BEST OF BURGUNDY
On this day, you will discover all the Grands Crus of the Wine Road, from Gevrey-Chambertin to Chassagne-Montrachet via Vosne-Romanée. Stroll through the vineyards and your guide will give you some insight into the legendary Grands Crus plots such as Romanée Conti, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echezeaux, Chambertin and more.
LOIRE FROM ABOVE
HALF DAY – HOT AIR BALLOON
View the beautiful Loire Valley from the air in a magnificent hot air balloon ride over the famous chateaux from the sky in this truly unbelievable experience. Appreciate the silence while flying over the magnificent landscapes rich with lush forests, vineyards and the last wild river in Europe, the Loire.
AMONGST THE GRAND CRUS
Head to Burgundy’s ‘Champs-Elysées’ along the Côte de Nuits Grand Crus Wine Road: Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chamberti and Chambolle-Musigny and stop at Romanée Conti. Stroll through the vineyards to discover the local winegrowing practices and the history of Burgundy wines.
IMPRESSIONISTS AND THE ISLANDS
Start the tour with a visit to the Orsay Museum, housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station, where you will discover Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh.
CRUISING THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Discover the French Riviera on a romantic sunset cruise. Enjoy stunning scenery as you glide through Monaco, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Fossettes creek, Beaulieu, the Bay of Eze, the peninsula of St. Hospice, Roquebrune Cap Martin, and La Mala creek.
HALF DAY – WALKING TOUR – CITY CENTRE
Discover the wonderful city of Strasbourg. The capital of both Europe and Alsace, Strasbourg has a renowned historical heritage known the world over with the Grande Ile being listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DOUCEUR DE VIVRE
FULL DAY – PRIVATE VISITS – WINE TASTING
A day tour dedicated to the ‘douceur de vivre’ in the Loire Valley. A tour of the two main châteaux surrounded by sumptuous gardens and a discovery visit of the local wines in a typical troglodyte cave cellar.
TASTING BORDEAUX WINE MUSEUM
Bordeaux is the largest wine growing area in France, producing 700 million bottles on average from table wines to some of the most expensive wines in the world and there is no better place to learn about the history of all these vintages from Roman times to the present day than to tour the wine museum and perhaps taste a few.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE APPELLATIONS
During this tour, you will head to Pommard and the “Golden Triangle” of Burgundy’s Great White Wines: Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and chassagne-Montrachet. Discover one of the area’s local estates and enjoy a private tasting of some of the greatest appellations of the region.
AUXOIS AND ALESIA
This tour will be a journey through the Auxois countryside along the quaint country road. Discover the 18th century Burgundy canal, a picturesque landscape along the waterfront. You will also visit the medieval village of Semur-en-Auxois that has been preserved throughout the ages with its boutiques, cafés and terraces.
ABOVE THE SAINT EMILION VIINEYARDS
The appellation of Saint Emilion is in the Bordeaux Region. Its 5400 hectares of wine producing land are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site and its wines are typically blended from different varieties of grape.
VINTAGE TOUR IN THE MEDOC
Enjoy tastings at a respected ‘Grand Cru Classé’ and at a delightful family-run estate. Travel through vineyards in a traditional Citroën 2CV and end the with an aperitif and traditional French foods in a vineyard of the Medoc.
ART OF ST PAUL
FULL DAY – MONACO
Discover the amazing cliff-top town of St Paul de Vence and, afterwards, the other sights of this region such as the art of the Maeght Foundation and the pristine views from the ironically French fortified villages rising up from the hilltops.
CAPITAL OF THE RESISTANCE
During the Second World War, the city of Lyon played a key role in the liberation of France from the Nazis and thereafter became known as the Capital of the Resistance. This tour takes you back in time to when Lyon became a hotbed of resistance against the enemy, almost entirely behind closed doors.
BORDEAUX WINE MUSEUM
Enjoy Bordeaux with one of the unique wine tours available in this historic region. With a total area of over 120,000 hectares, Bordeaux is the largest wine growing area in France with vintages producing 700 million bottles on average from table wines to some of the most expensive wines in the world.
SEARCH FOR THE BLACK DIAMOND
Search for ‘Black Diamonds’ with the ‘Baron de le truffe’ and his dogs as you stroll through truffle fields in the beautiful Loire Valley. At the Chateau du Rivau, learn the secrets of this tasty delicacy from a true truffle farmer.
