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Paris, the Loire Valley, and Bordeaux

10 Days / 9 Nights

Paris, Tours, Bordeaux

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This 10-day itinerary of Paris, the Loire Valley, and Bordeaux may as well be the French adventure you've always been dreaming of. Delve into the charms of Paris, the prettiest capital in Europe, an artistic hub and culinary heaven like no other, before indulging in a seductive trip across the Loire Valley to enjoy incredible scenery and sleep within the walls of fairytale-like castles. End your trip with a taste of exquisite French wine in Bordeaux, the world's famed wine capital.

One of our France team members will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, which includes all the necessary information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a wide selection of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

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3 Nights in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

4 days in Paris
4 days in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Paris

Welcome to Paris! We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and drive you to your centrally located accommodation. The journey time to the city center is about one hour.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Paris

Highlights of Paris Private Day Tour

The Magic of Paris in a Day

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you will be seeing the best of Paris in the company of an expert local guide. From visiting iconic landmarks, such as the Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, to wandering around the quaintest neighborhoods in Paris, like the Latin Quarter and Le Marais, this 7-hour private tour is the perfect introduction to the City of Light and the most pleasant way to get acquainted with the French capital's charms.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Paris

The Original Flavors of Paris Private Tour

A Taste of Paris

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

The best way to get to know a destination is through its distinct tastes. When in Paris, we recommend taking a private tour of the French capital's original flavors. During this walking tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the quaint Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in the company of a knowledgeable local guide, while eating your way through the iconic streets of Paris. The tour includes various tastings, from croissants, cheese, and baguettes to wine, chocolates, and jams.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3.5 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Tours by Train

You're leaving Paris behind today and heading to Tours. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and second class tickets. There are a few train departures to Tours daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on the roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

Tours by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Tours by Private Transfer with stops in Chateau d'Amboise and Chateau Chenonceau
Tours by Private Transfer with stops in Chateau d'Amboise and Chateau Chenonceau

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Paris

Champagne Day Trip Small Group Experience
Light11 hours
Introduction to Paris Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Jewish History Private Tour
Moderate2.5 hours
Paris During the Occupation and Liberation Private Tour
Light2 hours

3 Nights in Tours

3 Nights in Tours

4 days in Tours
4 days in Tours

3 Nights in Tours

About 150 miles southwest of Paris, Tours became the Royal Court’s second home after being the French capital during the 15th and 16th centuries. This explains the plethora of stunning mansions and castles around Tours and further down the Loire Valley. Also called the White and Blue City because of its white walls with blue slate roofs, Tours is home to the Vieux-Tours, a medieval historical center registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Saint-Gatien Cathedral, a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture, are two stops you won't want to miss before letting the scenery of the Loire Valley seduce you with its utter beauty.

About 150 miles southwest of Paris, Tours became the Royal Court’s second home after being the French capital during the 15th and 16th centuries. This explains the plethora of stunning mansions and castles around Tours and further down the Loire Valley. Also called the White and Blue City because of its white walls with blue slate roofs, Tours is home to the Vieux-Tours, a medieval historical center registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Saint-Gatien Cathedral, a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture, are two stops you won't want to miss before letting the scenery of the Loire Valley seduce you with its utter beauty.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Tours

Upon arrival at the train station in Tours, a driver will meet you to take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Tours

Food Tour in Tours Small Group Experience

Tours Through Its Tastes

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are enjoying the best culinary walking tour of Tours, a charming medieval city in the heart of the Loire Valley. While strolling around Tours, you will taste delicious treats from family-run businesses and artisanal producers and bond with locals over mouthwatering food. During the tour, you will try different delicacies, from oysters and air-dried meat to cheese and the famous Nougat of Tours. Of course, chocolate and regional wine tastings are also included.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2.5 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Tours

Wines and Vineyards of Tours

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

For your second day in Tours, we recommend taking a day trip to the vineyard-filled French countryside. One of the best day tours from Tours is a trip to Chinon and Azay. With gorgeous castles and world-famous wines, Chinon and Azay are among the most charming places to visit in the Loire Valley. During this tour, you will try exquisite French wines. Chinon is the largest of the Loire Valley's red wine appellations, while Azay is famous for its white and rosé wines. Our second recommendation is a day trip to Vouvray and Montlouis, two wine-making areas similar to each other and yet so different, as they both use the same grape variety but have very diverse terroirs. Vouvray and Montlouis are home to some of the oldest vineyards, several of which date back to the 5th century.

