4 Luxury Ways to Travel in France

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How do you travel in France? France is one of the most sophisticated countries in the world, making it a popular destination for the rich and famous. The wealthy don’t get around France any old way, though – only the most luxurious modes of travel will do. Whether you want to hire a chauffeured limousine, soar overhead in a helicopter or hot air balloon, or charter a superyacht, this article will help you plan an extravagant European getaway.

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Chauffeured Limousines

Hiring a chauffeured limousine means you can explore France in style, and without the added pressure of trying to figure out directions or public transport timetables. Whether you’re sightseeing in Paris, heading to a Michelin-starred restaurant on the French Riviera or embarking on a weekend-long wine tour in Bordeaux, you can sit back and enjoy a hassle-free journey.

There are more perks than easy, convenient transport, too. Instead of waiting for a bus, cab or train, your chauffeur will wait for you, which is especially helpful if you’re being picked up right at the airport. Limo service is available around-the-clock, allowing you to head out or return home any time of the day or night. Certain companies even offer luxury extras, like concierge service, champagne, custom itineraries or a personal shopper.

Your chauffeur will have in-depth knowledge of the area, and they’ll be able to suggest cultural or historical attractions you may want to visit. They’ll also tell you about the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife, then take you there whenever you’d like. As a passenger, you can pass the time by reading, working or simply enjoying the downtime.

Helicopter Rides

Paris is packed with tourist sites, but you can experience them in a completely unique way with a helicopter tour of the famous city. This tour to the Chateau de Vaux-le-Victome includes champagne reception, and if you go in the evening, you can explore the gardens by golf cart.

If you’ve already toured Versailles, see it from a new vantage point on this helicopter ride, which takes off from Paris. On the way there, you’ll pass over the Bois de Boulogne park and the Seine river, and on the way back you’ll see La Défense business district, Montparnasse and the Trocadéro.

For a slightly longer experience, consider this flight from Perpignan, which takes you over the Pyrenees, giving you views of rolling hills, picturesque chateaux and sprawling vineyards, as well as the Cathar Castles.

If you don’t want to embark on a pre-planned tour, consider chartering a helicopter. You’ll provide your itinerary and number of passengers, and a private helicopter will be booked for you. Everything will be included, such as ground transportation and catering.

Hot Air Balloons

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Few experiences are more memorable than a hot air balloon ride, and being able to take one while in France is like icing on the cake. Book either a sunrise or sunset flight and decide if you’d like to combine your flight with a visit to an attraction (like the Palace of Fontainebleau). If you’re celebrating a special event, like a birthday or engagement, consider a private VIP balloon and ask for arrangements like a message banner or champagne. Viator has numerous hot air balloon experiences to consider, like this hot air balloon tour of Bordeaux, which starts with a one-hour ride above vineyards and wine estates, then brings you to a renowned winery for a tasting and private tour.

Superyachts and Catamarans

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Sailing destinations don’t get much more beautiful than the South of France, and the coastlines of Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monaco are especially popular. Pack your best clothing, charter a yacht and embark on the most luxurious getaway anyone could ask for. When you’re ready to head into town, you’ll be treated to premier restaurants and boutiques, plus vibrant, exciting nightlife. Need a break from the buzzing atmosphere? Calmer yachting experiences can be found near the Lerins Islands, the Massif de l’Esterel and the seaside town of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Once you’ve journeyed along the French Riviera in a superyacht, you’ll be convinced that there’s no better way to travel. The professional crew will serve and entertain you throughout your trip, making sure you have every comfort necessary, and your private chef will prepare practically any dish you can dream up.

For a more unique boating experience, consider chartering a catamaran for an afternoon or two. You’ll have a crew and chef just like on a superyacht, but you’ll be able to get closer to shore to explore the French Riviera’s beaches and islands. This sample itinerary shows you what an eight-day trip on a luxury, crewed catamaran can be like.

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