Itinerary #1: Cities & Nature on the French Riviera
Take a cooking class in Nice, learn about perfume in Provence, hit the beach in Saint-Tropez: this colorful trip plan along the sunshine-filled French Riviera has something for everyone.
|Day 1||Arrive in Nice||Nice|
|Day 2||Cooking Class & Perfume Tour in Nice||Nice|
|Day 3||Wine tour in Bellet & Saint Paul de Vence from Nice||Nice|
|Day 4||Transfer from Nice to Cannes||Cannes|
|Day 5||Provence Tour & Perfume Workshop||Cannes|
|Day 6||Private Sailing Tour of the Lérins Islands||Cannes|
|Day 7||Sunset Hike & Aperitif in the Esterel Massif||Cannes|
|Day 8||Drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez||Saint Tropez|
|Day 9||Private Boat Tour of Îles d'Or||Saint Tropez|
|Day 10||Private Driving Tour of the Mediterranean Coast||Saint Tropez|
|Day 11||Au revoir, France!|
The trip begins on the French Riviera. Spent the first night in Nice, where you'll shop in the local market, take a cooking class (and feast on the three-course meal you'll help to make), and go on a perfume tour on day two. You'll move onto Bellet for a wine tour, then visit the village of Saint Paul de Vence. Take a perfume workshop in Provence, then continue onto Cannes and take a private sailing tour around the Lérins Islands.
On day seven, you'll go for a hike on the Esterel Massif, taking in sunset views and enjoying aperitifs at the top. The following day, make the scenic drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez. Go on a private boat tour of Îles d'Or—you'll have the chance to swim in the clear blue water, too—then return to Saint-Tropez. You'll spend the last full day of the trip on a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Discover Provence by Electric Bike
Explore the lavender fields of Provence on two wheels—motor included!—on this electric bike tour of one of France's most beautiful regions.
|Day 1||Arrive in Paris||Paris|
|Day 2||Paris to Montelimar, Bike Pick-Up, & Route to Grignan||Grignan|
|Day 3||E-Bike from Grignan to Vaucluse-la-Romaine||Vaison la Romaine|
|Day 4||E-Bike from Vaison to Sault & Mount Ventoux||Sault|
|Day 5||Free Day in Sault, the Land of Lavender||Sault|
|Day 6||E-Bike from Sault to Roussillon & the Luberon||Roussillon|
|Day 7||E-Bike from Roussillon to Fontaine de Vaucluse||Fontaine de Vaucluse|
|Day 8||Free Day in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the World of Waters||Fontaine de Vaucluse|
|Day 9||E-bike from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Avignon||Avignon|
|Day 10||Full Day in Avignon, City of the Popes||Avignon|
|Day 11||Au Revoir, France|
Get oriented in France at the start of the trip with an afternoon and evening in Paris. Transfer to Montelimar on day two, where you'll pick up an e-bike (and learn how to operate it). Over the next few days, make your way from Grignan to Vaucluse-la-Romaine to Mount Ventoux to Sault, where you'll take a break to enjoy the so-called Land of Lavender. Go for a walk on the Lavender Road, sample local sweets at the Boyer Nougat Factory, visit lavender distilleries, and pick up souvenirs at Provence Soap Works.
Continue pedaling to Roussillon and Fontaine de Vaucluse, famous for its powerful natural springs. You'll have a day to explore the town (and take a break from biking) before you continue on to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site in medieval Avignon. Spend the last full day of the trip sightseeing in the medieval town and sipping coffee in outdoor cafés before its time to catch a flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Tour Basque Country - Bordeaux to Bilbao
On this itinerary, you'll savor the unique culinary and cultural pleasures of Basque Country on its French side, then cross the border to see the Spanish side of the region.
