The Five Most Romantic Things to Do in France

French Side Travel has put together a list of the five most romantic things to do in France to make your trip truly unforgettable. 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 the 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:

Villa Baulieu

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This five-star hotel is a luxurious Tuscan-style villa just 11 miles outside of Aix-en-Provence. The estate is expansive with vineyards, truffle and almond groves, and honeybees.

The rooms feature modern amenities and offer unspoiled views over the Luberon region and the Alpilles and Sainte-Victoire mountains. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and the wellness and relaxation facilities.

Meals are available by prior request and feature local ingredients. Meals are served in the château’s dining room, in l’Orangerie, or in the lower courtyard.

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.

Take a Private Champagne Cruise Along 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.

Sail to the Secluded Port Cros National Park

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On our list of the five most romantic things to do in France is a trip to Port Cros. The day begins comfortable boat sailing to the island of Porquerolles. Along the way you’ll discover the coast and its remarkable landscapes. The first stop will be in a wild cove to enjoy a delicious French breakfast. You can spend your time swimming or discovering the fauna and flora by snorkeling.

In the late morning, you will set sail again towards a secret destination, to dock in a small private port with turquoise waters. Enjoy a visit to an extremely confidential wine estate.

For lunch, you can either enjoy a gastronomic picnic prepared by a local chef to be eaten onboard or in a deserted cove, or in a Port Cros restaurant. The choice is yours, but it is guaranteed to be a unique moment tasting lobsters, Saint Pierre and other southern specialities.

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 Champagne in 2023

When you think of Champagne, chances are the sparkling beverage comes to mind. Visiting Champagne houses is a must while in the region, but there are also plenty of other things to see, do, and taste. Read on to discover French Side Travel’s list of what to do in Champagne in 2023. It includes historical tours, gorgeous scenery from unique vantage points, and plenty of tasting opportunities.

What to Do in Champagne in 2023

Take a Full Day Tour of Champagne

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The best way to experience Champagne is with a driver and guide allowing you to sit back, relax and soak in the views and wines. Enjoy a commented drive along the scenic roads and discover the villages that make up Champagne. You’ll stop at the charming UNESCO-listed town of Hautvillers. Here you can visit the church where famous monk Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried.

Visit a family-run boutique winery where you’ll learn all about how Champagne is made, plus partake in a tasting. Drive through the picturesque Avenue De Champagne in Épernay where several prestigious Champagne Houses have their headquarters.

In the afternoon, uncover the secrets behind the signature taste of the largest producer of Champagne: Moët & Chandon. You’ll taste some of the house’s finest Champagnes in a private salon. The day finishes with a visit to the oldest producer of Champagne: Ruinart. Learn the fascinating history of this Champagne House while admiring their impressive art collection.

There are so many wonderful houses to discover that you could easily spend multiple days touring. Weather permitting, having a picnic lunch among the vines is a fabulous experience. If you’re feeling sporty, there is also the option to visit Champagne on an electric bike.

Where to Stay in Champagne
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La Caserne Chanzy

This 5-star hotel offers an unparalleled look at Champagne: both the region and the drink. Take the chance to experience the story of Reims through different eyes found only in the margins of official histories. The building, a former fire station and a piece of local heritage whose spirit can still be felt in the walls, is in the center of Reims. It has a unique point-of-view, looking at one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals right in front of it.

The hotel, spa and restaurant are designed as a bubble of wellness to reboot the client so that he can fully appreciate all the beauties the region has to offer. The local gastronomy and the spa rejuvenates guests before a day of cellar exploration.

Embrace the relaxing atmosphere of the spa, with more than 4,800 square feet dedicated to wellness: aquatic sensory path, sauna, steam room and five treatment cabins to offer guests a unique moment of relaxation.

Explore Historic Reims

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Capital of the Champagne region, Reims is renowned for both art and history. It offers the culture of a big city with the charm of a smaller town. Stroll along its handsome boulevards lined with striking Art Déco facades and prepare to be dazzled by its architectural features. There are nine champagne houses to visit in Reims (some of whose cellars have Gallo-Roman origins) plus five Michelin-starred restaurants, perfect for a gourmet escape.

See the monumental Notre Dame cathedral, recognized internationally as a model of Gothic architecture. It played a central role in France’s history for 800 years as the venue for the coronations of 25 sovereigns. This masterpiece of the 13th century is unique with its stylistic unity, stained glass windows, and statues, including the emblematic Smiling Angel.

