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Some of our partners in France + other handy links

For our escorted tours we use a wide variety of local guides, such as –

Penny in Toulousehttp://www.toulousewalkingtours.com/

Emma in the Languedochttp://www.lamaisondurire.com/

Aurelie in Avignonhttp://www.avignongourmetours.com/

Cecile in Nice http://www.ceciletours.fr/

 

Hot air balloon flightshttp://www.france-balloons.com/

 

Videos – Luciole barge cruises –   http://www.bargeluciole.com/videos.php

Videos – other barge cruises – http://vimeo.com/hotel-barging

Rental boat videos – Nicols –  https://www.youtube.com/user/LesBateauxNicols/videos

The biggest fleet of rental boats – Le Boat

http://www.leboat.com.au/?agent=bespokefrance

FPP rental boatshttp://www.navigation-interieure.fr/Angleterre/

Waterways maps – http://www.carte-fluviale.com/en/

Canal information –

http://www.french-waterways.com/waterways/navigation-detail.html

 

Reports on cycling adventureshttp://www.trentobike.org/index.html

If you want an engine on your bikehttp://www.ride-in-tours.com/

 

Some accommodation –

Paris 8th – charming, family-run hotel that we’ve been working with for years – 

http://www.hotel-la-sanguine.com/accueil_en.html

Paris 7th – welcoming central Left Bank hotel –  http://www.paris-hotel-orsay.com/en/

Burgundy, Auxerrois – rambling country hotel with traditional restaurant – http://www.beursaudiere.com/uk/index.php

Burgundy, Morvan – country hotel with excellent restaurant – http://www.hotelrestaurantdumorvan.fr/index2.php?rub=1&page=11

Burgundy, Brionnais – simple hotel with a notable restaurant and some gites – http://www.lesaintcyr.fr/site/welcome-to-saint-cyr/

Jura – delightful country chateau-hotel with superb restaurant – http://www.chateaudegermigney.com/en/

Rouen – simple, welcoming hotel in the town centre – http://www.hoteldescarmes.com/en/

Bayeux – Classic, welcoming hotel in the town centre with parking –    

 http://www.hotel-dargouges.com/en.php

Roannais – comfortable B&B on a wine estate – http://en.domainedufontenay.com/

Roannais – the Troisgros brothers are world famous for their cuisine and have built these quirky, designer cabins by their country restaurant near Iguerande – http://www.troisgros.com/la_colline_du_colombier/les-cadoles.html

Pyrenees, Bearn – Lovely B&B and gite – and Nicole offers cooking classes to groups – http://www.lespoune.fr/pages/accueil-gb.html

 

Some restaurants –

The best restaurant guide for modern innovative cuisinehttp://www.gaultmillau.fr

Paris – 1st arrondissement classic bistro with blackboard (ardoise) menu –  http://www.lardoise-paris.com/index.php/fr/

Paris – 2nd arrondissement – chic modern bistro –  http://www.le-moderne.fr/en/

Paris – 5th arrondissement – Classic cuisine & modest prices for a Michelin starred restaurant – http://www.la-truffiere.fr/index.php#close

Paris – 6th arrondissement – bistro with Kiwi and American owners, noted for its fish and its wine cellar – https://plus.google.com/104387622673642488231/about?gl=nz&hl=en

Paris – 7th arrondissement  Chef Jean-Francois Piege’s restaurant Clover is already on our wish list, and  his new place will be too –  when we win Lotto…    http://www.jeanfrancoispiege.com/fr

Paris – 8th arrondissement – town-meets-country bistro – http://chezcecileparis.fr/fr

Champagne, Reims – gastronomic restaurant and champagne bar – http://www.le-pavillon-cg.com/pavillon-cg/

Burgundy, Auxerrois – exceptional, modern Burgundian cuisine, plus rooms so you can really enjoy their impressive wine selection- http://www.potdetain.com/

Burgundy, Verdun sur le Doubs – outstanding modern regional cuisine, comfortable rooms & great cooking classes for groups from Chef Didier Denis and his loyal team – http://www.hostelleriebourguignonne.com/uk/index.php

Jura, Pupillin – stylish, modern country inn for beautiful regional cuisine – http://www.legrapiot.com/fr/index.php

Charente, Bourg Charente – superb modern regional cuisine and cooking classes for groups – http://www.laribaudiere.com/index.php

Bordeaux – cheap and cheerful restaurant, great food, popular with students  – http://www.la-table-bordelaise.fr/

St Emilion – trendy popular wine bar-restaurant – http://www.envers-dudecor.com/

Pyrenees, St Jean de Luz – delicious modern dishes and low prices – http://www.olatua.fr/

Provence, L’Isle sur la Sorgue – delicious modern cuisine at modest prices – http://www.restaurant-umami.fr/

 

France Tourist Office – http://uk.rendezvousenfrance.com/

Paris Tourist Office – http://en.parisinfo.com/

Search engine for flights – http://www.skyscanner.co.nz/

Cheap flights within Europe – http://www.easyjet.com/EN/routemap/

Air France’s budget airline – http://www.hop.com/en/

French trains – http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/

The Man in Seat Sixty-Onehttp://www.seat61.com/