The City of Lights is an essential starting point and home to countless wonders. The Louvre Museum is the biggest museum in the world so come prepared! The eight-century-old Gothic masterpiece that is the Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of Paris’ most iconic sites. If you can resist, save your first visit to the Eiffel tower for after dark!
The French Riviera is easily one of the most gorgeous places in the world and Nice is at the heart of it. Start your visit with a walk down the Promenade des Anglais. Find a bench and linger. Explore the maze of shops and restaurants in the Vieille Ville neighborhood. For a panoramic vista, hike up to Parc de la Colline du Château.
Sightseeing in Normandy
Northern France has its own unique history and culture that will give you a fuller picture of this dynamic country. Visit the White Chalk Cliffs, Arches at Etretat, then lounge on the highly underrated beaches of the English Channel. Any history buff will be fascinated by the World War II sites. Go to the D-Day landing beaches or do a full tour. Sail to Mont-Saint-Michel. This UNESCO World Heritage Site rocky island features a breathtaking 11th-century abbey.
Sightseeing in Provence
Nestled between Italy and the Mediterranean, Provence is famous for its diverse and fertile landscapes. Before the Vatican, there was the Pope’s Palace in Avignon. One of the most important pieces of gothic architecture in the world, this is a must-see. Walk the lavender fields in Abbaye de Senanque to experience the famous aroma. Get to Camargue to see their ancient horse breed and Europe’s only cowboys.
Producing wine since the eighth century, this is a must for any wine lover. Start in the heart of it all at the Place de la Bourse in the city of Bordeaux. Wine enthusiasts will love the interactive experience at La Cité du Vin, France’s top wine museum. Some of the best sightseeing tours in France are the Bordeaux wine routes! Spend at least one afternoon exploring.
The second-largest city in the country, this is the key port city of the Mediterranean. Start at the top by getting a view of the entire city from the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Go for a stroll down Le Vieux Port. Marseille’s answer to the Champs Elysees, La Canebière is the place to shop and people watch.
More than just a film festival site, this is one of the best resort towns of the French Riviera. Get to Cannes’ Marché Forville to stock up for a quintessentially French picnic. Wander La Croisette to find the prime spot to relax and soak it all in. The Old Port of Cannes has endless photo ops so bring your camera and explore.
Sightseeing in the French Alps
Dominating Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, this is one of France’s most splendid regions. Stay in Chamonix and get ready to take on Mont Blanc, Europe’s top ski spot. Step directly into the pages of a storybook as you walk the winding cobblestones streets of Annecy. Visiting France in summer? Hike Vercors Regional Natural Park!
What are your top picks for sightseeing tours in France? Whether it’s a sunny Mediterranean escape or adventure expedition in The Alps, France has it all.