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2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Duke of<nbs/>Wellington's narrow victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. This fascinating tour visits the key sites associated with this battle and explores other historic events at Mons and Agincourt. Expert guides bring the events to life and reveal how the Kent coastline has been shaped by events in Napoleonic France. You also enjoy time at leisure in Brussels and at picturesque Namur.

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.

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.

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

Enjoy a short cruise tracing the curve of the Bay of Biscay and calling at three historic and cultural cities – La Coruña, Bilbao and La Rochelle.

French Reverie

Ocean Cruise

Discover the unspoilt Atlantic coast of France, from sandy coves and white cliffs, to pretty fishing ports and medieval towns.

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.

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Corsica and Sardinia

Escorted Tour Pace 2

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

Experience the vibrancy of Barcelona with a three-night stay before tracing the west coast of Italy to Sicily and Tunisia

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

Delight in the fairytale beauty of this glacial landscape – a snow-globe fantasy made real and take iconic railway journeys on the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express.

Rhine and Moselle

River Cruise

This popular 14-night cruise is a magical journey through the very heart of Europe. Seeking out some of the most hisoric cities in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Cruise along the Rhine from Amsterdam's characterful capital, taking in beautiful scenery as you visit charming towns and cities, including Speyer, Koblenz, Arnhem and more…

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

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

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

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.

Spend the festive season taking in the rich history, awe-inspiring architecture and coastal charm of the Mediterranean.

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…