The Five Most Romantic Things to Do in France

In honor of the upcoming Saint-Valentin (Valentine’s Day) we’ve put together a list of the five most romantic things to do in France. Paris specifically is known as the City of Love, but there are plenty of other dreamy corners of France to discover as well. Whether a honeymoon, anniversary, or simply a special trip with someone you love, France is filled with romance.


The Five Most Romantic Things to Do in France

Check in to A Secluded Hotel

One of our five most romantic things to do in France is heading to the French countryside and checking in to a superb hotel away from it all. The options are plenty from just outside Paris to Champagne, Provence and beyond. A few of our favorites to add to your list include:

Les Maisons de Bricourt

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Two of the boutique hotels form Les Maisons de Bricourt in Brittany have sweeping panoramic views of the sea.

Château Richeux, built in the 1920s, faces Mont-Saint-Michel. The endless hues of blue, green and grey of the sea, sky, and earth merge into one. The restaurant features products from local small-scale fishermen and farmers. The bread served is made with local organic flour and is kneaded and baked in-house. This culinary commitment earned the chef two Michelin stars in 2019. Take a walk in the park, which runs downhill towards the beach and enjoy the magic of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay.

Les Rimains is a haven located on the cliffs of Cancale. Four romantic rooms bask in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay magical light. Simple and elegant, each room faces the sea. There is a coastal path known as the Lovers’ Trail. It offers the most beautiful views over the bay and the oyster beds, which are clearly visible in the translucent water. Bordered by yellow flowers, pines, and fragrant eucalyptus, the path offers a look into local life.

Les Sources de Cheverny

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Tucked away in its own private estate, this 5-star hotel in the Loire Valley is the quintessential French château. Exuding 18th-century elegance, this striking hotel balances bygone grandeur with a homely charm. An open fire welcomes guests into the dramatic lobby filled with soft light from tall, gothic windows. Beyond the twists and turrets of the building, beautiful lawns and gardens are waiting to be explored.

Spend your days touring the surrounding Loire Valley châteaux. Or simply enjoy relaxing by the pool and indulging in treatments at the Caudalie spa. When the sun starts to go down, head for a cocktail in the courtyard. Then finish your evening at one of the two restaurants featuring menus inspired by the season’s finest local produce.

Les Sources de Caudalie

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Just 20 minutes from Bordeaux’s city center, Les Sources de Caudalie is located between Grand Cru vineyards and forests. This 5-star hotel features a special Vinothérapie Spa, a two Michelin starred restaurant, a casual restaurant in the old washing house, a wine bar, a lounge and more.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Les Sources de Caudalie. Enjoy the spa with unique treatments using water from the natural hot spring. Take a cooking class with a two star Michelin chef. Enjoy a wine tasting with the head sommelier at the wine bar or take a mixology class at the bar. And of course, use the hotel as a base to explore the fabulous Bordeaux region.

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Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Valentine’s Day in Monaco
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a romantic dinner in Monaco? Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is rolling out the red carpet, ready for your very own love story.

Picture your intimate dinner: a celebratory atmosphere, maybe? Or perhaps a cozy alcove or a luxury dining experience? When it comes to bringing you joy, the creativity shown by Monaco’s top restaurants knows no bounds.

Whether you prefer an intimate in-room dining experience, a mix of gourmet food and gaming, or perhaps a gastronomic experience, there is something to delight surely every couple.

Take a Private Champagne Cruise Down the Seine River

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Another of our five most romantic things to do in France is take a Seine River cruise. Not many people can say they’ve had the opportunity to see the Seine River from a beautiful Venetian water taxi. The cruise offers you a unique, tailor-made look at one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. Enjoy the unforgettable views of Paris including the Musée du Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, and bridges from aboard your private boat.

Step inside the private salon, with tinted windows to respect your privacy, and pop a bottle of Cristal or Dom Pérignon champagne to mark this special occasion. Private breakfast cruises are also available if you’d like to have your morning croissant, coffee, and fresh-squeezed orange juice aboard.

Take a Drive Along the Côte d’Azur Coast in a Classic Car

rent a classic car on the riviera: one of the five most romantic things to do in france
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Enjoy your time in the French Riviera as it was in years past with an exciting sightseeing tour in a vintage convertible car. Your drive can be chauffeured or you can be the pilot. We suggest a drive from Nice to Monaco with stops along the way in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Èze to name a few.

