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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Varied Landscapes................................................................................... p.3

Outdoor Activities......................……………………………………………………………..…p.5

Walks & Strolls..……........…...........................………………………………………………………………….......p.6

Skiing…………………………...........................…………………………………………………………………………....p.6

Water Sports…............................…………………………………………………………………………………….….p.7

Cycling……………………………………………...........................……………………………………………………..…p.7

Culture & Heritage…………......................…………………………………………………... p.9

UNESCO World Heritage Sites………………..........................………………………………………………...p.10

Prehistoric France......………………………..........................………………………………………………….....p.11

Renaissance Splendours ..………..........................……………………………………………………………….p.11

Creative France……………………….........................………………………………………………...…………….p.12

Accommodation & Gastronomy………….....................…………………………….…p.15

Luxury / 5*…………………………………………..........................…………………………………………………...p.16

Heritage & Authenticity …………………..........................…………………………………………………..….p.17

B&B / Guesthouses …………………….........................……………………………………………………..….p.19

Quirky……………………………………………………….........................……………………………………...........p.20

Style & Charm ..……………….........................…………………………………………………………………..…..p.22

Michelin Starred Restaurants…………….........................……………………………………………….…….p.23

Haute Cuisine & Style……………………..........................…………………………………………………….…..p.23

Cooking Classes & Local Treasures……...........................…………………………………………………….p.24

Good Value for Money……………………...............................................………………………p.26

Easy & Affordable Access………………………….........................…………………………………………..….p.27

A Wide Range of Accommodation for all Budgets …….........................…………………………..…p.28

Eating Out ……………………………………………………………........................………………………………....p.31

ATOUT FRANCE’s Dedicated Affordable France Website …………........................…………..…p.31

Discovery …..................…………………………………………………………………………………………...p.32

Wellbeing packages ………........................………………………………………………………………………….p.33

Wine tourism packages ……………........................……………………………………………………………..p.34

Old sailing ships & 2CVs ……………........................……………………………………………………………...p.35

One Region One Idea …………………….......................…………………………………………….…p.36

Test Your Knowledge with our Quiz! ……..……………………........................…………….p.38

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VARIED LANDSCAPES

France offers a bewildering array of different scenery and landscapes of contrasting

character within a short distance of each other.

From the Cliffs of Etretat Normandy to the Mont Blanc Savoie, through the Agriates Desert

Corsica, many wonders sculpted by nature make up France's natural heritage.

Coastal Borders

Forests

Mountains

Lakes

Biodiversity

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6,000 km of coastal borders along the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the

English Channel.

80% of France is devoted to rural landscapes with scenes recognisable from many works

of art.

16 million hectares of forest

more than 25% of the territory

the greatest European biodiversity, with more than 126 species of trees

27 types of ecosystem from a total of 50 existing at European level.

Mountains: France is formed of 6 massifs, characterised by stunning landscapes, intense

tourist activity and steady economic development.

The Vosges, the riches of the woods

The Jura, the land of forests

The Massif Central, a balance between agriculture and industry

The Southern Alps, accent and scents of Provence

The Northern Alps, a land of sport

Corsica, variety and authenticity

The Pyrenees, cultures in harmony

Lakes: many different types - different in shape and size, some are natural lakes, others

artificial.

Main spots:

In the Alps, Annecy, Le Bourget, Aiguebelette,

Serre-Poncon are the biggest ones. The lake

Blanc near Chamonix is an exceptional spot as

are the lakes in the Vanoise national Park.

Further south, Lauvitel, Allos, and Valgaudemar,

the smallest lake in France.

In the Pyrenees, the lakes Gaube, Oule, Glere

and Bleu.

Inland waterways: more than 6,700 km of

navigable rivers and canals

Main spots:

The Burgundy canal provides North to South access through France.

Connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and following the Pyrenees mountains,

the Canal du Midi was classed as a Wonder of the World by UNESCO in 1996.

France's biodiversity: a major asset

4,500 native plant species catalogued, 943 of them threatened

531 animal species, of which 38 are endangered (22 birds, 9 mammals, including

bats)

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OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES

If thrill is your game then our mountains and rivers provide a perfect play ground.

Abseiling, paragliding, kite surfing and canyoning should all get the heart beating. If you’re

looking to take in the fresh air in a more sedate fashion, we have thousands of kilometres

of footpaths, snorkelling and cycling routes. And don’t forget the French ski resorts, all 357

of them!

Walks and Strolls

Skiing

Water Sports

Cycling

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Walks & Strolls

Exceptional sites and landscapes forming an amazing

network of footpaths and hiking trails:

65,000 km of "Grande Randonnée" trails

labeled "GR & GR de pays"

115,000 km of footpaths preserved by

carefully managing and ensuring responsible

tourism.

Families will find that many routes are quite suitable

for young children. Hiring a donkey or two allows

families with small children to enjoy longer walks

than they might otherwise manage.

Skiing

France is the biggest ski area in the world and is spread over 1180 km², representing 30%

of the world's surface area devoted to skiing.

357 resorts in its different massifs with snow shoeing, downhill and cross country

skiing

10m visitors come every year to ski in France

"Famille Plus"

"Alti-forme"

"Villages de Montagnes"

"Nordique France"

Some of these resorts are connected up

to form vast ski areas, offering the chance

to explore hundreds of kilometres of ski

runs with a single ski pass.

Many labels have been created as a

result of a desire to harmonise France's

ski heritage the most famous being:

Given the success of this label-based communication, other designations are appearing, such

as the "Club" resorts focusing on nightlife for skiers, or resorts joining together as "Grand

Domaines".

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Water sports

France has over 6000km of coastline, ranging from the rugged English Channel and Atlantic

coasts in the north and west to the sunny shores of the Côte d’Azur along the Mediterranean

in the south.

Diving and snorkelling are popular in Brittany, Corsica and Porquerolles

Sailing enthusiasts might prefer the English Channel and Atlantic waters, but Corsica

is also a paradise for sailing.

Great surfing on the Basque coast and Biarritz is

renowned worldwide.

Wakeboarding and kite surfing all along the

coast from the Gulf of St Tropez to Leucate.

Canyoning, rafting, hydrospeed, canoeing and

kayaking with great potential in the Alps.

The mountains are an aquatic playground with waterfalls, gorges and canyons for

Jumps, Abseiling, Slipping down natural slides

The most well-known of the fun-packed water worlds is the Verdon and its famous

Ecouges canyon. Its rapids - Niagara, Styx, Souricière (Mousetrap) - are perfect for

pros.

Fly fishermen will find heaven in the rivers and streams which race down the wild

slopes of Franche-Comté, the Pyrenées, Alps and the other mountains.

Cycling

France is famous for the "Tour de France". But cycling in France is more and more popular

with families as one of the best ways to discover the country’s hidden treasures.

