Private Tour of Paris & South of France
France : Paris & South France
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With the River Seine gently meandering through it in northern central France, the captivating, romantic city of Paris has been described in just about every possible way and is a dream destination for people the world over, boasting nearly as many famous landmarks as faces it shows in the different light and seasons. The city features monument-lined boulevards, fascinating museums, classical bistros, bohemian art nouveau cafes, creative wine bars, stylish boutiques, and art galleries. Must-see attractions include: the impressive Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, the world-renowned Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe standing guard over the glamourous Champs Elysees Avenue. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample infamous French cuisine at an array of enticing ‘boulangeries’, ‘patisseries’, and ‘fromageries’.
Positioned at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance Rivers in southeastern France’s Provence region, Avignon is a town of good looks and rich cultural treasures. As the French capital of Christendom in the fourteenth century, Avignon grew into a thriving city with a prestigious cultural heritage, still visible today in the fascinating architectural monuments lining the cobbled streets of the medieval old town. Many of the old town’s monuments have been transformed into quirky cafes, hotels, boutiques and even a movie theatre; however, the 'Le Palais des Papes’ remains unchanged as a reminder of the luxurious decadence afforded by the papacy. Today Avignon’s vibrant student scene, designer boutiques, and trendy restaurants combine to form a seductive blend of medieval history, youthful energy, and urban sophistication.
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is found in the department of Vaucluse near the southeast coast of France. One of the most picture-perfect towns of the broader Provence region, the ‘Island City’ of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is known for its canals, historic waterwheels, chic cafes and restaurants - including one established by British celebrity chef Keith Floyd - and its sensational collection of antique shops. Don’t miss the Collegiate Church Notre Dame des Anges, with its opulent Baroque interior, or the Maison Rene Char, a gallery with artworks by luminaries such as Joan Miro. Finally, though antique hunters will find plenty of joy by browsing the town’s 300 permanent stores, it is highly recommended to attend the weekly Antique Market (every Sunday), as well as the town’s famous annual Antique Fairs (held over Easter and the weekend of the 15th of August holiday).
Gordes is one of the most famous towns in France’s beautiful Provence region, set on the foothills of the mountains of Vaucluse and surrounded by shimmering, mineral-rich stone, verdant vineyards and swathes of lavender. The town boasts numerous classified heritage monuments and plays an important role in fine art. Visit the incredible ancient stone dwellings at the Village of the Bories, drystone huts believed to date back several centuries BC; and the 12th-century Abbey of Senanque, hidden in the green valley where monks make a humble living producing honey, lavender essence, and liqueurs. Gordes is an artist’s heaven; it was first discovered in the 20th century by painters and photographers who are now world-famous, some of whom have immortalised the town in their works. Vibrant traditional markets offer delicious fresh produce and charming arts and crafts.
With all the style, culture and sophistication of Paris but with none of the crowds and tourist traps, Aix-en-Provence is the perfect holiday destination for travellers seeking a relaxed and authentic French experience. This stately town is idyllically situated in a picturesque landscape surrounded by quaint, sleepy villages at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. One can’t help but be seduced by the splendour of the baroque architecture, the avenues of leafy plane trees, and the quietly gurgling moss-covered fountains which adorn meticulously manicured gardens. The city’s maze of tiny medieval streets forms an ideal setting for groups of immaculately dressed locals posing in the numerous chic cafes and stylish boutiques. With all its decadent elegance, it is easy to see why Aix-en-Provence has become synonymous with l'art de vivre (the art of living).
Set near the mouth of the Rhone on the captivating southern coast of France, within the province of Provence, Marseille is the second-largest city in the country, and its oldest, and 'Capital of Culture' since 2013. Since then, five major new major art centres were developed; the Old Port was beautifully refurbished; and neighbourhoods, shops, restaurants and museums were given a new lease on life. The result is a pulsing, cosmopolitan and innovative port city inhabited by trendy multicultural urbanites. Wander through colourful, spice-scented, French-African markets, visit the magnificent Basilique de Notre-Dame de la Garde, browse the chic boutiques on the historic high street, or try a steaming bowl of Marseille’s famous bouillabaisse. The choices are as diverse as they are seductive.
Bordered by Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, the French southeastern region of Provence features a cornucopia of culinary delights, magnificent markets, sprawling vineyards and lavender-scented landscapes. It is home to the edgy buzz of Marseilles, the sexy sophistication of Nice and the ancient architecture of Nimes. The town of Aix en Provence oozes old-world elegance from its stately colonial mansions and Gothic cathedral, and history buffs will be in their element among Avignon’s ancient palaces and an exquisitely preserved riverside Old Town. Visit the birthplace of infamous artist Paul Cezanne, explore the Southern Alps, discover the plains of the Camargue, and the enjoy the buzzing nightlife along the trendy Cours Mirabeau Avenue. Don’t miss a visit to the Cote d'Azur along the south coast with its glitzy resort towns and picturesque coastline.