Paris & Provence Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

Among the most culturally rich countries in the world, France brings together world-class museums, various art attractions, natural beauty, and a unique leisure aesthetic. The romantic, scenic walks in the artsy Left Bank of Paris are in nice contrast with the idyllic, verdant countryside of Provence. Based on our family’s recent travels in France, our most loved properties are the Right Bank Peninsula Paris, the Left Bank Relais Christine, the Provincial La Mirande, and, of course, the magnificent Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.

Best Travel Time: Spring Fall Winter

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Coco, Zen, and Sophie in the lavender fields of Gordes

Sample Itinerary

12 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Paris
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Montmartre in Paris
Montmartre, Paris
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Day 2

Arrive Paris + Half-Day Paris Private Tour
Upon arrival in Paris, you will be privately transferred to the 5-star Left Bank Relais Christine or the Right Bank 5-star Peninsula Paris.

Get your bearings in Paris with a half-day private tour including a stopover at the Eiffel Tower for an up-close look-see, then travel to the 15th Arrondissement and ascend to the top floor of Montparnasse Tower for the most spectacular views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Though we very much enjoyed the “skip the line” time-saving benefits of visiting the Eiffel Tower in the past, this special feature has become meaningless due to its exploding popularity and feel an elevator ride to the top of Montparnasse Tower to be much more pleasant. Your tour will end to a visit to Paris’ eerie Catacombs. While we feel this experience to be interesting and enlightening, please be advised that those who suffer from any degree of claustrophobia might not feel comfortable here.

Accommodations: Relais Christine or Peninsula Paris

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View of the Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
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Day 3

Paris Private Tour
Following breakfast, you will take a tour of some of the most notable sites in Paris. Your tour will begin with the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. You will walk down the Rue de la Huchette, one of the oldest streets along the River Gauche, before continuing on to Les Invalides, a massive complex of museums and monuments related to the military history of France. Visit the Louvre, the world’s largest palace, and the greatest museum housing such notable works of art as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Relais Christine or Peninsula Paris

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The Louvre
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Day 4

Paris Private Tour
Following breakfast, you will take a tour of Paris’ 4th and 17th Arrondissements. Starting with the 4th Arrondissement, Marais, you will explore the city’s long-established Jewish quarter (“Pletzel”) with expensive, fashionable boutiques juxtaposed to quaint Jewish stores, bookshops, and butcher shops. Your next stop will be the northern 17th Arrondissement of Montmartre, with a bohemian vibe, Paris’ hilltop neighborhood in many ways is quintessentially French with petite cafés, serene squares, and art around every corner. You will continue to Pere Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement, home to the graves of such notables as Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison! Later in the day, you will head back to Paris’ city center to explore the bohemian Latin Quarter, followed by an amble in the Luxembourg Gardens.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Relais Christine or Peninsula Paris

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Pere La chaise Cemetery
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Day 5

Versailles Private Tour (one-hour drive outside Paris)
Following breakfast, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Palace of Versailles. Versailles is beyond compare: 700 rooms, 67 staircases, 352 chimneys, 2,153 windows, 6,300 paintings, and 2,100 sculptures and statues. Versailles has become a symbol of the absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. Most impressive here are the spectacular gardens covering 1976 acres, designed by André Le Nôtre in 1661! You can find more information about Versailles in our blog post here.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Relais Christine or Peninsula Paris

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Fountain at The Palace of Versailles
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Day 6

First-Class High-Speed TGV Train Paris/Avignon, Provence + Optional Private Tour
Following breakfast, you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the Paris train station to board the high-speed TGV to Avignon, Provence, an approximately three-hour ride. Upon arrival in Avignon, a small provincial town surrounded by a lavish countryside, you will be met by your private guide for optional private touring before being transferred to La Mirande.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: La Mirande

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Avignon, Provence
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Day 7

Provence Private Tour
Today you will be met by your private driver for a full-day of Provence private touring beginning with St. Remy, originally known for its most famous son, Nostradamus, and home to the sacred archaeological Roman site Glanum, just outside the city. Two of our favorite stopovers here are Joel Durand Chocolatier and Le Bistrot Du Paradou. As you return to La Mirande, you will stop at the town of Bonnieux. From the 12th-century Roman/Gothic Church “Vielle Eglise” at the top of Bonnieux, one can see sweeping views of the valley floor with its patchwork of orchids and vineyards.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: La Mirande

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Bonnieux, Provence
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Day 8

