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France

Each province more varied and elegant

France tailor-made holidays

Introduction

France is one of the world's great travel destinations. From Paris to Provence and Brittany to Burgundy, Alsace to Auvergne, there's something for everyone – and so it's little surprise that France consistently rates as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. And from the UK it's right on our doorstep, a mere hop across the Channel - making it the perfect place for a short break or a longer self-drive or tailor-made tour.

Whether you're visiting the countless grand cathedrals and bastions of France's ancient cities or surfing the Atlantic breakers on the Côte d'Argent in Aquitaine, skiing the pure-white slopes of Chamonix or catching a glimpse of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, France holidays are endlessly diverse and constantly inspiring.

Historically, France is one of Europe's most fascinating countries. Neanderthal civilisations are said to have been established here as long ago as 50,000 BC and, since then, empires have come and gone, kings have been crowned and some beheaded, and numerous wars have been won and lost - all of which have left behind landmarks and traditions that have shaped the French identity.

Today, her influence stretches way beyond her borders, whether through the country's leading role in the European Union or in former colonies in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, in which the French language and traditions remain. French food is one of the most familiar exports, the likes of tarte tartin, moules frites, duck confit and endless varieties of cheese enjoyed in many countries, but best enjoyed in France than anywhere else. And then of course there's the small matter of French wine – Bordeaux, Bourgueil, Burgundy and Champagne to name a few – each and every one iconic, distinct, and truly French.

The English playwright Charles Morgan once said ‘France is an idea necessary to civilisation'. Think of farmers' markets in the Loire Valley, artists working along the Seine in Paris, rowing boats in the La Venise Verte in Poitou-Charentes and the glamorous bars of the French Riviera and it'd be near impossible to disagree with him.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
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Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
French

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Special offers in France

Pont d'Avignon

The Rhone: Paris, Lyon & Provence on Tauck

10-day all-inclusive luxury river cruise from £3,820 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special fly-cruise or rail fares
Book by: 31 December 2019

Beginning with a luxury stay in Paris, a scenic rail journey will bring you down to your indulgent Rhône River cruise, with gourmet dining, drinks and touring included throughout. There’s everything from Avignon’s Papal Palace and Lyon’s Renaissance grandeur to farm feasts and vineyard tastings.

Nevion River and Zubizuri Bridge, Bilbao, Spain

Spain & France on Celebrity Silhouette

9-day no-fly cruise from £1,195 pp

Special
cruise offer

Book a Balcony for the same price as an Ocean View
Book by: 31 October 2019

Explore the coast of France and Spain on this 5-star voyage form Southampton on Celebrity Cruises with the innovative Lawn Club

River Queen, Uniworld

Rhine, Moselle & Blissful Baden-Baden

12-day cruise from £3,415 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

2020 Europe On Sale - Save 10%
Book by: 31 October 2019

Germany’s spectacular backdrops and breathtaking natural wonders will reveal themselves as you cruise along the alluring Moselle and Rhine rivers.

Saint-Malo - Bretagne France

Weekend Getaway Voyage on Azamara Pursuit

4-day no-fly cruise from £845 pp

Special
cruise offer

Getaway Fares
Book by: 31 October 2019

If you’d love to experience a boutique hotel at sea and discover a new part of the world on a short timeline, you’re in luck. This three-night journey from Southampton is the perfect long weekend escape

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Top itineraries in France

Pont Wilson, Tours

Paris & The Loire Valley

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,030 pp incl. flights

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.

Le Mas de Pierre, Saint-Paul de Vence

The Best of Southern France

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,065 pp incl. flights

Explore the regions of Languedoc and Provence on this seven-day self-drive tour. Feel the weight of history in Carcassonne and Avignon, walk among olive trees, lavender and vineyards, fill up on foie gras at centuries-old markets, and bask on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur.

Eurostar trains, Kings Cross St. Pancras International, London

Eurostar holidays

Tailor-made rail journeys from £840 pp

Discover our finest Eurostar offers, with options across France. Each has been tailor-made to feature fantastic hotels, private transfers and unique tours – get in contact to start designing your own trip.

