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Christmas Traditions in France Vs. North America

17th December 2020 The Latest News 0

Every year on both sides of the Atlantic, the dark days of late November give way to festive lights, parades, warm holiday windows, carefully decorated trees, and, on the 24th and 25th of December, tables heaping with abundant treats, from the savory to the sweet. Christmas is celebrated not only as a religious holiday for many, but as a cultural effort to bring light to the darkness, and warmth to the heart. It's a time for communities and families to come together around special, elaborate rituals, and confront the longest days of the year with a sense of hope, cheer, and festivity. Read more

The Interview : Philippe Marques, A French Sommelier Famous for Perfect Food & Wine Pairings

15th October 2020 The Latest News 0

The Interview : Philippe Marques, a sommelier, a discerning gastronome, a wine lover (and Burgundy in particular), ... and above all a prodigy in food and wine pairing. Indeed, Philippe is a highly gifted sommelier trained at Lucas Carton and Prince de Galles hotel, and certainly the most knowledgeable sommelier on Burgundy wines with a deep understanding of food & wine match. Read more

Why France’s Belle-Île-en-Mer is an Untapped Luxury-Travel Treasure

15th October 2020

Boasting one of France's most-distinctive culinary traditions, the region of Brittany is a wonderful place to explore for curious gourmets. While its local cuisine is generally quite accessible and finds its greatest strength in simple flavours and fantastic ingredients, this doesn't mean a Brittany food tour has to lack in genuinely gourmet, exceptional experiences. Read more

Interview With Luxury Travel Expert and Tour Operator Marie Tesson, Founder of Exclusive France Tours

14th May 2020 The Latest News 0

Exclusive France Tours: "We really believe in the importance of bringing France to life, of giving tourists experiences."
Interview with Marie Tesson, founder of Exclusive France Tours

For twenty years now, Marie Tesson has been welcoming top-of-the-range foreign clients to France to help them discover all the beauties of our beloved France. Personalized, friendly experiences, but at a very high level. Today, like the 200 or so inbound agencies specialising in France, her activity has come to a halt altogether. So, while waiting for the return of its clientele - mainly American - the agency is looking forward to the post-crisis period. Back on a back-and-forth exchange with a woman in love with France and her professional life.

Written by Anaïs BORIOS on Wednesday 13 May 2020
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Why to Keep Dreaming of Travel beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

7th May 2020

We are all being affected by the current health and economic crisis in different ways, but in many ways we’re all in it together. Having to deal with so much uncertainty and seeing our daily lives disrupted beyond recognition is not a situation that puts us at ease, to say the least. Read more

5 Gourmet Products to Taste on a Private Brittany Food Tour

11th March 2020
oysters tasting in brittany

Boasting one of France's most-distinctive culinary traditions, the region of Brittany is a wonderful place to explore for curious gourmets. While its local cuisine is generally quite accessible and finds its greatest strength in simple flavours and fantastic ingredients, this doesn't mean a Brittany food tour has to lack in genuinely gourmet, exceptional experiences. Read more

The Top French Palaces: Ultra-Luxury Hotels With Special Status

13th February 2020
La Réserve, one of the most luxurious palace hotels in France

In 2010, France created a new official category for 5-star hotels that boat only the most luxurious amenities, services and premises: the palace. The criteria is stringent, and only a small number of top-end establishments came away with the label. Why? These "French palaces", while not to be confused with places of historic royal residence, certainly have a tendency to treat their patrons like royalty. More than mere places to stay, they represent genuine destinations in their own right. Keep reading for details on our very favourite palaces, from Paris to the Cote d'Azur. Then get in touch with us to craft a private getaway to France with stays at one or more of these opulent havens. Read more

Victory in Europe Day in France & World War II Commemorations

12th February 2020

2020 will see several important commemorative events in France and around Europe to mark the official end of World War II, as well as to celebrate its heroic figures. 2020 notably marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when a terrible conflict that saw millions of people perish came to a happy end in May 1945. Today, May 8th is a public/bank holiday in France, and every year it is commemorated with special events. Keep reading to learn about the major events taking place this year, and why embarking on a unique private history tour in France can deeply enhance your appreciation and knowledge. Read more

Top Luxury Ski Resorts in the French Alps

26th November 2019
Skiing in Megève in the Alps

When it comes to planning a high-end ski holiday in France, discerning travellers are looking for nothing short of exceptional experiences. France is, of course, one of the world's most-coveted destinations for lovers of fantastic slopes and top-rate après amenities. These are some of the most prestigious luxury French ski resorts. Read more

Oyster Tasting in France: Where to Find the Very Best?

