Michelle Bemis/ McCabe World / Virtuoso / May 2018

Hello. Please find the feedback from this trip which is great and I hope useful. Happy clients which are the best so thank you!

Yes, it was fantastic!  We got really lucky with the weather, which was perfect.

All of our guides were very good.  We had Rebecca in Paris and Marine in the Loire.  Both were well organized but flexible and made suggestions to modify our tours in very positive ways.  This quality if one of the things we love about the arrangements you make for us.  Everything went off without a hitch except for the very final check-out from the hotel at the airport...they did not have the prepayment record.  Turns out it was the fault of the hotel; they had received the information from the agency but had failed to post it.  Our contact was extremely helpful and worked out the problem quickly.  By the way, we had not been sure we would like staying at the airport the last night, but it turned out to be a great idea.  The hotel is new and quite sleek; very comfortable.  The food and service were outstanding.

We would highly recommend our little hotel by the Luxembourg Park.  Great location and beautiful little place.  We would also recommend the boat dinner cruise.  We met some Parisians celebrating a birthday who was very friendly and made some great restaurant suggestions in addition to wanting to discuss politics :)

The Loire valley was lovely.  I loved the hotel in Chenencoux (Jeff thought it was ok but I think he would have preferred something in a larger town like Amboise).  Luckily for me, our guide Marine shares my love for gardens which came in handy at the chateaux.  I am sure Jeff would have preferred sitting on a bench with a book, but he gamely toured every nook of the gardens with us. We hit the jackpot with our wine tour.  It was the very opposite of what we expected.  Down a quiet lane to an old farmstead built into the cliffs (a troglodyte). The winemaker is now retired and came out to the yard with his wife and two cats to meet us.  They didn't speak English, but Marine translated.  We went into his caves which extended several hundred feet into the cliff.  We sat for about an hour tasting his wines, some aged 20 years.  They had made several trips to the states and brought out maps to show us where they had been and to talk about Las Vegas!  I think they enjoyed it as much as we did.

Anyway, great trip.  We are already talking about going back to Normandy.