WINE WAY OF LIFE
FULL DAY – LOIRE VALLEY
The Loire Valley, like many regions of France, is known for its wines. With its hillside estates of grape vines and many wine houses producing fine vintages, it is a wonderful place to really explore the aromas and tastes of wines as well as how they are produced here.
FULL DAY – LONGUES SUR MER – ARROMANCHES
Discover the important locations and remnants of D-Day with your private guide. Adjusted to your interests regarding D-Day, this tour includes visits to the Atlantic Wall, Arromanches, and Omaha Beach to name a few and will also include a simple lunch at a charming beach cafe.
PRIVATE CRUISE ON THE RIVER SEINE
On this private cruise of the Seine River, you’ll sip champagne and indulge in delectable appetizers in a hand-crafted Venetian motorboat, with a certified captain at the helm and his assistant to explain the sights as you float by.
BORDEAUX AND THE CHATEAUX ROUTE
FULL DAY – WINE TOUR – BORDEAUX – MARGAUX
Discover one of the most fascinating French towns that has just recently been resurrected. Classified as a “City of Art and History” and home to one of Europe’s largest collections of 18th century architecture, discover breathtaking attractions such as the neo-classical Grand Theater or the Saint Andrews Cathedral.
HIDDEN LE MARAIS
Discover the trendiest and oldest neighbourhood in Paris, the Marais. Far away from the large boulevards, the Marais with its narrow streets spared from Haussmann’s plans will instantly make you feel the magic of this multicultural and cosmopolitan neighbourhood.
RETRO SIDE CAR TOUR IN BORDEAUX
Discover Bordeaux city lights at night with this romantic and interesting tour. Enjoy seeing a different side to the city in a motorcycle sidecar with your partner and explore the beauty of this delightful area after the sun sets.
STROLLING THROUGH MONTMARTRE
Explore the area of Paris known as Montmartre. The highest point of the city and home to the Basilica, the streets of this region were also home to some of the finest artists ever to grace the world with their genius.
EXPRESSIONS OF CHAMPAGNE
FULL DAY – CHAMPAGNE – TASTINGS
Begin your day in the Champagne region by seeing the sights of Reims. Known as the City of Coronation it is also called the City of Champagne, which is definitely the most celebrated and famous of wines!
FOOD TOURS IN PARIS
France is known for its scintillating delicacies. So what is a trip to Paris without trying its exceptional cuisine? Embark on a journey of the senses in this fair city, sampling some of the finest culinary masterpieces in the world.
GRAVES AND SAUTERNES APPELLATIONS
You will first discover Pessac Léognan, an appellation within the Graves sub region in Bordeaux. Both red and white wines are produced within this appellation, which was created in 1987.
WINE PAIRING COOKING CLASS
Enjoy a private culinary workshop with a local chef in the heart of Vouvray. First, immerse yourself in the region, known for its crisp, sparking and dry white wines, with a visit to its Troglodyte caves. During this tour with the winegrower, learn about the wine-making process in this area.
THE D-DAY BEACHES BY JEEP
FULL DAY – HIESVILLE – RAVENOVILLE
Experience the D-Day invasion as you travel in an authentic Willys Jeep through scenic routes lined with delightful villages. Explore the Invasion beach sites as well on this interesting and informative tour.
ESCAPE ON THE ALSACE ROUTE
Discover the Alsace Wine Route and marvel at the beauty and diversity of the landscape with your knowledgeable guide. With a departure from either Colmar or Strasbourg, travel through picturesque villages surrounded by vineyards where you can stroll amidst traditional half-timbered houses and admire their balconies overflowing with flowers.
MONKS OF MONT ST MICHEL
Situated atop a granitic island in the middle of an enormous bay is Mont St Michel. It is said the Archangel St Michael ordered the bishop of Avranches to build a sanctuary and this is how Mont St Michel came to be.
MUSÉE DES BEAUX ARTS
Discover the oldest museum in Marseilles with your private guide. The Beaux-Arts is a charming museum of fine arts that houses prominent artists of this region. Its permanent collection spans three eras of masterpieces from the 1500s to the 19th century.
Discover the Palace of Versailles with your expert guide. Learn about the history and see all the palaces including Maria Antoinette’s estate, the well-known Hall of Mirrors, the King's Bedchamber, Queen's hamlet, Temple of Love, Grand Trianon and the Royal Chapel.