The "Voies vertes" (Green Routes): 2,600 km of

safe, marked routes on little country lanes,

aimed exclusively at family bike excursions. No

stress and no traffic: flat terrain through

beautiful nature.

The "Voies bleues" (Blue Routes) run along

river and canal banks in French towns and cities.

These waterside cycle routes are a great way of

making the most of nature.

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Main spots:

Lake Annecy,

from Bordeaux or Lacanau to Arcachon

between Saumur and Tours

from Toulouse to Castelnaudary

the Luberon

Alsace Wine route

Champagne Ardenne

From Givry to Cluny, Burgundy is a real haven for those seeking to make haste slowly

and savour to the full the many pleasures of the former land of the Great Dukes of

the Occident

Some cities like Paris and Nantes also offer specific cycling circuits to discover their

surroundings.

The Véloroute Européenne (European cycle route) aims to extend and connect

various networks, covering several hundred kilometres through France and Europe.

12 European projects are now under way, such as the Loire-Danube or Lake Geneva-

Mediterranean routes.

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CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Contrasting landscapes, traditions galore, a variety of dialects, 40,000 monuments

including 10,000 châteaux, abbeys and manor houses. From historic routes to interactive

centres using the latest multimedia technology, a host of adventures to take you through

France's history.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Prehistoric France

Renaissance Splendours

Creative France

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

France currently has some 35 different UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Among the first French sites registered on the

list in 1979 were the Mont Saint-Michel and its

bay, the Palace and Park of Versailles and the

Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the

Vézère Valley.

In 2010, the UNESCO's World Heritage

Committee approved applications for the

Episcopal City of Albi and the "pitons, cirques

and ramparts" of Réunion Island.

This puts France in 4th place in the world behind Italy,

Spain and China.

To find the complete list of the UNESCO Heritage visit the website http://whc.unesco.org/

Religious sites:

4 cathedrals - Chartres, Amiens, Bourges and Reims

Romanesque abbeys such as the basilica of Vezelay and the Abbey of Fontenay in

Burgundy, and the Church of Saint-Savin-en-Gartempe, in Poitou, often called the

"La Sixtine Romane" (a Romanesque Sistine Chapel)

On one of the 4 Compostella routes crossing France, the holy village of Rocamadour

has an impressive view over the Alzou canyon. Marked by the worship of a Black

Virgin, it has remained over the centuries a symbol of faith and hope.

Two natural sites have also been recognised on the prestigious UNESCO list: The Gulf

of Porto in Corsica and the Lagoons of New-Caledonia.

Urban sites:

The enchanting town of Saint-Emilion outside Bordeaux which is often considered

the jewel of medieval Aquitaine and famous for both its fine wines and beautiful

setting.

The whole of Strasbourg's town centre, the

"Grande Ile". It is very rare for an entire town

centre to receive this distinction, and in 1988

Strasbourg was the first site in France to receive

such an honour.

Lyon's city centre with its narrow streets,

bustling riverfront and spacious squares.

Bordeaux - The beauty and unity of style of Bordeaux's architectural has remained

remarkably well-preserved. This is the largest urban entity to be so honoured. It

covers half of the city with 347 historic monuments

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Prehistoric France

Following the 19th century discoveries of Cro-Magnon man and the first cave paintings, the

Dordogne region has been found to have one of the greatest concentration of prehistoric

artefacts anywhere in the world. Whilst this site is the largest, it is not the only one. In fact

prehistoric sites have been found all along the southern part of France, including Corsica.

The most famous cave paintings, of course, are the world-renowned caves at

Lascaux. Because of the sensitivity of the paintings to environmental change, Lascaux

is now visited at Lascaux II, a (very good quality) replica nearby, rather than the

original. Numerous 'lesser' cave paintings can be seen in the Dordogne region, most

around Les Eyzies.

The National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne has the most important

Palaeolithic collection in France. It has stone and bone tools and the world's premier

collection of engravings and sculptures.

The Palaeolithic Cave Paintings in the Chauvet caves contain the world's oldest and

most extensive Palaeolithic rock art galleries

ever found. The walls of the Chauvet Cave are

covered with predatory animals - lions,

panthers, bears, owls, rhinos and hyenas.

The Museum of Prehistory of the Gorges du

Verdon is billed as the "biggest prehistory

museum in Europe". The result of more than 50

years of archaeological excavations, some sixty

sites, retracing nearly a million years of history

of Human Rights in Haute-Provence.

The "Vallee des Merveilles" (Valley of Marvels) in the Mercantour National Park in

Riviera is an exceptional open-air set of 30,000 rock engravings around the Bego

Mount. The engravings from the bronze age between 1800 and 1500 BC.

Filitosa, in Corsica, comprises a wonderful array of menhirs and prehistoric structures

encapsulating some 8000 years of history. The Museum in Sartene covers prehistoric

times in the Mediterranean Sea.

Renaissance splendours

François I's victory in 1515 over Italy was to mark

conquests which enabled the King to marvel at the

artistic beauties of Italy and summon some of the

greatest artists to France. This period is marked by

those artists, including Leonardo da Vinci.

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The Palais du Louvre a museum which houses one of the most stunning collections of

artworks in the world, was the principal residence of the kings and Emperors of

France for almost 700 years.

It was the Renaissance which saw the first major changes to the Château de

Fontainebleau including extensive decoration works by Italian artists.

The Châteaux of the Loire Valley: these pleasure palaces took advantage of the richness of

the rivers and lands of the Loire region, including vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills

dotted today with more than a thousand châteaux.

Blois' famous castle has been linked throughout

the centuries to the history of the Kings of

France.

Amboise, the largest of all the Loire Valley

castles, it is a magnificent Renaissance edifice

Cheverny, beautifully furnished, can be admired

from the ground or from a hot air balloon

The Clos Lucé, the former residence of Leonardo

da Vinci

Chenonceau, also called the Ladies Castle, is one of the most romantic châteaux in

Loire Valley. It has a famous viewing gallery from which to admire an impressive view

of the Cher.

Villandry is a Renaissance Chateau in a beautiful setting among three tiers of

terraced gardens. Pride of place is given to hearts, scrolls, butterflies, fans; the water

garden where the pool takes centre stage, with fountains and great lawn spaces.

Creative France

There has long been exceptional know-how in the creation of decorative arts and fashion,

but also in the production of porcelain, crystal and textiles.

France has either created or of put its own unique signature on each of these industries- so

much so that France's creative genius and influence can be seen today in these industries

around the world.

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French fashion

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs located in one of the wings of the Louvre, houses over

16,000 costumes dating from the 16th century to modern times. In addition, it has

some 35,000 fashion accessories and 30,000 pieces of fabric.

