Vive la France Honeymoons

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“We’ve listed, as well, a couple of the beautiful little medieval villages they’ll get to see along the way on their private tours on different days,” Duggan explains. “If you wanted to extend the itinerary a little longer, you could also add in Provence for a couple of days before heading east to the French Mediterranean.”

Still another tour operator that’s more than pretty good at customizing honeymoons is A&K. “Abercrombie & Kent’s Tailor Made travel is ideal for honeymooners because it allows them to customize a trip to remember, based solely on their interests. We have two Tailor Made itineraries in the Europe brochure that are good examples: Southwestern France (Bordeaux, Dordogne & Carcassonne) and Northeastern France (Champagne, Alsace & Paris),” explains Jean Fawcett, spokesperson for A&K.

Since “the perfect holiday” is a subtle and very personal concept, Abercrombie & Kent offers an enticingly varied choice of luxury and adventure holidays for those who want less structure, more choices and exceptional value: Signature Series. These are A&K’s most requested itineraries, pre-planned and pre-priced for immediate confirmation. Travel when you want, with whom you want and at your own pace.

Signature France is a classic honeymoon trip, as it visits Paris, Burgundy and Provence, the quintessential areas of France. In addition to the “must-see” sights of Paris, couples explore the city’s food shops with a food expert. They’ll also see the Ducal Palace in Dijon and taste famous Burgundy wines. There are plenty more travel experiences in Provence where they’ll visit Avignon’s Palace of the Popes and the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct and UNESCO World Heritage site. This program is priced from $11,820 pp dbl, and you can save your clients an additional $1,400 on all 2009 departures when you book by Aug. 31.

Tauck Tours has a 4-night Paris program from $1,890 that would be perfect for honeymooners, particularly if they want to top it off with a 12-day Mediterranean Discovery that includes a 2-night stay at Monaco’s famous Fairmont Monte Carlo and two nights at Le Meridien Barcelona. In Paris, couples will enjoy the services of a local host who will arrange for them to be “French for a day” as they shop for fresh ingredients with a Parisian chef and then use those ingredients to prepare lunch at her home. The host will also take them for a walking tour of the lively Latin Quarter, so named because Latin, the international language of learning in the Middle Ages, was widely spoken in and around the Universite de Paris located there. Today, the area is known for its lively nightlife. The program offers plenty of time for museum hopping, shopping and just strolling the city’s historic streets.

If they elect to add on Tauck Tours’ 12-day Mediterranean Discovery, priced from $6,990 pp, they’ll start off with a 2-night stay at the aforementioned Fairmont Monte Carlo, followed by eight days on the sporty sailing yacht Le Ponant that will take them to off-the-beaten-path ports where the big cruise ships can’t go, including La Camargue in France where they’ll enjoy a Provençal lunch and cowboy performance at a private farm. They can indulge their passion for history in Carcassonne in the Languedoc region of France and in Girona on the Spanish coast, then delve into Salvador Dali on the Costa Brava. They’ll also call at both Majorca and Minorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands, then finish it all up with two nights at Le Meridien Barcelona.