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in France

Sport in France

You look down at the lie of your ball then down the fairway and feel a tingle of excitement.  Just a day ago, you watched the pros battling it out on this same course. Seeing a world-class tournament in the flesh was exciting. Playing the same 18 holes– even more so.

Yesterday, they navigated the bunker and avoided the trees on the far side with ease. You’re not at all sure you’ll do as well, but it doesn’t matter. You watched them play and now it’s your turn.  It’s a dream come true.

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Sport Activities

Ski down some of the same slopes where Olympic champions have tested their mettle! Whether you prefer downhill skiing, cross-country, nordic or heli-skiing,  AAV can organize the perfect luxury ski holiday for you, including after ski spa for you or ski lessons for the little ones.

Nordic skiing on top of mountain before descent

The French love a good game of golf and have some fabulous courses. No matter your destination in France, AAV can arrange for you to play your 18-holes. For a one-day escapade near Paris, try the Golf de Chantilly or Fontainebleau. Or combine your love of golf and your love of wine at the prestigious Golf du Médoc.

Experience golf in France

Horse Riding
Ride in Chantilly, the horse-riding capital, with over 2,000 hectares dedicated to the 2,500 horses who walk, trot and gallop there every day, and imagine yourself riding in the celebrated French Derby.  Or explore the Camargue Nature Reserve by horseback, trotting among the famous bulls and flamingos.  AAV can even arrange for you to go fox hunting!

Horse riding in the Camargue - South of France

Bicycling is a great way to get to know the French countryside.  Imagine cycling alongside the Loire River, amidst gorgeous scenery, chateaux perched atop the hills in the distance.  Or seeing some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards from your bike.  For serious cyclists, AAV can arrange for you to ride the same route as pros in the Tour de France!

Cycling in front of the Château of Chambord in the Loire Valley

Some of the most beautiful sites in France are accessible only by foot:  the Vallée des Merveilles near Italy with its Prehistoric engravings; the Mont Blanc, the highest point in the Alps; the celebrated GR20 hiking trail in Corsica; and the “Colorado Provenzal”, with red, white and ochre rock formations.

Hiking in the Corsica mountains with breathtaking views all around

The English Channel, the Atlantic Coast, the Bay of Biscay, the Mediterranean… France has over 4600 kilometers of coastline, which makes sailing a wonderful way to see France in all its glory.  Take a day—or more—to explore in the splendor of a luxury yacht.

Sailing boats moored in a calanques in the South of France

Sport Events

Tennis afficionados will love visiting the French Open at Roland Garros, the prestigious event on clay courts in Paris late May.  If you visit France later in the year, why not see the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters?  Or the Rolex Paris Masters in November, the world’s largest indoor tennis event.

Central court of Roland Garros - French tennis Grand Slam

Formula 1 racing
If you’re a fan of motor sports, the south of France is great for you. The Grand Prix de Monaco is one of the oldest and most prestigious courses in the world.  The tunnel, long straight stretches ending in the hairpin turns… the circuit is tortuous and beautiful.  Or see the French Grand Prix, held in Le Castellet since 2018.

Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco with view of the circuit in front of the port

The football season in France (soccer for Americans) is both rich and long. Whether the French League, Champions League, Europea League…, you will enjoy taking an evening out to experience a football match with some of the most talented players in the world.

Paris St Germain football team playing at the Parc des Princes in Paris

The sport of kings
France has a strong history in horse racing and dressage, which means you can see some of the very best events during your luxury vacation to France.  The 5-star CSIO of La Baule, the CDI of Saumur, le Mondial du Lion, the Open de France, Longines Deauville Classic, Longines Masters de Paris and the celebrated Prix de Diane Longines are among the events that AAV can arrange for you to see.

Prix de Diane equestrian event in Chantilly

Beautiful countryside and the world’s best golf champions—what could be better? Let AAV take you to the legendary tournaments of Open de France, Open de Bretagne, the Evian Championship, Jabra Ladies Open, Le Veudreuil Golf Challenge and the Hopps Open de Provence, among others.

Tour de France (cycling)
Anyone who follows cycling or dabbles in cycling himself knows the Tour de France.  21 days, almost 3500 kilometers, the world’s top cyclists, and some of the most breathtaking countryside you can imagine make this bicycle race legendary.  Watch one or more stages with VIP conditions and get the insiders’ view of Le Tour.

Tour de France passing the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Why experience a sporting activity
or event in France with AAV

Clients choose AAV because we bring you absolute luxury – high-end accommodations, Michelin-starred restaurants, custom-made itineraries which reflect your tastes and interests, local guides and experts, and a strict attention to even the smallest of details so that everything runs smoothly.  We’ve also got our little black book with contacts and insider addresses established and carefully maintained over several decades, allowing you access to people and places that even the French rarely get to see.

We have contacts in the sports world, too.  So, if you want to have a golf lesson with one of the best pros in France, we can arrange that. If you want to watch the Grand Prix de Monaco from a private balcony overlooking the racecourse, that is possible.  Or VIP tickets and champagne reception to the top football matches in the season—AAV can make that happen, as well.

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