Surfing, Pelotte basque, and the Pyrenees, the Basque country is a world of its own that will offer you its generous culture and gastronomy. This incredibly beautiful and fascinating region is forged by contrasts: mountains and ocean, France and Spain, sweet and spicy, complex and generous. From Bayonne in France to San-Sebastian in Spain you’ll discover some of the best restaurants on earth, you’ll meet authentic shepherds, see a bewildering mix of architecture, from the very traditional to the most contemporary, and hear a language older than Latin. A real adventure in the heart of Europe.
Bordeaux Wine Region
Bordeaux lies in the estuary of the Gironde river before it enters the Atlantic and the city has taken all the advantages of its climate, fertile soils, and Roman culture. Bordeaux and the surrounding area has become, over the centuries, the symbol of excellence in winemaking worldwide. A visit to the famed vineyards of Saint-Émilion, Médoc, Côtes de Blaye, is an unforgettable experience.
The Dordogne Valley
This beautiful region conjures up an image of a return to rural life at a slow pace in an idyllic landscape of fertile meadows and sandstone cliffs overlooking the Dordogne river as it flows quietly. Its villages, castles, and houses are built with honey-coloured stone, and the mild climate of southern France tempers the moods and life just seems easier and softer than anywhere else.
Though not as famous as other French regions, the Occitanie region is a concentration of all that France has to offer. From the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast, from the Cathar castles and the mediaeval city of Carcassonne to the amazing Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, this region will blow your mind away. This is France à la Carte’s homeground…be assured we know our way to the artisans, wine producers or to the loveliest unspoilt villages and towns where you’ll find the local producer of the best foie-gras in the world. So do yourself a favour and come visit us in Toulouse, “la Ville rose”. We know how to be the perfect hosts.
These salty marshlands in the delta of the Rhône river are a haven of peace, and home to pink flamingos, wild horses, and old gipsy traditions. You will visit traditional ranches where they breed bulls for bullfights, just like their counterparts in neighbouring Spain. Discover this wonderful region with us and be surprised by how diverse southern France can be.
Provence & Marseille
Without a doubt the most iconic region of southern France, Provence is a must-see with its never-ending fragrant lavender fields and colourful market towns. Its indescribably soft light and landscapes captivated the eyes of Matisse, Van Gogh and Cézanne, and will capture yours. Arts, history, gastronomy, and wines are a feature on every street corner of towns like Avignon or Aix-en-Provence. Don’t miss discovering the magic of this region with us.
The French Riviera & Nice
Still one of the trendiest places in the world, the most glamorous stretch of the French Mediterranean coast has retained what has always made it “the place to be”. Discover this fascinating region, with its towns and cities such as Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Monaco, or Antibes, and its natural beauty spots such as the Calanques of Marseille and Cassis.Though the beauty of the Côte d’Azur is renowned worldwide you’ll still be amazed by the number of hidden gems that remain to be discovered.
L’Ile de Beauté or “The island of Beauty ” is how Corsica has been described down through the centuries. This island is like a miniature continent, with impressive geographical diversity. Within half an hour’s drive, the landscape ranges from fishing coves, vibrant coastal cities and fabulous beaches to massive mountain ridges, verdant valleys, and time-forgotten hilltop villages. Corsica attractions are countless: from hiking and canyoning to snorkelling and sunbathing, enjoying a leisurely boat trip, soaking yourself into the island’s multifaceted history and sampling local delicacies.
The Rhone Valley & Lyon
Lyon is France's third-largest metropolis and its gastronomic capital. This is where the world-famous chef Paul Bocuse was born and the city is a treasure trove of Haute-Cuisine. From the city’s old cobblestone streets to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape everything here seems to be an ode to the French “Savoir-Vivre”.
One of the most spectacular natural sights in the world, the Alps are the backbone of Europe. This huge mountain range spans our continent from east to west, from Mediterranean culture to the Germanic countries. There you can hear and speak German, French or Italian on the same day and borders don’t mean much more than a line on a map.