25th November 2019
oyster harbour during your Brittany holidays in France

If you're interested in gourmet oyster tasting, a trip to France can be a wonderful way to experience some of the world's finest and freshest delicacies. From Cancale in Brittany to Arcachon near Bordeaux, France harbours some truly exceptional oysters, with regional cuisine often featuring the aromatic, delicious shellfish in typical dishes, paired with excellent wines. Read on to learn where to taste the very best huitres -- and consider embarking on a private culinary tour with us to make your stay even more memorable and luxurious. Read more

500th Anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s Death in France

12th November 2019

While in the past Leonardo's last French years were little-known to those who admire the Florentine master's works, 2019 has been the occasion to mark his monumental oeuvre and his life in France. It marks the 500th anniversary of his death in the Loire Valley; his tomb lies within the Chapel of Saint Hubert at the Chateau d'Amboise. Major exhibits and special events this year and through much of 2020 celebrate this landmark anniversary, encouraging visitors to learn more about the life and legacy of one of Europe's greatest artists and thinkers. Read more

4 Reasons to Include Mont St-Michel on a Luxury French Holiday

28th October 2019
Sheeps in the mist of the mont Saint Michel is a site named heritage world heritage.

One of the great architectural and natural wonders of Europe, Mont St-Michel has attracted travellers and pilgrims to its watery gates for centuries. Situated in the French region of Normandy, the site is nothing short of astonishing. A 10th-century Benedictine Abbey and fortified "city" lies on a granitic island in the English channel, surrounded by a dramatic tidal system whose waters and sands interplay to cast magnificent-- and ever-changing-- light. Incredibly rich in history, architecture and natural beauty, the site leaves few indifferent to its sublime power. It's little wonder that it's now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Intrigued? Keep reading for our perspectives on why luxury travellers should consider a visit to Mont Saint-Michel as part of a high-end getaway to France-- and learn how our bespoke private tours can greatly enhance your appreciation of the myth-filled site. Read more

French Caviar Tastings & Luxury Tours: A Gourmet Adventure

3rd September 2019

One of the world's most-expensive and sought-after delicacies, caviar is not worth tasting if it is anything short of superb. While Italy, Russia and Iran are renowned for producing this gourmet treat, some of the very finest is made in France. If you're a discerning traveller hoping to expand your gastronomic knowledge on your next trip to France, keep reading. From Bordeaux and the Dordogne to Paris, our unique private tours let you taste the very best French caviar being produced today. Meet the artisans and experience true luxury. Read more

5 Reasons Why the Ritz in Paris Remains a Luxury Travel Reference

4th August 2019

More than merely an opulent place to stay or dine, the Ritz Hotel in Paris is a historic monument and a luxury-travel icon. Situated on the grand Place Vendome, home to some of Paris' most-prestigious jewelers and fashion houses, the Ritz is itself steeped in past and present style. The recently-renovated five-star hotel is so legendary that it has been the focus of numerous films, documentaries and glamorous ad campaigns. It has stood the test of time and passing fashions to become an enduring symbol of Parisian elegance, history, literature and timeless style. Here are five reasons why it remains essential to the discerning luxury traveler. Read more

Autumn in France: Luxurious Ways to Enjoy It

2nd August 2019

Autumn in France is inspiring and energising. There's a crispness to the air and beautiful light casts itself on vineyards in Burgundy or Haussmannian buildings in Paris. Peak tourist season is reaching its end, which means the ambience tends to be more relaxed and contemplative. Whether you're angling to visit some exceptional cellars in time for harvest season, explore some exceptional cities or enjoy a bit of wild nature by boat or foot, there are so many luxurious and authentic ways to enjoy a fall getaway to France. Read on for some inspiration! Read more

Top 6 St-Tropez Luxury Hotels

23rd July 2019

Saint-Tropez is known around the world as a center for high luxury. The glamorous city on the French Côte d'Azur seems to have it all when you're after something truly exceptional, from gastronomy and shopping to yachting and sandy white beaches. Of course, many of its accommodations are also establishments of prestige and history. These are 6 of the best St-Tropez luxury hotels, selected for their opulent suites and rooms, dream private beaches, spas, gastronomic restaurants and stunning design.
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Why to Take a Private Tour of Prehistoric Caves in France

12th July 2019
Cave men drawing in the Pyrénées

For anyone seeking a balance between culture, history and luxury on their next French holiday, a bespoke tour of the Dordogne and its many prehistoric riches is certainly a good idea. If you're interested in exploring this fascinating part of the country but wish to do so without sacrificing comfort and luxury, read on. Read more

Luxurious Things to Do in Saint-Emilion, France

29th May 2019
Bordeaux wine tours: a village with vines

When planning a tour around France, not everyone puts the stunning medieval town of Saint-Emilion on their priorities list-- but if you have a dual love for wine and history, you absolutely should. Read on for the most luxurious and interesting ways to enjoy your sojourn in Saint-Emilion, France-- and learn why a private tour of its vineyards and architectural heritage can greatly enhance your stay. Read more

The 40 Most Beautiful Castles in France

23rd May 2019
Chenonceau in the Loire Valley is one of the most beautiful castles in France

From the Romantic Loire Valley to rustic Provence and prestigious Bordeaux, there are too many beautiful castles in France to comfortably visit in a single getaway. It might even take three or four visits to cover the country's finest chateaux, fortified castle towns, and handsome estates owned by some of France's most powerful old families. Still, with our expertise and guidance, you'll embark on a bespoke adventure that brings together architecture, history, fine dining and opulent overnight stays. Read more

