Paris & Central France
PARIS, capital of France, the city of lights and international capital of style. One of the world’s most sophisticated and cultured cities, Paris offers something for first-time and frequent visitors alike. Explore a variety of iconic landmarks, beautiful museums and galleries. Enjoy authentic French gastronomy and endless shopping trips – from luxury boutiques to flea markets.
Only a short train journey from Paris, you will find the charming and historical LOIRE VALLEY.
The Loire Valley, heart of UNESCO world-famous Châteaux, unique gardens and history featuring the Kings of France is a beautiful region. With its magnificent châteaux and beautiful scenery, the Loire Valley is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bicycle. Enjoy the rich natural heritage of the area as you take a relaxing stroll by one of the many lakes or rivers of the region. Our Loire Valley tours will take you to the beautiful châteaux of the region including Château de Chambord, Château de Chenonceau, Château de Cheverny, Gardens of Villandry and more.
When to visit
One of the great things about Paris is that it is a lively city no matter the time of the year, and each season has its own charm. If you want t experience a quieter Paris (less traffic) then August is perfect! Most of the Parisians are gone on holiday. This means less people on the road, less traffic so a quieter Parisian experience.
The best time to enjoy what the Loire Valley has to offer is from May to October with a pleasant weather and plenty of activities available.
Some popular Paris & Central France Packages
The beautiful Anjodi cruises along the Canal du Midi, a 330-year-old canal with UNESCO World Heritage status. Your cruise includes private wine tasting and tour of Carcassone.
Enchante is an elegant, two-level luxury hotel barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi from Trebes to Salleles d'Aude. She was built in 1958 as a trading barge and converted as a hotel barge in 2009.
Hotel Barge Rosa takes you on a breathtaking odyssey along the calmer canals of southwest France. This premier class cruise includes tour and wine tasting in Saint Emilion and visit to the impressive Château de Duras.
Experience the light and airy features of the 12-passenger barge L'Impressionniste as you cruise the stunning landscapes of Burgundy. Your cruising holiday includes castle visits and wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines.
Bespoke Small Groups of 12-16 guests means bigger experiences. Explore the sun-drenched region of southern France on this 9-day, small group tour from Bordeaux to Sain-Remy-de-Provence. Visit the wine regions of Bordeaux and Provence, relax on the beaches of Biarritz, discover some of the most picturesque villages of Dordogne and marvel at the walled city of Carcassonne.
La Belle Epoque was built in Netherlands in 1930 carrying timber from Burgundy to Paris. She was renovated and converted to a luxury hotel barge in 1995. She now cruises from Veneray-les-Laumes to Tanlay through the lovely Burgundy Canal.
Treat yourself to a wonderful experience on board Athos, a first-class hotel barge cruising through the Canal du Midi. Savour delicious wines and gourmet dishes prepared by an expert chef. Venture to the spectacular towns and villages of Carcassonne, Minerve, Capestang, Narbonne, Portiragnes, and Marseillan.
Discover the charm and beauty of Upper Loire and Western Burgundy as you cruise along Canal de Briare and the Loire River aboard Renaissance. Both regions are stepped in history, culture and picturesque scenery that will surely charm first-time and returning visitors.