You’ll see beautiful seaside resorts, towns with Belle Époque charm, medieval villages filled with quaint shops and restaurants, and pure Côte d’Azur luxury. French Side Travel can arrange for a professional photographer to meet you along the way for a special photoshoot to document the old-world French Riviera magic.

Spend a Weekend in Champagne

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The perfect romantic excursion from Paris is a weekend trip to Champagne. Taste world-class Champagnes, soak in the unique history and culture of the region, and relax and unwind at a fabulous hotel. It has all the makings of a wonderful, intimate getaway.

Take a full-day private guided tour of Champagne. Enjoy a commented drive along the Champagne scenic roads and discover the villages that are part of the Champagne appellation area. Stop at the charming UNESCO-listed small town of Hautvillers, where you can visit the church where the famous monk Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried. You’ll then visit a family-run boutique Premier Cru winery to learn about how the well-known beverage is made and enjoy tastings. Next, uncover the secrets behind the signature taste of Dom Pérignon in an exclusive visit. You will taste some of their finest Champagnes in a private salon. Finally, visit the oldest producer of Champagne: Ruinart to learn about the fascinating history.

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Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa

Where to Stay in Champagne: Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa
In the heart of a vineyard, this former coach house (one of Napoleon’s favorite stopovers) is the perfect base from which to explore the glorious Champagne wineries. Be sure to visit the wine cellar, which boasts no fewer than 220 exceptional brut and rosé vintages and crus. The best place to taste them is on the terrace overlooking the vines, which extend as far as the eye can see.

All the 47 luxurious rooms have magical Champagne views. The interiors take inspiration from the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Traditional materials are favored to create a sleek and graphic mise-en-scene.

Vegetables are grown in the gardens and meat is delivered daily by local farmers. This commitment makes fine dining in the Michelin-starred contemporary restaurant exciting. Be sure to take time to indulge in the spa, which overlooks the vines.

Indulge with a Private Seaside Cabana on the French Riviera

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With a guestbook signed by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Winston Churchill, and an enviable perch overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the palatial spread of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat has been the epitome of Côte d’Azur chic for more than a century. Make the most of the hotel’s luxurious grounds and fully experience all the beauty of Cap-Ferrat, a wooded peninsula that juts out into the glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean.

A highlight of the property is the Club Dauphin, one of the world’s most beautiful swimming pools. The infinity pool overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea just below. For an extra special experience, treat yourself to a private seaside cabana to enjoy a moment of solitude amongst the tranquil setting. You can also reserve the Dauphin Lounge to enjoy the service of a dedicated butler who will prepare cocktails and serve lunch in your own private outdoor dining room.

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Dinner and Fireworks Cruise from Cannes

Summer Catamaran Cruise with Dinner and Fireworks from Cannes
Spend an incredible evening on a three-hour catamaran dinner cruise departing from Cannes. Imagine sipping on a glass of wine and taking in coastal views as you sail across the Bay of Cannes at twilight. Take in views of the Lérins Islands archipelago and the Riviera coastline as the color fades from the sky and lights sparkle along the shore. 

You’ll then enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner on board. For a dazzling finale to the evening, watch a firework display from the deck with the twinkling lights of the Riviera coastline as a backdrop. This is surely an unforgettable addition to a romantic Côte d’Azur trip.


Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, birthday trip, or simply a special trip with someone you love, we hope this list of the five most romantic things to do in France inspires you. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France with a custom itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Normandy, Bordeaux, the South of France, the Loire Valley and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

What to Do in Bordeaux in 2022

Bordeaux is known worldwide for producing fabulous wines. The city of Bordeaux is the largest in Southwest France, yet it is filled with charm thanks to its architecture. Visitors would be remiss not to partake in some of the incredible wine tasting and education experiences as well as gourmet tours. One should also not miss out on the opportunity venture towards the coast to climb to the top of the Dune du Pilat. The climb is best followed by a delicious fresh seafood meal in the picturesque coastal town of Arcachon. Read on to discover French Side Travel’s list of what to do in Bordeaux in 2022.


What to Do in Bordeaux in 2022

Visit the Region’s Renowned Wine Appellations

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One of the preeminent wine regions in the world, Bordeaux boasts approximately 285,000 acres of vineyards. The thousands of small wine producers produce a diverse array of wines from deep reds to sparkling whites. The particularly noteworthy subregions include Saint-Émilion, Médoc, Sauterne, Entre-deux-Mers, and Graves.

