11 nights and 12 daysA touring holiday of great variety, the Grand Tour of France allows you to traverse the country - from northern Calais to southern Carcassone - in pursuit of the most famously beautiful regions that France has to offer. Witness the shape of the landscape evolve as you journey southwards, and visit a broad selection of France's greatest attractions at will. Accommodation selections draw upon our own experience of France and aim to provide you with comfortable, stylish and characterful spots, conveniently located to aid your exploration. Suggested itinerary for this touring holiday:The classic grand tour! Starting at the gateway to France, Calais, drive cross-country south-eastwards through the Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, reaching first the vineyards of Champagne then those of Burgundy, with its Romanesque churches and abbeys. As you drive south, this touring route runs parallel with the Saône River all the way up until you reach Lyon, the point of confluence with the mighty Rhône. From here, drive alongside this mighty river, following its course further southwards, admiring the changing scenery as you go until you reach the bright skies, cypress trees and red terracotta roofs of Provence. Delight in this charming region, ancient province of the Romans, land of poets and painters, and then continue even further southwest across the Languedoc-Roussillon and towards the great mountain range of the Pyrenees, where the culture is unquestionably Catalan. Drive along the foothills of the Pyrenees, through Cathar country to Gascony, land of sunflowers and the Three Musketeers, then continue northwards to the picturesque Dordogne, the quintessence of rural France. Witness the continually developing scenery from your car as you journey
on from region to region and, when you reach the Loire Valley you can also bask in a more temperate climate. Majestic châteaux, regal gardens and hunting forests all characterise this region. Finally, your self-drive touring holiday will terminate in Normandy, where you will feel yourself nearing home as its close links with Britain over the years remain obvious. Our Grand Tour of France is a luxurious tapestry of different textures and colours, reflecting the variety of the regions of France and the diversity a touring holiday in France can reveal.Driving times for this touring holiday:Calais to Épernay: 3 hoursÉpernay to Dijon: 3 hoursDijon to Avignon: 3 hours 45 minutesAvignon to Perpignan: 2 hours 30 minutesPerpignan to Carcassonne: 1 hour 15 minutes Carcassonne to Marçay: 6 hours 15 minutesMarçay to Calais: 5 hours 30 minutesFor this touring holiday, we include:• One night’s bed and breakfast at R oyal Champagne in Champagne• One night’s bed and breakfast at the Château de Gilly in Burgundy• Two nights’ bed and breakfast at La Magnaneraie in Provence• Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the Relais des Chartreuses near Perpignan• Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the Domaine d’Auriac near Carcassonne• Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the Château de Marçay in the Loire Valley• P&O return ferry crossing from Dover to Calais for car and passengers From £1815 per person, self drive.
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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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