French Expressions offers you luxury, tailor-made holidays to the very best hotels in a vast range of regions throughout France, from Normandy to the Pyrenees, from the Basque country to the Alps. Whether you are looking for a touring holiday, a short break or a long, leisurely stay in an exquisite hotel, France offers you abundant choice. With French Expressions you benefit from our twenty-five years’ experience of constructing successful ‘itineraries’ and holiday combinations, often suggesting the less familiar and off-the-beaten-track areas that nevertheless have gems of hotels and countless local attractions. We have used our own personal experience to offer what we believe to be the most comprehensive range of the very best and most authentic luxury hotels in France, including grand chateaux, elegant resorts and boutique hotels. Personal service from a true independent specialist allow you to enjoy France to the full, at outstanding value for money. Savour France with French Expressions.Our luxury French holidays allow you to discover the beautiful French countryside by car or train, and offer you the chance to enjoy authentic experiences such as Cookery in the Bordeaux region or wine tasting.Click on the tabs above to find out more about us, the holidays that we offer and the highlights of a holiday to France.
A French Expressions holiday is as simple or as complex as you want it to be. From a stay in just one place to touring the length of France or combining one or more diverse regions, French Expressions caters for your wishes.We offer the choice between the following options for your tailor-made holiday:• Stay in one hotel for as many nights as you want. Ideal for a short break, a special occasion or a long, relaxing holiday.• Stay at two or more hotels in the same region, perhaps one on the coast and the other in the country, or combine regions. Any number of combinations are possible. A perfect way of combining sightseeing then relaxing somewhere completely different.• Enjoy a touring holiday that allows you to see the diversity of France in one go. It is quite amazing how much can actually be visited in the space of ten to fourteen days. Take one of our suggested touring itineraries or ask us to put together a tour for you based on the hotels and regions that we feature, allowing a different number of nights in each place. Our HotelsEach of the luxury hotels that are featured by Expressions Holidays has been personally selected to offer you high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Our hotels are renowned for their charm and character, whilst others provide rest and relaxation amid an atmosphere of luxury and style.Our Travel OptionsThe options we provide reflect the diversity of the range of holidays to France we are offering. Certain means of travel are more appropriate to certain destinations and the type of travel option you choose may depend upon where you’re travelling from in the UK. We can offer you holidays by air (with a hire-car or transfers in France), by train using Eurostar and then the fast TGV French connections, or by ferry/tunnel if you want to take your own car.With the most extensive rail network in Western Europe, France is a great country to explore by train. The nationally owned SNCF 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.Fly-drive holidaysA holiday by air and a subsequent hire-car is an excellent option that allows you to make the most of your holiday time, to concentrate on exploring regions further afield and to avoid driving all the way. This option offers all the benefits of travelling independently and gives you the opportunity to explore as you want. You may wish to base yourself at one hotel for the duration of your holiday, or you may prefer to visit a number of hotels as part of a touring holiday - we have put together a number of suggested itineraries for fly-drive touring holidays which can be amended according to your wishes.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 British Airways, Air France, KLM. Almost all our holidays by air to France also include the use of a hire-car, simply because you really do need one to access the hotels and to make the most of their location. We work with Avis as they offer a variety of cars at a good range of offices throughout France, at airports and railway stations as well as in city centre locations. We have negotiated a number of benefits such as theft protection now being included automatically in all car rentals, and no one-way drop off charge within France for the majority of car types.Benefits of a fly-drive holiday with French Expressions include: • Choose your flight route and operator. We work with the scheduled services of British Airways to give you maximum choice, convenient flight times and quality of service. However, we are also happy to book a charter flight or one of the 'No frills' airlines who might have a departure from a local airport. • Collect your hire-car in one place and return it to another at no additional cost with the vast majority of car types. • Upgrade your hire car if required. We include a basic hire-car which is adequate for just two people, a short break or if you don’t intend to do much driving. However, you might want to up-grade to something larger and more powerful.• We provide directions from the airport to each hotel that you are visiting, as well as our own suggestions for sightseeing and local visits. Self-drive holidaysWe believe that the best way to experience the real essence of France is by driving along the highways and byways. Cross to France by ferry or Eurotunnel then journey across the country in your own car, ensuring a sense of space, freedom and independence. We will tailor-make your holiday to include travel to France by the most convenient means, and accommodation in as many hotels as you require. We have put together some suggested touring itineraries for self-drive holidays to France which can be modified according to your requirements, or you may wish to simply stay in one hotel for the duration of your holiday.As we work with all cross-Channel operators, you have the freedom to choose the route and time that is most appropriate to your journey. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle crosses from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, while the ferry from Dover to Calais takes around 90 minutes. Crossing durations vary greatly for other routes, with departures from Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth to destinations along the northern coast of France. Alternatively, it may be more convenient for clients travelling from Scotland or the north of England to cross from Hull to Zeebrugge in Belgium. Holidays by railHolidays by rail are increasingly popular as The Channel Tunnel and the fast Eurostar train have opened up France and indeed the rest of Europe. Eurostar operate trains from London to Paris and from Paris to London with almost hourly departures every day. In addition to being able to travel from the centre of London to the centre of Paris on the same train in three hours, you can use the excellent French railway network to travel from London to cities including Bordeaux, Nice and Avignon in one day. French Expressions offers a range of rail options including travel by Eurostar to Paris for a city break, or travel by Eurostar to Paris or Lille Europe and beyond where you can connect to a fast TGV service. Once in your final destination, you can either continue to your chosen hotel by private transfer or collect a hire-car and explore the area at leisure.We have put together a number of suggested itineraries for rail holidays to and within France, which can be amended according to your preferences.
French Expressions is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made holidays to France with flexible, personal service. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday. Flexible ArrangementsIn order for you to receive the holiday you want, we provide as much flexibility as possible. You choose the departure day, the duration, the type of hotel, the number of hotels, the room type, the board basis, method of travel and class of travel. Our arrangements, whilst inclusive of travel and accommodation, allow you ‘time-off’ in between, for example, if you want to visit friends or explore on your own for a while. We can quote you for accommodation only but you will find that the more arrangements we can include for you, the better value the holiday will be.How we price your holidayAll our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
As our numerous repeat clients over many years know, the attractions of France as a holiday destination remain countless; from the olive groves and lavender beds of Provence to the granite cliffs of Brittany, from the familiar rusticity of a Norman inn to the grandeur of a turreted chateau-hotel in the Dordogne, from a gastronomic feast created by a Michelin-starred chef to a simple wild mushroom omelette in a village auberge.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. 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 touring holidays in France for some ideas of possible routes. Unmissable holiday experiences Skiing 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 gastronomy 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.
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