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Porto Corsica France

EXPERIENCES

Adventure and luxury in the scenic South of France

It’s a cliché, but France is a seducer. But how could it not be with such wonderful culture, remarkable architecture, and macarons? Provence is France at perhaps its most appealing, with its lavender fields, Mediterranean climate, and stunning coastline—beyond which lies gorgeous Corsica.

When to go
May-Oct
From price
$11,000 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights
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ARLES & CARMARGUE

Your Provencal adventure begins in Arles—a remarkable trove of history and culture that is often described as one of the country’s most handsome small cities. Wander its narrow lanes and discover its fantastic art and history museums, Roman amphitheater, and world-class restaurant scene.

On to Western Europe’s largest river delta: the Camargue Salt Flats. This incredible landscape of red salt lagoons and marshes is roamed by wild white horses and home to huge flocks of flamingos.

This is also where Europe’s only cowboys raise bulls for local, non-lethal bullfights. Saddle up as well to see this stunning region, and travel on a quad bike as well as a horse-drawn carriage, before flying high above it with a Pelorus helicopter exclusive.

On to a UNESCO-listed national park next, the dramatic Verdon Gorge with its idyllic villages nestled amid limestone cliffs. With its brilliant turquoise water, this slice of untamed nature is one of the region’s most spellbinding locations.

Hike, cycle and kayak this incredible place, or paraglide with one eye out for wheeling griffon vultures. If you’d rather something slower-paced, embark instead on a private hot air balloon ride high above the gorgeous landscape.

CORSICA

Traverse the Mediterranean until you reach the gorgeous island of Corsica. Apparently, so fragrant is its maquis vegetation that Corsicans claim to be able to smell the aroma as they approach across the sea. Within its aromatic embrace, you’ll discover engaging history and culture, a dramatic hinterland, and plentiful seaside restaurants overlooking stunning bays and beaches.

Begin in Porto Vecchio’s labyrinth of charming streets, slipping into the pace of life amid the cafes and waterfront bistros.

From this southern port, discover the incredible beaches nearby of Palombaggia, Santa Giulia, and Rondinara. Take to the crystal clear waters by swimming or a range of watersports, and return at dawn for a serene horse riding experience along the seafront.

Travel inland and see one of the island’s most dramatic passes at the spectacular Col de Bavella before you hike the fragrant maquis mountains marveling at the vistas of coast and crag. As those views might suggest, canyoning here is spectacular and accompanied by experts you’ll venture up a handsome canyon by swimming, jumping, climbing, and slipping along naturally smoothed waterslides in the limestone.  

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 2 adults traveling for 7 nights excluding international flights.