Exceptional Family Vacations in France:
Scavenger hunts in the Louvre, «pétanque» games in amazing locations, cycling, snorkeling, cooking croissants… As parents ourselves and used to travel with our kids, I have listed below select itineraries, tours and experiences for the whole family to discover, learn, and have fun alike.
Whether in Paris, the South of France, Corsica, the South West, Brittany or Normandy, look at below fabulous programmes and activities : you will love the well balanced time and trip experiences both for adults and kids, the fun moments that will become life memories, and the learning that the kids will absorb naturally.
Family French Riviera – a 10-day itinerary
From Grace Kelly to Scott Fitzgerald, from Cezanne to Monet, the French Riviera has always symbolised glamour, inspiration and pleasure. It is also a perfect destination as a family with plenty of fun activities and discoveries, both inland and on the coast. Canyoning, snorkeling, cycling, boating, water-skiing: This itinerary offers an active trip all-along the Riviera for the whole family to discover the magnificent coast in a fun and educative way.
- Day 1 : Your arrival in Southern France. Stay at Le Hameau des Baux 5*
- Day 2 : Cycling through Les Alpilles, a stunning natural park. Stay at Le Hameau des Baux 5*
- Day 3 : Anciant Rome and a stunning natural reserve. Stay at Le Hameau des Baux 5*
- Day 4 : From Cezanne to adventures in the trees. Stay at Les Roches Blanches 5*
- Day 5 : Incredible Calanques. Stay at Les Roches Blanches 5*
- Day 6 : Marseille and a champion swim. Stay at Les Roches Blanches 5*
- Day 7 : A perfume experience and Antibes. Stay at Belles Rives 5*
- Day 8 : Canyoning in Italy and discovering Monaco – the glittering Riviera. Stay at Belles Rives 5*
- Day 9 : On the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Stay at Belles Rives 5*
- Day 10 : Antibes and Juan Les Pins – beach and relax
Hotels used in this Itinerary:
Hotel Le Hameau des Baux 5*
Hidden in the Provence contryside, just a few minutes drive from the famous village “Les Baux de Provence”, Le Hameaux des Baux is a group of typical houses with a very elegant interior design. Just 21 rooms and Suites, three restaurants from 1 Michelin star to a food truck for relaxed food-breaks, pure nature, it is a fantastic place to relax and discover.
Hotel Les Roches Blanches 5*
The location of Les Roches Blanches hotel is amazing: the 1887 Villa is nestled on the stunning Cape Canaille, right between the village of Cassis and the natural reserve of The Calanques. There is a direct access to the sea, a swimming pool, and three restaurants ranging from gastronomy to a bar menu. The Spa uses the Sisley products and beauty protocols for a perfect relaxation.
Hotel Belles Rives 5*
On the waterfront in the French Riviera town of Cap d’Antibe.
Graciously poised above the sparkling shores of the Mediterranean, Belles Rives is a legendary Art Deco mansion with sweeping sea views from it’s rooms with impressive balconies. Expect a unique experience where the mantra is ‘subtle extravagance’ with culture, sports, relaxation and great food all part of the daily mix.
The former home of Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, the Belles Rives’ bold Art Deco styling and blue striped awnings has a nostalgic ring reflecting the riotous glamour of that heady era.
Head to the Hotel Belles Rives’ private beach and pier for some sun bathing and a swim or try one of the many water sports available. Relax into your luxury break with an indulgent massage in one of the private Cabanas on the beach or take a Valmont beauty treatment at the Belles Rives Beauty. Then, dine at La Passagere, 1 Michelin Star on the waterfront terrace with its unsurpassed sea views – the epitome of Mediterranean chic.
Scavenger hunt in Aigues-Mortes
Dive into the hectic hours of the Middle Ages in an exceptional city. Amid the 13th century walls and towers, discover the city from which the crusaders set out, through enigmas to solve.
Slip through the charming decor
Your bikes and picnics are ready for you when you arrive in St Remy in the morning. You have a roadbook and an app to follow the most scenic paths. With a classic or an e-bike, you go at your pace and explore the canyons and paths of the Alpilles National park. There are spots indicated for a greedy lunch stop in the shade of olive trees.
Les Carrières de Lumières: dive into the heart of the painting
You have your slot booked for the impressive Carrières de Lumières. An immersion in painting masterpieces showcased in a former limestone quarry. The show is an amazing and fun plunge into fine art and painting for all generations.
