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.
Hotel La Réserve Paris
Elegant, impressive, luxurious… There is no shortage of adjectives to describe the superb property that is La Réserve Paris Hotel & SPA.
Ideally located near the Champs Elysées, the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais, it shows off the Haussmann-style of the building with its high ceilings, its sophisticated décor, while respecting the traditions of the 19th century.
Forget about the hectic life in the capital city and treat yourself to a relaxing break in a peaceful and timeless setting, far from any stress. The team of therapists at the Spa La Réserve has created a series of custom-made treatments and beauty rituals, both soothing and therapeutic. Let yourself be pampered and interrupt the whirlwind of day to day life.
In the magic of this sophisticated setting, the SPA packages combine relaxation and delicacies. Numerous concepts allow you to choose between massages, hammam, facial treatments and lunch or a snack.
Hotel La Réserve Ramatuelle, French Riviera
A few minutes from the fabled village of Saint-Tropez, but far from crowds and noise, is a place preserved from the hustle and bustle. A vast private domain nestled in the Provencal garrigue, lulled by the song of cicadas, and with a spectacular view of the endless sea, La Réserve Ramatuelle overlooks one of the most beautiful bays on the French Riviera.
Much more than a hotel beauty center, the SPA at La Réserve offers a series of highly specialized and holistic treatments, from 3 to 6 days, combining cosmetics, massages, sport and nutrition.
A number of anti-ageing, anti-stress and weight-loss programs, assemble the best techniques and the latest advances within the field of health, exercise and esthetic.
Jiva Hill, The Alps:
10 minutes away from Geneva International Airport and Geneva Palexpo, the Jiva Hill Resort welcomes you at the heart of its 123 acre private estate, magnificently situated at the foothills of the Jura Mountains facing the majestic Mont Blanc. Surrounded by parkland, discover this unique establishment and our very own contemporary vision of luxury exuding elegance and discretion.
The Jiva Hill Resort Spa carries a comprehensive wellness and fitness offering.
It offers a broad choice of treatments, an indoor 17-metre (55’) pool stretches across a large hall bathed in natural light, a jacuzzi, a sauna and a hammam complete the relaxing experience. And for guests in search of more energetic activities, a fitness room.
Several treatment and massage rooms can be booked for private appointments. A selection of Sothys treatments are available for the face and the body. As a highly specialized brand, Sothys offers an avant-garde concept dedicated to beauty.
French Alps Resorts:
Whatever the season, the Alps region offers total escape.
In the winter, you can enjoy the fun of winter sports in resorts that are internationally known for their hospitality, gastronomy and the quality of their slopes.
In the summer, you can enjoy the lakes, the hikes and a pleasant lifestyle.
A luxury mix of the best French Alps resorts: 10 Days itinerary
- Day 1 : Alpe d’Huez. Stay at Daria-I-Nor
- Day 2: L’Alpe d’Huez. Stay at Daria-I-Nor
- Day 3: L’Alpe d’Huez. Stay at Daria-I-Nor
- Day 4: Alpe d’Huez – Meribel. Stay at Le Coucou
- Day 5: Meribel. Stay at Le Coucou
- Day 6 : Méribel – Courchevel – Val Thorens. Stay at Le Coucou
- Day 7: Meribel. Stay at Le Coucou
- Day 8: Meribel – Val d’Isère. Stay at Airelles Val d’Isère, Mademoiselle
- Day 9: Val d’Isère. Stay at Airelles Val d’Isère, Mademoiselle
- Day 10: Val d’Isère. Stay at Airelles Val d’Isère, Mademoiselle
Hotels used in this Itinerary:
Hotel Daria-I-Nor, Alpe d’Huez
Like the precious diamond bearing the same name, Daria-I-Nor radiates refinement and exclusivity. Nestled in the heart of the Alpe d’Huez resort, this unique refuge takes its guests into a world of subtle luxury and intimacy. From the rooms to the Spa, through the restaurants, enjoy an exquisite ambiance, tasty gastronomy and impeccable service with a view of the peaks.
NOT TO BE MISSED
There could not be a more privileged situation. Perched at an altitude of nearly 1860 meters, the Alpe d’Huez resort offers an absolutely exceptional range of sunshine, with the added bonus of a magical panorama over part of France from the Pic Blanc.
Thus, the ski area guarantees you three hundred days of sunshine in the superb setting of the Grandes Rousses mountains.
Hotel Le Coucou, Meribel
For a real VIP stay, here is Le Coucou, a 5* and member of Small Leading Hotels in Meribel, right by the slopes. At first sight Coucou hotel has a traditional Savoie chalet style, with it’s 10 floors perfectly integrated into the landscape. But once inside, the interior design by Pierre Yovanovitch takes you into a trendy, design and chic atmosphere with the most astonishing details.
Last but not least, Le Coucou is located into one of the most beautiful spots of Meribel, right by the slopes but further up from the village so that it has a stunning view to the valley.
Hotel Airelles Val d’Isère, Mademoiselle:
Proudly camped on the snow front of Airelles Val d’Isère, Mademoiselle is the promise of a successful ski holiday, with immediate access to the slopes.
With its typical Savoie region architecture, Mademoiselle fits perfectly into the local town planning of this renowned resort, with its gray stone walls, slate roof and wooden facings.
At an altitude of 1,850 meters, come and take an oxygenating break in a property that reinvents the codes of the art of living in the mountains to strive for excellence with an ultra-personalized service.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Ski enthusiasts will be particularly seduced by the exceptional location of the hotel and its tailor-made service adapted to the needs of skiers.
The only 5-star resort to offer ski-in/ski-out access to the entire Val d’Isère and Tignes ski area, Les Airelles Val d’Isère, Mademoiselle is only two sticks away from the two ski lifts l’Olympique and the TC 10 of Solaise. In addition, a dedicated area of 200 m2 signed by Bernard Orcel, a real ski lounge, will allow ski lovers to be equipped with the best brands and benefit from the latest top-of-the-range equipment.
Alpe d’Huez: the “Isle in the Sun”
Bring sunscreen and sunglasses for skiing in Alpe d’Huez!