The Musée Galliera - Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris - over 100,000 items of

clothing within the collection and this number is still growing.

The National Stage Costume Centre in Moulins,

Auvergne: This centre is the world's first site entirely

dedicated to the heritage of the performing arts

(theatre, opera, dance, etc.) and more specifically,

sets and costumes. The centre boasts around 9,000

costumes.

The International City of Lace and Fashion of Calais -

Nord Pas de Calais highlights the heritage of lacemaking

whilst creating a link with contemporary

design.

Glove factories are very famous in St Junien, Limousin and Millau in the Midi

Pyrenees.

French perfume: France has been a leader in the perfume industry since the 17th

Century, when Louis XV's court at Versailles was known as "la cour parfumée." Over

the centuries, France has made fragrances from flowers, leaves, moss, herbs, spices

and other ingredients.

The Musee International de la Parfumerie in Grasse pays homage to all things

perfume from processing raw materials to historical antiques associated with makeup

and perfume.

Table arts: Porcelain, Earthenware and Crystal

The Sevres Porcelain factory is one of the oldest and most prestigious producers of

quality French porcelain in France. Originally established in the mid 18th century, the

Sevres brand has remained consistently at the forefront of European porcelain

production for more than 200 years.

Limoges Porcelain is one of the world's most

famous porcelains. Les Halles, the fountain

from 1900 at the town hall and the Pavillon

Verdurier are all decorated with porcelain

tiles, as are the façades of many houses. Not

to be missed: The Royal Limoges Factory,

The Bernardaud Factory, The Pavillon de la

Porcelaine and the National Porcelain

Museum.

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The most famous French earthenware come from Niderviller in Lorraine, Gien in

Centre Val de Loire, Quimper in Brittany and Moustiers in Provence Alpes Cote

d'Azur.

In the heart of the Tursan vineyards in Aquitaine, the village of Samadet is

renowned for its earthenware manufacturing. The Earthenware and Table Arts

Museum) has three rooms which enable visitors to "go back in time". Visitors can

thus follow the development of the table arts from the Middle Ages to today.

France is very well known for the quality of its fine crystal - Baccarat, Saint Louis,

Daum, Lalique which have all opened a museum or design centre where their most

important and valuable collections can be seen.

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ACCOMMODATION & GASTRONOMY

Simply put, French cuisine is so good, it’s now protected by UNESCO! If you fancy recreating some

of this magic back home, then why not enrol on one of the many cookery classes France has to

offer. Or if you’re all about the eating, we have a series of restaurant suggestions to blow you

away. For a good nights sleep, choose from cosy B&Bs, 5* Palace Hotels, historic monuments and a

host of quirky ideas from horse drawn caravans to tree houses.

Luxury 5*

Heritage and Authenticity

B&BS - Guesthouses

Quirky

Style and Charm

Michelin Starred Restaurants

Haute Cuisine and Style

Cooking Classes and Local Treasures

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Luxury / 5*

Antibes: home to a grand total of five 5* hotels. That's roughly 1/4 of the entire 5*

hotels on the Côte d'Azur!

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel - brand new hotel with contemporary architecture,

which quickly gained the label Relais et Châteaux in 2010.

Belles Rives - Scott Fitzgerald's former villa, maintained in its traditional art deco

style and setting worthy of one of his novels.

Juana - belongs to the same owner as Belles Rives and both establishments have

gained the labels Small Luxury hotels of the world and Palaces de la Côte d'Azur.

Impérial Garoupe - a beautiful setting in the heart of Cap d'Antibes.

Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc - the most prestigious, regularly welcoming famous

guests.

Auvergne: The Vichy Spa Hotel and Resort les Célestins

Set in the heart of Napoleon III Park, a very special location. Gastronomic and healthy

delicacies with their subtle and light flavors as well

as an incredible spa.

Burgundy: Les Appartements à Part

Luxury apartments to rent long or short term, in the

heart of the historical city centre of Dijon, offering

visitors a living space between a vacation home,

hotel and a bed & breakfast.

Brittany: Love is...dining out in Dinard

For the ultimate in romance: Grand Hôtel Barrière's

Be My Love special offer - sumptuous double rooms, fine dining in the restaurant,

champagne, pool...

Corsica: "Le Cercle des Grandes Maisons Corses"

Most of the luxury hotels in Corsica have gathered in this association to give a label to

and protect the quality of the hospitality.Among the 22 hotels included, La Villa,

LeMaquis, the Boutique Hotel Miramar, the Domain of Murtolli, the Cala Rossa and

the Pinarello.

Languedoc: Domaine de Verchant, 5* luxury

Boutique Hotel

Set in an exquisite period guest house surrounded by

park and vineyards, whose exceptional ambience and

design makes it a privileged destination for romantic

couples, seasoned travelers and business people.

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Midi Pyrenées: Follow in the footsteps of a legend in

Toulouse

The trendy Hotel Le Grand Balcon: a unique space in

room No. 32, reconstructed as SAINT-EXUPERY's

original hotel accommodation with an exceptional view

on Capitole Square. Opening soon: 5* Le Grand Hôtel

Garonne.

Poitou Charentes : Hôtel Toiras 5* in St-Martin-de-Ré

New opening: luxury house "Villa Clarisse" by Hôtel

Toiras in April 2011. The house, very large at 1300m², is

a former 16th Century convent with five rooms and five

suites, all with lovely parquet, woodwork and

fireplaces. Other features include an indoor garden, a

spa, a well-being suite with hammam and a large,

heated swimming-pool.

Rhône Alpes: Les Fermes de Marie hotel in Megève wins its 5 th star!

A beautiful hotel a few minutes' walk from the centre of Megève. Old wood and

authentic charm reflect a world of tradition and luxury.

Riviera: Le Mas de Pierre in St Paul de Vence

Le Mas de Pierre is set in a slendid Mediterranean garden with hundred-year-old

olive trees. Luxury and comfort with 48 rooms, including 6 suites with terraces or

private gardens and a view of the domain and swimming pool.

Riviera: La Colombe d'Or in St Paul de Vence

A privileged location as well as an amazing and unique private modern art collection.

Regular visitors included Matisse, Braque, Léger, Calder and César. Many others have

left their magnificent works of art which are now an integral part of this unique

setting.

Heritage & Authenticity

Alsace: Chateau d'Isenbourg

Stunning chateau hotel and renowned

gastronomic stop over on the Alsace wine route,

overlooking the medieval city of Rouffach and the

Black Forest. Spacious rooms richly furnished and

formal dining in Les Tommeries. Relaxing massage

treatments in the spa also available.

Aquitaine: The Hotel Beaumanoir in Biarritz

Small 4* boutique hotel just 5 minutes from the

beach with a large private garden. Overlooking

Biarritz and the Atlantic, this half-timbered

building erected in 1885 is listed thanks to its

outstanding architecture. Baroque style redesigned in a very contemporary manner,

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spacious living room with fireplace and parquet Versailles, champagne bar and a 25

meters cobalt blue pool.

