REGIONAL EXPERIENCES

REGIONAL EXPERIENCES

REGIONAL EXPERIENCES

REGIONAL EXPERIENCES

While France may be smaller than Texas, its unique and varied regions include some of the most world-famous destinations. Our multi-lingual, knowledgeable team at French Links Tours permits visitors to discover the authentic and unforgettable side of France, whether it’s Champagne, Normandy, the French Alps, Provence, the Basque country or the French Riviera.

While France may be smaller than Texas, its unique and varied regions include some of the most world-famous destinations. Our multi-lingual, knowledgeable team at French Links Tours permits visitors to discover the authentic and unforgettable side of France, whether it’s Champagne, Normandy, the French Alps, Provence, the Basque country or the French Riviera.

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Our regional guides and hosts are well-placed to deliver an exceptional experience that will make all the difference in either your leisure or institutional travel program. Besides creating customized tours, we are also book the best hotels, transportation including private transfers and train tickets, as well as arrange for car rentals, cooking school and wine tasting experiences, and recommend fine local restaurants for your dining pleasure.If you prefer to rent a villa or holiday homeFrench Links Tours can make these arrangements on your behalf. Or you may wish for us to privatize a barge so that you and your family and friends can slowly discover the canals and villages of Burgundy, Champagne or Provence.

In this section, you will find a sample of some of our best-loved trips—but don’t feel you have to limit yourself to these. With French Links Tours, you are the co-creators of your regional adventure, and invite you to write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

Our regional guides and hosts are well-placed to deliver an exceptional experience that will make all the difference in either your leisure or institutional travel program. Besides creating customized tours, we are also book the best hotels, transportation including private transfers and train tickets, as well as arrange for car rentals, cooking school and wine tasting experiences, and recommend fine local restaurants for your dining pleasure.If you prefer to rent a villa or holiday homeFrench Links Tours can make these arrangements on your behalf. Or you may wish for us to privatize a barge so that you and your family and friends can slowly discover the canals and villages of Burgundy, Champagne or Provence.

In this section, you will find a sample of some of our best-loved trips—but don’t feel you have to limit yourself to these. With French Links Tours, you are the co-creators of your regional adventure, and invite you to write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

Discover the Riches of Champagne 

With a starting point in Paris, your two-day tour includes stopping in charming Medieval towns, tasting Grand Crus, walking in the footsteps of the heroes of World War One, and even discovering one of the prettiest villages in France, shaped like a heart! On your first day, you will taste organic champagnes, and then for a touch of romance, discover the Museum of Love and Marriage. Later in the day, you will taste a champagne served at the Hotel Bristol and the restaurant Arpège, and another which ranks as one of the 20 best champagnes in the world.

We will arrange for you to stay in an elegant countryside hotel, that allows you to wake up in the spectacular vineyards of Champagne.

The following day, you will journey along the Route of Champagne, heading in the direction of Epernay—the capital of the Champagne region. Stopping for coffee and croissants in Chatillon, you will have a spectacular view of the Marne Valley and its vineyards.

In Epernay, you will visit Moët & Chandon, and enjoy your first tasting in a private salon normally used by heads of state. Then, in Hautvillers, you will discover the town of champagne’s creator—Dom Pérignon. Following a tasting of a grand cru from a small local producer, you will have lunch at Les Berceaux—where you can dine at either the delicious brasserie or in their gastronomic restaurant.

After lunch, you visit Reims, enjoy a guided tour of its Gothic cathedral, a masterpiece in stone and stained glass, where France’s kings were crowned for over 500 years. The program will end with two more champagne tasting stops: Veuve Cliquot, Pommery or Martell, before your return to Paris. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

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Discover the Riches of Champagne

With a starting point in Paris, your two-day tour includes stopping in charming Medieval towns, tasting Grand Crus, walking in the footsteps of the heroes of World War One, and even discovering one of the prettiest villages in France, shaped like a heart! On your first day, you will taste organic champagnes, and then for a touch of romance, discover the Museum of Love and Marriage. Later in the day, you will taste a champagne served at the Hotel Bristol and the restaurant Arpège, and another which ranks as one of the 20 best champagnes in the world.

We will arrange for you to stay in an elegant countryside hotel, that allows you to wake up in the spectacular vineyards of Champagne.

