France and the Netherlands

Discover high art, superb cuisine and relaxed canal culture

With France and the Netherlands on your doorstep, it’s easy to escape and immerse yourself in fine food, masterful art and laid-back living on a tour here.

Look beyond the tulips and windmills and you’ll find the Netherlands’ reputation of laid-back friendliness is well deserved. Its towns and cities are all relaxed medieval squares, cobbled streets and leafy waterways – great places to relax and watch life pass by. Whether you’re on foot or have gone native on a bicycle, Amsterdam’s charms are ample, from its iconic canals and old merchant houses, to the Anne Frank House and the Jordaan quarter, with its coffee shops and elegant boutiques.

Further afield, you can discover works of art by Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller art museum in Nijmegen; and explore the artistic harbour city of Rotterdam, pioneer of contemporary architecture.

From romantic Paris to the sun-soaked shores of the Riviera, every corner of France has its own captivating energy. You’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else on earth with as many iconic monuments, world-famous artists, top-draw wineries and fashion superstars as France.

Discover the major landmarks in the ‘City of Light’, including the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées and Notre-Dame Cathedral, and experience the magnificence of the nearby Palace of Versailles. Sip champagne in the network of tunnels and cellars under medieval Reims and enjoy exceptional cuisine wherever you go.