France

France enjoys numerous and efficient links from the UK by air, sea, train and land (well, at least under it!) and this means the range of holiday types to France is endless – rail, fly drive, self-drive and city break. For those interested in wine, gastronomy, art and culture, history, beautiful beaches, scenic countryside and winter sports; look no further. France has it all.

Paris will always be Paris. It has the unique ability of being able to reinvent itself every time it is visited which means you can return time and time again and always find a new experience! It is also the most quintessential and popular short break destination for the UK market. In less than two and half hours from central London by Eurostar you can be in the centre of Paris, which has to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Whether staying on the arty left bank with its criss-cross of small picturesque streets or the classic right bank and its grand Hausmannian boulevards, there are superb hotels to suit all budgets. A short break to Paris would not be complete without shopping, galleries, museums and restaurants and at Seventy Ten Travel we are here to recommend the finest eateries and book a table for lunch or dinner; tickets for that ‘must see’ exhibition or opera or ballet performance.

Paris is and always will be a firm favourite amongst European city break destinations, but escape the capital and head out into ‘L’Hexagone’ and the most fascinating, beautiful and varied country awaits.

The ‘bon viveurs’ amongst you will be drawn to the grape growing regions of Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône and Loire valleys. And of course, where there’s fine wine good food is never far behind!

France is steeped in history and due to the recent anniversaries of both world wars, the regions of the Somme and the WW1 battlefields as well as Normandy, home to the WW2 landings and to some fascinating museums have become ‘must-see’ destinations on any tailor made itinerary through France.

Driving in France is a pleasure; long tree-lined and deserted roads lead you effortlessly to your destination through the prettiest of villages. Recommended self-drive itineraries include the castles of the Loire valley; the vineyards of Bordeaux followed by the Dordogne river; Avignon, the Luberon, Aix and Marseille; towns of the Languedoc and Reims and Epernay.

The coastline is as varied as the interior from the warm sheltered Mediterranean to the slightly more unpredictable but no less beautiful Atlantic seaboard and the rugged waters off Northern Brittany.

And from beaches to mountains, France’s alpine resorts are home to some of the best ski areas in the world. And for those who don’t like the cold, the mountains are every bit as breath-taking in the summer months.