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Explore the best of France's Côte d'Azur, as well as the world-famous scenery of Provence with its historic cities, iconic vineyards and hazy fields of lavender, from the locally rated 3-star Grand Hotel Les Lecques (3Q).

Road of Remembrance

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Explore sites associated with The Great War, visit some of Europe's most fascinating war museums and enjoy two relaxing days in Bruges.

Get back to nature in the beautiful Dordogne with a half-board hotel stay in a 17th-century manor house. Enjoy local food and wine, and discover an area rich in history.

A Channel Island Sojourn

Active Explorer Footprint 2

Discover a unique combination of British and French traditions on this lively escorted tour, which includes opportunities to visit idyllic Sark and tour Guernsey's highlights.

Step aboard Saga Pearl II for this mini cruise to the continent, calling at Boulogne-sur-Mer and the cities of Amsterdam and Bruges.

Enjoy a relaxing stay in France's Pyrénéés-Orientales close to St Cyprien Plage and Etang de Canet Saint Nazaire, perfect for outings to Carcassonne, Collioure and Perpignan.

Contrast two cosmopolitan cities: Amsterdam and Antwerp, before calling at the pretty port of Honfleur in France, on this six-night cruise aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar.

Enjoy a taste of the Continent on this mini cruise to Guernsey and France.

Join Saga Sapphire as she visits three French ports and St Peters Port in Guernsey, visiting poignant memorials and sites associated with the tragic events of the World Wars.

Experience wine tasting in the heart of Beaujolais or discover Lyon on this seven night cruise.

This tour brings home the momentous events of June 6, 1944 with visits to the key sites of Operation Overlord accompanied by expert guides. You can also enjoy time to relax and discover the cultural and gastronomic delights of Normandy, including historic Bayeux, Honfleur and Rouen.

Best of the Rhine

River Cruise

Sail from Switzerland to Holland, calling at many fascinating cities. Compare the pretty French town of Strasbourg to historic Cologne and cosmopolitan Amsterdam.

Enjoy a magical Christmas exploring the Rhine's festive towns and cities

Relax, enjoy the deliciously fresh air, blue skies, incredible scenery, and stylish charm of Gstaad, haunt of the rich and famous.

Corsica and Sardinia

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Explore the unique identities of two of Europe's most beautiful islands

Explore the riverside cities of Bordeaux and Rouen, enjoy the country's laid-back cafe culture and discover some of the world-class art and architecture that France is renowned for during this delightful cruise aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar.

Take a five-night cruise along the scenic Rhine before enjoying a three-night hotel stay on the edge of the enchanting Black Forest.

This seven-night cruise takes you from Holland's vibrant capital, Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland. Relax on board as you sail past the breathtaking scenery, majestic castles and fascinating history of the River Rhine, discovering many of its celebrated highlights.

Enjoy a five-night cruise across the Channel to discover a taste of France, Guernsey, the Scilly Isles and Cornish coast.

Journey through the historic landscapes of Germany and France on this rewarding cruise along the Rhine

Mighty fortresses and impressive cathedrals feature on this cruise along the Rhine from Cologne in Germany to Strasbourg in France.

Discover impressive chateaux, see Paris by night and visit pretty towns after a visit to Monet’s magnificent gardens at Giverny

Enjoy a magical 'Paris by Night' cruise and visits to the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame and Vaux-le-Vicomte chateaux.

Explore a realm of charming cities, vineyards, châteaux and, of course, great wine on this cruise along the Garonne and Dordogne.

Cruise the Rhône through Provence and Burgundy to discover France's historic heartland and a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A host of historic and cultural cities await on this lap of the western Mediterranean aboard MSC Preziosa.

Discover beautiful Basel, Mainz and Cologne on this nine-night cruise along the Rhine and Moselle

Discover why the French Impressionists found the Seine and Oise so inspiring. Cruise from Compiègne to St Mammès and explore the riverside delights in<nbs/>between...

Admire the picturesque scenery along the Seine during this six-night cruise through France

The Seine and Yonne rivers are lined by vineyards and orchards, and are home to medieval towns and cities including Paris.

Embark on an Iberian adventure on this fabulous cruise that follows the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain and Portugal.

Cruise from Compiègne to Les Andelys, exploring the riverside delights in<nbs/>between. Discover the former residence of Napoleon and Joséphine, cruise through beautiful countryside and visit Monet's famous garden

Admire formal parks and colourful gardens inspired by – and an inspiration to – the Impressionists, during this six-night cruise

Sample tasty wines, explore medieval cities, and see many elegant châteaux of the River Loire.

Explore the scenic riverscapes of Spain and France as Fred. Olsen's Braemar ventures along the Guadalquivir, Garonne and Seine rivers exploring a host of fascinating cities along the way.

Rhine and Moselle

River Cruise

Relax as your ship glides through famous rivers, admiring the stunning landscape and river communities await to welcome Saga travellers

Discover some of the Mediterranean's grandest cities, from the ancient relics of Athens and the city where East Meets West, to romantic Rome and the wonders of Florence.

Follow in the footsteps of the Impressionists, seize the chance to see the opulent Palace of Versailles and relish a whole day and night in beautiful Paris...