Horseback-riding or boat: an outstanding safari
Explore the wild Camargues Natural Park, the fabulous delta of the Rhône river. You discover it like the locals, on a horse, or navigating in a zodiac. In both cases you discover the most beautiful spots, a fabulous nature with wild bulls, flamingos and amazing birds.
Adventure in the treetops
You are starting your tree-to-tree swinging itinerary: everyone has a course that corresponds to his or her age and search for adrenaline! A fun and sporty way to enjoy the Provence landscape … from above.
Kayaking on crystal clear waters
You take kayaks and go explore the fabulous coves along the cliffs. There are plenty of amazing spots to stop swimming along the way. You can wait till sunset to come back to the hotel through a beautiful light.
You will have tickets pre-arranged for this unique experience: a swim at the famous and exclusive 1920’s Cercle des Nageurs where many champions train like the Olympic Gold medalist Florent Manaudou.
Creating your own fragrance
In Grasse, you visit a famous perfume maker for a unique experience: making your own perfume. Your expert “nose” shows you how they mix the scents to come up with the fragrances that are then worn by millions. He is helping you in putting up a unique perfume that corresponds to what you like.
Jumping into mountain waters
You will meet your instructor for a spectacular session of canyoning – the place is ranked among the best in Europe. Your instructor will help you choose the itinerary according to your age, level, and feels. Off you jump, slide, and run in crystal clear waters.
Your private boat picks you up at the hotel and takes you to a fun discovery of the Riviera, off the crowded beaches and roads. You stop at the Lerins islands, and at lovely little ports along the coast. You have time to swim and snorkle in beautiful places.
Take advantage of the wrinkle-free late afternoon sea to enjoy the private jetty of the hotel: this is where the first water-skier tried his new invention in the 1920s: a historic and perfect spot for a late afternoon exercise.
Family Paris – An exclusive 4-day tour in Paris
A scavenger hunt in the Louvre, playing “pétanque” in the former Roman arenas, drawing in Montmartre, cycling and rowing in Versailles, it is discovery as much as fun. Below program is designed with full of different activities, with easy logistics, mixing discoveries and fun moments. Meeting the expectations of all, parents and children alike, so that the family trip to the city of lights remains a memory of a lifetime.
Day 1 : Into the heart of Paris
Your guide is an expert but also a story-teller. He takes you to Notre Dame from Notre Dame to historic Le Marais district, telling the most incredible moments of the history of Paris. In the Roman arenas, you learn how to play « pétanque », a game widely played throughout Provence. Then you go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The afternoon is dedicated to a cooking class in a Parisian home : you learn how to cook french pastries and savour them in a deilcious tea time.
Day 2 : From Louvre to the weird catacombes…
You explore the Louvre through a scavenger hunt. And then embark on a river yacht to discover some of the most stunning views of Paris. On board you have drinks and canapés. You finally go down 20 meters below the city, through the strangest ossuary in the world.
Day 3 : Versailles, discovering and cycling
Versailles is the biggest palace in the world. It is also a huge estate and it is fabulous to explore it with the family. Your driver drops you at the palace with your guide. You discover the palace of Louis XIV and then cycle in the park. You have a delicious picnic waiting for you : the chateau is the background of your lunch. In the afternoon, you visit Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet. And if you feel like rowing, embark on the grand canal.
Day 4 : Montmartre with the artists and museum of chocolate
This morning your guide takes you to Montmartre. He takes you through the tiny streets, and introduces you to the artists on Place du Tertre. As you walk down to the city center, you shop specialties in an adorable street. Your day finishes at the museum of chocolate.
Hotel used in this itinerary:
Hotel Lutetia, Paris
Opened in the 19th century for the wealthy clients of Bon Marché, Hotel Lutetia has be completely refurbished and is today a modern palace with wide spaces. With interconnecting rooms, activities for kids, a swimming pool, Hotel Lutetia is a wonderful home for families. Parents will like the splendid bar « Josephine » and the whole family will enjoy the different atmospheres of the restaurants and bistro.
Hotel Lutetia is an iconic landmark situated in the vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris and the only luxury Palace hotel on the city’s Left Bank. Originally opened in 1910, the building’s design was a daring move from Art Nouveau to the emerging style of Art Deco. The Lutetia delivers an authentic Parisian experience and has been at the heart of the local community for more than 100 years. The hotel now features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and lounges throughout the historical ground floor including the return of the iconic Brasserie Lutetia and the Saint-Germain refined restaurant that delights the senses from breakfast oeufs fermiers to after-dinner gourmandises orchestrated by executive Chef Benjamin Brial. Unique to the area, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is Lutetia’s 700 sqm/7,500 sqft spa dedicated to wellbeing and fitness and featuring a 17m swimming pool bathed in natural daylight.