The following day, you will journey along the Route of Champagne, heading in the direction of Epernay—the capital of the Champagne region. Stopping for coffee and croissants in Chatillon, you will have a spectacular view of the Marne Valley and its vineyards.

In Epernay, you will visit Moët & Chandon, and enjoy your first tasting in a private salon normally used by heads of state. Then, in Hautvillers, you will discover the town of champagne’s creator—Dom Pérignon. Following a tasting of a grand cru from a small local producer, you will have lunch at Les Berceaux—where you can dine at either the delicious brasserie or in their gastronomic restaurant.

After lunch, you visit Reims, enjoy a guided tour of its Gothic cathedral, a masterpiece in stone and stained glass, where France’s kings were crowned for over 500 years. The program will end with two more champagne tasting stops: Veuve Cliquot, Pommery or Martell, before your return to Paris. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

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The Unexpected Delights of Normandy

Although only a two-hour car ride from Paris, Normandy represents the riches and diversity of France, allowing you to discover its rural pleasures of apple cider, mouth-watering local cheeses, and outstanding seafood and fish from its coastal waters. We love the timbered houses of Normandy, covered with climbing roses, and the special care taken to preserve thatched roofs and historic towns such as Beaumont-en-Auge, Beuvron-en-Auge and Pont-l’Evêque.

You will discover elegant shopping and horseback riding on the beaches of Deauville, and charming galleries and artisans in the winding cobble-stone streets of Honfleur. French Links Tours knows the most intriguing gardens and châteaux in the region—including one with an unbelievable collection of 18th century dog-houses—and can book your accommodations either at five-star hotels with spas and indoor pools or charming bed & breakfasts in walking distance from everything. Naturally, we can arrange for you to visit the D-Day beaches, not just by private car with a local expert, but also by private plane. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

The Unexpected Delights of Normandy

Although only a two-hour car ride from Paris, Normandy represents the riches and diversity of France, allowing you to discover its rural pleasures of apple cider, mouth-watering local cheeses, and outstanding seafood and fish from its coastal waters. We love the timbered houses of Normandy, covered with climbing roses, and the special care taken to preserve thatched roofs and historic towns such as Beaumont-en-Auge, Beuvron-en-Auge and Pont-l’Evêque.

You will discover elegant shopping and horseback riding on the beaches of Deauville, and charming galleries and artisans in the winding cobble-stone streets of Honfleur. French Links Tours knows the most intriguing gardens and châteaux in the region—including one with an unbelievable collection of 18th century dog-houses—and can book your accommodations either at five-star hotels with spas and indoor pools or charming bed & breakfasts in walking distance from everything. Naturally, we can arrange for you to visit the D-Day beaches, not just by private car with a local expert, but also by private plane. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

A Private Journey through Authentic Provence

For those of you seeking the authentic scenery, gastronomy and cultural heritage of Provence, you can count on French Links Tours to create a customized trip that you will treasure for years to come. Best of all, we assist with every aspect of your program, thanks to our local expertise, whether it’s booking your hotel or villa, restaurants for both fine and casual dining, tours to different towns and villages, as well as car rentals and boats you can privatize for a cruise on the Canal du Midi.

Whether you choose to stay in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, or  Saint Rémy de Provence, your travel experience can include: the ancient Roman ruins of Orange and Glanum brought back to life; the cliffs and bays of Marseilles and Cassis; the picturesque Fontaine de Vaucluse and Isle sur la Sorgue, the second largest antiques fair in France; the Van Gogh Foundation in Arles ; the red ochre quarries of Roussillon and the bird-filled nature preserve in La Camargue; the Palace of the Popes in Avignon and a chocolate and wine pairing in world-famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape; a visit to a goat cheese farm and to a private olive oil mill; a cooking class and a market tour with one of the best chefs in the region; even the opportunity to have a lunch-time feast with local farmers.

That is only the beginning. Our Provence allows you to discover some of the most scenic views in Les Baux and the Mont Ventoux, visit unique artisans in Bonnieux and Lourmarin, and if your schedule permits, attend some of the most wonderful summer music festivals offering the best in jazz and classical music. If you are planning to visit in summer, book early so you get tickets to the Opera and Music Festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Orange as well as for the world-famous annual photo fair “Les Rencontres d’Arles.”

