The Alpes are a mountain range in the south-east of France. Enthusiasts for nature and strong sensations will be delighted about the natural heritage of the region.
Enjoy it and visit the natural park of the Vanoise, do some cross-country skiing in the Bauges and climb the Mont Blanc.
At the lakes of Aiguebelette, Annecy, Bourget and Serre-Ponçon, you will have the opportunity to initiate into water sports and amateurs of winter sports can profit from a big variety of stations in the French Alpes. Enjoy the nature and drive the famous “Route des grandes Alpes”, a road exceeding 2,000 meters of altitude! If you want to relax for a while, visit the beaches along different lakes or take a break for your well-being at the spas of Aix-les-Bains, Brides-les-Bains, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains or Uriage-les-Bains.
You can also find natural beauty in symbolic places such as the capital of alpinism Charmonix right at the Mont Blanc or Annecy, the Savoyard Venice.
Grenoble and its museums, the fortress of Mont-Dauphin, Bonneval-sur-Arc and its ancient houses made of stone, the fortifications of Briançon, the picturesque chalets in Saint-Véran or La Grave and its sloping alleys are also worth a visit.
At the heart of Europe, Alsace holds a rich and varied cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the quaint atmosphere of picturesque half-timbered villages, medieval castles and golden vineyards.
Cycle along the picturesque Wine Route and take a side-trip to one of the authentic farms manufacturing the renowned Munster cheese. Visit Strasbourg and take a stroll through the peaceful quarter of “La Petite France” towered by the impressive Strasbourg Cathedral, stop for a drink and bite to eat in one of the cozy wine taverns in “Little Venice”, the romantic quarter of Colmar; the city also hosts the famous museum Unterlinden.
Special highlights are the Haut-Koenigsbourg perched on a majestic sandstone rock, and the picturesque village of Riquewihr with its intact cityscape from the 16th century, its ramparts built in 1291 are particularly well preserved. Also worth the detour is the Ecomusée d’Alsace, a veritable open air museum village recreating the Alsace region. Alsace is also a hikers’ paradise, numerous well-signposted hiking trails lead through Hohwald and Champ du Feu; the Regional Natural Park Ballons des Vosges, a world biosphere reserve, offers a unique nature experience. Don’t miss an occasion to participate in one of the cheerful Alsatian village fairs and enjoy the rural charm of this region!
The city of Bordeaux is among France's most exciting, vibrant and dynamic cities. Half the city (18 sq km) is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site; while world-class architects have designed a bevy of striking new buildings – the Herzog & de Meuron stadium (2015), decanter-shaped La Cité du Vin (2016) and Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge (2018) across the Garonne River included.
With 120,000 hectares of vines, 60 Appellations of Controlled Origin (AOCs) and 8,000 vine growers, the Gironde wine region is the oldest vineyard for fine wines in the world and the largest in terms of AOCs in France. For 2,000 years, the history of the Gironde has been inextricably linked with that of its vineyards.
The Burgundy (French name 'Bourgogne') region is found in central-eastern France to the south-east of Paris, between the towns of Sens and Auxerre to the north and Maçon (just north of Lyon) to the south.
Among the reasons that people visit the region are the attractive countryside including the Morvan Regional Park, the numerous historical towns and villages, and the interesting abbeys and other important monuments.
Wine enthusiasts will also appreciate the chance to see the vineyards and sample such renowned wines as Chablis, Beaune, Macon and Nuits-Saint-Georges, just a few of those produced in this region of France and another excellent reason to visit!
Situated in the south-west of France, the Basque Country is a very beautiful region which benefits from its location right next to the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees. Most times of the year, there is a very mild climate and you can discover white sandy beaches overlooked by numerous walking trails with amazing views.
Stroll along the coastline of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, relax at the beach of Hendaye and try out water activities like surfing, sailing or water-skiing. The inland also offers nice hiking opportunities, visit for example the caves of Sarre or pass the bridge of Holzarte crossing a canyon that is 150 metres deep.
Water sport enthusiasts should go to Bidarray and Itxassou to do some rafting, canoeing or kayaking. The Basque Country has an interesting cultural heritage for culture-lovers, too. You can find it in the church Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in the luxurious castle of Hendaye, at Biarritz with its renown fishing harbour, in the huge cathedral at Bayonne and in the picturesque citadel of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
Brittany is situated in the extreme west of France facing the infinite vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.
The spectacular variety of the Breton landscape is an ever-changing natural wonder full of surprises, and until today spared by mass tourism.
Storm-tossed coasts drop steeply into the sea, foaming sea spray and rough Atlantic winds have marked the proud and independent character of the Bretons who have preserved their autonomous culture, and look back to a fascinating history.
Among the many vestiges are the Medieval fortress Ville Close at the port of Concarneau from the 10th century, the romantic flair of the half-timbered houses in Quimper, or the pretty port town of Vannes (city of Art and History) surrounded by Medieval ramparts. The south-east is known for its impressive megalith sites. Drive along the red colored steep face of Cape Fréhel and the pink granite coast up to the rocky cape of Pointe du Raz or to the peninsula of Crozon (in Breton called “the end of the world”). In the Morbihan region, sea, land and sky merge in an enchanting show of nature, its gulf is one of most beautiful bays worldwide. By boat you can reach numerous untouched small islands and islets. Brittany is also the land of trolls, fairies and nymphs, in the mythical forest of Brocéliande (the actual Forest of Paimpont) you may find the alleged tomb of Merlin….