COOKING IN PARIS
COOKING CLASS – WORKSHOP – PARIS
Visit the best of both worlds in a gastronomic tour of the oldest streets in Paris followed by a cooking class and, afterwards, dine while overlooking the Seine. Relish feasting on your creations while enjoying a glass of wine and watching the river in the shadow of Notre Dame!
TREASURE HUNTS IN PARIS
Have a thrilling learning experience in Paris full of mystery and intrigue as you meander through the historic regions of the city, learning its history in one of these many diverting and light-hearted games that is sure to excite and entertain.
INTO THE CATACOMBS
WALKING TOUR – CATACOMBS – SKIP THE LINE
No need to queue for the Catacombs. Have exclusive access to off-limit areas such as Décure’s sculptures, the Quarry-men’s Foot Bath and Gilbert’s tomb. Make the most of your time with this skip-the-line-tour; an unmissable site in any Paris trip.
CHILDREN CHOCOLATE MAKING CLASS
What do children love more than chocolate? Arguably, not much! Some of the best chocolate in the world comes from areas not far from Paris. Let the little ones indulge in a deliciously decadent experience, learning how to cook with this tasty treat.
FROMAGE ET VIN
CHEESE AND WINE PAIRING – WORKSHOP
Sometimes the best part of a meal is the juxtaposition between the cuisine and the fine wine that its been coupled with. In this interesting and exciting class, gaze into the fascinating world of what wines go with which delicacies.
CHAMPAGNE – TASTINGS
Located amongst the wine-growing hills of Champagne are the Taittinger vines. Including some of the appellation’s finest vintages, they cover 288 hectares in 34 different vineyards. The Taittinger vineyard is an incomparable example of that House’s type of wine in which Chardonnay grapes play an important role.
BESPOKE PERFUME CREATION
Embark on a journey of the senses and into the hidden world of a Maître-Parfumeur. Compose your own unique scent limited only by your imagination; a perfume that embodies ‘you’ in this creative and sometimes emotional sensory voyage.
LOUIS VUITTON FOUNDATION
The Foundation Louis Vuitton building is a work of art on its own. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, it is situated in the famed Bois de Boulogne, Paris’s largest park. The foundation supports French and international contemporary art and aims to make it accessible to the public.
CHARMING GARDENS OF NORMANDY
Hidden away in the pastoral setting of the rolling hills around Bayeux are some of the country’s most delightful gardens. Moreover, discover the interior of Chateau de Balleroy, owned by Malcolm Forbes' children, in this private and personalised tour.
RODIN’S SCULPTURES & NAPOLEON TOMB
The once shabby mansion in Paris where the sculptor Auguste Rodin worked until his death in 1917 reopened to the public in November 2015 and is now so chic, warm, accessible and elegant that the artist himself would have astonished.
PRIVATE TOUR IN CHAMPAGNE, LUNCH & TASTINGS
This delightful region of France is known of course for the sparkling wines produced here. Also called ‘Devil’s Wine’, the second-fermentation process produces the iconic bubbles but also creates tremendous pressure.
Explore the wonderful city of Dinard, a wonderfully unspoiled medieval, walled town not far from Saint-Malo. The city boasts a lovely centre with cobbled streets full of art galleries as well as 15th century buildings.
Explore the Cher River by paddling down it via a top-of-the-range kayak. Glide through the water, enjoying the natural splendour from interesting birds, fish and other wildlife to the scenic landscapes of the Loire Valley.
BALLOONING OVER ALSACE
No matter where you are, there’s no better way to explore the surrounding lands than by balloon! Discover Alsace from the clouds. Let your eyes follow the horizon, seeing all of the Vosges and the flat plains of Alsace itself.
WINE IN THE CITY
Starting from the Place Royal, learn about Bordeaux’s historic riverfront port and the role it played in the wine trade from the Middle Ages to present day. Enjoy some delicious Bordeaux wines at the museum’s tasting room.
PREHISTORY AND TRUFFLES TOUR
Explore the finest prehistoric cave of Lascaux, complete with its famous paintings near the village of Montignac-sur-Vézère in the heart of the Périgord Noir. This region is home to over 60 prehistoric sites and has one of the heaviest concentrations of them in the world.
A TASTE OF ALSACE
Discover the city of Strasbourg in a fun & informative way through some of the best gastronomic highlights of Alsace. As you stroll through the pedestrian districts of the historical city centre, discover and taste some of the most significant foods & wines that originate from this wonderful region.
