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Southeastern France

Southeast France holidays

Introduction

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

Iberian Quest on Oceania

8-day cruise from £1,429 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive offer. Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more

Take advantage of free flights, pre-paid gratuities, special fares on sold out cabins and more on this seven day luxury Oceania cruise between Lisbon and Monte Carlo.

Promenades & Palaces on Oceania

13-day cruise from £4,100 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Includes flights & your choice of free tours, drinks & more

Discover the best of the Med as you sail between Venice and Barcelona with Oceania. Our offer includes airfare and FREE Unlimited Internet, plus choose from free tours, drinks or onboard spending money.

Mediterranean Collage on Oceania

8-day cruise from £2,305 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive offer. Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more

Take advantage of free flights, pre-paid gratuities, special fares on sold-out cabins and more on this luxury cruise between Barcelona and Rome.

Stunning Dalmatia & Cote D'azur

11-day cruise from £6,455 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $400 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

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Top itineraries in Southeastern France

The Best of Southern France

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,060 pp incl. flights

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.

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.

From Provence to Paris

14-day Tailor-made self-drive from £2,135 pp incl. flights

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.

Belmond Afloat in France: Tain L’Hermitage to Arles

7-day luxury river cruise from £5,625 pp incl. flights

Cruising the Rhône Valley by luxury barge, you'll explore everything from fortified cities and Roman aqueducts to award-winning wineries and working truffle farms, all the while enjoying Belmond's world-renowned hospitality.

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Top places to stay in Southeastern 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.

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.

Where to go in Southeastern France

Provence

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.

Rhone Alpes

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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