France For Two!

Planning a honeymoon and want to avoid the regular tourist traps? We’ve got you covered as we are taking you on a tour for two in France... yes, we are bypassing Paris and your regular hotspots on the Riviera, and exploring lesser-known destinations that stay true to “France =romance”. Let France woo you with its natural charm and spoil you silly with its array of options.

Alsace

Alsace (External link) offers you picturesque Colmar that seems straight out of a fairy-tale. Visit its charming Petite Venise district by boat to marvel at its quaint half-timbered houses, discover its famous Unterlinden Museum and the Bartholdi Museum that pays homage to the famous sculptor who created the Statue of Liberty and who was a native of Colmar. Take off on a spirited discovery of the Route des Vins that links Strasbourg and Colmar and is dotted with picturesque wine-growing villages en route. Do make a stop at enchanting Riquewihr that charms instantly with its gorgeous landscape and old-world feel.

Auvergne Rhône Alpes

If your idea of a perfect honeymoon includes mountains and the snow, then we are taking you onwards and upwards to the French Alps (External link) that are home to a collection of ski resorts. If you are looking at going all out and planning a no-expense spared honeymoon, then you’ll feel right at home in Courchevel or Megève that lure with their Michelin starred restaurants, array of wellness therapies and collection of luxury hotels. For adventure lovers, there’s enough action on the ski slopes and also non-ski activities such as tobogganing, sledging, and cozy helicopter discoveries of the Alps!

If you’d like to observe the mountains from far, then idyllic Annecy is your best bet. Located at the foot of the Alps, this picturesque town is also known as the Venice of the East. Its main attraction is its lake ideal for watersports or a picnic and its old town ideal for walks. Honeymooners must visit the Pont d’Amour (Lover’s Bridge) that makes for panoramic viewing of the lake and the mountains. Legend has it that if two lovers kiss on the bridge, they will stay together forever – the padlocks that adorn the bridge certainly suggest that visitors believe this. We recommend you give this a try!

The French Riviera and Provence

From the mountains to the sea! We’re headed to the French Riviera and away from the glamour and the crowd of the Riviera beaches. We’re finding our bliss in St Paul de Vence – a delightful perched Mediterranean village that is apt for couples wanting some peace and quiet. In addition to offering striking views of the Mediterranean, you’ll also find the Fondation Maeght – an art museum – that is worth visiting. You’ll want to visit its village, stop by at restaurants and café and maybe buy an art souvenir for your special someone!

In sunny Provence, you are spoilt for choice in the Luberon region of Provence that encompasses lush vineyards, perched hill-top villages (yes, just like Saint Paul de Vence) and its natural “light” that was the inspiration for artists such as Van Gogh and Provence. You’ll get a very Provencal vibe in the perched village of Gordes that exudes old-world charm and is also classified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”. Known for its ochre coloured buildings, Gordes is just perfect for leisurely discoveries of its castle and the Senanque Abbey located not too far from the village.

Beyond Bordeaux

Located at less than an hour from its stately neighbour Bordeaux, St Emilion is an oenophile’s delight. Its wine estates proudly guard its wine that enjoys worldwide repute. Take off on a visit to any of its wine estate where you’ll learn the story of wine producing from the vine to the cellar topped off by a tasting! Did you know that its vineyard finds great place of pride on the UNESCO World Heritage List? You’ll also want to visit its monolithic church- the largest in Europe and learn more about the monk St Emilion’s connection to the town.

Not enough has been said of the Dordogne Valley (External link) that abounds with stunning locations, must-visit villages and a true-blue art de vivre. Reasons to plan a honeymoon in Dordogne would include its magnificent castles, its prehistoric caves, its delightful villages and its most famous celebrity- the truffle or the black diamond that makes its appearance from December to March! You’ll want to visit Périgieux, one of the Valley’s famous villages and one that takes you back to ancient Rome with its ancient Roman monuments. There is also Sarlat la Caneda well-known for its architecture and historic monuments. Do not leave without a visit of its local food markets where you can feast on gastronomic local delights such as foie gras, cheese and what else...but truffles!