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
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.
Where to Stay in Paris
This palace hotel is housed in a mansion dating from 1854.
Behind its ruby-red doors, it offers guests a world of Haussmann charm and rooms with stunning views of Paris’s finest landmarks. The elegant and stylish decoration: marble, wood paneling, gilding, mahogany, wall hangings, Cordoba leather, Versailles parquet flooring, antiques, and art decor objects illustrate the mansion’s belle époque history.
The hotel has 26 suites and 14 rooms that seamlessly combine tradition with modern technology: pastel tones, Carrara marble bathrooms, a Devon & Devon silver bathtub together with underfloor heating, screens integrated into the mirrors, an interactive tablet (with a special button to call your butler), all providing exceptional comfort for its prestigious clientele. It is also worth noting that it is the first palace hotel to offer a personal butler service for every room. There is special attention to making guests feel as though they are staying in a private home.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the world’s most beautiful avenue, this discrete and spacious establishment also has a private library and a smoking room. Other exclusive amenities for guests: a gym with a personal trainer, a steam room & spa with Nescens-Swiss products, and an indoor pool.
Awarded two Michelin stars after only one year of business, the chef has translated the excellence of the place into the cuisine. The restaurant serves contemporary French cuisine with Asian influences. The perfect place to kick off a romantic winter trip in France!
Chamonix: Unique Experiences on Mont Blanc for Adventure-Loving Couples
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.
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.
Where to Stay in Chamonix
Hotel Mont Blanc
Since 1849, the 5-star Hotel Mont-Blanc has hosted cosmopolitan clientele coming from all over the world to experience the highest peak in Europe.
The luxury hotel has been fully renovated in a style inspired by nature and its surroundings. The bedrooms overlook a beautiful panorama of mountains and offer space, luxury and comfort. The Savoyard inspired woodwork, black and white checkered marble, tailor made furniture, choice of materials and clever punctuation of bright colors creates a warm atmosphere, full of “joie de vivre.”
After the exhilaration of the summits, you can dive into the outdoor pool heated in summer and winter, which stretches over 14 meters with a spectacular view of the Mont Blanc. Or, relax in the spa and with its hammam, sauna, experience shower, fitness equipment and treatments designed by Clarins.
At the restaurant, the chef draws inspiration from the products from the beautiful French alpine valley. His cuisine is a journey through the Alps, the Aosta Valley and even the Mediterranean Basin.
Bordeaux: An Intimate Gourmet Destination
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.
Where to Stay in Bordeaux
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand
This upscale 5-star hotel is in an 18th-century neoclassical-inspired building facing the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. 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, plus free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffee machines. Suites add sitting areas, some with wine bars. Family suites have pull-out sofas and two bathrooms.
Amenities include two upscale restaurants, a stylish cocktail bar, and an indoor courtyard serving afternoon tea. Relax at the indoor pool, the fitness center, the spa, or the outdoor hot tub.
When booking this hotel with French Side Travel, enjoy the following privileges: 85€ value-added amenity (hotel credit), an upgrade to the next room category, early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability on arrival), and complimentary Wi-Fi on unlimited devices.
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.