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Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Self-drive touring holidays in France

    Self-drive touring holidays in France

    A self-drive touring holiday with French Expressions allows you to discover the immense variety that France has to offer, travelling in your own car following a convenient ferry crossing or a quick trip through the Channel Tunnel. Having organised tailor-made holidays to France since 1989, we have a great wealth of experience in creating self-drive holidays and have put together a range of suggested itineraries that combine luxury hotels in popular destinations. 

    Browse our suggested self-drive itineraries which can all be modified according to your requirements, click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested French touring holidays or call us so that we can create a bespoke touring holiday just for you. You have the freedom to choose where you would like to travel and how long you would like to stay in each place - please contact us for advice and ideas. 

    All the hotels that we feature in mainland France can be reached by car from the UK, so if you are looking for a self-drive holiday where you are based in one location then click here to find out more about the full range of destinations that we offer.

    Client Testimonials:
    "We had an excellent holiday and felt as though we'd been away for ages as we saw so much. All of the hotel bookings worked very well as did the overall route - I'm so glad we took the Eurostar first and came back on the ferry into Portsmouth. It was a holiday that was far greater than the sum of its parts and we've recounted our trip many times to rather envious friends. We'd definitely use Expressions again!" - Mrs B, July 2016.

    “If anything, exceeded expectations.”, Mrs J, about a self-drive touring holiday to France, September 2017

    Travel arrangements
    We will tailor-make your self-drive holiday to suit your requirements, including a convenient ferry crossing that is most appropriate for you. We work with all cross-Chanel operators, allowing you the freedom of choice to determine the route and time. Ferries from Dover to Calais take around 90 minutes, whilst a journey in the Eurotunnel takes only 35 minutes. There are a number of other ferry routes which operate between the UK and France, ensuring that we will find a suitable solution no matter where you are travelling from or to.  Most self-drive holidays in France will start along the north coast, although if your final destination is in the south-west of the country it may be more convenient to travel to northern Spain instead. We work with a number of hotels in
    Brittany, Normandy and Pas de Calais which work well as overnight stops, allowing you to break your journey as you travel southwards. You can then journey across the country, passing sleepy villages, grand chateaux and fields of wheat and sunflowers as you travel to your next hotel.

    Other types of touring holiday in France
    We have also created a selection of suggested touring itineraries for fly-drive holidays where you travel to France by air and then collect a hire-car, and rail-drive holidays where you travel by train and then explore by hire-car. Our range of rail holidays to France allow you to relax in comfort as you travel southwards to your final destination.

    French Expressions believes 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.
    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.
    We include driving directions from the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal to each of the hotels included in your self-drive holiday, as well as our own suggestions for sightseeing and local visits.

    Ferry crossings
    Prices in our suggested touring itineraries include a P&O Ferries crossing from Dover to Calais return or Eurotunnel for a car and all passengers. However we do work with other cross-Channel operators and will price your holiday based on other routes if you prefer. Alternative routes include Brittany Ferries Portsmouth to Caen, Portsmouth to St Malo, Poole to Cherbourg, and Plymouth to Roscoff, and North Sea Ferries Hull to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. You may travel out and back on different routes so long as you travel with the same operator.
    It is possible to travel ‘Club Class’ with P&O Ferries, offering extra comfort on board with access to an exclusive lounge area. Please advise us at the time of booking your holiday.
    If travelling overnight on board a ferry, you will probably want a cabin, which we can book for you at the time of making your ferry booking. The prices do vary but we will advise you of this at the time of booking. Cabins for day-time use on long sailings are much cheaper and a very convenient and comfortable option.
    Sample prices in our suggested itineraries are based on the following sizes of cars:
    P&O Ferries - up to 6 metres in length
    Eurotunnel - under 1.85 metres in height
    P&O Portsmouth - under 1.83 metres in height and up to 5 metres in length
    Brittany Ferries - up to 5 metres in length and up to 1.5 metres in height
    Hoverspeed - up to 5.5 metres in length
    For longer and/or higher vehicles an additional supplement will apply.

    Accommodation in France
    Our self-drive holidays include accommodation at one or more of the luxury hotels that are featured in the French Expressions programme. Sample prices in suggested itineraries are based on two people sharing a double or twin room and usually include bed and breakfast or half board. For the descriptions of the exact meal arrangements please refer to the itineraries and hotel information.

    Other information
    It is essential that clients have personal holiday insurance, vehicle breakdown cover and Green Card cover from your car insurance company for taking your car abroad.

    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 Arrangements
    In 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 holiday
    All 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 Guarantee
    We 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 Protection
    Full 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.

  • Chateaux of the Loire Valley

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    A 7 night tour where you discover the sights of the Loire Valley, bursting with châteaux, mediaeval strongholds and rolling vineyards.
  • Gardens & vineyards at the heart of France

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    An 8 night tour taking in the scenery of central France – visit some of the country’s best-loved wine producing regions as well as beautiful gardens.
  • A Grand tour of France

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    An 11 night tour where you witness the changing landscapes and culture of France as you travel from north to south, staying in charming hotels along the way.
  • A tour to Provence

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    A 9 night tour where you discover great wine-producing regions as you journey southwards towards the beautiful Provençal landscapes.
  • The Northern Vineyards

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    A 6 night tour through the wooded hills and picturesque villages of Alsace, the gastronomic region of Burgundy and the renowned wineries of Champagne.
  • To the Dordogne

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    An 8 night tour where you experience the fun of the open country roads, sleepy villages, and changing architecture as you travel to the Dordogne.
  • Breton Seascapes

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    A 6 night tour which includes Brittany's northern, western and southern shorelines, allowing you to witness spectacular coastal scenery.
  • To the Foothills of the Pyrenees

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    A 9 night tour that visits many French regions, ending in the southernmost corner of France where relaxation and a variety of activities can be found.
  • Chateaux and Manor Houses of the Dordogne

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    A 9 night tour through northern and central France, with time to visit the many châteaux and manor houses of the Dordogne Valley.
  • Normandy Coast & the Loire Valley

    A 7 night twin-centre holiday through two famously beautiful regions, with plenty of time to discover the sights, culture and history.
  • Northern Spain to French Catalonia

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    A 10 night tour which starts in the Basque Country, combining coastal locations and the stunning Pyrenees as you travel to the Mediterranean coast.
  • Secret Picardy

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    A 5 night tour which allows you to discover the valleys, market towns and fortified churches in north-east France, staying close to the Belgian border.
  • The Dordogne, Loire & Normandy

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    An 8 night tour that follows a route spanning most of the country’s length, showcasing the beauty and historical appeal of three famous regions.
  • The French Alps & Lakes

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    A 9 night tour through eastern France, from the lush landscape of Picardy to the dramatic and picturesque peaks of the Alps as well as Lakes Geneva and Bourget.
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