Renowned for its exceptional rate of sunshine averaging 300 days a year, the “Ile au Soleil”, perched at an altitude of 1850m on the Grandes Rousses massif, shines in the heart of a beautiful landscape. From the Pic Blanc (3330m), the Ecrins National Park and its famous summits are magnificently displayed… the Rateau, the Meije, the Muzelle, the Aiguilles d’Arves, the Belledonne chain and the Mont Blanc unroll a breathtaking panorama covering almost 1/5th of the French territory.
In the midst of a very preserved nature, you will be able to indulge in multiple sports activities and participate in cultural events throughout the season. This is indeed the value of Alpe d’Huez!
Every Thursday from the Signal and the Rif Nel, the tracks are open all night long. So you can inaugurate a sleepless night on skis and experience new skiing sensations, illuminated by the glow of the piste lights. Skiing or sledging, the night exploration is yours!
Between tracks and off-track skiing
The vast domain of Alpe d’Huez is yours! It welcomes snow sports enthusiasts, whether they are fans of steep slopes or beautiful ski tours, beginners or experienced skiers, and even freeriders, with its 250km of slopes, its superb vertical drop of 3330m and its 840 hectares of skiable land. In the company of an instructor or on your own, depending on your wishes, you can enjoy the pleasures of absolute gliding.
Off-piste, freeride and powder snow enthusiasts will venture into the exceptional off-piste area of La Grave, one of the largest in the French Alps, with more than 70km of off-piste itineraries. This is the perfect place to spend an unforgettable moment in a very preserved high mountain setting, offering a sublime view of the Meije, at an altitude of 3983m. In any case, you will always find an itinerary that suits you.
Hiking under the stars… In a snowmobile!
After the slopes have closed, you have a ride on a snowmobile along deserted trails where the shadow of dusk draws new silhouettes. Live this snapshot at full speed, let the wind and adrenaline take you away and enjoy the numb nature. Under the stars and at the foot of a waterfall, a glass of champagne will be offered to you for a unique moment of communion. The magic continues aboard a private dameuse that will take you to a mountain restaurant where you will be served an authentic Savoyard dinner.
A glossy art gallery
Rebuilt at the beginning of each winter season with artificial snow, this magnificent ice cave is dug under the snow, at 2700m of altitude.
At the initiative of two high mountain guides, Bruno Gardent and Bernard Lambolez, this idea of an ice museum is a success that is renewed every year. You will walk along 120m of fairy-tale galleries and will be able to admire astonishing works of glacial art, straight out of the imagination of ice sculptors.
Meribel: the heart of the iconic 3 Valleys
Elegant and authentic, Méribel is at the heart of the exceptional 3 Valleys, the largest ski area in the world. In a preserved natural setting, the village has kept its soul with its traditional wooden chalets but also displays luxury services to welcome mountain lovers with comfort and style. Between Courchevel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, Méribel is one of the nuggets to be discovered while skiing along its 600 kilometers of slopes connected via the summits, its unique cumulative vertical drop of 62 000 meters and its 15 summits and 6 glaciers culminating at more than 2500 m. With family or friends, you will always have something to slide and have fun on tracks that are adapted to your level and your desires.
Ski N’ Fly
The experience, guided by an expert and accessible to all, begins with a trek with skis through immaculate mountain trails. Enjoy the superb panorama with snowy peaks sculpted by the wind, that reveal themselves to you. Once at the top, the sky opens its arms wide during a spectacular paraglider flight. Between land and sky, this unique and undoubtedly successful combination opens new and magical perspectives of the valley, while you enjoy unforgettable sensations!
A day shared between sky and mountain
At the Meribel altiport, get ready to take off and head for Italy for an unforgettable day shared between sky and mountain. From the sky, the Alps become a sacred nature reserve while the pilot comments on the rocky peaks. In a few minutes, the helicopter will set you down and move on, leaving you in this white paradise, feeling like you’re the only person in the world. Here you are, ready to set off with your guide for one of the best ski sessions of your life.
The snow is deep, light, unbelievable. Once at the bottom, the helicopter will pick you up again and continue its route towards your two other drop off spots for the day. After descending your first slope, it’s time for lunch in a beautiful mountain chalet before joining your pilot and returning to Meribel. At the altiport, put on your skis for the last time and your guide will lead you back to your hotel through the slopes.
Schuss and powder snow from Méribel to Courchevel.
There are plenty of different slopes in Meribel and Courchevel, adapted to all levels. Departing from the Saulire Express gondola lift in Méribel, inveterate skiers will choose the Saulire summit, the highest skiable peak in the Courchevel resort at 2,740 m, where they can admire original works of art as well as a breathtaking view of Mont-Blanc and the Grande Casse.
But the must is to descend the mythical Combe de la Saulire where the snow is always exceptional. And for those who like to ski at their own pace and cool, the slopes of La Tania, in the middle of the forest, offer gentle slopes and enchanting landscapes in the middle of fir trees.
They are all the more popular when it snows. To eat, depending on the weather, you have a tasty lunch in one of the mountain restaurants in Courchevel or Méribel.
Sunny slopes in Val Thorens
Your afternoon is devoted to the slopes of the beautiful Val Thorens ski area, with the iconic Cime Caron, at an altitude of 3200m – the highest point of the 3 Valleys. Surrounded by six superb glaciers, Val-Thorens is a great sliding playground for all levels.
From powder fields to groomed slopes, pure happiness is the order of the day. The panoramas are also incredoble! At the top of the Cime Caron, you enjoy a breathtaking view of the more than 1000 peaks of the surrounding Alps (French, Swiss and Italian) with the star Mont-Blanc as a backdrop.
Inuit family experience
A real shared experience, treat your children to this unique adventure, arming yourselves with shovels to build an igloo!
This passive house for Inuit people from Greenland, ensures a shelter from the cold temperatures, adequate for survival, even if – surprisingly – it’s made of snow. As a family, your goal is to build the largest igloo possible, before warming up your body and soul with a glass of mulled wine, prepared on a wood fire. A snowy, magical and warm experience that can be enjoyed with your little tribe.
Val d’Isère on the Champions’ slope
On these iconic slopes, many champions fought against each other! Alberville Olympic Games in 1992, World Ski Championships in 2009, … the slopes of Val d’Isère fascinate and attract passionate skiers.
