Our holidays allow you to discover the beautiful French countryside by car or train, and offer you the chance to enjoy authentic experiences such as wine tasting.Click on the 'More Information' tab above to find out more about the regions of France and their highlights, or be inspired by the suggestions below.
Regions of France From the beaches of Brittany
to the glaciated summits of the Alps, from
the turquoise coastlines of Corsica
and the Cote
d'Azur to the rocky crags of Auvergne,
the sheer physical diversity of France presents a lifetime of holidays.
Almost several distinct countries crammed into one, France is a land
where each region fiercely guards its own unique identity, boasting its
own cuisine, architecture, accent and attitude. France's countryside has
evolved slowly and organically over the years, its villages virtually
unchanged in centuries. Today, they’re as much a part of the natural
landscape as the spectacular rivers and hills, forests and fields.
Despite its rural traditions, France has been at the forefront of
European development with a cultural and political legacy that has left
an endless inventory of attractions for visitors today. Paris the
obvious example, a dynamic, living warehouse of historical treasures.
But from the prehistoric cave-paintings of the Dordogne
and Roman monuments of Provence,
to the cathedrals of Normandy
and the chateaux of the Loire,
wherever you go in France you’ll find fascinating, seductive traces of
the country’s historical past. As well as its history and countryside,
France is also well known for the excellent wines from the Rhone Valley, Bordeaux,
regions. It may be only 21 miles of water that separates Dover from
Pas-de-Calais, but France is as exotic and
tantalisingly unfamiliar as anywhere on the globe. More tourists come to
France than any other country on the planet. That doesn’t happen by
accident. An excellent way to explore France is by
car, allowing you to travel between different regions and discover the
contrasts of geography, climate, architecture and culture. See our
suggested self-drive touring
holidays in France for some ideas of possible routes. Highlights of a holiday to FranceSkiing and hiking in the Alps and Pyrenees; the museums, nightlife, vibrant art scene and sheer romance of Paris; the WWII battle sights of Normandy; the wild, fretted coastline of Brittany; the spectacular gorges of the Ardeche and Dordogne; the beaches and super cool seaside towns of the Cote d’Azur; the abundance of rental villas; the gastronomie of Provence; the vineyards, chateaux and rolling hillsides of the Loire Valley; the rugged landscape and turquoise shallows of Corsica; fantastic local produce in simple but exquisite restaurants; Sunday markets; dining al fresco; café au lait and pain au chocolat for breakfast, eaten in a simple bar as the country awakes.
With the most extensive rail network in Western Europe, France is a great country to explore by train. The nationally owned SNCF (Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer) runs fast, efficient services between the main towns. Buses cover the rural areas, but services can be rather sporadic, with departures often at awkward times. If you really want to get off the beaten track, by far the best option is your own car.
Flight time from London is approximately one hour to Paris and 90 minutes to the main southern airports in Lyon and Bordeaux. France’s extensive network of airports is served by a variety of airlines from the UK, including Brtitish Airways, Air France, KLM. Alternatively, Eurostar runs an extensive daily timetable of departures between London’s St Pancras International and Paris and Lille.
La Villa in Calvi is a well-equipped five star hotel in Corsica.
The Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort in Provence is a tranquil oasis with great facilities and high stand
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Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers the ultimate in relaxation, seclusion and intima
A romantic all-inclusive west coast resort.
Il Salviatino is a cosy and luxurious hotel in the hills above Florence with out
The Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort (formerly the Four Seasons Provence) is a
Le Meridien Limassol offers attractions for children and adults alike with <a ti
An elegant resort with outstanding service set within beautiful Mauritius surrou
The House is a refined hotel that offers truly outstanding personal service
Find out more about France
Paris Airport Main airports are in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon, with scheduled and low cost airlines flying into the country from all over the UK. Currency Euro (£1 = Euro 1.24) Size Roughly 600 miles wide and 700 miles long Population 66 million Average temperature Varies dramatically, from about 8 degrees in winter in Brittany to 26 degrees in summer in Corsica, with snow on the Alps and Pyrenees year-round
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