One of Europe’s most popular holiday paradises, La Belle France is a captivating place to explore, where no two regions are the same. A country of historic cities, stunning hilltop villages, rolling vineyards, sprawling lavender fields, towering Alps and sun-soaked shores, France awaits discovery.
From the historic streets of Paris to the sun-drenched vineyards of Bordeaux, from the orchards of Normandy and Brittany to the windswept Atlantic coast, and from the lakes and mountains of the Haute Savoie to the Mediterranean shores, every corner of France has its own special charm. Soak up the sophisticated, metropolitan buzz of Paris, relax into the slower-paced charms of Provence, or unwind completely and indulge in the leisurely joys of a cruise along the Rhône.
France’s cultural repertoire is vast. Paris alone is home to some of the world’s finest museums and galleries, to glorious historic palaces and churches, and to some of Europe’s most astounding modern architectural wonders. This is the nation that gave the world Proust, Descartes and Sartre; Monet, Manet, Matisse and Gauguin; Bizet Debussy and Edith Piaf. But beyond all these stellar sights, great minds and inspired artists, the simple elegance of everyday French culture, "la vie Française", turns daily rituals into unforgettable moments, be it coffee and a croissant in a Parisian cafe, a stroll through elegant parks and gardens, or relaxing with a glass of locally produced wine after a wonderful, simple meal.
Whether you end up exploring the pretty streets and elegant boulevards of Paris, riding a cable car to discover glacial panoramas above Chamonix, or seeing the lily ponds and gardens at Monet's country home in Giverny, your holiday in France will leave you with unforgettable memories an experiences to treasure.
Between the countryside and the coast, and from the mountains to the rivers, canals and cities, there’s something for everyone on a holiday to France.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour or river cruise of France
Featuring magnificent architecture, a world-leading art scene and postcard-worthy street scenes at almost every turn, there is no city on earth that epitomises chic style and historic glamour quite like Paris does.
Food and fashion. Iconic sights, Vast landscapes and great cities... There are so many things you simply must not miss when you visit France that you could easily spend a lifetime exploring. Here are just a few examples.
One of the acknowledged crucibles of world cuisine, with a roll-call of iconic dishes and fine wines to match, France is a mecca for foodies and wine lovers.
Whether it's for simple breakfast fare of coffee and croissants, lazy lunches in a brasserie or cafe, or the gastronomic wonders of haute cuisine in some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, food in France is justly and widely celebrated. And, from the humblest plate to the most eye-wateringly expensive dish, it's an integral part of any holiday to France.
Wherever you travel, you’ll experience fine food, with each region adding to the overall mix with its specialities. Whether it's the soft, ripe cheeses and apple dishes of Normandy; traditional country fare like coq au vin, cassoulet, rabbit or beef bourguignon; rich, calorie-laden, alpine dishes like tartiflette or fondue; or the bounty of the sea in dishes like Provence’s famed bouillabaisse, you’re never far from great food in France. There are iconic, traditional dishes to try, like escargots, foie gras and cuisses de grenouilles (frogs’ legs), as well as the simple pleasures of frites and croque monsieur. The choice is endless.
Wine is produced in virtually every French region, even in Normandy, where cidre and calvados rule. And whether your tipple is champagne from the Epernay, crisp whites from the Loire, the celebrated grands crus of Burgundy and Bordeaux, roses from Anjou and Provence, the flinty whites of Macon or the earthy Malbecs from Cahors you're sure to find a glass of something to enjoy.
Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our group tours. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a tour as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.
Here are some questions you might have about France.
France is renowned for its rich history of classical art, gourmet cuisine, fine wine, fashion houses, and landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame. The country is also famous for its summer spots like the French Riviera and alpine destinations like Chamonix.
The Euro is the official currency of France. Visit XE to see the current exchange rate.
France boasts a range of museums featuring the best in classical and contemporary art. Our favourites include: Musée d'Orsay, The Louvre, Musée Rodin, Musée Marmottan-Monet and Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais.
One of the most renowned and revered styles of cooking in the world is French. French cuisine typically includes three courses, including hors d'œuvre (introductory), plat principal (main), and finally, fromage (cheese). The three acts are to be savoured slowly, helping to mark the end of the day in a calming, enjoyable fashion.
Some of the most common ingredients stored in a French kitchen include baguette, butter, mustard, leeks, fresh herbs, vinegar, and olive oil. One thing is for certain, gourmet cheese and fine wine feature heavily in traditional French cuisine.
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