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With a reputation as of one of the world’s most culturally identifiable countries, spectacular France boasts breathtaking architecture, sophisticated art, and glorious food. Its political and cultural history is as complex as it is impressive, whilst its stunning landscapes offer a blend of quaint, rural villages, huge cities, rolling vineyards and beautiful greenery.
The capital city of Paris is one of the country’s highlights, with iconic, must-see landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. In contrast, the south of France is a playground for the rich and famous, with Monte Carlo – home to the renowned grand prix circuit – and the Cote d'AZur being hotspots for jet-setters from all over the world.
France operates the second largest rail network in Europe, with a total of just under thirty thousand kilometres of railway spanning the country. There are some incredibly scenic rail journeys on offer, and one of the most stunning rides you can take is on the Mont Blanc Express. For those seeking cultural experiences, the province of Champagne is home to Gothic architecture, charming villages, and the Moët et Chandon Champagne House for a truly sparkling tour.
Whatever you’re looking for, France offers a rich, rewarding experience for visitors, and a holiday with Arena Travel is a wonderful way to see and do as much as possible in this exciting country.
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Experience ultimate relaxation at the popular and charming Château des Comtes de Challes, set within truly beautiful surroundings.
Renowned the world over for its culture and its cuisine, few countries inspire travellers quite like France. Not surprisingly it is the world’s most visited country and with some of the most famous rivers in Europe flowing through France, a river cruise is a great way to discover why it’s such a popular holiday destination.
Winding through the heart of Paris, the River Seine captures the essence of the romantic French capital with many of the city’s most famous monuments and buildings, including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde, sitting on its banks. Around eighty percent of France is beautiful countryside with stunning chateaux, churches and precariously-perched hilltop villages decorating the landscape. Under magnificent Mediterranean skies, Provence is perhaps the most colourful canvas strewn with sun-kissed lavender fields, dazzling sunflowers and emerald rivers. In contrast there are many moods to the stunning Ardeche, whilst the Carmargue, Western Europe’s largest river delta, is a wild landscape of red salt lagoons teeming with flamingos. Rivers spurred the establishment and growth of important cities along their banks. Avignon was once the seat of Catholic popes, Arles is known for its Roman treasures and commanding the most strategic spot at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône, Lyon is a city of culture intimately associated with good food and fine-dining.
Whether its chic cities, iconic architecture, world-class art or wine-tasting through Burgundy, French rivers certainly create a landscape that’s easy on the eye.
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France currently operates the second largest rail network in Europe, with a total of just under thirty thousand kilometres of railway spanning the country. Not only is it home of the Eurostar, transporting travellers from the UK via the English Channel, it also operates the highspeed TGV which connects all the major cities in the country. As well as its impressive highspeed network. France also offers some incredibly scenic rail journeys. One of the most stunning rides you can take is on the Mont Blanc Express.
The highlight of France is no doubt Paris, its capital city. Here you can see iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The south of France is the playgroup for the rich and famous with Monte Carlo, home to the renowned grand prix circuit and St Tropez being the hotspots for jet-setters from all over the world. If sightseeing doesn’t take your fancy, you can disappear into one of the hundreds of dainty cafés located throughout the cities and sample the local delicacies.
France’s wine is world famous. The French are known for their attention to detail in wine making, where every flavour or element is heavily calculated, ensuring a complex and nuanced taste, regardless of the grape or vintage. French food is just as sophisticated: the nation’s breads, cheeses, and meats are among the world’s finest, and its restaurants are arguably the most sophisticated in the entire world. The food, wine and fine dining in France make it the ultimate holiday destination for any foodie or oenophile.
In France the culture lives and breathes in its cities and is remembered in its museums and art galleries. Priceless works of art and spectacular sights are dotted all around the country, from the Louvre in Paris, to Monet’s Garden in Giverny; and on top of all of that, France’s assortment of opera, street performers, dance and music make it one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world. France’s cultural offering provides a rich, rewarding experience for visitors, and a rail holiday is a wonderful way to see and do as much as possible in this exciting country.