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Discover the freedom of the open road while touring Europe with Lonely Planet’s new full-colour Road Trips series. Visit the spots others zip right by: the hidden viewpoint, the local pâtisserie, the secret beach. To kick-start your perfect European adventure, our FREE SAMPLER ‘3 of France’s Best Road Trips’ features three of our all-time favourite French excursions. Excerpted from Normandy & D-Day Beaches Road Trips, Chateaux of the Loire Valley Road Trips, and Provence & Southeast France Road Trips, this is your passport to uniquely encountering France by car.
Inside ‘3 of France’s Best Road Trips’ (A Sampler):
Get inspired – regional highlights, expert recommendations, gorgeous photography
Planning advice – illustrated itineraries to help you design your ideal road trip
Discover even more - detours, local secrets, walking routes, ways to link trips
Get around easily - full-colour maps of featured routes, detailed directions, up-to-date advice, practical tips about local driving rules, parking and toll roads
Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices
The Lavender Route (From Provence & Southeast France Road Trips) - Gordes to Plateau de Valensole
Drift dreamily along Provence’s fragrant countryside - quiet back roads, sleepy hilltop villages, fields of glorious purple blooms
Route des Grands Crus (From Chateaux of the Loire Valley Road Trips) - Gevrey-Chambertin to Puligny-Montrachet
Wind your way from one historic and legendary vineyard to the next through Burgundy’s picture-book Route des Grands Crus - bucolic views, upscale wine château experiences, world-renowned wine
D-Day’s Beaches (From Normandy & D-Day Beaches Road Trips) - Caen to Utah Beach
Step back in time along D-Day’s Beaches, where somber history meets breathtaking scenery - stunning bluffs, quiet landing beaches, fascinating war museums, sobering memorials
There’s more in Store for You:
Ready to hit the road, or inspired to read more? Check out the featured Lonely Planet Road Trips guides for additional itineraries. Each guide features all of a region’s best routes, from 2-day escapes to week-long adventures, helping you to get out of the major cities and into picturesque landscapes and unforgettable experiences.
Looking for more extensive coverage? Lonely Planet France’s Best Trips covers road trip itineraries for the whole country.
Don’t stop there. See more of Europe’s picturesque back roads with Italy’s Best Trips and Ireland’s Best Trips. Also, check out our FREE SAMPLER ‘3 of the USA’s Best Trips’ and Pacific Coast Highway Road Trips, San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Road Trips, and Route 66 Road Trips for more inspiration.