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REGIONS OF FRANCE
Rising in the Mediterranean Sea and bordered by Italy in the east and Sardinia in the south, the mountainous island of CORSICA is an exciting playground for outdoors lovers. Coastal towns, craggy peaks, dense forests and dazzling white sand beaches are just some of what CORSICA has in store for visitors. The island’s rule changed hands multiple times over the centuries and saw Saracens, Goths, Vandals, Romans and Carthaginians, all contributing to the unique culture that has become uniquely Corsican and is quite evident in the island’s architectural heritage.
Pretty Paris might be hogging the spotlight for trips to France, but when it comes to food and wine, there’s no French region you’d rather be other than Burgundy. Burgundy’s UNESCO - listed vineyards produce the most sought-after wines on the planet and Dijon’s mustard is second to none. Be it in a busy city square or far-flung charming village, there’s always something to delight the taste buds in Burgundy. The wonder also doesn’t stop at the region’s gastronomic scene. Burgundy’s illustrious architectural heritage traces back to Celtic antiquity and boasts marvels from the Renaissance, Middle Ages and...
Champagne lying to the east of the Paris region, is one of the great historic provinces of France. Best known for the sparkling wine that bears its name, France’s Champagne region is a land of vine-covered hillsides, family-run cellars, and clinking glasses. The Champagne is not the only place that produces sparkling wine, but it’s the only one with a solid claim to the name. Only those produced in the area can be called champagne, the others are just sparkling wines. For fans of the bubbly, travelling to the region for the sole purpose of enjoying champagne right where it originated is a big must.
BORDEAUX & SOUTHWEST FRANCE
Famous for its wines and beautiful city, but also for its amazing location only 2-hours by TGV from Paris, Bordeaux is the door to the famous south west beaches and famous villages such as Saint Emilion. Enjoy our fantastic tours in Bordeaux. Visit the wine regions of Saint Emilion and Medoc and experience wine tasting at a Grand Cru estate. Enjoy a trip along the castle road and admire the famous chateaux such as Château Margaux and Château Palmer. Only about an hour and a half drive from Bordeaux, you will find the DORDOGNE known for its charming and picturesque villages, such as Sarlat and...
NORMANDY & NORTHWEST FRANCE
Normandy is a name that virtually screams history books, and its violent yet rich and interesting past makes it an enriching and magnificent destination for travellers today. Mention NORMANDY and what comes to mind is a rugged coastline with chalk-white cliffs, medieval harbours and seaside villages. Normandy is a name that practically leaps out of history books, and its brutal yet rich and fascinating past make it an enriching and sublime destination for visitors today. Head to Étretat and let its alabaster cliffs blow your mind. You will be amazed by the colossal L'Arche et L'Aiguille (The Arch and the Needle)...
PARIS & CENTRAL FRANCE
One of the world’s most sophisticated and cultured cities, Paris offers something for first-time and frequent visitors alike. PARIS, capital of France, the city of lights and international capital of style. One of the world’s most sophisticated and cultured cities, Paris offers something for first-time and frequent visitors alike. Explore a variety of iconic landmarks, beautiful museums and galleries. Enjoy authentic French gastronomy and endless shopping trips – from luxury boutiques to flea markets. Only a short train journey from Paris, you will find the charming and historical LOIRE VALLEY.
PROVENCE & SOUTHEAST FRANCE
Famous for delightful hilltop villages, distinct cuisine and rich history, Provence is a diverse region with plenty to offer. Discover Roman history, visit the Palace of the Popes and follow in Van Gogh's footsteps in this charming region. Our Provence tours make it easy for you to discover one of the most visited regions of France. Explore the historic Avignon known for the Palace of Popes. Visit the historic Pont du Gard or enjoy a panoramic tour of the lavender fields in Luberon during summer. Stay in one of our comfortable hotels in Provence located in Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and...
STRASBOURG & NORTHEAST FRANCE
Embark on a rustic journey to Alsace and discover picturesque villages, soaring churches and imposing castles tucked among gently rolling hills, ancient forests and miles of lush vineyards. Bordering Germany and Switzerland, Alsace is characterized by a fine mix of different cultures as can be seen in the region’s gorgeous architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. The European capital and the capital of ALSACE, Strasbourg exudes youthfulness and energy. If you love heritage, culture and the art of living, there's no doubt that you'll fall in love with this city! Childhood dreams come alive in Alsace’s fairytale...