HOT AIR BALLOON OVER SAINT EMILION VINEYARDS
Experience amazing views and a rush of adrenaline as you ascend into the sky in a hot air balloon! Best just after sunrise, but also available in the afternoon around 3 hours before sunset, explore the Saint Emilion vineyards from above.
REVELATIONS IN REIMS
HALF DAY – WALKING TOUR
Discover this famed cathedral where almost all the Kings of France have been crowned over the centuries. The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims was one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a breath-taking visage steeped in history.
See the beautiful apartments and salons at the Musée Jacquemart-André and admire the opulent interior. The museum also holds a large collection by artists such as Mantegna, Rembrandt, Botticelli and David.
LUXURY PICNIC IN THE GARDENS OF VERSAILLES
Discover Versailles in an exclusive and unique way. Explore the local market of Versailles and peruse the overflowing stalls of local delicacies. Then explore the matchless gardens, which were Marie Antoinette’s private sphere, the Grand and Petit Trianons, and the Palace itself.
FULL DAY – WINE TOUR – MEDOC
Driving along France’s D2 highway makes every wine lover’s heart beat faster. The route des Châteaux is located north of Bordeaux and along the Médoc peninsula, hemmed on both sides by vineyards as far as the eye can see.
BY THE SEA
The coast of Normandy is a picturesque and stunning area of seaside ports and cities on the water. Visages of Norman buildings and brightly coloured boats make visiting this region of France a charming experience.
CHARMING CHATEAUX IN LOIRE
Some of the most beautiful and picturesque chateau in all of France are in the Loire valley. Situated on hillsides and beside rivers, these astounding buildings are a window into another time where opulence and decadence were signatures of wealth and importance.
PARIS FOR KIDS
Give the kids a first experience of the City of Lights that they will remember for a lifetime. This unique and private tour will keep it fun and interesting while they see the most famous landmarks in an interactive way.
ON THE WAY TO NORMANDY
The journey to Normandy is full of beauty and steeped in history. See the majesty of the open road and stop at the most interesting towns along the way such as Monet’s home of Giverny, the gothic buildings of Rouen and the port town of Honfleur. Truly a perfect way to begin your time in this region of France.
ISLANDS OF CANNES
Discover the unique islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat with your friendly and knowledgeable guide. This beautiful nature reserve in the Bay of Cannes is a picturesque spot as well as important site of local history.
The wine Houses of Champagne are known to be some of the best in the world, with over 100 in the region as well as 19000 smaller vine producers over 32000 hectares. Visit some of these well-known Houses and taste their unique wines produced with the multiple grape varieties of the region.
FLAVOURS OF PROVENCE
Provence is known for its healthy and fresh cuisine and inspires chefs the world over. Enjoy a cooking class in this stunning region and learn about the unique tastes of locally grown herbs and vegetables that will leave you craving more.
VAN GOGH’S PROVENCE
Discover the Provence of Van Gogh, visiting beautiful provincial villages the artist had an attachment to as well as tasting some local wines at Chateau Lacoste with your friendly and knowledgeable guide.
Visit Colmar, a town in the Grand Est region of north-eastern France near the border with Germany. Its old town has cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. The Gothic, 13th-century, Église Saint-Martin church stands on the central Place de la Cathédrale.
The world’s most famous and most visited cemetery with its tightly packed tombs, cobbled lanes and tree-lined streets – a small of city of the dead. It was a model for many cemeteries around the world. The place is so big unaccompanied visitors need a map.
VIVE LA REVOLUTION
Visit the sites that played a crucial role in the French Revolution. Relive the troubling events that lead to the storming of the Bastille prison, the capture of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the ‘Reign of Terror’ and the bloody consequences of the guillotine.
VAUX LE VICOMTE & FONTAINEBLEAU
Visit the Chateau de Vaux Le Vicomte with your private guide. It was once the residence of one of the most famous individuals of the 1600s, Nicolas Fouquet, who was Lord High Treasurer under Louis 14th.
THE CHURCHES OF PARIS
There are many historical churches in Paris and your art specialist will take you through the secret and art behind them. Here is a non-exhaustive list of examples of churches in Paris you could visit:
THE CIDER & VILLAGES ROAD ON A SIDE CAR
Discover the cider road and see the impressive fields of local calvados producers as well as cider specialists and other local foods. Enjoy delicious local cuisine that will delight your palate.
