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France: Paris and south to the sea

France is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations thanks to an abundance of attractions, activities and unique things to do. Discover its rich history by touring its majestic castles, marvelling at its monuments and visiting its fabulous museums. Be forewarned though—a trip to France makes a romantic out of anyone!

France Your Way

Couples
 
No tour to France is complete without a stop in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities on the globe. The list of must-see attractions is endless: legendary art museums, charming cafés, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de triomphe, the Champs-Élysées and the palace at Versailles. With so much to take in, make sure to plan your days wisely! Paris is very popular for honeymooners, but the south of France is just as perfect for a couple’s getaway. Don’t miss the beaches of the Côte d’Azur and its flavourful local wines. If you’re having a winter wedding, why not celebrate by skiing the epic Alps? In autumn, the grape harvest in Bordeaux is as romantic as it gets.
Family playgrounds
 
Kids love Paris for its classic monuments, but amusement parks like Disneyland Paris and Parc Astérix certainly increase the appeal. When leaving Paris, consider a visit to the castles in the Loire region or pop down to Cannes for some celebrity spotting.
Travelling with friends
 
Many young travellers choose France as a destination because flights are affordable and getting around is easy. There are also countless hotels, inns and delicious restaurants to choose from. France is a true tourist paradise, especially for adventure travellers! Thrill seekers can easily find the perfect adrenaline-boosting package. Choose the Alps for a spectacular hiking, skiing, mountain biking or climbing experience, or head to the Basque region to catch a wave.
 

France Guided Tours

A Royal Week in Paris
  • Carte circuit Semaine royale à Paris

    A Royal Week in Paris

    What could be better than spending 7 fabulous days exploring Paris and the surrounding area? All the significant landmarks are included in your explorations, starting with an orientation tour of the City of Light but also castles - many castles - Montmartre, the medieval city of Provins, and the mandatory cruise on the Seine River. Cheers to a Royal Holiday!

    9 days 7 nights 11 meals French      More details >




Beer, Wine & Champagne
  • Map guided tour Belgium

    Beer, Wine & Champagne

    Your taste buds will waltz through hops and grape varieties with delight, while your heart will flutter at the sight of stunning discoveries. Belgium, Switzerland and France, with a short foray into Luxembourg: superb landscapes, sublime tastings and unforgettable visits await you!

    13 days 11 nights 14 meals French      More details >





Charms of the South West of France
  • Guided tour map Charms of the South West of France

    Charms of the South West of France

    This guided tour includes seaside and coastal towns, but also scenic in places, including the Pilat Dune, a real desert! Some vineyards, among which a Saint Emilion Grand Cru winery and cognac distillery, will offer you a taste of their products, but not before you spend some time in Biarritz one of France's world-class beach towns!

    14 days 12 nights 16 meals French      More details >




In the Heart of Alsace
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    In the Heart of Alsace

    Discover the rich heritage and old-world charm of Alsace on the wine route and in the Little Venice area of Colmar, the capital of Alsatian wine. The Vosges offer a dreamy setting of lakes and mountains, and the Black Forest in Germany will enchant you with its traditional charm.

    9 days 7 nights 9 mealsFrench      More details >




Memories & Wonders of Flanders and Normandy
  • Map guided tour Belgium

    Memories & Wonders of Flanders and Normandy

    Explore the magnificent past and dramatic coastline of Flanders and Normandy in this 14-day tour from Brussels to Paris and historic highlights in between. An illuminating tour fit for the Sun King!

    14 days 12 nights 15 meals French       More details >



Nice and the Perfumes of French Riviera
  • Carte circuit Nice et les parfums de la Côte d'Azur

    Nice & the Perfumes of French Riviera

    On this guided tour, you’ll explore many famed and lesser-known parts of the French Riviera, while staying at the same hotel every day. During your stay in Southern France, Nice will be your base, which you’ll depart from every morning to begin a new adventure, and return to every evening. Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Grasse and many more dream destinations are sure to awaken your senses.

    9 days 7 nights 11 meals French      More details >




Paris & Essential Netherlands
  • Map coach Paris & Essential Netherlands

    Paris & Essential Netherlands

    Eclipsed by capitals such as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam are regional towns awaiting to show their charm. Discover the beautiful coastal town of The Hague, and Gouda; Lille in France and Koblenz in Germany where you will travel along the Rhine on a river cruise.

