Start with by spending 4 nights in Paris taking a wine tasting class and strolling some of the lesser-known distrcits. We'll book your restaurants and a skip the line experience to one of the major museums, allowing you to get in before the crowds. Hit the shops one afternoon with our guidebook in hand.
Then head off via plane to the undiscovered yet stunning countryside of the Aveyron.
Stay at Sweet French Cottages, operated by our friends Lance & Rain and enjoy a guided tour of their art gallery as well as lunch with your hosts. Get your morning breakfast delivered by country basket and then set out to explore the area. Tour the medieval town of Estaing, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France as well as the charming neighboring towns of Espallion, Entraygues and Bozouls. Eat at an Auberge that sources all of its own food from a 15 mile radius, much of it grown on the property and cooked over the open hearth fire. Explore the capital of the area, Rodez and its famous Soulanges modern art museum. Discover local pottery, sample aligot (a cheese infused mashed potato and a local speciality) hike the nature trails and most of all relax and luxuriate in the this secret undiscovered area of France.
Cost: $1800 for two including lunch with hosts and your cottage stay for four nights in the Aveyron.