COLOURFUL CANCALE AND MUSCADET MOLLUSCS
Explore Cancale, a small fishing port in the shadow of the granite cliffs in the bay of Mont St Michel. Discover the granite buildings in this truly picturesque location. As the tide goes out, colourful boats lie on the seabed until the water returns and the Channel returns to emerald and turquoise.
PRIVATE EIFFEL TOUR
Have a private guide throughout your tour of the Tower. He/she will tell you all about the Tower’s past and her distinctive construction before taking you on your private tour.
TEEN SHOPPING TOUR
Shop in the trendiest boutiques in Paris with your own personal shopper. You will be met at the location of your choice and taken on a fashion adventure to chic Parisian boutiques selling items that can’t be found anywhere else.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Enjoy an array of experiences at the historical shop of this famous brand. Founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels, this well-known jewellery maker’s pieces typically feature animals, fairies and flowers.
CHANTILLY HALF DAY
Discover a stunning castle in the north of Paris. The Château de Chantilly holds one of the best collections of historical paintings in France as well as a library full of unusual and valuable manuscripts and books.
TOYS & TOTS
See the sights of Paris in an unconventional way while entertaining the children at the same time! This tour will show you around the best and most established traditional toy shops in the city. Embrace the Parisian lifestyle in the city’s most fashionable areas while being guided by your personal shopper.
VAUX LE VICOMTE
Chateau De Vaux Le Vicomte is said to have moved King Louis XIV to a jealous rage. So much that he imprisoned Nicolas Fouquet, its owner, and then had its architect, decorator and garden designers employed to create his château of Versailles.
HIDDEN ARTISANS OF PARIS
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a district seldom travelled by visitors, away from the mainstream shops. Meet the artisan masters as you explore back-alleys, passages, and courtyards where local craftsmen such as cabinetmakers, gilders, marquetry inlayers, carpenters, and ceramic painters create.
APPLES, CIDER AND THE PAYS D'AUGE
FULL DAY – BAYEUX – BEUVRON EN AUGE
Discover the beautiful and authentic villages of Normandy. Learn about the local artisan methods of making cider as well as the ways of life in the region both past and present with your private guide.
During this private guided tour, discover La Paiva’s amazingly preserved mansion with its architectural embellishments, the sumptuous furniture and the striking ceiling images by Paul Baudry who painted Paris’ Opéra Garnier.
Walk the fascinating Jewish quarters of Le Marais. The Jewish community in Paris dates back to the Romans in the first century B.C. so there is a lot of Jewish history in this area to explore. Discover the culture of this community here through the ages.
WINE AND LUNCH
Appreciate a private wine tasting with your own sommelier in an impressive Parisian cellar. Plunge into the history of decadent Paris in this extraordinary house; a delicious institution created by five generations of wine-sellers.
VINEYARDS AND CULTURE
Discover the beautiful villages of Provence and enjoy a delightful wine-stop in Château Lacoste with your friendly guide in this exceptional tour of this amazing area.
COOKING THE ALSATIAN WAY
FULL DAY – PRIVATE – VOSGES MOUNTAINS
Located along the border between France and Germany, the region of Alsace has changed frequently in the past from French to German and back again. As a result, the cuisine found here is German with a French twist or perhaps that’s French with a German twist!
BIKING THE VINEYARDS OF SAINT EMILION
FULL DAY – WINE TOUR – SAINT EMILION
Ride along the vineyards of Saint Emilion for a day to remember! This tour also gives you the opportunity to discover two Châteaux of the Saint-Emilion appellation.
This canal, once forgotten and in disrepair, is now one of Paris’ best places to have a stroll. Lined with ancient trees and spanned by graceful footbridges, artists have taken root in the area in recent years, using old industrial spaces to open studios and galleries.
ROMANS IN PROVENCE
Provence was conquered by Rome in the 2nd Century BC and there are many historical points of interest in the region from that time. In this private tour with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, discover the remnants left from these important years of Provence’s history.
PARIS AT WAR
This tour aims to give insight into the violent and sometimes silent struggle of Paris during the WWII occupation by German forces. After passing the Eiffel Tower, we go to the former barracks of the German army, riddled with bullet holes and now a military school.
SCENTS OF THE OSMOTHÈQUE
WALKING TOUR – THE OSMOTHEQUE
Tracing and archiving scents and perfumery, the Osmothèque is the world’s largest and first scent archives. Leading international research, its mission is to preserve scents to ensure they are never forgotten or lost to time.
