Majestic mountain ranges, leafy vineyards and grand architecture
The regions of eastern France achieve a unique identity that balances undeniably French culture and custom with influences from European neighbours. Alsace and Lorraine have a distinctly Germanic feel in some of the towns and villages, the forested Ardennes sweeps into the area from Luxembourg and Belgium, and more than a few buildings in the Rhône-Alpes display architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
Mountains dominate much of the landscape, with the Vosges covering the western edge of Alsace, and spreading down towards the undulating Jura range, which separates Franche Comté from Switzerland. The Alps rise to their zenith in the Graian Alps, where Mont Blanc projects its snow capped peak into a dazzling sky and snow sports enthusiasts come from far and wide to enjoy the surrounding slopes and Chamonix’s après-ski.
The wild terrain is tempered by the sophistication found in Reims, where the top Champagne producers carefully blend their vintages, and in Nancy, a graceful city with a grand centre and some fantastic examples of 18th century architecture. In contrast, the half timbered houses and extensive vineyards of Alsace present the east’s more traditional side and offer a reminder of the impact of German rule on this area of France.
There’s no doubt that the east of France is a paradise for those who love to be in the great outdoors, who enjoy the drama of wide vistas and appreciate good food and excellent wine.
Catherine is French and worked in France for some time before moving to England. Belle France is the perfect opportunity for her to liaise with her home country on a daily basis.
Catherine’s role is varied: from advising customers on destinations to creating new tours, or even preparing travel packs and making sure everything is well planned. Lately she was delighted to accept her new position as Product Development Manager and she is dedicating a lot of her time to researching and improving holidays.
15 Matching Holidays
Walk in Beautiful Alsace
Natural park of Ballons des Vosges and Alsacian vineyards
A gorgeous walk in southern Alsace, with a mix of vineyards, typical villages and rounded mountains in the natural park of the Ballons des Vosges.
Hiking around Mont St Odile
Major sites of Alsace history around the Mont Sainte-Odile
From the picturesque city of Barr, this three day hike around the Mont Sainte Odile will take you from castle to castle on a big sandstone mountain with ever changing terrain, fantastic rocks and forests. The mountain and its surroundings contain...
Luxury Sparkling Champagne Walk
Bubbly sensations, luxury hotels and gourmet dining
Drinking Champagne in Epernay is like listening to Mozart in Salzburg. Walk through leafy vineyards and lush woodland on this luxurious holiday, where you’ll enjoy charming accommodation and fine cuisine. A tour and tasting at the Mercier...
Canal du Nivernais Cycling
Easy cycling along the Canal and a visit to Vézelay, Unesco World Heritage site.
Along its 1 200 km of rivers and canals, Burgundy reveals one of its most striking facets with the Canal du Nivernais running through unspoilt countryside of great natural beauty. From South to North, the towpaths and little side roads alongside...
Green Valleys of Franche Comté
Valleys of the Doubs and the Jura and their rich cultural heritage
The little known region of Franche Comté is a beautiful rural area of eastern France and has a lot to offer in terms of natural environment, historic heritage, museums and sites. This holiday gives a choice of various walks and hikes to suit all...
Picardy Pastures: Land of Battles and Cathedrals
Delve into the history of the medieval city of Laon and walk in the footsteps of the soldiers of the First World War
This centenary walk through the Picardy countryside takes you to some of the most poignant sites of World War I, enabling you to explore destroyed villages, visit the fascinating Dragon’s Lair and walk in the footsteps of the soldiers...
Burgundy Prestige à Pied
Rolling vineyards and ancient châteaux
Discover vine-clad hillsides, quiet lanes and attractive villages on this easy to moderate walk. Take in the stunning views and stay in prestigious hotels and converted châteaux at the end of each day.
Mâcon Prestige à Pied
Walk through renowned vineyard countryside with built-in wine tasting
Prestigious vineyards and imposing châteaux are waiting to be discovered along this moderately easy walk in southern Burgundy. A dégustation de vin each day and accommodation in the most beautiful hotels will ensure an unforgettable...
Burgundy Prestige en Vélo
Prepare for world class scenery and stunning flavours
This easy cycle through prestigious vineyards offers sublime tasting opportunities with such names as Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Puligny Montrachet. Stay at elegant hotels offering gourmet menus – an opportunity for some classic French...
Alsace Prestige en Vélo
Cycle the famous wine route of the Alsace
Alsace is a little known corner of France with a distinctly Germanic influence: a combination of picturesque historic towns, fine wines, beer and choucroute contribute to a unique culture. Cycle the oldest wine route in France,...
Burgundy Canal Cruise
Gentle cruise through lush green countryside
Climb aboard the 12-berth L’Impressioniste for a passage through the picturesque locks and sleepy villages to discover the best of Burgundy. You’ll sample the exquisite wines of the region, visit the Cistercian Abbeyat La Bussière and explore the...
Champagne River Cruise
A voyage of sparkling Champagne, picturesque châteaux and gastronomic delights
Explore the undulating plains of a region famous for its bubbly apéritif and majestic cathedrals and châteaux, starting with an evening cruise through Paris, taking in the stunning floodlit Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Meander your way along the...
World War One Commemorative Cruise - Stage 1
Voyage through century old battlefields visiting evocative memorials to the fallen
Join Panache on a fascinating journey through landscapes in Northern France that once witnessed events that changed the course of history. We journey along the Canal du Nord, the centre of many battles during World War One, stopping off at...
Wine List Wanders
Meandering from vineyard to vineyard
Walk through a string of sleepy villages that read like a wine lover’s wish list, covering much of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. The easy route passes through rolling vineyards and over gentle hills to reach the comfortable hotels.
Alsace & Lorraine Canal Cruise
Cruise through historic landscapes and famous wine country
Aboard the twelve berth Panache, your floating hotel, you'll discover the beautiful waterways of Alsace & Lorraine. With a distinctive German influence, the little known area of Alsace, in eastern France, is an eclectic mix of historic...