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As a fully licensed Incoming Travel agency & transportation company operating since 2005, we specialize in all travel services in France for both individuals and groups. From Airport transfers, ground transportation, guided walking tours, day trips, wine tours, cultural tours, culinary tours, multi day tours and packages, we cover all the services that you would expect from a leading France Tour Operator.

Our expertise in customized tours guarantees our services will match your travel requirements. We will always suggest a scheduled program, but our team of travel advisors and tour guides are flexible and know the destination so well, that it will be a pleasure to adapt any itinerary of program to satisfy your wishes.

Ophorus will be pleased to welcome you anywhere in France. Our passionate, experienced licensed driver/guides all speak impeccable English – other languages are also possible on request. For all visits, our guides have priority access to a great number of monuments and museums in France. As said above, being certified guides allows them to access monuments easily and our partnerships team at the office is also here to pre-book most of your visits. Apart from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, there will be no waiting in line for our clients except during security checks.

All our France private guided tours include hotel pick-up and drop off and are conducted in new or recent, comfortable, safe & reliable A/C vehicles that can take from 2 to 7 persons. We can also take care of your larger groups; more information can be found here.

While in the French Capital Paris, savor the romance and discover the best sights including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Orsay Museum, Notre Dame and Versailles Royal Palace & gardens. Other great opportunities include the Parisian districts like Bohemian Montmartre, Le Marais, the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain. All these sites will be available for stunning visits with our local guides. For those of you travelling in Family, a stop at Disneyland Paris is a must. View all our full day in Paris private day trips.

Close to Paris, the Normandy region of France offers a wide variety of visits. The two most famous landmarks of the region include the D-DAY landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion that took place during WWII and the Mont Saint Michel with its breathtaking Abbey and Cloister. Other regional highlights include Etretat cliffs, the Bayeux tapestry, Claude Monet’s house & gardens in Giverny as well as the towns of Rouen, Caen and Le Havre. We organize unique private day trips departing from Bayeux.

Moving south, the Loire Valley is the next important tourist destination. The region combines the beauty of an incredible number of Renaissance Chateaus such as Chateau de Chambord or Chateau de Chenonceau with some delicious wines of which the Cabernet Franc is the main grape variety for the Loire Valley red wines. The cities of Angers and Nantes also make for unique visits while the Marais Poitevin will amaze families that are seeking for an unusual outing with the kids. We organize several Loire Valley private day trips from Tours or Amboise.

The southwest part of France is also rich in tourism destinations. Bordeaux is the essential stop for all wine lovers. This is the perfect destination if you are curious in finding out what makes Medoc and Saint Emilion wines the most famous in the world. The region is also home to Cognac and Armagnac Brandies and the nearby Atlantic coast is a popular destination with visits to Arcachon Bay and Cap Ferret. All our private day trips from Bordeaux are conducted by Expert wine guides.

Inland, the Dordogne region of France is one of the most stunning destination of Aquitaine with its remarkable landscapes, gorgeous medieval villages and unique paleolithic sites. Our private day trips from Sarlat are the perfect option to reach the famous landmarks the region has to offer. Among the most popular destinations one can find Rocamadour, the villages of the Dordogne Valley, Cave art in the Vézère Valley including the visit of Lascaux IV.

In the Languedoc area of France, the most important sites that one must visit include the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne, the largest medieval walled town of Europe. Toulouse and Albi are also beautiful towns to visit with their distinctive brick architecture, numerous religious monuments and outstanding museums such as the Toulouse Lautrec museum of Albi. The sanctuary of Lourdes is another destination that is prized for those who are looking for faith-based tours. Ophorus tours is your travel specialist for all private Languedoc day trips.

If you wish to visit Provence, we will organize your stay in Avignon, Aix en Provence or Marseille. All three cities make for a perfect starting point to visit the region. During your stay and depending on your wishes, we will take you to incredible villages such as Les Baux de Provence or Saint Rémy de Provence. Visit unique towns on a walking tour or a gourmet tour in Aix en Provence or Avignon, famous for its Pope’s Palace. If you are into Roman history then Orange and its Roman Theatre, Arles and Nîmes will be on your program.

