Region
in Provence, Basque Country, Dordogne, Loire Valley & Paris
Heritage & History Tours
Villages & Markets Tours

This itinerary will take you from South to North, following some of the most typical and beautiful scenic roads in France.

We recommend flying into Marseille airport.

 

Includes

25 nights 21 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 for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities & visits
FJFY App all your trip, contacts, GPS destinations, weather… in your smartphone
5.0
Natalie & Family
My husband was born in France and moved to Australia in 1970 when he was just 5. He went back for the last time in 1980 and had not returned since. In January 2017 I started to …
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 7 420
Per traveler, including taxes,
based on double occupancy.

Your accommodations

Pictures of the specially selected accommodations

Step by step

Paris Dordogne Loire Valley Basque Country South Provence Central Provence

Southern Provence near Aix

  • 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 water. 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's 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!

 

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Central Provence in a Castle

  • 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 hills.
Paris Dordogne Loire Valley Basque Country South Provence Central Provence

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 for 5 nights in a lavishly decorated former farmhouse, between Biarritz and Saint-Jean de Luz. 
  • 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 ham after strolling a valley and 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 see 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.

 

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Dordogne: 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 to you a much more intimate visit: we plan for you to step back to the prehistoric time, in a 20,000-year-old painted cave - access is limited to only 40 people 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.

 

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The Loire Valley: castle & king 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 in the whole region, relax in the house's patio or at a bistro terrace. Your hosts have restored the house very tastefully and they 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 historic city of Amboise. You will also explore, at your own pace, several villages and castles such as Langeais and Villandry gardens. 
  • Touraine is also famous for its vineyards – Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray and many more – and we have planned a special wine tasting. You will have the opportunity to taste different wines - in a privately owned 16th century castle - accompanied by some local snacks. 
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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 a pedestrian street of "Quartier Latin", less than a 5 minute walk to Notre Dame Cathedral, 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 while having a lot of fun.
  • Being based 10-minute walk to Notre Dame Cathedral, you can explore Paris by foot, by boat or using public transportation with different and unique itineraries we have prepared for you. We also recommend our favorite restaurants and boulangeries in different districts of the 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 !

Activities included

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. 

wine tasting in the Loire

A Wine Tasting in a castle in the Loire

Visit a family-owned 16th century castle and winery surrounded by over 100 acres of vineyards and forests.
Enjoy a commented tasting of the wines with some local-product snacks.

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.

Customize this tour

We are glad to customize this itinerary to include additionnal night stays, extra activities or any specific request you have.

YOUR Guide Book

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Our Travelers’ Reviews

Patricia
This was a perfect holiday put together so personally for us by Emilie of France Just For You. Every B&B was exceptional with charming hosts. Our personalised tour book was excellent and everywhere that was suggested we visit never disappointed. We travelled through Burgundy, Loire Valley and Normandy over 17 days. So many highlights,two in …
Dan
An experience OF France, not just a trip TO France. For over 30 years my wife has dreamed of visiting the Loire region of France. Emilie and Laura not only made this a reality, they made it truly a dream trip. The multi-hundred page guidebook not only guided our daily itinerary, it prepared us for what we needed to know for a successful self-guided …
Shanna
Emilie's services are amazing!! I contacted her after my one year anniversary trip planning fell through with another agency. She quickly picked up the reins from where they left off, listened to our budget requests and organized an absolutely fantastic trip for us! From Paris to Provence to the French Riviera, everywhere we stayed was wonderful …

Our Travelers’ Photos

Ron, Jane, Don & Nancy
From Canada
Visiting a wine cellar
Elisabeth & Randy
From Canada
In Vimy Ridge Memorial
Sandy & Dennis
from the US
In Paris by Notre Dame Cathedral
Tonya & Robert
From the US
In Versailles - Hall of Mirrors
Sonia & Peter
from Canada
in Carcassonne Medieval City
Lytha & Ron
From the US
Canoeing in the Dordogne region
Ron
From the US
Cycling in the Loire Valley vineyards
Jan & Ray
From Australia
In Mont Saint Michel
Mona, Yvette, Vernon, David
from the US
in Mont Saint Michel Bay in Normandy
Jill, Wayne & Varenne (the dog)
from the US
Enjoying Mont Saint Michel away from the crowds, Normandy
Sharon & Maroun
from the US
in Burgundy
Tonia
from Canada
Cycling in the Loire Valley