|Day 1||Arrive in Bordeaux||Bordeaux|
|Day 2||Farmers' Market & Wine Tour||Bordeaux|
|Day 3||Bay of Arcachon & The Medoc||Bordeaux|
|Day 4||Cycling in Saint-Emilion||Bordeaux|
|Day 5||Travel to Biarritz||Biarritz|
|Day 6||Bike & Basque||Biarritz|
|Day 7||Basque Villages||Biarritz|
|Day 8||Biarritz to Bilbao||Bilbao|
|Day 9||Art & Architecture in Bilbao||Bilbao|
|Day 10||Olive Oil & Wine Tour in La Rioja||Bilbao|
|Day 11||Depart Bilbao|
Arrive in Bordeaux and toast the first day of the trip with a glass of locally produced wine. You'll visit the local farmer's market before touring wineries in Medoc and beaches on the Bay of Arcachon, then spend day four cycling through the vineyards of Saint-Emilion. Move onto glamorous Biarritz, near the border of Spain. Then cycle along the wild coastline between Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz.
You'll tour a few traditional French Basque villages before crossing over into Spain. Once in Bilbao, take time to admire great works of art at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Side-trip to beautiful San Sebastián, considered a culinary capital of Spain, before returning to Bilbao to experience Spanish-style Basque nightlife. On the last full day of the trip, you'll explore the wine-growing region of La Rioja on a wine and olive oil tour. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Multi-Country Trek - Tour du Mont-Blanc
Hike through the gorgeous alpine scenery of France, Italy, and Switzerland, sleeping in resort towns and mountain huts along the way, on this active adventure.
|Day 1||Arrive in Geneva & Transfer to Chamonix||Chamonix|
|Day 2||Chamonix - Brévent - Les Houches||Les Houches|
|Day 3||Les Houches - Bellevue - Col du Tricot Pass - Montjoie||Les Contamines Montjoie|
|Day 4||Les Contamines-Montjoie - Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge - Les Chapieux||Les Chapieux|
|Day 5||Les Chapieux - Col de la Seigne Pass - Val Veny - Courmayeur||Courmayeur|
|Day 6||Courmayeur - Rifugio Bertone - Rifugio Bonatti||Rifugio Bonatti|
|Day 7||Rifugio Bonatti - Grand Col Ferret Pass - Champex||Champex|
|Day 8||Champex - Bovine/Fenêtre d’Arpette - Trient||Trient|
|Day 9||Trient - Col de Balme Pass - Argentière||Argentiere|
|Day 10||Argentière - Col des Montets Pass - Lac Blanc - Chamonix||Chamonix|
|Day 11||Depart Chamonix|
Welcome to the picturesque Chamonix Valley, where your journey begins in the resort town of Les Houches. Catch a ride from the Bellevue cable car station to the place where you'll start your hike to Bionnassay glacier. Continue onward to the village where you'll spend the night, Les Contamines Montjoie. The next day, you'll trek for six hours past Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme, where you'll take in a sweeping panorama of Mont-Pourri before stopping for the evening in the hamlet of Les Chapieux.
On the second part of the itinerary, hike through the alpine pastures of the Ville des Glaciers to Courmayeur, an Italian resort town celebrated for its gourmet dining scene. After a day to relax and take it easy, you'll overnight in Champex, then hike through the Swiss meadows of Bovines, a famous cheese-producing region. On the last full day of the trip, continue to the French border and catch the ski lift down to Le Tour, where you'll connect to Argentière. Spend one last night relaxing and dining on traditional Alpine cuisine in the Chamonix Valley. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Luxury, Art, & Food in France
Experience the good life, French-style, on this luxury tour of some of the country's top highlights, from masterpieces of art at the Louvre to a cooking class in Provence to a private boat cruise in Marseilles.