On its 300km of slopes as well as its numerous off-piste spots, skiing can be experienced at full speed, not to mention the mythical Face of Bellevarde downhill. But this ski area is not only for experienced skiers.
Numerous slopes allow the less experienced skiers to ski safely, at their own pace, while enjoying a magnificent view of the Alps and a perfect quality of snow.
Icelandic Horse sledging
The magic of sliding reaches a new dimension with the sledging, a sledge hauled by an Icelandic horse. This unusual experience is ideal for families in search for happy mountain souvenirs : walking and trotting, the speed will delight the little ones while the adults will enjoy the thrill once the horse is galloping !
Capable of reaching a 45km/hour speed, the Icelandic horse is a strong snow animal who runs with pleasure in the curves, crosses bridges and flies over the snow in an adrenaline soar.
Privatized for half a day, this circuit, perched atop 1850m of altitude benefits from exceptional exposure for ice driving. Get behind the wheel of your BMW 140i / 440i equipped with studded competition tires and let yourself go in a sequence of twists and turns that would make any experienced pilot jump for joy.
This very special route leads to unique gliding sensations along the circuit, that is yours for a few hours. Adrenaline guaranteed!
A trapper-style evening escape
Experience an exclusive and totally unique evening! After a private snowshoe hike, lit up by your headlamps and immersed in nature, you will reach a discreet location, accompanied by your guide, where a charming igloo is hidden away.
Your efforts during the hike will be rewarded by an aperitif around the camp-fire, for a relaxing and intimate break. Mulled wine and Champagne are served with this gourmet interlude as well as an exquisite charcuterie and farm-cheese platter, prepared just for you. It is then time for dinner in this traditional Lapland cottage décor, heated by a central fire-place. Here you will enjoy a flavourful stone-grilled meal made up of different kinds of meat, sublimated by high-quality wine.
As a family or amongst friends, this time spent together is special.
France and its heavenly Beaches:
From the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean to the long surfing beaches of the Atlantic coast – France has the longest coasts in Europe and offers a wide variety of atmospheres: white sand and crystal clear waters in Corsica and the Riviera, trendy surfing beaches in the South West, elegant family spots in Brittany.
Mediterranean Magics Itinerary: From St Tropez to Corsica in 8 days:
Between Corsica and French Riviera your stay is all about experiencing the most valued beach places in France. The coast of Saint Tropez and Porto Vecchio are both incredibly blue and beautiful. In the middle of the two French Rivieras you also enjoy the fancy Cannes, luxurious Bonifacio, magnificent islands and authentic experiences.
- Day 1 : St Tropez. Stay at Lily of the Valley
- Day 2 : Yacht escape to dream islands. Stay at Lily of the Valley
- Day 3 : Exploring the villages of Provence in a Mehari car. Stay at Lily of the Valley
- Day 4 : Wine and sports. Stay at Lily of the Valley
- Day 5 : Your arrival in Corsica. Stay at CasaDelmar
- Day 6 : Yacht escape to the Lavezzi islands. Stay at CasaDelmar
- Day 7 : In the heart of the Corsican Culture. Stay at CasaDelmar
- Day 8 : The Citadelle of Bonifacio. Stay at CasaDelmar
- Day 9 : Your return flight
Hotels used in the itinerary:
Hotel Lily of the Valley, St Tropez, French Riviera:
Set on the Mediterranean coastline in La Croix Valmer, Lily of the Valley welcomes guests to a year-round wellness sanctuary. The stunning property is a short 20 minutes from Saint-Tropez and features breathtaking views of the sea. From its position atop a hill surrounded by protected nature reserves, guests are only a few steps away from the sandy, five-kilometer Gigaro Beach. Lily of the Valley’s guestrooms and suites were designed by renowned architect Phillipe Starck with the condition that all buildings must blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings and nothing could be taller than the trees.
At the heart of the hotel is the 2,000-square-meter wellness center complete with seven cabins, two steam rooms, a snow-shower, sauna, health-focused restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options, and 25-meter swimming pool. The wellness offerings range from detox programs to energy treatments and immersive sport and yoga retreats. For a culinary delight, Lily of the Valley’s Provencal and Mediterranean Restaurant features an outdoor swimming pool facing the sea and a bar perfectly positioned to take in the sunset.
Hotel Casa Delmar, Corsica
Sleek, striking, and filled with natural light, Hotel Casadelmar is located on a peninsula just outside the town of Porto-Vecchio on the southwest coastline of Corsica, overlooking the Mediterranean. An intimate, contemporary resort, its design blends seamlessly with its environment. Surrounded by well-tended gardens, the hotel offers rooms with clean, uncluttered lines, accented by oversize windows, stone floors, and brightly colored fabrics that reflect both the calm and liveliness of the Corsican lifestyle. Each accommodation also boasts an outdoor terrace with sunbeds, and sweeping sea views.
A Greedy Visit
You explore the old town with your guide. Along the narrow streets, the small fisherman’s beaches and the harbor, he takes you back in time and glamour to a village that has become a gathering of the jet set since the 1960s.
Life is in full swing, from stores to bars and restaurants, and your private tour ends in a local pastry shop to discover the Tarte Tropezienne. The recipe for this delicious dessert is a secret passed down from generation to generation.
Contemporary Art on a Dream Island
After a beautiful sail along the French Riviera, you take ground in the small port of Porquerolles. At the top of the village, after a few steps in the pine trees, you are welcomed at the Fondation Carmignac. You discover the domain and its exceptional collection of contemporary art. Barefoot on the fresh stone, in an incredible architecture, you have a privileged moment with works of Roy Lichtestein, Warhol, Calder, Yves Klein,…
Port-Cros : The Natural Reserve
The exceptional waters of Port-Cros are a marine reserve. Your skipper takes you to the wild Port-Cros where you enjoy a very fresh and French meal. You will have lunch by the water, and have time to swim in the crystal clear waters of the island before heading back to St Tropez.
Inland Provence with wind in the hair
You experience the iconic Citroën Mehari car, with your hair blowing in the wind, and set out to discover the region. Your local private driver takes you through the beautiful roads. You discover hilltop villages – Gassin, Grimaud, Ramatuelle,… and stunning landscapes. You can also be your own driver to live the experience more intensely.