Lavender fields, Provence

From Provence to Paris

14-day Tailor-made self-drive from £2,330 pp incl. flights

Travel through the heart of rural France on this two-week tailor-made self-drive that takes you from Provence to Paris.

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What our clients say about our France holidays

  • Pippa advised me on a potential trip to France prior to attending a course. As it happens the course did not run and she helped set up a fun holiday and rearrange the trains. The places visited were spectacular. Castel Nouvelle was a wonderful place to stay with fantastic friendly service. Well worth a visit.

    Frank F

  • I was particularly pleased with the choice of hotels. I asked for hotels with character within small towns where we could find a range of restaurants and what I got was spot on.

    John J

  • I have used Wexas for many years and I must congratulate you on continually maintaning, and in many cases excelling, the service that you provide.

    Well done.

    Stephen Conrad S

  • I use Wexas for almost all my travel, and have never been disappointed, even when the itinerary has been quite complicated.

    Pauline P

  • Rui Ribeiro once again has organised everything absolutely perfect for us and we had a truly marvellous time

    Brigitta B

  • Pippa was very diligent and responsive in ensuring all the details were correct and to my liking.

    Michael M

  • Very knowledgeable about my destination in France, and efficient and helpful.

    N M N

Top places to stay in France

Le Saint Paul, Côte d'Azur

Le Saint Paul, Côte d'Azur

Historic hotel

Capturing the minds of many an artist, this Relais & Châteaux 16th century bourgeois residence fosters a peaceful atmosphere accompanied by spectacular views.

Room at Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa, Bordeaux

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa, Bordeaux, France

Accommodation

Created by architect Victor Louis in 1776 and located in the heart of Bordeaux's historic 'golden triangle', opposite the Grand Theatre, the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa enjoys a setting in perfect keeping with the grandeur of its spectacular neoclassical façade. Set just moments from Bordeaux's m…

Raffles Paris dining room

Raffles Le Royal Monceau, Paris

Accommodation

With a prestigious location on the Avenue Hoche, just moments from a wealth of iconic attractions, Raffles Le Royal Monceau is without doubt one of the finest places to stay in Paris.

Courtyard, Chateau de Bagnols

Chateau de Bagnols, near Lyon

Accommodation

Imagine escaping to a 13th century chateau in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside, just 17 miles from Lyon.

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Where to go in France

Southeastern France

Southeastern France is a varied and enticing holiday destination, a place where luxury indulgences can be enjoyed with the jet set in Cannes and Nice, but where an another, more authentic version of France is never far away. It can be tasted in the hearty food of Lyon, smelt in the lavender fields …

Southwestern France

Southwestern France has a lot to offer travellers. Beautifully rural in parts, dramatically mountainous in others and fringed by the stunning beaches of the Atlantic coast to the west, this area of France encompasses the three great regions of the Midi Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Aquitaine.

Central France

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.

Western France

Western France, like many areas of France, is quite distinct from its neighbours. Though situated across the sea from the British Isles, the area has as much in common with the Celtic traditions of Wales, Scotland and Ireland as it does with France, thanks largely to its close historical links with…

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What to do in France

Aurora Expeditions, Svalbard

Europe & Scandinavia Cruises

European cruise holidays offer a whole range of unique experiences, from exploring the storied waters of its river greats to remote adventures among the icy wonders of Scandinavia and the Arctic.

When to go to France

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"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."Ernest Hemingway France has a fabulous variety of year-round attractions. Skiing is possible in the Alps from mid-December to late April in the main resorts, and even into summer on the high glaciers of Val d'Isère, Les Deux Alpes and l'Alpe d'Huez, while the lower slopes of the Alps, Jura and Pyrenees offer fabulous hiking and biking from spring to autumn. Paris seduces visitors all through the year, though springtime remains a perennial favourite; the Mediterranean coast and …

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    The exciting new additions to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and how they’re set to elevated the experience to true ultra-luxury with the likes of en-suite shower rooms, private dining and free-flowing champagne.

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    Murder on the Orient Express

    As one of our favourite rail journeys, we’re a little protective over the Orient Express. So, take a look at the trailer for its latest film adaptation with us and see if its all-star cast lives up to expectations.

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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