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Le Mont Saint-Michel at sunset, Normandy, France

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Le Mont Saint-Michel at sunset, Normandy, France

Using their detailed knowledge of ‘l’Hexagone’, our specialists have curated some sample itineraries to help spark ideas for exploring France’s landscapes and culture. You could choose to focus exclusively on exploring the littoral and hilltop villages of the French Riviera, or tread in the footsteps of celebrated artists in Provence. You can delve into France’s history, from the posturing of French kings in the Loire Valley’s chateaux to Paris’s revolutionary architecture and a Normandy imprinted indelibly by World War II.

Think of these itineraries as launchpads, as our specialists will craft a trip tailored to your particular thematic and geographical interests.

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Our recommended tours in France

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in France, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Honfleur, Normandy

    Self-drive tour: Saint-Malo, Bayeux & Honfleur

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.

    • Spend a day with a guide at Gold and Sword beaches, the British D-Day landing sites.

    • Taste locally made Calvados at an immersive, interactive experience.

    • Visit the abbey-topped island village of Mont Saint-Michel, which dates back to the 8th century.

    6 days from £1,925pp

  • Château des Milandes, Dordogne, France

    Self-drive tour: Bordeaux & Dordogne

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.

    • Try wine blending in a reclaimed Bordeaux townhouse.

    • Visit Padirac Cave and cruise along its underground river in the Dordogne.

    • Explore the gardens and chateaux of the Dordogne.

    8 days from £2,550pp

  • Amboise, Loire Valley

    Self-drive tour: The Loire Valley

    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if required.

    • Soar over the French countryside on a sunset hot air balloon ride.

    • Cycle through cavernous wine cellars before tasting local wine.

    • Visit three medieval chateaux and enjoy a cruise under the arches at Château de Chenonceau.

    6 days from £2,625pp

  • Aerial view of farmer's market, Freiburg

    Self-drive tour: Luxembourg, Freiburg, Munich, Innsbruck & Zürich

    France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg
    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.

    • Visit the scenic but little-explored Luxembourg countryside.

    • Sample fine Swiss cheeses and chocolate direct from their producers.

    • Experience the attractions of six different countries, each with its own appeal.

    • Dine on Austrian specialties while enjoying a classic Tyrolean folk show.

    12 days from £2,730pp

  • Anne Frank tour, Amsterdam

    Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne & Paris by rail

    France, Germany and Netherlands
    • Sample Dutch treats on an Amsterdam walking tour.

    • Explore Berlin in a vintage 1960s Trabant.

    • Enjoy the scenery during comfortable train journeys.

    • Spend a night enjoying Paris’s restaurants and cafés.

    • Wander under the twin spires of Cologne’s cathedral.

    8 days from £3,450pp

  • The Matterhorn, Zermatt

    Self-drive tour: France, Switzerland & Italy

    France, Italian Lakes and Switzerland
    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle if required.

    • Sample Swiss wines in the vineyards of the Lavaux region.

    • View the Matterhorn from the Alpine resort of Zermatt.

    • Relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

    • Drive through Alpine landscapes.

    11 days from £3,720pp

  • Springtime in Cologne

    Cologne, Basel, Lucerne & Grindelwald by train

    France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany
    • Visit the Top of Europe in the Bernese Oberland.

    • Travel in a train with panoramic windows through the Bernese Alps.

    • Pass through the scenic Rhine Gorge.

    • Tour Cologne Cathedral and take a ride along the Rhine River.

    • Taste authentic Swiss chocolate in the company of a local chocolatier.

    9 days from £3,820pp

  • Barceloneta, Barcelona

    Spain by rail: Barcelona & beach

    France and Spain
    • 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

  • Basel old town, the Rhine and Munster cathedral

    Switzerland & Italy by rail

    France, Italian Lakes and Switzerland
    • Enjoy the comfort and convenience of high-speed rail travel to and from the UK and throughout the trip.

    • Explore the charming, historic town of Basel on a privately guided walking tour.

    • Sample Lugano’s wine and cuisine by taking a private food and wine tour of this lakeside city.

    • See the elaborate Italian gardens and villas for which the Italian lakes are renowned.

    9 days from £4,350pp

  • Trieso, Langhe

    Northern Italy by Rail

    France, Italian Lakes and Switzerland
    • Take advantage of train travel to sit back and enjoy the journey.

    • See Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper on a tour of Milan.

    • Sample traditional local dishes on a culinary walking tour of Turin.

    • Meet local producers in Piedmont and visit their farms and wineries.

    • Explore Italian gardens and villas on Lake Maggiore's Borromean Islands.

    10 days from £4,620pp

  • Boats in the Harbor, Riviera

    French & Italian Rivieras by rail

    France and Italy
    • Travel by high-speed rail across the continent and between destinations.

    • Wander around an expansive antiques market in Paris.

    • Join a local cooking school for a day of preparing local Mediterranean dishes.

    • Tour the cliff-hugging villages of the Cinque Terre.

    10 days from £5,140pp

  • Mountain scenery, Venice Simplon Orient-Express

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

    France 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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