Saint-Émilion, surrounded by prestigious Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The winding cobblestone streets and Medieval architecture undoubtedly impress. Multiple of the town’s châteaux have achieved the prestigious status of Grand Cru.

Coastal Médoc’s Route des Châteaux is sublime. Brimming with Grand Cru wineries and decadent châteaux, it features eight appellations of controlled origin wines and some of France’s elite wine producers.

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Private Picnic, Visit and Wine Tasting at a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château

Enjoy a personalized tour of a beautiful estate owned by the same family for eight generations.

Learn about organic viticulture and the year-round work of growing grapes. You’ll visit the cellars and vat room to learn about winemaking and barrel aging. The visit includes a tasting of Saint-Émilion Grands Crus.

At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a picnic including local products and a bottle of wine from the domain.

Stay in Fabulous Hotels

Whether you’d like to make your home-base the city of Bordeaux or stay in the countryside, there are incredible hotel options in this region.

Intercontinental Bordeaux
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This 5-star hotel faces the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in an 18th-century neoclassical-inspired building. The location simply could not be better: it is in the city’s historic center with the Place de Quinconces and the Saint André Cathedral just a short stroll away.

Chic rooms feature ornate furnishings and rich palettes, all with top-notch modern touches.

Within the hotel you’ll find two restaurants, including Le Pressoir d’Argent by Gordon Ramsay with two Michelin stars, two bars including a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city, and an indoor courtyard serving afternoon tea. After a full day exploring, guests can unwind at the indoor pool, the fitness center, the spa, or the outdoor hot tub.

By booking a stay at the Intercontinental Bordeaux with French Side Travel, guests will receive a guaranteed late check-out, daily breakfast for two, a $100 hotel amenity credit, an upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability on arrival), in-room snacks and beverages upon arrival, as well as VIP service. Contact us today to learn more.

Yndo Hotel
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The beautiful 5-star boutique hotel was formerly a private mansion built in the 19th century. The decor expertly blends late 19th-century sophistication in the ceiling moldings, rosettes, and heights with modern flourishes. Each of the 12 rooms and suites are completely unique. The inner courtyard is a relaxing place to enjoy breakfast or an aperitif under a splendid magnolia tree. Everything is homemade from jams and yogurts to hot chocolate and fresh-squeezed juices.

The service at Yndo Hotel truly sets it apart. The friendly staff is at your entire disposal to make your stay unforgettable. The property is in the heart of historic Bordeaux by the Place Gambetta and Cours de l’Intendance, making it a perfect base from which to explore on the hotel’s complimentary bicycles.

Hotel de Pavie
hotel de pavie

A favorite stay in wine country is at the magnificent 5-star Hotel de Pavie, located on the right bank of the Garonne River, in the center of medieval Saint-Émilion. The hotel boasts 14 rooms and three modern suites. Each is designed with tranquility in mind. You will feel transported back in time surrounded by Saint-Émillion’s cobblestone streets and vineyards.

For dinner, sample fine local wines with elegant modern and local cuisine in Chef Yannick Alléno’s in-house 2-Michelin Star restaurant, La Table de Pavie.

Visit Arcachon

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The tranquil Arcachon Bay emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s upper class in the 19th century. The elegant Belle Époque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a favorite of the French, although it is still very under the radar for foreigners.

The main attractions in Arcachon are the miles of sandy beaches, the vibrant town center and its markets, and the architecture of the Ville d’Hiver that boasts rows of Belle Époque mansions. There’s an eccentric mix of Neoclassical, Neo-Gothic, Colonial, and Swiss Chalet styles of architecture.

Arcachon’s beaches are inside the Arcachon Bay, which shelters them from the violent Atlantic waves. This makes it a wonderful area for families with children. Rent a bike and head south through beaches and seaside towns towards Biscarrosse for waves, surfing, and body-boarding. Just behind the beach is the Landes des Gascogne Regional Natural Park, an expansive pine tree forest and wetland area.

The seafood restaurants in Arcachon are of course particularly popular. You’ll find everything from classic bistrot fare like moules frites (mussels with fries) along the beach to fine dining restaurants a few blocks into town. Don’t miss the oysters, they’re regarded among the best in the world.