The Most Prestigious Paris Jewelers, From Classic Houses to New Designers

17th May 2019

When you're seeking a truly original and elegant piece of jewelry-- whether a ring, brooch, necklace or statement piece-- you want something that will stand the test of time. To find that something extraordinary, a whirl through some of the finer boutiques in Paris can be an obvious choice. Indeed, the French capital is home to some of the world's most prestigious jewelry designers and houses, who draw from hundreds of years of expertise and know-how to create truly unforgettable pieces. Read more

Luxurious Things to Do in & Around Arcachon, France

3rd May 2019
The landscape over the sea in Bassin d'Aracachon

Situated on a magnificent bay of the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon is a seaside resort town in France with a rare and elegant charm. If it lacks the obvious "glitz" and glamour of Riviera resorts such as St-Tropez or Cannes, it has much to offer the discerning luxury traveler. Once a grand 19th-century holiday town that attracted the aristocracy for its seaside hotels, elegant mansions, casino and fine seafood and shellfish-based gastronomy, it continues to hold appeal for many of the same reasons today Read more

Summer in France: 30+ Ways to Enjoy it

30th April 2019

Spring in France is the stuff of storybooks and legends. Who hasn't imagined riding on horseback through mythical green lands, past rushing rivers and magnificent, turret-crowned castles? For the more adventurous traveller, there's plenty to do in spring: from light aircraft rides over breathtaking landscapes to white-river rafting and cycling tours through miles and miles of vineyards and rustic villages. And if you're after culinary experiences, spring is a wonderful time for a food tour in France, too. Read more

West Coast of France: 4 Luxurious Destinations

19th April 2019

If your ideal luxury holiday in France is one that includes plenty of adventure and pulse-raising outdoor activities, a trip to the gorgeous West coast is calling your name. Featuring wild coastlines with crashing waves, dramatic and breathtaking areas of natural beauty perfect for hiking and other natural excursions, the Atlantic coast offers extraordinary experiences for more intrepid travelers in search of new challenges. Read more

Marseille Private Tours: Discover a Fascinating Mediterranean Jewel

21st February 2019

The fascinating port city of Marseille is one of France's most mysterious-- and misunderstood-- cities. This Mediterannean jewel is rich with thousands of years of history, stunning coastlines, distinctive cuisine and a diverse local culture marked by passion and pride. Yet most luxury travellers overlook this stunning French metropolis, assuming it's too "rough around the edges" to offer anything of worth to those seeking a high-end getaway. Read more

Luxury Travel to France in 2020: Unique Things to Do

1st February 2019
A river boat in the Loire valley

There's always been ample opportunities for luxury travellers seeking the unusual and the authentic in France-- but 2020 is shaping up to be a peak year for high-end adventures. If the trend known as "experiential travel" is your cup of tea, keep reading: we have plenty of carefully chosen ideas that will help make your getaway to France this year simply extraordinary. Read more

Winter in France: Private & Exclusive Ways to Enjoy It

21st December 2018

Winter in France offers discerning travellers a particular kind of magic. This is low season in many places, and an excellent time to enjoy a luxury holiday that's full of elegance, privacy, and of course, coziness and warmth. Whether you're after a high-end winter holiday in France that's full of quiet, contemplation and total relaxation, or are in it for the adventure of thrilling runs down top-rate, snowy slopes, there are so many ways to make your trip unforgettable and unique. Gourmets and those interested in arts and culture will also find plenty to do. Whatever your tastes, interests and preferences, keep reading to learn how to make your winter sojourn in Paris, Burgundy, the Alps or elsewhere truly extraordinary. And if we succeed in inspiring you, don't hesitate to get in touch: we'll work to create the perfect private getaway for you this winter (or next). Read more

Exclusive Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Paris & France

14th December 2018

Celebrating the New Year in Paris or other destinations in France can be a truly elegant affair-- or a mediocre and stressful one, especially if you find yourself in crowded conditions. How to avoid the throngs of tourists and bring in New Year's Eve in style, luxury and refinement? If you're after an evening that's both exceptional and memorable, full of joy and celebration while steering away from some of the less pleasant forms of December 31st-revelry, read on. We'll show you how to enjoy the final day of the year just as you've dreamed it up, whether you're seeking intimacy and privacy or an elegant fete or dinner to attend in excellent company. Read our suggestions for 2018-2019, then get in touch with us to craft a bespoke & unforgettable New Year's evening in France or the city of light. Read more

The Most Luxurious Alpine Spas in France

28th November 2018

No luxury ski holiday in France would be complete without a good soak in a sauna or steambath to ease tired muscles and relax after a long day on the slopes. But not all spas are created equal, of course. For some truly superb après-ski experiences, we recommend that you beeline to these eight extraordinary Alpine spas in France. From Megève to Courchevel and Chamonix, many of these coveted addresses are located within the region's most-prestigious hotels. Read on to learn more about how to make your experience in the Alps one that rhymes with high luxury, and total relaxation. Read more

