Bienvenue! Welcome to Bespoke France, the French travel specialists

Bespoke means made to order and since 1991 Robert Buchanan & Barbara Keen have been creating customised holidays to help you experience the best of France.

Annual escorted tours

Bord-Chat Malle

  • Usually in the European autumn – September/October
  • Groups of 6 or more, exploring the bits of France you want to see
  • Travel by private minibus and by boat, or barge, or bicycle…..

Barge cruises

Luciole evening mooring

  • The ultimate unwinding holiday
  • Fully crewed barges sleeping 6-20 passengers
  • All meals, wine, excursions, bikes & transfers included
  • Most barges take individual cabin bookings or whole barge charters
  • Charters can be tailored to your party’s interests – eg wine, golf, art
  • Barges in France, Italy, Holland, Germany, UK & Ireland

Domaine de Cromey – at the heart of Burgundy


  • Small groups of 6-12.
  • Luxurious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Walled park with swimming pool and 5 acre arboretum, including a cedar dating from about 1800.
  • Exceptional food and wine.
  • Two minibuses for flexible excursions to markets, chateaux, vineyards, medieval villages, churches and Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, famous for its remarkable Hotel Dieu.

The Walking Party

Walking p-Basque picnic

  • Escorted small group walking holidays with host James
  • Owner-operated since 1996 from an 18th century farmhouse in south-west France
  • Blending excellent food and wine with gentle exercise and good company
  • Available from March to October in Catalonia, Dordogne, Umbria, Tuscany, Suffolk, Query and Basque regions

Rental boat holidays

FA-EC129 Nivernais

  • Self drive, self catering holidays on the delightful French waterways
  • Boats for parties of 2-10 available throughout France, plus Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal & Ireland.
  • Pilot services & wheelchair-friendly boats available on some routes
  • With our 35 years’ experience of French waterways, we will find you the best boat on the best route.

Backroad Discovery

Burg-Clos de Langres

  • Self-guided  independent cycling & walking holidays
  • Easy to moderate terrain & backup from a local agent for emergencies
  • Accommodation, breakfasts, most dinners, detailed route guides, maps and luggage transfers included.

Freewheeling France


  • Self-drive customised motoring holidays for independent travellers
  • Independent travel with the security of an “invisible escort”.
  • Detailed route guide, pre-booked accommodation
  • Restaurant, sight-seeing and parking recommendations

Language & Cooking holidays


  • Week-long residential French language courses for all levels at an elegant manor house outside Roanne, near Lyon
  • Five-day residential cooking courses with two chefs at a converted farmhouse near Craon in the Loire Valley

One-Off Tours

Burg - Mushroom group

  • Customised one-off tours for groups of 4-20 people
  • Self-guided using a combination of cars,  bikes, boats & public transport, OR with a driver-guide in minibus or coach
  • Our specialist areas are food, wine, gardens and the French waterways, but this is your tour, built around your interests!