.
Day 2 – PARIS – VERSAILLES - CHARTRES
In the morning departure to the Versailles. During his 17th Century reign, Louis XIV converted his father’s hunting lodge into the magnificent palace of Versailles, which rests outside of Paris. This palace is adorned with gilt wood, chandeliers, massive pieces of art, and contains the fantastic Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces). Versailles, with its overwhelming display of wealth, demonstrates the Sun King’s absolute power and his famous statement, “I am the State.” Its lavishness is a perfect example of the Old Regime extravagance which led to the Revolution. Most awe-inspiring, perhaps, are the exquisite geometric gardens, studded with statues and incredible fountains. After the visit continuation to the Chartres. Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon visit of the famous cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres with its copper roof, ( the cathedral is a masterpiece and listed UNESCO heritage site) the city centre with its lower and upper towns connected via stone steps, the oldest building of Chartres in Chantault Street, the St Andrew fountain. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Day 3 – CHARTRES - MONT SANT MICHEL - ST. MALO
Departure to Mont St Michel. UNESCO has classed the Mont Saint-Michel as a world heritage and this Mecca of tourism welcomes more than three million visitors a year. The « Wonder of the Western World » forms a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe. Visit of the Abbey. Free time for the lunch.
In the afternoon departure to Saint Malo. Saint Malo was named after Welsh monk Mac Low, who, around the 6th Century, established his bishopric in Alet, a stone-throw away from the rock were the walled city now stands. Visit of the Memorial 39-45, the national fortress with its city walls, the port of Saint Malo, the birth house of the French author François- René de Chateaubriand.
Day 4 - ST MALO – NANTES- ANGERS - TOURS
After breakfast departure to Nantes. Visit of the Bouffray area (town centre) with its “castle of the Dukes of Brittany”, the shopping arcades of Pommeray and the gothic-style cathedral containing the tombs of François II and the parents of Anne of Brittany. Free time for the lunch.
Continuation to Angers to visit the famous fortress. The Angers fortress was built by Famous King St Louis in 13th century with 17 round towers made of dark schist and white stone. It houses the oldest and largest tapestry in the world. In the evening arrival to Tours. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Day 5 TOURS – AMBOISE – BLOIS - CHAMBORD - ORLEANS
After the breakfast visit of Tours acclaimed as a “Tours of Art and History”, and has no shortage of ways to attract visitors: The St. Gatien Cathedral, the streets such as Rue Colbert, Rue Briçonnet and rue de Grand Marche, The Plumerau Square and so on. Free time for the lunch. Continuation to the Blois Castle, a masterpiece of renaissance architecture. The Kings of France used to love to stay here, and it´s easy to sea why.
Following is a visit of the Chambord castle. Chambord, which measures 156 meters by 117 meters and has 440 rooms, is the largest of all the Loire castles. In terms of sheer scale, it foreshadows Versailles. It appears suddenly at the edge of a path, and the sight of its white massive structure that widens and takes shape little by little, produces a dramatic impression, which is even more striking at sunset. Adding to that - the building’s construction, the richness of its Renaissance decor and, finally, its two wonders: the grand stairway and the roof terrace.
Day 6 – ORLEANS - GIEN - BRIAR- MONTARGIS – FONTAINEBLEAU
If Orleans owes a larger portion of its fame to Joan of Arc, the town still today has many attractions to entice you around its old walls.
Than folllows the visit of the Castle of Gien, which was at first a medieval building built in the place of a hunting party from 1494 till 1500. The castle was reshaped from the end of the XVIth century for Anne de Beaujeu, countess of Gien and elder girl of Louis XI.
Continue to the Briare canal with his magnificent canal bridge that crosses the Loire The Canal de Briare is one of the oldest canals in France. It is the first summit level canal in Europe that was built using pound locks, connecting the Loire and Seine valleys. It is 57km long and is part of the Bourbonnais route from Saint-Mammès on the Seine to Chalon-sur-Saône on the Saône River.
Stop in Montargis and its 127 bridges.Montargis is the second largest city in the Loiret, after Orléans. It is near a large forest, and contains light industry and farming, including saffron. Due to its numerous canals and bridges, Montargis sometimes bills itself as the "Venice of the Gâtinais." Though quite modern, it retains a medieval charm in its downtown area.
Continue to the famous Fontainebleau Caste. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Day 7 - FONTAINEBLEAU – PARIS
In the morning visit of the famous Fontainebleau Castle. Though it no longer welcomes sovereigns as it did for so long, remains a place where life is pleasant, a place where the expression “quality of life” takes on its full meaning. Fontainebleau was the royal hunting residence before the first lights of the Renaissance shone here under François 1st, in the heart of the Palace which all sovereigns, right up to Napoleon III, cherished, decorated and embellished through the work of their best artists, painters,
sculptors, architects, fountainers and gardeners.
Free time for lunch. In the afternoon arrival to Paris. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Day 8 - PARIS
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Transfer to the airport.