Burgundy’s vineyards are as close to heaven as it gets. Even the villages read like a wine-maker’s who’s who: from Chablis to Macon and Meursault to Beaune. But the area’s towns - such as vibrant Dijon - offer art and architecture in equal measure.
Central France is where the action steps up a notch. Those seeking rolling waves can make a splash in the Atlantic waters of the Vendée or if you’re seeking rolling hills, head to the heart of France to hike past gorges galore in the Jura. Make time to stop for a sip of famous red in Burgundy or slide down the slopes in the Alps.
If you’ve got a nose for culture, let it loose in the Loire and discover over 1,000 stately châteaux to see how French aristocrats used to live. Wind your way down to the Dordogne to explore medieval towns like Sarlat or even an underground lattice of mysterious caves. Be sure to stop riverside for canoeing or a picnic packed with local delicacies!