Provence Private Tour
Following breakfast, you will set out for L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue, a unique medieval town well-known for its flea markets and high-quality antique shops. You will continue on to Gordes, famous for its stunning Lavender Route — a wide blue-purple swath that connects over two thousand producers across the Drôme, the Plateau de Vaucluse, and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Your Provence tour will end with a visit to Menerbes, a “perched village” in the center of the Luberon region of Provence, similar to much of the Luberon area’s “hill villages”.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: La Mirande

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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence
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Day 9

Aix-en-Provence Stopover + Private Transfer La Mirande/Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc 
Following breakfast, you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc Hotel. You will first stop at Aix-en-Provence. In contrast to the many villages/hill towns of the Provence countryside, Aix seems like a big city (although its population is only 145,000). Perhaps our favorite artsy city in all of Southern France, Aix has the feel of the Left Bank in Paris, with its chic, leafy boulevards and public squares lined with 17th/18th-century mansions. You will then have the remainder of the afternoon free to enjoy the amenities of the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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Aix-en-Provence market place
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Day 10

Free Day at Hôtel Du Cap-Eden-Roc
Enjoy the amenities of the luxurious Hôtel du Cap.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc
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Day 11

Provence Private Tour
Your tour will begin with a visit to Grasse, with a population of approximately 53,000, this relatively small hilltop town is today one of the world’s main assembly points for raw materials/components used in making perfume. You will then continue on to St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Rivera. Home to both Chagall and Picasso, the cobbled, narrow streets here are full of wonderful galleries, restaurants, and museums. Your final Provence stop will be Eze, named for the goddess, Isis, whose cult supposedly worshipped in this place during the pagan era. Rising 1,400 feet above the sea, the view from this idyllic place is truly breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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St. Paul de Vence, Provence
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Day 12

First-Class High-Speed TGV Train Avignon, Provence/Paris + Fly Paris/Home

Meals: Breakfast

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TGV Train along the Marseilles Coast

Hotels

Much has changed at the 5-star, 48-room Relais Christine since our last family visit in 2013! Occupying a former 16th-century abbey in a quiet section of the trendy Saint-Germain-des-Près area of Paris’ Left Bank, the hotel is a short walk to the Seine and Pont Neuf bridge. The property recently completed a major renovation including rooms with updated walk-in showers, an expanded Spa Guerlain (Located in the vaulted cellar), Finnish Sauna, and exercise room. Based on feedback from clients who have recently stayed here, the critical thing that has not changed is the warm and inviting atmosphere and service. It is no hyperbole to say that a stay at the Relais Christine is like staying with family friends. Though usually fully booked, our favorite rooms are the Garden Suites, opening onto the private lawns enclosed by clipped hedges.

Relais Christine

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Much has changed at the 5-star, 48-room Relais Christine since our last family visit in 2013! Occupying a former 16th-century abbey in a quiet section of the trendy Saint-Germain-des-Près area of Paris’ Left Bank, the hotel is a short walk to the Seine and Pont Neuf bridge. The property recently completed a major renovation including rooms with updated walk-in showers, an expanded Spa Guerlain (Located in the vaulted cellar), Finnish Sauna, and exercise room. Based on feedback from clients who have recently stayed here, the critical thing that has not changed is the warm and inviting atmosphere and service. It is no hyperbole to say that a stay at the Relais Christine is like staying with family friends. Though usually fully booked, our favorite rooms are the Garden Suites, opening onto the private lawns enclosed by clipped hedges.

The Peninsula’s location in the noteworthy 19th-century Hausmanian building is quite auspicious, in terms of its deep, rich history. At one time, the structure served as the offices of France’s defense ministry and later as the headquarters of Germany’s high command in Paris during WWII. In 1973, it was the venue of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, marking the end of the Vietnam War. With a total investment of approximately 800 million euro, the 234-room Peninsula Paris has almost overnight become the Premier 5-star hotel among the city’s illustrious list of high-end properties. Located in the 16th Arrondissement, many of the Peninsula’s rooms offer striking views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Despite our preference for the more intimate, walkable areas of the Left Bank, we feel the Peninsula’s many attributes more than make up for its Right Bank location.

