France

Contact us for a range of tailor made holidays to Francevillas & cottages, châteaus and vineyards to biking and hiking or just a lovely boutique hotel – France is just a hop over the channel and has so much to offer!

If you went to France on holiday several times a year for a decade, you would still not be able to fit in all the delights on offer!  The sun drenched hills and lavender fields of the Cote D’Azur and Provence merge into the French Riviera – mix with the celebrities and the jet set in the film festivals of Cannes and the harbours of Nice, St Tropez and Monaco.

In the heart of the countryside, walk or cycle around vineyards and farms, admire the medieval buildings and villages and feast on the gastronomic delights throughout France. There are plenty of opportunities for food and wine tours in all regions. Reims is one of the main gastronomic centres of France and is a great place for a weekend break with it’s upmarket atmosphere, champagne houses and cafe terrace bars. Wine lovers heaven can be explored throughout the regions of Burgundy, Champagne and Alsace with rolling hills and independent vineyards. The Dordogne has stunning landscapes, wide rivers and pretty medieval villages.

The landscapes of France provided inspiration for many Art masters, perfect for Art holidays, visit the museums and galleries around Paris, including of course the Louvre (now the biggest art museum in the world). Throughout France’s cities there are galleries and small local artists shops.  Glitzy cities such as Monte Carlo and Cannes are some of the most sophisticated places in the world. Cannes, on the Mediterranean is a mecca for yachts and the rich and famous holiday here with the film stars! Nice is a mix of turn of the century Belle Epoque and the former Italian influence at the port and with a warm climate is a popular destination year round.

Heading to the sea you can choose from the beautiful climate and sandy beaches of the Cote d’Azur, a year round destination, or Langeudoc-Roussillon which has quaint fishing villages, buzzy resorts and sandy beaches too. For nature lovers head to the Carmargue and Cevennes for bird watching and flowers. On the far south west coast near Spain, visit Biarritz for music and dance festivals and enjoy the long sandy beaches, famous for their surf. The Atlantic Coast as a dramatic line of beaches and cliffs, seafood restaurants, villages and flower meadows. Villa La Tosca here is a perfect luxury private escape. Brittany has some stunning coastlines and pretty fishing villages. Enjoy a bucket of ‘Moules et Frites’ with a glass of cold white wine or local cider – heaven!

The north of France has plenty of open countryside and acres of ancient forests, there are some good golf courses here, especially around Le Touquet. The Loire Valley is the ‘garden of France’ with chateaux lining river banks and lots of sleepy ancient villages and beautiful gardens. The area known as ‘Royal France’ south of Paris is full of elegant palaces and was the original land of the Kings and Queens of France. France has fabulous roads and by ways for cycling holidays and of course famous for the Tour de France – why not head over to the French Alps in July and experience the cycle routes through the mountains?

Close to home, explore Brittany and Normandy with battlefields, beaches and cider growers! In France there are many opportunities to take to the water whether it be on a narrow boat, river cruise or canoe, the choice is endless.  Don’t forget the mountains – in the winter some amazing skiing can be enjoyed around Mont Blanc and Courchevel and in the summer, this is a beautiful area for stunning alpine scenery. The Pyrenees too, on the border with Spain, have stunning vistas and hiking, great for birding and wild flowers and the food of Gascony and the Basque country is a delight to be savoured!

Take the Eurostar or ferries to France and explore by self drive or travel by rail to Lyon, the south coast or through to Spain.  What about rail travel on the Orient Express through to Italy?

Self catering properties are to be found throughout France ranging from tiny cottages to huge gites and chateaus.  Ask us about a villa holiday to the destination of your choice – if you have a large family group please book as far in advance as possible as the larger properties fill up fast.

Bruges is very interesting city. Enjoyed a boat trip. Also going to Ypres for the Menin Gate ceremony at 8.o.clock. Very moving.
Mrs Smith – Belgium (April 2017)
May 2, 2017

You found fabulous hotels that met my specification in fabulous locations, booked them and arranged train tickets and flight tickets then sent these to my elderly mum so she was confident of our itinerary and travel arrangements.
Hilary Palmen – France (Sept 2015)
December 6, 2015

Thank you to Travel With Jules for co-coordinating our rail and accommodation arrangements for our rail holiday to France and Italy – I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any of our friends requiring similar help. All rail bookings were as requested  and documentation clear. In particular the Turin/Rome, Rome/Napoli and Napoli/Rome train journeys […]
Ian Brown & Family (from Australia) – Rail Holiday in Europe (Oct 2014)
May 29, 2015

Well we are now home from our Paris trip & all 42 of us  have nothing but praise for Jules & the Kirker team! I wanted to record what a super time our group recently had over 3 days  in Paris. It all ran to schedule throughout the varied and  full itinerary and the hotel Astor […]
Hindsight Investment Club – Paris (September 2014)
September 25, 2014

We were so pleased with everything Julie did for us, we started with four days in Paris with a day trip to Monet's Garden (a must) and of course the Moulin Rouge, then from Paris to Monaco, Nice, St. Tropez , Dijon, Tours and returned to Paris for the last 3 days, we travelled (from Australia) four weeks in all everything went very smoothly, I am sure due to the fact that Julie put in so much effort to make it so. The thing that I really liked was if you wanted to contact Julie on any matter you were not sure about she was always there with a reply asap, she become like a friend - nothing was too much bother for her.
Mike & Shaz – France (April 2013)
May 22, 2013

The Journey of a Lifetime on the Venice Simplon Orient Express! The whole holiday was a great success. Thank you very much for all your planning, booking and checking the finer details. We have many happy memories that will last for a long time! The Goring Hotel in London, the Pullman/Orient Express trains and Hotel Cipriani in Venice were all brilliant. Staff looked after us extremely well and were very patient.
Roger & Pat Fern – Orient Express to Venice (April 2013)
May 2, 2013

Our holiday to Disneyland Paris was FANTASTIC!!! We all enjoyed it very much, even my in-laws. The boys were tired out the whole week. The hotel (Disney Santa Fe) was perfect as it was all based around the film 'cars' so Lightening McQueen was everywhere. The food vouchers were great value for money as most of them were all you can eat buffets so perfect for the 8 of us as we all like different food. Thanks you so so much for your help in booking the holiday, and accommodating all the family and the different channel crossings.
Dreher Family – Disneyland Paris (April 2013)
April 30, 2013

We just wanted to say thank you for all your help in finding us an excellent ski deal for Christmas which indeed it was. Meribel is a lovely resort, excellent ski area and we were lucky enough to have some fantastic snow and 4 days of sunshine.
Nick & Sandra – France (Dec 2011)
January 2, 2012

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
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