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France Holidays

France is a country where charm and culture are to be found wherever you go. With its abundance of astounding cultural buildings, golden beaches and captivating countryside, it’s easy to see why France is the most visited country in the world.

With more than twenty years' experience in planning and leading wonderful holidays to France, we are skilled at finding something just that little bit different. If you are looking for genuine Gallic rural charm, our four night Gardens of Brittany tour will allow you to immerse yourself in a hitherto unexplored world. Equally, if you fancy the bright lights and hot sun of the south of the country, seven nights in Cannes and the Côte d’Azur could be for you. Cannes is one of our top sun destinations.

Guests on all of our holidays benefit from return flights, accommodation, transfers and excursions. We also provide expert local guides.

France is a delightful treat for the senses and arguably the cultural capital of the world. In fact, there are so many amazing sights to see, from the romance of Paris to the sunshine of the south, it can be a challenge to decide which region to visit. It is a country where you don’t have to seek out beauty as it is all around you in its architecture, its perfectly maintained gardens, and its exceptional art and sculptures. Given France is probably the home of gourmet cuisine and fine wine, all this culture and history can be enjoyed and accompanied by some of the most exquisite food and distinguished wine the world has to offer.

General Information about France

To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we’ve outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next getaway to France.

Food & Drink

France is famous for its fine cuisine and delicious wine. Wine is particularly inexpensive, and really good bottles can be purchased from supermarkets for less than €5. Snails and fried frog legs are French delicacies, but if that does not take your fancy, try some French onion soup, steak tartar, or beef bourguignon.

Southern French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities that will set your tastebuds tingling, while locally produced rosé wines are a popular accompaniment.

History & Culture

Even if you have never visited France before, you are bound to have a certain knowledge of the country's history, thanks to books, films and popular culture. Our holidays provide you with the opportunity to bring to life what you might already know, while also enhancing your knowledge. Think about touring the hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence, one-time home to artists that have numbered among them Marc Chagall and Arielle Dombasle, and current home to several superb art galleries. Imagine, too, visiting Antibes, founded as a Greek colony in the fifth century, and now home to the Napoleon Naval Museum and the Picasso Museum.

Despite the geographic closeness and relative linguistic familiarity, there is enough about France to make us feel that it truly is somewhere new, somewhere different and somewhere very special. 

English is widely spoken, particularly in the cities, and so there is little reason to fear communication problems, And, of course, by travelling with us, you will always benefit from fluent, native speakers to ease your way, aid your understanding and enhance your enjoyment.

If, for you, French culture is inextricably bound up with elegant clothing and distinctive perfumes, a holiday to the Côte d'Azur, in the wealthy south east of the country, is a fascinating way to indulge your interests. The juxtaposition of the cutting-edge fashions you might see on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, and the quaint medieval town of Grasse, long famous as the perfume capital of the whole world, will enthral you.

 

Practical Information

Average Prices

  • Coffee: €3.20
  • Beer: €5.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €18.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.50
  • Bottled Water: €0.50

Packing List

  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Recommended Reading/Viewing

  • Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
  • The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho
  • To Catch a Thief - 1955 film, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - 1988 film, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –
    guaranteed

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

 

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

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  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad
  • We are a privately owned business and have been around for over 20 years
  • Licensed and bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation. TO number: 163. TA number 0757