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.

Where to Stay in Paris
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La Réserve

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

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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.

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
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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

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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
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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.

The Best Places to Ski in France

During the cooler months, the French Alps becomes one of French Side Travel’s most-requested destinations. For adventure-seekers and winter sport fanatics, the world-renowned slopes are a huge draw. The ski resorts also offer the perfect haven for non-skiers with stunning snow-capped scenery, delightful shopping, and a fabulous restaurant and nightlife scene. Read on to discover French Side Travel’s list of the best places to ski in France.


The Best Places to Ski in France

The ski season in France is generally from early to December until April, depending on the snowfall. The ideal times to visit are between late December with the festive holiday season and through March. Even in the summer months it’s possible to enjoy the Alps with plenty of hiking, rafting, kayaking and more. It’s truly a year-round destination for outdoor aficionados.

Courchevel

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Les Trois Vallées is the world’s largest interconnected ski area. Courchevel, its most famous valley, boasts more than 90 miles of alpine ski. With 58 lifts, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy your time on the slopes.

For experienced skiers looking to test their technique and skills, there are 34 red and eight black runs. For families and beginners, there are fun ‘Zen’ areas where you can practice and learn before working your way up to the 19 green and 35 blue runs. Whatever your level of expertise, the skiing and experience is sure to be unforgettable.

When it’s time to enjoy the aprés-ski moment, visitors will be charmed by Courchevel’s Michelin-star restaurants, incredible shopping, luxurious spas, and various outdoor activities. 

Val Thorens

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Val Thorens is a one of the highest ski resorts in France at 7,500 feet, which makes the snow almost guaranteed! There are almost 375 miles of slopes as well as plenty of opportunities for off-piste skiing. The wide variety of slopes suit a variety of skiers from novices to experts. Val Thorens is also a part of Les Trois Vallées, making it easy to interlink with a connected ski pass.

The resort itself has a lively and vibrant feel. The scenery is complemented by the contrast of modern apartment complexes nestled alongside traditional chalets. Val Thorens also offers a wide selection of excellent restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shopping.

Where to Stay in Val d’Isère
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Airelles Val d’Isère

In the center of Val d’Isère and perched on the edge of the ski slopes sits this 5-star resort overlooking the majestic summits of the Vanoise mountains. The property invites those enamored with the mountains to live their own fairy tale. Located at an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet, the hotel offers a magnificent trip to ancient times in a magical kingdom of snow.

Inspired by the medieval period, the hotel conjures up the architecture of the most beautiful residences in the Alps from long, long ago. A grandiose and separate world, the hotel is as luxurious as it is welcoming.

The property also boasts a nearly 4,000 square foot Guerlain spa, magical children’s kingdom, cozy ski salon, iconic shopping in the gallery of boutiques, and four restaurants.

Val d’Isère

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The Val d’Isère ski area offers over 185 miles of slopes as well as splendid and accessible off-piste skiing. The altitude ranges between 5,900 and 9,800 feet which ensures there will be plenty of snow. You can then enjoy a ski area with 300 km of slopes as well as splendid and accessible off-piste skiing. Val d’Isère is enjoyable for all levels of skiers with 22 green runs, 61 blue runs, 46 red runs, 25 black runs, two snow parks and nearly 30 miles of cross-country ski runs.

Truly advanced skiers can test the mythical La Face de Bellevarde, a World Cup downhill ski course and the steepest giant slalom course. It was developed for the 1992 Winter Olympics. From “La Face” skiers can enjoy a magnificent view of the Alps and of Val d’Isère below.

Be sure to allow time to enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful Alpine town. Stroll through its streets, do a little shopping, take in the gorgeous scenery, or relax with a warm drink. Don’t miss the beautiful Baroque church as well as the various charming stone and wood chalets.

Chamonix

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Located in the shadow of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is without a doubt one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps and one of the best places to ski in France. It was one of the first ski towns in the world, and even today you are likely to hear languages from around the globe.

Chamonix features exceptional skiing both on the slopes and off-piste. Enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Vallée Blanche’s 9,000-foot descent from the Aiguille du Midi back to Chamonix. For a more leisurely experience, take the cable car from the village up 12,605 feet to the top of the Aiguille du Midi to appreciate the spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps.

In Chamonix, the nightlife is just as famous as the skiing! It is a wonderful place to enjoy great restaurants and exciting bars as well as shopping.

Where to Stay in Chamonix
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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.


We hope this list of the best places to ski in France inspires a future vacation. Need help planning your ski trip to France? We’re here to help! When you book your trip with French Side Travel our English-speaking Travel Care team will be able to offer assistance, 24/7 while you’re in France. There’s still time to plan a trip to France in 2022. Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

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!

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