Montmartre with the artists
Follow your guide in the tiny streets of Montmartre. He will show you where Picasso painted the famous « Demoiselles d’Avignon » and have you plunge in the Montmartre of Manet, Renoir… You stop to see the artists who paint and draw on Place du Tertre, and go watch the stunning view from the basilica.
Discovering the French specialties
Your guide takes you to a street with plenty of different food shops: bread, cheese, patisseries, foie gras… Discover, taste, choose the products you prefer. You stop in a nice bistro to enjoy this nice lunch.
The museum of chocolate
You continue to the museum of chocolate. Learn in a fun way the history and how it was savored by food lovers across the centuries. You make your own chocolates and do several tastings.
Cooking Patisseries with Stéphanie
Stéphanie is an elegant Parisian, but also a lively mother of 2 and a great cook. She teaches you some of the most popular recipes of French patisseries that you’ll be happy to be cooking again back home. You end the class with a fabulous tea-time.
A scavenger hunt in the Louvre
Your guide takes you to the Louvre. After presenting the huge royal residence that it has been for centuries, he gives you the enigmas that lead you to the main sections of the museum. A beautiful way to know the most iconic works in the museum, and their significance in the history of art.
Apartment of the Kings and Hall of Mirror
Your guide takes you for an exclusive visit inside the private apartments of the kings. This private area was dedicated to the royal family. Then he takes you through the state apartments which include the world famous hall of mirrors. You discover life at the French court and incredible anecdotes.
Country picnic in the gardens
You will find large picnic baskets that have been specially prepared and displayed for you. They are composed of French specialties. Discover the taste of the picnic « à la française ».
Magical Honeymoons In France:
A glass of champagne on a Riva boat in Paris, a Suite with a view of Champs Elysées and Tour Eiffel, a ride in a classic car on the Riviera, a romantic dinner with a view to Monaco harbor…
Below is a selection of unique places and experiences, and curated journeys to make honeymoons a real once in a lifetime moment.
Glamour escape in a classic car – A Romantic 3-day itinerary
For three days, drive through the most beautiful roads of Ile de France at the wheel of a sublime classic car. Giverny and the gardens of Claude Monet, the sumptuous château of Chantilly and the private apartments of the Duke of Aumale, these are prestigious stops organised for you during this road journey. On the way back you can even drive through Paris if you feel like: along the Seine the views are magical … just like your car.
Day 1 : The scenary roads of the Chevreuse Valley
From Versailles, you will drive Marilyn Monroe’s Ford Thunderbird or James Dean’s Porsche 356, Brigitte Bardot’s Austin-Healey or Ralph Lauren’s Morgan.
You will be guided on the most beautiful roads of the Vallée de Chevreuse thanks to your travel diary, presented to you by the local tour organiser along with your tourist GPS embedded in the vehicle.
You will travel to the village of Giverny for lunch in the impressionist painters’ lair and will have an afternoon spent discovering the village and its museums.
Day 2 : The splendor of Chantilly in a VIP mode
You drive through the villages of the Vexin Natural Park: La Roche Guyon, Chérence, Wy-dit-Joli-Village; … Your hair blowing in the wind in an MGA or your Jaguar MK2, you drive under the canopies of hundred-year-old trees.
You have a private visit of the Château de Chantilly and the private apartment of the last French crown prince.
Day 3 : Towards Paris or Versailles
Your drive route takes you through the forest of Chantilly and Auvers sur Oise where Van Gogh worked the last months of his life. Other beautiful stops on your route include the abbey of Royaumont or Saint Germain en Laye.
Hotels used in this Itinerary:
Hotel La Dîme de Giverny
A guest house as charming as it is elegant, La Dîme is a natural stopover for a classic car tour. A beautiful traditional Normand house in the heart of Giverny, protected from the crowds by a large 1 hectare plot of land planted with fruit trees. A chic and modern interior design at the doorstep of Claude Monet’s house.
Tiara Château Hôtel Mont Royal
The five-star hotel, Tiara Château Hôtel Mont Royal, welcomes you into a princely atmosphere, in the beautiful natural décor of the Chantilly forest, about thirty kilometers from Paris.
Between natural and historical heritage, you will discover a chic and sophisticated dwelling, with spacious and carefully decorated rooms in an elegant and classical French style.
