France is a country of dramatic contrasts. From its poignant, poppy covered battlefields in the north to the luxurious lifestyle of its southern Côte d’Azur and its Alps, this country is rich in history, culture and of course it’s world-renowned cuisine and wines. The stunning French countryside is filled with medieval towns, tranquil villages, charming chateaux and at Lascaux visitors can see art from the dawn of man in a country that has long been an influential centre of art. And, of course, there is always Paris; a world capital of incomparable romance and elegance.
Paris is a city of attractions and just a little outside you’ll encounter one of the greatest of all: the Palace of Versailles. Lille is a perfect starting point for visiting France and this medieval centre of commerce is still home to the Wazemmes, one of France’s biggest markets. Visit Nantes in beautiful Brittany, the Roman theatre in Lyon and the wine region of Bordeaux. Heading south, there are so many wonderful cities to explore, including Toulouse, also known as “The Pink City”, and Biarritz on the border with Spain’s Basque country. Both Montpellier and Marseille offer a deeply different Mediterranean ambience and then there are Cannes, St. Tropez and Nice, which are still unsurpassed as the stars of the French Riviera. Plus, if you’re a ski fan, the slopes of Courcheval and Val d’Isere are the epitome of chic.
With so much picture perfect scenery, driving in France is an endless pleasure. What could be more thrilling than driving the coast road from Montpellier to Nice in a Bentley Continental GTC, a car that surely fits these surroundings. Or tour the southwest from Bordeaux to Biarritz in an Aston Martin DB9. If you’re a true petrolhead then how about taking a road trip from Paris through Le Mans, Rennes and Rouens in a Ferrari 458 Special, and to arrive in Cannes or St. Tropez select something eye-popping like a Jaguar F-type Roadster.
Cannes is inseparable from its annual film festival that influences the fortunes of filmmakers from around the world for the 12 months that follows. It is also one of the many jewels in the crown of the French Riviera, because Cannes is simply the last word in luxury. From the palaces of La Croisette to the couture shops, and from the well-maintained beaches to its marina bursting with high-end yachts, this small town is one jaw-dropping moment after another.
But Cannes isn’t just about the money, there’s also a wealth of natural beauty that makes it worth the visit, including the harbour, the islands that you can reach by boat and Le Suquet, which is the town’s old quarter.
This well-known ski resort is in the French Alps and forms part of Les Trois Vallées. This is one of the largest linked skiing areas in the world and when you’re in Courcheval, you’re not far from Val d’Isère, one of the resort’s main rivals. All across the Tarentaise Valley, you will an incredible number of world-class ski resorts. The resorts are grouped by a system; Paradiski has Les Arcs and La Plagne; Espace Killy has Val d’Isère and Tignes. When you buy a lift ticket in Courcheval, it also allows you to ski for a day in the other two systems, so you can experience the entire valley.
You don’t have to ski in Courcheval, you can take light aircraft flying lessons instead, or blaze a trail down the valley on a snowmobile. There is, of course, a fantastic choice of bars and restaurants for those all-important après-ski activities.
It’s very nice in Nice and what is more, it is sunny all year round. This gem on the French Riviera is a little more ‘normal’ than its neighbours St. Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo, and you can enjoy a mix of the Riviera sophistication with a dash of city grit that adds a bit of excitement to this beautiful spot.
The Promenade des Anglais is probably the city’s most famous location and it’s a wonderful place for a stroll at any time of day. Seek out Vieux Nice and sit at a typically French pavement café or take a boat cruise to Villefranche. If you climb to the Parc de Château above the town you’ll get a wonderful view across the Baie des Anges and art lovers will be delighted by the Matisse museum.
The City of Light is an unequalled destination and it is almost impossible to capture the essence of this elegant and stylish yet also urbane and cutting edge city. From its iconic Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe to I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid at the Louvre, the visitor has seen much of Paris before they arrive there, yet it is only when you have reached Paris that you can see the real diversity of this eternally engaging city.
And when you’re not visiting its myriad sights plus Paris’s museums and galleries, then most visitors will be enjoying the food. Patisseries, boulangeries, cafés and restaurants of every possible type line the streets of its new and older parts. It’s a treasure chest of adventures waiting to entertain its guests.
Lying only 5km from the Italian border, like Courcheval, this ski resort is in the Tarentaise Valley. It is popular with skiers from around Europe because both the terrain and the town combine to create the perfect ski resort. It is linked to Tignes and offers 300 km of pistes and 94 ski lifts. It’s just over a two-hour drive from Geneva airport and 90 minutes from Chambéry.
There are numerous restaurants and other après ski activities, as you might expect, and if you want a break from skiing or snowboarding there is mountain biking or cycling available.
This once tiny fishing village was transformed into a glitzy destination from the moment Brigitte Bardot arrived in a bikini in the 1950s to make it synonymous with the jet-set lifestyle. In summer it is buzzing with globetrotters and A-list celebrities and its harbour—the Vieux Port—is filled with someof the most expensive yachts in the world.
Outside of the season, St. Tropez has another side for visitors to discover. Its quaint old town and cobbled lanes that take you to the original fishing quarter of La Ponche is totally charming, and take a table in the Place des Lices, the town’s main square and watch elderly French men play petanque while sipping a good French wine.
France’s third largest city is a centre of industry and banking, but that certainly doesn’t make it dull and boring. Lyon has a number of exceptional museums including the Musée des Beaux-Arts that has the best collection of French art outside of Paris. There are also many smaller ones dedicated to the city’s connect with the silk and cloth weaving industries.
Vieux Lyons, the old town, has beautiful architecture to explore and a boat trip on the Saône river will give you another view of the city. France is synonymous with wine, but in Lyons the visitor can discover French beer making and at the Bière de garde, you’ll get a professional introduction to it.
France’s second largest city is an intriguing mix of history, multiculturalism and cutting-edge creativity. It combines wealth and luxury with bohemianism in a way few other cities can.
Easy-going and elegant Montpellier is often overlooked, but this gracious inland city that is only 10km from the coast has a touch of quirkiness in its Old Quarter.
The once sleepy city of Bordeaux has recently come to life thanks to pedestrianised boulevards and other improvements that have made it the largest urban World Heritage Site.
This stylish coastal town in Bayonne was a favourite holiday destination of Napoléon III and it has plenty of glamour still, as well as being a magnet for European surfers.
Called the “Pink City” thanks to its dusky-pink brickwork, this charming city near the Spanish border has a vibrant cultural scene, a great rugby team and exceedingly good food.
A major city of Brittany on the banks of the Loire, this Celt-founded port is a major commercial centre and a thriving cultural hub.
Lille has managed to discard its previously dull image and has acquired a reputation for stylish shopping, good restaurants and above all, its friendliness.
We can also deliver a luxury car to you in the following cities: Strasbourg, Rennes, Reims, Le Havre, Saint-Étienne, Toulon, Grenoble, Dijon. If the city you are visiting is not listed here don't worry! We can deliver to most cities withing France.
At Titanium Luxury Hire we can offer you a range of prestige vehicles for hire, which will ensure that wherever you arrive in France, you will always make a good impression. And, to make sure you have the maximum enjoyment on your French trip, we offer you a number of delivery options. You can relax, while we arrange delivery of your car to France’s major cities including: Cannes, Courcheval, Nice, Paris, Val d’Isere, St. Tropez, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Toulouse, Nantes and Lille.
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