FRANCE LUXURY TOUR

Michelle Matzker
September 16, 2019 •

Our love affair with France is long-lasting. France has a special place in our hearts, which is why we return to it year after year. We sought an experience that would transcend the familiar— luxury, yes, but more importantly an itinerary that would make our France experience reborn, and will endurance our flame of romance. 

An introduction to Perfection: Crafting Our Dream Itinerary

We began planning our trip with Shin Luxury Tours by sharing our most cherished memories and desires. We spoke of past sojourns, of moments that lingered like the aftertaste of a fine Bordeaux. We expressed our longing for a journey that would avoid the beaten-path. We searched for a narrative designed uniquely for us. Shin Luxury Tours’s impeccable attention to detail and deep understanding of the bespoke, crafted an itinerary that promised to be a key to a hidden France.

A French Foodies’ Heaven

Our culinary adventure commenced in the heart of Paris, where gastronomy is a combination of art and heritage. The highlight was by far an exclusive encounter with a world-renowned chef in his private kitchen. There, we were not merely guests but participants, donning aprons and delving into the secrets of French cooking. Together, we crafted a feast that celebrated the diversity of French cuisine. We were exposed to a complete new level of brilliance when it comes to food, and though we consider ourselves well traveled foodies, this food experience left us elevated, knowing we’ll carry this memory for years to come.

Our journey took a tranquil turn as we ventured into the rolling hills of the Loire Valley. We had a meticulously planned day in the vineyards. We strolled through rows of vines, the air fragrant with the scent of ripening grapes, and savored a picnic of local cheeses, charcuterie, and freshly baked bread, all paired with the valley’s finest wines.

On the topic of alcohol, which my husband and I find exhilarating, one of the top luxury experiences was a visit to an exclusive champagne house not open to the public. We descended into ancient cellars where bottles aged gracefully, and later, we toasted to our journey with glasses of the finest bubbly, each sip a celebration of the region’s storied tradition.

 

Unveiling Hidden Gems

In the heart of Provence, we discovered a world where artistry and craftsmanship intertwine. A private tour of the ateliers where artisans breathe life into their creations. We watched as potters spun clay into delicate shapes and painters gave color to canvases, capturing the essence of the Provençal landscape. It was a rare opportunity to see the hands of masters at work, creating beauty that would last a lifetime.

The following day we explored the cobblestone streets of Paris, each turn revealing a landmark more breathtaking than the last. Our guide was fascinating, and beyond attentive. We delved into the stories behind the facades, from the flying buttresses of Notre Dame to the sleek lines of the Louvre’s glass pyramid. It was a journey through time, where each building was a testament to the epochs and artisans that had shaped them.

The heart of France beats strongest in its hidden enclaves, and luckily for us, the team at Shin Luxury Tours knows their France, and made sure we won’t miss out on the truly rare experiences. On the third day, they whisked us away to a private estate in the Champagne region. Here, amidst the verdant vines, we were privy to the secrets of champagne making. We walked the cellars, our footsteps echoing in the hallowed spaces where bottles aged to perfection. The highlight was a candlelit tasting. It was so perfect. The shimmer in my husband’s eye as we both felt so grateful to be present in the moment was all I needed to know this journey was beyond worth it.

 

The Place Where Romance was Born

When counting the romantic moments, a shining gem was a private cruise along the Seine. Paris unfolded before us in all its illuminated glory, the monuments and bridges casting reflections on the water’s surface. It was a moment of pure magic, a time when the city’s romance enveloped us, and we felt as though we were the only two people in the world.

On the fourth day, the team arranged for us to retreat to a villa in the French Riviera, a true sanctuary. Here, we surrendered to the languid pace of coastal life, lounging by a private infinity pool that merged with the azure of the Mediterranean. It was a day of conversations that flowed as freely as the local rosé.

The peak of our journey was a night that we will recount for years to come. In a secluded grove, with the silhouette of the Alps etched against the twilight sky, the team crafted a dining experience that was nothing short of celestial. A table set for two under the canopy of the cosmos, a menu that was a love letter to French gastronomy, and a violinist whose melodies seemed to be composed by the night itself—it was the purest manifestation of a luxury tour in France.

 

Farewell France, and Shin Luxury Tours: The Promise of Return

On our final day, as we prepared to bid adieu to France, we were filled with a sense of profound gratitude. Shin Luxury Tours had not just planned a trip; they had crafted an experience that spoke to our souls. We left with memories that would last a lifetime, and the promise to ourselves that we would return. For in the artistry of Shin’s bespoke journey, we had found a new way to fall in love with France, time and time again.We can’t wait for them to craft another French adventure for us. We know they can surprise us time and time again.

See you soon,

Michelle.

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Asaf Peled
Founder & CEO

“Be the change you want to
see in the world”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Shakk Beery
CMO

“Keep on rockin in the free world”

– Neil Young

Cassie Mann
Luxury Tour Advisor

“Everything is ok in the end, and if it’s not ok, it’s not the end”

– Taylor Jenkins Reid

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