CHARMING BADEN - BADEN
Explore the charming city of Baden-Baden with its interesting Mediterranean feel. Stroll down the stunning 350-year-old Lichtentaler Allee, see the interesting artefacts at the many museums, and discover the ruins of the old Roman baths.
DORDOGNE AND SARLAT
Explore the finest prehistoric cave of Lascaux, complete with its famous paintings near the village of Montignac-sur-Vézère in the heart of the Périgord Noir. This region is home to over 60 prehistoric sites and has one of the heaviest concentrations of them in the world.
PRIVATE MEETING WITH A PARISIAN DESIGNER
BEHIND THE SCENES – PRIVATE APPOINTMENTS
Enjoy a private meeting with a well-known artistic director, fashion designer and/or trend forecaster. Known for their imaginative awareness, a day with one of Paris’s experts will not soon be forgotten!
Discover the interesting and historical Hospices de Beaune. In 1443, the Chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy and his wife commissioned this amazing hospice for the local people of the area after an outbreak of plague and the Hundred Years War.
KITCHEN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
France is the food capital of the world and Paris is the place to go for every tool and utensil you could ever need to take your cooking to the next level! Your specialist guide will take you on an exciting trip around the city to the best culinary shops to find the hardware to enhance your skills as a chef.
LOVE IN THE LOUVRE
WALKING TOUR – LOUVRE
This exploration of the Louvre brings to light the artistic expressions of erotic beauty that can be found in the masterpieces. With your expert guide, see the visual puns and sensual scenes in an amusing, but by no means less intellectual, tour of the details that go unnoticed.
FROM BAYEUX TO HONFLEUR
The villages and towns of this region of France are amazingly beautiful. With their Norman and Gothic architecture, mysterious passages and small shops, exploring this area is a delight that increases with the discovery of its remarkable and long history.
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WINE IN BURGUNDY’S CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES
WINE IN BURGUNDY’S CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES
On this tour, you will discover the two most famous areas of the Burgundy wine region. Travel through winemaking villages north of the Côte de Beaune and stop on the Corton hillside to experience unique red and white wines. Taste elegant Pinot Noirs as well as unoaked white wines.
DISCOVERING BOURGES CITY
Explore the amazing city of Bourges and its historical streets that have seen centuries of life with your private guide. Although much of the city was destroyed in a fire in 1487, the site still boasts a large array of architectural styles ranging from grand mansions to half-timbered houses featuring remarkable, decorative woodwork.
PRIVATE BIKE TOUR IN CHAMPAGNE
Experience Champagne with a bicycle tour though picturesque villages and vineyard paths. Visit a small, family run Champagne producer and taste amazing vintages. Cycle the trails to the scenic and ancient village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon, the ‘creator’ of Champagne lived as a monk for over four decades.
MEANDERING AT MUSEE DES ARTS FORAINS
Jean Paul Favand was a collector of heritage from the performing arts and an exhibition designer. He also created the Pavillons de Bercy-Musée des Arts Forains with its documentation centre and restoration workshops
France is the home of art from paintings to sculpture in many different mediums and the Manufacture de Sèvres has been creating fine art with ceramic for over 200 years since it first opened its doors in Vincennes in 1738.
REIGN OF TERROR
CONCIERGERIE – AFTER HOURS
Tour the Conciergerie privately, after-hours. Now a World Heritage Site, this historical gem is an architectural marvel of the medieval period. It was a Royal residence until the 14th century and was then transformed into an infamous gaol during the French Revolution.
THE ROAD OF THE COTE D'EMERAUDE
Journey through a spectacular stretch of coastline running from Saint-Malo and Dinard on the Brittany coast to Cap Fréhel. The Emerald Coast boasts many beautiful seaside resorts at the height of which is the Cap Fréhel, which reaches 72 meters above sea level with panoramic views.
FULL DAY – PRIVATE VISITS
The best way to really understand a place is to find out its history and there’s no better way to do that than by visiting its oldest and finest buildings. Take a day to discover the charm, past and present of the Loire Valley, visiting three of the main castles in this lovely region.
BURGUNDY’S GOLDEN GATES
Discover the beauty of Chablis vineyard. Stop off on the Chablis Grand Cru hillside and stroll through the best Chablis appellations. Learn about the specific cultivation methods and Terroir of this area.
Learn about fashion throughout the ages with a private tour of the Pierre Cardin Museum. Your knowledgeable guide will the give you in-depth insight into the history of ‘ready-to-wear’ fashion in Paris and where it all began.
