From rolling open countryside, ancient forests and sleepy rural villages to the charming seaside towns and vibrant, bustling cities with their designer shops and numerous bars and restaurants, Central France has much to discover and delight. Explore at your leisure the gentle landscapes, magnificent river valleys and abundant vineyards, and sample the wonderful gastronomy and fine wines for which this beautiful wine-growing region is renowned.
Food & Drink
France is a country with a world-wide reputation for its exceptional cuisine and fine wines, and the food on offer here certainly lives up to that reputation. Renowned as France’s gastronomic centre, Burgundy is a sheer pleasure, so enjoy the many delights the region has to offer including the regional speciality boeuf bourguignon, a hearty beef stew flavoured with the region’s red wine. Other favourites include snails and the famous Dijon mustard. The Loire Valley is home to many regional specialties, with the local pâtés and terrines of pheasant and other game being especially popular. Freshwater fish such as trout and eels are frequently on the menu at many restaurants.
As one would expect from a major wineproducing region, the variety of wines available here is spectacular. Bordeaux alone is home to the three vineyards ranked in the top three in the world and produces more than 700 million bottles of wine a year. From deep full-bodied reds to fruity white wines, there’s something to suit every palette, not to mention every pocket!
This area is a shopper’s delight with a huge array of choices for your retail therapy. Designer shops such as Louis Vuitton and Hermes can be found in many of the larger towns, whilst the local markets usually held on Saturdays in the little towns offer everything from local produce to little gems or gifts to remind you of your stay. Galleries and boutiques, antique shops and confectioners can all be found in abundance, with Burgundy especially being famous for its edible souvenirs including chocolates, gingerbread and cheeses. Champagnes and the region’s local wines are also available to purchase from the many distilleries.
For those who enjoy street markets, head to rue Mouffetard close to the Latin Quarter for cheese, fruit, vegetables and meat, whilst the large weekend flea market at Clignancourt meight tempt those looking to track down a vintage piece.
Saint Emilion - Full day tour
Adult from £75.
Meet at the Bordeaux tourist office and depart for the Saint Emilion Wine region and enjoy a visit and wine tasting in a famous classified growth Château of the Pomerd or Saint Emilion. Then arrive in the village of Saint Emilion and enjoy a guided walking tour to discover the main monuments of this quaint hilltop village. During free time for lunch why not discover the underground monuments? In the afternoon experience another wine tasting at a classified Chateau of Saint Emilion. Wine-tasting fees included. Duration: 8 hours.
All Dordogne in a day - full day tour
Adult from £94. Child from £46.
This tour will allow you to discover the best Dordogne has to offer. Meet in Sarlat and start the tour with a guided visit of the city of Sarlat. Then continue with a walking tour in two delightful small villages: Beynac and La Roque Gageac, followed by a boat ride along the Dordogne River. Our next stop will be in Les Eyzies de Tayac, the world capital of prehistory as this is the town where Cro- Magnon was discovered. Here you will visit the National Prehistory Museum. Finally, end the day with the visit of Lascaux II, a perfect reproduction of the original cave. Duration: 9 hours.
Adult 1-day from £18, 2-day from £27 & 3-day from £34.
Child discounts apply. Free admission to the main museums and tourist spots in and around Nantes including: Galerie of the Machines de I’lle, Planetarium, Jules Verne Museum and the History of Nantes Museum in the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. Free public transport, (excludes airport shuttle bus), tourist train, tourist bus tour, guided tours and boat excursions, plus many special discounts.