Truffle Season in France: Private Tours & Authentic Tastings

12th November 2018

As one of the most expensive food items in the world, truffles are a much-prized gourmet treat in France-- not to mention an important part of local culture in certain regions. An astounding 20,000 truffle specialists and hunters work with painstaking precision and expertise to harvest and market at least 30 tonnes of the precious tuberous mushroom every year. Most are concentrated in France's southwest region, where black truffles-- known in French as diamants noirs (black diamonds) dominate-- but remain quite difficult to find. White truffles are mostly native to Italy (known as Alba Truffle or white diamonds) and Croatia but some very select producers have opened ventures in France. If you're a curious gourmet hoping to expand your gastronomic and cultural muscles on your next trip to France, keep reading. Truffle season in France peaks during the winter, and in January through February there are numerous annual festivals, lively markets and other gastronomic events that are well worth attending. Our unique private tours will usher you to the heart of truffle country, initiating you unforgettable gastronomic and cultural experiences. Read more

Private Dordogne Wine Tours: Luxury Meets Rustic Charm

7th November 2018

Known more for its superb foie gras and other regional delicacies than for its wines, the southwestern French region of Dordogne region is also a quiet powerhouse in winemaking. While wine collectors and luxury wine tasters tend to flock to nearby Bordeaux or St-Emilion for its ultra-prestigious grands crus, Dordogne wines offer quiet but real refinement, with a distinctive character and superb history that's all their own. Keep reading to learn how our private, exclusive wine tours of Dordogne allow you to experience the region in all its rustic charm and authenticity, while unlocking its luxurious secrets. Read more

Jewish Heritage Tours in France: Private Encounters With History

15th October 2018
Our private Jewish heritage tours in France are illuminating and completely unique.

France harbours one of the oldest and most vibrant Jewish communities in the world. In fact, after Israel and the US, the French Jewish population is the globe's largest. From the old "pletzl" in Paris, where generations of Jews have lived, worked and worshiped for centuries, to Provence where they at certain points found refuge during times of immense persecution, there are so many inspiring and moving sites to visit: places imbued with both cultural treasure and immense human tragedy. Read on to find out why to embark on one of our bespoke tours of Jewish France: we'll take you on an entirely private, personally tailored adventure around one or more regions, allowing you to discover countless historical and present-day riches. Read more

The 6 Most Beautiful Gardens in France: Luxurious Havens

2nd October 2018

French culture is well-known for its emphasis on aesthetic harmony and elegance. It's probably no surprise, then, that France harbours some of the world's most stunning green spaces, enchanting for their lush colours and landscapes, meticulously planned paths, fountains and trellises, and inviting you to moments of meditation and calm. If you're after a high-end holiday in France that includes some time strolling, picnicking and even staying nearby havens of greenery and relaxation, read on. Read more

Private Monaco Luxury Tours: 4 Exclusive Themes

19th September 2018

The French principality of Monaco is legendary for its elegance and prestige. Home to some of the world's most exclusive palaces, yacht clubs, shops and restaurants, it's also well-known for its powerful royal family (think Princess Grace and Stephanie of Monaco, two names that evoke incomparable glamour). Of course, anyone can book a flight to the Mediterranean city-state. To truly experience its exceptional corners, you'll need to consider a private Monaco luxury tour. Read on for some inspiring and exclusive themes around which you might choose to build your dream getaway there-- then contact us to make it a reality. Read more

Americans in France: 4 Key Places to Visit on a Private Tour

31st August 2018

The friendship between the United States and France is both historic and profound. One common joke is that the relationship is a bit like a stormy, passionate but faithful marriage: while the two countries have frequently disagreed and have had their low moments, the bond and mutual fascination endures. Read on for 4 key places where Americans in France have left indelible marks. Read more

5 Reasons to Take a High-End France Boat Tour

23rd August 2018
A cruise on the Seine in Paris

There's something idyllic, luxurious and perfectly relaxing about seeing a destination from the vantage point of a river. Drifting gently down the waterway, you can appreciate flora and fauna, rustic villages, and the fresh air at a slower, more poetic pace. Few places offer more picturesque and memorable adventures by barge than France. The country's many splendid rivers wend through storybook villages, magnificent cities, vineyards bursting with bounty, and countryside bursting with both wildlife and history. Read on for the 5 top reasons to embark on a high-end France boat tour! Read more

Top 6 Luxury Hotels on the French Riviera

3rd August 2018
vacation in France - a romantic evening on the french riviera

The French Côte d'Azur is synonymous with high luxury. From Nice to Cannes and St Tropez, there are few places in the world that count such a high number of exceptional establishments. When it comes to finding the best luxury hotels on the French Riviera, you're certainly spoiled for choice. But if you're after a stay that's truly exceptional and unforgettable, read on. Read more