Beach Clubs, Spa or Sport
You can enjoy the trendy atmosphere of the beach clubs of the famous Pampelonne beach, or the one of the beautiful beach of your hotel. It may also be the occasion for a wellness break at the Spa or relaxation at the pool. All the pleasures of the Mediterranean are possible this afternoon.
In the beautiful vineyards surrounding Saint Tropez, you meet producers who share with you the whole process that leads to a good rosé wine. They teach you how to find all the flavors of this sunny wine during the tasting that follows.
A Fantastic Ride
Whether on horseback or mountain bike, you can follow your guide along the beautiful trails of the hinterland, with breaks to enjoy the stunning scenery. For those who prefer the sea, you can go for a short ride on a Jet-Ski or a Polynesian pirogue along the Tropezian coast.
The Lavezzi islands
The Lavezzi Islands became a natural preservation area 40 years ago. With their transparent waters and rocks, they are ideal for snorkeling. Your skipper will take you to the best spots, away from the crowds, to fully experience these dreamy landscapes. The islands also have spectacular beaches that you can access.
The Corsican spirit
The “porcu nustrale” is a species found only in Corsica and whose breeding in semi-freedom is secular. You follow your host breeder through the lands. He shares with you the secrets of breeding and manufacturing to obtain quality products. You discover all the flavors during the tasting that ends your visit.
Villages and paths in the Corsican mountains
If the coasts of the island are absolutely beautiful, the mountain landscapes are just as incredible. You discover lovely paths and villages that look like they’re hiding, but that give you a warm welcome. Follow your local guide to understand what earned the island its “beauty” label.
Your visit at Bonifacio
Often shown to promote Corsica, the city of Bonifacio, perched on a white cliff like the prow of a boat, is an exceptional site. Whether it is through the alleys of the picturesque marine cemetery, in the narrow streets lined with colorful houses, in the calm of the church of Sainte Marie Majeure or at the terrace of one of the charming cafés, everything is history and beauty.
The beaches on the South Coast
The beaches between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio are incredibly beautiful: fine sand, turquoise and transparent waters, they look like far away paradises. Your boat stops at dream places to swim and feel the sweet atmosphere of a very exclusive place.
Provence and the Riviera : Charming, Glamourous and Arty – An exceptional 8-day itinerary
The Provence is undoubtedly the most famous region in France. It has a lot to offer beyond its legendary sunshine to include breathtaking landscapes, magnificent towns and villages, a lot of history that can be experienced like a beautiful stroll through time, vineyards and a refined and sunny cuisine.
Travel through its most beautiful villages, and its most beautiful landscapes between the sea and mountain ranges. Discover its expertise, from wine to perfume. Finally, experience its more glamorous side, from Cannes to Monaco.
- Day 1 : Aix en Provence. Stay at Villa La Coste
- Day 2 : Arles and Wild Camargue. Stay at Villa La Coste
- Day 3: Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Baux de Provence. Stay at Villa La Coste
- Day 4 : Fabulous Mediterranean landscapes – boating and hiking. Stay at Villa La Coste
- Day 5 : The Riviera. Stay at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
- Day 6 : From Nice to Monaco. Stay at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
- Day 7 : The Art Tour. Stay at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
- Day 8 : A few more days of happiness. Stay at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
Hotels used in the itinerary:
Villa La Coste:
Situated halfway between the historic town of Aix en Provence, home of Cezanne, and the famous Luberon Nature Park, Villa La Coste is set in the midst of the Provencal landscape, in the heart of the biodynamic vineyard Château La Coste, an international destination for art, architecture and natural beauty.
Sitting high on the hillside of the private domain, the property features 28 Villa Suites, surrounded by gardens, herbs and flowers and each opening onto a spacious terrace offering expansive views over vines and valley. A selection of indoor and outdoor dining venues, extensive gardens with pool area, as well as a lobby gallery, complete the guest experience.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc:
Located at the heart of the Côte d’Azur on the southern tip of Cap d’Antibes, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Oetker Collection is an exclusive retreat in the South of France. The French Riviera hotel offers the ideal setting-off point for adventures in Nice, Cannes, and Monaco.
Accommodations are spread over three locations: Hotel du Cap, Eden-Roc Pavilion, and Les Deux Fontaines Residence. Rooms are decorated in 18th-century style and have courtyard, garden, or Mediterranean views. Suites include soaking tubs and steam showers. Villas offer multiple bedrooms and privacy.
The Spa by La Prairie, with its emblematic swimming-pool insures the finest relaxation. The restaurant is as flavorful as it is sophisticated thanks to tables with birds-eye views over the Mediterranean.
Aix en Provence: the Colours of Cezanne
We like to start in Cezanne’s studio : just off the city center, it is a lovely house where everything has been displayed in its original placement when the master was working there. Cezanne was very tied to its city, its landscapes, and the natural light. He did not stay for long in Paris.
Getting downtown, your private guide will get you into the stunning cathedral, one of the most original in the country ; it was built over a roman temple, and expanded several times in history mixing different styles.
From lively streets to cheery squares, your private guide will take you on a journey of the local gastronomy. “Calissons”, lemon madeleines, chocolates… Aix is full of boutiques with wonderful specialties. With your eyes, but also with your taste buds, that’s how you discover the Provence region.
Arles: between tradition and contemporary art
Your private guide will take you through the little streets of Arles, from the Sainte Trophime cloister to the roman theater which is used as the setting for prestigious bullfights. From charming squares to local boutiques, dive into the Provence spirit.
At the LUMA foundation designed by Frank Gerhy, enjoy top-tier contemporary art exhibitions. Enjoy lunch in a delicious garden whose Chef takes advantage of local herbs and vegetables offering a Michelin-star cuisine that is constantly renewed.
Camargue in a private estate
Your guide will take you to incredible spots of the beautiful natural reserve Camargue. You will discover one of the “manades” (local estates dedicated to bull raising) which reminds the large haciendas in Andalucía. You will also see hundreds of flamingos for which the reserve is the perfect environment.
Avignon, City of Popes
Avignon’s big history is linked to the Popes that settled there in the 14th century. Enter into their palace where your guide will give you a large number of anecdotes about the ritual life of the papal courts. Then, discover the rest of the town center which has kept a very “Provençal” charm.
