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Great Drives

Drive through the diverse countryside from beautiful rugged coastline of Brittany through the fairy tale villages of the Loire and onward to the rolling hills and colourful wine regions of Alsace and Burgundy. Head off to the South and enjoy the golden, sun-drenched beaches along the glistening Mediterranean sea. On top of this, taste the endless flavours of outstanding cuisine and award winning wines from different regions around France. With Cresta we can do all the planning for you, and offer expert advice on the best hotels available. Here are some recommended itineraries to give you a flavour.

Our experts have put together recommended driving tours, each covering areas of natural beauty and interest. The following page outlines just a few suggestions on where and what you should visit, along with some of our carefully selected hotels. Each tour allows you to make the most of the scenery and visit many places of interest on offer in each region - from wine tasting to a cruise on the Canal du Midi. The hotels we recommend are just a few hand-picked from our large portfolio
however Cresta has a wide range of hotels to choose from so if you wish you can choose an alternative to the ones highlighted in the itineraries.

One of the pleasures of a touring holiday is the flexibility is offers, allowing you to go where you want and when you want. Choose to take your own car and travel to France with Eurotunnel, or by ferry. If you prefer to hire a car once in France then you can pick up one from most airports or railway stations.

Cresta can arrange a holiday that meets all your needs, whether that’s a short or long stay. Alternatively if you are not sure where you want to go or where you want to stay then our specialist team can offer recommendations.

Hotels

Our hotels have been personally selected to offer you high standards of comfort and service.

Exploring Brittany & the Northern Atlantic Coast in 7days

Begin your journey at Roscoff taking in the scenic coastal scenery on the way to the chic seaside resort La Baule. We recommend a 2 night stay at Hotel & Spa Du Beryl in Saint Brevin l’Ocean.

Travel onwards to the historic fishing town of La Rochelle and sample the legendary fish restaurants which are in abundance. We recommend a 2 night stay at Hotel Le Yachtman in La Rochelle to give you a chance to soak up the atmosphere.

Finally take a leisurely drive to Dinard and St Malo, the inspiring landscape and beautiful beaches are just waiting to be explored. Make time to stop off at the vibrant city of Rennes en-route. We recommend a 2 night stay at Kyriad St Malo.

Brittany Ferry crossing from Plymouth to Roscoff.

Northern Vineyards in 7 days

Start in the famous Champagne region which is renowned for its sparkling wines. Drive along the Route de Champagne from Calais and down along the beautiful sights of the vineyards as well as the Gothic buildings in Reims. We recommend staying at Best Western Hotel De La Paix in Reims for 2 nights.

Then head over to Alsace for breath taking views of idyllic forests, tranquil lakes and Vosages Mountains. Take time to sample famous beers and white wines from the sloping vineyards of the Rhine Valley and discover the Alsatian Wine Road. We recommend a 2 night stay at the Hotel Beaucour, Strasbourg.

Then drive towards your final destination, Beaune in Burgundy. The little roads wind through the Route du Vin countryside which are home to many exquisite wine producing villages, famous for Chablis and an abundance of chateaux and gastronomic delights. Stop a couple of nights at Hotel de
la Poste, Beaune to relax before heading home.

We suggest P&O Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais.

Languedoc & Provence in 7 days

Once you have arrived at Toulouse airport, collect your pre-booked hire car and drive to the medieval city of Carcassonne to explore one of the greatest sites in Europe. Spend 2 nights at Les Trois Couronnes in Carcassonne and enjoy the superb views of the Pyrennes.

Travel south down to the historic city of Avignon, en-route spend time visiting Orange and the famous villages of Gordes and Rousillion. Sample the mouth-watering cuisine in the quaint old town of Avignon. This city is steeped in history with a bustling daytime atmosphere. Stay at Hotel De L’Horloge for 2 nights before heading down to the coast.

Finally, drive down to the Mediterranean coast and relax on the sun-drenched beaches in glamorous surroundings. You can either drive, or leave the car in Nice and jump on the train to explore the breath taking coastline taking in Monte-Carlo and Cannes. We recommend a stay at Hotel Des Orangers in Cannes for 2 nights to give you chance to soak up the atmosphere.

We suggest flying to Toulouse and returning from Nice.

The Loire, Bordeaux, Dordogne & Normandy in 9 days

Explore the ch√Ęteau studded river banks of the Loire Valley known as the ‘Garden of France’. Its renowned for its vineyards and forests with the regal river running through the historic towns. We recommend a 2 night stay at the Holiday Inn Blois Loire Valley.

Drive over to the Bordeaux region and discover the awe-inspiring chateaux and fine wines. Stay in Bordeaux for 2 nights at the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa.

Discover the land of green hills, sunflower fields and winding rivers whilst heading onto the charming town of Sarlat. This town offers a peaceful break in the heart of the Dordogne valley. Relax here for 2 nights at the Hotel De Selves.

Explore the varied landscape of Normandy, it boasts 350 miles of coastline and wide sandy beaches. Deauville is a glamorous seaside destination which dates back to the elegant age of travel. Spend 2 nights at the Mercure Deauville yacht Club.

We suggest Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone to Calais.