The Bretons enjoy concerts and festivals, don’t miss the occasion of joining in!
The French Riviera is a region located between the Alps, the Italian border and the Mediterranean Sea.
This region has the main advantage of being surrounded by the beautiful Azur colour Mediterranean Sea and enjoys a mild and sunny climate throughout the year.
The French Riviera is known for its prestigious cities like Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Saint Tropez.
The region is also renowned for its attractive seaside resorts such as Juan-les-Pins, Ste Maxime and Hyères, but also the beautiful beaches of fine sand or pebbles, wild creeks of Esterel, the beautiful islands of Lérins and Porquerolles.
On the cultural side the region has a prestigious heritage with buildings dating from the Baroque period, which can be found in cities such as Nice and Menton. You can visit many charming villages such as Saint Paul de Vence, Eze and Bormes-les-Mimosas. The various events offered throughout the year, are the International Film Festival of Cannes, Nice Carnival, the Monte Carlo rally and the festival of Menton lemon, that contributes to the prestige of the area.
Provence is a region located in the south of France where good humor and joy of life are waiting for you.
The region has the distinction of hosting an incredible natural heritage composed of hills where we hear singing cicadas, lavender fields and olive groves and scrubland where you can feel the pleasant smells of thyme and rosemary.
Provence is also the picturesque canyon of the Verdon, the creeks bordering the Mediterranean Sea with its sandy beaches that will amaze you.
The region also has a rich cultural heritage with its magnificent hilltop villages of Luberon, the old papal city of Avignon, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix- en-Provence, the ancient arena in Arles, the famous Sainte-Victoire mountain immortalized by the painter Paul Cézanne, the small town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and the citadel of Sisteron.
From the Rhône Valley to the Pyrenees, from the Petite Camargue to the Cevennes, and along the Mediterranean Coast, the attractive Languedoc Region offers manifold ways to spend your holidays.
As far as the eye can see, pretty and peaceful villages are perched in the hill land. Nature enthusiasts will take pleasure in hiking through the overwhelming hilly landscape of the Cevennes via the impressive Gorges du Tarn, also a unique climbing site.
Adventure lovers will grab a canoe or a kayak and rush down the white waters of Tarn and Aude. The coastal hinterland is abundant with cultural treasures. The fossil remains of the “Tautavel Man” are conserved in the Arago cave.
The region thrived in Roman times, the Pont du Gard and the Arena of Nîmes are masterpieces of Roman architecture. Beautiful historic towns are Béziers with its beautiful old bridge, Narbonne, the first Roman colony outside Italy, or Perpignan with its magnificent historical center. If you want to travel back to the Middle Ages, take a trip to the Pays Cathare. Disillusioned with the corruption of the medieval Church, many inhabitants of the Languedoc adopted Catharism and settled in the mountain region of Corbières choosing the Cité of Carcassonne as their stronghold. Today, the vestiges of their castles and fortresses stand out amidst the lush Corbières vineyards. After soaking up so many wonderful impressions you may want to indulge in a relaxing beach day!
Normandy is situated in the north-west of France, its northern coasts are boarded by the English Channel. The pure sea breeze, the rural charm of the hinterland, the urban flair of Rouen and Caen (cities of Art and History), and the great choice of historic monuments make it a charming destination with varied attractions.
The typical Norman farmland is crisscrossed by hedges and trees; lush green meadows suddenly turn into imposing cliffs; rivers meander through the peaceful Seine valley up to the marshlands of Cotentin and Le Bessin. An absolute must-see highlight is the stunning Mont Saint-Michel surrounded by one of the world’s most beautiful bays. You will be spoilt for choice between the emblematic Chateau Gaillard, the impressing fortress of the Chateau de Carrouges, the Gothic Cathedral of Coutance, or the medieval town of Bayeux. Deauville and Trouville are among France’s most prestigious sea resorts, many of the seafront villas were built during the Belle Epoque; Bagnoles-de-l’Orne is famous for its hydrotherapic bathes. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Monet Gardens, the picturesque village of Honfleur was a great source of inspiration for the impressionist painters of the 19th century, while strolling along its picturesque port you can still soak up the artistic atmosphere! The cliff top path from Etretat to Fécamp via Yport (where you can stop for a bowl of mussels and a glass of cider) is an amazingly beautiful walk, the foot-paths are well-maintained and sign-posted.
The D-Day landing beaches and the Memorial Museum of Caen commemorate the landing of the Allied Forces in June 1944.
Paris, the French capital, is renowned for its historical sights and monumental beauty: superb Haussmann style buildings, grand avenues and boulevards, legendary museums, churches and parks offer endless opportunities for excursions and visits! During your stay in Paris, you must enjoy a shopping stroll through the chic boutiques, catch a performance at one of its famous operas or cabaret shows and a taste the French cuisine in one of the numerous gourmet eateries.
