Expressions Holidays has over 25 years’ experience in offering luxury, tailor-made holidays for individuals featuring a personal selection of luxurious hotels, full of regional and local charm and character, which offer exceptionally high standards of comfort, service, facilities and cuisine. Many of our personally selected luxury hotels are among the most acclaimed in France; others abound in rustic local French character and charm and often occupy converted chateaux, water-mills or country mansions.French Expressions offers tailor-made luxury holidays to regions throughout France, from those closer to the Channel ports such as Normandy and Brittany, to the regions at the heart of France including the Loire Valley and Burgundy, to those furthest south such as the Basque country bordering the Pyrenees or Provence, a favourite destination for clients who often tour the vineyards, the historical, Roman towns or visit the lavender beds.Each of the regions we feature contains a personal selection of luxury hotels. Holidays are created for stays at each hotel, of any number of nights and usually include a flight and a hire-car, depending on the location of the hotel. However, travel arrangements can be varied to include the popular option of self-drive from the UK, rail travel from the UK using Eurostar and then TGV for the French regions, and hotels and regions can be combined to give a multi-centre or a touring holiday. The touring holiday through France, whether by own car, fly-drive or rail and then hire-car is one of our most popular holiday concepts.We will construct a holiday according to your requirements, based on our knowledge and experience.France as a country lends itself to special interest holidays, with a focus perhaps on golf, spa, food and wine, and culture (visiting historic chateaux and their gardens, visiting art exhibitions and cultural events). We can offer you Cookery in the Bordeaux region, holidays that suggest visits to the vineyards and gardens of France, golf holidays in Provence and elsewhere and many others besides.Search our websiteSearch our website for ideas of luxury holidays to France by region, by holiday type and by activity. Regions will give you suggestions of hotels to stay in as well as touring holidays that feature that particular region and special interest holidays and activity holidays that take place in that region. Full financial protectionExpressions Holidays offers clients full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays.Find out moreClick on the tabs above to find out more about us and our holidays. Regions of France (mainland and islands) can be viewed from the menu on the right above. Click on the ideas boxes below to discover more about our luxury holidays to France.
Whilst it’s obvious to us at French Expressions and to our many regular clients who have travelled with us to a number of our specialist holiday destinations over the last 25 years, it’s worth explaining, if you are a newcomer to our site and our programme of luxury hotel holidays, what our holidays are all about and how they work.Our holidays are tailor-made package holidays that include several elements such as hotel accommodation, transport to Italy, transport in France and perhaps special arrangements such as cookery courses, green fees, spa treatments or special meal reservations.Expressions Holidays provides a framework for flexibility, personal requirements and individual arrangements. Everything we offer on this website and in our brochure can be booked as it is, or more often than not, customised at the request of clients. This might mean adding extra nights, reducing nights from suggestions, upgrading room types and including special arrangements. A typical holiday to France will include a number of nights in one of our hotels, a flight out and back and a hire-car, or many clients opt for one of our suggested touring holidays, either self-drive or fly-drive, combining different regions. There is always a choice of departure date, duration, hotel room, flight route and cabin, local transport (perhaps a private luxury transfer instead of a hire-car or even with a hire-car, an upgraded model, perhaps automatic or cabriolet), combination of places (you can choose to visit as many different hotels for as many nights in each as you want) and local arrangements. Instead or flying or driving to France, taking Eurostar and TGVs are a popular alternative. We can accommodate all these options.So, one of our holidays offers numerous elements that you, the client, choose. How to look for a holiday that is right for you?We suggest you search for the type of holiday you want to start with. This might be a straightforward hotel stay in Provence, Dordogne or the Loire Valley, so search hotel stays by region. Or, you might want to visit a number of places, so have a look at our suggested touring holidays, which give you suggested combinations of hotels and regions that complement each other well. Or, you might know that you want to play golf, visit vineyards or take a cookery holiday. In this case, start with our special interest-themed holidays.Hotel stays by regionSuggested touring holidaysSpecial interest-themed holidaysThen once you have had a look, speak to us and let us guide you using our knowledge and experience of the country.What we do after speaking to you and finding out about what you are looking for, is to put together the ‘package’ for you, creating a day by day itinerary and a price, often with upgrade and downgrade options. We find it most productive for us and our clients if we talk through the quotation, explain the day by day details and the pricing options. Then you have the full facts available in order to make your decision about your detailed holiday arrangements.Our holiday components in a nutshellOur hotelsEach hotel featured by French Expressions has been personally selected to deliver exceptionally