From the elegance and luxury of Paris to the charm of Provence, the glistening seacoast of the Riviera to the Chateaux of the Loire, France has lured generations of travelers. Artist, writers, musicians have all been captivated by la vie a la française. Like a smarter, more sophisticated friend, France has sometimes earned a reputation for arrogance. And while this is often overstated, the French do have good reason to be proud ~ French art, food and wine are legendary and French style has been setting trends for centuries.
An Endless Beginnings planned journey emphasizes the unique regional aspects of French cities and provinces ~ historical castles and farmhouses in the Loire Valley, Normandy and Brittany; winding alleys of old medieval and renaissance towns; museums, both large and small that focus on French and international art collections and local festivals and markets. Enjoy a variety of dining experiences and venues ~ bistros which feature produce from local markets as well as regional specialties, charming country inns and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Our English speaking expert guides in France are chosen for their expertise not only in history but also knowledge of local arts and crafts or gastronomy. Our travelers experience the very best of France because each day is tailored to meet their specific interests and requirements.
Because of our nearly four decades of personal and professional partnerships with French providers, we are able to not only offer our clients premium value for these indelible experiences but also the opportunity to savor them in a highly personalized luxury manner. Whether you are a budget minded traveler or one with Platinum travel tastes, let Endless Beginnings create a luxury custom journey to fulfill your dreams.
"For well over three decades our belief has been that real luxury travel to Italy & France is a state of mind, not just the size of your wallet."
Our individual tailor-made luxury France tours are private and highly personalized to your individual interests. We can include the urban delights of Paris, the castles of the Loire Valley, Normandy's chic resort towns and moving war memorials, Lyon’s wonderful gastronomy, historic Avignon and favorite Provencal villages, Nice and the glamorous Riviera, and the city of Bordeaux and the nearby wine region.
We also recommend including other destinations in France such as Strasbourg and the villages of Alsace-Lorraine, the Atlantic Coast towns of Angouleme or Cognac, Brittany‘s beautiful Dinard, La Baule and St. Malo, the Basque Coast and mountains for elegant Biarritz, Bayonne or Ostape, the Champagne region for Epernay and Reims, Languedoc-Roussillon province with both Roman and medieval towns like Nimes, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Albi and the Midi region, the beautiful Dordogne and Perigord with castles and prehistoric caves at Cahors, Lascaux, Rocamadour, Perigueux for foie gras and truffles, the Massif central area where you find the tapestries of Aubusson, the porcelain of Limoges and the spa town of Vichy. Or breathe the cool mountain air of the Rhone-Alps region and the Savoie, hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter.
Just ask and we’ll customize a private tour anywhere in France to suit your individual travel interests. Or let us arrange the perfect barge cruise along France’s canals, a river cruise down the Seine or Rhone rivers or a Mediterranean cruise from her southern ports.
The national passion for excellent cuisine makes eating in France one of the greatest pleasures of a holiday. Most restaurants serve French food but in many areas there is a range of Chinese, Vietnamese and North African eateries, as well as Italian, Greek, Lebanese and Indian cooking. One of the most enjoyable aspects of dining is the diversity of places to eat ~ bistros are small, often moderately priced restaurants with a limited selection of dishes generally, though not always, traditional and from a particular province. As a side note many of the great chefs have now also opened bistros which offer excellent value. Brasseries are generally large, bustling eateries, frequently Alsatian in character, with immense menus. Often they are open late into the evening. Cafes, and some wine bars, open early in the morning and usually close about 9pm. They serve drinks and a short menu of salads, sandwiches and eggs, perhaps one hot special at midday. Those that specialize in beer usually offer mussels, french fries and onion tarts. Wine bars are more informal. They are moderately priced and serve wine by the glass as well as snacks. Tea salons open for breakfast or at mid-morning and close in the early evening. Some offer lunch as well as a selection of pastries.