What to Do in Bordeaux in 2022: A Unique Experience in Arcachon

Traditional Pinasse Boat Tour of Bird Island and the Lège-Cap Ferret

Enjoy the highlights of the breathtaking Arcachon Bay on a traditional pinasse boat. Your captain will sail through the small channels past oyster beds, picture-perfect beaches, l’Île aux Oiseaux (Bird Island), and Lège-Cap Ferret’s charming villages.

Enjoy a seafood platter while aboard. It includes six local oysters, langoustines, bulots, shellfish and prawns, accompanied by bread, butter, lemon, and mayonnaise.

Guests can also partake in an oyster-picking experience with an oyster farmer. The oyster farmer will welcome you and show you how the oysters are bred. You will then have the opportunity to bring back some oysters to shore for an exciting tasting experience with the farmer.

Climb the Dune du Pilat

what to do in bordeaux in 2022 climb the dune du pilat

The Dune du Pilat is the largest sand dune in Europe. Once you climb roughly 360 feet and reach the top, you’ll be treated to a fabulous look at the sea. The 360 degree panorama includes the Bay of Arcachon and the Cap Ferret Peninsula, with the Banc d’Arguin to the west and the Landes des Gascogne Regional Natural Park to the east. The sunset is particularly spectacular.

Take a Gourmet City Tour of Bordeaux

bordeaux gourmet tour

What better way to see the highlights of Bordeaux than with food and wine? One of French Side Travel’s favorite experiences is a private three-hour tour of Bordeaux’s highlights and vineyards with an oenology expert. 

This tour serves as an introduction to wine tasting while taking you through the Place de Quinconces, the Chartrons District, the Place Pey Berland, the Place de la Bourse and its massive reflection pool, and the docks. You’ll taste four wines at traditional wine shops. Before the tour ends, you’ll get an opportunity to try the canelé, a local favorite pastry.


We hope this list of what to do in Bordeaux in 2022 will help inspire future travel to both the city and region. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France in the coming year with a custom itinerary. Some of our other favorite destinations in France include Normandy, Paris, the South of France, and the Loire Valley. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

Romantic Trips to Take This Winter in France

France is one of the most romantic destinations in the world to visit year-round. The distinct cultures, cuisines, wines and more mean that there’s something for virtually every traveler. Winter is an often overlooked time to visit France, but offers wonderful benefits, namely far less crowds. We’ve put together a list of ideas of romantic trips to France to take this winter. Each would be perfect for an upcoming proposal, honeymoon, anniversary or more!


Romantic Trips to Take this Winter in France

Paris: Classic Winter Romance in the City of Light

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There is perhaps no city in the world more romantic than Paris, City of Light and love. From the moment you arrive the beauty of the city will sweep you off your feet. During the wintertime Paris is much less crowded. It’s a great time to visit always popular museums and monuments like the Musée du Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Château de Versailles.

A Romantic Winter Day in Paris

Start your morning with a delightful French breakfast at your hotel including croissants, breads, delicious jams, butter, fresh-squeezed fruit juices and more. Afterwards, your chauffeur will meet you in the lobby to take you to a private Christmas food and decoration walking tour.

You’ll see the fabulous Christmas displays in the most-celebrated department stores in Paris. You’ll taste traditional French foods served over Christmas: oysters, foie gras, and sweet treats like éclairs and macarons. Next, you’ll be off to take in the best decorations in the city. The last stop is a Champagne tasting in a charming covered passageway. What could be more romantic?

After your tour, stop for lunch at the casually elegant Bistrot des Victories with its beautiful Christmas tree. You could also try one of the best classic French restaurants in Paris (and a Julia Child favorite) Chez Georges.

Following lunch, you’ll be off for a unique wine tasting experience to discover France in six glasses. You’ll taste five wines and one Champagne and the sommelier will teach you interesting anecdotes about each wine and region. It’s like a mini Tour de France!

After such a special day, go back to your hotel to relax by the fireplace or enjoy a spa treatment.

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Where to Stay in Paris

Le Pavillon de la Reine

This 5-star hotel is a deeply romantic hideaway in the heart of Le Marais. Built in 1612 by King Henry IV, this former 17th century residence is tucked away from the galleries and shops of the Place des Vosges, often referred to as the most beautiful square in the world.

Privately owned and family-run, it offers the understated sophistication of a private home with all the service, charm, and elegance of a grand palace.

The fine dining menu from the Michelin starred restaurant celebrates seasonal ingredients from carefully selected producers and takes guests on a voyage from land to sea.

