For anyone looking for a place that offers rich culture, robust wine and undying romance, look no further than France. I actually started Ciao Bella Tours while living in Paris in the "Village on the Hill" in the neighborhood of Montmartre. I return frequently to explore new destinations and find unique experiences for my clients, keeping in close contact with all the incredible guides I work with. It's a city I consider my second home which I will come back to again and again and again!
City of Light
There is no other city in the world quite like Paris. Rich in everything you can imagine, from the architecture to the history, from the romance to the croissants, Paris truly is a feast for the senses. A typical day browsing the local artisan shops & markets, people watching in a small side-street café, catching up with a good book in the Luxembourg Gardens, an evening strolling the Seine before dinner & drinks on the terrace with friends.... Need I say more?
Chateaux & Gardens
For anyone that has ever said “If you've seen one castle, you've seen them all”, you will want to come discover the Loire Valley. Famous for the main chateaux of Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry, the area also boasts some of the most luxurious gardens in Europe, lovely river-side towns and yellow flower fields far as the eye can see, rolling vineyards, offering sophisticated yet uncomplicated wine. The pace is slower, the people friendly making for a perfect French holiday you've always dreamed of!
Gastronomic Delights of
You'll be pleasantly surprised at what you can experience in Burgundy. With villages voted as “The most beautiful villages in France” you can easily fill your days wandering through these small towns, exploring the open air markets, biking, hiking, discovering the capital of Dijon and it's famous Cathedral and Dukes Palace, the Abbaye de Fontenay near Montbard and don't forget the nearby wine region which offers some of the most impressive labels in the world, produced in the nearby towns of Beaune, Chablis, Pomard, Mâcon, Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits-St-Georges.
No other place in France is quite like the Dordogne. A brilliant river flows through the valley passing quaint villages of Beynac-et-Cazenac, Domme, Sarlat, with views of hilltop castles, making way for days filled with hiking and biking, visits to local markets and exploring the decadent cuisine no foodie can resist. Best seen by hot air balloon sailing over the valley just before sunset promises a truly extraordinary moment you'll never forget.
Far from the chaos of Paris you'll find the very reason people keep coming to France...they call it Provence. A simple, lovely, sunny and friendly way of life, there is so much to see and do to fill your days. You'll find a story-like scattering of beautiful towns, lovingly restored farmhouses amongs the Lavender fields, plenty of sightseeing trips and activities or afternoons filled by the pool reading a good book with the hot, dry “Mistral” wind passing by. Days here consist of healthy, fresh meals prepared with only what's in season, locally produced rosé wine and complete tranquillity for dessert.
The French Riviera promises dazzling views, brightly painted villages nestled into the cliffs along the coast, sunset drinks by the sea, with local open air markets, haute cuisine, a sophistcated nightlife and plenty of day trips that make you feel as if you've stepped back in time. From luxury B&Bs to jaw dropping 5-star resorts, there is something for everyone along the Cote d'Azur.
Wineries & Villages
Bordeaux & Champagne
A wine-lovers paradise, with sun-soaked vineyards, local festivals and events in a town described as “The Very Essence of Elegance”. Don't let this fool you though, Bordeaux is first and foremost a land of sophisticated farmers and producers, whose passion for the vine runs as deep as the Garonne River through it's capital city. You can say wine is on the mind here, with most cultural activities, family and French life focusing on what they do best.
Champagne, the region and the bubbly, comes in all different shapes and sizes. Here you'll find world renowned producers boasting the country's most beloved Champagnes, made by local farmers who have mastered the art of fine wine making for generations. The Champagne region of France is really something special.
Normandy & Brittany
With brilliant towns like Bayeux, Rouen, Giverny, Honfleur, Deauville, Angers, Mont St Michel, St Lo and the lesser known areas of Orne Country (virtually unknown by tourists), you can easily find something that pleases everyone. Interested in history, food, wine, cheese, abbeys, battles, churches, Saint Theresa? Normandy has it all. Tours available of the D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery, Impressionist Artists, William the Conqueror, Abbeys of Normandy and hiking tours through some of the most incredible countryside in France.