Take in the Vineyards from the Water

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Cruises are a wonderful way to have a unique perspective on some of French Side Travel’s favorite places in France from Paris and Bordeaux to the Loire Valley and the Côte d’Azur. The Champagne region is no different, which is why on our list of what to do in Champagne in 2023 we’ve included a river cruise. But this isn’t just any river cruise: you’ll be sipping champagne and cruising in a lovely wooden boat from the 1920s. This vintage vessel is agile, comfortable, and fast, with a raised front deck is raised to accommodate a small living room, a kitchen and a restroom.  

Your local, knowledgeable skipper will take you where one of the great French rivers meets France’s most celebrated wine. Travel from one village to another as you discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed vineyards from a different vantage point. While cruising, you will be offered a bottle of champagne from a small local winemaker. Depending on your preferences, you can also stop and visit a cellar or end with a picnic to try some regional specialty foods.

Visit a Family-Run Champagne House with a Storied History

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In 1843, Madame (Veuve) Clicquot built a magnificent Neo-Renaissance style château just west of Épernay. The mansion quickly became one of the most popular places in the region. Here, Champagne flowed lavishly among the members of local high society during the frequent memorable dinners held by the “Queen of Reims.”

The Clicquot family sold the mansion many years ago to the current owner’s ancestors. Today there is still an exclusive familial clos with a press, cellars, and winery overlooking the Marne Valley. Having everything together in the clos guarantees superior freshness when it comes to pressing and transforming the grapes.

Discover the Champagne production process from the vine to the flute during this tour. You’ll visit the modern press, the vat room and the aging cellars underneath the family manor. Stroll in the heart of the vineyards and learn more about traditional growing, harvesting and winemaking methods. Finish your visit by tasting three Champagnes on the terrace, with a panoramic view of the Marne Valley château.

Where to Stay in Champagne
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Domaine les Crayères

This five-star château-hotel is a mythical property in the heart of Reims, nestled discreetly in a seven-hectare park full of majestic vegetation. Previously the house of an aristocratic family, the building recreates the elegant and sophisticated atmosphere you would expect from a traditional château. It is the perfect base from which to discover all the treasures of the Champagne region.

Genuine, classical French style radiates through every detail in each of the 20 rooms and suites in the château and cottage. All the rooms are generous in size. Luxury, elegance and intimacy: the hotel offers guests the quintessential French “Art de Vivre” in a lush garden setting.

Discover the warm welcome and the impeccable service of the gourmet restaurant. It offers a wine list of more than 600 Champagne labels. The view from the window overlooking the park is an exquisite spectacle. There is also a more casual brasserie and a charming bar.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Champagne

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A unique experience on our list of what to do in Champagne in 2023 is to see the rolling hills of vineyards from above on a hot air balloon ride. You’ll watch the sky come to life in an explosion of colors as you drift lazily in the ethereal light of dawn. Experience an elusive moment of stillness as you hang silently in the air, with the open skies and panoramic views stretching out for miles ahead of you.

For those curious about the mechanisms behind hot air balloons, there is an opportunity to help prepare the canvas and basket, or fire up the balloon while you are airborne.

And, bien sûr, enjoy a glass of Champagne during your flight or once you’ve landed. After the experience, the pilot will provide you with a personalized flight certificate.

We hope this list of what to do in Champagne in 2023 will help inspire future travel to this wonderful region. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France in the coming year with a custom itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Bordeaux, the South of France, Normandy, and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

Spring Break in France: Our Top Destinations

Spring Break is a popular time to visit France. Mild temperatures, blooming flowers, and fewer crowds than during the summer are just a few of the reasons why it’s a great time to travel. French Side Travel is sharing our top destinations for spending a Spring Break in France that will be a hit with the entire family.

Spring Break in France: Our Top Destinations


spring break in france paris

Visiting Paris in the spring really is as wonderful as it sounds. To see the city covered with blooming flowers in various shades of pinks will make you feel like you are living la vie en rose. A spring break trip to Paris will please the whole family thanks to the large number of different museums, tours, and activities.

Please the history buff with private guided tours to museums. French Side Travel can arrange an exclusive visit to the Louvre where you will be welcomed by the head of a department in the museum and accompanied by a security guard throughout your visit to facilitate access.

We can also arrange a special VIP tour at the Château de Versailles. You will discover the classic Versailles experience covering the most famous parts of the Palace: the Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s apartment and the gardens. You will also have private and VIP access to places that are not accessible to regular visitors, including the Louis XV and Louis XVI apartments.