Discovering the wine from Chateauneuf du Pape
Since the Middle Ages and the Papal court, Chateauneuf du Pape has never stopped developing its world-renowned expertise. Visit the symbolic properties, dive into winemaking activities, their processes, their techniques. And learn while tasting and discover all of their assets and features.
The pure beauty of the Baux de Provence
The Baux de Provence have no less than 22 classified monuments. It’s enchanting to wander the streets and squares of this little Citadel. Upon exiting the town, the “Carrières de Lumière” is a theater which hosts magnificent displays: you feel a real emotion to see Van Gogh’s great works of art (at the moment) projected in a such a scenic way.
Hiking on Montagne Sainte Victoire
Your driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel. You will stop at the market to take a few things that your guide will hold for you for the hike. You will explore the beautiful site of Montagne Sainte Victoire that Cezanne was so fond of and painted so many times.
The magnificent coastline of the Calanques
You will board your private boat and the skipper will take you to the nicest parts of the coast for spectacular views and amazing snorkeling experiences if you wish to swim. After the boat tour, you will experience the very southern atmosphere of Cassis harbor for a drink before returning to your hotel and relax.
Cannes will always be in our mind for the movie stars atmosphere from the film festival. But you will discover the house of Bonnard, the painter that is often called the last impressionist. He worked for many years on the heights of Cannes, and the house now gathers a very interesting part of his work, thanks to partnership with Orsay. You will experience lunch on one of the famous terraces of La Croisette, deep in the glamourous Cannes atmosphere.
Grasse and the perfume industry
The city was considered as a highly prosperous town for centuries, and is the undisputed world capital of perfume making. You will roam the streets of Old Grasse, appreciate the aromas of Provence and discover its beautiful 13th century Notre Dame du Puy’s Cathedral with paintings by Rubens and Fragonard.
Make your own fragrance
In Grasse, we will take you into one of the oldest perfume makers. After visiting the site and exploring the process from delivery of raw materials to distillation and assembly, you will sit like top creators to assemble the scents into your own perfume. You will be guided with a professional to get you to assemble the essences you are most sensitive to.
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat ; spectacular gardens and Villas
The exclusive Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula is where leading and somehow extravagant families built astonishing villas at the turn of the 20th century. The most spectacular is certainly the one of Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothchild who fought with neighbor King of Belgium to get the hilly piece of land, and built an incredible villa and gardens right on the sea. Your guide will take you through the incredible collection of the pink palace, and through the 9 different gardens from Japanese to Andaluz.
Private boat trip from Antibes
Your trip starts from your hotel, the boat takes off, making you float all the way to Monaco passing by the beautiful coast. Unbelievable landscape and comfort are put together to make your experience unforgettable. You can even have a stop on the way to discover the lovely village of Cap Ferret
Fondation Maeght at Saint-Paul-de-Vence
We love Fondation Maeght because of its unique story and collection ; follow us in the fabulous collection that includes works by Giacometti, Miro, Chagall, Matisse, Chillida, Calder, … all friends of iconic art dealers Aimé and Marguerite Maeght who did the project after they lost their dear son. It is a good opportunity to wander into the Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a beautiful village where many artists used to live.
Picasso, Matisse and Chagall’s Riviera
Picasso settled for a year in Antibes and the city keeps part of his work in Château Grimaldi. Your guide will explain to you how this period fits into the Master’s artistic evolution, and take you into the lovely streets of the walled city.
Nice is one of France’s main cities, but you will enjoy the colorful atmosphere of the old town and the stunning Promenade des Anglais. Nice mixes an Italian architecture, French cuisine, and a very Mediterranean atmosphere. Up the hilly town are the museums of Matisse and Chagall, two leading 20th century artists who have left strong prints into the Riviera.
A few more days of happiness
The blue sea, the sunshine, the sweet scents of the Mediterranean, the French gastronomy in the shade of the pine trees or in the village squares, everything will entice you into staying and taking the time to enjoy the cozy atmosphere.
Art and Culture in France:
The French are proud of their culture and their cultural heritage; and rightly so. Since the foundations of modern-day Europe were laid down in the times of Charlemagne – king of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor who died in 814 – France has been a major player, and at times the major player, on the European stage.
France is known for its deep cultural and artistic network. Museums, architecture, history or music, even the town design has stories to tell and is surrounded by myths and anecdotes.
Art in Paris in 3 days itinerary:
From Le Marais to Place de la Concorde, from Les Halles to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, dive in the heart of the Paris art scene. Meet art specialists to understand the latest moves on the Paris art scene, and have an in-depth approach on the Openings. Discover the story of the monument, the story of its restoration, project and the collections.
- Day 1 : In the heart of the Contemporary Art market. Stay at JK Place Hotel
- Day 2 : The most beautiful buildings in Paris. Stay at JK Place Hotel
- Day 3 : Rodin, Picasso and Saint Germain des Prés. Stay at JK Place Hotel
Hotel used in this Itinerary:
Hotel JK Place, Paris:
The hotel brand famous for recreating elegant home atmospheres just opened its first address outside Italy. Located a few steps away from Orsay museum, Louvre, but also the lively atmosphere of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the 30 rooms and Suites are sophisticated and yet very cosy. They feature moldings, marble and contemporary wood fireplaces. All the furniture is thought of as a collector’s house.
The very Parisian brand Sisley handles the Spa for the moments of pure relaxation. And restaurant Casa Tua serves its subtle Italian food like after Aspen and Miami. With a warm and smiley service, you really are at home.
Architect Michele Bonan has masterfully designed every detail of this Italian/Parisian home, replicating the unique timeless décor of the already world famous J.K.Places in Rome and Capri.
Your visit of the Pinault collection at the Bourse du Commerce
The wealthy owner of Gucci, Saint Laurent, Christie’s is a leading contemporary art collector.
After creating Palazzo Grassi in Venice, he has restored the iconic commodities the Bourse du Commerce in the heart of Paris, and asked Tadao Ando to do the best staging for some of its fantastic collections.
Your specialist guide takes you through this fantastic art adventure : restoration, staging, and the art collection.
With the best art-dealers of Le Marais district
An area of aristocratic life since famous Queen Margot in the 16th century, Le Marais district has kept its splendid ancient buildings.
Some of these are the locations chosen by top contemporary art dealers to exhibit their findings.
