5 reasons to visit France
With its spectacular rural scenery, delectable food, and world-class wines, it's no surprise France is such a well-loved holiday destination. The country's diverse landscapes, from the winding Rhone to the rocky shores of Corsica, make it an unrivalled holiday destination, with so many reasons to keep returning year after year.
Much like neighbouring Italy, it's a great holiday spot for anyone looking for a quintessential European holiday. You'll find plenty of beautiful places to visit, whether you're looking for an adventure or to simply relax.
There are cities jam-packed with culture, like Paris whose museums and galleries need no introduction. Venture into the countryside and you'll discover enchanting provincial towns with cobbled streets lined with historic buildings, dramatic valleys and peaceful vineyards in the grounds of majestic chateaux. Don't forget the glitz and glamour of the Mediterranean - the Cote d'Azur attracts visitors from all over the world who want a spot of sun.
Our collection of exclusive trips to some of the prettiest locations in France will show you the best that the country has to offer. Some of these delightful getaways allow you to soak up the wonders of France in the company of some expert celebrity guests, who'll host unique events along the way.
In case you're not already persuaded, here are five reasons why France is always high on our list of dream destinations.
France has a fascinating history and is home to many monuments and battlefields which show the great sacrifices and loss of life during the Second World War, and are testament to the important role France played in the conflict. One important chapter of Second World War history which can be retracted on the Beaches of Northern France is the story of the D-Day landings and the bitter fighting that followed. This was a defining episode of the war which you can delve into on our trip to Normandy in April. You'll be joined on this tour by Dr Peter Caddick-Adams, an author and lecturer in military history at the Defence Academy of the UK who'll give insightful talks throughout the trip.
Anyone looking to book a foodie holiday will certainly consider France, a country famous for its food. From warm, crusty baguettes to hearty Boeuf Bourguignon and fresher-than-fresh seafood, there's so much to discover here for those who love to eat. Bordeaux is the viticulture capital of France, famous for deliciously full-bodied red wine, complemented by mouthwatering dishes rooted in tradition. You can discover this lovely region on a foodie cruise with renowned chef Raymond Blanc in October 2023. You'll visit the UNESCO-listed citadel in Blaye, the catacombs of Saint-Émilion, Libourne's Gothic church and cycle through the vineyards of Sauterne. A real highlight will be a cooking demonstration from Raymond Blanc on board your luxury ship, the Scenic Diamond.
France has several magnificent rivers running through it.. There is, of course, the famous Seine, which runs through Paris and has been the backdrop for many a romantic moment - both real and fictional. The Rhone is another of France's major rivers, and winds through one of the country's greatest wine-growing regions. One of the best ways to explore the beautiful banks of France's rivers is on a river cruise. You can join us to sail the Rhône and Saône rivers with Ian Botham and Rosemary Shrager in March, or cruise the Garonne and Dordogne in style with Raymond Blanc in October.
CRUISE THE GARONNE AND DORDOGNE
St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes - these are names that conjure images of glistening waters, tree-lined boulevards, and gleaming yachts docked in harbours lined with glamorous cafes. France is home to some of the Mediterranean's most glitzy port towns, where thos seeking a stylish getaway flock to sock in the sun.
Join us on a magnificent nine-day cruise of the French and Italian Rivieras this September and you'll stop off in both Cannes and St Tropez, where you'll get to watch mega-yachts sail beside traditional ships as part of the St Tropez Regatta. Joining you will be chef James Martin, who'll give an onboard cooking demonstration and join you for a cocktail reception
France is one of the world's most renowned producers of wine, with a history of viniculture stretching back centuries. Here you'll find vineyards who've been bringing Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne to our tables for generations. Bordeaux is the wine capital of France, famous for deliciously full-bodied red wine, complemented by fabulous foods rooted in tradition. You can explore this famous wine-producing region with us on our cruise with Raymond Blanc in October. You'll visit several vineyards and wine estates, participate in tastings, and learn about winemaking. A highlight is visit to Château d'Agassac, a 13th-century castle & 42-hectare vineyard, where you can soak in the ambience as live musicians perform classical masterpieces.