For an authentic look into the French art de vivre, don’t miss a market visit, cooking class, and lunch or dinner. You’ll get to go to a local Parisian market and shop for the ingredients to prepare your meal. You’ll learn about the specific Parisian market culture, seasonal produce, and food in France. Afterwards, you’ll return to the cooking school to practice both basic and advanced French cooking techniques while creating a three-course meal. Finally, you’ll sit around the table to savor your creations with wine, and hear stories all about French culture and gastronomy. It’s truly a unique experience!

Where to Stay in Paris

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Cour des Vosges

This landmarked 17th-century mansion converted into a 5-star hotel is located in the district of Marais and overlooks the oldest square in Paris, Place des Vosges.

The hotel filled with history with a grand staircase, painted ceilings, Renaissance grandeur, and unique decor in shades of blue and pink pastels for an ethereal and mysterious feel. The style of the period has been updated and iconic pieces from the 70s blend into its exceptional decor.

The rooms, designed in an elegant decor, are beautifully furnished with ceramics, sculptures, and tapestries. Each of the 12 rooms offers magnificent view of the Place des Vosges.

The restaurant offers light gourmet afternoon tea and dinner. The patisserie corner also presents a selection of sweet treats concocted by an award winning pastry chef.

To relax and rejuvenate, the Roman Baths inspire tranquility and confidential serenity. Special skin and facial treatments, and back massages in a candlelit setting are also available.


honfleur spring break in france

Whether you have several days to dedicate to the region or just want to take a day trip, Normandy is a fabulous Spring Break option. Visit the charming coastal towns like Honfleur, Deauville, and Trouville and indulge in the delicious local seafood. The half-timbered architecture is picturesque.

Take a full day to see the profound and impactful World War II D-Day landing beaches and memorials. There are both private and shared tour options that depart from Paris daily, or you could spend the night in an authentic château just outside of Bayeux.

Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most popular places in France to visit. It seemingly rises out of the surrounding bay. Climb to the top for a tour of the Abbey and incredible views. You can even spend the night on Mont-Saint-Michel to experience the magic without crowds.



In just two and a half hours via a high speed train from Paris, you can be worlds away in beautiful Bordeaux. Explore the lovely city with its rich history and allure. We recommend discovering Bordeaux with a gourmet walking tour – you’ll see all of the fabulous highlights as well as sample some of the region’s specialty foods and of course taste wines.

The city of Bordeaux is also a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Take day trips to renowned wine regions like the Médoc or Saint-Émilion. Or head west towards the Atlantic to discover the picturesque beaches of Arcachon. Visit the Dune de Pilat, which is the tallest sand dune in Europe. You can spend a lovely Spring Break day on a boat exploring the Arcachon Bay, and even visiting with an oyster farmer for a tasting.


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For art, wine, and culture lovers, Provence is a must. Spring Break is a wonderful time to visit before the crowds set in – the area truly feels untouched. Enjoy the relaxing place with great weather, incredible history, and a fantastic art legacy.

Nestled between the sea and mountains, Van Gogh and Cézanne immortalized Provence’s beauty on canvas. Throughout the year you’ll find striking colors: azure skies, bright pastel facades, and deep purple lavender fields and vibrant yellow sunflowers in the summer.

Wine fanatics can’t miss the powerful Côte-du-Rhône reds and the refreshing Aix-en-Provence rosés. History buffs should explore the exceptional Roman ruins in Arles and Saint-Remy, and the Gothic Palais des Papes in Avignon. You’ll want to spend as much time outdoors as possible during your stay!

Where to Stay in Provence

La Villa Gallici

Located in Aix-en-Provence this beautiful 5-star hotel is just a few minutes by walk from the historic center. The elegant design with antique furniture, ornate woodwork, and rich fabrics are a reminder of antiquated days.

There are 23 rooms and suites. The rooms and suites are large, modernly equipped, and offer garden views. Some rooms have a terrace.

The hotel’s restaurant offers a gourmet experience. Enjoy seasonal Provençal cuisine under the shade of plane trees. Meticulously prepared by the chef and his team, the dishes are creatively combined with Mediterranean flavors. The discreet service ensures a unique experience for the guests.

Visit the spa and wellness area which offers in-room treatments, a sauna, Jacuzzi, cryotherapy, a tanning cabin, fitness, and a heated outdoor pool.

