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Provence, Bordeaux, Burgundy…

...simply their names conjure up images of sun-drenched vineyards and starched white tablecloths set for dinner. And well they might - from morning croissants to the after-dinner cheese plate, France's palette is so finely tuned that any holiday here will largely be about the food and wine. Come to think of it, that doesn't leave half enough space for the rest of France's charms...; What about meandering through the streets of Paris, uncovering the rich blend of cultural influences in Marseille or soaking up the sun on the beaches of the French Riviera? Well, there's nothing for it, you'll just have to stay twice as long!

Things to do

Whether you'd like to try wine tasting in the Dordogne or take a river cruise along the Rhone, we're bound to have a holiday in France to suit you. Ramble through fields of lavender in the rural south, discover Monet's garden in Giverny or travel to the unique island of Corsica. For those who would like to explore 20th century history, book a trip on one of our remembrance cruises taking in the war museums of Europe or the sites of the battle of the Somme and the D-Day landings. Our escorted tours and cruises visit the country's most fascinating sights while we've handpicked France's best hotels for our ‘stay and relax’ holidays.

Provence and the Côte d'Azur

Luxuriating in the balmy climes of Southern France, the region of Provence and the Côte d'Azur offers a real variety of landscapes. There is eye candy a plenty here, from hazy fields of lavender to cliff top roads and the sparkling French Riviera. Along the Mediterranean Coast are the sun-drenched towns of Nice, Cannes, St Tropez and Marseille, whilst inland you can explore the ancient walled city of Avignon.

The Dordogne

This cultured region lies between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees. It is here that you will find the famous wine-growing region of Bergerac, as well as many a grand chateaux set amidst vivid green woodland and picturesque hillside villages.

The Alsace

This lovely northeast region of France stretches along the border with Germany and Switzerland and has changed hands several times over the years. It encompasses the Rhine River valley and the charming waterside town of Strasbourg with its Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral.

Paris

This most famous of European cities hardly needs an introduction. Stroll along the Champs-Élysées, visit the Louvre, the Pompidou, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Linger over lunch in one of the capital’s many outstanding restaurants… oh come on, this is Paris – you know what to do.

Corsica

Although this Mediterranean island has been part of France for several hundred years, it has a distinctly Italian feel to it. On a holiday in Corsica you'll find pristine beaches, such as Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, stunning national parks and the stylish coastal cities of Ajaccio and Bonifacio.

Languedoc

Extending from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains, Languedoc produces much of France’s wine, as well as offering a whole swathe of sandy beaches to enjoy.  Montpelier’s medieval quarter is a must-see, while along the coast sits Perpignan with its distinctly Spanish feel and labyrinth streets.

Normandy

This green and pleasant region of northern France has often been a battleground over the centuries - from Viking times to the D-Day landings. The lovely island commune of Mont St-Michel is perched just off of the coast and the D-Day memorials and cemeteries, as well as the Bayeux Tapestry, offer a sobering insight into times gone by.

Burgundy

This east-central region of France is another big-hitter in the wine world with its idyllic vineyards producing Pinot Noirs, Chablis and Beaujolais. The countryside here is beautiful, the medieval villages a treat and the capital, Dijon, a masterpiece of classic French charm.

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