Burgundy: Le Manoir de Theuran

17th-century manor with three buildings and an outdoor swimming pool, set in 4hectares

in the heart of the Nièvre region. Cooking lessons also on offer.

Brittany: The Domaine de Rochevilaine

A collection of exquisitely restored traditional stone buildings - including an on-site

spa - set in spectacular grounds looking out to sea.

Champagne: Château d'Etoges near Epernay

A beautiful 17 th century chateau and gourmet dinner in the hotel's Orangerie

Restaurant.

Dordogne Valley: Château de la Treyne

Atop the Dordogne - authenticity of the past with modern comforts at this listed site.

Located between Lot known as the "Land of Marvels", and Dordogne, home to one

thousand châteaux, the Château is the ideal base from which to set off and discover

this beautiful region.

Dordogne Valley: Château de Mercuès

The origins of Château de Mercuès date back to the 18th century when the Bishop

Counts of Cahors decided to build a castle to defend the town of Cahors

and the Lot valley.

Now turned into one of the finest castle hotels in France.

Normandy: Le Château de Bouceel

Built in the 18th century, this family home has recently opened its doors to guests.

The 12th Century estate overlooks the stunning Mont Saint-Michel. An enchanting

residence where rooms are named after family ancestors.

Normandy: The Hotel de Bourgtheroulde 4*

In the heart of Rouen's historic centre, located

within a French Renaissance mansion.

Contemporary meets classic in this 16th century

Heritage listed building, combining Gothic,

Renaissance and luxury. Spa also available.

Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur: The Hotel de la

Mirande 4*

Located next to the Palace of the Popes, this

hotel has 700 years of history. A living historical monument, warm and comfortable

rooms with painted woodwork, a gastronomic restaurant, outstanding cooking

classes and impromptu concerts.

Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur: A Mexican adventure in Ubaye

Cosy and sumptuous villas built at the beginning of the last century by numerous

locals returning from Mexico with colossal fortunes.

One of them: La Villa Morelia 4* hotel, a neo-Mexican folly built in the 1900's at

Jausiers - one of the Ubaye valley's most fabulous addresses, featuring magnificent

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lounges, a terrace facing the mountains, sunny bedrooms, landscaped gardens, a

heated pool and a reputed restaurant.

Rhône-Alpes : Hôtel Domaine de Rilhac 3* in Ardèche

Originally a 17th century farmhouse, it has now been converted into a charming

hotel-restaurant. Peace, relaxation and an ideal base for exploring the region.

B&B – Guesthouses

Alsace: The Villa Novarina

This delightful B&B is located in the Strasbourg’s neighborhood. Outdoor swimming

pool, jacuzzi, garden and sunbathing terrace. Cycle trails, hiking and mountain biking

are available in the vicinity.

Burgundy: Le Hameau de Blagny

Located in a hamlet of three houses, the 18th-century

cottage has privileged views and a large living room, graced

by a fine Burgundy fireplace.

Dordogne Valley: Les Meyrandiers guesthouse in Argentat

Two houses full of character, charm and authenticity, dating

from 1701 & 1819. Beautifully restored with respect to

tradition and overlooking the Dordogne. Two rooms have a

magical view over the quays and roofs of Argentat.

Dordogne Valley: Lou Repaou guesthouse

An authentic local-style farmhouse dating back to 1851,

located in the heart of the Causses du Quercy regional park.

Carefully renovated and now including a swimming pool. Stay themed around the

truffle: "The Black Diamond".

Languedoc: Domaine Pech Laurier

An original self-catering gite, with designer suites situated in the Hérault county. The

estate blends perfectly with the landscape and vineyards thanks to the native herbs

and flowers that are grown around the buildings, on the terraces and in the gardens.

Limousin: The Domaine de la Jarrige

A set of buildings with a small network of outbuildings. Lounge area with reading

corner and the common dining room with a fireplace and bread oven. Flowered park

and discovery of unusual objects for nature lovers.

Limousin: Auberge Le Moulin de Fieux in Saint Goussaud

An 18 th century flour mill now converted into a beautiful guesthouse and restaurant.

It is surrounded by 14 hectares of natural landscape inviting peace, rest, walks and

gastronomic pleasure.

Limousin: The Manoir du Chapelier

A 16 th century manor house situated in Corrèze. While respecting its heritage and

authenticity, the owners have brought a touch of modernity and originality to the

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place making it warm, friendly and very comfortable. Three suites on offer as well as

an outdoor pool, garden, jacuzzi, spa and sauna.

Languedoc-Roussillon: Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus

An original B&B, in a 17th century renovated house.

Earthy, antique, shabby-chic, yet with a streak of

Provencal DNA, with a medley of modest,

mismatched charm. Also featuring sweet-scented

gardens and a wonderful pool.

Normandy: Youth Hostel mansion in Rouen

Rich history with a backpacker's budget in this 18 th

century listed building. Great transport links to Rouen

town centre. All ages are welcome at this hostel,

located in the heart of breathtaking scenery.

PACA: Galerie Huit in Arles

An art gallery / guesthouse recently opened by Julia de Bierre, a Franco-British

inhabitant of Arles. The gallery is housed in a 17 th century private residence in the

centre of Arles.

Seine & Marne: Le Moulin de Gueliz in Paley

A lovely and comfortable gite in a 16 th century renovated mill. Located on a little

canal of the Lunain river, in a charming village just 30 km from Fontainebleau, it can

accommodate 12 people in its large 250m² area.

Quirky

Nord Pas de Calais: Hikers' hut in the Vallee de la Lys

The association "Lilies without Borders" aims to promote the development of tourism

and recreation in the Valley of the Lily. A hiker's hut program has been set up to help

people find accommodation close to the Lys River, as well as close to the hiking and

cycling trails.

PACA: Le Corbusier Building in Marseille

Built between 1947 and 1952, the building

includes all of Le Corbusier's "Ville radieuse"

concepts developed as of 1935. Featuring a

hotel-restaurant developed in many of the

flats with a fabulous view over Marseille and

the coast from the deck roof.

Burgundy: Cabanes sur Pilotis

A hut built on stilts, situated at the bottom of

a tiny green valley and offering stunning views

of the Morvan hills. An unusual and unavoidable stop in the heart of lush nature. The

oak cabin is insulated, equipped with a fireplace and wood stove, lounge on the

ground floor and a double bed mezzanine.

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Loire Valley: Le Manoir du Parc in Amboise

Comfortable and modern wooden cabins on stilts, in a large hundred-year-old forest,

a few minutes from the Château Royal of Amboise. Each with double bed, toilet,

private jacuzzi, kitchenette and a 40m² wooden terrace. Also featuring a heated

outdoor pool and a range of optional extras including bike hire, massage, and cookery

courses.

