Luxury France Holidays 2014, 2015

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It was an unexpected taste of the sun-kissed southern France good life. Our honeymooners returning from a Luberon vineyard to their luxury A&K villa in Gordes to find Nadege, a brilliant local chef, cooking a surprise feast of zucchini tart, followed by Provencal lamb stew and cherry clafoutis, all freshly sourced from Saint- Rémy market, and served al fresco on a terrace ignited gold by the sunset. 'Magnifique' needs no translation.

Food features regularly in guest's feedback; from impromptu wine, cheese and saucisson tastings with guides Benoit and Florence - 'I'll never forget my husband cutting into an enormous wheel of Camembert' - to wonderful rustic restaurants we'd recommended.

Indeed, whether you're in an exclusive A&K villa, upmarket boutique hotel or relaxed family retreat, our French team will advise on everything from eating and history, to culture and outdoor activities. As part of our multi-centre European operation providing seamless continental travel for 25 years, they know the country inside out. Expect the best, multi-lingual specialist guides, and long-established contacts that allow us to offer unique insider perspectives on France's rich cultural heritage and contemporary life including wine tasting in Saint-Émilion with a respected expert to visiting Cezanne's private Provence studio with a working artist.

Take a holiday to France with Abercrombie & Kent in 2014 and you'll find Normandy's D-Day beaches and WW1 battlefields - particularly poignant given next year's centenary; Napoleon 111's magnificent Parisian Boulevards, where we'll happily arrange tours of the capital's eclectic neighbourhoods with a local; and the surf-lashed sands of Southwest France.

We'll show you Brittany's atmospheric fishing ports; Bordeaux and Burgundy's world-famous vineyards; and the imposing French Alps, where A&K's premium chalet rentals offer top-notch winter skiing and spectacular summer hiking. And we haven't even mentioned wild and increasingly popular Languedoc; Provence's lovely lavender-scented villages, and the timeless Riviera from Nice to St Tropez, with exclusive beaches, fashionable bars and vast yachts.

It's all perfect for a touring holiday, and, as ever, A&K's team go the extra mile. 'Part of our trip was self-drive,' wrote one guest. 'Our chauffeur, who'd driven us up to that point, leant us his personal GPS, programmed with all our upcoming stops. That really is service.'

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Best time to be there

Sunworshippers head to the beaches from June to September. The climate is mainly temperate with the south enjoying hot summers and mild winters.

Fly to

Bordeaux, Geneva, Marseilles and Paris (British Airways), Nice and Lyon (British Airways or bmi)

Train to

Paris and Avignon (Eurostar)

Time difference

GMT +1

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France Offers

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Regions we travel to in France

Suggested itineraries in France

Quintessential France

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Highlights of Paris

from £1,050

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Paris & the Cote d’Azur

from £2,850

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Connections: Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise

from £3,512

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Connections: Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise

from £3,685

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A French Family Adventure

from £4,250

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Suggested accommodation in France

Chateau St Martin & Spa


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Hotel Lancaster


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Hotel Royal Riviera


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Le Royal Monceau Raffles


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Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa Golf


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Our top France offers

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Fairmont Monte Carlo, France

Complimentary night
Experience a more laid-back pace of life this winter with a luxurious weekend away on France's glamorous South Coast. Spend 3 nights at The Fairmont Monte Carlo and receive one night complimentary. Prices start from just £429 per person including international flights, airport transfers and breakfast and are based on two people sharing a Fairmont King Room. Valid for travel between 1st November and 27th December 2014.


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Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa Golf Resort, Provence

Family Offer - Book a Premier Suite and get the second suite with 50% discount for the children
 A mere 45 minutes from Nice airport the drive takes you away from the coast up into the mountains to the Pays de Fayence region; when Lynne, one of our Travel Specialists, visited for a quick break in June the views from the pool in her words were amazing - over the valley to the hills and villages on the other side. Children are made a priority here with dedicated complimentary children's clubs; with its heated children's swimming pool and dedicated 'Pitchoun' restaurant Terre Blanche is a real gem. Travel now when the lavender is in full bloom and experience the true heart of France.
From £900pp (saving £170pp) or £3,600 per family of four for a typical four night stay, based on two adults and two children in Premier Suites, including breakfast, return flights from Nice and private transfers. Valid for travel until 30th November 2014.


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