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Beyond Paris: A Trip of a Lifetime

While other destinations may rise and fall in popularity, France manages to retain its hold on the top spot across the centuries. Shelby Donley of Camelback Odyssey Travel, a member of AFAR's Travel Advisory Council, has created an itinerary that will help travelers understand why. It starts in the country’s glittering, historic, and always stylish capital and then visits favorite destinations in the sun-dappled south. Contact her for more details or to arrange a custom trip to the country.
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Chemin de la Quessine, 83350 Ramatuelle, France
After your river adventure on the Verdon, what better place to recover than St. Tropez, where a visitor can find everything they need just a stone’s throw from any the city’s famously moneyed beaches. A climb to the citadel overlooking the coast...
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Route de Bagnols-en-Forêt, 83440 Tourrettes, France
From the ageless towns of the Luberon, Shelby will take you next to the age-old wonder of the Verdon River, a striking blue stretch of water that has carved a vast ravine into the rugged landscape. Along the stretch between Castellane and...
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Rue de la Combe, 84220 Gordes, France
Art and Historic Architecture in the Luberon Not far from Cannes, the Luberon is one of France’s most picturesque regions. The hilltop villages strung throughout the low mountains of the Alpilles have offered inspiration for artists like Van Gogh,...
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10 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06407 Cannes, France
Head south from Paris to Cannes, long a small Provençal port town nestled into the Mediterranean coast, even if now it is better known as the epicenter of the international film scene for a few brief weeks each spring. Shelby, however, steers...
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112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
At the nexus of fashion, art, and politics on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Le Bristol so embodies French l’art du vivre that its pampered Burmese cat, Fa-Raon, sports a collar by Goyard and a sterling name tag by...