France is the world’s number one tourist destination for good reason. It’s the perfect mix of culture, beauty, and history, with no end of incredible attractions and destinations to explore. Our range of holidays to France includes our , which give you the chance to relax while you experience the real heart of the countryside as well as its most fascinating cities. Everything you could expect is here, from stunning food and drink to scenery as diverse as vineyards and mountains, plus all the culture and local charm the country has to offer.
Our also provide incredible experiences in some of France’s most iconic destinations, like the legendary cities of the Riviera like Nice and Monaco, the beauty and history of Provence, and the mighty medieval strongholds of Normandy.
Medieval towns, Roman cities, the wild Camargue, delicious food, fine wine, sunflowers and lavender fields – Provence has all this and more. If you’re thinking about holidays to France, put the region of Provence on your bucket list for all these wonderful reasons. Here are our top 20 reasons to visit Provence, France..
France has been at the centre of many of the world’s most significant periods and moments in history, from the Norman dukes to the Normandy Landings, the revolutions and royalty of Paris, and the ancient ruins and modern glamour of the south.
Choose your perfect holiday in France from our great selection, including both river cruises and guided tours, each carefully curated with local experts to give you the very best experience.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, everybody needs to visit Paris at least once. Whether it’s romance, art, food, architecture or just fun you’re looking for on a city break in France, you can find it all in the capital city on our . From the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre or wandering the streets of Montmartre, you’ll never run out of things to do in Paris.
A treasure in the Rhône Valley, Lyon is one of those French destinations nobody should miss out on. France’s second city is a feast for the eyes and the stomach and a real highlight of our A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s full of historical buildings, not least the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, but you’ll mostly want to be checking out the wide variety of culinary treats on offer across the city.
French holidays like our can of course also involve visiting other European countries like Switzerland. However, they still have plenty to offer within France, not least the delights of Strasbourg. Capital of the Alsace region, it’s a beautiful historic city, particularly the Grande Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first whole city centre to receive that honour. From the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Ponts Couverts bridges, there’s lots to see and - of course - to eat and drink, especially for fans of the local wines.
The Burgundy region is known around the world for its wine, but there’s so much more to see and do than simply sample the local wares. Beaune may be the wine capital of the region but it’s also a stunning medieval town where the Gothic Hôtel Dieu gives you a glimpse of the best of 15th century architecture with its incredible patterned roof tiles. There’s also plenty of picturesque villages to see, including the likes of Meursault, Volnay, Pommard and Gevrey-Chambertin, all of which are important names in the world of wine despite their small size. While cruising through the region, you’ll see renaissance chateaux, medieval abbeys and hilltop villages aplenty, while the Morvan National Park is a natural wonder packed with woodlands and lakes. The Burgundy region may not have many of the most popular tourist attractions in France, but our cruises offer the chance to get to know one of the most special and historic parts of the whole country.
France’s southern coast is famous for its golden beaches and azure seas, as well as the glamour of its cities – making this a perfect place to visit. Live the high life in with its forests of yachts and mountainside palaces and villas, as well as experiencing its unique history and culture. Nice is just as delightful, with its famous Promenade des Anglais stretching along the Bay of Angels, and its legendary flower market offering blooms and delicacies from across . As well as the beautiful coastal towns and cities there is plenty of natural beauty to admire, including the Gorges du Loup with their cascading waterfalls and stunning mountain scenery.
When you’re thinking of things to do in France, history is always a big factor, and has plenty of notable historical places to visit. The beaches of Normandy will forever be associated with the D-Day landings, as seen in films like Saving Private Ryan, and you can visit them to enjoy both the pleasant modern day beaches and also to remember those who gave their lives fighting for freedom there over 70 years ago. Going even further back but also commemorating a battle, the Bayeux Tapestry can be found in the Cathedral, depicting William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066. On a more sedate note, Normandy is full of delightful fishing ports, including Honfleur, which you can visit on , while Rouen cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture which is a must-see on a tour of the beautiful city centre of Normandy’s capital.
Few people could dispute that if you are looking for a gastronomic tour de force, France is the country to visit. Paris is full of both renowned haute cuisine and small cafes with delightful treats and snacks, while Lyon is known as the food capital of the world for good reason, with its cuisine one of the main reasons people flock there. There are more than a thousand eateries in its city centre, which means you’ll never struggle to find something you want to eat, from coq au vin, to saucisson de Lyon to marrons glaces. France produces around 8 billion bottles of wine a year, so if you’re a fan, there’s few better places to visit, with so many regions of the country famous for their produce. From Bordeaux to Burgundy to Champagne to Provence, there are vineyards and wineries to visit for a taste of the flavours of those specific grapes and the atmosphere of the region.