Private & Luxurious Ways to Enjoy Languedoc Wines

25th July 2018
french wine cellar

Rustic, secretive and unpretentious, the Languedoc wine region doesn't make much of a fuss about itself. But visitors who are passionate about discovering France off the beaten path-- including lesser-known wine regions-- should certainly give a trip to the area also known administratively as Occitanie some serious consideration. Read on for a few of our favorite wineries and appellations in the region-- and learn how a private, personally tailored tour of this under-appreciated part of France can be an unforgettable part of your next luxury getaway. Read more

Luxury Paris Shopping Tours: VIP Experiences

22nd July 2018
The galeries Lafayette in Paris

As a global centre of haute couture and luxury goods, Paris is a natural destination for style-conscious travelers, or anyone hoping to find some exceptional items-- from finely made clothing to jewelry, accessories or even antiques and high-end homeware. World-famous for its emphasis on fine craftsmanship and impeccable style, the French capital truly has it all. Read on to find out how our private Paris shopping tours and fashion-centric itineraries will help you not only home in on some extraordinary pieces, but also immerse you in the fascinating past and present of French style. Read more

The 5 Best Places for Hiking in France

12th June 2018

For lovers of the great outdoors, France is a remarkable place to explore. The country's diverse terrain includes rugged, invigorating seaside cliffs, sublime and pristine mountains, rolling vineyards and even a dramatic sand dune that could be mistaken for the setting of Lawrence of Arabia. Read on for 5 of the most beautiful, unforgettable places for hiking in France. Read more

Provence Art: Key Places to See Famous French Painters’ Work

2nd June 2018

Endowed with warm, sublime light, lush, colourful flora, and inspiring, centuries-old buildings, Provence is an incredibly photogenic region of France. Is it any wonder, then, that it has served as muse for some of France's most brilliant painters and artists? Especially from the Impressionist period onward, when artists broke the moulds of classical painting and invented new ways of seeing, and expressing, form and light, Provencal landscapes and references have figured in some of the most iconic tableaux of the 19th and 20th centuries. Read more

Private Loire Valley Wine Tours: 4 Regions Not to Miss

29th May 2018

While the Loire Valley is perhaps most-famous for its sublime, Romantic chateaux, it is also exceptional for its varied, prestigious winemaking areas. It may lack the glitz associated with Champagne and the global renown and familiarity of Bordeaux, but the wines of the Loire are among some of France's most complex, sophisticated and delicious. Particularly lauded for excellent whites, from crisp Pouilly-Fumés to delicately sparkling cremants, the region also produces some distinctive and palate-opening reds, including from Anjou and Sancerre. Read more

California Wines Vs French Wines: 4 Key Things to Know

23rd May 2018

Both topping the world charts in terms of prestige and quality, Californian and French wines share some significant common ground. But they also couldn't be more different in certain respects, from how bottles are labelled to the general philosophy governing the wine-making process. If you're interested in learning more about the historical and present-day ties connecting vintners in France and California-- as well as what sets them apart from one another-- read on. Read more

5 Most Luxurious Things to Do on The French Riviera

20th April 2018

The Cote d'Azur counts many rivals these days when it comes to high-end destinations: St Barth, St Martin and the Italian Riviera, to name only a couple. Yet the classic, old-school glamour and rich cultural infrastructure of  the French Riviera set it apart, making it an enduringly appealing place for the most discerning travellers. Few places in the world offer its unique blend of prestige, natural beauty, architecture and culture. Read more

A Gourmet, Private Paris: Most Exclusive Dining Options

17th April 2018

Paris, world capital of gastronomy, has much to offer the discerning traveller in search of gourmet experiences. After all, in 2010 UNESCO officially declared French cuisine a precious part of World Heritage. But just about anyone can make a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant, these days. If you're after a truly exceptional evening that features world-class cuisine in an opulent and exclusive setting, read on. Read more

The Most Luxurious Day Trips From Paris

10th April 2018

For travellers in search of exclusive experiences, Paris offers no shortage of these. Some of the world’s finest gastronomy, luxury boutiques, restaurants and theatres can be found in the French capital. But sometimes, a day or two away from the city can be refreshing: take in the fresh air, enjoy a moment of peace and quiet in opulent surroundings, taste local wines and other specialities. Read more

West Coast of France: 4 Luxurious Destinations

4th April 2018

The West Coast of France is a bit off the beaten path for most travelers. Relatively far from Paris and offering a more rugged vibe than the glamorous Riviera and its calmer Mediterranean waters, the west coast offers a unique blend of wild natural beauty, stunning cultural diversity, gastronomic delights and opportunities for adventure. If you’re interested in a French luxury vacation that offers some or all of these features, you should strongly consider exploring this fantastic stretch of the country. Read more

France Adventure Travel: 5 Extraordinary West Coast Escapades

22nd March 2018

If your ideal luxury holiday in France is one that includes plenty of adventure and pulse-raising outdoor activities, a trip to the gorgeous West coast is calling your name. Featuring wild coastlines with crashing waves, dramatic and breathtaking areas of natural beauty perfect for hiking and other natural excursions, the Atlantic coast offers extraordinary experiences for more intrepid travelers in search of new challenges. Read more

