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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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
1 hour

Time Zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
French

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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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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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Top itineraries in France

Paris & The Loire Valley

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,095 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.

The Best of Southern France

7-day tailor-made self-drive

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.

Champagne, Burgundy & The Rhone Valley

7-day Small-group Escorted tour

A week-long escorted-tour taking in the Rhone Valley, with superb cuisine and wines.

Eurostar & beyond

Tailor-made journey from £395 pp

Travelling by Eurostar is a fast and convenient way to hop across to the Continent. Via a quick change of trains in Paris, Lille or Brussels, the network opens up the whole of Europe, and connects to more than 100 destinations in France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

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Top places to stay in France

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.

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 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.

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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Special offers in France

Verona to Barcelona

13-day stay, opera & cruise from £5,089 pp incl. flights

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Special fly, opera and cruise fares

Be transported from one magical moment to the next on this memorable journey, beginning with 2 nights in spectacular Verona for a breathtaking performance of Nabucco at the internationally acclaimed Arena di Verona.

Cordona to Rome

13-day stay & cruise from £4,849 pp incl. flights

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Special fly, stay and cruise fares

Imagine starting your incredible journey through the Mediterranean with two nights in a magnificent 9th century, stone castle. The majestic Parador de Cardona boasts grand, vaulted ceilings, modernised stately guest rooms, and panoramic views of the surrounding city and countryside.

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France articles

  • Make a self-drive holiday luxurious

    From renting classic cars to planning high-end picnics, these tips will help you craft a luxury self-drive holiday.

  • Europe's Best Coastal Holidays for 2016

    Europe's many seas means there are a huge number of quality beaches to enjoy. Different countries, cultures, foods and landscapes vie for your attention so it's easy to pick a great spot. Here is our list of the best places to lay down your towel.

  • The best food and wine holidays in the world

    From nectorial white wines to ambrosial game meats, we have hand-picked our favourite food and wine holidays around the world, including highlights from South Africa, Chile and France.

  • Eurostar's premium experience

    Eurostar will be celebrating its 21st birthday in 2015 and with brand new trains due later that year we review what has become a familiar travel option for so many.

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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 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

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

    N M N

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

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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