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. There are so many ways to experience France , from luxury barging holidays, relaxing villa stays to luxurious rail journeys and gastronomy tours, it is truly a magical destination worth taking the time to explore at a leisurely pace. From Paris to the Riviera, Toulouse to Normandy, every inch of this country offers something worth discovering.Read More...
A city famed for its romance, architecture and sophistication, Paris is known for its wide boulevards, cafe culture, incredible shopping and of course the famous Eiffel Tower – it is worth spending a few nights in this incredible city.
Famous for its Burgundy wines this historical region is surrounded by a network of canals. An incredible place to enjoy a chateaux stay and sample some of the worlds best wines.
Accessible by car or express train from Paris this famous wine making region is worth the visit. The capital Reims is a fabulous walking town with plenty of Champagne shops, restaurants and tasting rooms, where Epernay is a great place to stay if you wish to visit the wine producers.
A region in south eastern France it is known for its beautiful landscapes from the Southern Alps to the rolling vineyards and olive groves. To see Provence at its best the quintessential lavender fields are in full bloom from early July – a photographer’s dream!
An area located in central France famous for its stunning chateaux, wineries, fruit orchards and castles all steeped in history makes it a true fairytale destination.
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!
Brett Barclay, Director
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 & 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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