Gourmet Cheese Tours of France: Top 5 Regions to Explore

14th March 2018
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If you’re interested in embarking on a gourmet cheese tour of France, there are myriad ways to enjoy some of the country’s finest specialities. From Paris to the Pyrenees, Dordogne and Normandy, numerous regions are famous for their distinctive, flavorful, creamy or delightfully sharp cheeses. Whether you prefer delicacies made with cow’s, goat’s, or sheep’s milk, or are an all-around amoureux du fromage (cheese lover), a luxury getaway that involves tasting traditional cheeses is a gastronomic experience that shouldn’t be missed. It’s almost always a good idea to pair these with fine wines, bringing out the flavours of both. Read more

Exploring The Alsace Wine Route: 4 Key Wine Tasting Tips

7th March 2018

Stretching for nearly 170 km through lush green landscapes and charming northeastern French villages, the Alsace wine route is prized for very good reason. It produces some of France’s most distinctive (mostly white) wines, from Riesling to Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Noir—and its local winstubs (wine cellars/taverns) have a distinctive charm all their own, often serving both regional bottles and hearty, delicious Alsatian cuisine. What’s more, like Burgundy’s own vintnering culture, Alsace is full of secrets and quietly prestigious traditions Read more

Top 5 Reasons to Take a French Cooking Class

28th February 2018

Are you a curious food lover who'd like to stretch your gourmet muscles on your next trip to France? Do you have a naturally adventurous palate and a desire to understand local culture through hands-on experiences, learning through encounters with experts? If so, you shouldn't hesitate to try your hand at a French cooking class while visiting the country-- whether privately or with fellow classmates. France's world-famous cuisine is so renowned that it's been named a UNESCO World Heritage treasure Read more

Exceptional Things to Do in Brittany, France

19th February 2018

With its deeply rooted Celtic and prehistoric cultural influences, Brittany is one of France's most fascinating regions. If it lacks the obvious glamour of destinations such as Paris or the French Riviera, it offers natural riches and opportunities for cultural adventure that more intrepid luxury travelers will relish in. Read on for some of the most exceptional, authentic and luxurious things to do in Brittany, all in coveted and not-to-miss destinations around the region. Read more

Spring in France: 20+ Ways to Make it Extraordinary

8th February 2018

Spring in France is the stuff of storybooks and legends. Who hasn't imagined riding on horseback through mythical green lands, past rushing rivers and magnificent, turret-crowned castles? For the more adventurous traveller, there's plenty to do in spring: from light aircraft rides over breathtaking landscapes to white-river rafting and cycling tours through miles and miles of vineyards and rustic villages. And if you're after culinary experiences, spring is a wonderful time for a food tour in France, too. Read more

5 Luxurious Things to Do in Normandy, France

7th February 2018

France's diverse regions, Normandy is less associated with luxury than some: when most people think of a high-end holiday in France, they often picture themselves in the Cote d'Azur, Provence, Paris or the Loire Valley. Yet Normandy, prized for its historical riches, breathtaking landscapes and stirring memorial sites, can offer the perfect balance between luxe and culture, privileged experiences of relaxation and genuine discovery. Read more

For Wine Lovers, This Event in Burgundy is a Must

25th January 2018 The Latest News 0
St Vincent Tournante

Wine aficionados, take note: Burgundy is holding one of its most emblematic annual festivals over the weekend of 27-28 January. The Saint-Vincent Tournante Festival  pays tribute to the eponymous patron saint of wine, and offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the centuries-long secrets of Burgundy wine-making. Held every year at the end of January, the event honours a particular wine-making “appellation” in Burgundy each time, presided over by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an order created in 1934 whose mission is to promote and... Read more

6 Best Cocktail Bars in Paris For Luxury Lovers

22nd January 2018

Cocktail bars are a dime a dozen in Paris these days: New and trendy ones open on a rolling basis, with some standing the test of time and others disappearing almost as quickly as they popped up. Others are legendary, elegant addresses that exemplify old-world Parisian glamour, all the while staying up to the moment with innovative drinks and renovated interiors. Still others are exclusive, secretive places for a drink, often even affording you encounters with a celebrity or members of the international jet-set. Whatever your preferred ambience, read on for what we deem to be the 6 best cocktail bars in Paris for luxury lovers: exceptional places where the drinks are superb, and the setting is as opulent and prestigious as they come. Read more

5 Reasons Why Lyon’s Food & Wine Is Prized by Gourmets

19th January 2018
Paul Bocuse GrandMa Kitchen

While Paris enjoys more worldwide recognition as a destination for French cuisine, the old city of Lyon is France's true gastronomic capital. Gourmets know that the old Gallo-Roman city, while more understated and secretive than the French capital, harbours some of the world's very finest restaurants, wineries and local delicacies. Whether you've already visited or are yearning to discover the elegant city, read on to learn more about why the Lyon food and wine scene is so prized by gastronomes Read more

