It can be difficult for Brits to sing the praises of our great rival across the channel, but there’s little argument that France is essentially the perfect destination for a luxury holiday – a fact born out by the statistics that the country is the most visited on earth year after year. Those lucky Gallic types have got it all from Western Europe’s highest peak and other spectacular mountains to a sublime Mediterranean coastline, the incomparable Paris and food and wine to take on any nations’ and win hands down. We could go on, but it’s too painful.

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

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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

Where to go in France

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

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

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley
Chamonix

Chamonix

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.

Chamonix
Corsica

Corsica

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.

Corsica
Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

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.

Provence & the Cote D'Azur
Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

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

Bordeaux & The Dordogne
The Three Valleys

The Three Valleys

Welcome to the world's biggest single ski area.

The Three Valleys
Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere

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

Val d’Isere

What to do in France

The Haute Route

The Haute Route

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.

The Haute Route

Where to stay in France

Château de Bagnols

Château de Bagnols

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.

Château de Bagnols
Cour des Loges

Cour des Loges

La Cour des Loges is a stylish property located on an attractive, pedestrian-only street in the heart of Vieux Lyon.

Cour des Loges
Hameau Albert 1ER

Hameau Albert 1ER

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.

Hameau Albert 1ER
Mountain Huts

Mountain Huts

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.

Mountain Huts
Ferme de Moudon

Ferme de Moudon

Once a rustic farmhouse, this immaculate chalet sits in its own grounds just three minutes drive from the centre and main lifts of the resort of Les Gets.

Ferme de Moudon
Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

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

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia
La Signoria

La Signoria

Located just outside the town of Calvi, La Signoria has the best of both worlds – it’s at the foot of the Corsican mountains, yet close to the beach.

La Signoria
Domaine de Murtoli

Domaine de Murtoli

Off the beaten track and deep in the Murtoli landscape, Domaine de Murtoli is a hamlet of rustic Corsican cottages.

Domaine de Murtoli
Les Mouettes

Les Mouettes

A 19th century boutique hotel located on the seafront in Ajaccio Bay, Les Mouettes is simply charming.

Les Mouettes
Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille is an immaculate four-star hotel in the attractive village of Mougins, five miles from Cannes.

Le Mas Candille
Hotel Crillon le Brave

Hotel Crillon le Brave

Forged from seven medieval buildings in a hilltop village in Provence, Hotel Crillon le Brave captures both the romance and views of the Côtes du Rhône wine region.

Hotel Crillon le Brave
Château de La Chèvre d’Or

Château de La Chèvre d’Or

Since it first opened in 1953 the hotel has grown gradually and now has 37 rooms and suites, each different, scattered throughout the hotel’s extensive gardens and the attractive medieval village.

Château de La Chèvre d’Or
Domaine Des Andeols

Domaine Des Andeols

The rooms are distributed among nine houses, each of which has its own distinct character, from the minimalist lines of the Maison Blanche to the ethnic interiors of the Maison du Voyageur.

Domaine Des Andeols
Le Mas des Herbes Blanches

Le Mas des Herbes Blanches

The epitome of understated elegance, or ‘rustic chic’ as some might argue - Le Mas des Herbes Blanches is the ultimate getaway retreat in the heart of the Lubéron, Provence.

Le Mas des Herbes Blanches
Le Pigonnet

Le Pigonnet

Housed in an 18th Century manor house, Hotel Le Pigonnet is a classic Provençal hotel just minutes from the centre of Bastide town Aix-en-Provence.

Le Pigonnet
Mas de Peint

Mas de Peint

Mas de Peint is a beautifully restored 17th-century ‘mas’ (farmstead), situated on a 550-hectare estate right in the heart of the Camargue.

Mas de Peint
Villa Marie

Villa Marie

Set in a lovely pine grove on a hillside overlooking the Baie de Pampelonne, Villa Marie is an oasis of calm in the village of Ramatuelle, yet with the beaches and St. Tropez in close proximity.

Villa Marie
Domaine de Verchant

Domaine de Verchant

Set in it’s own wine estate, Domaine de Verchant is a grand boutique hotel with picturesque gardens and a superb spa.

Domaine de Verchant
La Pinede Plage

La Pinede Plage

La Pinede Plage is that rarest of beasts, a good quality French Riviera hotel that is also good value (relative to the competition).

La Pinede Plage
Les Sources De Caudalie Hotel & Spa

Les Sources De Caudalie Hotel & Spa

An award-winning hotel and spa situated in the peaceful surroundings of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards.

Les Sources De Caudalie Hotel & Spa
Moulin De L'Abbaye

Moulin De L'Abbaye

This blue-shuttered, ivy-clad boutique hotel is quintessentially French and located in the heart of picturesque Brantôme, its position is fantastic.

Moulin De L'Abbaye
Le Strato

Le Strato

It’s debatable whether Courchevel needed yet another top end hotel, but the spanking new Le Strato might just be the best of the bunch.

Le Strato
Portetta

Portetta

The ‘ski in/ski out’ Portetta is located at the foot of the slopes of Courchevel 1650, and recently underwent a complete rebuild and upgrade.

Portetta
Le K2

Le K2

Having opened in December 2011 in Courchevel 1850, Le K2 is a new venture from the designers of the 5* Le Kilimanjaro hotel, and will up the glitz factor in the village even higher.

Le K2

Details for France

A little more info

LUXURY HOLIDAYS TO FRANCE

We at Original Travel are completely smitten by all things French (maybe other than the strikes and Parisian dog poo), and have spent a cumulative total of several years eating, drinking, skiing and sunning our way around the country in order to bring you the best that la belle France has to offer for your luxury holiday.

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Time Difference

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Dave is our France expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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