Central France holidays
Central France is the geographical and political heart of the country. Here you'll find the glorious capital of Paris, and some of France's former royalty's most glamorous and outrageous châteaux. The Loire Valley, perhaps one of the most iconic and magnificent rural areas of this beautiful country, bends its way through the region - vineyards and rustically elegant farmyards following its path.
Central France also has a few surprises in store. The first is Limousin, a sparsely populated region where sweeping farmland, rolling hills and Limousin cattle dominate. Then there's the Auvergne region, which also offers something new - it's the largest dormant volcanic region in Europe. All of these attractions and more besides are easy to reach from the UK and diverse to the last - making Central France a great addition to a tailor-made holiday France holiday.
Top itineraries in Central France
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The Loire is the longest river in France, rising from the Massif Central and flowing 620 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, passing beautiful rolling countryside, some of France's finest vineyards, picturesque villages and an incredible concentration of grand country chateaux.
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Travel through the heart of rural France on this two-week tailor-made self-drive that takes you from Provence to Paris.
Where to go in Central France
The Auvergne region is home to the largest dormant volcanic region in Europe. On the face of it, this region is like some of France's other rural regions, dominated by sweeping green countryside and the occasional small market town.
The Limousin region is a sparsely populated rural heartland and a destination that is off the radar for most holidaymakers. Life here remains quite traditional compared to the cosmopolitan cities and more popular regions of France, though the regional capital of Limoges is world-famous for the porc…
Poitou-Charentes is a region of France situated half way down the Atlantic coast. A largely rural area, Poitou's agriculture is based primarily around wheat, maize and sunflower fields. In Charente, miles of vineyards take advantage of the fertile banks of the River Charente.
The Centre-Val de Loire region of France is home to one of the country's most iconic areas, the Loire Valley. Defined by the river that passes through it, the Loire Valley is known for its grand châteaux, sleepy one-shop villages, market towns and the sweeping agricultural flats which produce great…
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