Southeast France holidays
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 of Provence and sensed in the edgy port city of Marseille - France's oldest city and also one of it's most intoxicating.
The Mediterranean Sea and the Alps are strong presences, the former providing a deep blue backdrop to coastal escapades along the Côte d'Azur and a salty breeze that carries cross the sea to the rugged green hills and chalky cliffs of Corsica. The Alps, meanwhile, draws visitors from France and overseas year round, for skiing and other winter sports during the snowy months that blanket Chamonix and other alpine ski resorts in a deep, crisp layer of white; and for adventure sports in the mountains in summer.
There are film festivals and super yachts, casinos and designer boutiques. But there are also delightful local food markets, sun-dappled public squares and pretty boulevards, cafes frequented by artists and intellectuals and some of Europe's most challenging and rewarding walking trails. These are just a few of the many regional highlights, however, and this is precisely what makes Southeastern France such an interesting area to discover, or to return to again and again.
Special offers in Southeastern France
Special fly-cruise fares
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.
Tailor-made fly cruise holiday
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Uncover the historic charm of the French and Italian rivieras in style, accompanied by stops at glitzy Monte Carlo and the island beauty of Menorca and Corsica. And, your ultra-luxury, all-inclusive cruise will be bookended by equally luxurious stays in Barcelona and Rome – two European city greats.
Top itineraries in Southeastern France
Free car hire
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.
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.
Free car hire
Travel through the heart of rural France on this two-week tailor-made self-drive that takes you from Provence to Paris.
Top places to stay in Southeastern France
Where to go in Southeastern France
It's hard to imagine a more perfect triumvirate of regions than Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur - one all romantic countryside, one stunning mountains and the third some of the most glamorous and beautiful coastline in Europe. It's a beguiling mix.
Defined on the one hand by the river Rhône and on the other by the Alps, the prosperous and pretty Rhône-Alpes region is a major hub, linking northern France and Europe to the Mediterranean. There are enough attractions here to make it a holiday destination in its own right, and it's certainly wort…
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From renting classic cars to planning high-end picnics, these tips will help you craft a luxury self-drive holiday.
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