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France Itinerary Guide: Tailoring Your Perfect French Journey

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France Itinerary Guide

Welcome to the tapestry of France, a country where every region is a distinct thread woven into a rich historical and cultural fabric. Here, luxury isn’t just a service; it’s an experience, an art form that blends seamlessly with the country’s natural elegance and charm.

From the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris to the serene lavender fields of Provence, and the prestigious vineyards of Bordeaux and Burgundy, France offers an endless array of unforgettable experiences.

In this expansive guide, we’ll explore various itineraries tailored to different durations of stay, ensuring that whether you’re here for a fleeting visit or a leisurely sojourn, your journey through France will be replete with luxury, culture, and unique experiences.


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Marie Tesson


Explore France’s rich tapestry with Exclusive France Tours, where luxury intertwines seamlessly with cultural charm. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the lavender fields of Provence, our curated itineraries promise unforgettable moments tailored to your stay.

The Charm of French Regions

Provence’s Rustic Elegance: Provence is a symphony of sensory experiences. Its lavender fields paint a vibrant backdrop to rustic stone villages, while the air carries a blend of sea breeze and earthy truffle aromas. Stay in luxurious countryside estates and explore local artisan markets.

The Glamour of the French Riviera: The Riviera is a playground of the rich and famous. Here, luxury yachts dot the azure waters, and glamorous parties light up the night. Indulge in a private tour of Monaco’s royal palace or sunbathe on the exclusive beaches of Saint-Tropez.

Alsace’s Cultural Mosaic: Alsace is where French and German influences meld. Its colorful towns, with their timber-framed houses and cobblestone streets, offer a fairy-tale-like charm. Experience luxury with a unique blend of French-German cuisine and fine Rieslings.

Burgundy’s Timeless Vineyards: Burgundy is a haven for connoisseurs. Famous for its world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the region’s vineyard-covered hills and medieval towns are enchanting. Enjoy private cellar tours and tastings at some of the most prestigious wineries. Discover Burgundy’s Exclusive Wine Experiences.

Loire Valley’s Royal Legacy: The Loire Valley, with its majestic châteaux and sweeping gardens, is a testament to France’s royal past. Live like royalty in luxurious château hotels and enjoy balloon rides over this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Short Stay: 3-5 Days Itinerary

Paris: A Gateway to Luxury: In Paris, luxury is around every corner. From private viewings at the Louvre, a VIP early-morning tour of the Eiffel Tower, the discovery of the backstages of the opulent Palais Garnier or a visit of hidden ateliers in Montmartre to personalized shopping experience in le Marais, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, rue Montaigne or Place Vendome, Paris offers a taste of French sophistication. Indulge in a culinary odyssey at Michelin-starred restaurants and iconic Parisian bistros and authentic brasseries, where French cuisine is elevated to a “raison d’être”. Conclude your day with a serene yacht cruise on the Seine, Paris illuminated against the night sky, epitomizing the city’s timeless elegance and charm. Explore Exclusive Parisian Experiences.

Burgundy: Discover the heart of Burgundy, a paradise for wine enthusiasts. Begin in the storied vineyards of Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, savoring private tastings of world-renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Wander through the historic streets of Beaune, exploring its famous Hospices and centuries-old cellars. Experience the region’s rich culinary heritage with gourmet dining, perfectly paired with local vintages. Stay in luxurious wine estates, immersing yourself in the timeless elegance of Burgundy’s winemaking tradition. This journey through Burgundy is an unforgettable exploration of exquisite wines and the storied terroir from which they hail.

Brittany: Coastal Charm and Celtic Heritage: For a short yet enriching getaway, consider the mystical region of Brittany. Known for its dramatic coastlines and ancient Celtic roots, Brittany offers a unique blend of natural beauty and rich history. Discover the walled city of Saint-Malo, where maritime history comes alive. Relax in luxurious seaside resorts, offering stunning views of the rugged coastline. Explore the mythical forest of Brocéliande and delve into the legends of King Arthur. Brittany is perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat with a touch of enchantment.

Moderate Getaway: 6-10 Days

Paris and Provence: Culture and Countryside: Begin your journey in Paris, immersing yourself in a world of artistic heritage and iconic landmarks. Explore the city’s vibrant cultural scene before transitioning to the serene beauty of Provence. Here, amidst the luxury of countryside estates, unwind among fragrant lavender fields and discover the region’s rich artisanal crafts. Indulge in the tranquility of Provence’s luxury retreats, where the peaceful rural landscape provides a perfect contrast to Parisian vibrancy. This itinerary offers an enchanting mix of urban sophistication and rural charm, showcasing the diverse allure of France’s cultural and natural beauty.