As for multi-generational families, we offer lots of options, including stays at wonderful countryside estates with pools and kids activities; visits to candy factories, lavender essence producers, chocolatiers, as well as sporting activities, such as kayaking beneath the Pont du Gard. Provence represents the true art de vivre of France—and French Links Tours can arrange for you to discover it first-hand, at the pace that works for you. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

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A Private Journey through Authentic Provence

For those of you seeking the authentic scenery, gastronomy and cultural heritage of Provence, you can count on French Links Tours to create a customized trip that you will treasure for years to come. Best of all, we assist with every aspect of your program, thanks to our local expertise, whether it’s booking your hotel or villa, restaurants for both fine and casual dining, tours to different towns and villages, as well as car rentals and boats you can privatize for a cruise on the Canal du Midi.

Whether you choose to stay in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon or Saint Rémy de Provence, your travel experience can include: the ancient Roman ruins of Orange and Glanum brought back to life; the cliffs and bays of Marseilles and Cassis; the picturesque Fontaine de Vaucluse and Isle sur la Sorgue, the second largest antiques fair in France; the red ochre quarries of Roussillon and the castle of the Marquis de Sade in Lacoste; the Palace of the Popes and a chocolate and wine pairing in world-famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape; a visit to a goat cheese farm and to a private olive oil mill; a cooking class and a market tour with one of the best chefs in the region; even the chance to have a lunch-time feast with local farmers.

That is only the beginning. Our Provence allows you to discover some of the most scenic views in Les Baux and the Mont Ventoux, visit unique artisans in Bonnieux and Lourmarin, and if your schedule permits, attend some of the most wonderful summer music festivals offering the best in jazz and classical music. If you are planning to visit in summer, book early so you get tickets to the Opera and Music Festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Orange.

As for multi-generational families, we offer lots of options, including stays at wonderful countryside estates with pools and kids activities; visits to candy factories, lavender essence producers, chocolatiers, as well as sporting activities. Provence represents the true art de vivre of France—and French Links Tours can arrange for you to discover it first-hand, at the pace that works for you. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

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A Private Journey Through Burgundy

One of the most delightful ways to enjoy Burgundy is to privatize an elegant, air-conditioned, sumptuously furnished barge and journey from southern to northern Burgundy during a week-long excursion. If you are a connoisseur of Grand Crus, French Links Tours can organize nightly tastings aboard the boat prior to dinner. During the day, you will visit unique private châteaux, discover the world-famous Hospice de Beaune and the Clos Vougeot, as well as have time to visit some of the leading domains along the Côte d’Or, that include the Domaine Sérafin, the Domaine de Bertagna, the Chateau Chassagne-Montrachet, the Chateau Pommard, and more.

Want a little exercise? There is also plenty of time to bicycle along the Burgundy canal, and for those who are more daring we can also arrange for a balloon-ride at sunsetAnd for those of you who are yearning to be back on land, we can arrange for you to stay in one of Burgundy’s most elegant château estates, where you will be able to enjoy outstanding food and wine in the most bucolic of settings. If you are seeking a more active holiday, don’t hesitate to ask us about horse-back riding, boating, and golfing opportunities.

The riches of Burgundy can be discovered in a day and in a week—either way French Links Tours is up to the challenge of creating a very special trip for you, as well as friends and family. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

A Private Journey Along Burgundy’s Canals

One of the most delightful ways to enjoy Burgundy is to privatize an elegant, air-conditioned, sumptuously furnished barge and journey from southern to northern Burgundy during a week-long excursion. If you are a connoisseur of Grand Crus, French Links Tours can organize nightly tastings aboard the boat prior to dinner. During the day, you will visit unique private châteaux, discover the world-famous Hospice de Beaune and the Clos Vougeot, as well as have time to visit some of the leading domains along the Côte d’Or, that include the Domaine Sérafin, the Domaine de Bertagna, the Chateau Chassagne-Montrachet, the Chateau Pommard, and more.

