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Luxury France Holidays 2016, 2017
La belle France: a country of indulgent luxury, from the heady romance of Paris to perfumed Provence and the glamorous beaches of the Cote d'Azur. We dream of lazy mornings soaking up the sun in verdant vineyards, of afternoons sampling local delicacies over a relaxed lunch and evenings tripping from alfresco restaurants to genteel wine bars. Of course, there's a less-laid back side to France, should you wish to find it. We can take you on a behind the scenes tour of the vast collection of art on show at the Louvre, hitting da Vinci, Bernini and Michelangelo in one enlightening swoop before heading to the inner sanctum of Parisian fashion, Coco Chanel's apartment on Rue Cambon. And outside of France's mesmerizingly beautiful cities, there is, of course, the campagne. The countryside from Grasse to Gourdes undulates with tumbledown villages, dreamy chateaux and myriad bistros, spilling south down the coast to the Riviera, the epitome of French glamour.
France with A&K
Our A&K office in France is well-practised in creating incredible memories. Our honeymooners enjoyed an unexpected taste of the sun-kissed southern France good life. 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- Remy 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-Emilion 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)
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A first-class service: finding a suitable cruise to fit my parameters; managing to extend the time during which the offer would remain open so as to give me more time to discuss the trip with my travelling companion; and finally making all the train and hotel bookings to make the whole holiday as trouble free as possible. I cannot speak too highly of the way in which everything been conducted.
- BH, London