The lounges have the feeling of a private library, with intimate seating, antique furniture, and open fireplaces – a cozy hideaway where guests can relax and unwind.

Chamonix: Unique Experiences on Mont Blanc for Adventure-Loving Couples

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Chamonix is the perfect destination to explore during a long weekend for an adventurous couple. The stunning scenery and views of Mont-Blanc draped in white will blow you away. You can spend the entire time skiing, but for our romantic stay we’ve selected several unforgettable activities that don’t require skis. Don’t miss our full winter ski guide to Chamonix here.

A Romantic Long Weekend in Chamonix

Start your trip on the right foot with a fun morning of snowshoeing. During this private guided tour you’ll experience the tranquility of snowy forests, summits, alpine bowls and ridges. It’ll be a special moment to share with your partner.

Afterwards, stop for lunch at Le 3842, which is one of the highest restaurants above Chamonix. You’ll enjoy fabulous views and local Savoyard cuisine made from the freshest regional produce. Be sure to reserve in advance as there are only 30 seats!

In the afternoon more breathtaking views are in store with a private panoramic Aiguille du Midi tour. This journey across the glaciers in the highest cable car in France is truly a once in a lifetime experience. It’s hard to think of more romantic winter views!

Be sure to take advantage of the spa at your hotel before the second day of your trip where you’ll partake in a full day private ice climbing tour. Chamonix has two climbing sites in the heart of the valley, and you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a day of fun discovering the magical crystalline universe.

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Where to Stay in Chamonix

Grand Hôtel des Alpes

Built in 1840, this beautiful, welcoming, and cozy 5-star hotel is a part of Chamonix’s history and has always been a symbol of Savoyard hospitality. At the foot of Mont Blanc, it offers the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the city center while being located near the lifts, the Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace.

All rooms have a view, either over the mountains, the hotel gardens and mountain stream or the pedestrian area, so you can’t go wrong for a romantic stay.

In the evening, relax at the bar with its beautiful fireplace or in the comfortable lounge area overlooking Mont Blanc. There’s also a relaxation center, on the garden with a view on the Mont Blanc range.

Bordeaux: An Intimate Gourmet Destination

romantic winter trip to bordeaux

The city of Bordeaux is romantic by nature with its charming streets, gorgeous architecture, and delicious foods and wines. Its location in southwest France makes it an ideal winter destination with milder temperatures. Thanks to the high-speed train it’s an easy addition to a Paris trip. Once you’ve experienced Bordeaux you’ll see how easy it is to fall in love!

A Romantic Day Discovering Bordeaux’s Food and Wine

To start the day you’ll be off on a private luxury gourmet walking tour. Not only will you discover the charm of the city like a real resident, but you’ll also taste the best of the best of Bordeaux’s regional specialties. You’ll have the opportunity to try rare products and visit a unique and historic atelier that will show you all of the secrets of their fabrication process.

Since the day is truly about food and wines, lunch will be a delightful wine and cheese pairing at Château Pape Clément. The sommelier at this Grands Crus Classés estate in Pessac will lead you through a pairing of eight great wines, each paired with an exceptional cheese.

Your last tour of the day will be a a private guided chocolate tour. During this full-chocolate experience you’ll get to sample the most refined chocolates in the city. You’ll discover the history of chocolate in Bordeaux and understand the chocolate making process from the origin of coco beans to the finished product. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy some chocolates to bring home and remember the romantic day in Bordeaux.

Dinner will be aboard the restaurant boat Sicambre for a dinner and cruise to discover Bordeaux’s beautiful UNESCO-recognized waterfront and architecture. The menu is inspired by traditional southwestern French cuisine and is all prepared onboard using local, seasonal ingredients. It’s the perfect ending to your day in perhaps France’s best area for foodies.

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Where to Stay in Bordeaux

Hotel des Quinconces

What could be more romantic than staying in the heart of Bordeaux in a charming mansion built in 1834?

With just nine rooms and the outdoor garden, you’re ensured an intimate experience at this 5-star hotel. The comfortable and relaxing rooms are a luxurious haven after a day exploring the city. Each room is decorated with care and according to a specific theme including the Oak, Laurel, and Chestnut rooms.


We hope these destinations will help inspire one or more romantic winter trips to France. Whether it’s during the holidays or after the New Year, don’t hesitate to contact French Side Travel to create your custom itinerary. Be sure to check out our favorite tours in Paris, the French Alps, and Bordeaux.

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