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France is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Bordeaux, Brittany, The Alps and Pyrenees, National Parks, Michelin Restaurants, dazzling Cathedrals - France is exciting and peaceful in equal measure and the list of travel opportunities are endless. It can be achingly difficult to decide where to go and what to include in your visit.
France is synonymous with incredible food and drink, natural landscapes and cultural heritage. The unique wetlands of the Camargue provide a habitat for the rare European Flamingo whilst in contrast some of the world's most beautiful and oldest cathedrals are scattered throughout the country.
Famed for its unparalleled wine, France is the ultimate destination for wine lovers. Step into the extraordinary world of French wine with a week-long vineyard tour or a romantic wine lovers weekend break.
If you are searching for striking, snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes or snowsports thrills the mountain regions of France are a must. Hike, kayak and boulder your way through France’s outstanding National Parks or visit Europe's tallest sand dune on the wild Atlantic coast.
Get to know the breathtaking beauty of France embracing its cities, unspoiled countryside, beaches and architecture.
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Take in the fresh mountain air and spend evenings by the fireside. Catch your breath between the powder and the piste. Memories to last a lifetime; it's brilliant fun.
Visit the French mountain regions, any time between December and April. For the best conditions and the quietest slopes, head out in January.
A long romantic city weekend in Paris, wander along the Seine and enjoy an apéritif at Le Jardin Tino Rossie for the best people-watching. Be sure to make a pitstop at our new favourite eco-shop - La Recyclerie.
Visit Paris all year round. Our favourite times are in Spring and Autumn outside of the summer crowds.
Enjoy the sights and smells of the lavender fields in Provence by air, in a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Spend the rest of the day tasting pale rosé in the vineyard.
For the best weather, visit Provence between June and September.
Expect understated luxury with views of the Mediterranean. If the indoor and outdoor pools don't take your fancy, la Reserve is best known for its extensive spa facilities. Indulge in a few nights of tranquillity on the hillside in Provence.
This hotel is a mix of chalets and rooms to suit your needs. It will knock your socks off and is leading the way in redefining family ski holidays. La Palace is located on the slopes for easy ski-in ski-out access, with its nightclub, bar, pool and spa facilities with on-hand hairdressers and gourmet restaurant a few steps from your bedroom. Indulge in some luxury on your next winter holiday.
Enhance your Parisian break by staying at the gorgeous Lancaster Hotel, a few steps away from the iconic Arc de Triomphe. The hotel has chic floor to ceiling windows, where the curtains dance in the wind guiding you out onto the private balcony - the perfect place for a mid-afternoon apéritif to escape the hustle and bustle on the streets below.
Frozen in time, Pralognan-en-Vanoise is a small alpine town situated at the end of the valley. One road in and one road out. It's only 20 minutes around the corner from Courchevel and sits in the Vanoise National Park. With steep overbearing cliffs, an abundance of undisturbed wildlife, glaciers to explore, and a network of pistes. It's well worth a visit if you're searching for a French ski resort, away from the crowds.
Yes, this is a pretty iconic sight, but climbing to the top of the dome for a panoramic view of Paris adds another adventure to your day. Trust us, 300 stairs for that view: it's worth it!
A small enchanting village that gets forgotten about on the French Riviera: only 17km from Nice. Èze has a quiet bay that is easily accessible and is the perfect slice of silence between touristy coastal towns. The picturesque medieval village perched above the sea with views of Corsica on a clear day. Challenge yourself by hiking up the Nietzsche path from sea level up to 400m.
Day 1 - Fly to Geneva, pick up your hire car and meander down to Annecy. It’s only 45 minutes in the car. Head to the lake for a refreshing dip.
Day 2 - Today it’s time to explore Annecy on foot. The gorgeous cobbled streets, filled with shops, restaurants and little hidden artisanal businesses all tucked away. Enjoy dinner by the water, and taste the local catch from the lake.
Day 3 - Take a short hike up the Semnoz to take in the views over the lake with Mont Blanc in the distance. If you fancy it, you could even take a short sunset paraglide flight over the lake.