The French Riviera and Monaco: Embark on a luxurious journey along the French Riviera, starting in Nice. Immerse yourself in its rich artistic heritage at renowned museums and lively markets. Continue your adventure with a private yacht tour to Monaco, the pinnacle of opulence. Here, indulge in the extravagance of world-class hotels, and feel the thrill at the prestigious Monte Carlo Casino. This experience combines the artistic allure of Nice with the unmatched luxury of Monaco, offering a glimpse into the glamorous lifestyle that defines this iconic stretch of the Mediterranean coast.

Dordogne: Medieval Splendor and Culinary Delights: In the heart of France’s Dordogne region, history and gastronomy intertwine. This itinerary takes you through picturesque landscapes dotted with medieval castles, prehistoric caves, and tranquil rivers. Stay in a beautifully restored château and enjoy private tours of historical marvels like the Lascaux IV caves. Savor the region’s famed culinary offerings, such as truffles and foie gras, in an authentic farm-to-table experience. The Dordogne offers a journey back in time, enriched with the flavors of traditional French cuisine.

Basque Country: A Cultural and Culinary Journey: Venture into the vibrant Basque Country, a region celebrated for its distinct culture, language, and gastronomic excellence. Experience the charm of coastal towns like Biarritz, with their beautiful beaches and elegant resorts. Dive into the local culture with private cooking classes showcasing traditional Basque dishes and explore bustling markets for a taste of the region’s culinary diversity. The Basque Country is an ideal destination for those seeking a deep cultural immersion coupled with gastronomic adventures.

Extended Exploration: 11-15 Days

A Journey Through History and Luxury: This comprehensive itinerary harmoniously blends the allure of Paris, the glamour of the French Riviera, and the historical richness of Normandy – reuniting some of France’s iconic landmarks, opulent lifestyle, and rich historical tapestry.

  • Paris: The Heartbeat of French Elegance: Start your journey in Paris, where history and luxury coexist in harmonious balance. Begin with a private tour of the Louvre, home to some of the world’s most celebrated artworks, before a sunset cruise on the Seine, offering a unique perspective of the city’s landmarks. Indulge in exclusive culinary experiences, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants where the art of French cuisine is showcased. Enjoy a personalized shopping experience in the haute couture boutiques of the Marais and on the Champs-Élysées, and stay in one of Paris’s iconic luxury hotels, offering impeccable service and stunning city views.
  • The French Riviera: Glamour and Serenity: Journey next to the French Riviera, a region synonymous with luxury and beauty. In Nice, walk along the famed Promenade des Anglais, and visit the vibrant Cours Saleya market. Take a private yacht to explore the glittering coastline, stopping at exclusive spots like Cannes and Saint-Tropez. In Monaco, experience the pinnacle of luxury with a visit to the Monte Carlo Casino and a stay in a sumptuous hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. Enjoy a blend of relaxation and excitement in this sun-kissed paradise, where the lifestyle is as captivating as the scenery.
  • Normandy: A Canvas of History and Nature: Conclude your grand tour in the storied region of Normandy. Visit the iconic Mont Saint-Michel, a medieval marvel set against dramatic tides. Explore the poignant D-Day beaches, reflecting on the region’s significant role in world history. In the town of Bayeux, view the famed Bayeux Tapestry, a masterpiece of medieval art. Savor the flavors of Normandy with a private tasting of its renowned cider and Calvados. Stay in a luxurious château-hotel, where the elegance of the past meets the comforts of the present. This part of your journey combines historical depth with the tranquility of Normandy’s countryside, offering a serene retreat to reflect on the rich experiences of your trip.

This 11-15 day exploration through France is more than a vacation; it’s a journey through time, luxury, and history. From the chic streets of Paris to the glamorous Riviera and the historical depth of Normandy, every moment is curated for a truly memorable and luxurious experience. Create Your Custom France Tour.

This extended exploration through France offers a profound and luxurious journey through some of the country’s most iconic and historically significant regions. Create Your Custom France Tour.

The Ultimate Wine Experience

For wine enthusiasts, this extended itinerary through Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne offers an in-depth exploration of France’s most famous wine regions.

The Ultimate Wine Experience: For wine enthusiasts, this extended itinerary through Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne offers an in-depth exploration of France’s most famous wine regions.

