“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris in France, nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French.” – Edward Hopper
Following the fantastic news that France has added both the United States and Canada to its green list, many travelers are eager to book their summer sojourn in Europe. Luxury guided travel in France is a popular choice among holidaymakers, providing peace of mind with the backing of an experienced travel company.
Famed for its culinary splendor, rich viticulture and art history, France offers so much for every type of visitor. For those who love urban excitement, Paris has it in abundance while those seeking history or art can find it in over 130 museums in the capital. There’s also plenty to discover in the countryside, from the fragrant olive groves to the many chateaux dotted about the landscape. Vineyard tours are plentiful in one of the world’s top wine-producing countries.
A Luxury Tour in France
If this sounds heavenly, then the French Vogue luxury tour is a great option for your summer getaway. Featuring off the beaten track experiences alongside the major sights, this 10-day adventure combines the best of city and country so you can appreciate France from both perspectives.
Your journey begins in Paris, the City of Light. After checking into your elegant hotel, just steps from the Eiffel Tower, there is time to explore the nearby vicinity including the magnificent Moorish style Trocadero. In the evening, you’ll gather with your fellow travelers for dinner right by the Seine River, to soak up to romance of this wonderful city.
On Day 2, you’ll be escorted to Château De Vaux-Le-Vicomte for a VIP Experience exclusive to Luxury Gold. Explore the beautifully-landscape grounds of the oldest château in France and hear more about how the design set a precedent in architectural styles.
One of the best ways to experience Paris is through a foodie tour with your Local Expert. Sample the freshly baked goods at a patisserie, and let your turophile loose in the tiny cheese shops. You’ll also visit chocolatiers and small cafés serving up the delightful gourmet fare that has made France famous. Lunch is served at the Eiffel Tower, where you can admire the panoramas of Paris over a glass of wine.
Roman Relics and Charming Markets
Head south to Avignon on board one of the fastest trains in the world, the TGV. After lunch, marvel at the well-preserved Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the only example of a three-story aqueduct that is left standing, a testament to the thousand men who built it over a five-year period in the first century.
Your luxury accommodation for the next three nights will be at the Château de Fonscolombe, a historic building set amid the lush landscape of Provence. There is plenty of time to enjoy all the estate has to offer, perhaps you can ask the concierge to arrange a picnic in the colorful park that the estate sits on?
Wander the artisan stalls of the lively St Remy market before lunch at the Michelin-starred Maison Prévôt, an institution that celebrates the best of Provencal cuisine.
Begin Day 6 with a guided walk through Arles, following the footsteps of the great artist Van Gogh. He stayed in the town for 14 months, painting over 200 masterpieces of its features and surrounding countryside. Stop by the Arles Amphitheatre to hear the echoes of the chariot races that took place here 2,000 years ago. In the afternoon, stroll amid the olive groves of Moulin de Calanquet, where olive oil has been produced since the 19th century. Hear more about the family who has owned the mill for generations and sample their oils, jams and spreads. You’ll continue on to the charming village of Les-Baux-de-Provence, perched in the Alpilles Mountains.
Provence Your Way to the Glamour of Monaco
After browsing the market in lovely Lourmarin, you have a choice with Provence Your Way. Follow a guided walk through the trees, spotting the many works of contemporary art or experience one of the most insightful wine tasting tours in cellars designed by Jean Nouvel. Sample award-winning wines produced using organic and biodynamic principles.
After a few wonderful days exploring rural France, the next stop on your journey is the glamorous Principality of Monaco. This jet set paradise has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is host to the Formula 1 Gran Prix. Some of the most expensive real estate in the world can be found here, which is unsurprising when you discover that over 32% of its population are millionaires.
In Monaco, you’ll spend three nights in lavish accommodation overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Pass by the cathedral to see where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace are laid to rest, and admire the royal palace, which was built nearly 1,000 years ago.
Should you wish to explore Nice, it is just 30 minutes from Monaco. The city has some wonderful museums and a beautiful promenade walk along the French Riviera.
The Wonders of the French Riviera
After a Relaxed Start, embark on the late morning drive along the Moyenne Corniche Road to see some of the most staggering vistas of the Mediterranean. See the opulent villas built during the Belle Époque era on this winding road hewn from the rocky hillside.
Join a Local Expert to explore the fascinating Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the most incredible buildings on the coast. Art lovers can admire the enormous collection of works from across the globe, while those with a preference for botany will find plenty to examine in the nine gardens that surround the villa.
You’ll bid goodbye to France with a celebration dinner on the French Riviera, savoring the extraordinary gourmet flavors of the country.
Elite Experiences on the Chairman’s Collection
Select departures on the French Vogue tour are Chairman’s Collection journeys, which offer experiences that have been personally curated by Stanley Tollman using his extensive connections from a life in travel.
This provides our guests the exclusive opportunity to dine with Count Richard de Warren at his family’s property, Hotel Alfred Sommier. Over an expertly-prepared Parisien meal, the Count will share stories about his family history and developing the mansion into an exquisite hotel.
Discover Why France is Top Trending Summer Destination
If you’re looking for a luxury small group tour to France, you’ll find exceptional comfort and space on our French Vogue tour this summer. Your Travel Director and Well-Being Director will provide any support and assistance you require on your tour, so you can simply relax and enjoy your travels.
From the historic walled city of St-Malo to relishing the produce of farm-to-table vineyards in the Loire Valley, this tour will indulge all your senses.
You can now book your French Vogue tour with up to 15% off for journeys in summer 2021. Turn your travels into gold with a luxury summer escape to France.