Curated and co-hosted by acclaimed designer Charlotte Moss, this exclusive trip to France will celebrate the history, design and beauty of some of the most exquisite gardens and estates in the Loire Valley, Versailles, Normandy and Chantilly. Accompanied by Indagare-adored art historian and horticultural expert Amy Kupec Larue, guests will explore storied grounds and châteaux, admire spectacular works of art and architecture, dine at top restaurants and local bistrots and relax at pampering hotels—all while soaking in the splendor of the French countryside.

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What to Expect

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Join designer Charlotte Moss and horticultural expert Amy Kupec Larue for exclusive, private tours of historic gardens and estates in the Loire Valley, Versailles, Normandy and Chantilly regions, including: Marie Antoinette’s Queen’s Hamlet, the gardens of Château de Chenonceau and Château du Champ de Bataille, Château de Malmaison (including Bois-Préau) and more.

  • Discover the Château de Chambord—the most monumental of the Loire Valley castles and a testament to architectural ingenuity—on a special-access visit after it has closed to the public.

  • Experience special visits to the annual exhibitions of the Chantilly Flower Show and the Château de Chaumont International Garden Festival, where you will see one-of-a-kind blooms and up-and-coming design trends.

  • Meet with horticulturalists and design insiders who are the best in their fields in France and connect with fellow garden lovers over cocktails and group meals at some of France’s best restaurants.

  • Soak in the beauty, elegance and joie de vivre of the French countryside while staying at luxurious hotels: Les Sources de Cheverny, Domaine de Primard and L’Auberge du Jeu de Paume.

  • Add on a pre-trip extension designed by Indagare’s expert team. You will arrive in Paris one day early to settle in and relax at the Saint James Paris hotel and explore Milly-la-Forêt, a charming village in the Île-de-France region, on your way to Loire Valley.

  • 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. Plus: 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.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For any questions, please reach out to our team at

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  • When
    May 4 or 5 – 11, 2024
  • Length
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Romantics , Art Lovers , Intellectuals

This Journey's Host


During her esteemed career as one of America’s leading designers, Charlotte Moss has received numerous honors, designed licensed product and authored eleven books. Charlotte lectures widely on the arts of living, and she has received honorary doctorates from The New York School of Interior Design and Virginia Commonwealth University, her alma mater. Of all her work, philanthropy and community service play a vital role. Charlotte is Emerita Trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and on the Board of The Bone Marrow Foundation, amongst others.


Horticultural expert, botanist and art historian Amy Kupec Larue has been living, working and traveling in Europe for 30 years, in pursuit of her passion for flowers, plants and French culture. 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. Amy has guided travelers on Insider Journeys to the Loire Valley, Bordeaux and Napa Valley, and is one of Indagare’s most beloved club hosts.

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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
    May 4 or 5 – 11, 2024
  • Length
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 18 travelers
  • Host
    Charlotte Moss & Amy Kupec Larue
  • From


  • All luxury accommodations as detailed in the itinerary. Indagare can arrange higher category accommodation upgrades, subject to availability.
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Expert guides and drivers as indicated in the itinerary, including your hosts, Charlotte Moss and Amy Kupec Larue, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • All gratuities
  • Group transfers throughout France and to all included activities, in luxury vehicles
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical services for the duration of the trip


  • Air transportation to/from France and airport transfers to/from the hotels
  • Meals not specified and beverages other than those included in the itinerary
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (such as flights, cancellations, natural phenomena)
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