Known for arts, fashion, fine wine, mouth-watering cuisines, iconic landmarks, and pristine beaches, France is easily one of the most beguiling tourist destinations in the world. With its charming countryside and beautiful megacities, the country boasts in equal parts a contemplative calm and cosmopolitan frenzy. Whether you enjoy mouthwatering cuisines, influential artworks, or outdoor activities and sightseeing, you can rest assured you will never run short of things to do in France.
Our comprehensive travel guide is your best bet for planning a trip to France. We recommend starting with our guide on how many days to spend in France and the things to do in Paris. You will also want to know our thoughts on France in April and France in August — two of the best months to visit the country.
Whenever you decide to visit France, you do not want to miss a cruise through the heart of Paris, experience the sweet fragrance of Provence’s lavender fields, hit the slopes in the French Alps, explore the glamorous beach resorts of the French Riviera and take a wine-tasting tour in Bordeaux. With so much to see and do, planning a trip to France may prove overwhelming. But we have taken the hard work out of the picture for you by curating a variety of France tours to suit your needs.
Top Destinations in France
Discover the highlights of France.
Explore the Breathtaking Sights of Paris
Paris boasts exceptional cuisine, fabulous museum culture, stunning architecture, and historical monuments that are all waiting to be explored. Take some time to marvel at the Eiffel Tower and ride to the top for the most amazing views of the city, then head to the Musee du Louver to see the world-famous Mona Lisa and some other masterpieces. While in Paris, make it a point of visiting the Notre Dame cathedral, without which your trip would be incomplete. View Tours
Hike in Corsica
Sandwiched between rolling mountains and miles of coastline, this Island of creeks and forests is easily one of the most charming tourist destinations in the world. Head there to enjoy the picturesque views and pristine beaches, and soak in the rich history showcased by the winding cobbled streets, ancient architectural masterpieces, and delectable cuisines. And if you are seeking some thrill, Corsica promises some of the best ranges for horseback riding, kayaking, parasailing, river rafting, canyoning, and rock climbing. View Tours
Embrace the Charm of Provence's Artist Villages
Provence proudly represents the calm and contemplative side of France, and tourists will have a nice time exploring the lavender fields, rolling vineyards and dramatic landscapes in the village. Spend some time touring the Pope’s Palace in Avignon, then hike the trails in Sault to the hilltop of the Valensole Plateau to take some gram-worthy photos. Also, do not forget to cycle in the footsteps of Cezanne and savor some of the best wines in the world. View Tours
When to visit France
Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit France.
- Jan Avg Daily: 7 ° C Avg Nightly: 3 ° C
- Feb Avg Daily: 8 ° C Avg Nightly: 3 ° C
- Mar Avg Daily: 12 ° C Avg Nightly: 5 ° C
- Apr Avg Daily: 16 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- May Avg Daily: 20 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- Jun Avg Daily: 23 ° C Avg Nightly: 14 ° C
- Jul Avg Daily: 25 ° C Avg Nightly: 16 ° C
- Aug Avg Daily: 25 ° C Avg Nightly: 16 ° C
- Sep Avg Daily: 21 ° C Avg Nightly: 13 ° C
- Oct Avg Daily: 16 ° C Avg Nightly: 10 ° C
- Nov Avg Daily: 11 ° C Avg Nightly: 6 ° C
- Dec Avg Daily: 8 ° C Avg Nightly: 3 ° C
Best Time to Visit France
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France in April: Weather, Tips and More
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France at a Glance
Quick facts about France
Paris is the capital of France. It is the most visited city in the world, whose stunning architecture, rich culture, delectable cuisine, and vibrant art scene continue to attract people from all over the world. The city of love is also home to the Eiffel Tower and Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Monalisa.
Metropolitan France covers 551,695 km². Although it’s one of the largest countries in Europe, the excellent road network and sophisticated transport system make it easy for tourists to move about without any hassle.
+33 is the country code for France when making a call from another country.
The Euro (€) is the official currency in France having fully replaced the Franc. ATMs and currency exchange booths are available all over the country, though ATMs tend to offer cheaper rates. Most French service providers also accept US dollars.
Charles de Gaulle Airport is the main international gateway to France. It is in Paris, 26 kilometers from the city center. Code: CDG. Closest City: Paris
As part of the Schengen zone, most travelers can enter France for up to 90 days without a visa. However, some nationalities need a Schengen visa. We recommend checking your country’s travel advisories in advance of booking a trip.
The official language of France is French. Although the country has about 75 spoken languages, an overwhelming majority of residents speak French, and many of the other languages are only popular in the border areas. English is also widely spoken in major cities across the country. Learning a few native words and phrases, however, goes a long way. Start with "Bonjour," a customary local greeting.
The phone numbers to call in case of an emergency are 112 for the police, ambulance, and fire service.
The French love their wine, and at 11 million glasses per year, they are the second largest wine consumers in the world. France is also known for creating some of the most expensive wines in the world.
How long to stay in France
Read about the ideal duration to stay in France.
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France Tour and Holiday Packages
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FAQs for France
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Sustainable Travel – How to travel through France responsibly
In line with Bookmundi's vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through France. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any France tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting program.
Here's what you can do to travel to France more responsibly:
- Carbon offset your transport to France via Air France. The moment your tour starts in France and if you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
- You can donate to any of the local LPOs under the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux, an organization committed to environmental conservation and sustainability.
- The Velib bicycle sharing scheme is an excellent option for getting around short distances in Paris. For longer-distance travel, consider Autolib, a network of eco-friendly and exhaust-free public cars. Similar schemes are also available in other major French cities. Also, look for a hotel with the La Clef Verte title, a label recognizing hotels with commendable sustainability practices.
France travel tips and insights
- Always say “Bonjour”. The French can be very big on greeting and may not attend to you enthusiastically if you approach without the customary salutation.
- Store hours in France are short compared to some other parts of the world, with some stores closing as early as 6 pm. Thus, try to get your essentials early to avoid being stranded.
- French security agencies carry out regular checks around malls and public places. So, always carry a means of identification whenever you are stepping out.
- Like many busy cities, pickpocketing can be a common occurrence in Paris. Ensure your wallets and valuables are always safely tucked away while you are in public, and never leave your valuables on the table in street cafes.
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