Your program showcases the best selections of the time of your stay and the ones with the most representative buildings of the glorious past of the district that has not been transformed by Haussman.
Traveling through Paris history
Your guide takes you through the hectic history of Paris.
Located in two exceptional private palaces of the 16th and 17th Century, the Carnavalet museum opens its doors after several years of restoration.
You discover the story of the restoration and get passionate with your guiding expert’s stories.
Your exploration of Hotel de La Marine
Louis XV had the two iconic buildings of La Concorde square built to house the royal furniture.
On some specific days the people of Paris could visit the place. It became the Ministry of the Navy before it was completely re-done.
You discover with your private guide the apartments of the Intendant and some exceptional pieces of jewelry and art belonging to the Sheikh of Qatar.
Dinner at Jules Verne restaurant
The incredible restaurant at the second floor of the Eiffel Tower has just reopened with a new atmosphere.
Still as famous as when James Bond was chasing Grace Jones, the restaurant is now headed by Chef Frédéric Anton who has gained his first Michelin star in just a few weeks.
From Rodin to Picasso
Your specialist in 20th century art takes you through a double exhibition, unique in its kind: between the Picasso museum and the Rodin museum.
He makes you discover the plastic solutions experimented by these two incredible artists, their successes, but also their creative environments.
New on the Left Bank
Saint-Germain-des-Prés has been for a long time a major area for art galleries.
Your expert guide takes you discover the most recent evolutions in this district, like the new section of historic photo gallery Roger Viollet.
Discovering the new Lapérouse
The famous restaurant Lapérouse, which opened in 1766, has been used by many leading figures of the French art scene like Victor Hugo, Baudelaire, Proust etc. The restaurant was recently bought by the son of Louis Vuitton’s owner Bernard Arnault, it was completely restored and re-opened in a spectacular way with a Mask ball last June. It remains a beautiful classic French style building, with private dining rooms and alcoves.
Paris Inside Out in 7 days itinerary:
No other city packs so much French style, grand monuments, amazing vistas, cafes, boutiques and art around in every corner. Through art, history, gastronomy, know-how, shopping, this itinerary takes you to the heart and soul of the city, its spirit and charm.
It’s a city of glamour and romance with a distinguished history. The result is a harmonious blend of medieval and flamboyant 19th century architecture, mansions and classic squares dating back from the age of enlightenment to small timeless villages like Montmartre.
Beyond the city, you visit Versailles and Fontainebleau, a timely reminder of France’s monarchy. This has left a permanent mark on its history and a certain understanding of French elegance which is so admired around the world.
- Day 1: The complete Paris, a feast for the senses. Stay at La Reserve Hotel & Spa
- Day 2 : In the heart of Paris. Stay at La Reserve Hotel & Spa
- Day 3: From the Market to Orsay. Stay at La Reserve Hotel & Spa
- Day 4: Versailles, in the footsteps of the Sun King and Marie-Antoinette. Stay at La Reserve Hotel & Spa
- Day 5: From the Louvre to Montmartre in a 2 CV. Stay at La Reserve Hotel & Spa
- Day 6 : Chambord, The Grandeur of Kings. Stay at La Reserve Hotel & Spa
- Day 7 : The Eiffel Tower and Parisian Boutiques. Stay at La Reserve Hotel & Spa
Hotels used in this Itinerary:
La Reserve Hotel & Spa, Paris:
The extremely intimate La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa is entirely in tune with the spirit of Michel Reybier establishments. A far cry from traditional 5-star palace hotels, La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa exudes the atmosphere of a private urban mansion, open to guests sharing a certain travel philosophy.
There is no classic reception area, with guests instead personally welcomed in the Louis XV Salon and then guided to their suite or room so as to feel immediately at ease, much like arriving at a friend’s home.
The 25 suites and 15 rooms at La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa offer a refined reflection of the quintessence of 19th century Parisian chic. Rooms are spacious and the atmosphere can be adapted at will thanks to an interactive tablet that controls the TV, the temperature and the lighting. The bathrooms in Carrara and Turquin blue marble are equally spacious and mostly bathed in natural light.
Paris… told as a tale
Let your driver and guide take you up the Champs Elysées around the Arc de Triomphe then head over to Trocadero. From there, you can contemplate the Eiffel Tower sipping a coffee and nibbling on a fluffy pastry in a chic café.
Then go via Orsay and Les Invalides to get to Saint Germain des Prés with its streets that are so characteristic and symbolic of the Left Bank’s intellectual and cultural refinement. From here, you can visit the Quartier Latin or Latin Quarter passing Notre Dame to reach the very heart of Paris.
Saint Germain des Prés
Immerse yourself in the elegant Parisian atmosphere of Saint Germain des Prés. Your guide takes you through the alleys lined with antique shops and fine boutiques.
Sit in one of the cafés where writers, publishers and art dealers meet. Take a look around Le Bon Marché, the department store that revolutionized retailing and fashion in the 19th century
A cocktail on a rooftop
Like many Parisian business men at the end of their work day you sip a cocktail on a terrace of a renowned Paris hotel, relax and watch the world go by with a view of the Paris rooftops and monuments.
L’île de la Cité and the Sainte Chapelle
The first populations settled on this small river island , an ideal position for defense and trade. You can admire the spectacular gate of Notre Dame, intact after the fire.
Your guide will explain the wonderful anecdotes and tales that surround Notre Dame before leading you to the small central streets to admire the extraordinary windows of the Sainte Chapelle.
Mastering Haute Couture
Over the centuries, the legendary elegance of Parisian comes down to one thing, haute couture. Embroidery, pleating, leather work and feathers …your enthusiastic private guide will take you to an accessories workshop of one of the greatest haute couture brands.
You can talk to the master craftsmen who are the ambassadors for French quality around the world…perhaps they may share a secret or two.
Champagne on the river
Let your guide take you on your private boat with champagne and canapés. Then drift through Paris and admire the river banks, some of the most beautiful views you’ll find in the city.
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and other impressive buildings… as Parisians they never tire of their cityscape.
The Marais through shopping lenses
You visit the market and shops that French people are crazy about: : bakers, cheese mongers, delis, pastry shops… You taste and perhaps exchange tips with a fellow Parisian.
