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The very best Tours de France 2022

People cooking al fresco in Provence on a tour

We’ve got one thing on our mind – taking a tour or a holiday in fabulous France. Wandering cobbled streets, cruising on the Mediterranean or French rivers, discovering gorgeous little villages and historic towns and cities, visiting memorial sites, indulging in the gastronomic delights or learning to cook with a chef, visiting the markets, staying in a castle or a luxury farmhouse in the most beautiful locations…

Check out our favourite tours and stays for 2022…

The best cruises of France

CroisiEurope cruise ship

CroisiEurope is the number one cruise company in Europe though they also operate worldwide. In France they offer superb river, canal, Mediterranean, regional and themed cruises. As you’d expect from a French company, their food and wine is the best – and it’s inclusive, so once you’re on board, all you have to do is relax, be pampered, and enjoy the breath-taking scenery and fabulous excursions.

Battlefield tours and memorial tourism

Sophie’s Great War Tours is a family-run specialist tour operator, creating exceptional WW1 & WW2 battlefield tours across France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Their guides are experts in history and hospitality, delivering truly unforgettable immersive historical travel experiences. Every tour is bespoke and tailored to your needs.

Tours for those who love the authentic

Towers and turrets of medieval Carcassonne

Discover the real southern France – from captivating Carcassonne to magical Montpellier, or the best of Provence and the lavender fields, Normandy, Bordeaux and Dordogne.  On these luxury, small group tours you’ll get to be a temporary local and indulge in the best gastronomy, discover the beauty and culture of France…

Outstanding Rhone Valley Wine Tours

The Rhone Valley is the ultimate wine lovers destination. And there’s no better way to discover this beautiful area of Provence and its vineyards than with a three day tour with a local expert guide. This is a unique chance to experience the real Provence. You’ll meet local wine makers, visit the grand domaines and famous estates. And of course, to taste the very best wines and cuisine to match.

Fabulous Food Tours of Dordogne

Unique and utterly scrumptious gastronomic day tours of Dordogne. You’ll be transported by 2CV through the glorious Dordogne landscape to visit the most amazing foodie destinations and taste local specialities including truffles, caviar and wine. Visit castles, breath-takingly pretty villages, vineyards, churches, manors and mills.

Year round themed and bespoke small group tours of Provence

Small group tours and customized travelling to give you memories to last a lifetime. Discover the best of Provence: Lavender tours, truffle, grape harvest, and bespoke tours as well as chauffeur services for day trips or a lot longer. Emily Durand’s Private Provence tours are unique, exclusive and truly fabulous.

Gascony, the Basque country, Provence and southern France

Nourish your soul and unleash your spirit of adventure in Gascony. You’ll experience the famous food, wine and Armagnac of the region and discover where to find the best antique shops and flea markets, the most beautiful villages and magnificent chateaux. From one day to weeklong tours that are customised for you. There are also tours of Provence, southern France and the Basque country.

Day trips and tour packages all over France, plus brilliant shore excursions

Ophorus Tours are a French family run business with huge experience of running small group tours all over France as well as shore excursions. There is a huge choice of tours from fun and informative guided walking city tours to very carefully crafted multi regional packages, wine tasting, cycling and more. Their aim is to show you France as they believe it should be shown – authentic, colourful and friendly.

Stunning B&B near Bergerac, Chateau Masburel

With honey-toned stone walls and sage-green shutters, the 18th Chateau de Masburel wine domaine and B&B, has a timeless, unhurried feel to it. It’s a working winery producing award winning wines. Close to Bergerac, Saint-Emilion and ten minutes from the bastide town of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande on the banks of the River Dordogne in the Gironde. it’s the perfect base to explore the area and enjoy a relaxing break.

Culture & cookery tours in Provence

Cooking classes with chefs in their homes where you’ll cook “authentic French dishes, no frou frou” says host Martine Bertin-Peterson. You’ll shop at the enchanting street markets with chefs and dine at the most scrumptious restaurants in beautiful towns of Provence on this fully escorted delicious and cultural trip of a lifetime.

Cognac no. 22 – luxury farmhouse in Charente-Maritime

A 19th century traditional farmhouse with a luxurious pool is in a tranquil village surrounded by vineyards and fields of summer sunflowers. Close to the Charente River and also the market towns of Rouillac and Matha, this gorgeous holiday rental is ideally situated for trips to the historic towns of Cognac, St Jean d’Angely, Saintes and Angoulême and the Atlantic Coast beaches.

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