Subtle French gastronomy
You discover the gastronomy of the Normandy region with a starred Chef who takes pleasure in sublimating the products of his region, in reinventing them by mixing flavors as subtle as surprising….
Strolling throughout Giverny
You walk through the streets of the charming village of Giverny and discover the beautiful collection in the Museum of Impressionism.
You visit Claude Monet’s house and the stunning garden with a thousand flowers that he conceived as a real work of art. An ode to color, the passion of the painter.
In the intimacy of the Duke of Aumale
The son of King Louis-Philippe gave the castle to France, promising not to touch anything of his personal museum.
We take you on a private tour of the castle, to the private apartments of the Duke and Duchess: a plunge into one of the most refined lives of 19th century France.
In the footsteps of Van Gogh at Auvers sur Oise
It was in this small town that Van Gogh lived his last months and realized some of his masterpieces.
You stroll through the streets of Auvers sur Oise and can choose to visit the House od Van Gogh, the Daubigny Museum, the Château d’Auvers sur Oise or the Absinthe Museum.
This is also where Vincent Van Gogh and his dear brother Theo are buried.
Paris and Champagne : Lights and Bubbles- A romantic 4-day itinerary
Below is a glamourous programme in Paris and a relaxing plunge into Champagne and its famous wineries. From the Champs-Elysees to the charming Montmartre, a local guide will give you all the little secrets of Parisian life. Then, you will discover the Champagne region with its most prestigious and beautiful cellars. Four days of romance and … bubbles.
- Day 1 : Arriving in Paris. Stay at Hôtel du Louvre 5*
- Day 2 : Strolling through Paris. Stay at Hôtel du Louvre 5*
- Day 3 : Champagne ! Stay at Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
- Day 4 : Making your own champagne. Stay at Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
- Day 5 : Departure
Hotels used in the Itinerary:
Hôtel du Louvre 5*, Paris
An iconic building of Napoleon III’s Paris, with the Opera House at the end of the avenue, the Hôtel du Louvre enjoys a unique, not seen from above location between the Louvre and the Palais Royal, in the heart of Paris. Completely renovated in 2019, the hotel features a wonderful bar under a 19th century glass roof and a bistro overlooking the Place du Louvre with the cuisine of the famous Lyon Chef Paul Bocuse.
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
Overlooking the vineyards that line the hills of the French Champagne region, the recently renovated Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa reinvents the vineyard retreat with a Spa that is conducive to well-being.
This ancient 19th century post house is now fitted with a contemporary wing, at the heart of an exceptional UNESCO World Heritage site. From the gourmet restaurant to the sophisticated rooms, an enchanting world of golden bubbles welcomes you in.
Your local guide will meet you to show you the heart of Paris: Notre Dame and the Ile de la Cité where the government was based in the Middle Ages.
The Marais district, today very trendy, with its flamboyant 17th and 18th century houses built by the high aristocracy.
Your driver picks you up at your hotel in a vintage 2CV. He drives along the Seine up to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées, and up to Montmartre.
You have time to take the pictures you want, and to stroll around Montmartre where your driver-guide will drop you off at the end of the morning.
Prestigious and family estates
Your private visit to Moet et Chandon, Dom Perignon or Veuve Cliquot will take you through the cellars and a tasting of 3 different vintages.
You will experience the prestige of these vineyards whose products illuminate the greatest celebrations in the world. You will also visit a family vineyard whose owners’ passion has enabled them to achieve exceptional quality. They share with you the secrets of a good champagne.
You explore the village famous for its abbey and its two star Benedictine monks : Dom Perignon and Dom Ruinard.
In this village, the two monks in the 18th century helped to considerably improve the quality of champagne and its conservation in bottles, which keeps all the sparkle of the bubbles…
Being a cellar master in Champagne
Become a Cellar Master for a couple of hours and make your own cuvée with the help of a professional.
In the cellars, learn about the steps of blending in order to prepare the champagne that meets all your preferences. Proceed to the blending of clear wines, compare, and finally… taste.
After you leave the property, professionals will ensure the proper aging of your champagne, the bottling and the storage in the cellars. A few months later, receive your 12 bottles at home: the exclusivity of having your own personal cuvée !
Reims is a historic city that was severely damaged during World War I, but it has incredible treasures : the cathedral where all the kings of France were crowned, the moving Saint-Rémi basilica where King Clovis became the first king to be Christianized in Europe, the Carnegie Art Deco library.
There are also excellent restaurants for your to indulge.
Dreams of Wine & Gastronomy in France:
Whatever anyone might say, France really is the kingdom of gastronomy! No other country has such an abundance of dishes and wines in the “culinary arts’ Hall of Fame”.
