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France

As far as location goes, France occupies the box seat of Europe. Neither protruding like Italy or cut off like Britain, it is central but not surrounded, protected by natural borders like the Pyrenees and the Alps. Perhaps that‘s why it’s been the force majeure of European history for centuries. Throw in the French penchant for art, architecture and gastronomy and you have one of the world’s top destinations.

From the WWI Battlefields of the north to the southern sun-baked landscapes of Provence, France never ceases to amaze. Scale the heights of the Eiffel Tower or rub shoulders with the jet-set on the Cote D’Azur. Sip red wine in Burgundy, white wine in Alsace or if you fancy the fizz, Champagne is the place for you! Art lovers seek out the masterpieces of the Louvre or follow the impressionist’s trail to Monet’s house at Giverny. History buffs can trace the embroidered story of William the Conqueror at the Bayeux Tapestry, Arles is littered with Roman ruins and nearby Avignon houses the former medieval palace of the Popes. If that’s not enough, the fortified town of Carcassonne is a fairy-tale vision of ramparts, turrets and drawbridges which appears to have miraculously survived untouched since the end of the Middle Ages. Whereas, for a touch of class, experience the splendours of Versailles and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley.

While strolling along the iconic streets of Paris, be sure to pause and rummage through the old books, drawings and prints of ‘les bouquinistes’ who have lined the Seine for over 300 years. Remember, a French Market is as much a social event as a shopping trip. It’s a window into the heart and soul of the country. Shopping done, a coffee (or something stronger) at a nearby café is de rigueur... View more trips to France.


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France is renowned for fashionable clothes, accessories and luggage, as evidenced by such labels as Hermès, Chanel, Cartier, Dior. Visit Paris’s Rue du Fauborg St Honoré for haute couture or head for the famous department stores along Boulevard Haussmann. Perfume can be purchased straight from the parfumeur on the Côte D’Azur, and for the gourmet shopper there is pate de foie gras, cheeses and other specialities.

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Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Tour Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
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Gigi Smith-Bromage

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Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 16˚C61˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 24˚C75˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Rain

    Av temp: 16˚C61˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: 7˚C45˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT - 1hr

  • Currency

    1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents

When to go: May-September for the best weather; November-December for great Christmas markets.

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