high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Many of our luxury hotels are among the most highly acclaimed in the whole of France. Some have more local or rustic charm and character, but all are authentic and typical of their region. Although most of our portfolio of hotels tend to be 4 star hotels, each hotel has unique qualities and an authentic individuality. We offer you a choice of room types at each hotel, so whilst the sample prices we quote are usually just based on a standard or entry-level room, we can offer you upgraded rooms, junior suites and suites. Really according to the variety of rooms each hotel has. In France, we almost always include bed and breakfast in the basic holiday price but if the hotel offers half board then we can offer you half board at a supplement. We know the hotels we work with and we have built up an experience of them over the years. Let us share this knowledge with you can guide you in your choice of holiday hotel. TravelThe travel options we provide reflect the diversity of the range of holidays to France we offer. Certain means of travel are more appropriate to certain destinations and the method of travel you choose may depend upon where you’re travelling from in the UK. We can offer you holidays by air (with a hire-car when you get to France), by train using Eurostar and then the fast TGV French connections, or by ferry/Eurotunnel if you want to take your own car.Using a car for exploring the end destination in France is really a necessity in order to get the most from your holiday, although if you are happy to stick to visiting major cities (eg Paris, Tours, Lyons, Avignon and Nice), you can manage without.Again, the choice is yours. You choose your departure date, method of transport, duration and number of hotel stays.By air. We include British Airways flights from London in the basic price but we can book other airlines for you if the route is more appropriate. Easyjet, Monarch, Jet2 and Flybe are the most popular airlines in addition to British Airways but there are also charter flights from regional airports that we can book for you too. With British Airways we can offer you Club Europe as an option. Many of our holidays will involve flying into one airport and out of another. By rail. Rail travel to France is an obvious option. With the most extensive rail network in Western Europe, and with direct links from London with Eurostar with departures almost every hour, France is a great country to visit by train. In addition to Eurostar to Paris, there are services to Avignon at certain times or you can change in Lille and avoid Paris. You can reach the southern cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Avignon and Nice easily in one day. The nationally owned SNCF runs fast, efficient services between the main towns. By own car. We believe that the best way to experience the real essence of France is by driving along the highways and byways. Cross to France by ferry or Eurotunnel then journey across the country in your own car, ensuring a sense of space, freedom and independence. We will tailor-make your holiday to include travel to France by the most convenient means, and accommodation in as many hotels as you require. We have put together some suggested touring itineraries for self-drive holidays to France which can be adapted for you, or you may wish to simply stay in one hotel for the duration of your holiday.As we work with all cross-Channel operators, you have the freedom to choose the route and time that is most appropriate to your journey. Eurotunnel crosses from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, while the ferry from Dover to Calais takes around 90 minutes. Crossing durations vary greatly for other routes, with departures from Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth to destinations in Normandy such as Cherbourg and Caen or Roscoff and St Malo in Brittany. Alternatively, it may be more convenient for clients travelling from Scotland or the north of England to cross from Hull to Zeebrugge in Belgium. Hire-car. A hire-car is an absolute necessity for many of our holidays as without one the transfer is long and expensive and you need to be able to get out and about whilst at your holiday destination. Using a hire-car is a very cost-effective and convenient means of getting from the airport to your hotel and back, and also allows you to explore the area during the course of your stay. We work with Avis in France.Private transfers. If you don’t want the use of a car when in France, then we can organise a private transfer for you, depending on the hotel. Sometimes it is much cheaper just to take a taxi from the airport (eg for hotels in or near Nice).Sightseeing and eventsOther items we might include in certain holidays or you might ask us to include can be theatre tickets, private guides for sightseeing, entrance tickets and wine tastings.Expressions concierge serviceWith Expressions Holidays we don’t advertise a separate concierge service as all our clients have a concierge service automatically with all our holidays. Your sales consultant will act as your personal concierge and make sure that we arrange all aspects of your holiday that you want us to arrange, including spa treatments, cookery lessons, golf and restaurant reservations.Search our websiteSearch our website for ideas of luxury holidays to France by region, by holiday type and by activity. Regions will give you suggestions of hotels to stay in as well as touring holidays that feature that particular region and special interest holidays and activity holidays that take place in that region. Financial protectionExpressions Holidays offers clients full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays.Find out moreClick on the tabs above to find out more about us and our holidays. Regions of France can be viewed from the menu on the right above. Click on the ideas boxes below to discover more about our luxury holidays to France.
