The best tours of France in 2019

Written by on January 7, 2019 in Tours in France

men and women preparing dishes outdoors in a garden in provence with green trees and blue sky

Travel like a local! We’ve picked 15 fabulous tours in France where the experience is built around the things YOU want to see and do.

Small Group tours in France

Each and every private tour is different and they are all typically for less than ten people.

Enjoy the trip of a lifetime… Tour at your own pace

Unlike most tours that rush you around like vast herds of sheep without time to relish the sights and wonderful food and wines for which France is famous and you’ve travelled so far to experience – these tours are designed to ensure you fully savour your time in France. Whether you’re a lover of chateaux, culture, gourmet cuisine, wonderful wines, gorgeous countryside, the prettiest villages – these tours are full of thrills and wonder.

Best welllness stay in France

Swimming pool of a gorgeous mansion house in the mountains of the midi Pyrenees France

Enjoy a truly glamorous, gastronomic stay in a historic mansion in the Haute-Pyrenees with top Australian stylist Joh Bailey. You’ll be well and truly pampered with spa sessions, sensational wines and gastronomy. Re-energise & recharge your batteries and discover one of the most beautiful parts of France. It’s a holiday of a life time. www.lebelvedere.net

Best Provence tours

Woman walking in a field of blooming lavender

Customized traveling to give you memories to last a lifetime. Lavender tours, truffle, grape harvest, bespoke tours as well as chauffeur services for day trips or a lot longer. Emily Durand’s Private Provence tours are designed to make you feel like a local – not a tourist. yourprivateprovence.com

Best Culinary holiday in France – with a Master Chef

Chef in white jacket picking fresh herbs and vegetables

If you love food, and all things French – you’re going to love Master Chef at the Maison. A unique week-long break in the gorgeous Haute-Pyrenees at the luxury mansion Le Belvedere, where you’ll  learn to cook with fabulous, internationally renowned Master Chef Alain Fabrégues. www.lebelvedere.net

Best Cycling tours in France for tandem riders

Man and woman pose in front of a French chateau with tandem bikes

Discover gastronomic, gorgeous south west France on a bicycle made for two…  For 2019, there’s a new way to see some of the best of France – by electric assist tandem. You’ll enjoy luxury chateau accommodation with lovely hosts, plus truly superb cuisine. Take a great new luxury bike holiday tour in the Lot et Garonne department, south west France with Tandems and Turrets. www.chateaucaillac.com

Best luxury gite and classic car tours in France

Morgan car under a cherry blossom tree at a house with blue shutters

Cottages and Classics offer a diverse range of options for holidays from self-catering, B&B mini breaks or B&B. The Cottages and Classics Experience includes the use of a 4-seater Morgan, perfect for touring the small roads of Charente-Maritime and boulevards of towns like Cognac, Angoulême and La Rochelle. cottagesandclassics.com

Best Culture & cookery tours in Provence

Group of women raising glasses and enjoying a meal in a pretty French terraced cafe

Cooking classes with chefs in their homes where you’ll cook “authentic French dishes, no frou frou” says tour guide Martine Bertin-Peterson. You’ll shop at the enchanting street markets with chefs and dine at the most scrumptious restaurants in beautiful towns of Provence on this fully escorted trip of a life time. There’s also a total immersion tour version for 2019! www.goutetvoyage.com

Best Gascony Tours

Rolling green hills peppered with leafless trees in winter with a tiny tower in the background

Nourish your soul and unleash your spirit of adventure in Gascony. With tour guide Sue Aran, you’ll experience the famous food, wine and Amagnac of the region. You’ll discover where to find the best antique shops and flea markets, the most beautiful villages and magnificent chateaux. From one day to week long tours that are customised for you from discovery to photography tours. www.frenchcountryadventures.com

Best wine, gastronomy & culture Tours of France

An enormous wine barrel, bigger than a mini bus in a leafy green vineyard under a blue sky with soft clouds

On these tours you’re accompanied by your very own private in-house chef, gourmet dining catered to your personal taste. There are visits to the most stunning areas of France including the Loire Valley, Paris, Normandy and Alsace. Enjoy the finest wines too plus cookery lessons. Luxury and the best of France with your charming hosts Kimberley and Walter Eagleton.
www.artisticgourmetadventures.com

Best Food Lovers tour of Dordogne

Women raising glasses of rose wine in a vineyard with ancient towers and houses behind them

Chateaux, gateaux and gorgeous villages – a week long foodie tour of the Dordogne. An edible expedition where you’ll explore some of the hidden gastronomic and historic icons of the region making this September tour a deliciously mouth-watering experience. Explore fabulously photogenic medieval villages, chateaux and riverside hamlets. www.dordogne-country-house.com

Best Cycling tours in France

Tours du Tarn are specialists in leisure and road cycling holidays and they’ve discovered the ideal location for the perfect cycling holiday. Bordering the most beautiful areas of the Tarn, the Aveyron and the Tarn et Garonne regions the centre-based cycling enterprise plan to put this ‘un-pedalled’ area of south-west France on the cycling map. www.tarncyclingholidays.com

Best Luxury Tours of France

Yellow Porsche on an empty road

Guided tours of Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Provence and the south where you stay in the finest hotels and experience the best food and wines. There’s also a very special Porsche tour – 5* hotels, Michelin starred dining & the chance to drive a Porsche on Autohbahn in Stuttgart, just over the border from Alsace. Customised tours also available. www.froggytravel.com

French immersion course

A group of people in chef's hats holding a glass up to celebrate learning to cook in France

A French immersion course is all about learning the language but it is also about getting to experience the culture, gastronomy, the wonderful sites and scenery that make learning so much more fun, interesting and memorable. Stay in a 17th century chateau in Burgundy while you learn & experience the best of French food, wine and culture. www.lapont.com

Champagne tasting tours

Bottles of Champagne in racks in a cave lit with orange lights

Discover the pleasures of the Champagne region and enjoy an effervescent experience. Champagne tasting without all the tedious, time consuming searching online. Vineyard tours, sabrage, workshops, picnics and more – discover the real Champagne. www.champagne-booking.com

Best Self-guided Tours of France

Diners sit at tables on a summer's night under the walls of the Citadel of Carcassonne, southern France

If you are looking for an independent, authentic and immersive travel experience in France, France Just For You can craft your personalized self-drive itinerary. Emilie and Laura who run the company, will arrange all accommodation, car rental and driving routes so you can focus on enjoying the best of France at your own pace. Plan your dream trip. www.france-justforyou.com

Best women-only tours of France

View over the town square of Saint Emilion, ancient stone buildings on a hill top, surrounded by vineyards

Women-only tours throughout France from wine tasting in Bordeaux, antiquing in the Basque region, oyster tasting in Brittany, truffle hunting in Provence, shopping at the Alsace Christmas Markets, Paris, and so much more! These tours are NOT your typical tourist trips; this is tailored travel for both lifelong and aspiring Francophiles. girlsguidetoparis.com

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