Towards the Mediterranean Sea, discover the port villages of Cassis and Bandol for some wine tasting and stunning views of the Calanques. A visit of Marseille is also a must, with its Old Port and recent Mucem museum. Another popular destination is the Lubéron with its hilltop medieval villages such as Gordes, its lavender fields and some of the best Provence wines. For those who wish to head out further afield, then the authentic Camargue region is a perfect choice. Our private day trips in Provence depart from Aix en Provence, Avignon or Marseille.

As we head to the East, encounter magical French Riviera also known as Cote d’Azur in French. Without a doubt one of the most attractive regions of France, there are such a number of attractions, monuments, museums and unique sites to visit that you will need a certain number of days in the area to just get a feel for it. Not to miss cities include Nice, Cannes and Monaco. The most beautiful villages of the region include Eze, Saint Paul de Vence, Gourdon and the Gorges du Loup canyon locations of Tourette and Le Bar. A stop in the area would not be complete without a visit to luxurious Saint Tropez or to exclusive Cap Ferrat. Wherever you are located in the area we will come and pick you up for your private day trip in the French Riviera.

The centuries-old tradition of Burgundy wine making is evident in the bountiful vineyards stretching across the landscape. Burgundy boasts some of the most acclaimed and luxurious wines in the world. Departing from either Beaune or Dijon, we offer a variety of small group private wine tours to famous wine cellars or wineries located along the Route des Grands Crus. If wine is not your priority, Burgundy offers the visitor a multitude of sightseeing options, such as the Palace of the Dukes, the gothic Cathedral of Saint Bénigne, the Romanesque churches of Burgundy, including the remarkable Abbaye de Vézelay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Les Hospices de Beaune

Characterized by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine River and its border with Germany to the east, the Alsace region is undoubtedly one of the most charming and uniquely distinct regions of France. A region famed for wine, culture, landscape and history offers something for every traveler. Visitors can experience the Germanic influence in the architecture and distinct gastronomy, but the region itself is undoubtedly Alsatian. From Colmar or Strasbourg, our private day trips in Alsace will take you along the Alsace wine route that is dotted with authentic villages and where wine tastings take place in century old family owned wineries.

Another highlight of the region takes place during the winter season. The Alsace region and Strasbourg are known for their enchanting Christmas Markets. It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the “Christkindelsmärik”. Ever since, Strasbourg has perpetuated the tradition of a an authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas. Don’t miss out on our wonderful Christmas Markets tours of Alsace that begin late November and end just after Christmas.

Best known for the eponymous sparkling white wine which originates here, Champagne region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterized by lush landscapes and vineyards climbing up gently undulating hills. Delve into “champagne country” and explore Epernay, home to some of the most celebrated champagne producers, such as Moët & Chandon or Perrier-Jouët.

When you’ve had your fill of champagne why not wander the streets of the gothic villages dotted around the otherwise pristine countryside? Champagne is a region that should be on every wine lover’s itinerary. Join us on one of our Champagne private day trips from Reims to explore this rural idyll with cellar visits and taste the bubbly wine that gave this region its fame.

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KNOWLEDGABLE, CERTIFIED & LOCAL GUIDES

At Ophorus, our Expert Local Guides work exclusively for us. Chosen for their extensive experience, vast knowledge in many different areas such as Culture / History / Art / Food & Wines as well as for their driving skills, they are the ones that make the final in-destination experience so unique. Most of them are accredited guides that are licensed to conduct tours in monuments & historical city centres. Our guides that conduct wine tours all hold the WSET level 2 in Wines & Spirits. Most important, all our guides speak impeccable English and many are also fluent in other languages.

THE BEST PERSONALIZED TOURS

Based in Bordeaux, our team of professional Travel Experts design the most unique personalised tours in France. Their extensive knowledge of the destinations that we promote are the very reason why individuals, groups and Travel Professionals in France and abroad call upon us to craft the best possible itineraries & programs. As ground operators in a number of regions of France and member of many Tourism Offices, our teams have an acute awareness of the latest in-destination travel information. This enables them to create distinctive travel arrangements that no other DMC in France can offer.