St Tropez glamour or parisian chic, provençal simplicity or Monaco glitz – la belle France offers a degustation of cultural and culinary delights. Strung out between beach and mountain along the slender curve of the corniche, the towns and villages of the Côte d’Azur and the exclusive principality of Monaco have never lost their iridescence or allure. The historic hilltop village of Mougins nestles above Cannes, cloaked by forests of pine, olive and cypress trees; its beauty once a persuasive muse for Picasso and Cocteau. Village squares bustle with outdoor life, characterised by chattering locals deftly rolling boules along sandy pitches. Heady scents of lavender imbue Provençal villages, aromas of café au lait and freshly baked croissants fill the air whilst the simple flavours of a world-renowned cuisine are there to be savoured. Eze perches precipitously above the crystalline sea whilst further along the coast, the sophisticated enclave of St Tropez and the irresistible chic of Monte Carlo await. Here, the harbour is dotted with luxuriant yachts and the streets are dressed with designer boutiques and opulent casinos. Cannes is star-lit each May with the annual Film Festival, Nice’s Mardi Gras is awash with colour and Monaco hosts the glamorous Grand Prix. Paris, as ever, exerts its magnetic appeal, drawing the culture seeker to its array of world-famous attractions. Delve into the art collections of the Louvre, discover the treasures of Versailles and splash out in the fashion house boutiques. Alluring and captivating, France is an eternal love affair.
The southern regions of France and the Côte d’Azur tend to experience more of a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool winters, whilst the northern region of France has a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters. May, June and September are good months to enjoy the warmer weather yet avoid the crowds.
Our team travel extensively, getting under the skin of every destination and hotel that we feature while building key connections and relationships along the way. In-depth knowledge of a destination is only part of what is required to curate a couture holiday experience; we also get to know you and what matters to you, meaning you receive genuine recommendations and a truly individual travel experience, and our Carrier Masterclasses ensure our travel experts are the best in the industry at tailoring bespoke and unique holidays.
Carrier has been tailoring holidays worldwide for over 35 years and has firmly established its reputation as one of the leaders in the luxury holiday market. We have been voted ‘Favourite Tour Operator’ by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine more times than any other company in the past decade, and have been featured in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Top 10 Tour Operators for 2016. Carrier has also won several national travel industry accolades, including ‘Luxury Tour Operator of the Year’ from TTG Luxury and Advantage Travel Centres.
Why settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary? The best suites in some of the world’s plushest hotels, the first choice of flight seats, attention to detail, no restrictions or limitations - how luxury holidays should be. Your holiday desires are well taken care of, whether you wish to learn new life skills while training with a Bodyism expert, or uncovering centuries-old bushmen secrets in Botswana with expert safari guides. Children can follow the life of a panda keeper one day and cook dinner with a Beijing housewife the next. Carrier can make it happen.