Loire Valley: Hotel barge Nymphéa

One week cruising on the Cher River on the Nymphea, the only hotel barge navigating

the heart of the Loire Valley: unforgettable tours of Chateau de Chenonceau, the

Villandry Gardens and a Troglodyte cave dwelling to discover the wonders of the

Loire. Private wine tastings also arranged.

Champagne-Ardenne: Traditional 'roulotte' (horsedrawn caravan) in the Haute-

Marne region

Exploring picturesque countryside near Langres, the package includes fully-equipped

caravan, instructions, maps with 15km daily routes, horse feed, and overnight

camping stops.

Dordogne Valley: The suspended "Cabanes du Tertre"

Overlooking the Dordogne valley, in the heart of Perigord Noir, the region of truffles,

castles and fine food. Welcoming and comfortable, inspired both by our childhood

dreams and building of tree-houses by older children. All the comfort of a home with

the indefinable charm of a cabin, in a beautifully preserved environment.

Dordogne valley: An authentic Gypsy Caravan in the Bergerac region

A magical atmosphere created by the wood panelled interior, brightly painted

exterior of a real Gypsy caravan. 3 caravans equipped for 5 people and situated on

the outskirts of a beautiful forest, under a century old tree be it oak or chestnut.

Languedoc-Roussillon: Hotel barges Fandango

& Tango

The cruises float through the Languedoc,

recently dubbed "the next Provence." The

waterway is the picture-perfect 300 year old

Canal du Midi, designated a UNESCO World

Heritage Site and considered to be the

prettiest canal in France.

Midi Pyrenees: Orry in Ariège

The "Orrys", "Masucs", and "Parecs" are part of

the cultural heritage of the Ariège. These stone

huts are relics of traditional, pastoral life. When summer came, the herds were left

on the "estives" (mountain pastures) accompanied by the shepherds.

Although the shepherds are long gone, it is now possible to sleep in one of the orrys

with magnificent views over the Saurat valley.

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Style & Charm

Alsace: The Hotel Beaucour

Located 300m from the Cathedral and two steps away from the Ill River. With its five

main buildings in half-timber style dating back to the 18th century, it looks like a little

Alsatian village right in the heart of the city.

Alsace: The 3* Hostellerie Les Violettes

Beautiful residence in Vosges sandstone offering peace and tranquility, as well as an

excellent dining experience. It overlooks the pilgrim sight dedicated to the Virgin of

Hope in Thierenbach.

Nice: The Hotel Villa Rivoli

Family offers and little welcoming gift for the kids on

arrival as well as welcome drink for the family.

Nice: HI hotel

Design and urban hotel with a contemporary experience. Hotel concerned about well

being with a strong commitment to ecological values

using mineral organic paint on the hotel's façade,

organic products for breakfast and the restaurant,

recycled paper and much more…

Western Loire: La Mare aux Oiseaux

A wonderfully stylish hotel created by the Michelin

starred chef Eric Guérin in the enchanting setting of

the Brière marshes.

Rhône Alpes: Hotel Le Morgane 4*

Combining sophistication as well as the sporting nature

of Chamonix. The interior combines very contemporary

styles and the natural atmosphere of the area's

mountains. The architecture and day-to-day life of the

hotel is fully compliant with the latest environmental

standards.

Seine et Marne: Hotel Les Pléiades in Barbizon

A legendary 4* hotel in the art world with the souls of

all the great artists who frequented it. The hotel has the latest minimalist design, a

gourmet restaurant with a Michelin star and L'Atelier Brasserie, a benchmark on the

culinary scene. 20 spacious rooms and luxury suites, superb views onto the main

street, the Barbizon rooftops, the garden, "la Flamme" courtyard, the swimming pool

and the forest.

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Michelin-starred restaurants

Antibes: four restaurants with a Michelin star

Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit is a small family run restaurant where Christian

Morisset takes special pains to ensure meticulous quality, taste and freshness.

Le Pavillon is part of the Imperial Garoupe hotel, where chef Philippe Jégo had

already won the title “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.

Les Pêcheurs, the famous restaurant around which the new Cap d'Antibes Beach

Hotel is built.

De Bacon where Serge Philippin specialises in gourmet fish dishes.

Aquitaine: The 4* Hotel le Relais de la Poste in the Landes

The hotel boasts 2 Michelin-starred restaurants and is part of the Grand Chef Relais &

Châteaux as well as a member of Grandes Tables du Monde.

Midi Pyrenées: Michel Bras in Laguiole

Arguably France's most venerated chef, Michel Bras

won 3 Michelin stars in 1999. Today he runs,

together with his son, a restaurant and hotel in

Laguiole. The Bras family constantly put the Aveyron

in the spotlight with their cooking.

Nord Pas de Calais : Le Château de Beaulieu by

Marc Meurin

This is the only 2 Michelin starred restaurant North

of Paris, a must for the gastronomy lover. But if

you're looking for value for money, Le Jardin d'Alice is an alternative located in the

premises.

Haute cuisine and style

Gironde : Les Sources de Caudalie

Luxury hotel 20 minutes from Bordeaux. Fitness and gastronomy, cooking lessons and

treatments in the 'Vinotherapie' Spa centre (treatments based on grapes in a

vineyard environment).

Normandy: The 4* Hotel Ivan Vautier IV

Chic, smart and reasonable. Owner Ivan Vautier made a name for himself with the

restaurant 'Le Pressoir', conveniently located across the road from this new venture.

PACA: The Hotel de la Mirande

A beautiful old city mansion, just steps from the Palace of the Popes. Gastronomic

organic cuisine prepared by chef Julien Allano in the restaurant, and a lovely table

d'hôtes in the 19th-century kitchens, presided over by chef Jean-Claude Altmayer.

Cooking classes for groups and individuals available.

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Rhône Alpes: Gourmet village of Georges Blanc

Starting with the family inn created in 1872, Georges Blanc, renowned chef and

visionary businessman, developed a veritable Gourmet Village. He constantly

reinvents regional specialties through creations such as the crêpe Vonnassienne with

salmon and caviar or the legendary Bresse chicken with foie gras.

Cooking classes and local treasures

Auvergne: The village of Saint-Bonnet-le-

Froid in Haute-Loire

A village with amazing beauty and scenery as

well as many establishments in which to

relax and discover new flavours. A 3*

Michelin hotel restaurant, a tea room, a

famous patisserie as well as cooking classes

with a famous chef are all on offer.

Limousin: Auberge Le Cantou in Auffieu

Chef Bruno Quessada, a culinary artist,

promises a fantastic time teaching gourmet preparations and using refined local

products such as chestnuts, duck and wild plants for soup.