Peninsula Paris

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The Peninsula’s location in the noteworthy 19th-century Hausmanian building is quite auspicious, in terms of its deep, rich history. At one time, the structure served as the offices of France’s defense ministry and later as the headquarters of Germany’s high command in Paris during WWII. In 1973, it was the venue of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, marking the end of the Vietnam War. With a total investment of approximately 800 million euro, the 234-room Peninsula Paris has almost overnight become the Premier 5-star hotel among the city’s illustrious list of high-end properties. Located in the 16th Arrondissement, many of the Peninsula’s rooms offer striking views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Despite our preference for the more intimate, walkable areas of the Left Bank, we feel the Peninsula’s many attributes more than make up for its Right Bank location.The Peninsula’s location in the noteworthy 19th century Hausmanian building is quite auspicious, in terms of its deep, rich history. At one time the structure served as offices of France’s defense ministry and later as the headquarters of Germany’s high command in Paris during WWII. In 1973, it was the venue of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, marking the end of the Vietnam War. With a total investment of approximately 800 million euro, the 234-room Peninsula Paris has almost overnight become the Premier 5-star hotel among the city’s illustrious list of high-end properties. Located in the 16th Arrondissement, many of the Peninsula’s rooms offer striking views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Despite our preference for the more intimate, walkable areas of the Left Bank, we feel the Peninsula’s many attributes more than makeup for its Right Bank location.

Located in a national historical monument building, formerly the residence of a 14th-century cardinal, La Mirande is set in an ideal location inside the walled section of Avignon, across from the medieval “Palace of Popes” complex. With just 26 rooms, special care was followed during the property’s refurbishing, featuring painted wood-paneled walls with tapestries, antique glass windows, and vintage oak parquet floors We particularly like the hotel’s garden dining terrace and courtyard conservatory for afternoon tea. Being avid Japan-enthusiasts, we were surprised to see they have Kukicha and Gyokuro tea options! Of special note for our “foodie” friends, La Mirande’s restaurant dining experience offers a gastronomic menu featuring organic, farm-raised products taking to heart the words “seasonal” and “terroir”! The restaurants Le Marmiton cooking class is noteworthy among chefs throughout Provence. With its charming, relaxing atmosphere and personal, singular service, we feel a stay at Le Mirande is a special and memorable experience to enhance your private tour of Provence.

La Mirande

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Located in a national historical monument building, formerly the residence of a 14th-century cardinal, La Mirande is set in an ideal location inside the walled section of Avignon, across from the medieval “Palace of Popes” complex. With just 26 rooms, special care was followed during the property’s refurbishing, featuring painted wood-paneled walls with tapestries, antique glass windows, and vintage oak parquet floors We particularly like the hotel’s garden dining terrace and courtyard conservatory for afternoon tea. Being avid Japan-enthusiasts, we were surprised to see they have Kukicha and Gyokuro tea options! Of special note for our “foodie” friends, La Mirande’s restaurant dining experience offers a gastronomic menu featuring organic, farm-raised products taking to heart the words “seasonal” and “terroir”! The restaurants Le Marmiton cooking class is noteworthy among chefs throughout Provence. With its charming, relaxing atmosphere and personal, singular service, we feel a stay at Le Mirande is a special and memorable experience to enhance your private tour of Provence.

Many believe the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc to be the most sought-after summer retreat in the world, and our clients would agree. Yes, the Hotel du Cap is expensive, pretentious, home to global celebrities and jet-setters, AND, we feel, among the most beautiful hotels we have stayed at anywhere in the world! Despite the 55 Euro cost of a cheeseburger at the Eden Roc pool grill; our Lynch family has fond memories of our last stay here. Located in Antibes, Hotel du Cap is 45 minutes to an hour away from St. Jean Cap Ferrat, which is just on the other side of Nice. The reputation of Hôtel du Cap is maintained in part because of its idyllic location, but perhaps more significantly, due to its reputation for high-touch, understated service. Owner/proprietress Maya Oetker personally decorates each of the 118 rooms and has maintained a level of excellence that is unimaginable, even by 5-star luxury hotel standards.

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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Many believe the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc to be the most sought-after summer retreat in the world, and our clients would agree. Yes, the Hotel du Cap is expensive, pretentious, home to global celebrities and jet-setters, AND, we feel, among the most beautiful hotels we have stayed at anywhere in the world! Despite the 55 Euro cost of a cheeseburger at the Eden Roc pool grill; our Lynch family has fond memories of our last stay here. Located in Antibes, Hotel du Cap is 45 minutes to an hour away from St. Jean Cap Ferrat, which is just on the other side of Nice. The reputation of Hôtel du Cap is maintained in part because of its idyllic location, but perhaps more significantly, due to its reputation for high-touch, understated service. Owner/proprietress Maya Oetker personally decorates each of the 118 rooms and has maintained a level of excellence that is unimaginable, even by 5-star luxury hotel standards.

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Location

Overview

France
Population
63.5 Million
Language
French
Currency
Euro
Temperature
Highs: High 70’s
Lows: Mid 30’s
Area
543,965 SQ KM
210,026 SQ MILES
Capital
Paris

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