The grand cities and charming provincial hideaways of France conjure scenes of the finer things in life, which for the French might just as likely mean gilded palace halls or the simple pleasure of a morning croissant executed with exceeding care. Food and wine are taken seriously here, and produce from the market is selected as carefully as a new outfit. A trip to France is an invitation to indulge in exquisite sights and tastes while interacting with the locals in the hopes of picking up on their habit of joie de vivre. This is a culture renowned the world over for its exceptional abundance of art collections, gastronomic experiences and iconic landmarks immortalized in film and popular culture. It's almost impossible to travel to France without some pre-conceived notion of what to expect from the French people. To encounter something familiar yet foreign can be an exciting revelation as you challenge your own perceptions and find what speaks to you.
Paris – Provence – French Riviera
This classic 3-region itinerary for France is popular with first-time visitors.
Paris (3 nights) – Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Montmartre, Notre-Dame and Louvre
Aix-en-Provence (3 nights) – Marseille, Aix, Avignon, Provence villages, Côte d'Azur towns
Nice (2 nights) - Villefranch sur Mer, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Éze & Nice
Paris & Normandy by River Cruise
This one-week river cruise is a convenient way to see Paris and the highlights of Normandy.
Small-Ship Seine River Cruise (7 nights) – Paris, Château Gaillard, Les Andelys, Honfleur, Normandy Beaches, Le Havre, Caudebec-en-Caux, Rouen, Vernon, Giverny, Château Malmaison or Auvers-sur-Oise & Conflans
Bordeaux – Saint-Émilion
Travel to the Bordeaux wine region to taste its famous products and tour charming villages.
Bordeaux (4 nights) – Bordeaux Grand Theatre, Place de la Bourse, Miroir d'Eau, La Cité du Vin and Médoc wine region
Saint-Émilion (4 nights) – Bay of Arcachon, Dune du Pilat, Saint-Émilion village and wine tour, Graves wine region and Entre-Deux-Mers wine region
Loire Valley – Normandy – Giverny
Visit the castles and towns of the Loire Valley and Normandy regions – a great add-on to a Paris stay.
Tours (3 nights) – Chinon, Château d'Azay le Rideau, Chateau de Chenonceau, wine tasting in Amboise, Chateau de Chambord, Mont St-Michel and Abbey
Bayeux (3 nights) – D-Day Museum and Beaches, Longues-sur-mer German Battery, Omaha Beach and American Cemetery, Pointe-du-Hoc
promontory, Notre-Dame de Bayeux and Bayeux Tapestry, Calvados and cheese tasting & Monet's house and gardens en route
Regions of France
The itineraries outlined above are just a few of the possibilities for your trip! Each request for a tailor-made itinerary is different and prices will vary based on your travel dates, group size, hotel and room type preferences, tour and transfer choices, etc. Private trip prices start at $1750 per person (double occupancy) per week.
Please call us for a detailed day-by-day itinerary for any of the programs above. Or, jump straight to the planning form and send us a request! After speaking with one of our expert travel specialists, you will receive your own custom-designed travel plan.
In general, our custom travel itineraries include everything needed to ensure a smooth trip. This can always be modified according to your needs and where you are in your stage of planning:
- - Hotel accommodation with breakfast daily
- - Airport transfers
- - Transfers between destinations (whether by car, van, boat, train, ferry, etc.)
- - Private or group sightseeing as requested (including entrance fees)
- - Personalized support, with contact before, during and after your trip
We are also happy to provide when requested:
- - Flights between North America and Europe
- - Travel insurance
- - Visa assistance
Our programs do not include:
- - Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
- - Laundry and personal items
- - Bottled beverages or alcohol, and meals where not listed
- - Hotel city tax