Eating is a leisurely and social pastime in France. Don't expect rapid attention as food is usually cooked to order. The waiter will usually take your choices one course at a time. The first course generally includes a choice of seasonal salads or vegetables, paté or small hot or cold vegetables or tarts. Small fish dishes like smoked salmon, grilled sardines, herring, fish salads or tartares are also offered. Brasseries have shellfish which can be eaten as first or second course. Main dishes usually include a selection of meat, poultry, fish or game in autumn. Most restaurants offer a daily special, plat du jour, which are reasonably priced and incorporate seasonal items. If you choose to have it, cheese may be eaten either as a dessert or as a predessert course. Some like a green salad with their cheese. Coffee is served after, not with, dessert. In most restaurants you will be asked if you want an apertif before ordering food. Spirits, however, aren't usually drunk before a meal in France. And of course, a good French wine will always be available to accompany your meal.
It’s sometimes said that France has as many reasons for a visit as it has cheeses, and that’s saying a lot in a country that produces well over 350 different kinds! As ancient as it is France waited until 1860 to become the country we know today when the Savoy joined its ranks. Alsace has always been an outlier changing from France to Germany and back again after the last war. The Perigord region was home to earliest man during its prehistoric times and you can trace these evidences in the caves and grottoes at Lascaux II, Rouffignac, Peche Merle or Gauffre di Padriac near Rocamadour. The Roman province of Gaul and its traces are found in great numbers in Provence in Orange, Arles, St. Remy de Provence. During the ages of troubadours, medieval knights, chivalry and war you’ll find vestiges all over France from Queen Matilde’s Tapestry in Normandy which details the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror’s win over the English to forever change that country to the half timbered towns of Perouges near Lyon, the lands of Charlemagne and the Carolingian courts where powerful dukes and counts ruled feudal estates throughout Burgundy, Aquitaine, Paris and central France. The Renaissance influences are perhaps best seen in the chateaux of the Loire valley where the dreamy landscapes, languid rivers and streams reflect the influence of François and his queen, Caterina de’ Medicis with refinement and eventually Italy’s great master, Leonardo DaVinci for the remainder of his life. Later tumultuous years followed with the Revolution in Paris spreading out to the provinces and further on the Corsican scourge of Europe, Napoleon, set his Empire style on the land and its history. In modern times France has seen immigration from the northern African colonies influence the south and eventually the north, witnessed invasion during two world wars and marched proudly into the 21st century. To visit France is to experience a myriad of cultures, history, arts, culinary excellence and above all, beauty whether in its palaces and gardens, fashion, wines or sophistication of its capital city, Paris.
Whether you arrive or depart by plane, ship or rail we offer bespoke chauffeured services from French airports, ports and train stations that can accommodate parties of any size. Our luxury air conditioned vehicles are always in immaculate condition and you will find traveling to or from your hotel, cruise ship or train station the ideal way to begin your Endless Beginnings tailored journey or shore excursion.
For the ultimate in relaxation, free from the stress of negotiating traffic of unfamiliar cities, speed limits, tolls, parking or fear of getting lost, a car and driver optimizes your time, safety and travel experience. We offer the most reliable and comfortable luxury Chauffeur services available round the clock with multi-lingual drivers, professional, courteous and helpful. Enhance a dining experience or a day of wine tasting without any concern of getting behind the wheel to make it back to your accommodation without incident.
Your luxury journey in France starts here, with an exclusive chauffeur-driven vehicle service.
A gentle cruise on a hotel barge is the perfect way to discover the very soul of Europe, exploring its idyllic pastoral countryside and historical treasures, discovering unknown France experienced only from the intimate access a barge can offer. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of packing and unpacking all the while enjoying a blend of daily excursions, fascinating cruising, exceptional Cuisine and phenomenal wine.
Imagine a romantic hot air balloon flight in France. Floating majestically and effortlessly over the prettiest regions including Paris, Loire Valley, Provence, Burgundy, Auvergne. Hot air balloon flights can be enjoyed by everyone as there are no particular age or physical requirements. Take flight in the early hours just after dawn or later in the day just before sunset when the air is still and the light is perfect for drifting gently, gazing down at the countryside carpet below, including châteaux, medieval villages, and vineyards. Finishing up with the traditional Champagne "toast aux Aéronautes" at the landing.