In Paris, a city of thousand faces, everyone is sure to find something that suits them!
Nowhere else in Europe you can find as many prestigious chateaux and palaces as in the Loire Valley, raised and lined along the course of the Loire River, France’s longest and partly untamed river making its way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The majestic edifices feature architectural styles from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, every building telling its own story of intrigues, tragedies, comedies and lavish festivities.
The region, also known as the garden of France, stands for hospitality, wine and good food. It’s the simple pleasures that make your holiday in the Loire Valley such a delight: a tasty meal in an authentic village inn, breakfast on a terrace overlooking the idyllic banks of the Loire, the visit of a vineyard or a quirky troglodyte cave, a stroll through the mysterious woods of the Sologne, or a bike tour along the scenic and well-signposted cycling path The Loire à Vélo.Thanks to environment protection and wildlife conservation, many endemic animal species have found refugium in the river valley and the watered woodlands of the Sologne. Towns worth-visiting are Blois, built on four hills overlooking the Loire with the Loire Bridge from the 18th century and the Renaissance Château Blois; Tours with its emblem, the Cathedral Saint-Gatien and its picturesque medieval old town, or Orléans, where the spirit of Joan of Arc hovers over its lively old town and with its impressive neo-Gothic Sainte-Croix Cathedral. In the town of Amboise you can visit one of the most popular chateaux of the region and the former residence of Leonardo da Vinci.
The pompous multi-turreted Chateau de Chambord is very distinctive for French renaissance, it was built by King Francis I in order to serve as a hunting lodge. Today it opens its gates for visitors and stands for nature protection and respect for tradition.
Martinique, or "Madinina" to the Caribbean Indians, is located in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, and is part of the Lesser Antilles, or "Windward Islands". The Atlantic Ocean washes against its eastern shores, while its western coast is lapped by the Caribbean Sea. Martinique charms visitors all year round with its 1,080 km² of idyllic, lush, and diverse landscapes. A luxurious tropical forest covers the northern part of the island, perfect for outdoor activities such as canyoning, hiking, ATVing, and horseback riding.
The southern part of the island is the ideal destination for vacationers in search of white-sand beaches, coconut palms, and warm waters... It's a picture-perfect postcard.
Water sports enthusiasts have plenty of activities to choose from as well, such as kite surfing, diving, jet skiing, or kayaking. Martinique boasts a particularly rich cultural heritage, expressed through its diverse handicrafts and its delicious cuisine, whose varied spices and unique flavors will titillate your taste buds. Martinique offers a wide range of lodgings to welcome all visitors: intimate or luxurious hotels, villas, apartments, cottages, etc.
The island's culturally diverse, talented, passionate population, with its Caribbean flair and French touch, make Martinique a special holiday destination.
Seen from the sky, the islands of Guadeloupe look like a huge butterfly surrounded by 6 fireflies, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Guadeloupe, the biggest island in the archipelago, is divided in two by a sound, the salty river. The west of the island, known as "Basse-Terre," is the green paradise where adventurers can explore 42,000 acres of tropical forest. On the other side, "Grande-Terre" is the real center of living in the archipelago. A tour of Pointe-à-Pitre is a must, to admire the typical island architecture.
As if by magic, the gentle trade winds, mixed with the subtle scent of spices, will lead you to this green paradise. A land of conservation, the archipelago is home to 4 nature reserves, and as you walk along the 300 km of hiking trails, you will see waterfalls, rivers, and tropical flowers all hidden in a lush forest, dominated by the Soufrière volcano. Part of the beauty of these islands is the richness of the Creole culture: colorful traditional folklore, passionate farandoles in the carnival, spicy Caribbean cuisine, and a mixture of musical styles.
This archipelago is pure pleasure for all the senses. When you have had your fill of the incredible colors, enjoy laying on the huge white sandy beaches by transparent waters. The Guadeloupe islands are well-known sites for water sports enthusiasts. At the helm of a yacht, you will discover the magical, secret landscapes of the archipelago.
The small island has a real sense of its tradition and is proud of its cultural identity.
Like a mountain in the waters, the island is plummeting into the Mediterranean Sea, and enchants its visitors with its continuously changing varied landscapes: evergreen shrubs merge into a rocky desert, dense undergrowth into terraced olive groves, lush hilly woodlands into the eternal snow of the high mountain peaks; in between, wonderful golden sand beaches and hidden creeks; harmonious river valleys, natural pools, wild gorges and meandering streams; steep abrupt rock formations lead to quaint sleepy villages and picturesque old port cities – and always the ocean, as far as the eye can see! The mild Mediterranean climate attracts visitors all year round for every type of holiday. The Corsican gastronomy is a true delight! The authentic products and ingredients owe their quality to the untouched nature and the usually traditional agricultural practices.
In most of the restaurants you will be served fresh earth ground home-cooked dishes. Bastia is situated on the Tuscan coast. With its authentic Mediterranean charm it is one of the most remarkable Corsican cities. Worth seeing are the old port, the old town and the citadel. Take a stroll through the picturesque streets along the high elegant townhouses characterizing the cityscape.