NEW! Cycling Vacation Packages from France
NEW! Cycling Vacation Packages from France
Explore picturesque regions from a different angle 7 night cycling packages
| Colmar | Obernai Mulhouse | Basel The cultural feast served by France and Germany, where there’s as much to see in the Alsace region. Among the highlights, Colmar is the wine capital of Alsace, also known for its Little Venice area with charming, half-timbered houses bordering the Obernai, on the oldest wine route in France.
Nantes | Angers Saumur | Nantes Royalty awaits in the heart of the Loire Valley! Find yourself on noble grounds, visiting castles and French gardens that take on a monumental presence. And when it comes to restaurants, beer gardens, food and wine, you can also expect the royal treatment!
Bordeaux | Lacanau Océan Arcachon | Bordeaux Beaches and fine wine are on the program! Bordeaux is considered the wine capital of the world by many. Further north, Pauillac is also synonymous with great vintages. And closer to the Atlantic, you’ll retreat to the popular resort towns of Lacanau and Arcachon, offering miles of sandy beaches.
Canal Du Midi
Toulouse | Carcassonne
Narbonne | Toulouse
A route more frequented than
the Seine, the Canal du Midi links
Toulouse to the Mediterranean.
Along the way, you’ll see the
medieval town and Bastide
Saint-Louis in Carcassonne,
as well as Narbonne and the
vestiges of its Roman past. An
experience filled with history and
beauty… flavoured with delicious
sausages and cassoulet!
You will visit the following 12 places:
Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. The town is situated on the Alsatian Wine Route and considers itself to be the "capital of Alsatian wine" (capitale des vins d'Alsace). The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks and its museums, among which is the Unterlinden Museum with the Isenheim Altarpiece.
Carcassonne is a fortified French town in the Audedepartment, of which it is the prefecture, in the Region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Occupied since the Neolithic period, Carcassonne is located in the Aude plain between two great axes of circulation linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean sea and the Massif Central to the Pyrénées. Its strategic importance was quickly recognized by the Romans who occupied its hilltop until the demise of the Western Roman Empire and was later taken over in the fifth century by the Visigoths who founded the city. Also thriving as a trading post due to its location, it saw many rulers who successively built up its fortifications, until its military significance was greatly reduced by the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659. The city is famous for the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Consequently, Carcassonne greatly profits from tourism but also counts manufacture and wine-making as some of its other key economic sectors.
Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest France, with an estimated (2008) population of 250,082. The Bordeaux-Arcachon-Libourne metropolitan area, has a population of 1,010,000 and constitutes the sixth-largest urban area in France. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais. Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. It is home to the world's main wine fair, Vinexpo, while the wine economy in the metro area moves 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the eighth century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.
Basel is one of the important cities of Switzerland. One of Switzerland's underrated tourist destinations, Basel has a beautiful medieval old town centre, a vibrant Carnival, and several world class art museums built by architects like Renzo Piano, Mario Botta and Herzog & De Meuron. Basel is also rich in architecture old and new, with a Romanesque Münster (cathedral), a Renaissance Rathaus (town hall), and various examples of high quality contemporary architecture, including more buildings by Herzog & De Meuron, Richard Meier, Diener & Diener, and various others. Located in the Dreiländereck (three countries' corner), Basel is a gateway to the Swiss Jura mountains and nearby cities of Zürich and Lucerne, as well as the neighbouring French region of Alsace and the German Black Forest.