When to visit
France is an all-year round destination. Depending on where you plan to go and what you want to see the weather may not be as important as the time of the year you travel. Consider avoiding the French summer holidays, from mid-July to mid-August and Easter as more crowded and expensive.
High Season (Jul & Aug)
- More people, longer queues (especially August).
- Christmas, New Year and Easter equally busy.
- Bastille Day Celebrations - 14th July
Shoulder (Apr–Jun & Sep)
- Pleasant weather, less crowded
- Festivals and events galore
Low Season (Oct–Mar)
- Great time to travel if you want to experience the French Christmas markets (Nov-Dec)
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One of Europe’s largest countries. It is bordered by eight countries other nations: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest. The country is considered the gateway to Europe as there are several large international airports (two of these can be found in Paris), ferry terminals and the French rail service.
France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. There are many reasons why so many people enjoy visiting the diverse country, including the natural beauty, the amazing climate, outdoor activities, art museums and galleries, celebrated history, the delicious food and much more.
Fly into Paris, the capital also called “the City of Light”: from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Élysées, the trendy Marais district to lively neighbourhood of Montmartre. Visit famous art galleries, including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie or try one of the many restaurants in this world's culinary hot spot.
French wine regions are famous, some bearing names now recognized worldwide, including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Champagne. Stop at large wineries or small cellar doors to taste varied vintages and discover new favourites.
Come to Marseille and the French Mediterranean shores for sunbathing, swimming and living the Riviera lifestyle. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the popular Côte d'Azur ports of Nice, Antibes and Saint-Tropez or the amazing principality of Monaco.
Provence and the Luberon have many interesting perched villages built on small mountains. Visit the weekly markets across these regions for local fresh produce and colourful handicrafts.
In the north, there’s a host of fascinating WWI and WWII Battlefields to visit. Among the very best are the Somme battlefields, Verdun and Pozieres in the Hauts-de-France region or the beaches of Normandy with cemeteries and monuments memorializing soldiers who lost their lives in Europe.
And don’t forget the West Coast, from Brittany to the Basque Country, where you can expect legendary sites, magnificent coastal views and delicious food! Make France your annual destination and discover its diverse regions and experiences.
What to wear
During the summer months you'll want to wear something light and breathable, and a good pair of walking shoes is a must!
In the winter months temperatures can drop below freezing, so bring a thick jacket, thermals, and layer up!
Generally, tipping conventions are much like in Australia: very much not expected, but if you received great service feel free to show your appreciation. Exception is barge cruising where tipping is customary.
One of the best ways to get around France is by rail. With high speed networks throughout Europe, and terminus stations centrally located in most cities, rail is by far the easiest option. Self-drive is another great option if you prefer to go at your own pace, or a little off-the-beaten track....
France takes the top spot as the most romantic country in the world, and for good reason. From exciting urban adventures to quaint countryside retreats, you won’t get enough of this European country.
With our exclusive, curated France holiday packages, you’ll enjoy the best activities and attractions this proud country has to offer.
Things to Do in France
France offers plenty of day trips, fun activities and sightseeing opportunities. The country boasts of its rich history, architectural treasures, idyllic landscapes and delectable cuisine. Each day of your visit will leave memories to last a lifetime.
Don’t leave France without dropping by the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie. If you’re an art connoisseur or a history buff, you’ll love the art galleries and museums all over France.
France is also a world-renowned culinary hotspot. Indulge in delicious French cuisine paired with fine wines, including Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne. Taste the various vintages of large wineries and small cellars to broaden your wine palate.
Soak in the sun and explore mediaeval towns either by foot or on a bike. The vine-covered hills, majestic castles and historic villages are a feast for the senses. You can also shop at local markets for handicrafts, flowers and fresh produce for an authentic experience.
Best Time to Visit France
Since France is a year-round destination, our France holiday packages let you book a flight whenever you desire.
The best time to fly to this romantic country is from October to March so you can experience its lively Christmas markets. Get into the festive spirit as you visit markets in Metz, Strasbourg, Colmar and many more.
July and August are the busiest months as there are more people and longer queues almost everywhere. You can celebrate Bastille Day and join grand celebrations, and dances and watch firework displays and a military parade on the Champs-Elysées.
