• Day 1


    Remarkable Landmarks
    Visit picturesque Canal Saint-Martin – a trendy hotspot filled with some of the city’s best boutiques, concept stores, galleries, pavement cafés and brightly coloured boulangeries. Climb the Arc de Triomphe’s 234 steps to catch a spectacular sunset from its viewing deck, and see the eternal flame and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the iconic arch.

    Enter a world of knights, seigneurs and their liegeman at Musée de Cluny: home to one of the world’s largest collections of medieval artefacts and artwork, and the ruins of Paris’ 3rd-century Roman bath beneath. 

    Built in 1670 by Louis XIV as a home for injured war veterans, the Hôtel des Invalides is a grandiose complex of museums and monuments related to the country’s long military history, including the richly-ornate Tomb of Napoléon, set beneath the shimmering Dôme des Invalide.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    One of the bastions of French gastronomy, three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée’s haute-cuisine is all about sustainably caught seafood, French-grown grains, and organic produce sourced from a secret garden in Versailles.

    Stay: Ritz, Paris (3 nights)

    Your Stay

    Ritz Paris

    It’s been a while, but Paris’s grandest dame has thrown open her doors once more after almost four years of restorative rejuvenation; its essence remaining true to its Louis XIV spirit.

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  • Day 4

    Paris to Loire Valley

    Drive Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes | Distance: 132 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Masterpiece of the French Renaissance, magnificent Château de Chenonceau is a treasure trove of over 500 years of French history, famous for its beautiful gallery of arches on the River Cher, priceless art collections, immaculately preserved rooms, and enchanting gardens. Illuminated night walks in the summer make it even more magical.

    Explore Leonardo da Vinci’s living quarters and detailed recreations of his epic inventions and giant creations, set amongst the fascinating Château du Clos Lucé’s underground rooms and extensive landscaped gardens in Amboise. 

    The lively little lanes, hidden courtyards and paved squares of Blois’ medieval old town – stretching out from the château and the Place St-Louis – all well worth exploring on foot or at the gentle pace of a Percheron horse-drawn carriage. 

    Inhabited by the same family for over six centuries, Château de Cheverny’s gardens, labyrinth, kennels (home to over 100 tricolour Anglo-French hunting dogs that you can visit all day long) and 3D Tintin exhibition all guarantee an unforgettable experience.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Innovation is the name of the game when it comes to chef Jacques Guillamat’s creations at L'Aubere de Cheval Rouge in Chisseaux – one of the area’s best-value restaurants for modern French cuisine.

    Stay: Domaine des Hauts de Loire (3 nights)

    Your Stay

    Domaine des Hauts de Loire

    One of the area’s more recent additions (1860 rather than Middle Ages), this turreted, ivy-clad hunting lodge’s location makes it a prime spot for indulging in the libations and landscapes of the Loire.

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  • Day 7

    Loire Valley to Dordogne

    Drive Time: 4 hours | Distance: 220 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Paradise for foodies, a thrill for history buffs and a godsend for anyone who likes all the highlights in one place... Sarlat-la-Canéda’s astonishing line-up of treasures to see, activities to do and goodies to eat have crowned this marvellous medieval town most-visited town in the Dordogne (meaning it gets very busy come summer).

    It may be small, but the hilltop, bastide village of Domme has a lot going for it: like Sarlat, it’s one of France’s most beautiful villages, and as well as lovely honey-coloured cottages, the 180-degree views from the terraced belvedere atop the village are super-special, and an extensive cave system with almost a third of a mile of galleries containing carefully lit rock formations sits right beneath the main square.

    Take off from the magnificent medieval cliff top picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac and float soundlessly above the region’s most remarkable landscapes, crossing the sparkling river and following its course over lush hills, authentic villages, medieval towns and more.

    Stretching along a rocky bluff above the Dordogne River are the stunning fairytale-esque topiary gardens and woodland of the Jardins de Marqueyssac. Great for all ages… go on a Thursday evening in July and August, when over 1000 candles light up the entire place.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Reservations are essential for the diminutive Cabanoix et Chataîgnes, a chic, bistro-style restaurant tucked away in the heart of Domme specialising in foie gras and tasty cooking that mixes the traditional with the modern.

    Stay: Château de la Treyne (2 nights)

    Your Stay

    Château de la Treyne

    When you’re visiting somewhere as picture-perfect as the Dordogne, you need to stay somewhere equally as adorable – and this enchanting castle will have you well and truly smitten.

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  • Day 9

    Dordogne to Bordeaux

    Drive Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes | Distance: 154 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Being the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux’s most-famous produce plays a big part in its must-sees, which include the world-beating, decanter-shaped wine museum – La Cité du Vin – a unique cultural centre dedicated to the universal, living heritage of wine.

    Hail a Wine Cab where one of three London black cabs (complete with tasting bar) takes you out of town on a tour of some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards and wine chateaux. Soak up the drivers’ brilliant inside tips on which bottles to indulge in at each stop, then quaff away, to your heart’s content!

    Climb the flamboyantly Gothic Pey-Berland Tower’s 229 stairs for spectacular views over Bordeaux and its monuments, including an aerial view of Saint-André Cathedral. Both the Bordelais and visitors alike adore oh-so-elegant Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux’s most recognisable location on the edge of the Garonne River. Marvel at the perfect symmetry of the square and its surrounding buildings, dip your toes in the Miroir d'Eau – the world’s largest reflecting p0ol – or run through the plumes of mist it throws up every 23 minutes.

    Once an area of abandoned warehouses and former wine aristocrats' houses, just a short tram ride north from the city centre, Chartrons is now Bordeaux's trendiest neighbourhood, with artfully cool boutiques and plenty of awesome eateries.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    An exceptionally unique dining experience, two-Michelin-starred Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay (at the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel), pays homage to the region’s world-renowned local produce and wines, and heralds outstanding British Isles produce, too.

    Stay: InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel (2 nights)​

  • Day 11

    Bordeaux to Biarritz

    Drive Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes | Distance: 129 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Ultra-chic Biarritz is a great place to slow down, or live life to the fullest thanks to the plethora of activities for all ages to partake in. Head to the Casino Municipal directly in front of the Grand Plage for a vivid and not-so-subtle reminder of Biarritz’s status in days gone by; explore the Cité de l’Océan, shaped like a cresting wave and dedicated to the story of the sea; and pay a visit to the private chapel of Napoleon III and his wife, the Empress Eugenia de Montijo, the Imperial Chapel.

    Head over the border to San Sebastián (or as it’s known in the Basque language, Donostia). Forty-five minutes away by car, there’s unique scenery, intriguing activities, and more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else on the planet. Head to the old town’s famed tapas bar, La Viña for pintxos (Basque tapas) and its cheesecake – believed to be the world’s best.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Proudly Basque specialities at the tiny Le Clos Basque on Biarritz’s Avenue Louis Barthou – one of the hottest tickets in town, as popular with lingering locals as it is with visitors. Booking is essential.

    Stay: Hotel du Palais (3 nights)​

    Your Stay

    Hôtel du Palais

    As well as ageless charm and lavish, Second Empire-styled accommodation overlooking the very best of Biarritz, this scarlet-and-cream- coloured oceanfront villa more than delivers on extracurricular activities too.

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  • Day 14

    Depart Biarritz

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