Nice: Cooking classes with Luc Salsedo

The restaurant Luc Salsedo allies the inventiveness of an outstanding chef with a rich

local gastronomy in sophisticated, unique and refined frame. In his restaurant he

boasts an original concept with a menu that changes every 10 days, with extra

suggestions, in a cosy and friendly atmosphere.

Nord pas de Calais: Cookery lessons abound

Several restaurants now offer cookery

lessons adapted for beginners as well as

specialists.

Poitou Charentes: Make your Own Cognac at

Maison Camus

The Master Blender Program: participants

take part in one of the vital stages in the

creation of cognac. After an introduction to

the art of cognac tasting, step into the world of the Cellar Master and create your

own cognac, blended by choosing 'eau de vie' from the finest vines of the region.

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Seine et Marne: local products

Brie and other cheeses,

Meaux and its famous mustard

Provins and its rose specialities

Fontainebleau and its sweets

the Gâtinais hedgerows, their succulent poultry and fragrant honeys

Moret-sur-Loing and its barley sugar

Réau and its melt-in-your mouth macarons

Nemours and its poppy-inspired products

All are places, treats and specialties with traditional flavours.

Corsica: authentic products

Let's just name:

Zonza, a village in the Alta Rocca with exceptional local made food

The restaurant and grocery of Marc Antoine Rocca Serra for an exceptional and

unique moment of happiness A Mandria at Solaro,

Dinner at U Tavonu in Propriano

Centuri in the Cap Corse to taste the best "langoustes" of the Mediterranean Sea

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GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

France is often overlooked as a budget holiday destination but has much to offer the price

conscious traveler. France is near to the UK and cheap to get to, with one of the best

selections of affordable holidays. Whether you travel by sea, plane or train, and whether

you, snuggle down in a B&B, go camping or lord it up in a 5* boutique hotel, there are

fantastic deals to be had.

Flights

Train

Ferries

Buses

Camping

Gîtes de France

Guesthouses and B&Bs

Family Holiday Centres

Holiday Rentals

Eating Out

Affordable France Website

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Easy & Affordable Access

France is a fantastic destination for long holidays or short breaks due to its close proximity to

the UK and is probably one of the easiest to reach holiday destinations for Brits.

FLIGHTS

France hosts 11 international airports, alongside dozens of regional airports and

has become a favourite destination for mainstream airlines as well as low cost

carriers.

12 airlines offer a combination of great value cheap flights to France, along with a

quality reliable service and most of the time, available packages with a rental car

and/or a hotel.

Air France: from Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, London

Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton.

Aurigny Air Services: from Guernsey.

bmi: from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and

Manchester. New route from Manchester to Montpellier.

bmibaby: from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands and Manchester.

British Airways: from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London City, London Heathrow, and

Manchester.

City Jet: from London City including a new route from to Toulon in Provence-Alpes-Côte

d'Azur.

easyjet: from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Luton and

Stansted, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Flybe: from Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey,

London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Southampton.

Jet2: from Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle. New base opening in

Glasgow this summer with flights to Nice. New route from Manchester to Brive Dordogne

Valley.

Lydd Air: from Lydd.

Ryanair: from Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London

Luton & Stansted and Liverpool, including a new route from Liverpool to Toulon in Provence-

Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Swiss International: from London City, London Heathrow and Manchester.

TRAIN

Eurostar

Departing from St Pancras International, Eurostar's

magnificently restored central London home, you'll be

whisked at 186mph to the heart of Paris in just 2h15

minutes. Eurostar also offers direct services to Lille,

Disneyland Resort Paris®, Avignon (in the summer) and

the French Alps (in the winter). All year round, Eurostar

also offers connecting fares to more than 70

destinations in France and more than 200 stations in

the UK.

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Rail Europe

Internally too, France has an extensive and reliable rail system, allowing visitors to

travel almost anywhere at affordable prices. The TGV is the best example of this,

allowing high-speed travel throughout the country. Rail Europe offers all the services

to book trains in France at your convenience with the best deals.

FERRIES

8 different ferry operators with services from the UK to France on 15 different ferry routes

between France and the UK:

Brittany Ferries: from Portsmouth to Caen, Cherbourg and St Malo. From Poole

to Cherbourg and from Plymouth to Roscoff.

Condor Ferries: From Portsmouth to Cherbourg and from Weymouth and Poole

to St Malo.

L D Lines: from Dover to Boulogne and from Portsmouth to Le Havre.

P & O Ferries: from Dover to Calais.

SeaFrance: from Dover to Calais.

Euroferries: from Ramsgate to Boulogne.

Transmanche Ferries: from Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS Seaways: Dover to Dunkirk.

Between Ireland and France, Brittany Ferries, Irish Ferries and Celtic Ferries offer crossings

between Cork and Roscoff, Rosslare and Roscoff and Rosslare to Cherbourg.

BUSES

Eurolines is currently the only operator that runs coach services from the UK to

France. Eurolines offers competitive prices to a wide range of destinations in

modern air-conditioned coaches. City centre to city centre travel and a free

luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases. It's the most carbon-efficient

form of travel across Europe. Eurolines also offers a range of value-added

discount deals at French attractions including the Montparnasse Tower and

Vedettes de Paris river cruises along the Seine in Paris.

A Wide Range of Accommodation for all Budgets

Hosting about 80 million visitors annually, France offers a

tremendous array of accommodation to suit travellers of all tastes

on any budget.

CAMPING

Over 1.2 m Britons flocked to French campsites in 2010. Here's

Why…

France has the biggest range of campsites in Europe.

Only the USA has more.

10,430 different camp sites, ranging from 1* to luxury

4* sites

103 million overnight stays in 2009

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54% more families looked at French camping holidays during the first 9 days of

2011 compared with the same period last year

Today's modern holiday parks and villages offer a

range of facilities and onsite activities from indoor

and outdoor pools, sports facilities, age-specific kid's

clubs and family entertainment.

Many of them offer "glamping" such as tree houses

on stilts in the Loire Valley & Dordogne and horse

drawn gypsy caravans in the Champagne region.

For a list of the French campsites: http://www.ffcc.fr/

GITES DE FRANCE, A NATIONAL ICON

55,000 holiday homes

10,000 Bed & Breakfasts

Accommodation classified from 1 to 5 "Ears of Wheat"

Usually located in great countryside or a small village, a French gîte is the perfect base from

which to explore the surrounding area, and to enjoy a variety of recreational amenities such

as golf, fishing, cycling, or horse riding.

Gîtes are French owned with the owner often living nearby. Although Gîtes de France have

been welcoming people for generations, owners are required to sign the official “Gîtes de

France” charter, and to maintain the high standards that it demands.

HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES & B&Bs

Guesthouses and B&Bs are more and more important in France. Usually located

in the owner's house or property, they are in caractère.