Chinon & Azay Touraine Small Group Tour

Chinon & Azay Touraine Small Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

With majestic châteaux and world-famous wines, Chinon and Azay are among the most charming places to visit in the Loire Valley. During this half-day tour, you'll immerse yourselves in the beauty of the vineyard-filled scenery and the distinct flavors of local wine.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Vouvray & Montlouis Small Group Tour

Vouvray & Montlouis Small Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Get ready for the most unforgettable moment of your Loire Valley vacation. A trip not only across the dreamy scenery of century-old vineyards but also a journey into the secrets and flavors of local wine.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Bordeaux by Train

You're leaving Tours behind today and heading to Bordeaux. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and second class tickets. There are a few train departures to Bordeaux daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on the roughly 1 hour and 50 minutes journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

Bordeaux by Train
We also offer the following excursions in Tours

Chinon & Azay Touraine Small Group Tour
Easy5 hours
Eastern Touraine Small Group Wine Tour
Light9.5 hours
Vouvray & Montlouis Small Group Tour
Easy4 hours
Western Touraine Small Group Wine Tour
Light9.5 hours

3 Nights in Bordeaux

3 Nights in Bordeaux

4 days in Bordeaux
4 days in Bordeaux

3 Nights in Bordeaux

Part of the Nouvelle - Aquitaine region in the southwest of France, the city of Bordeaux spreads around its crescent-shaped harbor. The so-called Port of the Moon is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being a place of exchange of cultural values over the centuries. Yet Bordeaux owes its fame almost exclusively to its wine-making culture and traditions. Dotted with century-old vineyards and fairytale-like castles, the stunning countryside of the Nouvelle - Aquitaine region is where the famous French wine is born before it travels to all corners of the world to warm the hearts of wine enthusiasts from all across the globe.

Part of the Nouvelle - Aquitaine region in the southwest of France, the city of Bordeaux spreads around its crescent-shaped harbor. The so-called Port of the Moon is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being a place of exchange of cultural values over the centuries. Yet Bordeaux owes its fame almost exclusively to its wine-making culture and traditions. Dotted with century-old vineyards and fairytale-like castles, the stunning countryside of the Nouvelle - Aquitaine region is where the famous French wine is born before it travels to all corners of the world to warm the hearts of wine enthusiasts from all across the globe.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Bordeaux

When you arrive at the train station in Bordeaux, a driver will be there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Bordeaux

Landmarks of Bordeaux Private Walking Tour

Uncovering The Best of Bordeaux

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are about to discover the most famous landmarks in Bordeaux in just a couple of hours. Situated in the heart of the Old Town, the Grand Theater is your first stop on a tour that reveals one after another the most popular and beautiful neighborhoods, sights, and monuments in Bordeaux. Your local guide will introduce you to the fascinating history of a unique city that's so much more than the superb wine that made it famous.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Bordeaux

Following Bordeaux's Wine Routes

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On your second day in Bordeaux, we recommend taking a day trip to the glorious French countryside to fill your eyes with the mesmerizing spectacle of century-old vineyards swaying in the breeze. When it comes to wine-themed tours in or near Bordeaux, the choices are plenty. Yet, we've handpicked the best two for you. Our first suggestion is a day trip across Médoc, a wine-making region renowned for the prestigious wines it produces. During this tour, you'll have the chance to visit some of the area's top wineries, taste exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and marvel at the most magnificent castles along the Routes des Chateaux, France's scenic castle route. Our second suggestion is a trip across Saint-Emilion, a picturesque wine-making region set in a gorgeous landscape of rolling hills and medieval charm. In Saint-Emilion, you will visit smaller, family-owned wineries, and you will taste superb Merlot wines.

A Day in Medoc Private Wine Tour

A Day in Medoc Private Wine Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The birthplace of the most famous red wines in Bordeaux, Médoc awaits to seduce you with its charms on a day filled with winery visits, exquisite flavors, and spectacular views along the Route des Chateaux, France's scenic castle route.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 9 hours

A Day in St-Emilion & Pomerol Private Wine Tour

A Day in St-Emilion & Pomerol Private Wine Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The Saint Emilion region has a remarkable reputation when it comes to wine production. This day tour to the Southwest of France perfectly combines traditional chateaux visits with wine tastings and learning about the region's wine culture. But that is not all. Visiting Saint Emilion means exploring one of the most beautiful and fascinating villages in the Southwest of France, registered as a heritage site by UNESCO.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

It's time to say au revoir to France. On your day of departure, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the airport in plenty of time for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Bordeaux

Gourmet Private Experience
Light3 hours
Wine and City Private Experience
Light3 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Paris

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Arrival Transfer
Highlights of Paris Private Day Tour
Paris Train Station Transfer
Paris - Tours Train

Tours

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Tours Train Station Transfer
Food Tour in Tours Small Group Experience
Tours St. Pierre des Corps Train Station Transfer
Tours - Bordeaux Train

Bordeaux

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bordeaux Train Station Transfer
Landmarks of Bordeaux Private Walking Tour
Bordeaux Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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