Gourmet Holidays in France
A question of taste
We’ve selected our hotels not only for their comfort, but also with the lover of good food and wine in mind. France is renowned for its creative use of fresh market produce and our hoteliers pride themselves on serving fare of the highest standard.
Breakfast can be a simple matter of a croissant or two or a buffet with pastries, jams, yoghurt, fruit juice, ham and cheese, with plenty of freshly brewed coffee. For lunchtime, many of our hotels are happy to rustle up a picnic for you. But even better, it’s the ideal opportunity to visit the local markets and stop off at the épicerie and baker to pick up some wonderful fresh provisions for your own al fresco experience. When the produce is this good, the simplest of meals – creamy cheese, plump tomatoes and crunchy bread – are sometimes the best.
But the evenings will really get your taste buds going! And the restaurant settings themselves are often spectacular, be it a vine-covered terrace beside the river, or an elegant dining room in an old manor house, providing the perfect place to relax as you reflect on the experiences of your day. Discover more in our Tour de Cuisine.
Most of our holidays include half board accommodation, meaning your breakfast and evening meal are included in the price of your holiday. Our established relationships with the hotels and restaurants mean we can ensure your dietary requirements are catered to.
If there is no restaurant at the hotel on half board stays, your meal at a local restaurant is included instead.
25 Matching Holidays
Périgord Prestige à Pied
Along the Valley of the Dronne
Walk through beautiful undulating countryside and past pretty medieval villages as you follow the clear waters of the little River Dronne from Bourdeilles to Champagnac. Two nights staying in the “Venice of Périgord”, Brantôme, allows visits to the...
Provence Wine Trails - Châteauneuf du Pape
Easy walking through stunning vineyards
Châteauneuf du Pape is southern France’s most prestigious wine village: a small village of only 2000 people. Grapes have been grown here for 700 years and the best way to discover these vineyards is by foot, strolling between the gnarled vines...
Prestige Emerald Coast Cycling
Quiet coves, elegant seaside towns and Belle Epoque hotels
Featured in the Telegraph's 10 best cycling holidays for 2016, this easy cycle takes in the beautiful Brittany coastline and verdant countryside, following and criss-crossing the River Rance. Visit Belle Epoque towns and bustling fishing...
Canal du Midi Prestige
Ancient cities and idyllic waterways
From the extraordinary fortified town of Carcassone to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, travel down tree lined towpaths, over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France, ending each day in...
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. 5 Champagne tours and tastings en...
A Royal Ride to Versailles
Luxury cycling with forests, enchanting villages and royal châteaux
Discover the history and architecture of some of the best châteaux South of Paris. Enjoy an easy cycle through two of the most beautiful forests of France, green lungs at the gates of the capital. Going through gently rolling countryside and...
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.
Provence Prestige à Pied
Scented pines and dazzling skies
Wander through pretty village squares, past vineyards and fields of sunflowers, over remote hill sides and along canal towpaths with the smell of wild herbs in the air. Charming accommodation adds a touch of luxury to the delights of...
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.
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,...
World War One Commemorative Cruise - Stage 2
Sites of historic and artistic significance in Northern France
Take a gentle cruise through landscapes that saw heavy engagement throughout The Great War and pay homage to those who bravely fought for their countries. We see many monuments erected in memorial of fallen heroes and towns and...
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...
Gascony Canal Cruise
Tranquillity in the depths of Aquitaine
Your 8-berth floating hotel, the Rosa, played host to top chef Rick Stein in his TV Series, The French Odyssey and will take you from Toulouse to Agen through some of Gascony’s most beautiful countryside. Accompany the barge`s chef to...
Bordeaux Canal Cruise
Immerse yourself in the history and landscape of winemaking
The world-renowned fine wine region of Bordeaux has been producing exceptional vintages for over 2,000 years and we take a journey through natural landscapes, medieval bastide towns and iconic vineyards to discover the complex science of...
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...
Canal du Midi Cruise
Enjoy your own gastronomic odyssey
Embark on a journey along sections of the Canal du Midi aboard the enchanting hotel barge, Anjodi, famous for taking Rick Stein on his 400 mile French food exploration in the TV series Rick Stein's French Odyssey. As well as indulging in the fabulous...
Loire Valley River Cruise
Cruise through spectacular scenery in the Valley of the Kings
Aboard the only hotel barge sailing through the Loire Valley, you'll be treated to a unique view of the valley's numerous châteaux, many with expansive river frontages and the odd one even crossing the river above the barge, such as the elegant...
Wines of Bordeaux Cruise
Indulge your palate in the gastronomic heart of Aquitaine
On board the hotel barge Mirabelle you will meander your way through the chateau-laden countryside of the historic Bordeaux wine region. Take a trip back in time as we visit all the finest wine-producing communities, passing orchards, meadows and...
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...
Grands Vins de Bordeaux
A must for wine lovers
A leisurely walk through the prestigious vineyards acquaints you with the reds of St Emilion, the dry whites of Entre-Deux-Mers and the sweet Sauternes. Plenty of tasting opportunities are available en route and there’s even a chance...
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...
Luxury Grand Cru Tour
Cycle through Bordeaux’s most prestigious vineyards
This prestige cycle tour is for those who appreciate Bordeaux’s supremacy as the wine cellar of France. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux with a chance to taste wines. Your...
Agen to Sarlat through the Lot Valley
The Lot Valley: Castles and medieval cities
Discover the diverse landscapes of the South West of France on bike between the Lot-et Garonne and the Dordogne. Cycle through Bastide towns and past fortified Châteaux in some of the most pretty villages in France such as Monpazier and la...