France Holidays: An Overview

It can be difficult for Brits to sing the praises of our great rivals across the Channel, but there's little argument that France is essentially the perfect destination for a luxury holiday - a fact borne out by the statistics that the country is the most visited on Earth.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Sample some of La Vie en Rose - or should that be rosé - in Provence. Wonderful climate, legendary food and lazy days spent enjoying both together with some local pink wine are one of the world's absolute best combinations
  • Lyon - a fascinating and much underrated city. France's capital of gastronomy (step aside Paris!) is choc-a-block with great bistrots, brasseries and high end gastro-temples to choose from
  • The Côte d'Azur - legendary sweep of achingly beautiful and glamorous coastline. Ogle the world's blingiest super yachts, gasp at the price of a demi-pression in St Tropez and then retire to some of the world's most impressive historical hotels to enjoy those rather special views
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Original Highlight

Test yourself against the Sir Bradleys, Froomes and Cavendishes of the real world by hiring bikes and seeing how far you can make it up the Spartan flanks of the Mont Ventoux. Collapse in the hamlet of Crillon Le Brave to your well-earned massage and Michelin-starred dinner.

Dave, Original Traveller

A note on price

A no-expense spared weekend on the Côte d'Azur can cost upwards of £2,500pp. Or, take a self-catered villa in Provence, arriving in comfort via the train to Aix en Provence, and your luxury holiday over the May half-term week can be taken care of for less than £10,000. Based on 8 people self-catering. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for France

The Three Valleys

The Three Valleys

France

Welcome to the world's biggest single ski area.

Where to go

The Three Valleys
Le Bristol

Le Bristol

Paris

A grande dame city needs a grande dame hotel or two, and they don’t come much grander than Le Bristol.

Where to stay

Le Bristol
The Haute Route

The Haute Route

Chamonix

The most rewarding way to explore the Mont-Blanc massif is by ski-mountaineering, an exhilarating combination of ascent right into the heart of the Alps, followed by a liberating descent in totally untouched powder.

What to do

The Haute Route
L'Hotel

L'Hotel

Paris

L’Hotel is a charming boutique bolthole located in the arty left bank of Paris. Being Oscar Wilde’s last humble abode has done wonders for the hotel’s marketing team and made the hotel quite the Parisian society highlight.

Where to stay

L'Hotel
Mountain Huts

Mountain Huts

Chamonix

The mountain huts along the route between Chamonix and Zermatt provide welcome rest and sustenance at the end of each hard day, but can hardly be described as luxurious.

Where to stay

Mountain Huts
Ski The Three Valleys

Ski The Three Valleys

The Three Valleys

Ski enthusiast or not - don’t miss out on the Three Valleys, home to eight internationally renowned ski resorts and the world’s largest ski area. 600 kilometres of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts await you here for the ultimate skiing experience.

What to do

Ski The Three Valleys
Cycle Provence and the Cote D'Azur

Cycle Provence and the Cote D'Azur

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

What better way to enjoy the Mediterranean climate of the stunning French Riviera and Provence than by cycling through its picturesque landscapes and historic villages. The region has something to offer for every type of cyclist, whether you prefer to take casual day trips or hit the more challenging routes.

What to do

Cycle Provence and the Cote D'Azur
Château de Bagnols

Château de Bagnols

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

Dating from the 13th century, this five-star property is one of France’s finest château-hotels, set amongst vineyards, forests and green hills in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside. Following a renovation at the beginning of 2012, Château de Bagnols is now even better and more beautiful than ever.

Where to stay

Château de Bagnols
Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere

France

Val D'Isere has got the lot for a luxury ski holiday - extensive and excellent skiing, fun nightlife and lovely places to stay.

Where to go

Val d’Isere
Hameau Albert 1ER

Hameau Albert 1ER

Chamonix

Owned and managed by the Carrier family for more than a century, the Hameau Albert 1er is widely considered to be Chamonix’s best hotel.

Where to stay

Hameau Albert 1ER
Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

France

Explore the gastronomic heartland of France from France's second city of Lyon to the winelands of Burgundy.

Where to go

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley
Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

France

Vineyard visits, spectacular chateaux, wine tasting and luxury accommodation; what more could a person want?

Where to go

Bordeaux & The Dordogne
Corsica

Corsica

France

Take two of our favourite countries – France and Italy – blend their cultures (and particularly cuisines), plonk the resulting Franco-Italian population onto a staggeringly beautiful island in the Mediterranean and hey presto, you have Corsica.

Where to go

Corsica
Wine Tour in Bordeaux & the Dordogne

Wine Tour in Bordeaux & the Dordogne

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

If there’s one thing that can’t be missed while visiting the beautiful Bordeaux & Dordogne area, it's – you guessed it - the wine it's famous for. Bordeaux wine is a synonym to quality for sommeliers and the Dordogne hosts some of the world’s most famous vineyards, a must for vino-philiacs who want to experience true variety and authenticity.

What to do

Wine Tour in Bordeaux & the Dordogne
Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

France

Brigitte Bardot first popularised the bikini on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, and close by but a world away, Van Gogh and Cézanne drew inspiration from the landscapes of Provence inland.

Where to go

Provence & the Cote D'Azur
Hotel Keppler

Hotel Keppler

Paris

Hotel Keppler is an au courant ‘new art’ luxury boutique hotel in Paris, a stone’s throw from shopping haven the Champs Elysees but also a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Where to stay

Hotel Keppler
Chamonix

Chamonix

France

Chamonix is one of the most convenient locations in the Alps for a ski holiday, being just an hour’s drive from Geneva airport. It is also home to some of the finest on- and off-piste skiing in Europe, if not the world.

Where to go

Chamonix
Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

Corsica

This chic boutique hotel is located just above Palombaggia Beach, arguably one of the best beaches on Corsica.

Where to stay

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

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