We hope this list of French Side Travel’s top Spring Break destinations to visit will help inspire a future trip. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France in the coming year with a custom itinerary. Some of our favorite regions in France include Bordeaux, the South of France, Normandy, and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

French Side Travel’s Client Favorite Destinations in 2022

French Side Travel clients traveled to all corners of France in an exciting 2022. Visitors experienced the best of various styles and types of travel including history and culture, romance, adventure, and gastronomy to name a few. Read on to discover French Side Travel’s client favorite destinations in 2022.

French Side Travel’s Client Favorite Destinations in 2022


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Paris, the French capital, is renowned for its historical sights and monumental beauty. Year after year, Paris tops French Side Travel’s client favorite destinations list. The superb Haussmann style townhouses, grand avenues and boulevards, legendary museums, churches, and parks offer endless opportunities for excursions and visits.

In 2022, clients enjoyed exhilarating summits to the Eiffel Tower to take in the legendary views as well as Seine River cruises for a unique vantage point of the city. The Musée du Louvre and Château de Versailles topped lists for extraordinary historical sights.

Montmartre was a favorite area to explore. In addition to offering a great view over the entire city, it also is home to hidden small vineyards, narrow cobblestone streets and numerous romantic places. Wandering about the lively side streets and picturesque narrow alleys, you’ll discover the authentic Parisian ambiance and art de vivre.


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Normandy is a perennial favorite destination thanks to its proximity to Paris along with its fascinating history, fabulous foods, and two major attractions: Mont Saint-Michel and the World War II D-Day landing beaches and memorials.

The island and abbey of Mont Saint-Michel are some of the most visited, most photographed, and most easily recognized landmarks in France. Mont Saint-Michel is on the border of Normandy and Brittany, and is one of the leading tourist destinations in France and an important pilgrimage destination, with more than two million visitors each year. The abbey, known as La Merveille (The Marvel), was built between the 10th and the 16th centuries. Both Romanesque and Gothic style elements of architecture are on display, as well as far-reaching views across the bay.

North of Bayeux rest the iconic World War II D-Day landing beaches and memorials, where thousands of brave allied troops gave their lives to liberate France, and eventually Europe. Clients particularly enjoyed private guided tours to explore the moving sites that hosted the pivotal battles. Two especially powerful places of remembrance include the moving and solemn American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer and the Pointe du Hoc, with largely untouched rugged cliffs and bomb craters, bunkers, and casements still visible.


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During the warmer months, the sun-drenched Provence tops many travelers’ lists of places to visit in France. This striking region located between sea and mountains continues to captivate with its striking history, connection to art, beauty, as well as unique regional foods and wines.

Clients especially enjoyed private guided tours of the Luberon Regional National Park. This UNESCO-listed 120,000-hectare nature reserve encompasses limestone mountains, rolling hills, serene valleys, orchards and farms. The picturesque villages of the Luberon are some of Provence’s most charming, unspoiled tourist destinations.

Nestled in the Alpilles mountains, Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the “most beautiful villages in France,” is a typical Provençal fortified hilltop village and offers great views of the plains, the Mediterranean Sea and the stunning rocky landscape of the Alpilles. Narrow cobbled streets wind car-free past ancient houses, up to splendid castle ruins sitting on top of a rocky outcrop above the village.

For wine lovers, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a must. The ruins of the Pope’s formal summer residence dominate a typical medieval village. A sea of blonde pebbles cover the vineyards. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines.

Where to Stay in Provence
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Le Mas des Herbes Blanches

This five-star property is a jewel set in the exceptional Luberon landscapes. It’s a refined base from which to explore the villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacost, Goult and Ménerbes.

Provençal charm and old stone meets modern amenities. The 47 luxurious rooms and suites with terraces offering splendid views. Treat yourself in the two onsite restaurants and the bar. The Sothys spa boasts a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness room, sauna, and more.

Côte d’Azur

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The glittering French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is a Mediterranean paradise. The Côte d’Azur blends glamour with a certain old-world charm only found in this area. Bask in the bright sun and soak in the superb turquoise waters along the sparkling coastline.

One of the most popular places to visit is the Medieval village of Èze, located on a rock 450 meters above sea level and surrounds the ruins of a 12th-century castle. This quaint little village has stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the labyrinth of cobble-stoned streets, lined with bougainvillea-wrapped houses, and with views down the steep hillside to the Mediterranean. Narrow, sloping streets and archways open out into hidden squares, fountains and quiet courtyards make this town idyllic.

Another gorgeous tour includes the Loup Valley perched villages. Villages are attached like balconies to the sides of the mountain, combining all the elements you would expect to find on a visit to the south of France: timeless beauty, local authenticity, French flavor, breathtaking panoramas, and the opportunity to forget about the modern world.

