Touring holidays of France are incredibly popular, which is no surprise given the world-class architecture, delightful countryside, fantastic food and wine just waiting to be discovered. Some of the best regions of France to explore on a tour are the fairytale castles of the Loire, the colourful scenery of Provence and the glamorous towns of the French Riviera, Nice, Cannes, St Tropez and Monte Carlo.
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- 7 Days - Paris and Back
- Rail Tour from £739
If you are looking to visit one of the most beautiful regions of France, then our tour of the Loire Valley is ideal – indeed the very name conjures up wonderful images in the mind. The châteaux, the translation of ‘castles’ does not do them justice, are magnificent, and you have the opportunity to sample the best of them: Chenonceau, Villandry, Chinon and Amboise.
- 8 Days - Calvi and Back
- Fly Tour from £899
For thousands of years, visitors have arrived in Corsica only to be dazzled by its beauty: the ancient Greeks declared it ‘Kalliste’, the most beautiful, while an inspired Henri Matisse declared that ‘everything is colour, everything is light’. The ‘Isle of Beauty' is a miniature continent where the further inland you go, the captivating scenes transition from sparkling turquoise bays and pastel-hued coastal cities to an undulating landscape marked by jaw-dropping sawtooth mountains and green hills capped by ancient villages forgotten by time.
- 8 Days - Geneva or Annecy and Back
- Fly Tour from £999
Every day a different ambience, from alpine France to sophisticated Switzerland and historic Italy. The raw beauty of Mont Blanc with its immense glaciers, serene Lake Geneva and medieval Annecy are inspirational. Rising in a great wall of granite and schist between France, Switzerland and Italy, the glorious, awe inspiring beauty of the Alps attracted Europe’s first “tourists” almost three centuries ago.
- 8 Days - Nice to Menton
- Fly Tour from £999
Sun-drenched beaches, chic resorts, timeless hilltop villages, a rich historic heritage and superb Mediterranean food – it’s easy to see why the Côte d’Azur casts such a powerful spell. In the 19th century this enchanting corner of France became a retreat for European royalty, aristocracy and artists attracted by its warm climate and the quality of its light.
- 8 Days - Souillac to Albi
- Fly Tour from £1,159
Immersed in France’s bucolic rural heart, see its charming honey-coloured rural villages, sophisticated prehistoric art, gorgeous gardens and timeless medieval towns bursting with market-day life. Far removed from the noise and pace of modern life, on this fascinating tour you can completely immerse yourself in deepest France.
- 6 Days - Avignon and Back
- Rail Cruise from £1,245
Discover Avignon, the Rhône, and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm, and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.
- 7 Days - Lyon and Back
- Fly Cruise from £1,295
Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more. Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, as well as the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river on a specially designed Five-Star ship. Enjoy excellent food and good company on this superb French adventure.
- 7 Days - Dusseldorf to Basel
- Fly Tour from £1,399
Explore the charming towns and iconic cities of the Rhine by water, cable car and foot. Glide through Koblenz, along the magnificent Lorelei Passage, and onto little Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and Breisach before ending in Basel.
A touring holiday in France is the perfect way to explore the country’s diverse regions, from elegant cities to terraced vineyards and glamorous seaside resorts. Travel through tranquil landscapes full of fascinating historic sites including stone-age cave paintings, ancient troglodytic villages, extraordinary walled cities and magnificent chateaux. France’s history is intriguingly entwined with our own, from William the Conqueror to Richard the Lionheart and the D-Day landings.
Some of the greatest names in literature, art and music have been French, from Monet to Chopin, Voltaire and Molière. Art lovers will be in their element at the many world-renowned galleries and museums throughout the country, and there are countless harbour towns, pretty villages and beautiful gardens that featured in the paintings of the Impressionists who were inspired by the unique light and beauty of the country.
