Home to culinary icons, influential artists, political masters and fashion greats, France is a captivating, enriching place to visit – be beguiled by the passion, spirit and irrepressible essence of France.
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|Departing||Trip name||Days||From GBP|
|The Canal du Midi (Homps to Castelnaudary)||8||
|Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure - Marseille to Nice||8||
|Cote D'Azur Sailing Adventure - Nice to Marseille||8||
|Barcelona to Berlin||15||
|Barcelona to Venice||29||
|Highlights of France||9||
|Paris to Madrid||15||
|The Canal du Midi (Castelnaudary to Homps)||8||
Our France trips score an average of 4.94 out of 5 based on 18 reviews in the last year.
This is a food trip for people who want to experience southern France at a more leisurely pace than the typical group travel tour. Freshly baked baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolate, eclairs, tarte tatin made from whatever local fruit is in season and plenty of french butter to smear on everything (what is it about french butter that makes it so good?) Cheese, wine, charcuterie (foie gras anyone?), cassoulet, oysters . . . etc. The pacing was perfect in that it allowed for exploring on your own, with the group, or simply relaxing on the boat and assisting your tour leader to navigate canal lockes that were the main trade routes of the 17th century and are still functioning today. The citadel of Carcassone is one of the finest examples of medieval castles still standing in Europe but don't worry, this isn't one of those trips where you are sprinting from castle to castle and monastery to monastery. There is just enough history to keep it interesting without overdoing it. Picture floating underneath medieval stone bridges and perfectly manicured 100 year old trees with castles and monasteries for scenery. Smearing foie gras on a fresh baguette on the rooftop deck of the boat and making sure you have enough sun cream to avoid sunburn. Not your typical organized group trip.
Review submitted 27 Jun 2017
This trip is the perfect mix of travel and relaxation. The boat is a fun home base that allows you to sight see while sailing gently down the canal. The included activities are spaced so that you can have the maximum flexibility in tailoring the trip to your interests. Meeting locals, tasting wine, and enjoying French food all while spending a good portion of the day simply taking in the surroundings from the boat was spectacular. The close quarters on board mean that you really get to know your fellow travelers - sharing meals, cleaning up, and making decisions on what to see communally. The slow pace enhances the way you experience the region and the frequent stops, locks, and moorings allow for just enough activity to feel productive during the days spent lounging on board. One of the most relaxing group trips I've been on!
Review submitted 27 Jun 2017
Catch an incredible sunset over Carcassonne's medieval walls
Kayak past stunning scenery in the Dordogne Region
View the impressive cathedrals and churches of delightful Dijon
Stroll the romance-infused streets of Paris
Explore the quaint hilltop villages of Provence
Breathe in the fresh, mountain air while hiking in the Pyrenees
Admire elegant architecture on the boulevards of Bordeaux
Cycle past medieval houses and gardens in the Loire Valley
Experience the seaside style and glamour of Nice
Soak up the rich culture and history of Avignon
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in France, you may find yourself travelling by:
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in France you may find yourself staying in a:
Most hotels used on Intrepid tours through France are small, family-run guesthouses, so expect staircases instead of lifts and small rooms big on character.
Restaurants will include a service fee within the bill; however, tipping extra (while not absolutely necessary) is customary and will be appreciated by wait staff. Usually rounding up the bill or leaving spare change is sufficient. Feel free to tip more if the service has been exemplary or if you’re feeling generous.
Internet access is good in France - internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots are easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in France. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Flushable toilets are the standard in France. Don’t be surprised to see that many public toilets in France (and other European countries) are unisex.
Short metro ride = 1.50-2 Euro
Beer = 5 Euro
Baguette snack = 5 Euro
Budget meal in a café = 10 Euro
High-end restaurant meal = 30 Euro
Drinking water from taps is considered safe in France, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in France. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in France, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in France go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/france/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.