You will then go to a beautiful vaulted cellar for a little wine tour of France . You pair the wines with your basket and then get stuck in…
Orsay, the centre of Impressionism
The grand Orsay building is an example of the hectic infrastructure projects built at the end of the 19th century. Today it is the high temple of Impressionism.
Your guide will take you through the subtle distinction of the movement, its appearance and how it developed using the major works on display.
“A world in a teacup”
As the great writer Marcel Proust once said, tea time is all about enjoyment. It’s a madeleine that brings back childhood memories and this observation hit such a nerve that it has given birth to an expression in the French language. You get to savor French patisseries: éclairs, Paris-Brest, cream puffs….
Built in the 17th century by the Sun King, the Chateau de Versailles is the legacy of the most powerful ruler of Europe of his time.
The greatest craftsmen of their day worked tirelessly to build one of the most iconic palaces in the world……..with mirrors, tapestries, furniture, gardens all adding up to one word – amazing.
Your exclusive visit of the Château at Versailles
You have a VIP visit of the private apartments of the Kings of France where in its day the royal family could get some privacy.
Also, there are the grandiose Grand Apartments (and the Hall of Mirrors) where the life of the court and its strict rules were on display. From there you can get a peak into the world of Marie Antoinette away from the palace: the small chateau (Le Petit Trianon), farms and gardens.
Cycling into the gardens of Versailles
The château gardens are huge, so take a bike and follow your guide. Go right to the end of the grand canal and get a new perspective on the chateau. Let yourself be taken in by the perfect rows of trees.
An elegant picnic in the gardens at Versailles
A lovely tailor-made picnic has been set for you in a charming corner of the gardens. Feel the glamour atmosphere of the flamboyant 18th century with a very French basket.
Palace of the Kings of France from the Middle Ages, the Louvre became a museum during the French Revolution. The idea was to share the wealth of the royal collections with the population.
It is the largest museum in the world with over 400,000 exceptional works of art from the Venus de Milo to Leonardo de Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Visiting the Louvre
Depending on what you’re interested in, your private guide can take you through the main rooms highlighting the key works and their contribution to the history of art.
The site itself was a witness to greatness, intrigues and even assassinations at the French court.
Montmartre in a 2 CV
Your driver in his marinière (classic blue and white striped tee shirt) takes you to discover Northern Paris. You stop at the Opera House, the department stores and visit one of the most typical shopping streets in the city. Here you’ll find cheesemakers, bakers and chocolate makers that are amongst the best in the city.
You climb effortlessly towards Montmartre where great artists like Renoir or Picasso lived. This is where ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ was painted which led to an artistic revolution. The area has maintained its village-like feel and you can finish your day in a large quiet garden reminiscent of a laid back provincial town… all part of the Paris experience.
Exclusive helicopter tour in Chambord
Hop on your helicopter and experience the magic with a bird’s eye view of the most beautiful Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Chenonceau, Villandry, … You land in Chambord for an exclusive visit and a memorable lunch.
A gastronomic lunch break
After the chateau visit you experience a gastronomic lunch. You will be introduced to French specialty the ‘Arts de la Table’ or the ‘Arts of the Table’. This takes you back to the times of Francois I, the ‘Knight King’.
The Eiffel Tower
Your guide takes you to the top of the tower where you can admire all of Paris. From its construction for The Exposition Universelle of 1889 and plans to take it down – learn about the ups and downs of the ‘Iron Lady’.
Shopping the Parisian way
Your personal shopping guide will take you where your tastes are. Your guide is a chic Parisian who mixes styles, knows which pieces are wardrobe classics and has an encyclopedic knowledge on the boutiques in Paris. She also has her fingers on the pulse when it comes to emerging trends.
Emotion of D-Day, Charm and History, Normandy: 8 days itinerary
This historic and gastronomic itinerary covers all of Normandy, one of the richest regions of France for its history, gastronomy, and quality of life. There are many opportunities for private visits and special activities such as a flight over the landing beaches, parachute jumping over Mont-Saint-Michel, golf on Omaha…
Normandy became the center of world history on June 6, 1944. The Allies crossed the Atlantic Wall built by the Nazis on France’s northern shores. This was more than 75 years ago and today you have an opportunity to discover one of the richest regions of France for its history, gastronomy, and quality of life. It is famous for its Mont Saint Michel, the wars of William the Conqueror, Monet as well as many other Impressionists and a favorite weekend haunt for Parisians.
- Day 1 : Paris – Giverny – Rouen. Stay at La Ferme Saint Simeon
- Day 2 : Etretat – Honfleur. Stay at La Ferme Saint Simeon
- Day 3 : Pays d’Auge, heart and taste of Normandy. Stay at La Ferme Saint Simeon
- Day 4 : Caen – Plunging into D-day. Stay at La Chenevière
- Day 5 : The American Sector. Stay at La Chenevière
- Day 6 : Dior’s house – Mont Saint Michel. Stay at Le Grand Hotel Dinard
- Day 7 : Saint Malo – Dinard. Stay at Le Grand Hotel Dinard
- Day 8: Extend your stay…… choose history or watch the time go by. Stay at Le Grand Hotel Dinard
Hotels used in the Itinerary:
Hotel La Ferme Saint Simeon – Relais & Chateaux
In Monet’s day, the hotel was an Inn where the Impressionists used to meet. This elegant 17th century building is located just outside the famous village of Honfleur which you can easily reach on foot. The rooms and suites are all different and split between the main mansion and the “pressoir” building with the Spa. The restaurant is a wonderful culinary experience and there is a warm bistro for more informal meals. The spa offers unusual apple treatments and gives access to a large swimming pool by the garden.
Hotel La Chenevière
Welcome to Château La Chenevière, a five-star hotel on the Norman coast, between Bayeux and the WWII landing beaches.
This 18th century manor house, nestled in a romantic park, will welcome you inside its walls brimming with history. Fully restored in 1988, it has retained its cachet of yesteryear so you can enjoy an extraordinary stay today, steeped in peace and luxury.
Settle into one of its 29 comfortable, spacious rooms and let us treat you to the château life, complete with discreet service, a personalized welcome and deluxe amenities.
At La Chenevière, you will also appreciate the finesse and elegance of our dining experience: visit the Château’s restaurant for a gastronomic voyage.