Maybe THE most underrated region in France, the Northern Flanders region is full of surprises. Lille, the fourth-largest city in France transformed from an industrial centre into a glittering cultural and commercial hub, you’ll love to walk its cosmopolitan and trendy streets. Dunkirk and its war history. Amiens, a real gem, is similar to Bruges and its Flanders architecture. All these generous places will conquer your heart.
One of the most sumptuous wine valleys is the Rhine river valley in the Alsace region. Cradle of the Riesling, Gewurztraminer or even the Muscat, lovers of white wines will be right at home here. This place will seduce you with the charm of its typical architecture of half-timbered houses, and its proximity to Germany which has influenced it so much in its gastronomy and traditions. From Strasbourg to Colmar your journey will take you to the most remarkable part of northern France.
An hour and a half away from Paris driving along the Marne river you arrive in a beautiful hilly area where bubbles and wine have come together to form one of the most refined and elegant products known to the world. The Champagne area will reveal all its secrets to you and you will visit some of the most prestigious estates and taste some of the most renowned champagnes in the world: Veuve Clicquot, Möet & Chandon, Laurent Perrier,…are some legends that will become reality to you along this trip.
Parisian boulevards lined with monuments, museums, classic bistros, and chic boutiques are enriched by a new wave of multimedia galleries, creative wine bars, designer boutiques, and tech start-ups. Paris is eternal and yet always on the move. Even if you already have been there it wouldn’t be the same city on your next visit. That’s why this city is fascinating, every time you think you know it, it reveals a new mystery.
The Loire Valley
Imagine a river valley sprinkled with hundreds of France’s most opulent aristocratic estates, crenellated towers, soaring cupolas and glittering banquet halls. Those châteaux, villages and the internationally renowned vineyards surrounding them are part of the landscape of the Loire valley. A place blessed by the gods where the art of living became a way of life. From Sancerre to Saumur you will discover a world of sophisticated cities, rural beauties, and outstanding wines.
It is hard to believe so much History comes alive in Normandy. From the Vikings, Norman kings, Richard the Lionheart, to the D-day landing beaches. Normandy has been the scene for so much of world history. From the chic seaside town of Deauville, all the way to Mont Saint Michel, Normandy is unmissable on your wishlist.You cannot miss discovering its gastronomical treasures, from the creamiest cheeses to the best Calvados liquors, all your senses will be challenged. And just off the coast, Jersey, Guernsey, and all the Channel Islands and their quietl luxury.
Brittany is certainly one of the most beautiful coastal regions of France. Rugged coastlines of pink granite and wild beauty sparkled with elegant manors facing the Ocean. Brittany is the legendary home of Merlin the wizard and the Knights of the Round Table. Land of France’s greatest sailors and fishermen, you’ll be enthralled by the beauty of its villages and delighted by its legends and its gastronomy. Ready to eat tons of crêpes?
The salty side of France…The Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Ré are the best-kept secrets along the French Atlantic Coast, situated between Brittany to the north and the vineyards of Bordeaux to the south. The region enjoys a spectacular climate and unique gastronomy. Specialised in producing oysters, white wine and Fleur de sel, you actually can’t ask for better. Explore the canals of the Green Venice in a traditional flat-bottomed boat, or have a tasting of the local Cognac overlooking the harbour of Royan.
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Burgundy is paradise for wine connoisseurs… but not only them. This region reminds visitors of those old and charming postcards of the “Douce France ”: A pretty flowered chateau in the hollow of a gentle valley filled with vines. A bucolic paradise where art, culture and history blend together in the most harmonious way possible. Not only will your palate be delighted but pretty much all your senses. From Dijon to Cluny passing through Beaune, just picture yourself clinking glasses with our expert friends along the way and visiting those lovely & charming towns enjoying some of the best wines known in the world. Santé!