France tours and tour holidays
Just a short hop across the Channel, France remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Holidays to France offer a fantastic variety of experiences, from the urbane, big-city buzz of Paris to the leisurely delights of a cruise along beautiful rivers like the Loire, the Seine or the Rhône.
Our river cruises here can take you to the French capital’s world-famous museums, art galleries and monuments, to Bordeaux, where you can sample the superb local wines, or to scenic southern region of Provence.
Whichever part of the country you choose to visit, you’ll find so much to ignite a passion for French culture. Explore France with Titan and you’ll see the country with the perspective of a knowledgeable tour manager who knows just where to go and what to see.
Our river cruises all start and end with our award-winning VIP door-to-door travel service, so your holiday can begin the moment you leave home. And with our financial guarantees and Early Bird Price Promise, you’ll know you can book your holiday to France with complete confidence.
The affectionately dubbed ‘City of Light’ is a global hub for art, fashion and gastronomy. 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.
The Louvre is a pyramid-shaped museum holding everything from artistic gems such as the Mona Lisa to eerie Egyptian mummies which’ll bring out your inner history aficionado.
France is world-renowned for its cuisine, so foodies will be right at home in Paris. Think fresh pastries with cafe au lait, crispy baguettes straight from the oven and stinky cheese with fine wine.
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. From here, enjoy 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 boasts a shop with 800 different wines – perfect for stocking up on a 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.
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