The aroma of lavender sweeps across the hillside. Lily pads blossom with graceful petals reflecting in the tranquil pond. A lingering taste of cocoa coats your tongue as you look out to the vast azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Mountains tower over lush valleys adorned with historic castles. Vines carpet the hillside bending over the horizon. This best of France tour in 2 weeks is hand tailored to offer you the most luxurious lifestyle in a country notable for understanding opulence, whether...
Paris - Parisian Charm
The River Seine winds through the historic architecture of the Parisian cityscape. Sacre Coeur stands like a pearl atop the crown of the central hillside of Montmartre overlooking the rooftops. The Eiffel Tower adds to the skyline of the historic city, standing with cathedral spires and palaces. Couples sit on the cobblestone walkways lining the riverbanks, sipping on wine and snacking on decadent cheeses. Life has a way of slowing down when you arrive in Paris.
You meet your private transfer at the airport for your hotel transfer. The city’s beauty is immediately recognizable, sweeping you into its folds of enticing pastries, rich chocolates, indulgent gastronomy, lively markets, and embracing lifestyle. After you check into your hotel, your guide meets you in the lobby ready to show you the beauty surrounding your centrally located accommodation.
The Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889 as the entrance archway to the World’s Fair. The edifice is now a pinnacle of Paris, standing 1,063 feet at the edge of the park Champs de Mars. The scent of fresh crepes emanates from a crepe stand near the stairs leading down to the Seine. You marvel at the size and beauty of the statue. Seeing the structure lets you know you have officially arrived in Paris.
Paris - A Taste of Paris
Paris - The Majesty In and Around Paris
Bordeaux - Graceful Countryside
Bordeaux - A Road Lined with Vines
Bordeaux - Into the Medoc
Dordogne - Step into the Middle Ages
Dordogne - Caves of the Past
Aix-en-Provence - Classic Countryside
Aix-en-Provence - Capital Flavors
Aix-en-Provence - Sampling Provencal
Nice - Countryside to Coastline
Nice - Crowning the Riviera
Nice - Luxurious Goodbyes
- Indulge in the decadent flavors of Foie Gras during a tasting in a region specializing in the specific cuisine
- Discover the stunning scenery of Monet’s Gardens set in the charming village of Giverny
- Explore the lavish expanse of the French monarchy at Chateau de Versailles
- Savor the flavors of local wineries on introductory and in-depth gourmet tours of various celebrated wine regions
- Witness the prehistory of Western Europe decorating the hidden Lascaux Caves
- Journey through the lavish history overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the Prince’s Palace of Monaco
- Follow your guide on a delicious gourmet tour of Paris to taste the traditional and ever expanding flavors of French cuisine
- Take pleasure in the elaborate charms of the Eiffel Tower and pearled edifice of Sacre Coeur
- Settle into the opulently maintained medieval villages decorating the French countryside around Dordogne, Bordeaux, and Provence
When you picture France tours, your mind may immediately rush to Paris, conjuring images of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. You may think of a sea of vines leading to an 18th century Chateau. On your best of France tour in 2 weeks, you will find that France is all of these things and so much more, from an impressionist’s dreamscape to a foodie paradise, a romantic’s fantasy to medievalist’s top destination.
The wonder of the country comes into view with your arrival in Paris. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to the heart of the city for you to settle into your hotel. Your guide meets you in the lobby and takes you on a remarkable tour of the city so you can explore the architectural highlights. Your guide will also lead you on an epicurean tour of one of the most famous gourmet cities in the world, filled with lavish restaurants and historic markets. Taste gourmet dishes from ham to macaroons before you enjoy the latter half of the day inside the treasured Louvre Museum. The following day you venture to Giverny to visit Monet’s Gardens, followed by an exploration of the interior and exterior opulence of the Palace of Versailles.
Than, board a first-class train car making your way to the historic city of Bordeaux in central France. Your private transfer meets you at the train station and takes you on a tour of several lavish chateaus across the Bordeaux countryside. The following day is filled with the exceptional flavors of regional wines on a private wine tour around the region known for its Grand Cru. Continues the exquisite wine sampling through the region of Medoc. The next day you visit the medieval hilltop town of Saint Emilion en route to the enchanting countryside of Dordogne, known for truffles, foie gras, and beautiful medieval villages. Visit the Lascaux Caves and enjoy a guided walk through the stunning streets of Old Town Sarlat.
Spend time drifting down the Dordogne River on a guided canoe ride. Next, your guide escorts you to the Bordeaux Airport for your flight to Marseille and your transfer to the chic rural elegance of Aix en Provence. Spend time exploring the city on a guided tour introducing you to the historic boulevards and hidden streets. In the latter half of the day, you venture to Avignon to see the home of numerous Popes throughout history. Travel to the Provencal countryside and to the villages of Menerbes and Gordes where the decadent tastes of black truffle is king.
Visit Roussillon and historic quarries set across the hillside. The following day you embark on a first-class train ride to Nice where you continue to Eze to find an elegant hilltop village and your luxury hotel. Your guide leads you into Monaco for the remainder of the day to discover the graceful streets and opulent décor of the principality. Take time to savor Nice with your private guide, basking in the sunlight and cobblestone streets of the seaside city. On your final day in France, your private guide meets you at your hotel in Eze and escorts you to the Nice Côte d’Azure International Airport for your flight home.
$10,915 per person (excluding international flights)
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