French Expressions is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made holidays to France with flexible, personal service. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday. Flexible ArrangementsIn order for you to receive the holiday you want, we provide as much flexibility as possible. You choose the departure day, the duration, the type of hotel, the number of hotels, the room type, the board basis, method of travel and class of travel. Our arrangements, whilst inclusive of travel and accommodation, allow you ‘time-off’ in between, for example, if you want to visit friends or explore on your own for a while. We can quote you for accommodation only but you will find that the more arrangements we can include for you, the better value the holiday will be.How we price your holidayAll our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
As our numerous repeat clients over many years know, the attractions of France as a holiday destination remain countless; from the olive groves and lavender beds of Provence to the granite cliffs of Brittany, from the familiar rusticity of a Norman inn to the grandeur of a turreted chateau-hotel in the Dordogne, from a gastronomic feast created by a Michelin-starred chef to a simple wild mushroom omelette in a village auberge.Regions of France From the beaches of Brittany
to the glaciated summits of the Alps, from
the turquoise coastlines of Corsica
and the Cote
d'Azur to the rocky crags of Auvergne,
the sheer physical diversity of France presents a lifetime of holidays.
Almost several distinct countries crammed into one, France is a land
where each region fiercely guards its own unique identity, boasting its
own cuisine, architecture, accent and attitude. France's countryside has
evolved slowly and organically over the years, its villages virtually
unchanged in centuries. Today, they’re as much a part of the natural
landscape as the spectacular rivers and hills, forests and fields.
Despite its rural traditions, France has been at the forefront of
European development with a cultural and political legacy that has left
an endless inventory of attractions for visitors today. Paris the
obvious example, a dynamic, living warehouse of historical treasures.
But from the prehistoric cave-paintings of the Dordogne
and Roman monuments of Provence,
to the cathedrals of Normandy
and the chateaux of the Loire,
wherever you go in France you’ll find fascinating, seductive traces of
the country’s historical past. As well as its history and countryside,
France is also well known for the excellent wines from the Rhone Valley, Bordeaux,
regions. It may be only 21 miles of water that separates Dover from
Pas-de-Calais, but France is as exotic and
tantalisingly unfamiliar as anywhere on the globe. An excellent way to explore France is by
car, allowing you to travel between different regions and discover the
contrasts of geography, climate, architecture and culture. See our
suggested touring holidays in France for some ideas of possible routes. Unmissable holiday experiences Skiing and hiking in the Alps and Pyrenees; the museums, nightlife, vibrant art scene and sheer romance of Paris; the WWII battle sights of Normandy; the wild, fretted coastline of Brittany; the spectacular gorges of the Ardeche and Dordogne; the beaches and super cool seaside towns of the Cote d’Azur; the abundance of rental villas; the gastronomy of Provence; the vineyards, chateaux and rolling hillsides of the Loire Valley; the rugged landscape and turquoise shallows of Corsica; fantastic local produce in simple but exquisite restaurants; Sunday markets; dining al fresco; café au lait and pain au chocolat for breakfast, eaten in a simple bar as the country awakes.
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