A visit to France conjures images of medieval cities, Alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches, or sipping a delectable glass of red wine over a long, sophisticated meal; of art, culture and fashion. For the discerning traveller, it’s a literal feast of the senses– but knowing where to begin can be a challenge. We recommend you get some help in this regard, and a bespoke luxury tour is an excellent place to start. Check out Exclusive France Tours, who combine luxury, authenticity and originality to deliver unique and enchanting tours throughout France.
A tour with this boutique travel agency allows you to immerse yourself in local French culture. Their amazing experience of the country’s luxurious and most exclusive places means that you will discover a side of France that is truly rare and otherwise difficult to access. The team at Exclusive France Tours employs a uniquely personal touch to shape and tailor each tour to exactly what you want to see and experience– be that a specific region, activity or, more often than not, a combination of both. The tours can include prestigious wineries, a private cooking class, a gourmet French meal prepared by a Master Chef, a unique exploration of classic cultural or historic sights, or unusual and adventurous methods of travel. Why not float down the wild Loire river on a rustic barge or take to the skies in a hot air balloon? The list is endless and the choice is all yours.
The premise of their tours means that many are bespoke, but read on for examples of our favourites to date for some inspiration for your very own luxury French getaway…
A Fairy-Tale Engagement
What could be more romantic than an exclusive evening in a glamorous, renowned Champagne property, where you arrive by a private balloon flight and are greeted with a glass of Champagne on arrival, bien sur? This bespoke tour ended in a very memorable and unique proposal for the lady in question but would work equally well for an anniversary or another special private occasion.
An Outstanding Food Tour Over The Spanish & French Basque Countryside
The cuisine of the Basque region is legendary and this tour is packed with memorable, unique experiences that celebrate the food of the region. Highlights include a hands-on sheep’s cheese workshop in the beautiful Tolosa countryside, an interactive dinner with a worldwide renowned chef and an anthology lunch in the kitchen of a 3-star Michelin Chef, with country hikes and days hunting goodies at gourmet markets in between.
A Romantic Wine Tour In A 2CV In Burgundy, France
A fabulous mix of romance and fun await in this tour as an iconic, vintage 2CV Citroen car takes you around the gorgeous French vineyards. The 2CV is instantly recognisable and oozes chic; roll back the retractable sunroof and let the wind blow through your hair as you cruise the country lanes and explore the finest of Burgundy’s breath-taking vineyards in Beaune and the Cote des Nuits. Many of the tours include wineries as Exclusive France Tours were originally renowned for their wine expertise. While their tours now cover a much wider remit, it’s always going to be their first passion, and we’re certainly not going to argue with that!
A Festive Get-Together Around Wine & Rare Food Experiences
This tour gave the company’s client an opportunity to explore specific wine regions and enjoying privileged meetings with renowned winemakers in Châteauneuf du Pape, Gevrey Chambertin, Puligny Montrachet, Reims and Epernay. It wasn’t all about wine, though: also included in the bespoke tour was an amusing and educational croissant and pastry-making workshop, a relaxed drive in a 2CV between wineries, and even a helicopter tour– all arranged to keep the pace varied and ensure this tour was unforgettable.
The tours aren’t all quite so action-packed as the ones mentioned here. If your time is short or you wish to focus on a specific area or interest you do some of the following: Visit an artisanal olive oil mill in Provence, learn the delightful art of pairing champagne and French cheeses; explore a different slant on the Louvre Museum in Paris, or peek behind the scenes of a traditional French boulangerie . Whatever you choose, you’ll have the wonderful hospitality and expertise of the team at Exclusive France Tours to take you somewhere quite magical.
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