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Le Mont Saint-Michel at sunset, Normandy, France

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Le Mont Saint-Michel at sunset, Normandy, France

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  • Barceloneta, Barcelona

    Spain by rail: Barcelona & beach

    Spain and France
    • Enjoy leisurely journeys across Europe in the comfort of a train.

    • Explore Barcelona's renowned art museums on a guided tour.

    • Stroll the lesser-known districts of Barcelona on a food-tasting tour.

    • Visit Dalí’s birthplace and tour the medieval heart of Girona.

    • Relax by the beach in the Costa Brava.

    • Spend some leisure time in Paris.

    9 days from £4,250pp

  • Mountain scenery, Venice Simplon Orient-Express

    Italy by train: Milan, Verona, Venice & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    France, England and Italy
    • Journey across Europe to Italy by train.

    • Spend the night onboard the iconic Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on the return journey.

    • Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned Last Supper in Milan.

    • Experience local life in Venice away from the throngs on a tour of Venetian wine bars called bacaros.

    • Pedal around Verona on a guided cycling food tour.

    • Spend the evening visiting Parisian highlights on your own.

    9 days from £5,745pp

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The Louvre, Paris

Monuments and museums of Paris

Art and monumental architecture are an integral part of any visit to Paris. From a private tour of the Louvre to a behind-the-scenes look at the Eiffel Tower, France specialist Leanne suggests a few new ways to see familiar sights.

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Montmartre, Paris

An insider’s guide to the districts of Paris

Away from the bustle of tourist attractions, Paris is filled with enclaves that feel like individual villages hidden inside the city. Specialist Liz explores the four best-known quartiers, including the storied cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the confectioners of Le Marais.

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Champagne, France

Experiencing wine country in France

Join specialist Liz as she pursues her love of wine through three different vineyards tours. From the stony fields of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to a tiny domaine in Champagne to the limestone caves of the Loire Valley, she explores the terroir and techniques that produce the bottles she loves.

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Château d'Amboise, Loire Valley

Exploring the Loire Valley

The fertile Loire Valley was the preferred summer destination of French kings and aristocrats for centuries. Discover the lush fields and bountiful vineyards that attracted them and the turreted pleasure palaces that they left behind.

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Villefranche-sur-Mer, The French Riviera

Discover the real French Riviera

Look past the super yachts and movie stars to discover the authentic French Riviera. Stroll through hillside villages that overlook the Mediterranean, tour a century-old perfume factory and discover the paintings that Picasso produced while staying here.

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Beynac village, Dordogne, France

Making your money go further in France

Splurge thoughtfully, snuggle up in a chateau in February and enjoy a three-star tasting meal for lunch. Abby, a member of our France team, offers advice on how to make the most of your budget on a trip to France.

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Paints in Montmartre, Paris

Impressionists I have known

From the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay to the banks of the Rhône, walk in the footsteps of the 19th century’s great masters with France specialist Aislyn. Here, she suggests destinations for those who share her love of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

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Canoeing on the river, La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne

Highlights of Bordeaux and Dordogne

Prestigious vineyards, a wine-blending class, prehistoric cave art, limestone chateaux and medieval villages — France specialist Liz talks about the highlights of the Bordeaux and Dordogne regions, as well as some unusual ways to explore them.

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Croissants, France

Food highlights of France

Discovering French cuisine doesn’t have to be an expensive or complicated proposition. From macarons in Paris to cider in Normandy, France specialist Jesse discusses the simple dishes and regional specialities that he likes to eat when he’s visiting different areas of France.

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Lavender fields of Abbaye de Sénaque, Provence

Highlights of Provence

Visiting Provence is like stepping into a Van Gogh painting — a landscape awash in vivid hues. France specialist Samantha talks about the region’s highlights, including fragrant lavender fields, Roman aqueducts and truffle hunting with a local and his dog.

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