Want a little exercise? There is also plenty of time to bicycle along the Burgundy canal, and for those who are more daring we can also arrange for a balloon-ride at sunsetAnd for those of you who are yearning to be back on land, we can arrange for you to stay in one of Burgundy’s most elegant château estates, where you will be able to enjoy outstanding food and wine in the most bucolic of settings. If you are seeking a more active holiday, don’t hesitate to ask us about horse-back riding, boating, and golfing opportunities.

The riches of Burgundy can be discovered in a day and in a week—either way French Links Tours is up to the challenge of creating a very special trip for you, as well as friends and family. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

The French Riviera: Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo

The French Riviera or the Côte d’Azur, extending from Hyères or Bandol in the west to Menton near the Italian border, is one of the oldest resort areas in the world—and not just the playground of the rich and famous. During the first half of the 20th century, it was a haven to such artists as Colette, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edith Wharton and Somerset Maugham.

The best time to visit is in the spring, early summer or the fall, when the hordes of tourists and paparazzi are absent, and the region’s treasures can be fully appreciated. French Links Tours prides itself on showing the best of the French Riviera, whether it’s the Matisse Museum in Nice and Matisse Chapel in Vence,  the Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence, the splendid summer estates built by the Reinachs and the Rothschilds, or the museums and painted monuments and homes dedicated to Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau.

Our favourite city on the French Riviera is Nice, with its beach-front Promenade des Anglais and its elegant hotels, cafés and Michelin-starred restaurants. Nice has undergone a major face-lift, with a new tram-way, and several new art museum renovations and openings.

We can also arrange your stay in Saint Tropez, but do book early—this is the Riviera’s hottest summer destination. The best time to enjoy this quaint village, put on the map by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Eddy Barclay, is in fact in the spring or fall, when the hordes of tourists have left.

French Links Tours can design a travel program that includes transfers, tours, hotel or apartment bookings, and restaurants, featuring the best of Saint-Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo, and Menton, as well as the hill towns of Gassin, Eze, Saint Paul de Vence, Vence and Valbonne.

With French Links Tours, you have the choice of renting a fully-staffed private villa, a private yacht, or a stunning hotel-resort with spa and gastronomic restaurant. We can arrange for you to also go by helicopter from Nice Airport to Monte Carlo, as well as to the private islands of Porquerolles and the Iles du Levant by boat or private plane. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

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The French Riviera: Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo

The French Riviera or the Côte d’Azur, extending from Hyères or Bandol in the west to Menton near the Italian border, is one of the oldest resort areas in the world—and not just the playground of the rich and famous. During the first half of the 20th century, it was a haven to such artists as Colette, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edith Wharton and Somerset Maugham.

The best time to visit is in the spring, early summer or the fall, when the hordes of tourists and paparazzi are absent, and the region’s treasures can be fully appreciated. French Links Tours prides itself on showing the best of the French Riviera, whether it’s the Matisse Museum in Nice and Matisse Chapel in Vence,  the Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence, the splendid summer estates built by the Reinachs and the Rothschilds, or the museums and painted monuments and homes dedicated to Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau.

Our favourite city on the French Riviera is Nice, with its beach-front Promenade des Anglais and its elegant hotels, cafés and Michelin-starred restaurants. Nice has undergone a major face-lift, with a new tram-way, and several new art museum renovations and openings.

We can also arrange your stay in Saint Tropez, but do book early—this is the Riviera’s hottest summer destination. The best time to enjoy this quaint village, put on the map by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Eddy Barclay, is in fact in the spring or fall, when the hordes of tourists have left.

French Links Tours can design a travel program that includes transfers, tours, hotel or apartment bookings, and restaurants, featuring the best of Saint-Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo, and Menton, as well as the hill towns of Gassin, Eze, Saint Paul de Vence, Vence and Valbonne.

With French Links Tours, you have the choice of renting a fully-staffed private villa, a private yacht, or a stunning hotel-resort with spa and gastronomic restaurant. We can arrange for you to also go by helicopter from Nice Airport to Monte Carlo, as well as to the private islands of Porquerolles and the Iles du Levant by boat or private plane. For further information, please write to contact@frenchlinks.com.

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Biarritz: A Mecca for Surfers, Golfers and Bon Vivants

One of the oldest resorts in France, Biarritz was created by the Emperor Napoleon III and put on the map by his socialite spouse Empress Eugénie, it continues to attract the world’s most discerning jet-set, whether from Russia, Spain, Portugal, the United States or France.

