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Day 1: Settling in

Conveniently located in the north/central region of France, Paris is the clear starting point for any trip to Europe. The capital and most popular city in France has no shortage of amazing sights, incredible shows, historic landmarks, world-renowned museums, delicious restaurants and trendy bars sure to hold the attention of every type of traveler.  
Pick up your car from the airport and head to your iconic and centrally located 4-star hotel for check-in. 

Afterward, you will have the pleasure of exploring a city where the possibilities are truly endless.  

Countless museums provide insight into the rich history and culture of the city: The Louvre is the world's largest and most well-stocked museum and home to some of the most famous art and antiquities are known to man. (I.E. The Mona Lisa, Ancient Egyptian mummies, etc.) Other popular museums include the following: Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musee des Arts et Metier, the Petit Palais, and the Grand Palais. 

Next, your choice of one of Paris' famous cabarets will help you start the night off with some excitement: The Moulin Rouge, Lido de Paris and Crazy Horse all offer magical evenings, with stunning spectacles of song, dance and acrobatics together with both comedic and erotic undertones.  

Visited:
Paris
Accommodation
Hôtel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Étoile (Paris)

Day 2: Discover the city 

This morning dive in to the life of France's most famous king with a guided tour of the famous Chateau de Versaille. The castle and primary residence of Louis XIV, "The King of the Sun," allows you to step into the extravagant life and mind of a 17th century monarch. 

Then take advantage of some free time to check out the famous districts of Monmartre and the Marais, as well as monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, offering excellent photo opportunities and breathtaking views. 

Guided boat and bus tours allow you to see even more of the city while taking a load off after a few hours of walking through busy streets and museums. 

Rendezvous at 6pm for a wine tasting in Saint Germain Des Pres then take a short walk for an exquisite dinner at (Optional *) Le Christine Restaurant. As a member of the esteemed “French Association of Masterful Cuisine” Le Christine offers a modern, yet authentic, French dining experience in a comfortable setting. 

Visited:
Paris
Accommodation
Hôtel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Étoile (Paris)

Day 3: Toast to the good life

You begin your road trip in style, by heading East to visit two cities in the heart of the Champagne Region.  
First, a stop in Reims affords the chance to view the stunning Gothic architecture of the city and tour the famous Notre Dame of Reims, Cathedral. 

Next, a quick ride through the Reims Mountain Natural Park brings you to Epernay. As home to the world's most celebrated champagne houses such as Dom Perignon, Moet and Chandon and Perrier Jouet this charming city has accurately proclaimed itself the "Capitale du Champagne." 

As you make way down the Avenue de Champagne you will pass many of the stately 19th century mansions belonging to the aforementioned champagne powerhouses. However, this trip, catered to even more refined tastes, brings you to Club Tresors de Champagne. Here you will have an exclusive tasting of the lesser publicized, local favorites, made from hand-selected organic grapes, aged to perfection and reserved for a lucky few. A group in which you now have the fortune of residing. 

(Optional*) Afterwards you have a reservation at Epernay's Michelin Starred masterpiece Les Berceaux. Where chef Patrick Michelon lives up to his name by transforming regional favorites into culinary works of art. 

Visited:
Paris, Épernay
Accommodation
Champagne A. Bergere (Épernay)

Day 4: Honor the fallen

You get an early start today, leaving shortly after breakfast for Colleville Sur Mer. Some time on the road affords the chance to take in the beautiful and versatile landscape of France before arriving at the famous beaches of Normandy. 

Here, a guided tour of the D-Day beaches, as well as the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will give you the opportunity to honor the brave American souls that gave it all to ensure an allied victory in WW2. 

Afterwards prepare for regal lodging at an integral part of the region’s rich culture, with ties to both William the Conqueror and WWII. Equipped with a bicentennial park and moat, this 15th century manor Opens the domain to the tranquility of the countryside and transports you to the romanticism of a forgotten era.

Visited:
Épernay, ,
Accommodation
Hotel Belle Fontaine (Bayeux)

Day 5: Bird’s eye view

Today you begin with an exciting helicopter tour of the beautiful beaches and landscape of the entire Normandy region.  
Afterwards, you will have the option of many, nearby activities and attractions including: 

- Horseback riding at the beach with the "Equestrian Farm of Normandy." 

- A round of golf at the "Omaha Beach Golf Club." 

- The Deauville Seaside Resort (and casino) 

- Countless Museums and Art galleries 

Finish off the day with a homemade dinner prepared just for you at your “table d’hotes” (hosts’ table).  

Visited:
Normandy
Accommodation
Hotel Belle Fontaine (Bayeux)

Day 6: Valley of Kings

This morning you make way for France's famous Loire Valley. Upon arrival, prepare yourself to be transported to the past, with a guided tours of the cities and castles of Saumur, Chinon, Usse and more. All of which have been meticulously preserved and offer exhibitions, giving one an up close and personal look into the lifestyle and culture of medieval royalty.  
Continue your regal adventure as you check-in to your own personal castle, built in the 15th century and converted into a hotel and restaurant. This UNESCO world heritage site offers an authentic regal experience. 

(Optional*) Afterwards you will have the delight of dining at "L'Oceanic." An exceptional restaurant, listed among France's best, by the French Association of Restaurant Masters.

Visited:
, Chinon
Accommodation
Château de Marçay ()

Day 7: The road to Beaune

Today you get started early, in route to the Burgundy region, world-renowned for both superb wine and gourmet cuisine. 