France offers a wide array of gastronomic delights and there is always something tasty to try, whether it is a warm croissant fresh from the boulangerie, tasting Champagne in an ancient wine cellar or enjoying the plat du jour in a traditional village bistro. Colourful local markets are perfect for the gourmet shopper, with culinary delights including foie gras, regional cheeses and black truffles. Oenophiles are spoilt for choice in France with its rich wine heritage; many of the world’s favourite grape varieties originated here and each region offers something unique, from the majestic châteaux of the Loire Valley to the stunning wine estates of Burgundy and the prestigious vineyards of the Côte de Rhone.
France’s countryside forms a colourful tapestry of vineyards, rolling green hills and medieval villages. The beautiful landscape includes Europe’s tallest sand dune, the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps and the vivid purple lavender fields of Provence. The verdant forests, deep gorges and tumbling waterfalls of the Dordogne have remained unchanged for centuries. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the remote wilderness of the Camargue with its iconic pink flamingos, famous white horses and herds of black bulls.
Highlights of France
Much of Bordeaux is UNESCO-listed, from its elegant palaces to its tree-lined boulevards and the graceful Palais de la Bourse, contrasting with the contemporary art at the CAPC Modern Art Museum. The city is known as the wine capital of the world; surrounded by sun-kissed vineyards, it is also home to the Cité du Vin wine museum which showcases the wineries and vineyards of Bordeaux.
The legendary seaside resort of Cannes is famous for its glittering red-carpet film festival, palm tree-lined Croisette promenade, opulent Belle Epoque buildings and fine sandy beaches. The labyrinthine streets of the quaint Le Suquet district offer an insight into the history of this former fishing village, dominated by an 11th-century watchtower and the Notre-Dame church which offers fabulous views over the city.
The magnificent UNESCO-listed walled town of Carcassonne dates back to the Roman Empire and enjoys stunning views of the Pyrénées from its hilltop position. The majestic medieval fortifications that encircle the city’s cobbled streets and winding alleys include 52 imposing watchtowers, a 2-mile-long double row of ramparts and a drawbridge. Carcassonne lies at the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon, France’s largest wine region, with countless vineyards surrounding the medieval citadel.
Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic capital of France, with regional specialities including saucisson de Lyon, andouillette and coq au vin. Les Halles market dates back to 1859 and is the epicentre of Lyon gastronomy with numerous specialty food shops and restaurants. Silk production brought enormous wealth to the city in the Middle Ages, which can still be seen in the impressive Renaissance buildings, prestigious residences and imposing churches.
Home to the rich and famous, Monte Carlo’s dazzling marina is lined with luxurious super yachts and the streets play host to the legendary Formula 1 race. There is plenty of history to explore including the Opera House, Cathedral and famous Casino. The Prince’s Palace is the private residence of the Grimaldi family; dating back to 1215, it became one of the most opulent residences of the 17th century.
Rub shoulders with the jet set on Nice’s iconic Promenade des Anglais, an esplanade lined with palm trees and pretty pastel-coloured buildings. The city has one of the longest and most famous beaches in the French Riviera and a marina lined with luxury yachts of the super-rich. Art lovers will enjoy the superb collections at the Matisse Museum, Chagall Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Romantic and inspiring, Paris is overflowing with history and culture. The Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse Tower provide stunning views over the city whose highlights include Notre-Dame Cathedral, the exquisite Tuileries Gardens and the Champs-Elysées. Art lovers will be in their element with the Louvre, home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, the stylish Pompidou Centre and the Musée d’Orsay’s Impressionist art collection. Atmospheric Montmartre is the traditional home of artists, dominated by the iconic white-domed Sacré-Coeur basilica.
In glamorous St Tropez pastel-coloured houses contrast with the azure blue sea and verdant countryside of pine trees and olive groves. The cobbled streets of La Ponche quarter and the atmospheric Old Port recall the town’s past as a quiet fishing village. A walk along the beautiful coastal path on the peninsula of St Tropez leads through rugged coastline, tranquil bays and white sandy beaches.