Cannes & the Cote d'Azur
Travel with us to explore the history and beauty of France on one of our guided tours. France is a country where charm and culture can be found wherever we go. With its abundance of astounding historic buildings, stunning beaches and captivating countryside, it’s easy to see why France is the most visited country in the world.
France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe, as well as several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the geographic closeness, there is enough about France to make us feel that it truly is somewhere new, somewhere different and somewhere very special.
France is a delightful treat for the senses and arguably the cultural capital of the world. In fact, there are so many amazing sights to see, from the romance of Paris to the sunshine of the south, it can be a challenge to decide which region to visit.
We have over 25 years of experience planning and leading holidays to this incredible country and offer a selection of holidays to suit your needs. For those interested in warm weather and beautiful beaches, enjoy a relaxing French riviera holiday on our Cannes and Cote D'azur tour.
Our Discover Provence, including Avignon & Arles tour combines history, nature, beautiful coastline, local traditions and Provencal wine. Take a 3-night city break and discover Nice, one of the most sophisticated and enchanting locations on the French Riviera. To discover more of the highlights of France in a unique way, join us on a Seine River Cruise, including stops in the famous cities of Paris and Rouen.
As on all of our holidays, we’ve included return flights, with departures from Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Bristol, accommodation, transfers and an exciting array of excursions with expert, local guides.
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Also known as the French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur is one of the most famous and beloved regions of France. Since the 19th century, the towns of this region have served as the playground of the rich and famous. From the opulence of Monte Carlo to the charming old town of Antibes, our trips to the Côte d'Azur have something for everyone. We’ll visit the iconic city of Nice and St. Paul-de-Vence on day trips and enjoy an excursion to Grasse, known as the perfume capital of the world.
From its rich Roman history, to its luscious landscape with beautiful seaside views, Provence really does have it all. The region is located in south eastern France and includes cascading cliffs, coastal fishing villages and some of the best beaches in the country. On our trips to Provence, we’ll explore this stunning region from our base in Arles. From there, we’ll visit quaint towns and villages like Avignon, Aigues Mortes and Les Baux au Provence.
Whether it’s your first trip to Paris or your 100th, the City of Lights always has something new to discover. On our trips including Paris, we’ll marvel at famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and the Arc de Triomphe, located at the top of the iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard. We’ll also have plenty of free time to explore this beautiful city at our own pace or simply enjoy a coffee at a pavement café and watch the world go by.
Most famous for its connection with Joan of Arc, the city of Rouen is filled with fascinating heritage and beautiful architecture. From Gothic churches and mansions to half-timbered houses and beautiful French style public gardens, the city itself is a work of art. On our holidays including Rouen, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the city on a half-day guided walking tour and visit landmarks like the Church of Joan of Arc and the Rouen astronomical clock. We’ll also have the afternoon free to explore this beautiful city on our own.
The capital of the French Riviera, Nice is known for its laid back atmosphere, lovely weather, amazing beaches and stunning architecture. On our tours of Nice, we’ll take a stroll along the ‘Promenade des Anglais’, named after the English holiday makers to the area who paid for it to be built in the 1800s. It stretches for 7km along the beach and is one of the most iconic seafronts in France. The Old Town, the flower market and monastery are just some of the other highlights of Nice we’ll have the opportunity to visit. Art lovers and historic enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that after Paris, Nice has the most museums. For those looking to take a day trip to Monaco, then the perfect gateway with easy access would be to stay in Nice.
Located in the French Riviera, it was designed by French architect Aaron Messiah for the baroness Béatrice de Rothschild. Completed in 1912, this Venetian style palace is surrounded by nine different gardens, including a main garden that contains a temple and musical fountains.
Also known as the Saint-Bénézet Bridge, this historic 12th century bridge held strategic importance as it used to be the only place between Mediterranean and Lyon to cross the river Rhone. It originally has 22 arches and only four of the original are still there today.
An icon of France and one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. Completed in 1889, it was designed by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French revolution. Locals refer to it as ‘La dame de fer’, which means the Iron Lady.
The stunning city of Strasbourg is one of the stops on our Rhine River Cruises. Situated just across the German border, west of the Rhine. One of the highlights include its famous 15th century cathedral with its impressive spire and mediaeval astronomical clock.
The ‘Promenade des Anglais’, which means ‘Walkway of the English’, was named after the wealthy English aristocats who began holidaying in Nice in the late 18th century. The promenade runs along the beach and it’s a very popular place to enjoy a stroll along the seafront.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the amphitheatre in Arles is remarkably well preserved and is still in use today. Inspired by the Coliseum in Rome, it was built in 90AD during the reign of Augustus by the Romans and could hold up to 20,000 people who would watch chariot races and gladiator battles.
To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we’ve outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next trip to France.
The South of France has a proven reputation for sun, with an average 2,500 hours per year. Most of Provence has a Mediterranean climate, experiencing hot, dry summers and mild winters, with plenty of sunshine.
France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year. The currency in France is the Euro.
France is world famous for its fine cuisine and delicious wine. During your holiday you will be able to experience all the famous food and drink you’ve heard so much about, but with an authentic local twist and frequently at surprisingly affordable prices. Snails and fried frog legs are French delicacies, but if that does not take your fancy, try some French onion soup, steak tartare, or beef bourguignon. Southern French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities that will set your taste buds tingling, while locally produced rosé wines are a popular accompaniment
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa. Non-EU citizens should check their requirements. A visa is not required for EU passport holders. For information on visa requirements for non-EU citizens, we recommend you contact the French embassy or consulate in your country of residence. UK citizens can find further information by visiting www.gov.co.uk
The places visited on your itinerary are generally safe and our guides will always keep an eye out for you. However, in any large city there can be opportunists and pickpockets. It is wise to be vigilant, especially at busy tourist attractions and always take good care of your personal belongings. Make use of the safe at your hotel, and carry a photocopy of your passport when out and about. Always take extra care when using public transport.
ATMs are widely available. Before you travel, we recommend you seek information from your bank regarding card validity and charges.
In France the power sockets are of type E - these are the two prong outputs. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. We recommend you always pack a universal adapter as this will be able to work in any country you visit.
In France, it is very common to find the service charge already added to the final amount shown on the bill. If the charge isn’t included then tipping can be considered as a gesture, not an obligation.
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.