France Tours and Tour Holidays
Just a short hop across the Channel, France remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, offering a fantastic variety of holiday experiences, from the urbane, big-city buzz of Paris. Or there’s the leisurely delights of a cruise along beautiful rivers like the Loire, the Garonne or the Rhône.
France tours and holidays can take you to the French capital’s world-famous museums, art galleries and monuments or to Bordeaux where you can sample the superb local wines. You could visit the scenic Provence region.
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Famous for its varied and developed cuisine, French food can be divided into two styles- 'gastronomy' and 'family style' cooking. Traditional dishes include ratatouille and bouillabaisse (fish stew).
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Southern France enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot and sunny summers and cooler winters. Northern France has warm summers, cold winters and prevalent rain throughout the year.
When travelling to a country within Europe you can apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. This entitles you to state provided medical treatment but is not a substitue for travel insurance.
No visa is needed for British citizens to enter France. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
Flights from London to Paris take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Whether you take a tour of France by land, sea, or river cruise, you’ll find so much to make you a Francophile – if you’re not one already. Explore French destinations with Titan and you’ll see the country with the perspective of a tour guide who knows just where to go and what to see.
The affectionately dubbed ‘City of Light’ is a global hub for art, fashion and gastronomy. To put it frankly, it’s a cultural hotpot full to the brim with iconic landmarks – the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe barely scratch the surface – which are associated with France holidays. For a start, there’s the Louvre. This pyramid-shaped museum holds everything from artistic gems such as the Mona Lisa to eerie Egyptian mummies which’ll bring out your inner history aficionado.
Foodies will be right at home in Paris. Gorge out on an artisanal baguette or indulge in some steak-frites. Want unrivalled breakfasts which’ll really get tour days going? You can’t go wrong with a Parisian croissant, washed down with an espresso or latte.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon is located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Its old quarter is made up of colourful buildings of Gothic, Italian and French renaissance styles and gifts visitors with a vivid insight into centuries past. When walking through west Lyon, you’ll nearly always be able to see the Fourviere Basilica. It towers over the city from Fourviere hill, with pearlescent-white towers which glint in the French sun. Go here for a stunning view of the city and an insight into Lyon’s more sacred side.
You can find the Ancient Theatre of Fourviere to the left bank of the Saone river. It was originally built roughly 2,000 years ago to hold around 10,000 spectators, but now only certain remnants of the theatre remain intact. These days, every June and July, the monument hosts the Nuits de Fourviere drama festival – an artistic highlight of the year for many in Lyon.
Like Lyon, central Bordeaux is a World Heritage Site. It’s also – like Lyon – a renowned global capital, but for wine. Head into the city centre and the Golden Triangle, a vibrant district made up of three boulevards – Cours Georges Clemenceau, Cours de l’Intendance and Allees de Tourny. Here you’ll find boutique shops, bars and restaurants to give you a taste of Bordeaux’s more opulent side. The city’s riverfront is a recently gentrified area, which now features gardens, jaunty bars and trendy hangout spots. Watch the river Garonne flow by while enjoying a locally produced glass of vino…
You’ll find verdant vineyards outside of Bordeaux, and designated wine museums within. The Cite du Vin is a dedicated wine centre which opened in June 2016. There’s a shop with 800 different wines – perfect for stocking up on a different few varieties for when you’re back home. Only a quarter of them are from France, though, with the other 600 or so from elsewhere. In terms of art, a visit to the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art will keep you occupied for hours. It’s situated in a former warehouse, featuring permanent and temporary exhibitions which make for a cultured stop on your France holiday.
Located on the French Riviera, Cannes is famed for its beaches, palatial hotels and, of course, the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place every May. The La Croisette promenade is a popular hangout spot for movie stars when the festival comes around, and upon first glance it’s easy to see why. Lined with palm trees and overlooking the Golfe de la Napoule bay, it’s an upmarket area well positioned for anyone wanting to experience Cannes’ glitz and glamour.
Make your way to the summit of Le Suquet hill to get to the Musee de la Castre and enjoy the view over the city. This 11th-century building used to be home to monks, but now is a museum displaying everything from archaeological artefacts to musical instruments. If you’re feeling up to it, tackle the 109 steps to the top of the museum’s tower. The view here is nothing short of exceptional, overlooking the Cannes marina and quaint collection of red-topped medieval-style buildings.
Cannes also hosts the annual Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique. It takes place on six nights between July and August, when around 200,000 people go to La Croisette and marvel over an impressive fireworks display. The skies are illuminated alluring shades of pink, red, green and yellow – this makes for a centrepiece that is the highlight of the city’s summertime.
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