10 Reasons to Visit France in 2018

9th January 2018 The Latest News 0

Looking for a good reason to visit France this year, even if your last trip was a recent one? The Telegraph has just published an intriguing list of interesting, adventurous and luxurious things to see and do in 2018, so make sure to have a look and soak up a bit of inspiration. Noting that France remains the world’s single most-visited destination, the piece offers suggestions for exhibits, special sporting events, festivals and other noteworthy ways to fully enjoy the diverse country. Here are just... Read more

Luxury France Honeymoon Destinations: 6 Romantic Ideas

9th January 2018
luxury France honeymoon destinations for newlyweds

When planning a luxury France honeymoon, many newlyweds feel a bit overwhelmed by the choices on offer. The truth is that the choice will always be a highly personal one, and there are no “right” answers. Whether you choose to focus on one marvellous French city or region or opt for a more ambitious tour of the country renowned for beauty and romance, the most important thing is to find ways to make the experience entirely unique, luxurious and unforgettable. Read on for 6 honeymoon destinations that we recommend, coupled with ideas for exceptionally romantic, private activities and evenings. Read more

Wine Tasting in Burgundy: 5 Mistakes Not to Make

13th December 2017

For wine enthusiasts, Burgundy often seems steeped in mystery: alluring, yet a bit daunting for the uninitiated. Unlike Bordeaux, with its lavish domains and chateaux at the centre of a wine-making and tasting culture that is at once prestigious and relatively easy to access, Burgundy is a French region where small-scale vineyards and family winemaking traditions stretching back hundreds of years tend to dominate. Some of the most remarkable cellars and vintners are all but inaccessible to the general public. What's more, the region counts a dizzying number of exceptional... Read more

The 5 Best Paris Perfume Shops & Bespoke Scentmakers

8th December 2017

When it comes to choosing a perfume, personality, individual tastes and even cherished memories from the past play a part in the kinds of scents that end up winning us over. After all, the faculty of smell is the most primal and subconscious: a sweet whiff of vanilla might bring you back to childhood memories of cake baking in the oven; the sensual, woody scent of Moroccan oud might lead you to recall a first love, or an unforgettable trip from decades past. For this reason, personalised and high-quality scents are invariably... Read more

Provence Food Tours: A Season-by-Season Guide

28th November 2017

Travellers with gourmet inclinations and curious food lovers, take note: Provence offers year-round treasures for the palate. When the gastronomically inclined think of the French region, their minds tend to fill with the heady, rich flavours of olive oil and black truffle, or call up the delicate scent and taste of fresh lavender and saffron, both cultivated in the area. The diverse region, which stretches from rolling inland farmland and poetic, rocky landscapes to breathtaking coastlines, also offers a generous number of traditional gourmet... Read more

The Best Christmas Markets in France: Our 2019 Guide

22nd November 2017
The christmas market in Metz

During a winter getaway to France, little is more magical than the annual holiday markets that pop up in cities and towns around the country. Traditionally presenting as Alsatian or Alpine-style wooden chalets manned by local vendors and artisans peddling traditional gifts, gourmet specialities and decorations, they bring instant warmth and festive cheer wherever they appear. Their soft lights, delicious smells, and brightly coloured wares are hard to resist, especially on a brisk winter day. While most major cities and many towns old their own, there are a few... Read more

When Art & Wine Come Together

14th November 2017 The Latest News 0
The Claire Basler's exhibition in Maison Jabot cellars

Until the 26th of November at the Maison Jadot in Beaune, come discover an original creative melding between art and wine. The incredible artist Claire Basler’s exhibition “A fleur de vigne” is being held in the cellars of Maison Louis Jadot. This exhibition in Burgundy brings floral designs against a backdrop of giant winemaking vats. Showing both poetry and sensitivity, the artist Claire Basler succeeds in bringing the beauty of nature alive with a stunning energy: one that makes viewers feel as if they’re diving right into the... Read more

Why Choose Tours by Locals For Your Luxury French Getaway?

13th November 2017
horse ride in the countryside of france

When planning a luxury getaway in France, it can be challenging to sift through all the options and decide who to entrust your holiday to. Is it savviest to hire the most well-known luxury tour company you've heard of, who offers packages and tours in destinations around the world and considered by many to be the "safest bet"? Is joining large guided tours a guarantee of quality, or will the crowded conditions take away too much from the experience, making your holiday standard and predictable rather than... Read more

The Most Beautiful Loire Valley Castles to Visit

7th November 2017
The Chambord castle in the Loire Valley

Emblematic of France at its most Romantic, the Loire Valley is an essential stop for any traveler wishing to experience some of the country's most beautiful architecture and natural landscapes, not to mention superb wines. With its dozens of Renaissance-era chateaux dotted mostly along the breathtaking Loire and Cher Rivers-- themselves offering incredible opportunities for a luxury boat cruise and wild bird-watching tour--  the region is so precious that... Read more

