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Our Top 5 trips for 2017

Choices, choices, choices!

We’re a bit excited here at Belle France HQ, as we've just finalised our 2017 holidays and put the finishing touches on our new brochure! So we’re celebrating with a special 10% off ALL our holidays* (if you book before the end of October). Get in there quick!

BUT, you may be a bit spoilt for choice. With more than 50 authentically French holidays on offer in over 20 regions, there’s so much to choose from.

So what we thought we’d do is give you some suggestions of sights to see in 2017 to help you make up your mind! If we were going to book a holiday, we’d make sure these were on the list to see!

Alsatian Wine Route

A wonderful area of France which is a unique combination of Germany and France – a region known for its wine. The Wine Route runs for 170km, and visitors can walk or cycle through picturesque timbered villages viewing medieval castles. The autumn is a perfect time to go, just before the harvest, plenty of wine festivals and tasting! Places to stop along the route include Colmar, Obernai and Riquewihr.

Take a look at our Prestige Alsace Cycling Tour, a perfect way to travel the Wine Route.

Learn about Alsace  |  Walking  |  Cycling  |  History  |  Cuisine  |  Germanic influence

Must see places in Strasbourg


Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg - a beautiful Roman Catholic gothic-style cathedral in the centre of the city. It was the tallest building in the world for 227 years until it was suppased by St. Nikolai's Church, Hamburg in 1874.

La Petite France - fairytale-like historic quarter located in the centre of Strasbourg. It forms part of the Grande Île, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

Explore Strasbourg and the surrounding area

Mont St Michel

The biggest news from this popular tourist attraction is that Mont St Michel is an island again after many years. The access road which had previously been used to reach the monument from the mainland was never truly submerged. Now a new access bridge has been built, which means the island can now be an island once again. Cars have now been banned, and visitors access on foot. There’s a reason that it’s one of the most popular places to visit. And you should too if you haven’t already.

For now we don't have a tour featuring this beautiful landmark but hold tight, our 2017 brochure is just around the corner...

Learn about Normandy  |  Walking  |  Cycling  |  History  |  Cuisine  |  D-Day Landings

Explore Mont St Michel

For a region so rich in history, Northern France is often simply passed through on the way to the south of the country. With the passing of time, the impact of both World Wars on the countryside can be easy to miss; but you don’t need to go far to find many fitting memorials and tributes to the fallen.

Our World War Commemorative Cruise is a wonderful way to tour the region and is probably one of the most emotional tours you can take. The cruise is split into two stages World War One Commemorative Cruise Stage One - Cretail to Bethancourt and Stage Two - Bethancourt to Paris.

There is just one sailing next year, Stage One departs 28th May 2017 and Stage Two on 4th June 2017.

Learn more about Pas de Calais and Picardy.

Lens Louvre

Arts, Culture & History in Northern France

Lens-Louvre - the first of two (another one opened earlier this year in Abu Dhabi) satelite galleries set up by the world famous Louvre Art Gallery in Paris. It exhibits works on loan from the main Louvre Gallery. 

Hidden gems - Amiens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Arras, two buildings in the city are listed at UNESCO World Heritage sites, are ideal for day-trips. 

Explore the Northern France

The Pont du Gard

A truly impressive sight, a Roman aqueduct which carried 20,000 cubic metres of water per day. 35 arches form this amazing construction which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can canoe down the river, or pay to travel across the top tier.

You can see the Pont du Gard on our Prestige Walking Tour of Provence.

Learn about Languedoc-Roussilon  |  Walking  |  Cycling  |  History  |  Cuisine  |  Heritage

Explore the Pont du Gard

Arts & Culture in Provence

Arles - famed for being the inspiration behind renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh. He painted over 300 pieces during his time in Arles and some of his works are on display in the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh.

St Remy - Van Gogh stayed in Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, a psychiatric center. His most famous painting, A Starry Night, was painted here.

Cannes - home to the annual Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The old city of Carcassonne

One of the most famous examples of fortified towns in France. It looks almost unreal, a Disney type fairytale castle, it has to be seen in the flesh. Even more impressive is seeing the skyline at dusk as the sun goes down.

You can tour the fortified town of Carcassone as part of our Canal du Midi Prestige tour.

Must see places in Carcassonne

Cité de Carcassonne

Cité de Carcassonne - the main attraction. Believe it or not, in 1849 the French government proposed that the fortifications should be demolished! Fortunately this decision was met with strong opposition, the government scrapped the idea and restoration work began in 1853. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Cathar Castles - Follow ancient trails past the precariously perched ruins of the thirteenth century Cathar castles.

Explore Carcassonne

Hopefully that will give you some ideas, but if you would like some advice on where to go, what to see, and what’s new, our team is on hand to help you create the perfect trip for you.

And remember, if you book something before the end of the month, there’s a bargain to be had!

Further reading

Lonely Planet: Best in Travel 2016

Early Booking Offer T&Cs:

This offer has now ended.
10% off applies to all holidays to be taken during 2017.
Offer applies to new bookings only, bookings must be made between 27th September and 31st October 2016.
This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Customer must quote ‘2017 Early Booking Offer’ to receive the discount.

Image credits

Alsace Wine Route:Strasbourg Cathedral in Alsace, France, as viewed from the west from Rue Mercière - By Diliff - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Maison des Tanneurs and Place Benjamin-Zix in the heart of the quarter - By Claude Truong-Ngoc / Wikimedia Commons - cc-by-sa-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0

Northern France:

Louvre Lens - By Julien Lanoo -, CC BY 2.0
Amiens (Somme - France), the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens seen from the Place du Don - By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0


The Starry Night, painted by van Gogh while in Saint-Rémy - By Vincent van Gogh - bgEuwDxel93-Pg at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum, Public Domain
Aerial view of Arles - By Chensiyuan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Aerial view of Cannes - By Christophe.Finot - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5


Panorama of the Cité de Carcassonne - By Chensiyuan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Le Château de Quéribus - By BlueBreezeWiki - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0