Not only can we arrange a hotel booking in either Biarritz, Hendaye and Saint Jean de Luz, but we can also arrange private tours to local food markets and chocolate ateliers, cooking classes, as well as visits to the studios of some of the most famous artisans in France. Here you will discover some of the oldest ceramicists, the makers of the original macarons (long before La Durée), and learn about the history of chocolate and cod fishing, while discovering some of the region’s finest wineries. For those of you who love to golf we can arrange for you to play on the oldest course in France, established by the English when Biarritz was first put on the tourist map.

The best way to get most out of this unique and unexplored region is to let us design a customized program with tours, transfers, hotel or villa bookings, and restaurant recommendations. This way you will enjoy a detailed program that includes the best of the Basque country, including Biarritz, Pau, Lourdes, Hendaye, Saint Jean de Luz and Saint Sebastien.

Biarritz: A Mecca for Surfers, Golfers and Bon Vivants

One of the oldest resorts in France, Biarritz was created by the Emperor Napoleon III and put on the map by his socialite spouse Empress Eugénie, it continues to attract the world’s most discerning jet-set, whether from Russia, Spain, Portugal, the United States or France.

Not only can we arrange a hotel booking in either Biarritz, Hendaye and Saint Jean de Luz, but we can also arrange private tours to local food markets and chocolate ateliers, cooking classes, as well as visits to the studios of some of the most famous artisans in France. Here you will discover some of the oldest ceramicists, the makers of the original macarons (long before La Durée), and learn about the history of chocolate and cod fishing, while discovering some of the region’s finest wineries. For those of you who love to golf we can arrange for you to play on the oldest course in France, established by the English when Biarritz was first put on the tourist map.

The best way to get most out of this unique and unexplored region is to let us design a customized program with tours, transfers, hotel or villa bookings, and restaurant recommendations. This way you will enjoy a detailed program that includes the best of the Basque country, including Biarritz, Pau, Lourdes, Hendaye, Saint Jean de Luz and Saint Sebastien.

Corsica: The Island of Beauty

Imagine finding a semi-tropical paradise less than an hour and a half away from Paris by plane or two hours by ferry from Marseilles: that place is Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace, and the summer resort of the French élite, whether it’s top model Laetitia Casta or former health minister Bernard Kouchner. What we love about Corsica is its variety: it’s an unspoiled island with mountains for hiking and low-cost camp grounds, a jetsetters’ paradise with its yacht-filled ports in Bonifacio, Ile Rousse, Porto Vecchio, and Saint Florent, as well as wonderful private beach villas which can be rented by the week or the month.

One of the best ways to visit Corsica is to charter a yacht around the island—either a motor yacht or a catamaran depending on your sense of adventure. French Links Tours can help you find the boat, the captain, the chef and the hostess, who will show you some of the best fishing, snorkeling, deep-sea diving, as well as outstanding Corsican cuisine.

Or you can have us book you a golf vacation at one of the highest rated golf courses in Europe: the Golf de Spérone and the Domaine de Murtoli. (It should be noted that a trip to Corsica is for the independent traveler who likes to explore their own, but with useful guidance). 

 

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Corsica: The Island of Beauty

Imagine finding a semi-tropical paradise less than an hour and a half away from Paris by plane or two hours by ferry from Marseilles: that place is Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace, and the summer resort of the French élite, whether it’s top model Laetitia Casta or former health minister Bernard Kouchner. What we love about Corsica is its variety: it’s an unspoiled island with mountains for hiking and low-cost camp grounds, a jetsetters’ paradise with its yacht-filled ports in Bonifacio, Ile Rousse, Porto Vecchio, and Saint Florent, as well as wonderful private beach villas which can be rented by the week or the month.

One of the best ways to visit Corsica is to charter a yacht around the island—either a motor yacht or a catamaran depending on your sense of adventure. French Links Tours can help you find the boat, the captain, the chef and the hostess, who will show you some of the best fishing, snorkeling, deep-sea diving, as well as outstanding Corsican cuisine.

Or you can have us book you a golf vacation at one of the highest rated golf courses in Europe: the Golf de Spérone and the Domaine de Murtoli. (It should be noted that a trip to Corsica is for the independent traveler who likes to explore their own, but with useful guidance).