FRANCE

Do you hear that? The trilling runs of an accordion, the ‘ding’ of a bicycle bell, the clack of high heels on a stone-paved street... France is calling to you. On a Back-Roads holiday, France and its long history of refined city culture and rustic provincial charm can be savoured and appreciated, like a fine glass of Merlot or a macaron on the tongue.

 

Tour France with Back-Roads for an authentic French experience – stunning sites of historical significance, culinary experiences to titillate the taste buds and wine tasting by the caskful as you roam the scenic roads and byways of this illustrious country. The small group sizes on our France tours (never bigger than 18) allow each individual to get the most out of their holiday experience.

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Art and Architecture: Gothic to Graffiti

 

On our award-winning tours, France in all its guises opens up to you as we explore its charming back roads. You get a sense of the country’s medieval history as we visit the fortified cities of Carcassonne and Mont St Michel, with their fairytale turrets and sheer stone walls. However, France is not a country stuck in the past – on our Provence and the French Riviera itinerary we visit the glamorous seaside ports of Antibes and Cannes, swapping cloisters for cocktails on the promenade.

 

You also have the opportunity to visit some of the gems of French culture on our tours. France’s most famous artists and their works make for inspiring viewing: we visit Giverny, the colourful home of Claude Monet, on our La Belle France tour; while travelling Provence and the Riviera, you can admire Henri Matisse’s contemporary masterpiece, the Chapelle du Rosaire, and marvel at the works of Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, who painted his starry night over the city. 

 

Wine: Sparkling or Smooth

 

It wouldn’t be an authentic French holiday without sampling the regions’ world-famous tipples. Tour France by the bottle with our Paris to Nice through Vineyards and Mountains itinerary, which takes you from Champagne through Chablis to the Chartreuse Mountains, tasting their iconic flavours and learning about their heritage as you go.

 

It’s not just about sampling the produce on our tours; France’s history is entwined with its grapevines. A stroll down the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay immerses you in the region’s wine-making heritage, as does a visit to the charming Hospices of Beaune in Burgundy. Our knowledgeable and experienced tour leaders will ensure that you understand and appreciate this vital vinous aspect of French culture.

 

Culinary Experiences: Forest to Frying Pan

 

We at Back-Roads pride ourselves on the culinary discoveries that we encourage our customers to make. We offer exquisite dining experiences that feature quintessential French cuisine – such as sea-fresh oysters from the port of La-Teste-de-Buch – but we also value opportunities to give you a French culinary education. Whether cheese sampling in Liverot or truffle hunting in the Vézère Valley, you can follow the journey of your food from forest to frying pan when you tour France with Back-Roads.

 

Scenery: Alpine Ridge to Riviera

 

On our array of tours, France – from north-west Normandy to south-east Niece – is on show in all its splendour. The country offers a panoply of panoramas, which you can view from the wide windows of our dedicated mini-coaches. They always take the characterful back roads and never the motorways, allowing you to experience the subtle architectural, geographical and cultural shifts as you travel.

 

As you tour France, the vistas may be natural – such as the Great Dune of Pilat or the jaw-dropping Gorges Du Verdon – or incredible feats of human engineering, like the remarkable Pont du Gard aquaduct on the route to Provence or the atmospheric quarry-cum-art gallery of the Carrières de Lumières.

 

If you’re looking for a truly authentic French holiday experience, weaving together the various treasures of history, culture, cuisine and wine that its eclectic regions have to offer, tour France with Back-Roads.

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England Tours

London to Paris via the Channel Islands 2018
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Go from Great British to Gallic culture on this island-hopping trip, which immerses you in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and it’s fascinating history. Hear ab…
11 Days / 10 Nights
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Battlefield Tours

WWI Battlefield Weekend Summer 2017

THE SOMME & VIMY RIDGE   This three-day introductory tour allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Weste…
3 Days
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D-Day Battles for France | 2017

NORMANDY BEACHES Trace the events that left a tragic and courageous mark on the 20th century – and on France’s northerly fringes. And see the places you&…
4 Days
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WW1 Battlefields 2018
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This introductory tour allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. Most importantly, the tour offers flexibility to…
5 Days / 4 Nights
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D-Day Battles for France 2018
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Trace the events that left a mark on the 20th century – and on France’s northerly fringes. And see the places you’ve read about in history books, setting the …
5 Days / 4 Nights
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On the canals in France

Burgundy cruise 2018
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Rich and refined, Burgundy is as elegant and enticing as the wines it’s world-famous for. Drift past vineyards, stop at picture-book towns and stroll grand palaces &ndash…
7 Days / 6 Nights
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Loire Valley cruise 2018
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Cruise through the stunning former Berry province and the incredible Sologne region. Take a magnificent tour of the memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards o…
7 Days / 6 Nights
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Champagne and The Great War cruise 2018
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Cruise the Marne Canal on a boutique hotel barge and visit the famous Champagne Tourist Route, the battlefields of the Marne, the Museum of the Great War and a tour of Les Inva…
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Europe 2017 Tours

London to Paris via the Channel Islands | 2017

DORSET, GUERNSEY, SARK, JERSEY, ST MALO   Go from Great British to Gallic culture. This island-hopping trip immerses you in the Channel Islands’ natura…
11 Days
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Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains | 2017

CHAMPAGNE,  BURGUNDY, THE ALPS, PROVENCE Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines. Windows that open out on soaring mountains, charming villages and f…
9 Days
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La Belle France | 2017

NORMANDY, BRITTANY, & THE LOIRE VALLEY   Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour take…
9 Days
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A Taste of Bordeaux | 2017

MIDI-PYRENEES, SARLAT & SAINT EMILION   Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. Time to savour the finer things in life in South West France. As we seek out Bo…
9 Days
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Provence & The French Riviera | 2017

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, AVIGNON , CANNES & ARLES The lavender-carpeted fields of Provence. The staggering sight of Gorges du Verdon. The movie star looks of Canne…
9 Days
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Burgundy: A Cruise Along le Canal de Bourgogne | 2017

A CRUISE ALONG LE CANAL DE BOURGOGNE   Rich and refined, Burgundy is as elegant and enticing as the wines it's world-famous for. But this tour shows it i…
7 Days
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Provence: A Cruise Along le Canal du Rhone a Sete | 2017

A CRUISE ALONG LE CANAL DU RHONE A SETE   Wide deltas and rural scenery where cowboys on white horses roam. Meandering canals dotted with historic villages. …
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France

A Taste of Bordeaux 2018
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Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. Take time to savour the finer things in life in South West France. As we seek out Bordeaux’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, w…
9 Days / 8 Nights
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Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains 2018
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Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines. Windows that open out on soaring mountains, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a voyage through quin…
9 Days / 8 Nights
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La Belle France 2018
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Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour takes us from France’s dramatic northern shores to châte…
9 Days / 8 Nights
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Provence & The French Riviera 2018
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THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE   Take the back roads from the elegant resort of Cannes to quaint towns such as Saint-Rémy-de Provence  Have a P…
9 Days / 8 Nights
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