Hotels in France are classified from 1* to 5*. The classification system and the

criteria to get the star(s) are very rigorous. The prices might change depending on

the regions and the time of the year.

Focus on a special category, "les Logis de France". Every establishment is imbued with a

warm family atmosphere. They have all committed to a demanding quality approach

ensuring your comfort, in keeping with their "fireplaces" classification. The Logis are

renowned for the quality of their dining.

Focus on the new PALACE label: it is due to be awarded to just one fifth of the one hundred

5* hotels in France. Included in the label's official criteria; the ability to deliver luggage to

rooms less than ten minutes after arriving, an exceptional geographical location and a

certain percentage of investment each year. PALACE demands outstanding services.

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FAMILY HOLIDAY CENTRES

An old manor in the country, a huge park with majestic trees, a private island, a panoramic

mountain setting, on the river's edge or near a landmark heritage site, the holiday village can

offer a prestigious touch that can make a difference.

Each region and village vacation boasts unsuspected treasures.

The French government has decided to refurbish this Family holiday sector. A special fund

has been created:

€150m to restore and refurbish Family Holiday now and rising

€1billion to be made available over the next 10 years

HOLIDAY RENTALS

Residences de Tourisme

13 million clients per year, half of which are families

960 residences & 97,400 apartments

Accommodation available in the mountains, countryside, seaside and cities

A "Résidence de Tourisme" is a complex providing home-from-home accommodation,

specially fitted out for tourist clientele (business or leisure). These are managed by a single

operating company, and the accommodation must meet standard requirements, rated in

compliance with the national reference system ranging from 1 to 5 stars.

Affordable rural French "maisonettes". A French country cottage (maisonette)

conjures up images of chocolate box houses, pretty gardens, open fires and quirky

interiors; all very typical of France. Generally, maisonettes tend to be more

competitively priced compared to a villa or gîte because they are less spacious.

French Holiday Rentals by the Sea

All along the 5,200km of coastline, except in

protected areas, very nice and comfortable

properties managed by holiday apartment rental

companies, private houses or flats can be found.

Budget villa holiday

While a French villa holiday is often associated

with the south of France, there are also plenty of beautiful villas to rent in North,

West and central France, where rental prices are usually lower. If you have a more

generous budget, France is home to a wide collection of luxury villas in exotic

locations such as Corsica, Provence

and the South West.

As well as a vast selection of holiday companies, there are also over 1 million privately

owned properties available to rent for holidays in France which are advertised in property

magazines and through local Tourist Boards.

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EATING OUT

Dining out whilst on holiday in France needn't be expensive. There is a clear distinction

between "gastronomie" and "haute cuisine" in France and eating well does not have to

mean paying a lot.

Cafés and bistrots are a cheaper alternative to more formal restaurants and often

offer hearty, back to basics food typical of the region. The best ones are those with

the most locals inside!

Food à la ferme is as fresh as it gets. Many

farms in South West France are open to

visitors who are able to buy fresh produce to

enjoy there or take away, including traditional

patés and regional delicacies.

The most modest option is auberges de pays.

Often found in rural areas, locals offer rooms

and meals at very affordable prices.

VAT for restaurants in France has been

reduced, making l'addition cheaper for everyone.

Even McDonald's in France is better than anywhere else! The company is bound by

strict national regulations, obliging it to adapt to French traditions.

ATOUT FRANCE'S DEDICATED AFFORDABLE FRANCE

WEBSITE

The website offers fantastic bargains proposed directly by our partners in France. The

website features holidays in 14 different themes including Family Holidays, City Breaks,

Winter Sports, Golf, Culture and Camping. www.affordable-france.co.uk

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DISCOVERY

Britons have been holidaying in France for many years, but we guarantee there are

destinations and activities which have yet to be truly discovered. See the lilies in Aquitaine

that caught the eye of Monet, go grape picking in Gironde and take to the seas in an

authentic old sailing ship in Poitou Charentes.

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Aquitaine: 2 days in the Bergerac vineyard

Bergerac is a lovely city in Périgord, situated by the Dordogne river. This break is an

invitation to come and visit this tiny city and the surrounding vineyard. The local wine

estate and its wines called 'Bergerac' or 'Monbazillac' remain quite unknown in

comparison with their world-reputed neighbours of Bordeaux but they are really

worth getting to know.

www.bergerac-tourisme.com

Aquitaine: La Tour Marliac in Lot & Garonne and

Monet Lilies

Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac founded a nursery for

hardy water lilies and he was ultimately able to

build a collection whose palette ranged from

delicate yellow to fuchsia and deep red. His newly

created plants caught the eye of a painter, Claude

Monet. This experience at Bagatelle inspired him

to build his water garden at Giverny.

www.latour-marliac.com

Auvergne: Visit the Puy-de-Dôme aboard a stylish 2CV, a vintage and mythical

symbol of France

Through the peaceful area of "Les Combrailles", visit the French countryside from a

different point of view. Romantic journey along the river Sioule, with picnic in the

trunk and a unique sunset over the Queuille.

www.auvergne-toutisme.info

The Buron of Niercombes in Thiézac: calm and peacefulness in the heart of the

Auvergne region

Built more than 300 years ago and dominating the ancient glacier valley of la Cère,

the Buron of Niercombe was a mountain-cheese making facility until the 1940's.

Abandoned for more than 60 years, it has now been restored and is only accessible

by some foot paths and a steep private mountain road.

www.niercombe.fr

Brittany: Walking and wellbeing

Five days of guided walks exploring the coast and

countryside around Roscoff alongside a programme

of carefully selected thalassotherapy treatments -

what better way to get back to nature and recharge

your batteries?

www.sentiersmaritimes.com

Centre - Val de Loire: Discovery cruise with "Les Passeurs de Loire"

Naturalists Bruno and Jean-Philippe build traditional boats. New in 2011 is a two-day

break including a cruise, picnic on an island and guided visit of the St Benoît sur Loire

abbey -where monks still live and chant Gregorian melodies! Also on offer is an

introduction to fishing, dinner sourced from local produce and listening to traditional

Loire boatmen songs. Spend the night in a bivouac tent with the camp set up on an

island as well as a visit to the Loire Marine museum.http://www.passeursdeloire.fr

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Champagne Ardenne: the Semoy Valley, a land of legend and mystery

Explore the beautiful Ardennes on a walking holiday through the Semoy valley in

north east France and into Belgium. With well-kept paths and tracks, each leg is less

than 20 km. €279 per person (based on 2 people) for 4 nights half board including

luggage transfers and maps. 1 April - 29 September 2011.

www.ardennes.com

Gironde: Grape picking in the Cadillac appellation

Take part in the harvest and learn the art of grape

picking at this famous vineyard. Enjoy a wine tasting and

a behind the scenes wine tour on this Vine & Dine Grape

Picking lasting 2 days and 1 night.

www.entredeuxmers.com

Gironde: Surfing and body boarding in Lacanau

Every year, Lacanau organises the Lacanau Pro, official stage of the surfing world

championship.

