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France

What comes to mind when one hears the word? Is it the country's exquisite gastronomy and wines, enchanting chateaux and palaces, lavender-infused fields, or the nation's intriguing (and at times tumultuous) history -- or is it the Parisian couture and dynamic art and architecture or the fast and fashionable Riviera that attracts you to La Belle France?

Whatever your passion might be, our well-traveled staff has the "insider" knowledge and experience to realize the journey of your dreams in this dynamic country. Allow us to put our expertise to work for you. From intimate country getaways for a romantic twosome to multi-generational luxury barge cruises along France's scenic waterways, we've orchestrated all varieties of sojourns, each uniquely tailored to the preferences of the individual.

If you choose to explore France The Frontiers Way, you can expect the highest standards of customer service from our dedicated team of three full-time agents. We listen to you, help you to select among the myriad of destination options that are out there and, finally, work diligently to ensure that your special journey meets or surpasses your expectations. The guides and ground operators that we work with are devoted to offering our clients a unique, once-in-a-lifetime tour or experience. Our long-term relationship with many of France's top hotels, as well as membership in the esteemed agency consortium Virtuoso, assures that our clients receive added value at many of the country's finest properties. We are frequently able to negotiate complimentary perks, such as a particular room with a "killer" view, a rate that includes breakfast, or a private chauffeur to the airport that would not be available through other agencies. Whether you are a devout Francophile or a novice to Fabulous France, we look forward to working with you on your travel arrangements.

Here is just a sampling of the special experiences we are able to arrange for you:

  • Tour the beaches and battlefields of Normandy with one of our three military historians and relive the events of June 6, 1944.
  • Enjoy a private in-depth lesson in Burgundy or Bordeaux with one of our affable wine experts acting as your personal host.
  • Explore the famed Marché Aux Puces of Paris with our personal shopper and antique expert. He'll navigate the maze of stalls to find that perfect commode from the Versailles era, help you to negotiate a fair price, and then assure that your new treasure is shipped safely home.
  • Have one of Paris's famed museums all to yourself, after hours once the crowds disband for the day. With your private guide on hand to proffer both the facts and the little-known stories behind the masterpieces, you will enjoy a very special, leisurely evening, surrounded by your favorite artists.
  • Truffle hunt in the Dordogne with a farmer and his wonderful yellow Lab, followed by an "appointment only" visit to a cave near Lascaux that boasts genuine prehistoric art.
  • Involve the whole family in a "scavenger hunt" in the Louvre or in Versailles, led by one of our fantastic child-friendly guides. Alternately, sample one of our many themed walking tours in and around Paris that are sure to interest children and adults of all ages.
  • Enrich your knowledge of French cuisine with private cooking lessons in a variety of locations, from Paris to Provence. Your chef and instructor will escort you to local markets to select the freshest ingredients and then guide you through the preparation of a regionally flavored feast, assembled within their personal kitchen.
  • Charter a yacht for a day of sailing among the "fat cats" of the Riviera. Or alternately, charter one of our carefully selected luxury barges that cruise France's picturesque waterways. Excellent for family holidays! Visit our barging Web site www.Bargewithfrontiers.com for more details.


We work with experienced "story-telling" guides and drivers in every region of the country (including Corsica, our pick as the hot new destination for the adventurous and well traveled) and are confident that we can add just that special touch to your own stay in France.

Frontiers Elegant Journeys Department is flattered that our Maison de la France certified France Specialist, Jill Jergel, has once again, for the 10th year in a row, has been selected as one of Conde Nast Traveler magazine's top agents for providing unique and professional arrangements in France in conjunction with our European Canal Barge Cruises.  Jill has traveled to France on countless occasions in the 35 years she's been an international agent (30 of those with Frontiers!) and possesses a contagious zeal not only for France, but all of Europe, exemplified in her detailed itineraries that showcase unparalleled destination knowledge. Contact the Elegant Journeys Department today to speak with Jill who doubles as our in-house canal barge cruise guru!

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