Discover the vibrant culture of some of Spain's liveliest ports, as well as calling at glamourous Monte Carlo. Visit Portoferraio on the island of Elba and Sète, the ‘Little Venice of Languedoc’ – ports that are only accessible to smaller ships like Braemar.

Ride a vintage tram in Lisbon, relax on the beaches of Arrecife, see Mount Teide in Tenerife then inhale the floral scent of Funchal before winding down with a glass of port in Oporto's vineyards.

Enjoy a magical Christmas exploring the Rhine's festive towns and cities then welcome 2015 with a sparkling fireworks display.

Look forward to a slice of life in the fast lane on this cruise of the western Mediterranean, which includes the chance to watch the glitzy Monaco Grand Prix.

The Enchanting Rhine

Premium River Cruises

Sail along the magical Rhine exploring the historic towns and vibrant cities of Continental Europe.

Enjoy a journey along the Upper Rhine, visiting a wealth of fascinating destinations, before cruising along the celebrated Danube.

Famed for their world-class wines, delicious cuisine and vivid cultural heritages, France and Spain have so much to discover.

Enjoy a journey along the Upper Rhine, visiting a wealth of fascinating destinations, before cruising along the celebrated Danube.

On this springtime cruise pause at Cornwall before making your way along the Atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal, and discover a new port for Saga – Pasajes.

Cruise the mighty Rhône and Saône through Provence and Burgundy to discover the culture, heritage and fine wines of regional France

Discover a region of fine wine, culture and heritage as you sail in luxury from the Rhône-Alpes region of France into Provence.

Uncover the heritage of the western Mediterranean's ancient civilisations on this cruise to Spain and France aboard Saga Pearl II.

Join this special cruise reserved exclusively for past Saga cruisegoers and celebrate 18 years of Saga cruising as Saga Sapphire traces the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal, visiting a host of destinations including Lisbon and Santander. An overnight stay in beautiful Bordeaux is bound to be a highlight.

See the colours of the western Mediterranean on this cruise that ends the summer in style.

Explore the fascinating cities of Budapest, Vienna, Strasbourg and more on this diverse cruise.

This voyage aboard Saga Sapphire takes in the best of the Med – from the eye-catching architecture of Valencia, to the ancient ruins of Carthage.

Language

French - The language spoken throughout France is, of course, French. You'll find English is widely understood in most tourist areas, but it’s always worth learning a few handy phrases as a courtesy.

Tipping

In restaurants a service charge is included, but it is customary to leave small change with your payment. Taxi drivers will expect a 10-15% tip on top of your fare.

Population and size

France has a slightly larger population than the UK, with approximately 65.8 million.

At 674,843 square kilometres, France is more than two-and-a-half times the size of the UK.

Currency

Euro - The official currency is the euro. One euro is divided into 100 cents.

Culture

French cuisine is world-renowned, and in 2010 was added to UNESCO’s list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. Food and wine play an important part in French culture, and you can’t visit without getting a taste for the region – whether it’s biting into a crumbly croissant or a sitting down to a hearty bouillabaisse. Dishes and specialities are diverse, and influenced by the ingredients available in each region.

When visiting shops in France it is customary to say good morning or evening ('bonjour' or 'bonsoir') to the assistant or owner and say goodbye ('au revoir') when you leave.

Handshaking is a customary greeting between strangers, while friends will lightly kiss on the cheeks, once on the left cheek and once on the right.

The famous sons and daughters of France are, frankly, a colourful bunch and include Napoleon Bonaparte, Brigitte Bardot, Claude Monet, Joan of Arc, Louis Pasteur, Nostradamus, Charles Aznavour, Marie Antoinette, Marcel Marceau, Andre the Giant, Cyrano de Bergerac, Cahterine Deneuve, Raymond Blanc, Edith Piaf, Eric Cantona, Louis Braille, Jules Verne, Jacques Clouseau and Athos, Portos, Aramis and D’Artangnan.

Phrases

Here are a few handy words and phrases:

Je ne parle pas français – I don't speak French

Parlez-vous anglais? – Do you speak English?

Bonjour – Hello

Au revoir – Goodbye

S'il vous plaît – Please

Merci – Thank you

Oui – Yes

Non – No

Excusez-moi – Excuse me

Timezone

France is one hour ahead of GMT.

Electricity

The mains voltage is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). Sockets take small round two-pin plugs, so most British appliances will require an adaptor.

It’s best to take one with you, as it can be hard to track down shops that sell them when you are on your travels.

Climate

You'll find the climate in northern France is similar to that of the UK. As you travel south, sunshine increases and the temperature rises until you reach Provence with its long, hot summers and cooler but bright winters.

Health

Mosquitoes can be a problem in southern France during the summer, especially in the evening when you simply want to watch the sun set with a vin blanc in hand! You may find it helpful to wear long sleeves and trousers, and to use mosquito repellents on exposed areas of skin.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't require a visa, but you will need a current passport that is valid for the duration of your holiday.

Smoking

As in all EU countries, smoking is banned on public transport and in public places, including bars, restaurants and hotels.

Flight time

From London to Marseille it takes approximately one hour 45 minutes.

If you’re travelling to Paris by Eurostar it’ll take approximately two hours 20 minutes.


Corsica

Welcome to the French island off the coast of Italy…