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The Chateau of Chenonceau in the Loire region - photo by Images de Marc  - The Eiffel TowerBiarritzHouses in Petite France - photo courtesy of Office de Tourisme de Strasbourg
 
 

The French Collection

France is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, and consistently popular among British visitors in particular, drawn to the beguiling mix of the familiar and the exotic that characterises this vast, variegated country. All the ingredients are there - excellent food, great wine, a climate as friendly as the locals and the close proximity meaning that France is just a skip and jump from the UK, while the pioneering TGV high-speed train still sets the standard today.

Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how you would like to discover France.

Nice

The Beach at Nice

See details Six days from £1,349 

Hit the French Riviera in style with First Class rail and a landmark 4* hotel combining to ensure you can make the most of this delightful area.

 

Nice City Break

Nice Harbour

See details Four days from £450 

Nice is the fifth largest city in France and is believed to be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. If you can resist the draw of Nice's beach and azure water (from which the Côte d'Azur takes its name), you will soon by tempted by the irresistible pavement cafés and inviting bars which fill the city's attractive squares. 

 

Biarritz

Biarritz seafront

See detailsSix days from £1,319 

Pamper yourself with this break in the glamourous resort town of Biarritz, in the French Basque country with beaches, spas and historic buildings to suit all tastes.

 

Belle Epoque France

The Arc de Triomphe

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Nine days from £1,440

Inspired by the BBC's Great Continental Railway Journeys featuring Michael Portillo, this itinerary combines Paris with the south of France for a taste of the glamourous Belle Epoque.

 

 

Avignon

The Pont d'Avignon

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Six days from £1,049

Discover Avignon, a fantastic base for exploring Provence - if you can tear yourself away from the many attractions that the city itself has to offer.

 

 

Avignon City Break

The Popes' Palace

See details Four days from £540

Famous for its Papal palace and for its bridge, the beautiful city of Avignon is one of the most picturesque destinations in the south of France. The beauty of its buildings and the region's wonderful weather combine to make this a photographer's (and holidaymaker's) dream.