Hotel Le Grand Hotel Dinard
Built in 1858, the Grand Hôtel Barrière has hosted celebrities and royalty due to the popularity of the seaside resort of Dinard, often nicknamed the Brighton of Brittany and the Cannes of the North.
With the opulence of the Second Empire and the comfort of the 21st century, there isn’t a more elegant location to contemplate the wonderful fortified city of St. Malo.
For lunchtime, many guests and locals flock to the hotel’s 333 Café, which serves up light dishes on a terrace with stunning sea views. The Blue B restaurant offers dinners featuring seafood delicacies and quality local products. In the winter of 2018, the hotel began a complete renovation that is slated for completion in April 2019.
Monet lived with his big family in this house for over 40 years and transformed the garden into a floral paradise where every month it offers a riot of different colors. You can also see the waterlily pond that he frantically painted in the last period of his life and now part of 20th century artistic iconography. You can visit the house, get a sense of his work and his passion for color and life.
In Roman times Rouen was the second city of France. Its 13th century cathedral was made famous by Monet who painted it 30 times at different times of day to find its place in art history. For the French, Rouen remains the city where the English burnt Joan of Arc who went on to become Patron Saint of France.
Etretat in the footsteps of the Impressionists
The cliffs of Etretat can be admired in many museums and collections around the world in paintings by Monet, Corot, Boudin, Delacroix, … you will see these magnificent cliffs from the south and north face which offer two very different perspectives. This is followed by lunch with a great view of the magnificent golf course with cliffs as far as the eye can see.
Honfleur, charm and art
As you go through through Sainte Adresse, you will see where Monet painted ‘Impression Soleil Levant’ as well as the André Malraux museum. It holds the most important collection of impressionist paintings outside of Paris and the city was rebuilt after extensive bombing in 1944.
You can also explore Honfleur which is considered as one of the most beautiful villages of France with its half-timbered houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. There is also a unique 15th century St Catherine’s Church which is built entirely out of wood and the largest surviving church of its type in France.
Elegant Deauville and Trouville
Deauville and Trouville are the most popular weekend getaways for Parisians. Deauville was created in 1861 for wealthy Parisians with its casino, race course, and extravagant villas. You can follow the boardwalk with it cabins named after American film stars, past visitors to the Deauville Film Festival. Trouville is quieter and attracts a more intellectual clientele from the Paris left bank. At the fish market, you can get seafood and a glass of white wine.
Cheesemaking: Into Normandy’s secrets
Camembert is known throughout the world but Pont L’Evêque and Livarot are just as ubiquitous on French tables. From cattle breeding to the production of milk you will understand why Norman cheese is world famous.
Making the apple brandy: explore and taste
Normandy produces an apple brandy called calvados which is exported around the world. You can visit a beautiful distillery where the process and maturation processes can be explained in detail. This warms you up before a tasting session.
Caen Memorial : the reference
It is built on the bunker of General Richter who was commander of Caen at the time of the landings. The museum plunges you into the history of the 30s and WW2 on all the fronts providing the context for the landings of June 6th, 1944.
Mulberry port and the German canons
Mulberry is the artificial port built by the Allies in the English sector and it can be seen at Arromanches. This incredible engineering feat established the vital supply lines for the Normandy landings. Your private guide will also show you the only German guns that were not dismantled after the end of the war.
Bayeux : the city that was saved
Bayeux is the only medium-sized city that was not destroyed at the liberation. Close to ‘Gold Beach’ it was used by the English as their base for further incursions inland. It’s a charming city with a medieval treasure, the Bayeux tapestry which was made almost a 1000 years ago is 70 meters long and can be seen in the Bayeux Museum.
Sainte Mere Eglise and the airborne heroes
Sainte Mère Eglise became the symbol of this night attack with a paratrooper hanging on the church steeple during the battle. With a visit to the museum you will discover the operational complexities and experience what it’s like to fly in a glider.
Pointe du Hoc and the emotion of the American Cemetery
Pointe du Hoc is certainly the place that bears the biggest scars from the battle of Normandy. This famous operation carried by 225 Rangers involved climbing a 30 m cliff to neutralize German gun positions. The command bunker is also the most interesting along the coast and you will discover the grandness of the beach. Above, is the American cemetery with 9300 tombs perfectly aligned, a truly sobering moment.
Dior’s House and Museum in Granville
Christian Dior’s house in Granville had a central place in the life of this fashion titan. He spent hours designing his garden and drew great inspiration from it. Unsurprisingly, Raf Simons, the previous Creative Director of the prestigious couture house, went there to immerse himself in the world of Christian Dior. The gardens have been beautifully restored to their former glory.
Mont Saint Michel, the Worldwide Star
Mont Saint Michel is a unique site. It is a medieval village perched on a rock in the middle of a bay, with constantly shifting tides giving it a mythical dimension. The history of the abbey begins in 708 and its history is peppered with anecdotes and legends from the centuries. On the countless steps to the summit, the views shift, mixing grey rooftops, the vastness of the bay and the shifting sands constantly forming new shapes.
The beaches and the Mont Saint Michel from the sky
Fly over the Normandy landing beaches, the Cotentin peninsula where the Allied paratroopers arrived, then the Mont Saint Michel. You land near the Mont for a quick visit then fly over the Breton coast before landing near your hotel.
Saint Malo: hero of Pulitzer winning novel
Saint Malo has achieved international recognition with the Pulitzer Prize winning novel: “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. It has ramparts, towers and traditional granite houses that were superbly restored after the bombings of 1944. The city plunges you into the exploits of the great pirates and explorers such as Jacques Cartier. The weather means the landscape is constantly changing due to the winds and tides.
Dinard and the Emerald Coast: the spirit of aristocracy
Since the 19th century great industrialist families have had properties on this coast enjoying its wild beauty and rocks poking out of its translucent waters. These huge villas are now owned by the likes of the Bettencourt and Pinault families.
A culinary experience on the ocean
Embark on a comfortable yacht to discover this coast from the sea. Your skipper will entice you with local delicacies and good wines. Think of it as gastronomic walk in the clear waters of Brittany.
The Dinard Golf Course is one of the most beautiful in France or you can sail from island to island with a sailboat and a skipper. All this while you enjoy delicious seafood washed down with white wine.
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