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Luxury France Holidays 2015
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.
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- 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.'
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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. Find out more
Holiday type: Group departure
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Prices from £2,290pp saving up to £600pp for 7 nights
Travel on the 12th July or the 12th August and save up to £600 per person on board Anjodi staying in a stateroom. Prices are based on two sharing, inclusive of full board and private transfers.
Alternatively you may wish to charter Anjodi saving up to £5,000. Prices from £2,050 per person based on 8 people, valid for travel on the 5th or 12th July, 2nd, 23rd or 30th August 2015.
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.
Prices from £2,550pp saving up to £600pp for 7 nights
Travel on the 5th, 19th or 26th July and save up to £600 per person onboard the L'Impressionniste staying in a stateroom. Prices are based on two sharing and are inclusive of full board and private transfers. Excluding flights. Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.
Prices from £1,035pp saving up to £380pp for 7 nights
Book a 7 night stay at Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa and receive 50% off the second connecting Premier Suite or Villa for families with children under 18 years. Prices start from £1,035pp based upon two adults & two children under 18 years in two interconnecting Premier Suites on a B&B basis, with private transfers and return flights. Valid for travel from now until 30th November 2015.
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I would like to say what a fantastic tour company you are!! You made me and my family’s holiday in March to Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort the best holiday ever and I want to thank you so much. You made me and my family feel like royalty. You should be so proud of the hard work and excellence in your job. Thank you millions.
- TF, Essex
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)