Day 4 - From Annecy, jump in the car and wind your way up to Chamonix. Catch a glimpse of the alpine cows with bells ringing, and birds of prey circling overhead. The mountains in Chamonix are vast, and when you stand in the centre of town, you really feel like they are towering over you.
Day 5 - Head up to the Aiguille du Midi, and remember to take an extra layer as it can be chilly up there. Learn all about the history of alpinism and read stories on past adventures. Get a close-up view of Mont Blanc and all its glacial beauty.
Day 6 - Jump back in the car and cross over into Switzerland. Stay on the shoreline of Lake Geneva, and go for a little evening cruise on the water.
Day 7 - Spend the day tasting local wine with a tour of a local vineyard. Afterwards, enjoy a feast of fondue, local meats and more in front of the lakeside views and the snow-capped mountains.
Day 8 - Slowly meander along the lake and head back to Geneva for your return flight home. Stop for a coffee on the way and pick up some Swiss chocolates from a local chocolatier.
Day 1 - Leisurely make your way to St Pancras for your Eurostar crossing to Paris. On arrival, your private driver will escort you to the hotel. You could spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around Paris, sampling macaroons and enjoying some live music down by the Seine.
Day 2 - It’s market day! Your driver will take you over to Saint-Ouen antique market, where you can have a look through Parisian treasures. In the evening, learn how to pair cheese and wine for your next dinner party back home, or sample some wine in one of Paris’s top restaurants.
Day 3 - Time to pack up your things, as today you’ll jump back on the train and head down to Nice. On the train, take in the views as you’ll really see the true French countryside of centuries-old stations and vineyards as far as the eye can see.
Day 4 - Grab breakfast at the hotel, or wander along the main street and enjoy a croissant and an espresso, alfresco style. In Nice, you could join a cookery class and learn some haute cuisine techniques, or grab a guide and take a tour of the town, learning about its history.
Day 5 - On the penultimate day, we suggest your driver takes you along the Riviera, to take in the sights of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Èze. The medieval town of Èze is perched up on the hillside, with a gorgeous bay down below and stunning views over the ocean. If you’re feeling fit, take a hike up on the Nietzsche path up to 400m.
Day 6 - Unfortunately, it’s time to migrate north again on the train. Download a good podcast, or catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read as you reach Paris before switching to Eurostar to return to London.
Explore the Loire Valley
Day 1 - Drive down to Portsmouth and hop on the ferry with your car (or hire one.) The ferry will take you to the northern beaches of France.
Day 2 - From Caen head south and stop in Amboise for a couple of days. Or alternatively, head west and spend the day at Mont Saint Michel in Normandy.
Day 3 - You can enjoy a full day of wine tasting in the Loire valley. You will learn which wines to pair with different foods and the history of the area. There are plenty of vineyards to explore, and some are easier to explore by bike as they are so vast.
Day 4 - Drive down to Chaumont-sur-Loire and the famous Château de Chambord. Learn about the history and design by Leonardo da Vinci. The buildings and their grounds are immaculate and well worth a visit.
Day 5 - Cruise on the river Cher and see the local villages and chateaus from a whole new perspective. Later on that day, you can take to the skies to see the Loire valley from the comfort of a hot air balloon. On a clear evening, the sunset is magical.
Day 6 - Time to hop back into the car and make your way back up to Caen, to continue onto the ferry back to the UK. Make sure you take some wine back to enjoy at home with friends.
Ski & Snowboard Holiday
December - April
May - October
London → Paris 1 hour 15 minutes
London → Geneva (Switzerland) 1 hour 40 minutes
London → Nice 2 hours
London → Paris (Eurostar) 2 hours 30 minutes
London → Geneva (Switzerland) 7 hours 30 minutes
London → Nice 9 hours
Average winter temperatures: 2 degrees (The Alps)
Average summer temperatures: 30 degrees (South of France)
For the most warmth and sunshine go to the south of the country.