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France has been influencing global culture throughout the centuries, its towns and cities filled with character. There are few countries in the world which inspire such enthusiasm, nostalgia and romance. Fashion, art, music, food and fine dining are all synonymous with France. From Paris to the Riviera, Toulouse to Normandy, every inch of this country offers something worth discovering.

• Paris
• Burgundy
• Champagne
• Provence
• The Loire Valley

France can be visited all year round but our favourite months are December/January for an alpine Christmas or April – September for a summer holiday.

I have cruised many oceans but a river cruise was completely new to me – but now I am total convert! Sailing from Lyon we sailed north along the Rhone where our first stop was the small town of Viviers – we walked off the ship and into the historic centre where life continues as it has for centuries. Today was market day and as a complete foodie I was in heaven – the smell of fresh baguettes from the boulangerie, the unbelievable selection of cheeses, the fruit & vegetables straight from the garden and local winemakers wanting you to sample their special vintages! Later in the week we sailed to the south of France on the Saone passing fields of lavender, tiny villages and vineyards – France is a gourmand’s dream!

Currency Euro

Language French

Why we love it France offers such a diversity of stunning landscapes and charming villages. We love the food, the wine and shopping at the local markets. And of course there is Paris, a cosmopolitan city with a well-deserved joie de vivre!

Weather France can be visited year round. In winter (December to February) the mountains are covered in powdery snow. In summer (June to August) it can be very warm particularly in the South. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) can be a wonderful time to visit.

Social customs and quirks France takes great pride in their language and appreciate you speaking French to them. When shopping or dining say  ‘bonjour’ (good morning) or ‘bonsoir’ (good evening), Monsieur (or Madame) is polite, ‘merci’ (thank you) and ‘au revoir’ upon leaving the shop / restaurant. In July and August you can expect a lot of the stores to be closed, as the entire country goes on holiday. It’s best to wait until you’re invited to do so before you call a Frenchman by his first name, and handshakes are the most common form of greeting.

Festivals & events Bastille Day on the 14th of July celebrates the founding of the modern Republic of France with festivities throughout the country and a major parade along the Champs Elysees.

Health* There are currently no health requirements to enter France.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Best of the Med

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Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain 26 Days 19 August 2018

Buried Roman cities, teetering coastal villages, Venetian palaces, awe-inspiring art and sun-kissed beaches - the Mediterranean will delight and enchant you, leaving you wanting...

Authentic Provence
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France 6 Days / 5 Nights
Visit the Provence of Van Gogh; with wild Iris, sunflower and lavender fields, olive oil and local honey.

Saint Remy de Provence is perhaps the most sophisticated village in Provence but still remains a small rural, authentic Provencal town. There are wonderful...

Barging the Canal de la Marne au Rhin
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France 7 Days / 6 Nights Roundtrip Strasbourg
Luxury all inclusive hotel barge aboard Panache

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Panache is a stylish 12 passenger hotel barge, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin en suite cabins. All the bathrooms...

Barging the Canal du Midi

Barging the Canal du Midi

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France 7 Days / 6 Nights Roundtrip Marseillan
Luxury all inclusive hotel barge aboard the Anjodi

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Get on board the Anjodi and discover a blend of ancient Gallo-Roman and traditional influences reflected throughout this region of historical importance. Explore this...

Barging the Lower Burgundy

Barging the Lower Burgundy

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France 7 Days / 6 Nights Roundtrip Paris
Luxury all inclusive hotel barge aboard L'Impressioniste

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The 12 passenger L'Impressioniste cruises the lower Burgundy Canal in the east of Burgundy throughout the season. Burgundy boasts some of the world's finest...

Barging the Upper Burgundy

Barging the Upper Burgundy

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France 7 Days / 6 Nights Roundtrip Paris
Luxury all inclusive hotel barge aboard La Belle Epoque

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The 12 passenger La Belle Epoque cruises the upper Burgundy Canal in the North of Burgundy throughout the season, between the two classic French...

French Cooking School
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France 6 Days / 5 Nights
Gourmet Cuisine & Cooking Classes, Loire Valley

Experience the reality of gourmet cooking yourself. There is only one way to learn and that is to do it! Top chefs, luxury accommodation,

Loire Valley, Cognac & Bordeaux

France 8 Days / 7 Nights

A luxurious journey with private tours of Amboise, Renaissance Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau and exclusive visits to independent Cognac producers, outstanding gardens with delicious meals and...

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

France, Italy, United Kingdom
London to Venice

Step aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and you step back into a more gracious, elegant age. Your personal steward, instantly available to attend your every...

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France 6 Nights / 7 Days

If you enjoy a glass of fine wine - perhaps a crisp, flinty Chablis, or a smooth, well-rounded red Burgundy from say, Santenay or...