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France

With a rich and artistic culture, spectacular landscapes, beautiful monuments and some of the world’s finest cuisine, France’s appeal is boundless. Read more...

It may have iconic landmarks known the world over, outstanding museums, Renaissance chateaux and a staggering cultural repertoire, but a visit to France is greatly enhanced by the little things that make travel so vivid. Things like the fresh scent of lavender fields on a long downhill slope, and the buttery flavour of a freshly baked pain au chocolat from the village patisserie. Vive la France!

For those who love a glass of wine, award-winning and historic vineyards and caves pouring the local drop can seemingly be encountered in every town. Each, of course, can be matched to an exquisitely produced dish at restaurants across the country.

And if it’s history that takes your fancy, you’ll delight in learning how the country, coveted by many over the centuries, has been shaped into the nation it is today by an enthralling series of wars, from Romans to religion to royalty.

From the battlefields of Normandy in the north to the sun-drenched sands of the French Riviera in the south, your wanderlust will be piqued in this amazing country. Vive la France!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stare across Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower
  • Imagine what Van Gogh saw as you gaze at the cypress trees in Provence
  • Delve into French history where it unfolded and explore the formidable, romantic Loire Valley chateaux
  • After a long day’s sightseeing in Avignon, have a drink at Place de l’Horloge in Avignon facing the charming town hall and the municipal theatre.
  • You must try the Rillons (pork belly) in the Loire Valley, and don’t miss the spring strawberries!
  • When touring the Champagne region, avoid visiting the large commercial wineries and see the small boutique ones for a more authentic experience.