Private tour DaVinci Code Paris and London
DA VINCI CODE PARIS AND LONDON PRIVATE TOUR
This private tour is customized for the lovers of the Da Vinci code, based on the Dan Brown’s novel, travel in Paris and London for one week :
Day 1 : Paris arrival /city tour
Morning arrival in Paris, meet your private English speaking driver guide right after the customs in Paris airport & help with your luggage. Depending on arrival, transfer to Paris for a city tour of all major monuments ( you will not be able to check into your hotel before noon ) Check into your hotel , and afternoon on your own in Paris.
Day 2 : Louvre Da Vinci code + st. Germain Des Pres
Meet your private driver guide for a full day Da Vinci code tour with private driver and guide.
Paris Da Vinci Code Tour (8 hours)
With your private "symbologist", revisit Robert Langdon's Parisian adventures, search for the clues hidden in Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces such as the "Mona Lisa" and the "Virgin of the Rocks". They will tackle many of the questions provocatively asked in the book: the true nature of Mary Magdalene's relationship with Christ, the real story of Constantin the Great, Christianity in Rome, the donation of Constantine, St. Paul and the New Testament, the Golden Ratio, the Merovingian Bloodline, the hidden symbolism in Leonardo's paintings…
From the Grande Galerie du Louvre where you will search for the Holy Graal in I.M. Pei's inverted pyramid, the Arc du Carrousel, the frescoes and astronomical gnomon in St. Sulpice Church, the Arago Plaques that mark the Paris "Rose line", your expert will point out every clue, significant stone, inscription, painting in a way which will make your book come alive in front of your eyes.
Entrance tickets to the Louvre included
Stop at the Ritz hotel for tea included.
Transfer hotel around 6PM
Day 3 : Versailles tour / Chateau de Villette
Take a full day excursion into the countryside outside of Paris today! Your first stop is at Château Villette, the fictional home of Sir Leigh Teabing, a British art historian. Neveu and Langdon flee here after their escape from the Louvre and subsequent visit to the Depository Bank of Zurich where they obtain Saunière's cryptex, the device whose code they must break to help in their quest for the Grail. When they are unable to break the code, they turn to Teabing for help. Holed up in his splendid 17th-century château, Teabing is more than willing to shelter them. While they are hiding out at the château, Langdon and Neveu make the surprise discovery in the hayloft of the chateau's barn, and escape through its vast grounds. A historically significant chateau in France, the 185-acre estate dates from 1696 and captures the magnificence and elegance of that time period.
Afterwards continue to the magnificent Palace of Versailles, Louis XIV's greatest example of regal indulgence and the seat of French Royal Court for 100 years. A guided tour takes you through the Sun King's royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors (where the treaty of Versailles was signed to end World War I) and into the overwhelmingly opulent park and gardens. Lunch will be reserved in the park of the castle of Versailles .
Evening dinner cruise on the Seine river, romantic candlelight dinner while cruising Paris !
Note: Chateaux Vilette is private property and subject to owners confirmation.
Day 4 : London Da vinci code tour ( overnight London)
Private chauffeured transfer to a train departure Eurostar to London
Arrival by 10am and meet your private driver guide with private transport directly at the Eurostar arrival.
The Da Vinci code UK film locations...
Visit The Temple Church, London: The Church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century. It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders' world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In the Church you will find the life-size stone effigies of nine knights. Most famous of these knights was William the Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, the most important mediator between King John and the Barons in 1215. Surrounding the Temple church are the Inns of Court, a series of elegant court yards, town houses and chapels. In the past used as hostels for barristers and students, also the study of English common law took place within these buildings. This is the heart of legal profession, and your guide enlighten you on your London tour.
Visit Lincoln Cathedral: The Cathedral doubled as Westminster Abbey in the movie. Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest and most imposing medieval buildings in Europe, which towers above Lincoln, a prominent landmark for miles around. The Norman Cathedral built in the 11th century was impressive and fortress-like. A fire severely damaged the roof of the building in 1141 and the great church was destroyed by earthquake in April 1185. The church was rebuilt in the gothic style, with interior length of 482 feet or 147 metres, quite incredible. The church also contains 13th century stained glass, 12th century tombs and some of the most exquisite stone carving in Europe. Visit Lincoln Castle: William the Conqueror built Lincoln Castle, in 1068, on a strategic site that had once been used by the Romans. 166 families who were living on the site had their houses demolished and were forced to provide labour for the construction of the castle. The castle unusually has two mottes, one is topped by a 12th century shell keep called the Lucy Tower, and the other is topped by a 19th century tower that was used as an observatory. A full circuit of curtain walls remain, most of which can be walked on.
