Bonjour! A Journey to France

One simply never tires of France, and these up-to-date travel recommendations will add more pizazz to your journey. Our recommendations here are about how to travel to, and around, France, as well as some of the latest destination and venue updates – so you’ll get the most out of your journey.

RAIL EUROPE

Not fond of flying? Travelling by rail is a charming alternative and you’ll get to experience the landscape at eye level. Rail Europe is the largest rail network stretching across Europe, and it has just launched its new TGV Océane trains, with superior facilities on their routes between Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse.

CROISIEUROPE

Perhaps you’d prefer a cruise? You won’t be able to refuse this luxurious service with its very affordable prices. CrosiEurope is the largest and most experienced river cruise line in Europe, offering routes to a number of dazzling cities in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Belgium. They now also offer travellers more customisation for their on-shore excursions, with a choice of three packages: Classic, Discovery and À La Carte.

LUBERON COEUR DE PROVENCE

If you want to feel the love, you’ll certainly do so in Provence, one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Luberon Coeur de Provence’s Tourist Office offers many insights into getting the most out of your visit there. For example, explore Gordes and Lourmarin (two of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’), and enjoy the mountainous outdoors on Luberon massif – as well as, of course, relax in romantic boutique hotels and discover the gastronomic delights of Provence!

PROVENCE-ALPS- COTE D’AZUR

The South of France – encompassing Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Saint- Tropez – is memorable not just for its sparkling vistas and colour-saturated landscapes. Other reasons to visit – or revisit! – are attractions such as La Cité Radieuse (which has just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list); the LUMA Architecture Foundation in Arles; McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village in Marseille; and Carré du Palais, the historic grand hotel-turned-bank which has just been transformed into a promotional centre for Rhone Valley wine, filling the former bank vaults with up to 10,000 bottles of wines.

DISNEYLAND PARIS – LA VALLÉE VILLAGE

To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017, the ever-fantastical Disneyland Paris will launch its ‘Season of the Force’ from 14 January to 26 March 2017, which will make ‘Star Wars’ fans swoon. Packed with attractions, events and activities, you especially won’t want to miss the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue 3D or Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain attractions, though! And for the shopaholics, La Vallée Village lies just five minutes away from Disneyland Paris, where you can splurge on trendy French designs at outlet prices.

PONT DU GARD

Do you know that Pont du Gard, which stands in 165 hectares of natural landscape in the South of France, is the tallest Roman bridge- aqueduct in the world? It will come alive on 2, 3, 9 and 10 June next year with a sound and light show that includes fireworks. And do not forget the ‘Lives au Pont’ festival at the end of the month, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors, who, in addition to discovering monuments and cultural venues, enjoy tasting Roman wine and other local products like cheese and olive oil.

CLUB MED

If you’re yearning for the Alps and want a ‘zero-stress’ holiday, go to Club Med. It will ease the headache of planning for you by offering all-inclusive packages. In keeping with its reputation as the world’s leading holiday group, its ski packages offer pristine and comfortable accommodation, meals that will keep gourmets happy, and plenty of snow activities including skiing and snowboarding. The group is taking the steps to reinforce its position in the Alps by upgrading its Arc Extremes’ Resort – it will reopen in 2018 with the name Arcs 1750 – and there are plans for a second resort to open by 2020.


Text by Rangsimun Kitchaijaroen
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