Yes, the year-end holiday season is upon us and surely one of the best countries to celebrate it in is the Land of Romance! We know you already know about the delights and sophistication of France, so they need not be explained here. 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.
One would think that the national airline will get you and your beloved one(s) to France in the best frame of mind. Air France, with its long-running standing in the industry as the premium international airline, is well prepared to woo you with its upgraded meal and entertainment services on board. In case you’re considering a multi-destination journey, Air France has also launched a number of new exciting destinations including Tehran, Oran, Accra, Amsterdam-Rennes and Glasgow.
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.
Perhaps you’d prefer a cruise? You won’t be able to refuse this luxurious service with its very affordable prices. CroisiEurope 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 customization for their on-shore excursions, with a choice from 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!
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; Mc ArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village in Marseille; and Carré du Palais, the historical grand hotel-turned-bank which has just been turned into a promotional centre for Rhone Valley wine and filled 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 their ‘Season of the Force’ during 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 and where they 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.
If you’re yearning for the Alps and want a ‘zero-stress’ holiday, go to Club Med. They’ll ease the headache of planning for you and offer all-inclusive packages. In keeping with their reputation as the world’s leading holiday group, their 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 their Arc Extremes’ Resort – it will reopen in 2018 with the name Arcs 1750 – and planning for its second resort to open by 2020.
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