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Luxury France Holidays 2015
It was an unexpected taste of the sun-kissed southern France good life. Our honeymooners returning from a Luberon vineyard to their luxury A&K villa in Gordes to find Nadege, a brilliant local chef, cooking a surprise feast of zucchini tart, followed by Provencal lamb stew and cherry clafoutis, all freshly sourced from Saint- Rémy market, and served al fresco on a terrace ignited gold by the sunset. 'Magnifique' needs no translation.
Food features regularly in guest's feedback; from impromptu wine, cheese and saucisson tastings with guides Benoit and Florence - 'I'll never forget my husband cutting into an enormous wheel of Camembert' - to wonderful rustic restaurants we'd recommended.
Indeed, whether you're in an exclusive A&K villa, upmarket boutique hotel or relaxed family retreat, our French team will advise on everything from eating and history, to culture and outdoor activities. As part of our multi-centre European operation providing seamless continental travel for 25 years, they know the country inside out. Expect the best, multi-lingual specialist guides, and long-established contacts that allow us to offer unique insider perspectives on France's rich cultural heritage and contemporary life including wine tasting in Saint-Émilion with a respected expert to visiting Cezanne's private Provence studio with a working artist.
Take a holiday to France with Abercrombie & Kent and you'll find Normandy's D-Day beaches and WW1 battlefields - particularly poignant given the centenary in 2015; Napoleon 111's magnificent Parisian Boulevards, where we'll happily arrange tours of the capital's eclectic neighbourhoods with a local; and the surf-lashed sands of Southwest France.
We'll show you Brittany's atmospheric fishing ports; Bordeaux and Burgundy's world-famous vineyards; and the imposing French Alps, where A&K's premium chalet rentals offer top-notch winter skiing and spectacular summer hiking. And we haven't even mentioned wild and increasingly popular Languedoc; Provence's lovely lavender-scented villages, and the timeless Riviera from Nice to St Tropez, with exclusive beaches, fashionable bars and vast yachts.
It's all perfect for a touring holiday, and, as ever, A&K's team go the extra mile. 'Part of our trip was self-drive,' wrote one guest. 'Our chauffeur, who'd driven us up to that point, leant us his personal GPS, programmed with all our upcoming stops. That really is service.'
Best time to be there
Sunworshippers head to the beaches from June to September. The climate is mainly temperate with the south enjoying hot summers and mild winters.
Bordeaux, Geneva, Marseilles and Paris (British Airways), Nice and Lyon (British Airways or bmi)
Paris and Avignon (Eurostar)
Save £85pp at Royal Riviera
Stay three nights at Royal Riviera and pay for two, saving £85pp. From £645pp, including international flights and transfers. Price based on a family sharing a Superior Garden or Sea View Room on a B&B basis. Valid for travel until 30th April 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Suggested itineraries in France
Nights: 9 | from £3,900
Step back in time for 9 nights as your explore France’s fascinating history: think cobbled streets, gleaming palaces, bustling city squares and world class art.
Christie’s Art Journeys: The Art of Southern France
Nights: 4 | from £2,995
Join Abercrombie & Kent and Christie’s in the South of France as we travel through the lavender fields of Provence and the Côte d’Azur, a beautiful landscape of Medieval villages trickling down to the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Islands, Savannas & the Amazon: Around the World by Private Jet
Nights: 25 | from £70,600
An incredible around-the-world trip by private jet taking in spectacular destinations, like Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Monaco over 25 nights.
Burgundy Barge Cruise
Nights: 6 | from £3,150
Meet in Paris and drive to L’Impressionniste, moored in Fleurey-sur- Ouche, where a champagne welcome awaits you before enjoying a delicious dinner on board.
Highlights of Paris
Nights: 3 | from £1,050
Explore the City of Love's greatest historic and cultural sites on this intoxicating 3 night adventure.
A Wine Infused Tour of Bordeaux
Nights: 4 | from £1,675
Upon arrival in Bordeaux you will be met by a member of the A&K team and driven to Les Sources de Caudalie, your home for the next four nights...
Connections Cruising - Paris, Burgundy & South of France Cruise
Nights: 10 | from £3,685
Uncover the sights of Paris, Monet and his gardens at Giverny, Burgundy and the Roman theatre in Arles on this fascinating 10-night cruise.
A French Family Adventure
Nights: 8 | from £4,500
A fun-filled 8 night family adventure exploring Paris by bike, enjoying a perfumer's apprentice workshop at Fragonard in Grasse and the glittering Cote d'Azur.