The north of France consists of flatlands licking the English Channel, while the west faces towards the Atlantic Coast and offers rolling hills, sandy beaches, quiet little harbour towns and a distinct Celtic flavour. The eastern part of France produces many famous wines including magnificent pinot noirs and chardonnays valued the world over.
The Alps are great for skiing in winter and hiking in summer, and the south – with its beautiful vistas, balmy climate and, of course, the wonderful Riviera – lures visitors year-round. The Cote d’Azur boasts an exceptional climate and its beautiful bays of azure-blue waters are the perfect backdrop for attractive seaside resorts while Evian, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, is the home of Evian mineral water.
Tucked inside the Maritime Alps, between the French and Italian Rivieras, lies the principality of Monaco, famous for its casinos, luxury hotels and yachts – exclusivity and excess are the hallmarks of this, the second smallest country in the world.
In the south west of France, the Dordogne is one of the most quintessential French regions, whilst the Languedoc has its own language and culture. In the south of the Languedoc you'll find the majestic Pyrenees where you can hike and ski, while the towns of Toulouse and Montpelier should not be missed.
Paris is home to many famous sights and attractions, including The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the River Seine. There are several museums across the city including the Louvre, housing the famous painting of the enigmatic Mona Lisa, which are definite must-sees, and are within walking distance of the Mandarin Oriental, Paris.
The most famous bike race in the world, the Tour De France, which covers 3,500 kilometres and lasts three gruelling weeks finishes at the Champs-Élysées which can be easily accessed from Four Seasons Hotel George V and Le Bristol Paris. Bastille Day (14 July) is an incredibly popular event in France, as it signifies the beginning of the French Revolution, and commemorates with colourful parades and magnificent firework displays. France is incredibly proud of its history and culture and therefore celebrates with much enthusiasm, creating a very lively atmosphere in the city streets which is well worth experiencing.
France is well-known for its breads, wines and cheese. There are over three-hundred types of French cheese, the most traditional of which are goat’s cheese, brie and Camembert, which are often served on a cheese board with a selection of local cheeses and bread, but no butter. Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort is perfectly situated to experience the vineyards of France and see how the famous wines are grown and made into the finished product. Wine is produced in several regions throughout France making it the world’s largest wine producer and the source of many grape varieties which are now grown across the globe, including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The French have always set the bar when it comes to fine dining and their restaurants rate amongst the best in the world. Be sure to book a stay at Le Mas Candille, near Mougins to sample some of its exquisite cuisine in the Michelin-starred Candille Restaurant.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
France is such a dazzlingly varied country it really doesn’t matter what time of year you visit – you’re guaranteed a wonderful trip. However, if you’re looking to bask by a pool in the warm sunshine on the Mediterranean South, then the best months to visit are July to September.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for France.
British Airways from London Heathrow to Paris and from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Nice. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.
From London Heathrow to Paris: 1 hour, 15 minutes.
From London Heathrow to Nice: 2 hours.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
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You must be able to prove your identity either by providing documents when asked or within 4 hours at a police station. Identity documents can be a passport, a photo driving licence or other documentation provided by a government body.
The full FCO travel advice for France can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.