  • Bordeaux: A World of Elegance and Prestige: Begin your vinous adventure in Bordeaux, globally celebrated for its prestigious vineyards and grand châteaux. Explore the legendary Médoc and Saint-Émilion areas, where the art of winemaking has been refined over centuries. Enjoy private tastings of some of the world’s most sought-after wines, like Château Margaux and Château Latour, and dine in vineyard estates where gourmet meals are perfectly paired with local vintages. Stay in luxurious wine châteaux, immersing yourself in the region’s rich heritage and elegance.
  • Burgundy: A Journey Through Terroir and Tradition: Travel next to the heart of Burgundy, a region synonymous with fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Visit the esteemed Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, where you’ll discover how the concept of terroir drives the uniqueness of each wine. Experience intimate cellar tours, where passionate vintners share their craft, and indulge in exclusive tastings of premier crus and grand crus wines. Explore the historic wine capital of Beaune and enjoy a private dining experience at a Michelin-starred restaurant, celebrating the region’s celebrated gastronomy.
  • Champagne: The Essence of Celebration: Conclude your journey in the effervescent region of Champagne. Traverse the rolling hills and vine-covered landscapes of Reims and Épernay, the epicenters of Champagne production. Visit renowned houses such as Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot for exclusive tastings and behind-the-scenes tours of their historic cellars. Learn about the intricate process of making Champagne and partake in tastings that range from crisp non-vintage bruts to rich and complex vintage cuvées. Relax in luxury accommodations where the elegance of the surroundings echoes the prestige of the bubbles produced in this iconic region.

And for those who want to go a bit further:

Lyon: Gastronomic Capital and Gateway to Beaujolais: As part of your wine journey, a stop in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, is essential. Nestled near the Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône wine regions, Lyon offers a culinary experience like no other. Dine in its famous bouchons, where traditional Lyonnais cuisine is served with a warm, convivial atmosphere. Visit the renowned Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market for a guided tour of its gourmet offerings. A visit to Lyon complements any wine tour with its rich culinary heritage and vibrant food scene.

This Ultimate Wine Experience offers not just a tasting journey, but an immersive exploration into the heart of French wine culture. It’s an invitation to understand and appreciate the nuances of winemaking, the history of these famed regions, and the luxurious lifestyle that accompanies them. Explore France’s Premier Wine Regions.


The Grand Tour: 16+ Days

The Epitome of French Elegance: This grand tour is a celebration of the finest experiences France has to offer, tailored for those who seek the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. It’s a journey through diverse themes, each encapsulating a different aspect of French elegance.

  • Artistic Mastery and Heritage: Begin with exclusive access to France’s artistic treasures. Enjoy private viewings in renowned museums like the Louvre in Paris and the Matisse Museum in Nice. Experience the vibrant art scenes in Montmartre and Saint-Paul de Vence. Attend a private workshop with a French master painter or sculptor, delving into the country’s rich artistic heritage.
  • Gastronomic Excellence: Embark on a culinary odyssey, from the bistros of Paris to the vineyards of Bordeaux and the markets of Lyon. Enjoy private dining experiences with Michelin-starred chefs, where each course is a celebration of French gastronomy. Participate in exclusive wine and cheese tastings, discovering the subtleties of regional flavors.
  • Fashion and Haute Couture: Dive into the world of French fashion with personalized shopping experiences in Paris, the fashion capital of the world. Arrange private visits to the ateliers of renowned designers, witnessing the creation of haute couture. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the world of luxury fashion, complete with a personal stylist.
  • Wellness and Relaxation: Indulge in relaxation and rejuvenation at some of France’s most luxurious spas. From the mineral-rich waters of Vichy to the serene settings of Provence’s spa retreats, experience world-class treatments that blend tradition with modern luxury. Enjoy private yoga sessions in picturesque settings, ensuring peace and tranquility.
  • Architectural Wonders and Historical Splendor: Explore France’s architectural marvels, from the Gothic cathedrals of Paris to the Renaissance châteaux of the Loire Valley. Enjoy guided tours that reveal the stories behind these historical masterpieces. Experience a night in a luxurious château, where history meets modern comfort.
  • Exclusive Outdoor Adventures: For those who seek adventure with luxury, France offers bespoke outdoor experiences. Enjoy a private hot air balloon ride over the Loire Valley, a helicopter tour of the French Alps, or a luxury sailing experience along the Côte d’Azur. Each adventure is tailored to provide breathtaking views and unforgettable moments.

This 16+ day grand tour is the epitome of French elegance, offering an unparalleled journey through the country’s cultural, culinary, and historical wonders. Tailored to the desires of the discerning traveler, it promises a journey of luxury, sophistication, and unforgettable experiences. Design Your Bespoke French Itinerary.

Design Your Bespoke French Itinerary.

Explore our expert guide on France itineraries

France offers more than just a destination; it presents a journey through a landscape of luxury, culture, and timeless charm. Whether you seek a brief escape or an extensive exploration, the magic of France awaits. Contact us to begin crafting your personalized French itinerary and experience the essence of this magnificent country in a way that only you can.

Customizing Your French Journey

At Exclusive France Tours, we specialize in crafting tailor-made itineraries that cater to your individual preferences and style. Our deep understanding of France’s diverse regions and our network of exclusive contacts ensure that your journey will be as unique as it is memorable.

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