Imposing chateaux, dormant volcanoes and the City of Light
Central France may not boast fine beaches or share its borders with other European nations, but some of the country’s richest landscapes and attractions are located here: the châteaux of the Loire Valley, the extensive vineyards of Burgundy, the lakes and moors of Limousin and the volcanoes of the Auvergne. It also holds the shining jewel in France’s crown – Paris.
The capital needs little introduction. Many of its various museums, monuments, gardens, restaurants and architectural marvels are of legendary renown, and in combination they make every step through the city completely beguiling. The enchantment continues in the Loire, where some of the world’s most spectacular châteaux lie. Once royal residences, each has its own story to tell and all remain integral to the country’s identity. East of here the picturesque villages of Burgundy sit among row upon row of leafy vines, from whose grapes the elegant Burgundian wines are made.
Limousin and Auvergne are lesser known regions that have maintained a wild, unspoilt beauty that it’s a pleasure to behold. Vast, glittering lakes, volcanic scenery, honey coloured hamlets and medieval castles make these regions the perfect place to escape and feel the freedom of the outdoors.
A visit to central France is a chance to discover some of its less frequented areas, to delve further into its magnificent history and culture, and to sample some of its greatest produce.
Lorna took on the role of Manager last year, she is a fluent French speaker and loves cycling and walking and organising, so is in the perfect job, she has been sharing her expertise and knowledge with Belle France for the past 12 years.
A Fluent French speaker and a keen cyclist and walker herself she understands the individual needs of clients and matches them to their perfect holiday.
Although knowledgeable on all regions she is certainly the Loire specialist, making twice yearly visits to ensure that we are offering the best hotels, châteaux and routes.
11 Matching Holidays
A Gourmet walk in the Mâconnais
A Beautiful landscape that lends itself to walking, history, culture and wine!
The Mâconnais is a wine growing region with a southern accent where rolling landscapes are alternated with monumental cliffs. A highlight is to walk to one of the great places of pilgrimage – Cluny. In this wonderful...
Véloscenie - Paris to Alençon
The first stage of the Véloscenie; a spectacular cycling route between Paris and Normandy
Discover the real beauty of a hidden France; starting in the Prestigious city of Paris with the grandeur of Versailles, travel West by bike through the rural and changing landscape on this newly developed major cycling route. Also known as...
Château to Château à Pied
Famous names and hidden gems
This easy walk through the Garden of France follows the limestone banks of the Loire. Turn inland through vineyards and flower-decked villages to take in some of the region’s most enchanting châteaux and their gardens.
Valleys of the Rugged South
Dramatic landscapes and remote beauty
Recommended in the Telegraph's Top 10 Activity Holidays in France for 2015, this is a moderate walk through stunning and dramatic scenery: steep tree covered slopes, cascading streams and remote, granite strewn plains. Experience...
Loire Prestige à Pied
Enchanting châteaux and picturesque villages
Live like a king on this luxurious holiday, which takes you through scenic countryside to some of the Loire’s most prestigious châteaux. The easy walk follows pathways alongside the river and through vineyards, to luxury hotels...
Loire Prestige en Vélo
Tranquil rivers and regal architecture
Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois with time to discover the classic wines of the region. Visit world famous châteaux and stay in luxury accommodation each night.
Châteaux, Gardens & Abbeys
Walk along the splendid River Loire from Tours to Saumur
A moderate walk from the regional capital of Tours to the fascinating riverside town of Saumur taking in some of the best loved châteaux and gardens. Visit the Royal Abbey, set in the heart of the beautiful forest of...
Loire Family Discovery
Gentle cycling and activities to suit all the family
The Loire is the perfect region for a family activity holiday: quiet country lanes and shady woodland routes make for gentle cycling for all ages and abilities. We've allowed plenty of time to visit the suggested family attractions and still make it...
Moulin du Chemin
Explore the idyllic countryside of the Pays de Gatine
A single-centre holiday based at le Moulin du Chemin, a wonderful little Maison d’Hôte (guesthouse) hidden in a leafy valley in deepest rural France. The Maison d’Hôte was established by the present proprietors in 1993, in a restored mill house...
Château to Château en Vélo
Pretty villages and enchanting châteaux
This easy cycling holiday takes you past princely mansions standing next to picturesque farm houses, and fields of sunflowers merging with uniform rows of vineyards. There is ample opportunity for tasting some of the local wines.
Along the Leisurely Loire
Historic Blois to charming Saumur
A moderate cycle following the majestic River Loire from Blois to Saumur. Visit several of the grand châteaux via the bustling city of Tours with its enchanting old quarter. The hotels offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare.
12 Holidays By Request
- Via Rhona by Bike
- Stevenson Trail - Stage 2
- Stevenson Trail - Stage 1
- Volcanoes of the Auvergne
- Ardèche Adventures
- Loire Valley River Cruise
- Champagne River Cruise
- Alsace & Lorraine Canal Cruise
- Compostela - Le Puy to Nasbinals - Stage 1
- Compostela - Conques to Cahors - Stage 3
- Compostela - Cahors to Lectoure - Stage 4
- Burgundy Canal Cruise