Break up the drive with a stop at France's most famous castle, Chateau Chambord. With it's classic architecture, formal French gardens and authentic moat, Chambord is the type of castle from which everyone imagines medieval kings and queens to have ruled.  

(Optional*) Grab a quick lunch with a perfect view of the castle at the exquisite "Relais du Chambord," then get back on the road toward Beaune.  

After checking in to your chic, yet cozy bed and breakfast, take a stroll through the city center of this charming and historic town. Here you will have your choice of gourmet restaurants and wine bars to titillate your taste buds. 

Visited:
Chinon, Beaune
Accommodation
La Maison Blanche (Beaune)

Day 8: Pride of Burgundy

Begin your discovery of Burgundy with a visit to one of France's premiere landmarks; "Les Hospices de Beaune, a prestigious hospital facility of the middle ages, which has been converted into a medieval museum. 
Followed by a guided, gastronomical tour of Beaune, including tastings of local favorites perfectly paired with regional wine. 

Next, you have the afternoon to explore the city before a private dinner at your hotel, with the resident chef preparing local cuisine with a personal touch, just for you. 

Visited:
Beaune
Accommodation
La Maison Blanche (Beaune)

Day 9: Arrive in Lyon

Arriving in France's second most populous city you will immediately notice why Lyon has become a European mecca for both French culture and gastronomy. With over 3000 restaurants boasting 15+ Michelin stars, several amazing museums and a vibrant nightlife, Lyon is another city in which one could spend weeks and still feel as though there is much more to see. 
You begin the exploration with a guided tour through the Traboules of Lyon, a network of ancient alleys and secret passages initially created in the 4th century and used most famously by the French Resistance during WW2. 

You can feel the history around you as you check in to your breathtaking hotel. Built into a renovated 19th-century convent this historic landmark is itself an homage to the culture of Lyon and the forefathers that shaped it. 

Have lunch at one of Lyon's classic "Bouchons" offering traditional Lyonnaise cuisine then take the time to check out some the famous landmarks like the Basilica of Fourviere and the Croix Rousse district before an exquisite dinner aboard The Wagon Bar. A mobile gastronomic experience providing a panoramic tour of the city with a virtual guide installed into the table, along with gourmet cuisine. 

Visited:
Lyon
Accommodation
Hotel Fourvière (Lyon)

Day 10: Explore the city

Today you get an insider to look at the lifestyle and culinary prowess of Lyon, with a full city tour aboard your very own electric bicycle, including a memorable lunchtime tasting of local cuisine.  
(*Optional tour of the Cité International du Gastronomie with additional tasting – and/or Entry to the cutting edge anthropological museum Musée de Confluence ). 

Afterward, you have the evening free to paint the town red. 

*Don't miss one of the many popular rooftop bars or floating river pubs for an unforgettable night of dancing and spirits.) 

Visited:
Lyon
Accommodation
Hotel Fourvière (Lyon)

Day 11: Lyon - Gordes

Today you head further south for Gordes, making stops in the towns of Orgon, Oppede, Lacoste and Bonnieux (with a wine tasting at the Chateau de Canorgue.) All of which hold places on France's coveted list: "Les plus beaux villages de France." (Translated: The most beautiful villages of France). 


Upon checking into your charming 17th century manor you may have some time to view the magnificent lavender fields before a "provencal" dinner at the celebrated “Mas-Rose,” including only the finest ingredients, many of which are grown directly on the property and prepared by five star chefs that live (and cook) by three simple rules: Beautiful, Good, and Healthy. 

Visited:
Lyon,
Accommodation
Le Domaine de la Rose ()

Day 12: Gordes - Saint Tropez

Today you set out for arguably the most exclusive destination in the French Riviera, St Tropez. 
(Optional*) Along the route Take advantage of a stop at the "Chateau la Verrerie," a classic vineyard of the region providing a refined selection of both reds and whites presented by a knowledgeable sommelier, and a possibility for a variety of tours, tastings and a wine/food pairing course. 

Another break at the lively southern city of Aix en Provence affords the chance to stroll through classic streets of the old town district as well as a stop at Rose et Marius, an authentic French perfumery which offers quick workshops in which you can make your own "home fragrances" or "soap" from the highest quality ingredients.  

As you arrive in St Tropez you can almost feel yourself completely engulfed by the extravagance and luxury. This Jet-setters paradise boasts numerous pristine beaches, exclusive yacht clubs, swanky beach bars, and at least one 3 Michelin Star restaurant. On the other hand, the city has succeeded in maintaining it's history. With it's variety of museums, historic churches, a 16th century citadel, and the legendary old town/city center "Place des Lices," St Tropez truly has a little something for everyone. 

Visited:
, Saint-Tropez

Day 13: Saint Tropez

Take the day to discover this enchanting beachside utopia in the manner that suits you best. 
With countless options: 

- Charter a boat/yacht tour

- Scuba Diving

- Water sports (water skiing, wake boarding, etc..)

- Tour the city's museums and landmarks

- Have drinks by the pool

- or just Relax by the beach 

Visited:
Saint-Tropez

Day 14: Heading Home

After a majestic journey take a few last photos and prepare for the flight back home. All good things must come to an end.. or not!

Ask about our French Riviera Extension Packages offering more extensive exploration of the entire region, including nearby Nice, Monaco, Eze, and St Jean Cap Ferrat.

Visited:
Saint-Tropez

ParisÉpernayNormandyChinonBeauneLyonSaint-Tropez

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