Absolutely superb travel experience! My first trip to France was in May for our 25th wedding anniversary (2 years late), for 10 days/8 nights. I usually plan our travel, rather meticulously, but I didn't know where to begin to plan a trip to France. My husband found Zicasso, and this travel agent and her company, and conveyed our preferences and information, and she magically concocted the perfect trip! The driver in Paris was waiting at the CDG airport as we exited, very jet-lagged, so it was marvelous having someone lead us to a car and practically carry us into our hotel. He was wonderful, polite and efficient, and spoke perfect English. He also drove us from Paris to the Loire Valley for the end of our trip, which made the journey so easy and pleasant for us. A travel company representative was waiting at our hotel when we arrived, with our itineraries, tickets, maps and information. She was very helpful and welcoming.
I was nervous to have someone choose a Paris hotel for us, but the hotel in the Latin Quarter was absolutely perfect for us! It is in a charming historical neighborhood that was easy to walk. The hotel is top-notch and staff is great. They have a beautiful courtyard garden to relax, and I will forever miss their amazing breakfasts! The room was large and beautiful, and had everything we could want, plus charming gifts and treats. The bathroom was fantastic, with a big soaking tub as well as large shower. It was quiet and comfortable, the way we like it. And it was so easy to walk to metro stations and zip away to every part of Paris.
Our Paris guide was a joy to be with. We were so comfortable with her, as she walked around the Latin Quarter and showed us historical sights we would not have found. She took us on the metro for our first ride, and helped us buy 5-day tickets--a great decision. After that, we had no trouble navigating the metro system. Our guide was an extremely valuable guide through Le Louvre. She highlighted wonderful pieces throughout that we might have missed, giving us an overall tour before leaving us to explore on our own. She is a true gem. We were so blessed to have her help.
Our visits to L'Opera Palais Garnier, Le Louvre, and the top of the Eiffel Tower were all well-planned for us, and we skipped the lines to all. We picked up our tickets to the Eiffel Tower a few blocks away and were led as a small group by a guide, directly through the checks and gates, right to the walkway to the elevator. That saved a LOT of time. The van trip to Versailles was slick and easy. However, there was not much time allowed for viewing before we had to meet for the trip back. The dinner cruise on the Seine was wonderful. We were well-pampered with excellent food, drinks, and views Paris at night. We highly recommend it.
We were driven approx. 2 hours to Amboise in the Loire Valley to finish our trip. Again, I could not have chosen a better place to stay, it was absolute perfection. The grounds, garden and buildings are gorgeous and decadently comfortable. The food was incredible and service fantastic, especially the agent at the front desk. We had a fabulous, large room, with everything we could have hoped for. I only wish we had planned to stay at least several days longer there, there was so much to enjoy simply by staying at the hotel. It was short walking distances to everything, including the fabulous Chateau d'Amboise Royal. This castle is not to be missed, and sits atop Amboise. You have no idea from below all that awaits above, not least the burial place of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci's house and gardens are down the road from the castle and is another destination to spend most of the day. The wine caves visit was really interesting, with wonderful wines. And we had another great guide drive us to Chateau Chenonceau and Chambord with a few other people. It was so much better than taking a big bus tour or trying to get their on our own.
The trip was so much more enjoyable by utilizing this travel agency. It was so relaxing, knowing we had reliable transportation (especially during the numerous transit strikes) and English-speaking guides. I hope we can do this again very soon!
My favorite part of our trip was the time spent in Amboise. The area is so beautiful, and there is so much to see and do there, just by walking. And staying at this hotel is a destination in itself. I could've spent weeks there without a dull moment. I also loved our hotel in Paris, it was perfect.
I would spend more time in Amboise. And I would allow an entire day or more, early to late, for the Louvre. I would spend more time at Versailles than was allotted, and I would spend most of the day at each Chateau visited.
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