I spent 17 blissful days touring the unspoiled countryside of France with Dave and Sue Sweet, based in New Zealand. We stayed in a beautiful châteaux in the middle of peaceful meadows. This charming duo has been running small-group tours (only six people) in Europe for 15 years, and they know where and when to see it at its uncrowded best. It's all-inclusive, including all the food and wine you could possibly want. Tours from about $5,000.
Dave and Sue Sweet, 011-64-6-382-5564, www.touringfrance.biz