CRUISE THE LOIRE RIVER
Experience the majesty of the Loire Valley with a cruise down the Loire River in a delightful, authentic flat-bottomed boat. With your knowledgeable sailor, learn how these wooden sailing crafts are built and have been used to carry goods along the river for centuries.
Visit the home and workshop of a renowned master perfumer in the Loire Valley in this unique experience. Be initiated into the world of creating personal fragrances as you are welcomed into his private space overlooking the Loire River near Chinon and Saumur.
A WAGER WON
The stunning Château Bagatelle is located in the Bois de Boulogne, the largest park in Paris. Marie Antoinette made a bet with the Count of Artois that he would not be able to build the castle in less than three months.
SEND IN THE CAVALRY
WALKING TOUR – REPUBLICAN GUARD – BEHIND THE SCENES
See a training session of the world-renowned Republican Guard. In the superb Eiffel Tower-style surroundings of the riding stables, the cavalrymen train every day. It is also home today to the 140 horses of the 1st squadron as well as their brass band.
AMERICAN WRITERS IN PARIS
Paris was in the middle of the avant-garde movement in art and literature throughout the 20th century. American writers moved to Paris in search of literary freedom, inspiration, and autonomy to express their ideas or to publish their books that were banned in the United States.
Situated at stunning site of former Gallo-Roman baths of Lutetia (late 1st cent.) and the town house of the abbots of Cluny (late 15th cent.), the museum boasts one of the richest medieval collections in the world as well as a medieval-inspired garden.
FONDATION VASARELY SCULPTURE
See the imposing and amazingly original Fondation Vasarely. With its avant-garde architecture and ‘art for all’ credo, the artist who created this space made a house for art where anyone regardless of culture of social class can view the works on display here.
Visit Nice for a food and wine tour of this impressive area of France. After a food tour in the town itself, head for a wine tasting in the countryside and then to a stunning hilltop village to taste another staple of this region: olive oil.
CHATEAUX OF LOIRE
Take a full day to discover the two major châteaux of the Loire Valley. Chambord, the king Francois 1er’s ‘grandiose’ dream, then Chenonceau, a lady’s pearl of the Renaissance’s architectural masterpiece located across on the River Cher.
LYON OF THE RENAISSANCE
Discover the Lyon of the Renaissance. A prosperous city during the Middle Ages stretching along the Saone River all the way to the Presqu'île and the roads near Rue Mercière, Gothic and Renaissance architecture is still the predominant style in many areas of the city today.
LYON’S PARC DE LA TÊTE D’OR
Explore Le Parc de la Tête d’Or. Located in the centre of Lyon, it is the largest urban park in France. This amazing recreational area houses a zoo, has mini-golf, and a miniature train. It has sports facilities such as horse-riding, boules, and a velodrome.
The region of Bordeaux is well-known for its superior wines. Ensnare your senses as you embark on a journey of wine and cuisine in an incomparable tasting experience where you will learn to understand the complexities of the world of wine pairing.
TASTING AT MAISON MOËT & CHANDON
Discover where some of the most iconic and delicious Champagne in the world is produced in this journey of the senses. Visit the Maison’s wine cellars and taste a variety of bright, fruity vintages under the famous Moët Imperial and deliciously sensual Moët Rosé Impérial labels.
THE OLD MAN AND PARIS
The Roaring Twenties: a time during which Paris was still considered the cultural capital of the Western world and was a place for artists and writers to perfect their crafts in the romantic atmosphere and street life of the City.
Explore the Château de Fontainebleau, located 55 kilometres southeast of the centre of Paris in the area of Fontainebleau. One of the biggest châteaux, the feudal castle and, later, the palace was the royal residence of all French monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III.
PARIS’S SOUTH PIGALLE
Discover the region of Paris known as Pigalle. This area was transformed into a trendy and hip area not long ago and is still not generally frequented by tourists, making it an ideal spot for those who like to walk off the beaten track.
Discover the studio of Cezanne, known as the world’s first true modern artist. In its original condition from when the artist was still working, enter this delightful avant-garde world and see Cezanne’s ground-breaking use of colour and shape.
PRIVATE CRUISE IN CHAMPAGNE
See the sights of Champagne by boat on a private river cruise with a bottle of the Region’s finest. View the UNESCO World Heritage sites along the valley’s waterway from an agile boat built in the 1920s.