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The best winter tours of France

Christmas scene in snowy Colmar, Alsace

Winter is one of the best times to visit France – the museums are uncrowded (and warm!), and there’s still plenty going on. And the holiday season is an ideal time to take a tour in style. So, if you’re dreaming of visiting France here are some of our top tour recommendations for winter, Christmas and New Year visits…

CroisiEurope – the best for Christmas & New Year cruises

The largest cruise operator in France, CroisiEurope’s cruises are unbeatable and their Christmas tours are legendary. Visit the famous Christmas markets of Alsace, Strasbourg, AKA the Capital of Christmas with its many festive markets and beautifully decorated streets and stores. Visit picturesque villages, take in a show, follow the wine route and be captivated by Colmar. It doesn’t get more magical than this.

CroisiEurope’s Christmas and New Year cruises also weave their magic in the Loire Valley and the Seine Valley. How about Paris to Honfleur? Enchanting any time of the year but never more so than at Christmas. Or the south of France from Lyon to Provence – including festive Avignon. And even beautiful Bordeaux.

Enjoy all-inclusive life onboard with the finest food and wines and fabulous tours that take you to the heart of each destination. No stressing. No driving. And no wondering how to fit in all the glorious must-see places or how to reach the off the beaten track gems. CroisiEurope’s cruises and excursions take you to the very best of France – in style. croisieurope.co.uk

Winter Holiday Tour in Provence

Planning for an end of the year seasonal treat? Join Your Private Provence’s festive Tour of Provence. It’s a small group tour that features VIP wine tours, culture, spa treat, cooking lesson, lovely markets and parades. You’ll visit beautifully decorated towns and villages including the beautifully decorated towns of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Aix-en-Provence.Seasonally sublime. And restaurants are chosen for their cosy winter atmosphere

And in the new year join a truffle tour when the “black diamonds” are at their best on a gourmet experience winter escape.

Alsace Christmas day and half day tours

Cobbled street in Colmar lit up for Christmas

Family run Ophorus Tours are one of the most renowned and popular tour companies in France. They have a huge range of half and full day trips including Christmas market tours in Alsace in Strasbourg, the pretty villages and Colmar. They pick you up, drop you off and have the best English speaking guides in the business. Ophorus.com

Battlefield tours and historical travel experiences

Christmas Truce statue by Andy Edwards commemorates Christmas day on the Western Front 1914 when some men emerged from trenches into No Man’s Land, exchanged gifts and played football.

Sophie’s Great War Tours are tailor-made historical travel experiences. This family-run specialist tour operator creates exceptional WWI and WWII battlefields tours across France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Travel at your pace and explore the destinations you really want to get to know, at a time to suit you. Sophie will research the history and background of soldier so that each battlefield tour is a personal historical experience. Her team can also include additional experiences to suit you such as chateau visits in the Loire, Champagne tastings in Champagne and a classic car tour in Provence. Every itinerary is created to be perfect – for you. sophiesgreatwartours.com

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