    12 days 10 nights 16 meals French      More details >




The Fine Flavours and Heritage of Eastern France and Geneva Lake
  • Map guided tour The Fine Flavours and Heritage of Eastern France and Geneva Lake

    New!The Fine Flavours and Heritage of Eastern France and Geneva Lake

    If charming cities, fabulous wines, and amazing cuisine are your idea of a good time, then you’re in for a real treat! Wander through the Alps and admire the majestic Mont Blanc; hop over to Switzerland and discover the lovely village of Fribourg, then return to France for an unforgettable culinary journey. Experience Alsace’s Wine Route, Burgundy’s mouth-watering pastries and prestigious wines, not to mention Lyon’s world-famous specialties. A unique escapade that’s sure to titillate your palate!

    12 days 10 nights 14 meals French      More details >




Tour of France
  • Carte circuit Tour de France

    Tour of France

    Set off to discover some of the loveliest places in France. You’ll be enchanted by the beauty of Mont Saint-Michel, built on a rocky islet, the Loire castles and the fine wines of Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion. The Provençal sun awaits down south, as does the culinary traditions of Lyon on your way back to end your adventure in Paris, the City of Light!

    16 days 14 nights 19 meals French      More details >




Treasures of Provence & of the French Riviera
  • Guided tours map Treasures of Provence & of the French Riviera

    Treasures of Provence & of the French Riviera

    What a superb seaside itinerary that will take you to sites of unequalled beauty! Starting with Toulouse’s Renaissance houses, followed by the medieval city of Carcassonne and many more treasures of Provence and of the French Riviera, you will travel through eras.

    14 days 12 nights 15 meals French      More details >


Wonders of Western France
  • Carte circuit Gourmandises de l'Ouest de la France

    Wonders of Western France

    Wander through a troglodyte village, explore a castle and its fairy-tale gardens, tour some of the most beautiful villages in France and discover the beaches of D-Day… This diverse tour is sure to please all your senses. We’ll even throw in a few succulent tastings!

    14 days 12 nights 16 meals French      More details >

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Experience Transat Blog

  • Day Trip from Lyon: Visit Grignan, its Magnificent Castle and Lavender Fields

    By DIAN EMERY / 29 July 2016
    Located pretty much directly south of Lyon via the A7, Grignan is easy to get to by car. A scant two hour, eighty kilometres drive will transport you from the lovely, but busy city of Lyon, to the tranquil world of Grignan, France. All the paths in Grignan lead to the castle which is located up, way on top of a rocky hill. The castle has loomed over the flat countryside since the 11th century, even if it was almost completely destroyed during the French Revolution. It has now been beautifully restored and is open to visitors year round with English language tours available during the months of July and August.

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  • Ten Ways To Visit Aquitaine

    By MARIE-EVE VALLIERES / 23 July 2016
    Located along the wild Atlantic Coast and encompassing some of the most beautiful scenery in France, Aquitaine holds an exclusive combination of archetypal activities that will appeal to both grown-ups and little ones. The “valley of 1000 castles” is without a doubt our favourite place in all of Aquitaine. Why? Simply because we feel it perfectly embodies what most people imagine the south west of France to be like: high-perched castles overlooking medieval villages that are flanked by vineyards and luxuriant gardens.

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  • Shopping Day Trips from Paris: Vide-Greniers Galore!

    By DREW GOUGH / 15 July 2016
    Most Saturdays and Sundays, towns around Paris host vide-greniers—which translates to the lovely expression “empty attic.” A vide-grenier is a knot of the old and the now useless, its customers made up of treasure-hunting antiquers, local families in search of an easy day out, and in our case, Canadian tourists looking for a day trip from Paris. It’s old copies of video games and vintage clothing, lawn mowers and handmade ceramics. Day trips from Paris are so easy to plan. There’s a tradition and rhythm to an outdoor French sale that residents adore and tourists miss. Don’t be that tourist!

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  • Where to Eat in Paris: Eat Like a Local!

    By CEDRIC LIZOTTE / 27 May 2016
    Paris is one of the culinary capitals of the world, and “where to eat in Paris” is a hotly-debated subject amongst locals. France has one of the most celebrated food cultures on this planet. It’s also a hot spot for tourism: Paris is the third most visited city in the world, with 16 million tourists each year. There are hundreds of great bistros in Paris. Here are just a few, as recommended by Parisians themselves. Don’t forget to make reservations for all of these restaurants, since cheap and good eateries tend to get very, very busy in the City of Light.

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