Below ideas showcase the best locations in each region and will be happy to open up its address book for an unforgettable “foodtrip” for the enthusiasts.
The Michelin Star Route – 4 Days itinerary exploring Lyon – Annecy – The Alps
A heavenly journey to three Michelin starred restaurants in three different regions of France. Each has its own terroir and gastronomic traditions brought to great heights by these chefs. Located in the countryside, they are rooted in tradition with a healthy dose of creativity. Lovers of French gastronomy and locavore cuisine will discover the richness of regional products and be delighted by the cozy addresses on offer.
- Day 1 : The start of your journey Lyon – Ouches. Stay at Trois Gros
- Day 2 : Towards Annecy and its lake. Stay at Clos des Sens
- Day 3 : Last step in the heart of the Alps. Stay at La Bouitte 3* Relais & Châteaux
- Day 4 : The end of your gastronomic tour. Stay at
Hotels used in this Itinerary:
Hotel Trois Gros – Relais & Châteaux
In Ouches, a few kilometers from the historic stronghold, the Troisgros Relais & Châteaux opens its doors for an exceptional gastronomic and sensory experience. Enter the natural world, design and contemporary rooms of the Grande Maison and House of Kakis, perfectly suited to families with three linked bedrooms.
The rooms are spacious and light with cozy, chic and sober interiors looking over the garden. Immerse yourself in the translucent swimming pool, laze on the terrace overlooking the meadow, enjoy your breakfast in the morning room, stroll in the library or the green living room… everything here lends itself to relaxation in total harmony with nature.
Hotel Clos des Sens – Relais & Châteaux
As part of the Relais & Châteaux brand, the Clos des Sens offers 11 unique and spacious rooms, to enhance the luxurious experience and an exceptional dinner experience.
In the winter the spa bath invites you to relax alongside a crackling fire. During the best time of year there is a swimming lane and a garden of aromatic plants which are great for refreshing the soul and finding inner peace. You are never too far from nature!
Hotel La Bouitte – Relais & Châteaux
Welcome to La Bouitte ! “Little Savoie house” in the local language, this property could not have carried a better name. A welcoming and very intimate atmosphere is definitely what you find in this beautiful gourmet stopover, 3 stars cuisine, 5 stars House, offering the absolute best.
You have choice of 6 rooms and suites, arranged like a traditional Savoie house with all the comforts of a 5 star hotel. Enjoy the pure mountain air, luxurious spa facilities and massages in a unique setting and beautiful scenery.
Your dinner at TroisGros
The kitchen blends into the surrounding nature. For instance, the dining room is designed around a hundred-year-old oak tree and located between fields of grass and undergrowth. During the day, the rural landscapes come to your table and in the evening, the lights seem to offer even more space with soberly decorated tables announcing an authentic cuisine that is without frills.
From generation to generation, TroisGros dishes have always kept the same consistency, simplicity and flavors while not being averse to reinvention. César and his brother Leo are the fourth generation and they are looking at new sources for inspiration.
To the acidity is added spice : the Hispanic world and Italian influences lead to amazing fusion dishes. And to end your dinner in style, do not hesitate to visit the kitchens. They are huge with large windows overlooking natural landscape… it’s a world of its own.
The lake dwelling and vegetable creations of Laurent petit
With 100% local cuisine and products harvested or bred less than a day’s walk, Laurent Petit dazzles the senses with authentic dishes that have character. Lakes Annecy, Geneva and Le Bourget set the tone for the dishes which come from region around the lakes.
And true to his creed, Laurent Petit has created a wonderful permaculture garden of 1500 m² with 200 varieties of vegetables.
These species are looked after with love and the seasons shape his cooking throughout the year. The style of the restaurant is contemporary and warm combining mountain woods, quartz and crystal, making the Clos des Sens one of the most beautiful tables in France. Here the emotion is not contrived but genuine with a kitchen that gives it all its heart and soul.
Your dinner at La Bouitte
Maxime and René, along with their team, showcase Savoie products and dishes.
They carefully select local producers and enhance traditional recipes to turn them into the finest. Do not miss the cheese trolley and the outstanding desserts by the pâtissier Anthony. You can also experience a chef’s table, hidden room of the kitchen ! This small private lounge offers a beautiful view to the valley.
