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Introduction

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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. Indeed, 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. 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 holiday.

A treasure trove of culture and history

Whether you're visiting the countless grand cathedrals and bastions of France's ancient cities or catching a glimpse of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, holidays to France 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.

France's world-leading food and wine

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. Perhaps enjoy it all on a tailor-made self-drive or even a river cruise by luxury barge as you mix long lazy lunches with wine tastings under the summer sun. Sheer perfection.

Natural wonders of every kind

From the snow-dusted alps  to the lavender-framed beauty of Provence and the golden beaches of the Atlantic Coast or Cote d'Azure, France serves up natural beauty in abundance. Dotted throughout the country's vast rural expanse, gorgeous cobblestone villages look out to endless views of rolling hills peppered with historic chateaux while in the Pyrenees and Alps, world-class hiking in summer makes way for some of the best skiing anywhere on Earth. Then, on 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
1 hour

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
French

Travel advice
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Special offers in France

La Maison Estournel Vineyard

Champagne to Bordeaux: Wine regions of France

7-day no-fly tailor-made itinerary from £1,660 pp

Special
offer

2020 departures discount – Save up to £70pp
Book by: 31 August 2020

Explore France's fabled wine regions on this no-fly itinerary from Reims to Bordeaux. Taste Champagne and wine direct from the source with included tours throughout.

Top itineraries in France

Montpellier, France

Country Chic in Languedoc and Midi Pyrenees

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,150 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

2020 departures discount – Save up to £65pp
Book by: 31 July 2020

The rolling countryside of Languedoc and Midi Pyrenees is as varied as it is beautiful. Gentle valleys, fruit orchards, vineyards and castle-topped hills are interspersed with picturesque villages and historic towns, each with their own story to tell.

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.

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.

Porto Giunco bay, Sardinia, Italy

Corsica & Sardinia fly-drive

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,110 pp incl. flights

This self-drive offers a rare chance to take in the culture and gastronomy of two Mediterranean greats – Corsica and Sardinia. Expert-led walking tours and tastings bring it all to life.

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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.

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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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