26 days in Provence, Basque Country, Dordogne, Loire Valley, Paris | France Just For You
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    From Provence to Paris - Immersion into the "Real France"
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From Provence to Paris - Immersion into the "Real France"

26 days
Provence, Basque Country, Dordogne, Loire Valley & Paris
Heritage & History
Villages & Markets
US$ 6,150 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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This itinerary will take you from South to North over some of the most typical and beautiful French scenic roads.

We recommend flying into Marseille airport.


Provence : from Aix to Avignon

  • Start your trip with 4 nights in the heights of Aix en Provence, still inside the town of Aix, but in a very quiet setting surrounded by the waters. You will be comfortably settled in a typical “mill house”, surrounded by a lush garden with a swimming pool. From the B&B, you will explore the landscapes which inspired so many painters including Cezanne, stroll Aix en Provence little streets and why not spend a day by the sea in Cassis and the surrounding creeks.
  • One day, enjoy a fun Petanque class in one of the loveliest towns in Provence, with Jean Marc - who was born and raised there. A very Provençal experience!
  • Then, drive towards North and the Avignon region where you will stay for 2 nights in a gorgeous 18th century castle surrounded by vineyards. This romantic and magical setting includes a peaceful garden, lavishly decorated salons and a very tastefully decorated room which combines antique furniture and all modern conveniences.
  • You will discover the Roman heritage in Provence: Orange arch, Pont du Gard bridge and enjoy the scenic drives in the Luberon & Vaucluse chains.

 Provence to Paris self-drive map

Biarritz & the Basque Country

  • On the 7th day, you will drive all the way to the South West of France and reach the Atlantic coast. You will stay in a comfortable house in the heart of the Basque Country: 5 miles to the Ocean, between Biarritz and Saint-Jean de Luz lively towns.
  • We will craft your days so you get a feel of everything the Basque culture has to offer, and there is a lot: taste the local “Bayonne hams” after strolling a valley discovering the traditional and still alive mountain pig farming, get acquainted with the Basque weaving tradition, try to make your own Basque cake or stroll one of the many farmers markets.
  • Several “most beautiful Villages of France” will be on your scenic drives – and you may witness there some locals playing the Basque Pelote game at the town’s fronton. Nature and outdoors lovers will enjoy endless walks and hikes in the Pyrenees foothills.

 

Dordogne region: prehistory, fortresses & ducks

  • In Black Perigord you will stay in an old stone Perigord style house for 5 nights. One night you will share a mouth-watering dinner with your hosts: Nat & her husband as well as fellow travelers.
  • Dordogne is famous for the prehistoric caves in Lascaux and we'll recommend you a much more intimate visit: we plan for you to walk back on the prehistoric men footsteps, in 20,000-year-old painted caves - access is limited to 40 person per day.
  • There is a lot to do in this region: medieval castles to visit, wonderful food to taste - we'll tell you where to find the most typical goat cheeses - and if you like outdoor activities, you'll be in paradise. Also, visit the old city of Sarlat and feel the buzz of activity on market days.

 

The Loire Valley: castles & Kings country

  • Spend the next 5 nights in a lively town between Saumur and Tours, along the Loire River, across the street from a gorgeous middle ages castle. At night, you can walk to one of the best restaurants of the whole region, relax in the house's patio or at a bistro terrace. Your hosts have restored the house very tastefully and will make you feel at home.
  • Travel through small villages lost between rolling hills, stop over for wine tastings or to wander about outdoor markets and savor local specialties.
  • Explore all the marvels of the Loire Valley: the castles of Chambord and Chenonceau, Chaumont gardens and the old city of Amboise. Included in this itinerary is a bike rental for a day. You will explore, at your own pace, several villages and castles such as Langeais and Villandry gardens. No worries, the road along the Loire river is totally flat!

 

Ah…Paris…

  • On the 22nd day, you will drive back to Paris and return the car by the ring road (to avoid driving inside the city).
  • Experience living the Parisian life. Comfortably accommodated for 4 nights in a charming boutique-hotel in Saint Germain, by the Luxembourg gardens, you will discover the French capital city’s must sees and hidden beauties.
  • We plan for you to get oriented with a Parisian guide for a half-day, discover Paris most famous buildings along the Seine river and get to learn a lot about French culture and history...having a lot of fun.
  • Being based 10-minute walk to Notre Dame Cathedral, we have prepared for you different itineraries to explore Paris by foot, by boat or using public transportation. We also recommend our favorite restaurants and boulangeries in different districts of the capital city so you’ll know where to take a break.