From Wine to Truffle: Gourmet Tour Bordeaux and South West – 9 days itinerary
Explore Bordeaux – Saint-Emilion – Dordogne – Médoc – Basque Coast
Explore the South West the gourmet way! You will be charmed with Bordeaux and its beautiful architecture as you wander along the banks of the river and through the old town. You will travel into the Bordeaux countryside and the authentic Dordogne and Landes. You will go along the wine and Armagnac routes and discover the many aspects of the strong local gastronomy culture.
- Day 1 : Arriving in Bordeaux. Stay at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
- Day 2 : Sarlat and the stunning villages of Dordogne. Stay at Le Vieux Logis
- Day 3 : Prehistoric art, truffles and caviar. Stay at Le Vieux Logis
- Day 4 : Caviar and St Emilion. Stay at Hotel De Pavie
- Day 5 : Saint-Emilion village and wineries. Stay at Hotel De Pavie
- Day 6 : Blending in famous Medoc. Stay at Les Près d’Eugénie
- Day 7 : Wellness and Armagnac. Stay at Les Près d’Eugénie
- Day 8 : Exceptional cooking class experience. Stay at Les Près d’Eugénie
- Add a few days by the ocean, on the Basque Coast
Hotels used in this Itinerary:
InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
A historical location in Bordeaux, that has practically become legendary over the years, the InterContinental Bordeaux, Le Grand Hôtel, is located in the heart of Bordeaux.
You will spend memorable moments here, whether it be in the luxurious rooms and suites which are also decorated in a French style, or at the prestigious table of Gordon Ramsay’s two-stars restaurant, or in the hands of wellness professionals at the Guerlain SPA.
It has 126 rooms and suites with a meticulous and sophisticated décor, designed by Jacques Garcia.
Hotel Le Vieux Logis Relais & Châteaux
Henry Miller loved and knew France better than many Frenchmen. In search of exceptional places where to draw his inspiration, he once came to spend a few days in this hotel, and stayed for a whole month. Like the writer, you will be seduced with the calm of the old monastery with lovely gardens, a streamlet and a natural swimming pool where you can swim. Here your time goes by enjoying the relaxed atmosphere until the evening tasting of some exceptional regional wines.
Hotel De Pavie – Relais & Chateaux
After being a convent and a coaching inn, the old building in the heart of the village is now an ultra cozy hotel. You are the guests of Chantal and Gerard Perse who also own the famous Château Pavie. The view to the medieval village and the vineyards from this elegant property is absolutely stunning. Having a quiet garden and a superb terrace in the heart of the famous village is pure luxury. It’s 2 stars restaurant is very famous.
Hotel Les Près d’Eugénie
In a Spa town launched in the mid 19th century by empress Eugenie, Chef Michel Guérard and his wife have created a spectacular place that has recently received the prestigious label of a “Palace”. Always curious and creative, Chef Michel Guérard has created dishes that are as light as full with savors. A wonderful property and it’s heart and soul is the three-stars cuisine.
Grands Crus Wine tasting in a Private Cave
After discovering the old town your guide takes you to an 18th century wine shop to taste different first class local wines.
Close your eyes: you are definitely in Bordeaux!
In an exceptional wine estate
You visit the cellar and taste the amazing desirous wine which is produced in the estate, next to the 16th century chateaux.
Like in Sauternes, the local “terroir” makes a sweet grape that is transformed into a liquorous wine that can be coupled with many dishes, in particular fois gras.
Sarlat and the stunning villages of Dordogne
From November to February, truffles are found in many places in the region and are sold in local markets.
Your guides takes you into the very typical atmosphere of inland South West. You can also follow one of the local experts in the search for the rare mushroom.
First class gastronomy experience at Vieux Logis
For the last 10 years Chef Vincent Arnould has been mastering cooking with exceptional local products.
He selects them very carefully and captures the best of their taste while cooking them. His work has been rewarded along the years with the title of best cook in France and a Michelin star.
An exceptional caviar farm
It’s not widely known, but caviar is part of the south west heritage.
The farm is managed by a former Chef of the French presidents, and produces high quality caviar. The visit is absolutely fascinating, once in a lifetime experience.
Yanick Alléno’s Cuisine
The strong tempered Chef from Paris is famous since he acquired his 3 Michelin stars in 2007 and still holds them.
He has enthusiastically plunged into the pure french traditions, searching for the best ingredients in the region. The exceptional wines in the group that includes Chateau Pavie are managed by a master sommelier.
Visit and Tasting in a beautiful estate
In the afternoon, visit one of the most exclusive estates of the Saint-Emilion area. Your private visit takes you through all the steps of the wine process and the tasting of excellent wines makes the experience exceptional.
