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Tantalising romance, magnificent art and astonishing gastronomic excellence make up the unapologetically refined culture of France. From beautiful stretches on the French Riviera and the seductive luxury of Monaco in the south, to the snow-domed peaks of the French Alps in the east, from gentle rivers snaking through the green and gold fields of Brittany to the sophistication of Paris, the capital of romance, it's easy to see how France remains at the top of so many bucket lists across the world. 

This is a nation which has been the height of fashion and artistic prowess throughout the centuries, home to a wealth of artists, poets, musicians and philosophers, each inspired by this land of Champagne, culture and charm. On a more poignant note, this magnificent country was also the site of some of the fiercest fighting in WWII, including the ferocious Normandy landings on the beaches of D-Day and the battles of Operation Dragoon. 

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A Portrait of the Impressionists' Seine
Anonymous
“everything on board was great but problem on journey back
Avignon, the Rhône & Provence
Dr P Hill
“excellent organisation. No problems
Biarritz & the Atlantic Pyrenees
Mr K Berridge
“Great holiday almost ruined by the chaotic and badly planned journey home
The French Lakes, Chamonix & Mont Blanc
Mrs L Newbould
“A thoroughly well balanced holiday - pre-planned excursions and free time.
Lille, Flanders & the Somme
Anonymous
“Very good holiday. Plenty of variety and excellent tour manager/guide
Nice & the Côte d'Azur
Dr G Lloyd
“Excellent & Jeannette Croft was a brilliant tour guide.
Alsace & the Route des Vins
Mrs I Aggus
“Good place to visit. Scenery good and visit to wine cellar interesting. Our room was satisfactory with comfortable beds. Food in the hotel was OK and served attractively.
Carcassonne & Cathar Castles of France
Anonymous
“The holiday was excellent, but although the time allowed for crossing Paris on the way back seemed adequate, it was rush hour and we missed the Eurostar we were booked on. For the sake of those who were not staying over night in London we accepted standard class on the next train, but of course this meant we had to pay for our (not too brilliant) food and drink. Also we were scattered all over the train, though at least some of us were able to sit with our partners, due to the kindness of strangers who were willing to swap. Gare du Nord was chaotic. They belatedly tried to give precedence to those on earlier trains, but by then it was too late. Our failure to cross Paris in good time was in spite of the authorities restricting traffic due to the immense heat. I know that one does not want to spend longer than necessary at Gare du Nord, but the stress caused by the shortage of time coupled with the fact that we missed the train was much worse.
Christmas on the Majestic Rhine
Anonymous
“Very good, just minor hitches - although I requested decaf tea this wasn't available, only fruit and green teas. Lowest deck cabin a bit noisey from splashing water and chains being hauled on docking.

French Culture

France has famously enjoyed a long and storied cultural heritage. The French affinity for art has produced some of the greatest masters ever known, as well as a number of original schools of art. Some of these painters include such names as Impressionists August Renoir and Claude Monet, post-impressionists Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin. and realist Edgar Degas. Literature also has its part to play in French culture, with notable works by famous authors such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne and Voltaire.

France is also the nation of many well-known composers and musicians across a variety of genres, with Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Paul Dukas as well as gypsy-jazz creator Django Reinhardt all hailing from the country. In the theatres and cinemas, French drama includes the talents of figures such as Brigitte Bardot, Vincent Cassel and Gérard Depardieu.

A big part of the French lifestyle is sport. Like much of Europe, the national sport of France is football, which was introduced by the English in 1872. Cycling is also important, with the Tour de France considered one of the most prestigious in the international cycling calendar. Other major sports include basketball and rugby.

French Railways

Rail travel in France is both delightful and practical. High speed trains run on many routes and punctual service makes travelling by rail reliable and relaxing. 

The French TGV or Train à Grande Vitesse ('high speed train') is one of the ten fastest passenger trains in operation in the world. Designed in the 1970s, these trains are electric with overhead lines and they run on railways all over France, with 550 trains in operation.

French Cuisine

French cuisine is renowned for its culinary artistry, flair and flavour. Should escargots de bourgogne (snails in garlic butter) or cuisses de grenouille (frog's legs) not be to your taste, then there are countless other French classics and specialities to enjoy such as baked Camembert cheese, moules marinières; mussels cooked in a white wine broth, soupe à L'oignon, an onion soup traditionally served with a unique crust, cassoulet, a popular stew of duck and beans, and bouillabaisse, a colourful stew of fish and shellfish flavoured with saffron.

France has always been internationally recognised as one of the major wine producers in the world with the French city of Bordeaux considered by many as one of the viticulture capitals of the world. Each wine is classified by where the grapes are grown, with French wines including such classic varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Along with these well-known brands, France is full of lesser-known yet equally excellent wine producers such as Domaine Chesneau and Château de Pennautier. Both of these, as well as Bordeaux itself, feature as excursions in Great Rail Journeys tours.  

French Climate

France's climate varies with location, but is generally mild and temperate throughout the year. The north and west of the country are the coolest and experience most rainfall, whilst the Mediterranean coast enjoys the driest, warmest and sunniest weather. Spring and summer are the best times to visit anywhere in the country unless you're a snow sports enthusiast, whilst autumn is typically the wettest season. 

French Language

French is a beautiful and expressive language which is exceptionally easy on the ear. Besides the commonly known yes ('oui'), no ('non') and hello ('bonjour'), handy French expressions include 's'il vous plait' which means 'please', 'merci beaucoup' which means 'thank you very much' and 'c'est combien?' which means 'how much is it?'. 'S'il vous plait' is pronounced 'See- voo-play', 'merci beaucoup' is pronounced 'mer-see boo-coo' and 'c'est combine?' is pronounced 'say-com-beeyan'.

Traveller’s notes

Perhaps the most important day in the French calendar is Bastille Day, which celebrates the French Revolution of the 18th century. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille Fortress in Paris on the 14th of July, at the culmination of the revolution. Festivities on this day include an impressive military parade through Paris' Champs Elysees.

Another event of note in France is the Nice Carnival. This wonderful cornucopia of colour and cheer is held annually in Nice on the southern coast and features a parade of magnificent floats of all shapes and sizes. 

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