It would be impossible to mention the Côte d’Azur without mentioning Monaco. The Casino of Monte Carlo, the gardens, and the nearby Hotel de Paris are worth a visit where people flock to this mythical place. Explore its impressive architecture and grandiose rooms. Consider a pause at the Café de Paris’ terrace to watch the world pass by and indulge in a cold drink or an ice cream. Walk through the old city, by the cathedral and the palace. The changing of the guard at 11:55 am is a visitor favorite. Port Hercule gives off a James Bond feel with its resplendent yachts, the Grand Prix circuit, and the towering Oceanographic Museum.

Loire Valley

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Known as the Garden of France, the Loire Valley is home to many of France’s most extraordinary châteaux and gardens. The region’s proximity to Paris makes it one of French Side Travel’s client favorite destinations in 2022. Visiting the Loire Valley can be done in a day trip from Paris. To fully enjoy all of the offerings it is recommended to spend a night or two in the region.

Along with seeing fabulous châteaux (you can find a list of French Side Travel favorites here), be sure to leave time for wine tasting and unique experiences like a hot air balloon ride over the châteaux, a cruise in a traditional boat down the Loire River and more.


champagne french side travel's client favorite destinations in 2022

Just 45 minutes by train from Paris is the Champagne region, so it is of no surprise that it’s a French Side Travel client favorite destination in 2022. There are hundreds of Champagne producers in the region ranging from small family growers to prestigious houses like Dom Pérignon. Champagne is a perfect romantic escape for food and wine lovers looking to explore using all five senses. The charming villages, assortment of Champagne houses, as well as the fabulous ultra-luxurious accommodations in the region dazzle clients.

Where to Stay in Champagne
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Royal Champagne Hôtel & Spa

In the heart of a vineyard, this former, recently refurbished coach house – one of Napoleon’s favorite stopovers – is the perfect base from which to explore the glorious Champagne wineries. All you need to do is visiting 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 favorite to create a sleek and graphic mise-en-scene.

Vegetables are grown by the staff. Meat is delivered daily by farmers. All of this makes fine dining in the Michelin starred restaurant contemporary and exciting. Multi-course tasting menus or a la carte meals are paired with wines carefully selected by an expert sommelier.


burgundy vineyards

Eastern France’s Burgundy is a prime wine-growing country. This area was once covered by a large sea, leaving today’s vineyards with unusual mineral-rich limestone and unique terroir. Combined with the vineyards’ privileged location and a favorable climate, the area produces some of the world’s great wines. For true wine aficionados, there is nothing more exciting than a trip to Burgundy. Get up close and personal with Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Beaune, Mâcon, and Nuits-Saint-Georges AOCs to name a few.

But Burgundy is more than just wine. The region is also incredibly well-known for its food. Don’t miss Beaune, the capital of Burgundy, with its fabulous Wednesday and Saturday markets. The Hospices de Beaune with its stunning tiled roof is located just alongside the market. A cooking class in Burgundy is an incredible option for discovering some of the regional specialty foods.

We hope this list of French Side Travel’s client favorite destinations in 2022 help inspire a future trip. Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you. Some of our favorite destinations include Paris, Bordeaux, Normandy, and Southern France.

How To Spend Two Days in Champagne from Paris

A two-day trip to another region from Paris is always a wonderful addition to any France itinerary. There are plenty of options, but a top pick is always Champagne. The region boasts some of the best of France: fabulous food, a unique culture, history, and of course…Champagne! Read on to see how to spend two days in Champagne from Paris.

How To Get to Champagne From Paris

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There are a few options for how to get to Champagne from Paris. The quickest choice is taking a train. Trains to both Reims and Épernay, the two major cities in the Champagne region, depart from Paris’ Gare de l’Est train station. There are five direct trains between Paris and Reims daily, and the ride is about 45 minutes long. There are nine direct trains between Paris and Épernay daily, and the ride is about 1 hour and 20 minutes long. You can also take a train to the Champagne Ardenne TGV station, although it’s about 8km (5 miles) outside the center of Reims.

If you have a little more time, driving from Paris to Champagne, either with a driver or rental car, is a nice option. It’ll take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to either Reims or Épernay depending on traffic. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to follow the wine roads that mark the Route Touristique du Champagne. If you see an Accueil sign along the way, you can stop in for a cellar visit and tasting. You’ll want to stop in Hautvillers located between Épernay and Reims which was the home of Dom Pérignon.

