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Illuminated Seine River Dinner Cruise
Departs: October 8th, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
Discover the lovely Loire Valley and see why it was an ideal setting for kings and nobles to build their beautiful country homes. Explore the exquisite French countryside, visit historic chateaux, charming villages, and see how local cheese is produced, all the while experiencing the signature relaxed pace of life outside Paris on this delightful tour of France.
Hosted By: Sylvia Strobel
TPT (Twin Cities PBS)
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Day 1 : Fly to Paris
We board our trans-Atlantic flight to Paris.
Day 2 : Fontainebleau
In Paris, our French guide meets us at the airport to take us to the Loire Valley and give insight into the local culture. On our way to the village of Amboise, we refresh ourselves with an included light lunch before exploring the beautiful château of Fontainebleau. This UNESCO World Heritage Site began as a hunting lodge for Louis VII. Francois I and Napoleon greatly influenced what we see today. Here, along with the restored rooms, you will be able to explore exhibits dedicated to Napoleon. Later this afternoon we travel to Amboise located on the banks of the Loire River. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.
Day 3 : Amboise
Today we explore the village of Amboise in-depth. In the morning, we visit Clos Lucé, the final home of Leonardo da Vinci. Walk through rooms recreated to the period when Leonardo was in residence. Many replicas of his inventions are scattered throughout the house and gardens. After our fascinating morning, a local guide takes us on a short walking tour through the winding village streets. The afternoon is yours to find lunch in a charming local bistro, shop the streets of Amboise, walk up to the castle or stroll along the river. This evening we enjoy a Renaissance dinner with all of the trimmings.
Day 4 : Villesavin & Chambord
Our day starts with a visit to Chateau Villesavin, the 16th-century estate of Jean le Breton, entrusted by Francois I for the building of Chambord. Learn what it takes to maintain this intact estate including a beautiful restored chapel. Also located on the property is a wedding museum displaying wedding traditions in France during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Chateau de Chambord was built as a hunting lodge for Francois I. Walk through gorgeous formal gardens, see a double-helix staircase reputedly designed by the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci and much more. We enjoy a buffet lunch and experience an amazing show of falconry and horsemanship before we journey back to the hotel. This evening enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 5 : Chenonceau, Mushroom Caves & Local Cheese
A morning visit brings us to picturesque Château de Chenonceau, beautifully spanning the River Cher. Learn about the rich history of this property from its Renaissance origins to a hospital during WWI and escape route from Vichy France during WWII. We stop for lunch in a restaurant with true local flavor before visiting a mushroom cave to see how mushrooms are grown for sale in local markets. There are over 1,000 varieties of French cheese, each region boasting their local varieties. At the small cheese producer, Fromagerie Moreau, we learn how he makes his cheese and have an opportunity to taste some cheeses paired with local wines. This evening we relax and enjoy dinner on our own.
Day 6 : Le Mans Car Museum & Chartres Cathedral
Today we bid farewell to our home in Amboise and travel back to Paris. On the way, we visit the Museum of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. View Bentleys, Ferraris, Fords, Porsches and more while learning about this world-famous automobile race. As we draw closer to Paris, a stop to visit Chartres Cathedral is sure to astound you. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Chartres Cathedral is an example of high French Gothic architecture complete with soaring spirals, flying buttresses, and an impressive rose window. Late afternoon, we arrive at our Paris hotel for a restful night at leisure.
Day 7 : Paris
After a full breakfast buffet, the day is yours to explore this beautiful city. Our French guide will offer a city tour or you may explore on your own. Your Tour Director is available to assist in planning your day for making it truly memorable. This evening, we enjoy a beautiful dinner cruise on the Seine River and take in the “City of Lights” ablaze in all her glory!
Day 8 : Fly Home
We fly home with memories to cherish from our time in Chateau Country.
October 8th, 2022 - October 15th, 2022
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 07/05/2022
TPT (Twin Cities PBS) Pickup Locations:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - MSP Airport
Sylvia joined Twin Cities PBS as its 6th President & CEO in February of 2020. As the CEO of one of our nation’s foremost PBS stations, she is leading an incredible team responsible for outstanding programs like SciGirls, Hero Elementary, Almanac and Minnesota Experience.
Before joining TPT, Sylvia worked for more than 25 years in the public media industry as an executive and attorney, with positions at ideastream (Cleveland), Minnesota Public Radio, Pennsylvania Public Television Network and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Sylvia currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Humanities Commission and Latino Public Broadcasting. Sylvia received her undergraduate degree in biology from St. Olaf College, a juris doctor from Mitchell Hamline College of Law and a master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.
Join Sylvia and TPT viewers on this wonderful vacation.
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