Region
in Burgundy, Dordogne, Bordeaux, Loire Valley & Normandy
Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Gourmet Experience

This itinerary is for independent travelers who already know the South coast of France and who are looking for discovering the “inside” of the country.

 

Includes

25 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 26 days
2 «Table d’Hôtes» dinners, with your Hosts and fellow 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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Patricia
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Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 5 950
Per traveler, including taxes,
based on double occupancy.

Your accommodations

Pictures of the specially selected accommodations

Step by step

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Welcome to Burgundy

  • As you will probably land in Paris airport, we plan for you to pick up the car right at the airport and drive 3 hours to Burgundy. We will plan for a nice lunch stop on the way.
  • You will reside for 4 nights in a beautiful mansion, surrounded by a vast park in Côtes de Nuits vineyards. Situated in the heart of Burgundy, between Dijon and Beaune, you will be perfectly located to tour the region and taste its wines. One night, enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your hosts.
  • Authentic Burgundy is much more than the vineyards: winding roads leading to tiny timeless villages - some of them "Most Beautiful Villages of France" - will give you a real feel for this region. Dijon has kept a lot of ancient monuments and houses, yet it is a modern city very lively and full of charm. Taste some local cheeses, the "Epoisse" at the cheese factory or stroll around Beaune from cellars to ramparts.
  • For the "Gourmets", you will meet with Olivier who was a Chef in star rated restaurants. He will teach you how to cook some typical Burgundy dishes revised to make them some very sophisticated courses. A great cooking class ! 

 

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Prehistoric & Medieval Dordogne

  • On the 5th day, you will drive across the Massif Central to reach the Dordogne region.
  • In the Dordogne, history is around every corner. In the Dordogne prehistoric valley, spend the following 5 nights in a beautifully restored stone house. Your lovely hosts will cook a delicious dinner inspired by local traditions. We'll tell you where to find the most typical goat cheeses - and if you like outdoor activities, you'll be in paradise.
  • Dordogne is famous for the prehistoric caves such as Lascaux and we will recommend you much more intimate visits, in 20,000 year old caves. If you are interested in history or if you are a JM Auel reader, these are a must!

 

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Bordeaux Wine Region

  • Get acquainted with Bordeaux region staying first for 3 nights in the Médoc - in a house surrounded by the vineyards. Your lovely hosts will be happy to share with you all the wine places that they keep selecting all year long.
  • Visit a Medoc wine estate with an English-speaking guide: from the vineyards near the castle to the wine storehouses. After the tour, you'll make your own blend with different varieties and end this 2hr tour with a …wine tasting.
  • Spend then 2 nights downtown Bordeaux and enjoy discovering this lively city walking from the historical district.
  • Built along the banks of the Garonne river, the opulent merchants' homes are very specific to Bordeaux. The rise of colonial trade together with the growth of the wine industry contributed to the amazing expansion of the Gironde region during the 18th century.

 

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The Northern Loire Valley

  • On the 15th day, you will move to the Northern Loire and treat yourself with 2 nights in a charming and romantic Renaissance castle in the heart of the Loire Valley. The perfect place to be introduced to the Castle Country enjoying the warm welcome of the owners themselves. 
  • From Amboise you will explore the Loire most famous sites: Chambord or Chenonceau, Chaumont gardens and if you want to do some shopping, you may enjoy Tours.

The Loire Away from the beaten paths

  • Your trip continues to the wilder part of the Loire Valley. Stay for 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 courtyard or at a bistro terrace.
  • One day, let the owner of a 12th century abbey, guide you in this amazing and totally off the beaten tracks historical site. 
  • You will also wander off the beaten path into tiny villages stretched along the Vienne and Loire rivers and get a taste of French gastronomy in restaurants and local markets we have tested for you.

 

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Normandy – World War & Middle Ages

  • 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.
  • Perfectly located between Bayeux and the WWII beaches, you will get a real feel for the Norman history there from William the Conqueror to the Second World War.
  • To help you better understand the events of the Battle of Normandy and bring them to life, we have planned a guided tour with a specialist in WWII history. You will be shown all the main landing sites and learn in detail about what happened here on D-Day.

 

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Last night in Giverny

  • Spend your last night in Giverny, which is only a 1hr drive to Paris and to CDG Airport, so very convenient. Get a last feel for Normandy and if you are interested in painting, you will enjoy Monet’s house and gardens very much.
  • We can plan for you to return the car where this is the most convenient to you. 

 

In this tour, you will uncover the Many Facets of France !

Activities included

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Burgundy Cooking Class

Meet with Olivier who was a Chef in star rated restaurants. He will teach you how to cook some typical Burgundy dishes revised to make them some very sophisticated courses.  

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Bordeaux Wine tasting & blending

Visit a Medoc wine estate with an English speaking guide: from the vineyards to the wine storehouses. After the tour, you'll make your own blend with different varieties.

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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.

WWII sites in Normandy

D-Day Sites Tour

Get a better feel for what happened during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, with a local specialized guide. Spend half a day to visit several US or Canadian sites. You will be in a group of maximum 8 travelers. If you wish, we can also hire a private guide

Customize this tour

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

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Our Travelers’ Reviews

David
Emilie was a joy to work with - we were completely pleased with our experience! Do not hesitate to use her services - she will do everything to make your trip perfect. We don't care for group/bus "one-size-fits-all" type of tours - but I didn't feel confident enough with my grasp of French to go it alone. France Just For You is the perfect solution …
DeLana
Emilie put together the best "bucket list" trip for my mother and myself. She listened to all of our requests and tailor made a vacation that was perfect. The attention to detail she paid our trip was mind blowing. She even had a full book made for us to guide us through our journey along with maps, tickets, etc. that were all date stamped …
Robert
Everything you need and things you didn’t know you needed. Emilie is very kind, a good soul. And don’t you want the people who handle your holidays to radiate happiness? A happy itinerary = a lovely journey!

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