|Day 1||Arrive in Paris||Paris|
|Day 2||Chauffeured Tour of Paris in a Vintage Car||Paris|
|Day 3||Pastry Tour of Le Marais & Afternoon at the Louvre||Paris|
|Day 4||Paris to Marseille, Afternoon of Art & History||Marseille|
|Day 5||Private Boat Cruise & Photography Workshop||Marseille|
|Day 6||Arrive in Aix-en-Provence||Aix en Provence|
|Day 7||Avignon & Hilltop Villages of the Luberon||Aix en Provence|
|Day 8||Provençal Cooking Class in Aix-en-Provence||Aix en Provence|
|Day 9||Aix-en-Provence to Nice: Wine Estate, Villecroze, & Nature||Nice|
|Day 10||Cooking Class & Perfume Tour in Nice||Nice|
|Day 11||Au revoir, France!|
The trip begins in Paris. You'll see the City of Lights in style during a chauffeured tour in a vintage car, then sample pastries in Le Marais and spend an afternoon at the Louvre. Travel to Marseilles, where you'll take an art history-themed tour, a private boat cruise, and attend a photography workshop. The trip continues in charming Aix-en-Provence. You'll take a cooking class and visit UNESCO-honored Avignon and the hilltop villages of Provence before traveling onward to the French Riviera.
Spend the rest of the trip in and around Nice, making side trips to wineries and beaches. You'll shop for produce in the local market ahead of a private cooking class, then learn about the region's long-running perfume-making tradition on a dedicated tour. Feast on fresh seafood and sip local wines on your last night in France before catching a flight out from Nice. Learn more
Itinerary #6: Highlights of Eastern France
On this trip around eastern France, you'll sip champagne at Moët & Chandon, tour the villages of Alsace, sample Alpine cheeses in Annecy, and relax on the French Riviera.
|Day 1||Arrive in Paris, Transfer to Reims & Champagne Tasting||Reims|
|Day 2||Champagne Tasting and Olfactory Workshop in Epernay||Reims|
|Day 3||Reims to Strasbourg & Discover Petit France||Strasbourg|
|Day 4||Exploring the Wine Route on a VW Kombi||Strasbourg|
|Day 5||Train to Colmar & River Cruise of the Canals||Colmar|
|Day 6||The Ridge Road in Alsace & Haut Kœnigsbourg||Colmar|
|Day 7||Villages of Alsace Tour||Colmar|
|Day 8||Drive from Colmar to Annecy||Annecy|
|Day 9||Alpine Cheese & Savoie Wine||Annecy|
|Day 10||Transfer to Geneva & Flight to Nice||Nice|
|Day 11||Au Revoir, France|
Arrive in Paris and have a quick coffee and croissants before transferring to Reims for a champagne tasting. Sip more varietals on the Avenue of Champagne, then attend an olfactory workshop in Epernay on day two. Move onto Strasbourg, touring the French-German historic center. You'll explore the region's wine route in a VW Kombi the next day, then you'll catch the train to Colmar, where you'll cruise the canals on a riverboat.
On the second half of the trip, explore the picturesque villages of Alsace on a guided tour. Drive to Annecy and relax with wine and cheeses on the lakefront. You'll learn more about the process behind their production on a dedicated Alpine cheese and wine tour, stopping to visit four historic vineyards—Parc de Chartreuse, the Chaîne de l'Epine, the Parc des Bauges, and the Combe de Savoie. Continue to Geneva and board a flight to Nice. Take one last evening to relax on the French Riviera before the next day's flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #7: Luxury Getaway to Western France
Taste wines in the Loire Valley, tour D-Day sites in Normandy, and enjoy a private cruise on the Seine River on this luxury tour of western France.
Touch down in Paris. You'll tour Île de la Cité and the Eiffel Tower, then continue to Versailles on day three, returning to Paris later for a dinner cruise on the Seine River. Spend part of the next day in a French baking class. After learning how to make baguettes and pastries as Parisians do, you'll tour the opulent Opéra Garnier.
Transfer to historic Bayeux the next day. After a city tour, you'll visit D-Day sites in the region. Then make the trip to Mont-Saint-Michel, the famed "abbey on an island." You'll move on to the fortified town of Saint-Malo in a private car. The next day, you'll ride in the first-class compartment on the train from Brittany to the Loire Valley, where you'll spend the last few days of the trip relaxing and tasting locally produced wines. Get a taste for old-world luxury when you tour the Châteaus de Chambord and Chenonceau on the last full day of the trip. Learn more
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