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LIST: UK TOUR OPERATORS TO FRANCE

These are UK-based tour operators and specialist travel agencies featuring holidays, tours and travel in France.
Allez France 01903 748155 Self-catering holidays throughout France in villas, farmhouses and mobile homes.
Back-Roads Touring Co 020 8987 0990 Fully-escorted, small group, scheduled and customised tours by mini-coach.
Bordeaux Cycle Tours 0121 288 1950 Self-guided cycling holidays around Bordeaux for couples and small groups, families with children, wine-lovers, gourmands and those with only a few days to spare.
Brittany Ferries Holidays 0871 244 1400 Pound sign Brittany Ferries have a string of holiday progammes to France, based around their ferry operations.
Brittany Travel 01920 412013 Cottage and villa holiday in villa from a portfolio of 100+ seaside & inland properties.
Carisma 01923 287339 Carisma (yes, it is spelt that way!) specialise in top-end mobile homes at less well-known campsites with a good mix of nationalities (not dominated by UK holiday-makers) located right on the beach in either Southern Brittany, the Southern Vendee or South-west France. Their latest - new for the 2006 season - is at Les Sables d'Olonne in the Southern Vendee, and allows direct access from the campsite onto a glorious long sandy beach. They've also introduced a new and exclusive design of luxury 3-bedroom mobile home.
Charles Alexander 0161 688 8402 French camping holidays at 45 sites across France.
Chez Nous 0870 444 6600 A portfolio of over 3000 privately-owned gites, villas, apartments, farmhouses, and other rental properties throughout France (their brochure is a fat one - over 500 pages!). Unlike a traditional operator/agency, you book your holiday home directly with the owners. But Chez Nous also offers other holiday components you might need such as ferry bookings, motorail, travel insurance, etc.
Corsican Places 01903 748180 150+ villas on Corsica
Cresta Holidays 0871 895 0075 Cresta has a dedicated brochure for city breaks and tailormade trips to Paris, Lille, Carcassonne, Juans les Pins and Cannes.
Dominique's Villas 020 7738 8772 Small specialist company handling around 140 individually selected châteaux & villas with pools throughout France, for over 16 years.
Drive Alive n/a Online self-assembly driving holidays from a large database of hotels, self-catering properties, campsites, ferry crossings etc.
European Waterways 01784 482439 Luxury barge (floating hotel!) holidays on the waterways of France with gourmet cuisine and tailor-made minibus tours to vinyards and the like. In the USA they are known as Go Barging.
Exsus Travel 020 7292 5050 Luxury tailormade holidays in the South of France and Corsica.
Fields Fairway 01376 327636 Self-drive golfing holidays in France and Belgium.
France Afloat 08700 110538 Self-drive boating holidays on the huge network of canals and rivers throughout France.
French Country Cottages 0345 268 0796 1,000+ rental properties all over France.
French Fusion 07834 563099 Family activity and skiing holidays. French Fusion is run by Benn and Amy Coley, an English couple who decided to move to France and create a family friendly holiday home. The progress of their journey was filmed for Channel 4's show 'No Going Back'.
French Travel Service 0844 84 888 43 City breaks and rail tours (Eurostar & TGV) throughout France, staying in hand-picked 2, 3 and 4-star hotels.
Gascony Secret 01284 827253 Small specialist company with a good selection of really lovely self-catering properties in the south-west of France.
Headwater 01606 813333 Walking & cycling holidays throughout Europe.
HF Holidays 0845 470 7558 Guided walking holidays in Brittany, The Loire, Dordogne, Provence, Pyrenees, Alps and Corsica.
Holiday in France 01225 310 623 Small specialist operator since 1975 offering around 300 self-catering properties in Normandy, Brittany, Vendée, Aquitaine, Dordogne, Lot, Provence, Burgundy, Charente, Languedoc and the Pyrénées regions. The brochure stands out because they are always hand-written and hand-drawn in photographic detail, with water-colour paintings to add colour.
Inntravel 01653 629001 Sophisticated city breaks, short breaks in country hotels & Auberges in northern France, and an excellent range of walking holidays. Inntravel were bought by Inghams in Feb 08.
Intrepid Travel 0800 917 6456 A range of small group regional tours getting out and about by walking, cycling, canoeing, local bus, etc.
Jeka Holidays n/a Summer camp holidays for youth groups.
Kirker Holidays 020 7231 3333 Much aclaimed specialist, offering almost fifty short break destinations
Lagrange 020 7371 6111 Specialist since the mid-eighties in self-catering holidays in France in apartments, holiday villages, and villas, in cities, on the coast, in the country and up in the Alps & Pyrenees. Accommodation can be booked alone, or with self-drive or rail packages.
Matthews Holidays 01483 285213 Self-drive mobile home & campsite holidays, at family-friendly campsites mainly in Brittany and the Vendee, but also the south of France.
Oliver's Travels 0800 183 7999 Specialises in large rental properties in France.
Pagel France 01273 249617 Family holiday specialists offering a small selection of gites in The Lot department of France designed with everything parents need when travelling with babies and young children.
Quality Villas 01442 870 055 Luxury villas, farmhouses and châteaux with private pools, in coastal and rural France. The 2005 portfolio features around 140 properties mostly in the South of France (Riviera, Provence and the South-West) with a smaller selection in Brittany, Paris & the North. Quality villas is a family-run business set up by Margaret Rees in 1986.
Real Provence 01491 413660 Tailor-made, self-drive and walking holidays in 'off-the-beaten-track' parts of Provence. Also self-catering villas.
ShortBreaks 020 8402 0007 Pound sign Breaks by Eurostar to Paris, Brussels, Bruges & Antwerp
Space Between 0870 243 0667 Walking holidays in the Mercantour National Park in the French Alps. Also other activities such as canyoning, canoeing, rock-climbing and horse treks in 2004.
Spring Harvest Holidays 0870 060 3320 This is a single-venue tour operator offering religious-inspired holidays at its holiday park in the Vendee. In their words: "Le Pas Opton is a place set aside for God’s purposes. A place covered in prayer. Somewhere to stop, take stock and allow God to speak to you. A place for an inspirational holiday."
Tots To France 020 8123 4511 Small online lettings agency specialising in toddler-friendly rental accommodation.
Travel Department, The 020 7099 9665 Escorted holidays with a planned itinerary and a local guide, bookable online as an "all-in" package, with departures to the South of France from regional UK airports.
Villas Worldwide 01756 751777 Villa holiday specialist with over 350 hand picked villas, most with private pools, throughout France, including Corsica. As the name suggests, their portfolio has villas worldwide but they have a particularly strong presence in France through their sister company, Villas du Monde.

 

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