The Louvre or lavender fields, haute cuisine or local fare, grand chateaux or coastal villas. France does it all with effortless flair.
We can’t seem to put our finger on one particular element that makes France so magical. It could be the pretty pâtisseries in Paris, the twisting vineyards in Bordeaux, the lavender fields in Provence or the chic, luxurious hotels dotted throughout – but our list certainly keeps growing. The romance capital of the world and a firm-family favorite destination; we’ll show you a side of France that few get to see. Our top guides will bag you VIP access to the Louvre at night, arrange for you to bottle your own champagne in the vineyards and sail a private yacht around the Riviera. Come on in.
As ever, if you can’t see it here then we can still plan it for you.
‘How can anyone completely experience a nation that has 246 varieties of cheese?’ to creatively paraphrase late French leader Charles de Gaulle. You might think you have France figured, but it boasts such a depth and breadth of flavors – both culture and cuisine – it takes a truly complete visit to appreciate them all. From the rich foie gras at La Bourse et la Vie to the historic and postcard-worthy Saint Émilion in rural Bordeaux, get to know France with us. Truly.
Appreciate the distinct contrasts found within the Bordeaux region’s renowned grapes, and amble between the rich vines as you journey towards creating your own Malbec, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon. We can organize a car so you can walk the charming cobbled streets of Saint Émilion, about an hour from Bordeaux city, and you can marvel at the extraordinary Dordogne valley as you indulge in freshly baked macarons and world-celebrated wines as selected by your own, local sommelier.
Whether it’s a getaway for the foodies, fashion lovers, culture chasers, history followers or wine enthusiasts, France has a number of exclusive tours entirely at your disposal. Indulge in a private gourmet tour in Paris, visiting the city’s best patisseries, bakeries and chocolatiers, tasting traditional macaroons, the ‘best ham in the world’ and Provence olive oil. Break from Paris and join the family business, Champagne Le Gallais, in the Marne Valley to blend your own champagne, or create your signature scent at Artemesia Museum in the world’s perfume capital, Grasse.
Gain night-time access to the Louvre, the world’s largest collection of art and history, on a VIP tour away from the crowds with the gallery’s curator. Immerse yourself in the story of each piece and enjoy an experience beyond the norm, expertly guided through the exhibitions. Appreciate the work up close, and take your time wandering the crypts, making your way between celebrated sculptures and paintings, including the damning ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, revolutionary ‘Liberty Leading the People’, and of course Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’.
Indulge in the Champagne region of Northern France. Work alongside our local contact to prepare and blend your own batch of luxury champagne, adding your personal touch to the mix. Understand the process behind the area’s renowned sparkling wine, from grape picking to aging, and even come back five years later to collect your custom vintage case.
Where better to while away the summer days than aboard a private yacht sailing along the beautiful French Riviera? Board at Nice to explore the enchanting islands dotted beyond the mainland, the historic villages perched on hilltops, and the pristine white bobbing boats along the coastline. Enjoy complete tranquility aboard your private vessel: take a dip in the warm waters, feel the sun on your skin as you sip champagne, and ready yourself for a freshly caught lunch prepared by an onboard chef.
Load up the camera.
Known as the City of Lights – and love – Paris is always on our minds. From iconic architecture to world-famous cuisine, let us show you a side to this romantic city you didn’t know existed. Stroll through the cobbled streets and let our expert guide Xavier, take you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of some of the city’s monumental landmarks. Perhaps a night time tour of the Louvre? After a couple of croissants, try your hand at macaroon making at one of the city’s most charming Patisseries before retreating back to the ever-enchanting Hotel de Crillon.
Embrace your version of the ‘French Paradox’.
Start your South of France journey by exploring the rolling landscapes and medieval towns of Bordeaux. Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint Émilion for a guided tour of its catacombs, Romanesque ruins and 12th century subway church. Here, you’ll be guided by a professional sommelier on the region’s most famous wines, learning how to sniff, swirl and sip – whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the Dordogne Valley of course.
Honey in spring, lavender in summer, olives in autumn, truffles in winter.
Pushed up against Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, Provence boasts a diverse topology. Bursting with the world’s most sought-after perfumes – it is where the iconic L’Occitane brand originated after all – you’ll get the chance to bottle your very own scent with local experts at Artemisia Museum. Life revolves around the harvest here, so whatever the season we’ve got something special up our sleeves.
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