For our previous 2 trips to Europe we booked through a local travel agent but for the trip to France we decided to try something different. I found Zicasso through a Google search and they connected us with this travel company. And what a difference that made! We had a fantastic trip thanks to this travel company! Our agents starting planning our trip from what we thought we would like to see and do. We talked several times through phone calls and emails and they finalized an itinerary for us. We traveled to Paris, Amboise in the Loire Valley, and Bordeaux. We stayed in three 4 star boutique hotels, all of which were very nice and in great locations. Our room in Amboise had a beautiful view of Chateau d’Amboise, a 15th century castle where Leonardo Da Vinci is entombed! Our agent booked our hotels, our tours, our train travel, dinner reservations, and drivers to and from the airport and trains stations and some of our tours. Everything went as planned and was stress free. We had private guided tours of the Louvre, Versailles, a chocolate and pastry walking tour, chateaus in Loire Valley, and wine tasting and vineyards in Bordeaux. The guides were local people who were very personable and added to the experience by being able to talk with them about their life and living in France. We really enjoyed the French cuisine, the wine, the sights, and the French people! This was the best trip we had ever been on!
The most enjoyable day was spent on an all-day private tour of Saint Emilion. Our guide picked us up at our hotel in Bordeaux and drove us out to the countryside of Saint Emilion. Saint Emilion is a medieval town surrounded by vineyards and is absolutely beautiful! We visited 2 vineyards for a tour and wine tasting and when I say it was a private tour I mean it was just our guide and the 2 of us! Being able to talk one on one with the people at the wineries was priceless. Our guide grew up in Bordeaux and knew the area intimately. In between our visits to each winery, we had lunch at a really nice bistro on the walkway down into the town of Saint Emilion. It was a beautiful sunny day to enjoy a glass of Grand Cru, escargot, and duck breast!
I don’t think we would do much of anything different. The preplanning with this company worked very well.
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