Visit Rosslyn Chapel: The Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew as it was to have been, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, third and last St Clair Prince of Orkney. Rosslyn’s famous 'Apprentice Pillar' was apparently the result of a bizarre series of events: the master mason who commenced carving the Apprentice Pillar was unable to complete the work. He went to Rome to receive guidance on finishing it. On returning to Rosslyn the mason discovered the pillar had been completed by his apprentice. The master mason subsequently killed his young apprentice in anger. This is one of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in Scotland.
Transfer after the private tour to your hotel in LONDON
Day 5 : morning on your own, shopping in London , return to Paris
Day on your own in London. Check out your hotel by noon, and private transfer to the Eurostar early afternoon for a departure to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, transfer to your hotel in Paris ( same as before). Overnight Paris
Day 6 : Loire valley ( Da vinci house)
Breakfast and meet driver , English speaking for a train transfer with assistance. TGV or private driver to the LOIRE.
Full day private tour in the LOIRE, with the Clos LUCE ( the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci, ) in Amboise .
Le Clos Lucé is one of the jewels of the Renaissance. With the exception of Le Plessis-les-Tours, it is the only chateau to have been built of both brick and tufa stone, extracted from the region's quarries. It is also one of the most furnished residences in the Val de Loire. Apart from the hovel where he was born in Vinci, Le Clos Lucé was the only home of Leonardo da Vinci. He lived there for 3 years, from 1516 to 1519 and ended his days there.
This is what gives the castle its outstanding character. In fact, Leonardo da Vinci spent his life between Florence, Milan, and Rome, offering his services as engineer, architect and artist to the rulers of the day, who acted as his protectors.
It was Francis I who brought Leonardo da Vinci to the Château de Cloux in 1516 and helped to settle him there, on the advice of his sister, Marguerite de Navarre. Leonardo da Vinci travelled across the Alps, carrying with him on muleback three of his most remarkable paintings, the Mona Lisa, St. Anne, and St. John the Baptist, which he completed at Le Clos Lucé. The king granted him a pension of 700 golden Ecus a year, and Leonardo was "free to think, dream, and work". Leonardo da Vinci was treated with real affection by Francis I, who called him "my father", his sister Marguerite, and the whole Court. Leonardo Da Vinci died in this chateau .
YOU WILL SEE 40 OF LEONARDO'S FABULOUS MACHINES.
Leonardo da Vinci was not only a painter but also a visionary engineer (civil and military machines), and architect, a city planner, a scultor, a researcher in every field ogf knowledge (astronomy, anatomy, optics....).
Discover the amazing collection of 40 inventions, drawn by Leonardo himself and constructed by IBM : the first automobile, the tank, the parachute, the helicopter, the swing bridge, etc. A thrilling meeting with Léonardo the engineer, 4 centuries ahead of his time.
The intimacy of renaissance mansion.
Leonardo spent the last time three years of his life at Clos Lucé (until his death in 1519).
Catch a glimpse of the life he used to lead, in his bedchamber, the kitchens, his workshops. Admire the frescoes painted by his disciple in the Anne of Brittany chapel. Discover the entrance to the secret passage that once liked Clos Lucé to the château d'Amboise.
Have a walk in the 6 ha landscaped garden and the Italian Renaissance rose garden.
City tour of the medieval town, visit of the castle of Amboise, lunch break. Visit of the chateau of Chenonceau.
Wine tasting of the Loire wines. Back to Paris by TGV around 7PM or with private driver. Arrival Paris, evening on your own.
Day 7 : day on your own in Paris / evening Moulin rouge or Lido
Day on your own. Evening choice of a dinner show at Lido or Moulin rouge or Eiffel tower dinner + moulin rouge show with transfers included R/T.
Day 8 : Paris departure
Private airport transfer for flight departure.
Your private package tour includes :
- 6 nights Paris hotel, with breakfasts , hotel taxes included.
- 1 night in LONDON , with breakfasts and taxes.
- private airport transfers in Paris R/T (English speaking driver).
- City tour of Paris on arrival , transport and driver guide, English speaking.
- Full day private tour “Da vinci code” 8H in Paris, tickets entrance Louvre, tea at the Ritz hotel.
- Full day private tour Chateau de Villette + the castle of Versailles , tickets entrance included.
- Gastronomic dinner cruise with wine, and R/T transfers.
- Evening Moulin rouge, or Lido dinner & show with Champagne or Eiffel tower dinner + Moulin rouge show.
- One day in London, private tour “ Da Vinci Code” , driver guide and transport , Eurostar tickets R/T included.
- transfer hotel to train station in London.
- all transfers train station to hotel in Paris to train stations.
- TGV R/T to the Loire valley or private driver
- Full day private tour in the Loire, driver guide, transport, tickets entrance , wine tasting.
Not included :
lunches and dinners unless it it listed ( 2 dinners are included)
This is suggested itinerary and customized for each client.