5 Best Places for Pastries & Tea in Paris

25th October 2017
Pastries at angelina in Paris

When winter is right around the corner, there’s little more heartwarming than indulging in a cup of smooth hot chocolate, or letting yourself be tempted by a delicious French pastry in one of the city’s most beautiful tearooms. But we won’t encourage you to land just anywhere! Here are some of our very favourite addresses for sweet moments in the capital. These prestigious spots are Read more

Top Paris Museums With Luxury Amenities & Private Services

24th October 2017
Orsay Museum in Paris

As the reigning French capital of art and culture, it isn't surprising that Paris houses some of the world's best museums. From the Louvre to the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grand Palais, many of the year's most-attended exhibits-- and revered fine-art collections-- are held in Paris. Whether you wish to take in Degas' sublime pastel dancers, bask in Monet's water lilies or admire oddly beautiful, albeit alien, portraits from Modigliani, the city is a treasure... Read more

24 Hours of Luxury in Champagne, France

16th October 2017
wine cellar in France

When planning a luxury vacation in France that includes a stop in the acclaimed Champagne region, it can be challenging to decide what to focus on when your time is limited--  especially if you're visiting for only the day from nearby Paris. To home in on exceptional tastings of the pale golden, lightly effeverscent white wine, you have to be more discerning than most. After all, contrary to popular belief... Read more

Seeking Truffles in Burgundy

11th October 2017 The Latest News 0
A dog looking for truffes in Périgord

October marks the beginning of truffle season in France. This means that those few who are skilled in the fine art of unearthing the precious, deeply pungent and aromatic fungus from their hiding places in the ground are now hard at work, to the delight of all of us who can’t get enough of the gourmet stuff. This week, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail has a fascinating portrait of one of France’s expert truffle hunters— and the canine companion who helps sniff out the... Read more

Why to Choose Megève For a Luxury Ski Holiday

1st October 2017
The city centre of Megève in the Alps

Of all the genuinely prestigious ski stations and towns in the French Alps, Megève is probably the most charmingly understated-- even as it has long attracted wealthy ski enthusiasts and celebrities including Charles Aznavour and Pippa Middleton. While it enjoys slightly less global renown than ultra-glamorous, sleek Courchevel, the thinner crowds, rustic ambience, and high-quality après amenities in Megève appeal to travelers more interested in savoir-vivre than... Read more

Vintage 2CV Tours of Paris and France

19th September 2017
France luxury tours - wine tour in 2cv vintage cars in Burgundy vineyards

For a luxury vacation in France that embodies retro chic, authenticity and relaxation, little beats an excursion in a vintage 2CV car. The iconic Citroen model, instantly recognisable by its bright colours and characteristic curved design, may not be easily be classed as a luxury car: when it was released in post World War II France, it gained popularity as one of the most accessible new vehicles on the market. It’s known in French as a “deux chevaux”– literally, “two horses” Read more

The Top 7 Luxury Palace Hotels in Paris

11th September 2017
La Réserve Paris

As a global center of art, fashion, high cuisine and architecture, it’s no surprise that Paris counts some of the world’s most sought-after luxury palace hotels. The term “palace” hotel has only been in official use since 2010, when the French government decided to award a small number of 5-star hotels the label as a mark of exceptional quality and prestige. We’ve selected 5 of these as our absolute favorites. Read more about our top 5 luxury palace hotels in Paris. If after reading, you’re tempted... Read more

Where to See Lavender in Provence

5th September 2017
france tours - Lavender in Provence

When you think of France’s Provence region, you may imagine driving or cycling past vast, bright fields of fragrant lavender, standing out in vibrant purple rows against a quaint Provencal farmhouse in old stone. This image is actually quite realistic: France has a long and rich history of lavender production that stretches back hundreds of years. The aromatic flowering plant, which is actually a member of the mint family, has been used since at least the medieval period to make traditional products from perfume and... Read more

The 5 Best Luxury Wine-Tasting Destinations Around Bordeaux

23rd August 2017
luxury wine tasting Bordeaux region, in yquem castel, grape picking of sauternes

The Bordeaux region is world-famous for its wines. If you’re a wine lover seeking to sample some of the world’s most exclusive vintages, a visit to the area and its prestigious domains should definitely be in your sights. Of course, certain wine-tasting destinations in the greater region stand out as truly exceptional: these are places sought out by oenology aficionados and amateurs alike, and where you can sample some of France’s most-prized bottles in an exclusive setting. Without further ado, here are our picks for the... Read more

The Ten Most Expensive Wines in the World

21st August 2017 The Latest News 0
Exclusive Burgundy tastings of expensive Chambertin wine.

You probably won’t be surprised that French wines are among the most highly praised and the most expensive in the world. Can you guess which French area tops the list? According to The Telegraph, seven of the 10 most expensive wines in the world are French. And they all hail from a single wine-making area: Burgundy! If you’re  interested in learning more, have a look here.  What makes Burgundy wines so coveted? They’re renowned wines produced in legendary “terroirs”– and they’re available only in very... Read more

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