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Dis­cover the stun­ning coast­line along the French Riviera with this new, self-guided walk­ing hol­i­day from In­ntravel. The seven-day ‘Along the Côte d’azur’ trip com­bines coastal strolls, town trails and cul­tural vis­its, with high­lights in­clud­ing Men­ton ( pic­tured above), Ville­franche-sur-mer and Cap Fer­rat. Prices start from £698pp based on two shar­ing, and in­clude six nights’ B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion, route maps and notes, and lug­gage trans­fers. Tel: 01653 617 000 in­


En­joy a peace­ful stay in the Dordogne coun­try­side at a hol­i­day home from Sim­ply Périg­ord. The re­stored honey-coloured stone house, called ‘Pas­si­flore’ ( pic­tured above), is a few min­utes by bi­cy­cle from the vil­lage of Cenac, near Sar­lat. There is room for up to six guests, who have the use of a large land­scaped gar­den and a heated pool. A one-week rental costs from €1,450, ris­ing to €1,995 dur­ing the high sea­son. Tel: (Fr) 5 53 54 54 31 sim­ply-perig­


En­joy the best French cui­sine on a ‘Dis­cov­ery and Savours’ break at the 16-hectare Château de Mer­cuès es­tate in the Lot dé­parte­ment. The pack­age in­cludes an overnight stay with buf­fet break­fast at the 13th-cen­tury château ( pic­tured above), the for­mer sum­mer res­i­dence of the Bishop of Ca­hors. Guests have din­ner at the gas­tro­nomic restau­rant, which was awarded its first Miche­lin star ear­lier this year. Prices start from €499 per night for two. Tel: (Fr) 5 65 20 00 01 chateaude­mer­

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