Blend your own wine
This morning you create your own “cuvée” with the most famous wine in the world. A master will guide you in this incredible experience. You will mix different “cepages” to elaborate your own wine. You will then take with you your personal bottle.
Wine & Scents
In another prestigious château, you will curate your own fragrance with a French master. In this property, wines have been elaborated for 8 generations. You will explore the smells and aromas of different wines, and then create a fragrance.
Private visit and exclusive Armagnac tasting
Your driver takes you to a beautiful estate near Eugenie for a private visit of the château and it’s aging cellars.
You will taste the exceptional products of the property, and local specials like Floch of Gascogne and strawberries with Armagnac.
Star cooking class
Michel Guerard’s cuisine has been praised for 40 years through which he never lost his 3 Michelin Stars.
More than anyone else, he has used and mixed local products to make his signature cuisine. The class includes some of the secrets to make the best of select products.
Wine And Châteaux : An Exceptional Loire Valley in 5 days
The banks of the Loire river have always been associated to « douceur de vivre », a mix of laidback and charming atmosphere. At the end of the 15th century it became the preferred region for the kings of France, and they built the most magnificent chateaux after discovering the Italian Renaissance style. Chenonceaux and Chambord are the most famous ones, but Azay le Rideaux, Blois, Villandry are also stunning. The classic French language comes from that region, definitely one of the heart of French culture.
- Day 1 : Into the footsteps of the Kings of the Renaissance. Stay at Les Sources de Cheverny
- Day 2 : An Exclusive Moment – Beauregard and Chambord. Stay at Les Sources de Cheverny
- Day 3 : Exceptional Chateaux, Exceptional Ladies. Stay at Les Sources de Cheverny
- Day 4 : Gardens, Elegance and First-Class Gastronomy. Stay at Les Sources de Cheverny
- Day 5 : Wine Day, Good Day !
Hotels used in this Itinerary:
Hotel Les Sources de Cheverny
Distinctly French, beautifully designed – an elegant sanctuary in the heart of the Loire Valley. Between Chambord and Chenonceau, you’ll find an estate nestled in lush green surroundings.
An ancient forest, period French château, small hamlet of elegant cabins, lake surrounded by gorse and traditional stone houses all exist side-by-side, as if straight from a dream.
This peaceful haven created by Alice and Jerome Tourbier is the ideal place to relax, unwind and enjoy the good things in life. It is a homely place where you’ll feel good, an experience in the great outdoors, with some of the greatest vintage wines and gourmet delights, to help you completely let go and revitalize.
It’s 26 rooms and 23 suites pair sumptuous fabrics with stripped wood panelling to create a sense of contemporary luxury.
First step in the Royal Chateaux
You start your journey in the royal town of Blois with a spectacular view over the river Loire. You discover the first of the Royal castles in the region and its famous stairs. Château de Blois was the favorite residence of all the kings throughout the 16th century and they all contributed to embellish it.
Exclusive Wine Tasting
You have an exclusive access to the tower and get at the very top where a wine tasting session has been set for you. You get to experience the delights of Loire Valley wines with a stunning view.
“A La Française”
Finally on Day 1 you have a fascinating session on the french art-de-vivre and how it evolved at the court of France.
Your 1964 Cadillac picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the beautiful chateau de Beauregard, in which you enter as a VIP through the owners’ private gate. You enjoy a private visit of the château and its iconic gallery with 353 paintings of kings and key figures in French history. You end this magical morning on Day 2 with a private tasting of Loire wines and an exclusive lunch set up for you.
Your driver then takes you to Chambord, the fabulous “folie” of king Francis I of France.
The star of the region for its magnificence and dimensions. Francis I did not have time to live much in it but it will always remain associated to the flamboyant and refined king.
Chenonceau and Chaumont
The châteaux of Chenonceau and Chaumont are famous for the rivalry of two key ladies of the French Renaissance: Queen Catherine of Medici and Diane of Poitiers, the most famous of all kings’ mistresses. You follow your private guide in both châteaux and savior for an excellent lunch.
Vouvray and its Vineyards
Your expert guide takes you to the famous cellars of Vouvray for an exclusive visit and a tasting of old vintages of Chenin Blanc. On this lady’s day, your expert is a woman, one of the leading figures of the Loire wine scene.
Cruise at Sunset
You experience a private cruise on the river Loire to enjoy the sunset and the peaceful atmosphere of the region.
