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Spending a luxury holiday in France is a great destination to visit if you are planning to investigate and experience new cultures, breath-taking landscapes and scenery, and once in a life time activities first hand.
France, a great country to experience that out of the ordinary vacation, is located around 580 miles north of the UK.
Transportation to the country is simple and cheap with return flights costing as little as £200 and ranging from a mere 1 to 1.5hours in length (from the UK) with alternatives such as: travelling by car, by train or by ferry.
The country was founded around 2500 years ago and throughout time has persisted to grow and expand, in a sense of both population and culture. France is famous for its Eifel Tower, the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Riviera, and many more iconic attractions.
The majority of the population in France speak French (the language of romance) and eat French cuisine such as the extremely famous traditional dish of snails. France is famous for its cheese and wine and is one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world. Religion plays an important role within culture in France, with the catholic religion being the dominant religion in France.
France though is more than it's internationally famed landmarks and attractions. For a sense of what France has to offer, getting out into the countryside offers some exciting journeys.
Stay at the Hotel Mercure Mont Saint Michel. Located in Mont Saint Michel at the entry of the dike, 1800 meters of the Mont St Michel and of its Abbey of 11th century, the hotel has 100 rooms and features a gourmet restaurant with regional specialities, a bar and 6 conference rooms (100 people). Private and free carpark.
Art is another part of the French culture that is a 'definite must' to experience is the French art; with famous artists such as Francois Boucher and Jean-Honore Fragonard's work displayed in various galleries through-out France.
In the West of France along the Loire River, the Les Machine De L'ile in Nantes is an artistic project --- a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne. The Galerie is a living space showcasing a veritable bestiary of machines. The machines built in the workshops of theatre company, La Machine, are tested in this lab.
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Les Machines de l'île
Stay at Hotel Saint-Yves in Nantes, a 10 boutique room hotel located less than 12 minutes walking time from the train station and 10 minutes from the Brittany Dukes' castle and the cathedral.
Finally, for moe active travelers, sport. Football, Cycling, Tennis, Handball and sailing are just a few of the popular sports played frequently. Whilst on holiday, why not experience these sports? Many of the bigger-accommodations provide sporting activities available for hotel guests to participate in.
Following the idea of sporting activities, there are many soft-adventure activities that are available in France.
Brittany (located in the west of France) just two hours from Paris via TGV rail. is filled with a variety of activities and new experiences. Within Brittany, hiking and invigorating walking is a popular past-time; with a variety of different routes –including along the coast line.
Cycling and mountain biking is also popular within Brittany with a variety of voies vertes (nature trails) taking you through the rural areas of the town are available.
Other activities available in Brittany include: Horse riding, fishing (the top fishing area in France) and golf.
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Stay at the La Rance Hotel in Saint-Malo, Brittany. This 11 room charming boutique hotel is a 15 minute walk from the old walled town of St Malo on a quiet part of the seafront with views overlooking Port Solidor.
Loire Valley, slightly further east, is an alternative to Brittany, also famous for its exciting hiking and cycle paths.A popular activity is biking in the heart of France amid a château-dotted realm adored for its elegance and idyllic natural beauty. Some castles are yours to explore, others extend an invitation for the evening, immersing you in history and nourishing you with superb cuisine. Taste acclaimed Vouvray wines and pedal on quiet riverside roads past legendary vineyards. And discover why the Loire Valley is consistently ranked as one of Backroads' most beloved destinations.
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Stay at the Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes in Amboise. This 18th century Manor house was built on the foundations of the ancient medieval Monastery des Minimes and is situated in proximity of the old town. It is the ideal place from which to explore the chateaux and vineyards of Loire Valley. with glorious views of the Chateau Royal d'Amboise and the river Loire. Air-conditioned rooms and private enclosed parking.
And of course no trip to France would be complete without visiting Paris
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