The world's most popular tourist destination, France's very name conjures up images dripping with romance and bucolic charm. The French are known the world over for being both traditional and cool in every sense of the word, and virtually every traveller has a mental postcard of a Parisian cafe, complete with smoking patrons and accordion soundtrack. The country that taught the world what haute cuisine was all about may not have invented wine or cheese, but they certainly set the bar - both culinary and culturally - for the rest of us to live up to.
Loire Valley Cycling (EFAA)
Each summer, the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. On this cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary. Hop on one of our bikes and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards, and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, fine wines, and remote country tracks – ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.
Highlights: Cycle from one glorious château to the next, appreciate the lush Loire Valley scenery, visit local markets, taste wine in ancient vineyards, pedal through the "Garden of France".
Get a new perspective on France with this canal boat adventure. Each day you'll cruise for four to five hours, clearing locks and seeing the world at a pace you'll appreciate. Along the way stop for wine tastings and gastronomic indulgences, cycle along country lanes and hike green valleys. Your houseboat home has only five cabins, so you're sharing the deck and the views with like-minded travellers. With a CEO there to offer advice – and steer! – you'll quickly realize that getting there is half the adventure.
Highlights: Live on a canal boat for a week, cruise along the lush Saône and La Seille River, hike and cycle riverside trails, taste French gastronomic delights, sample world-famous Burgundy wines.
France and Italy Adventure (EFPI)
Sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, follow scenic tracks along Italy's Cinque Terre coast and raise your glass to the best of France and Italy. Over 14 well-paced days, travel from Paris to Rome and savour the region's cultural and natural highlights. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of travel but leave you with plenty of free time to explore. Witness the charm of Beaune and Florence's great masterpieces, relax on the beach and fall in love with the beauty of this region.
Highlights: Wander through charming medieval cities and glorious countrysides, taste fine wines and local delicacies, soak up the classic European culture, explore modern day and ancient Rome