French Gardens Insider Journey Hero

Parisian Gardens and Palaces

In a grand return to one of our most beloved destinations, this exclusive Insider Journey will celebrate exquisitely designed gardens in and around Paris—as well as the ornate châteaux and palaces that surround them. Led by Indagare Club host and horticulture expert Amy Kupec Larue, travelers can enjoy unique context and access to the City of Light’s green spaces— places that have bloomed in beauty (and historical intrigue) for centuries. As you walk in the footsteps of Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte, you will be able to appreciate the timeless haunts of a city that is ever-changing—and in the evenings, dive into the latest and greatest that Paris has to offer, with special reservations at top tables and visits to the hot new addresses that have been unveiled in our absence (including an Alain Ducasse restaurant in the spectacular new hotel Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, located on the very grounds of Louis XIV’s iconic estate).

The health and safety of our travelers is our number-one priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. We are in close contact with all of our partners to ensure that they are committed to the health and comfort of our travelers by practicing enhanced disinfecting procedures, respecting social distancing and testing guidelines, and remaining as low-contact as possible. For more information and questions about specific protocols that have been put into place to make your trip as safe as possible, as well as entry/exit requirements for France, please reach out to our team at insiderjourneys@indagare.com.

What to Expect

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Join horticultural expert Amy Kupec Larue for exclusive, private tours of historic gardens and estates in Paris and Versailles, including: Château de Bagatelle, Marie Antoinette’s Queen’s Hamlet, Château Malmaison, Château du Chaumont, the Albert Kahn Museum and Garden, the Jardin des Plantes, the Parc Bois de Boulogne and more.
  • Be one of the first foreign travelers to visit Paris post-pandemic and dive into the many new openings that have blossomed in the city in our absence, including exciting restaurants, shops and galleries.
  • Experience special visits to top culture centers like the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Opéra Garnier and the Musée Histoire de Paris Carnavalet.
  • Soak in the beauty, elegance and joie de vivre of French culture while staying at two gorgeous luxury hotels: the Hôtel de Crillon (an Indagare Index property) and the Waldorf Astoria Versailles, Trianon Palace.
  • Connect with fellow travelers who share your interests and passions over fantastic French meals.
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions within Paris, Bordeaux, Provence, the Loire Valley or beyond. Plus: you’ll be guided through the new travel landscape by one of our senior team members and our most trusted local partners, and you’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue, while on the ground.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

Past
  • When
    September 22 - 27, 2021
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Romantics , Style Mavens , Intellectuals

This Journey's Host

AMY KUPEC LARUE, HORTICULTURAL EXPERT AND AUTHOR

Horticultural expert, guide and author Amy Kupec Larue has been living, working and traveling in Europe for 30 years, in pursuit of her passion for flowers, plants and the French art de vivre. Since 2005, she has been guiding garden aficionados and groups— including the Pacific Horticulture Society, the New York Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of America—on tours through public and private gardens in Paris, Normandy, the Loire Valley, the South of France and Tuscany. An ardent rose lover, she has been a jury member of the Bagatelle Rose Commission since 2009.

On this journey, you will also be joined by one of Indagare’s senior team members.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    September 22 - 27, 2021
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 20 travelers
  • Host
    Amy Kupec Larue

Includes

  • Accommodations at Hôtel de Crillon (Premier Room; 4 nights) and the Waldorf Astoria Versailles Trianon Palace (Deluxe Room; 1 night)
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Scheduled group transfers throughout the itinerary to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • Expert guides and drivers, including your hosts and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details, international flights and trip extensions (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip

Excludes

  • Transportation to/from France
  • Meals not specified and premium or alcoholic beverages; optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Covid testing fees and trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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