France is a gorgeous country in Europe situated just a short train ride or flight away from the UK, so it’s perfect for a convenient weekend break. There are plenty of awe-inspiring natural landscapes to admire in France, from verdant valleys to the French Alps and sandy beaches. The country also boasts iconic architecture, stylish cities, some of the world’s finest museums, chic boutiques, and romantic villages, to name a few.
Our top destination recommendation for a France holiday is Nice, a stunning seaside town located on the French Riviera. There is so much you can enjoy and experience in Nice; explore impressive museums, dine in gourmet restaurants, relax at golden sandy beaches, stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, and step back in time at the Old Town. We have an excellent holiday package to Nice which includes a stay at the boutique-style Hôtel Relais Acropolis Nice.
There are countless other holiday highlights to enjoy in France. You could take the city break of a lifetime in Paris and marvel at the Eiffel Tower, or alternatively experience a tour of the French wine country and taste some of the best wines being produced in the world today. Further south is the spectacular city of Bordeaux where you can admire beautiful old architecture, and from Bordeaux you could continue on to the Provence region and get a taste of rural France.
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Nice is a glorious seaside town in France home to world-class museums, exquisite restaurants, miles of stunning coastline, and a pleasant climate all year round. The city is within easy reach of the UK, so it makes for a great weekend break. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Nice including a superb package offer to the Hôtel Relais Acropolis Nice - a small and comfortable boutique accommodation located next to the famous Congres Acropolis Palace.
There are plenty of exciting experiences to enjoy in Nice; you can start by immersing yourself in culture, then spend an afternoon shopping in Rue de France, followed by a swim in the dazzling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Nice also has an excellent art scene and among the city’s best art institutions is the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which has a collection of contemporary European and American artworks from world-renowned artists.
The Old Town is a highlight of Nice, where you can get lost in a labyrinth of narrow winding streets and get a feel of the Niçoise culture. The Promenade des Anglais is also a must do whilst in Nice; this famous 7km stretch is lined with street performers, ice-cream stalls, restaurants, and bars. For sweeping views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea visit Castle Hill; a historic park towering over the Bay of Nice.
Paris - one of the most romantic cities in the world, with Disneyland to boot, and only a short train ride or flight from London - is a great city break option from UK. Brightsun Travel has a range of cheap holidays to Paris, perfect for a family adventure, or that romantic weekend you have been wanting to book for a while. In Paris, you could venture just 30 kilometres east to the most visited theme park in Europe, Disneyland Paris. Or stay a while in the city and you could explore its diverse neighbourhoods and iconic sights. In Paris, you could visit some of the most famous landmarks in the world - the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame - the list is endless. And let’s not forget the food in Paris. The city is full of French patisseries, bakeries and excellent markets, where you can pick up some famous French cheeses, a baguette, and some seriously good cakes, and have a first-class meal nestled in one of the city’s many hidden parks and gardens.
In Paris, you can also eat in some of the best restaurants in the world. One of our favourites is Arpège, voted the 12th best restaurant in the world in 2017, which has held 3 Michelin stars since 1996. For shopping, you could head to Galeries Lafayette and shop French brands and international designers all under one roof. Alternatively, you could visit incredible museums and galleries all across the city, like the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou. Then it’s on to Paris’ neighbourhoods. Our favourite has to be Le Marais, or the 2nd arrondissement, for its tiny boutiques, secret gardens and incredible food. Here you can eat the best falafel sandwich of your life in its Jewish quarter, and stroll the world’s most visited cemetery, Père Lachaise, which dates back to the 1800s. End your city tour in perhaps one of Paris' most beautiful places, the Jardin du Luxembourg, an oasis in the city, with orchards, museums and palaces. Contact Brightsun Travel today and explore our exclusive holidays to Paris, and go on an unforgettable city break this holiday.
Currency: You’ll be spending Euros.
Local Time: Paris and Nice are both two hours ahead of GMT.
Flight time from the UK: Approximately one hour fifteen minutes to Paris, two hours five minutes to Nice.
Tourist Information: Visit the official French tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions:To travel to France, British citizens need a valid passport. A visa is not required. For up to date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for France.
A: Paris is more expensive than Nice.
A: Isola, Valberg and Roubion les Buisses near Nice.
A: It’s not compulsory, but recommended.
Nice features the Promenade des Anglais that runs alongside the 4.5 miles (7 kilometres) of pebble beach. It overlooks the Baie des Anges where there are opportunities for paddleboarding, jet skiing and parasailing. Nice is perfect for exploring the Alpes Maritime where adventurous activities include canyoning, bungee jumping and pony trekking.
The Old Town of Nice is typically quaint with eighteenth-century architecture and picturesque plazas. Nice has many museums including a gallery devoted to the modernist art of Marc Chagall. Exciting day trips include visits to the forests and beach of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and the roulette tables of Monte Carlo.
Paris can be viewed from the top of the 1,083 feet (330 metres) Eiffel Tower which was constructed in 1887. The Palace de Versailles was extended in 1715 by Louis XIV and features an incredibly opulent interior. The Louvre is the most famous museum, displaying priceless works of art such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Punting along the River Seine is ideal for discovering unfamiliar locations in Paris. There are also many walking and cycling tours. Disneyland is a theme park inspired by Disney's famous cartoons. It includes a golf course, maze, fairground rides and firework displays.
Paris, like much of France, usually has moderate winters and warm summers. The warmest month is often July when the temperature reaches 25°C (77°F). January is usually the coldest month with an average temperature of 5°C (41°F). Nice has a hot Mediterranean climate. The hottest average temperature of 27°C (81°F) often occurs in August. Winter temperatures in Nice are around 12°C (54°F). The wettest months in Paris and Nice are usually December and November respectively.
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