France is known for its romance and music - and, of course, its delicious food and wine! A visit to the country wouldn't be complete with a tour of Paris and its signature landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. However, the French Riviera cities of Cannes and Nice also shouldn’t be missed - particularly if you enjoy sailing!
Live the life of a champagne jetsetter on a sparkling wine budget as you tour the islands and coastal towns of the famous Cote d’Azur, soaking up the relaxation and flexibility of life aboard a yacht.
Discover the contrasts that lie along the coast of Provence, from the bright lights of Cannes and St Tropez to the hidden coves of the Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago.
Explore the wonderfully preserved natural beauty of the historic Iles d’Hyeres – hike, bike or stroll through national parks, olive groves and pine forests, relax on picturesque beaches and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in France.
Rouen: During your gourmet walking discovery tour with your Local Expert, experience delights of this historic town as you visit a selection of shops to try regional specialities like delicious cider or the chocolate confection unique to Rouen known as the 'Tears of Joan of Arc.'.
Paris: A typically French bistro, the iconic Le Petit Prince de Paris has been a haven of warm hospitality since 1450 when it served as a lively tavern.
Paris: Join a passionate food connoisseur for a small-group gourmet foodie walk through the streets of Paris.
There are all kinds of markers for your holiday in France. A wine region, a river, an attraction, a cathedral, an outdoor adventure, urban wonders, just about anything could end up being the highlight of your itinerary. With most cities offering a peek into traditional Europe and all places boasting of fascinating natural beauty, it doesn’t get any better either. Irrespective of where your interests lie, a trip to France always includes arts and architecture. After all, some of the most famous museums, ancient Roman temples, renaissance-era wonders, artworks and landmarks can be found in the country. Considering that its star attraction, the Eiffel Tower, attracts more than 7 million visitors each year, you can understand why trips to this country are always memorable.
Take in the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower
Eat some escargots
Watch the sunrise from steps in front of the Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre
Listen to the ringing bells at Notre Dame Cathedral
Do a wine tasting tour in Burgundy and Bordeaux but areas like Champagne, Rhone Valley and Loire are equally spectacular.
Try the mouth watering seafood of Britany and Michelin-stars of Provence to the black truffles of Dordogne
Try the distinct cheeses of Burgundy
Take a cruise down the Seine
Visit the floating monastery of Mont Saint-Michel
Stroll through the gardens of the Palace of Versailles
While many French people speak English, they prefer to speak French. The locals really appreciate when tourists make an effort to learn some basic words and phrases.
Most French cities, including Paris, can be seen entirely by foot. Pack decent walking shoes and save money on public transit.
The French are very polite and expect good manners. Avoid antisocial behaviour like shouting and chewing gum.
Unless it’s on your bucket list, skip the Mona Lisa. While the Louvre is well worth a visit (and is free on the first Sunday of each month), this painting can be difficult to see as it is surprisingly small and often surrounded by big crowds snapping photos.
Beware pickpockets and sneaky tricks to get your money. Don’t allow a street vendor to help you “try on” a bracelet, and do not pick up “gold” rings you find on the ground - these are common tricks.
France has seasonal weather so please do check up on best time to visit France before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in France, do check out our France Travel Guide for more information.