Where to Stay in Champagne

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Bar La Rotonde at Domaine Les Crayères

For a two day trip to Champagne from Paris we recommend staying in Reims. You’ll be able to maximize your time with sightseeing, incredible dining options, and of course Champagne tastings. There are a handful of recommended hotel options near the famed Gothic cathedral, perfect for exploring the city on foot.

For an extra special stay, we suggest checking in to Domaine Les Crayères. This hotel, set in a former château surrounded by 7 hectares (17 acres) of English-style gardens, is quite literally a dream. The 20 spacious rooms are decorated with classic French furniture and fabrics. They’re guaranteed to make you feel like royalty! Domaine Les Crayères has two restaurants: Michelin 2-Star Restaurant Le Parc and the more causal Brasserie Le Jardin. In the warmer months, you can enjoy a meal on the terrace overlooking the park. Be sure to stop in the intimate Bar La Rotonde for a glass of Champagne or two!

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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
If you’re looking to stay amongst the vines, we recommend the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa near Épernay. This exquisite property was once a coaching inn where French kings stopped en-route to their coronations in Reims. The hotel’s contemporary design blends seamlessly with its surroundings, and each of the 47 guest rooms feature views over the vineyards. Don’t miss the spa and the Champagne bar that has over 200 vintages.

Which Champagne Houses to Visit

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It’s important to reserve your visits to Champagne houses well in advance, as spaces are limited and always in demand. Perennial favorites include Moët and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, and Ruinart. We recommend a mix between larger, well-known houses and smaller family-owned independent producers. On a two day trip to Champagne from Paris, three visits to Champagne houses is a good number to target that will leave you with plenty of time to otherwise enjoy the region.

Timing and transportation logistics can be tricky, which is why we always recommend booking tours that include transportation. We offer several options from fabulous small-group shared tours for Champagne amateurs to connoisseurs, as well as private, fully-customizable tours that include unique experiences like a picnic among the vines, exclusive private visits and more.

What to Do in Champagne

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In Reims a visit to the famed Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame is a must. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where Clovis, the king of what would become France, was baptized. This event made the church a symbolic space where a millennium of French monarchs would be crowned.  A private guided visit is an especially great way to learn about the storied history and importance of the Cathedral. World War II history buffs won’t want to miss the Musée de la Reddition where you can see the actual room where the Germans surrendered to the Allies. Furnishings are all original and you’ll even find maps with troop positions still on the walls.

To discover the region from another vantage point, consider taking a private cruise along the Marne River in a beautiful wooden boat built in 1927. You’ll depart near Épernay and can enjoy a Champagne tasting, picnic or both while taking in the UNESCO World Heritage sites from the water. A peaceful, romantic, and unforgettable way to mark a two day trip to Champagne from Paris!

When to Go
Champagne can be visited and enjoyed year-round. Avoid harvest time in late September, when many vineyards close to the public. The fall months of October and November are a magical time to visit when the colors are beginning to change.

The weather in this region is mild and consistent, perfect for growing grapes. The temperatures range from the 30s °F (1-5°C) in the winter to upper 70s °F (21-26 °C) in the summer. 

French Side Travel Tip: The wine cellars are chilly, so pack a sweater. You may need it even on a hot day.

Where to Eat in Champagne

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Photo Courtesy of Racine

There are fine dining options galore in Champagne with five Michelin-starred restaurants in Reims alone. Top picks for a memorable tasting menu experience include the 3-star L’Assiette Champenoise which serves organic, local, and seasonal foods in a warm, contemporary setting and Racine for perfect Franco-Japanese fusion.

There’s also no shortage of charming, casual French brasseries in the area. Two that we return to time and again are Brasserie du Boulingrin and Brasserie Excelsior. The restaurants feature beautiful art deco and art nouveau interiors and serve reliably delicious traditional French dishes.

Be sure to also try some of the regional cuisine while in Champagne. The area is known for Jambon sec des Ardennes, a salt-cured ham leg, as well as other pork delicacies. You’ll also want to try the popular Biscuits Roses de Reims. You can dip these pink vanilla-flavored cookies into Champagne!

After spending two days in Champagne from Paris we know you won’t want to stop exploring France. Our expert travel designers are available to suggest more easy trips from Paris including Normandy and the Loire Valley. Ready to immerse yourself in France for longer? We can help with that too. Whether you’re interested in food and wine, history and culture, adventure, or romance and scenery there’s truly something for everyone in France.

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