Luxury tour operator, Scott Dunn launches a new French portfolio
Luxury tour operator Scott Dunn introduces exclusive new destinations, hotels and experiential offerings throughout France, launching for 2024 travel.
With France projected to become the most visited country on Earth in 2025, Scott Dunn’s France specialists have uncovered the newest, most under-the-radar experiences throughout every corner of the country to develop highly personalized itineraries, with highlights including a private viewing of Emile Hermès’ coveted collection of novelty treasures and visits to the Dior Mansion and Gardens. The latest launch from Scott Dunn will introduce nine new key regions and 14 new itineraries, and elevated Scott Dunn Private services.
While travelers are still flocking to the ever-popular city of Paris, many are gravitating towards the countryside, the French Riviera, and lesser-known wine regions. Scott Dunn is encouraging its guests to explore France beyond its most populated city to experience the rich culture, sought-after fashion, and exquisite cuisine that the smaller regions of the country have to offer.
From the sun-kissed beaches of Nice and Cannes to the historical grandeur of Versailles and the vibrant culture of Lyon, each destination has been carefully selected to offer a unique blend of experiences. To complement these destinations, Scott Dunn has curated a portfolio of 27 new hotels and resorts, each vetted for quality, service, and unique offerings. Noteworthy additions include the prestigious Carlton Cannes, Maybourne Riviera, COMO Le Montrachet in Burgundy, and the Hotel de Crillon in Paris. These hotels not only offer luxurious accommodations but also provide unique experiences that are quintessentially French. Service enhancements like VIP Airport and Train Station Services, Driver-guides, and luxurious Helicopter Transfers are the cherries on top, designed to make every journey seamless and extraordinary.
UNLOCK NEW FLAVORS WITH CULINARY EXPERIENCES AT THE ESCOFFIER SCHOOL, HENRI MATISSE’S WORKSHOP AND MORE
When it comes to culinary experiences, Scott Dunn goes above and beyond to offer a gastronomic journey that is unparalleled. Imagine stepping into the renowned Escoffier School at The Ritz Hotel in Paris, where you’ll be greeted by master chefs ready to guide you through a hands-on cooking class. The experience doesn’t end in the kitchen; you’ll also have the opportunity to savor your creations in a private dining setting, complete with wine pairings selected by an in-house sommelier. Alternatively, you could find yourself in the workshop of the famous artist Henri Matisse in Nice, where a private cooking class is conducted amidst the backdrop of Matisse’s iconic artworks. This is not just a cooking class; it’s an intimate look into the life and inspirations of one of France’s most celebrated artists. For wine aficionados, a private wine-tasting tour in the vineyards of Burgundy awaits. Guided by a local sommelier, you’ll explore the nuances of French wines, from the vine to the bottle. These culinary experiences are not just about food and drink; they are immersive cultural journeys that Scott Dunn meticulously curates to suit your individual tastes and preferences.
ENCHANTED ADVENTURES AWAIT FAMILIES WITH EXCURSIONS
STRAIGHT OUT OF A FAIRY TALE
The family-friendly and active experiences offered by Scott Dunn are designed to be more than just activities; they are catalysts for creating unforgettable memories. Imagine an exclusive Disney Dream Day in Paris, where not only do you skip the lines, but you also get behind-the-scenes access to some of the most iconic rides and shows. Your family will be treated like royalty, complete with a personal guide to navigate the park and make the most of your day. For a true fairytale experience the whole family can enjoy, the Versailles Nighttime Spectacular provides a dreamy escape straight out of a story book. Start with the Royal Serenade at the Hall of Mirrors and take a magical stroll in Château de Versailles’s enchanting gardens, which come alive with vibrant lights, whimsical illuminations, and lively fountains every summer Saturday evening. As night envelops the estate, the gardens transform, unveiling awe-inspiring installations like laser shows, baroque choreographies, and a grand fireworks display to cap off the evening’s festivities amidst the serene beauty of the Grand Canal. With each step, be prepared for a cascade of surprises that transport you into a surreal, magical realm.
EXPLORE HISTORIC HERITAGE SITES AT NORMANDY AND PROVENCE AND DIVE DEEPER INTO FRANCE’S CULTURAL STORIES
For history enthusiasts, the D-Day Experience by Vintage Military Vehicle in Normandy is a transformative journey. You’ll be transported back to the key moments of World War II, guided by a historian who brings the past to life through storytelling and interactive exhibits. If nature is more your calling, consider a guided hike through the breathtaking landscapes of the French Riviera. But this is no ordinary hike; it culminates in a gourmet picnic at a scenic overlook, where you can enjoy panoramic views while savoring local delicacies. Continue the journey down south at a traditional livestock farm in the Camargue region, where a Provencal Cowboy will introduce you to the local culture of cattle breeding, bullfights, and white horse riding. He will guide you through his farm, showcasing his animals and explaining the traditions and operations integral to this unique way of life. Witness the cowboy in action as he rounds up bulls for marking, and savor a meal organized in a secluded part of the farm for a more intimate experience.
GAIN EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO SOME OF FRANCE’S HIDDEN GEMS IN ULTIMATE LUXURY
WITH SCOTT DUNN PRIVATE
Scott Dunn Private offerings are the epitome of exclusivity and luxury, designed to offer unparalleled access to some of the world’s most coveted and exclusive venues. Imagine walking through the doors of the Louvre after hours, where the halls are empty and the artworks speak directly to you. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you, offering insights into the masterpieces that you wouldn’t get during regular visiting hours. The experience is surreal, almost as if you’ve stepped into a private world where art and history come alive just for you. Another offering includes a visit to the private studio of luxury brand Hermès in Paris. This is not a mere tour; it’s an intimate experience where you’ll witness the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into creating each Hermès product. From the intricate stitching on their iconic Birkin bags to the final polish on their luxurious leather goods, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for the art of craftsmanship. These SDP offerings are not just activities; they are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that offer a level of access and personalization that is unmatched. Scott Dunn takes immense pride in being able to offer these extraordinary experiences, ensuring that every trip you take becomes a chapter in a story worth telling and retelling.
Earlier this year, Scott Dunn was acquired by Australian brand, Flight Centre Travel Group. Scott Dunn now has offices in London, Singapore, San Diego, and just recently announced the August opening of its New York City office following the exponential growth that the US market has seen in the post-pandemic travel boom. The tour operator anticipates rapid growth in its California and New York offices over the next three years, and this expansion of the France product expansion is a key vehicle for driving sales and overall brand awareness in 2024.
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About Scott Dunn
Scott Dunn is one of the world’s most experienced luxury tour operators. With offices in the UK, the US and Asia, its global team of travel specialists offer guests round-the-clock support, arranging bespoke vacations and honeymoons designed to elevate travel out of the ordinary. With an insatiable appetite to discover the world pivotal to the company’s ethos, Scott Dunn relishes in the planning and revels in the detail – knowing it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference. For its most discerning travelers, Scott Dunn Private has an exclusive ‘invitation-only’ platform available for high-net worth guests.