Known Destinations in France
Visit architectural wonders like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Château de Versailles. Other than the Louvre, you can also go to Musée Rodin, a museum dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and the Musée National d’Art Moderne or France’s National Museum of Modern Art.
If you’re an avid reader, you’ll love the bookshops at the Latin Quarter. Don’t leave France without strolling through Champs-Elysées to see why it’s being touted as the world’s most beautiful avenue.
Best Hotels in France
Our France holiday packages let you check in to the best hotels to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Shangri-La Hotel Paris treats tourists to a balance of Asian hospitality and French art de vivre. You’ll also get a mesmerising view of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine from here.
Located opposite the Opera National de Bordeaux is the Intercontinental Bordeaux le Grand Hotel. It has retained its original beauty and character even after undergoing complete restoration in 2015. Enjoy a French gastronomic adventure with fresh seafood, artisan meat and fine local wines during your stay.
If you prefer a rustic hillside holiday and a glimpse of the Mediterranean, book a room at Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa. From your room, you can wake up to a one-of-a-kind view of the iconic mediaeval town St.-Paul-de-Vence.
Post Lockdown in France
Only visitors who have two doses of the four EU-approved vaccines at least two weeks prior can travel to France. But the second dose must have been administered not more than nine months before your trip. Otherwise, you will need to have your booster jab.
Many of the attractions have reopened and lifted their limitations on audience capacity. This way, you can maximise our France holiday deals. Facemasks are no longer required indoors but are still mandatory on public transport. Your vaccine pass will also not be required to enter any venues, except for hospitals and care homes.
Why we love it!
France is at the centre of Europe
Bordered by 7 countries including Italy, Germany and Spain and even the UK a short train ride away, France is truly at the centre of Europe. This means more reasons to base your clients in France for their European holiday. Plus with its climate, France’s countryside is rich and varied with its many forms of culture, history and food. Travel to France is easy: successful codeshare flights as well as the direct flights offered by the major airlines allow for easy connections from all Australian cities to not only Paris as a European hub but to several French regional airports.
French Cuisine and wines
Whether creeping out for snails in Burgundy, ducking in for duck confit in the Nouvelle Aquitaine or eyeing up a Salade Niçoise in Nice, eating fresh food from France’s regions is what your clients can find nowhere else in Europe. Eating out has been central to French life ever since the nobility’s sacked chefs started the world’s first restaurants during the French Revolution established the world’s first restaurants. But stop by a local market too to really understand the importance of freshness. And of course, the great French wines from Bordeaux to Burgundy and many more, passing through the Champagne region, Alsace, the Loire Valley and the Rhone Valley…. Are there to complement your choice of menu.
France is a lot more than Paris
Your clients know Paris, but tell them to grab their overnight bag and jump on a TGV to find the real France. Many cities are within easy reach of the capital. Send them north to witness the transformation of Lille from coalmining centre to architectural hotspot; to the gastronomic capital that is Lyon; south to Marseilles, France’s second city to stroll by the port; east to the medieval town of Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament; or west to Rennes to uncover Brittany’s Celtic roots.
French Fashion and shopping
Your fashionista clients can expect discounting, value and top brands in Paris and other cities. In Paris, send your well-heeled clients to the Faubourg Saint-Honore for their Christian Louboutin shoes or point them in the direction of the Marais for a more bohemian collection of shops.
French opera may rival Italy’s, but France also plays host to many of Europe’s largest music festivals, such as Les Nuits Sonores electro music two-dayer , taking place in Lyons in May. Jazz too, is taken seriously in France and the northern summer sees festivals from Antibes on the Côte d’Azur to Marciac deep in the Midi-Pyrénées countryside.
French sporting highlights
The mega sporting events of the Tour de France for cycling, golf championships, the Roland Garros French Open for tennis, the pull of France’s alpine ski resorts, all serve to attract sports enthusiasts by the thousands. And of course, France will be host to the 2024 Olympic Games. See you there.
Weather in France
Flying to France
Paris, the capital has two airports: Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (25 km north of the city) and Orly (14 km south), both linked to the centre by shuttle buses and the suburban rail service (RER). Several other cities also have an international airport: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and these cities also have good air links with Paris. Many smaller cities and towns are served by airports that connect through the capital.