Both groups and individuals can start learning the sport as several schools are

available.

www.lacanau.com/english/surf.htm

Midi Pyrenees: The blue gold of Toulouse

Discover the fascinating story of Pastel. Visit the magnificent pastel merchant

mansions and their unusual towers, built in the Renaissance period, and enter into

beautiful inner courtyards, often turned into museums like the Hôtel d'Assézat. Don't

forget to shop for unique woad products (cosmetic, clothes).

www.grainedepastel.com

Midi Pyrenees: Millau, the former centre of leather manufacturing in France

Visit the l'Atelier gantier, and buy a pair of locally designed, hand-made and handsewn

ladies' leather or suede gloves for about €45 upwards, in one of umpteen

colours. Some of the designs are ultra-chic and quite extraordinary. The Causse

factory is one of the last ones in France and makes gloves for Chanel, Vuitton and

Hermes.

www.ot-millau.fr

Nice: The Observatory

The Observatory complex offers remarkable scientific, historical and natural heritage.

Built by Charles Garnier (who built the Opera in Paris), it boasts Europe's largest

sliding dome designed by Gustave Eiffel.

www.oca.eu

Nord Pas de Calais: Paddle sea walking

This quirky sport has been developing over the past couple of years along the Côte

d'Opale. It consists of walking along the coast with a paddle and water up to your

chest! It's great exercise!

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Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur: Le Corbusier Building in Marseille

Built between 1947 and 1952, the Le Corbusier building includes all of Le Corbusier's

"Ville radieuse" concepts developed as of 1935. The 50,000 tonnes of the Cité

Radieuse building are laid on 34 rough reinforced concrete pillars. There are 337 flats

of 15 different types.

Western Loire: Vineyard Discovery

A new initiative Vineyard Discovery ensures that visitors can fully understand, enjoy

and appreciate the Loire Valley wines in Sarthe through the wine growers, local

partners, wine sellers and selected local hoteliers and restaurateurs.

www.vallee-du-loir.com

Poitou Charentes: Classic Sail the old-fashioned way with 'Lola of Skagen', an

authentic old sailing ship!

The three-day trip takes in the islands of Oléron and Ré and reflects the maritime

heritage of the region, with fortresses and lighthouses, as well as the area's beautiful

beaches.

www.voiletraditionnelle.com

Poitou Charentes: Explore the surrounding

countryside of the B&B "Couette et Potager

d'Antan" (Melle) in a 2CV classic car!

Annie the owner not only serves regional meals

cooked using some of the lesser know local

ingredients and vegetables long forgotten by the

mainstream farmer, but also provides

entertainment with a 2CV to explore the area.

www.coubortiges-gites.com

Riviera: on the trail of the wolf with a local guide

An extremely rare sight anywhere in Europe these days, but especially so this side of

the Italian border. Wild wolves live in the Park, albeit in very small numbers, and so

one will be very lucky to spot this shy, elusive creature, but it is possible!

Five fantastic days walking, looking out for

signs of wolf activity and of course all the

other fauna and flora with which the area

abounds. This program also includes a visit

of Alpha Scénoparc - The time of the wolf

in Le Boréon near St Martin Vésubie - to

give you the chance to discover more

about the myth of the wolf and come face

to face with the centre's semi wild

inhabitants.

8 day trip, 7 night accommodation: £455 Gîte Based: self catering, no transport,

meals or drinks included.

www.space-between.co.uk/walking-holiday-wolf-tracking-france-mercatour.html

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ONE REGION: ONE IDEA

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Alsace – Grand opening of the Lalique Museum June 2011

Antibes – Picasso Museum – Nicolas de Staël and the Safranier

Aquitaine – Latour Marliac & Monet Lillies

Auvergne – The Buron of Niercombes

Brittany – La semaine du Golfe du Morbihan,

30 May – 5 June

Burgundy – The Chablis Vineyard in an Old

2CV

Champagne-Ardenne – The Renoir Project in

Essoyes

Corsica – Authentic local gastronomy

Dordogne Valley Argentat to Souillac – Charming guesthouse Les Meyrandiers in Argentat

Dordogne Valley Sarlat to Bergerac – Sleeping in the suspended “Cabanes du Tertre”

Gironde – Grape picking in the Cadillac appellation

Languedoc – Roussillion – Poterie d’Anduze, Des Siecles de Legende

Limousin et Creuse – Musée du Président Chirac

Loire Valley – “Les Passeurs de Loire” Cruise

Midi Pyrenees & Toulouse – 2011, Year of the Pyrenees

Nantes – The Island Machines

Pays de la Loire & Vendee – St Jean de Monts Kids Folies Festival

Nice – Italian Heritage and Baroque

Churches

Nord-Pas-de-Calais – Cookery Lessons &

Paddle Sea Walking

Normandy – Medieval Normandy, 1100

Years of History

Poitou Charentes & Ile de Ré – Make your own Cognac at Maison Camus

PACA – Orientalism in Europe from Delacroix to Matisse

Rhone-Alpes et Savoie Mont Blanc – Gourmet villages of Georges Blanc & Marc Keyrat

Riviera et Mercantour Resorts – On the trail of the wolf

Seine-et-Marne – Fontainebleau’s Forest & Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau

More information on www.francemeetsthemedia.co.uk

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH OUR QUIZ!

Think you know France? How many of these questions do you know the

answer to?!

1. How many UNESCO World Heriatge sites are there in France?

2. In which region can you make your own cognac?

3. Where is the “Vallee des Merveilles”?

4. What is manufactured in Anduze?

5. Where is the “Cordouan Lighthouse”?

6. Which region is famous for its Chablis?

7. When and where is the “Festival des Vielles Charrues”?

8. Where will the exhibition “Barbizon à l’affiche” be held?

9. In which city is the “LES CHOREGIES” festival?

10. Which famous designer has refurbished “La Co(o)rniche” Hotel restaurant?

11. What are the “Voies Vertes”?

12. Which company flies from London to Brive La Gaillarde?

13. What and where is the “Remembrance Trail”?

14. Where are the “Caves de Lascaux”

15. Which famous crystal brand is going to open a museum and where?

16. Which is the highest mountain in France?

17. Where can you find Le Corbusier Cite Radieuse building?

18. In which city are the “Anneaux de Buren” ?

19. Which city has been named “food capital of the world” by The Observer Food

Monthly Magazine?

20. Which island has been named the 6 th most beautiful island in the world?

Find the answers on www.uk.franceguide.com/press-corner

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