The Famous Gardens of Villandry
Your private guide takes you to Villandry which has the most exceptional gardens of the Loire Valley ; there are 6 different gardens split on 4 terraces. The château has been existing since the early middle ages, and was then extended in the 16th and 18th century.
Azay le Rideau is certainly the most elegant of the Loire Valley chateaux, and seems like floating on a lake.
In the beautiful citadelle of Chinon, you enjoy a nice local lunch followed by an exclusive visit of a family cave. The visit is aimed at discovering and understanding the organic and biodynamic wines.
You get treated to a Michelin-star dinner: four courses accompanied by two glasses of wines.
The legendary vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé
Your private guide takes you to Henri Bourgeois and the Castle of Tracy where you discover the vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé; Enjoy a fantastic picnic in the vineyards with quality local products.
Wellness Journeys in France with exceptional treatments:
Known as the blissful kingdom of gastronomy and fine wines, France is also a land of wellness. The most iconic cosmetic and pharmaceutical brands have established themselves in exceptional Spas throughout the country.
From “vinothérapie” in the Sources de Caudalie to the sophisticated treatments of the Royal Champagne & Spa, from health and fitness at the Réserve Ramatuelle to yoga classes in the Moulin des Étangs, France cultivates a way of live centered around the awakening of the senses and the body’s relaxation.
Luxurious and sensual settings, below Hotels and locations feature the country’s most beautiful Spas.
Spa Hotels in France:
Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa, South West
The Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa, a 5-star hotel, located in the South-West of France, has 52 rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant L’Aho Fina, and a Thalassotherapy Spa Loreamar.
Dive into a revitalizing bath in the Loreamar Thalasso & Spa, anchored onto the Saint-Jean de Luz beach, and directly accessible from the rooms. Recognized as one of the most beautiful spas in Europe and named « Best Spa Hotel in the World 2019 » at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, Loreamar offers a personalized wellness program with experts from multiple fields, in an elegant haven of peace : a sumptuous thalassotherapy space shaped as a rotunda that opens onto the ocean.
Unwind in the superb sea-water swimming pool, heated to 30 degrees, and reconnect with the energizing marine elements.
Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie, South West
A 5-star hotel dedicated to the French Art de Vivre, in which you will be delighted to find a Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa , the 2-Michelin-star La Grand’Vigne restaurant, the country inn La Table du Lavoir , the wine bar RED… and much more!
The essence of a trip to the Sources de Caudalie is also the different cures that may benefit you and allow you to prolong the dream and well-being over multiple days… Complete programs are created just for you, starting with two days of treatments, depending on your needs: to distress, for weight loss, you discover the benefits that grape has on your skin… You will leave with a fresh perspective, renewed energy and an unimaginable feeling of well-being.
Caudalie’s cosmetic properties and virtues are well proven; a precursor of “vinothérapie”, the brand is more than ever involved in an “ethical-consumption” approach and offers treatments with the most natural formulas possible. Non-aggressive and originating from the vines, the Caudalie products that are used during cures, offer the perfect balance between a sensory experience and healing treatments.
Hotel Les Prés d’Eugénie, South West
Created in 1974 by Christine and Michel Guérard, Les Prés d´Eugénie, a small Palace flush with nature, is a legendary place, nestled in a valley of the Landes de Gascogne, in the small village of Eugénie-les-Bains. The Estate covers 8 hectares, and is made up of 5 Historic Buildings, 45 rooms and suites, 3 restaurants, including one awarded with 3 Michelin stars, a Salon-Bar, a Thermal Spa and 7 poetic gardens (vegetable gardens, roses, water, boxwood, etc.).
Switch to a “Slow Life” in an ancient 18th century regional building, transformed into a “Ferme Thermale”. This location offers the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the two hot thermal springs with soothing virtues to let your daily stress wash away and treat yourself to a relaxing break. In this green oasis, discover the benefits of yoga, meditation and even healthy eating or simply take the time to enjoy yourself !
Villa La Coste, Provence
A stone and glass setting of Château La Coste is hidden away in the heart of a 200-hectare organic vineyard: half way between Aix-en-Provence’s historical center and the famous Lubéron Natural Park. As the region’s major cultural and artistic center, the estate pursues its primary location while offering accommodation in luxury villas with panoramic views.
More than just a spa, the wellness center at the Villa La Coste offers its guests a journey for the senses that embraces the colors, perfumes, oils, clays and reinvents relaxation in the most Provencal way. Signature rituals with Himalayan salt scrubs and warm mud baths are provided in the Hammam. It offers flotation beds, affusion showers, apricot or lavender massages amongst a truly exceptional atmosphere.