Region
in Champagne, Burgundy, Loire Valley & Normandy
Heritage & History
Villages & Markets
Sceneries

Back roads are the best way to discover France at your own pace and get a real feel for the country.

Includes

15 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 16 days
A «Table d’Hôtes» home-cooked dinners, 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
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Teresa & Garry
Laura and Emilie started working with us to develop a trip in July of 2020, but the trip had to be postponed because of COVID. Nonetheless they kept everything in place and made …
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4 090
Per traveler, including taxes,
based on double occupancy.

Your accommodations

Pictures of the specially selected accommodations

Step by step

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Reims & the Champagne region

  • This itinerary starts in Paris CDG airport where you will pick up the rental car and drive 1hr30 to the Champagne region, your first stop for 2 nights. 
  • You will stay in a family-owned Champagne winery. From there, you are perfectly located to enjoy Champagne wines and tour Reims beautiful old town. 
  • Enjoy a special visit to the Champagne winery where you are staying, followed of course by a nice Champagne tasting ! Then, champagne will never have the same taste when you have it at home. 
  • We will also recommend Champagne wineries you can visit on your own, as well as some local attractions including fossiles, belle epoque architecture, a lively food market and many restaurants from simples to 3 stars with the Michelin guide. 
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Burgundy Wines & Gastronomy

  • In Burgundy, you will reside for 3 nights in a beautiful B&B house owned by a wine maker family and located in one of Burgundy most famous wine towns. Situated in the heart of Burgundy, near Beaune, this is the perfect place to learn about the local wines. Explore all major vineyards of the region and have a chance to taste red and white wines among the best in the world, directly at the winery!
  • Sébastien, a real passionate, will take you for half a day on a 4-wheel drive to tour around Burgundy vineyards, following itineraries that no other tour can do. You will taste wines directly at the winery and ride over dirt roads in Nuits Saint Georges and Vosne Romanée. Sebastien is very friendly and you will feel like a relative he wants to show his favorite places.
  • Apart from the vineyards, we will show you how to exit the beaten track and discover the authentic and charmful Burgundy. Winding roads leading to tiny timeless villages - some of them "Most Beautiful Villages of France" - will give you a real feel for this region.
  • Discover Beaune, a beautiful medieval town that has been completely preserved from modern constructions, and you should definitly be there on market day, the local products are truly delicious. Taste some local cheeses, the "Epoisse" at the cheese factory or uncover the mysteries of the French Kings in Dijon. Burgundy has a lot to experience.
 
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The Loire Valley

Then, enjoy the "sweet life" in Touraine, stopping over in little villages to savour goat cheese or taste amazing wines. Take the time to relax in rose gardens, or to enjoy the traditional cuisine in many small restaurants frequented by the locals.

  • Your next stop will be in the heart of the medieval city of Loches. Spend 2 nights in a very comfortable house - built against the old walls - that used to be a staging house. From there, explore Montrésor, one of the "most beautiful villages of France" and the must see castles of Chenonceaux or Chambord.
  • As a second stop in the Loire Valley, you will stay for the following 5 nights in a restored 18th century stonehouse nestled in a lovely hamlet. Your charming Host knows very well this region and will be happy to share some tips with you. One night, you will share a delicious home-cooked dinner, prepared by Monsieur. Do not miss the aperitif in the underground vaulted cellar - an out-of-time experience!
  • Located on the south banks of the Vienne River, this charming B&B is within short driving distance of Chinon and Saumur, beautiful, historic cities. 
  • One day, let the owner of a 12th century abbey guide you in this amazing and totally off the beaten tracks historical site. A great experience. 
 
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Mont Saint Michel area

  • On your way to Normandy landing beaches, stop over for 2 nights near Mont Saint Michel: this ancient beautiful abbey sitting on top of a tidal island in the middle of Mont Saint Michel Bay. A true wonder! Stay in a former presbytery from the 18th century, located half-way between the famous town of Mont Saint Michel and the lovely port of Saint Malo.
  • Discover the famous Mont Saint Michel with a local guide on a walk barefoot in the bay, around the site. A great way to get a special feel for this very touristy site. 
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Normandy Heritage & history

  • For 3 nights, taste the Norman quietness in a manor from the 11th century. Jump into the Middle-Ages enjoying all the modern amenities...and amazing breakfasts cooked by your lovely hostess.
  • Jump into the local history: from William the Conqueror in the 11th century whose adventures are illustrated in the Bayeux tapestry, to the Battle of Normandy in 1944. From there you will discover the WWII landing sites as well as the Norman hinterland, its cheeses and half timbered villages. 

 

History, culture, gastronomy, "the sweet life": this is France!

Activities included

©Carmen Moya-OT Grand Reims

Champagne Visit & Tasting

Enjoy a special visit of the Champagne house where you will stay and of course...a nice Champagne tasting !

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Burgundy Wine Tasting

Spend a half-day with Seb who will drive you in his 4WD in the back tracks and the dirt roads of Burgundy vineyards. He will take you like a friend would do to several wineries in some of the most famous vineyards in the world. 

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Guided Tour of a 12th c. Abbey

Get totally off the beaten track and explore each nook and cranny of this 12th century jewel. The owner, who will guide you, is passionate about local history and is totally dedicated to the conservation of this site.

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A Guided Walk in Mont St Michel Bay

Let a local guide take you on a walk barefoot around Mount Saint Michel Bay to understand better the nature around this unique site. This is an opportunity to discover the bay as very few can see it.

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Our Travelers’ Reviews

Andrea
My husband and I had a full week to spend in southern France before an event we were attending in Cahor. We found France Just for You and got the best care and the best itinerary for those days. We arrived on the day of a strike and Emilie took care of us. She found alternate means of transportation and stayed with us by phone and email throughout …
Cat & Family
One would think driving in a different country where cars are on the wrong side of the road and you don’t speak the language for 11 day trip would not be a smart decision. France Just for You is definitely the travel consultant you go to. Emilie’s very quick replies to queries, personal knowledge of having been to places recommended and …
Mary & Dan
Emilie, Our trip has been fantastic! We appreciate all that you did to make it so wonderful. Many, many thanks! The itineraries, special experiences--- like the 4x4 wine tour, wine picnic, and cooking with Catherine---and the unique accommodations made our vacation very very special. We start toward home tomorrow, leaving your beautiful country but …

Our Travelers’ Photos

Scott & Linda
From Australia
In Mont Saint Michel
Christina & her niece
from Australia
In the Wolves Sanctuary in Guéret
Yvette & David
from the US
on the French Riviera, near Nice
Amy
from the US
Enjoying a great view in Burgundy
Scott
From Australia
Making "chou" buns in the Loire Valley
Ann & Jim
From the US
In Amboise castle by the Loire river
Michele, Jacques, Nicole, Gaetan, Joanne & Keith
from Canada
In the Loire Valley
Bob & Naomi
From the US
In Monet's gardens in Giverny, Normandy
Deborah & Richard
from the US
On Omaha Beach, Normandy
Tonia & Peter
from Canada
at the Louvre Museum in Paris
Nancy & Paul
from Canada
On the French Riviera
Kathy & Mark
from the US
Truffle Hunting in Provence