Using their detailed knowledge of ‘l’Hexagone’, our specialists have curated some sample itineraries to help spark ideas for exploring France’s landscapes and culture. You could choose to focus exclusively on exploring the littoral and hilltop villages of the French Riviera, or tread in the footsteps of celebrated artists in Provence. You can delve into France’s history, from the posturing of French kings in the Loire Valley’s chateaux to Paris’s revolutionary architecture and a Normandy imprinted indelibly by World War II. Think of these itineraries as launchpads, as our specialists will craft a trip tailored to your particular thematic and geographical interests.
Ideas for your trip to France
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in France, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Discover the covered passages of Paris and the Opéra Garnier.
Taste the best pastries and chocolates of Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.
Uncover the history of Château de Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte.
Explore the highlights of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.
Marvel at the grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chappelle.
Explore the Tower of London with an iconic Beefeater guard
Indulge in a classic afternoon tea while viewing the London skyline
Travel through London's back streets with a local in a vintage Mini Cooper
Enjoy a day trip to Château de Versailles with skip-the-line access
Explore the Louvre by night for a unique way to see the museum’s most famous works
Eat your way through Saint-Germain on a delicious pastry and chocolate tour
Visit two American D-Day beaches: Omaha and Utah.
Tour Saint-Mère-Église, the first French town liberated by the Americans.
Walk among the gravestones at the American Cemetery.
Discover the significance of renowned Parisian monuments during WWII.
Learn about French military history.
Take in all of Paris’s major monuments by boat.
Explore the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay with a private guide.
Venture to Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s famous ’Water Lilies’ garden.
Wander around the old-world fishing village of Honfleur.
Discover the royal chateaux of the Loire Valley.
Experience the gastronomic hub of Lyon
Discover Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions
Visit the serene Lac d'Annecy
Hike the French Alps
Walk inside an ancient glacier
Explore London in a vintage Mini Cooper
Visit the Tower of London with a private guide, arriving by boat from the River Thames
Enjoy visiting the iconic highlights in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and the Louvre
Dine on a beautiful Seine River cruise for a unique way to see the sites
Explore the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel with a private guide
Zip around Rome on a classic Vespa motorbike
Enjoy visiting iconic Parisian sites
Explore the small hilltop villages of Provence
Take a helicopter orientation tour of Barcelona
Taste typical Spanish tapas
Sample some of France’s best vintages, from Champagne to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Cook like a local during in-depth cooking classes.
Float above the Loire Valley in a hot air balloon as the sun rises.
Cruise down the Seine River while enjoying dinner.
Hunt for truffles with an expert guide and his dog.
Stay in The Goring, top choice of the royals
Delight in a full day cooking class at a well-respected Parisian cooking school
Get to know the City of Light with a private driver in a 1960s vintage car tour
Hunt for truffles with a local expert and trained dog before enjoying a four-course gourmet meal in Ménerbes.
Sample some of France’s best-known wine appellations at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Explore the Roman and medieval heritage of Pont-du-Gard, Uzès and Arles with a guide. -Walk the streets of Monaco, Monte Carlo and Èze. -Relax and enjoy coastal views over a glass of champagne on a private sunset cruise.
See the highlights of Paris including the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower.
Experience the D-Day beaches in Normandy.
Take a tour of Mont Saint-Michel in Brittany.
Marvel at the grandeur of Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley.
Discover the Roman history of Provence at the Pont-du-Gard.
Soak up the sun on the French Riviera.
Some of our favorite travel guides
Away from the bustle of tourist attractions, Paris is filled with enclaves that feel like individual villages hidden inside the city. Specialist Liz explores the four best-known quartiers, including the storied cafes of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the confectioners of Le Marais.View this travel guide
Visiting Provence is like stepping into a Van Gogh painting — a landscape awash in vivid hues. France specialist Samantha talks about the region’s highlights, including fragrant lavender fields, Roman aqueducts and truffle hunting with a local and his dog.View this travel guide
A land of apples and honey (and invasions), Normandy has a long and complicated history. Discover the region’s medieval roots at Bayeux, visit the shores that inspired Impressionism at Honfleur, and pay your respects at the D-Day beaches.View this travel guide
From the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay to the banks of the Rhône, walk in the footsteps of the 19th century’s great masters with France specialist Aislyn. Here, she suggests destinations for those who share her love of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.View this travel guide
The fertile Loire Valley was the preferred summer destination of French kings and aristocrats for centuries. Discover the lush fields and bountiful vineyards that attracted them and the turreted pleasure palaces that they left behind.View this travel guide
Art and monumental architecture are an integral part of any visit to Paris. From a private tour of the Louvre to a behind-the-scenes look at the Eiffel Tower, France specialist Leanne suggests a few new ways to see familiar sights.View this travel guide
Join specialist Liz as she pursues her love of wine through three different vineyards tours. From the stony fields of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to a tiny domaine in Champagne to the limestone caves of the Loire Valley, she explores the terroir and techniques that produce the bottles she loves.View this travel guide
Discovering French cuisine doesn’t have to be an expensive or complicated proposition. From macarons in Paris to cider in Normandy, France specialist Jesse discusses the simple dishes and regional specialities that he likes to eat when he’s visiting different areas of France.View this travel guide
Look past the super yachts and movie stars to discover the authentic French Riviera. Stroll through hillside villages that overlook the Mediterranean, tour a century-old perfume factory and discover the paintings that Picasso produced while staying here.View this travel guide
- An insider’s guide to the districts of Paris
- Highlights of Provence
- Introducing Normandy: from the D-Day Beaches to the Bayeux Tapestry
- Impressionists I have known
- Exploring the Loire Valley
- Monuments and museums of Paris
- Experiencing wine country in France
- Food highlights of France
- Discover the real French Riviera