 

 

We will do our utmost for you to have the best time in our country !

This itinerary includes

21 nights in premium B&Bs & 4 nights in a boutique-hotel that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 22 days
A «Table d’Hôtes» home-cooked dinner, with your Hosts and other travelers
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made especially for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities and visits
All Apps you need for this trip including GPS & How to use them

Pictures of the accommodations

A traditional mill house in a quiet district in Aix en Provence

#1A quiet mill house in Aix en Provence

A traditional mill house in a quiet district in Aix en Provence

Refresh at night in a large and comfortable room...

#1A quiet mill house in Aix en Provence

Refresh at night in a large and comfortable room...

...or by the swimming pool, in the lush garden

#1A quiet mill house in Aix en Provence

...or by the swimming pool, in the lush garden

Feel at home and enjoy Provence sweet life

#1A quiet mill house in Aix en Provence

Feel at home and enjoy Provence sweet life

Drive through the gates of a very unique B&B in Provence

#2An 18th century Castle & Wine estate in Provence

Drive through the gates of a very unique B&B in Provence

...which is also a wine estate

#2An 18th century Castle & Wine estate in Provence

...which is also a wine estate

Relax in a large suite-room...

#2An 18th century Castle & Wine estate in Provence

Relax in a large suite-room...

...at the swimming pool, strolling the vineyards or enjoying a "house" drink.

#2An 18th century Castle & Wine estate in Provence

...at the swimming pool, strolling the vineyards or enjoying a "house" drink.

Stay just outside a lovely village, by a golf course

#3A comfortable Basque House half-way between Biarritz & St Jean de Luz

Stay just outside a lovely village, by a golf course

The rooms are spacious and independent - for dinner, you have several restaurants less than 5 minute drive.

#3A comfortable Basque House half-way between Biarritz & St Jean de Luz

The rooms are spacious and independent - for dinner, you have several restaurants less than 5 minute drive.

The BandB is owned by a friendly family who will introduce you to the Basque culture

#3A comfortable Basque House half-way between Biarritz & St Jean de Luz

The BandB is owned by a friendly family who will introduce you to the Basque culture

A 19th century farm...

#4An elegantly restored perigourdin farm in Dordogne

A 19th century farm...

...with a traditional sheep farming borie outbuilding.

#4An elegantly restored perigourdin farm in Dordogne

...with a traditional sheep farming borie outbuilding.

Stay in a very comfortable room...

#4An elegantly restored perigourdin farm in Dordogne

Stay in a very comfortable room...

...and enjoy a delicious home-made dinner.

#4An elegantly restored perigourdin farm in Dordogne

...and enjoy a delicious home-made dinner.

Stay in a lively town, across the street from a gorgeous castle...

#5A cozy house by a castle in the Loire Valley

Stay in a lively town, across the street from a gorgeous castle...

...in a very comfortable room.

#5A cozy house by a castle in the Loire Valley

...in a very comfortable room.

Start your day with a delicious home made breakfast.

#5A cozy house by a castle in the Loire Valley

Start your day with a delicious home made breakfast.

Early birds will have the castle view from their room.

#5A cozy house by a castle in the Loire Valley

Early birds will have the castle view from their room.

A charming place run by the same family for several generations

#6A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

A charming place run by the same family for several generations

Stay in a comfortable superior room and enjoy walking everywhere in Paris

#6A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

Stay in a comfortable superior room and enjoy walking everywhere in Paris

Relax in a cozy salon

#6A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

Relax in a cozy salon

Rely on the friendly staff to make your stay even more enjoyable

#6A 4* Boutique-Hotel in Saint Germain district

Rely on the friendly staff to make your stay even more enjoyable

Activities included in this tour

petanque class in Provence

Pétanque Class in Provence

Enjoy a fun Petanque class in one of the loveliest towns in Provence, with Jean Marc - who was born and raised there. 

Prehistoric Caves

Walk back on the prehistoric men footsteps, in 20,000 year old painted caves - access is limited to 40 person per day. 

Biking in the Loire Valley

Biking day in the castle's country

Spend a day biking at your own pace and discover many villages and castles nestled on the banks of the river. We have tested several itineraries so you can chose depending on your mood and what you would like to see.

paris guided tour

PARIS ORIENTATION TOUR

Discover Paris most famous buildings along the Seine river and get to learn a lot about French culture and history...having a lot of fun.

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