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A few words about the country

France is the country of romance, fresh baked crusty baguettes and delicious wine. For all human beings of the globe France is associated with the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. France is all this and much more. It’s a country with fantastically beautiful nature, wonderful lavender fields in Provence, the most charming Gaube Lake or the famous Mer de Glace glacier. Reveal the real France for yourself with our best travel experts! En avant pour l’aventure!

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Must-Visit Places In France

Majestic Landscapes and Lakes

Majestic Landscapes and Lakes

Dune of Pilat

Dune of Pilat

Dune of Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe, is located in La Teste-de-Buch commune in the Arcachon Bay area and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and ancient pine forest. Its history dates back 8 thousand years. The Dune was shaped on the coast as a result of interaction of high and low tides and strong winds.

The Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) is considered to be one of the key natural attractions of France. Majesty of the unspoiled nature makes Gorges du Verdon a place of special beauty.
The Verdon Gorge is often called the biggest canyon in Europe. It is about 800 meters deep and about 20 km long. In some points it is 1500 meters wide from one side to the other.

Mer de Glace Glacier

Mer de Glace Glacier

Mer de Glace, the largest glacier in France, is 7 km long and 200 meters deep. It is also a popular ski itinerary and every winter one can see thousands of skiers going down the glacier, running through the famous Vallée Blanche and finishing at the Montenvers station.

Lake Capitello

Lake Capitello

Lake Capitello located on the island of Corsica is a place which is definitely worth adding to the list of beautiful lakes of France. A small round-shaped Alpine lake surrounded by peaks of the Restonica Valley is known for its crystal clear waters and incredibly beautiful landscapes. As a rule tourists visit two destinations within a single day - Lake Capitello and Lake Melo.

Tourist Attractions

Tourist Attractions

Pont du Gard Bridge

Pont du Gard Bridge

The ancient Romans really topped themselves having constructed an aqueduct which is as tall as a modern 16-storey building. The giant bridge crosses the river Gordon and was built as a part of a system of pipes to carry water over 50 km to the former Roman city Nîmes.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

The Palace and Park of Versailles (Parc et château de Versailles) is located in the city of Versailles, south-west of Paris. The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site. The most famous room in the Palace is the Hall of Mirrors with 17 windows that are composed of more than 357 mirrors. Decorated with magnificent сrystal chandeliers, torchieres, vases, sculptures and paintings the Hall of Mirrors is a real highlight of the Palace of Versailles.

Aven Armand Cave

Aven Armand Cave

Aven Armand is an underground cavity located around 100 meters deep and is known for a forest of more than 400 spectacular stalagmites which form incredibly beautiful natural structures. Aven Armand cave is known for the world’s tallest stalagmite of 30 meters.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a city located just 1 hour from Toulouse and 3 hours from Barcelona. The medieval walled city was built on the ruins of an old Roman fortress. In the 13C it served as the center of the Crusades against the Albigensians.

Cities

Cities

Paris

Paris

No doubt, Paris is the main landmark of France. It’s the city of love, delicious wine and fresh baked crusty baguettes. While staying in Paris, take your time to stroll along Avenue des Champs-Elysées, to relax yourself on the restaurant outdoor terrace sipping a Bordeaux wine, admiring the panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower and enjoying flavors of the city.

Bonifacio

Bonifacio

Thanks to its location Bonifacio is likely to be the most extraordinary city in Corsica. The old walled town with the citadel and narrow streets is located on a narrow limestone promontory that sticks out into the sea. However, the old town is not Bonifacio’s only attraction. The city’s surroundings with nice beaches, sea caves, lighthouses, islands, cliffs and medieval chapels are also worth attention.

Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is one of the most beautiful cities in Southeast France. It is located in Provence region and is surrounded by the Luberon massif. Narrow stone streets with old Baroque mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, nice squares, ancient fountains and numerous markets are among the main attractions of the city.

Annecy

Annecy

Annecy is a city located in the Northern Alps, South-East of France. It lies along the shore of Lake Annecy and River Tiu. Annecy is known for its medieval town center with its cobbled streets, winding canals and streams, and pastel houses in the old part of the city.

Best Attractions for Kids in France

Best Attractions for Kids in France

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Make your kids’ dream come true at Disneyland Paris. It’s a must-visit attraction that has become a magic place for children around the world. Disneyland Paris is a complex of two amusement parks by the Walt Disney Company located in the town of Marne-la-Vallée, 32 km west of Paris.

Bioparc Doué-La-Fontaine

Bioparc Doué-La-Fontaine

Bioparc Doué-La-Fontaine is a 15-hectare zoo located in Pays de la Loire and is home to around 1200 animals representing over 130 species. The park lies in the quarry that formerly was the source of shell stone. The Zoo is also known as a protected area to prevent the loss of endangered species and threatened wild nature.

The Regional Park of  Camargue

The Regional Park of Camargue

Camargue designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve and a natural regional park, is located just in the area where the Rhone River flows into the Mediterranean Sea. Camargue is vast marshlands in the Rhone River delta and is regarded as one of the cultural highlights of Provence. The area is to some extent unique and is notable for Biological diversity, rich fauna and flora, beauty of landscapes and exceptional conditions for agriculture. Your kids will definitely love it!

Museum of Magic

Museum of Magic

The Museum of Magic in Paris invites the visitors to plunge into the history of magic and illusion. The museum contains a unique collection of various artifacts of magic like paraphernalia, automatons, optical illusions, old posters, props and gadgets, gravures, and other magicians' objects and accessories.

Museums

Museums

Wine Museum of Paris

Wine Museum of Paris

The Wine Museum of Paris (Musée du Vin) is a cultural venue located in Charles Dickens Square. The Wine Museum is housed in old medieval quarries, which were used as cellars in the 15th century. Currently the museum is located in Rue des Eaux. It takes its name from the discovery of hot springs that had been exploited for 200 years and were discovered in the 17th century.

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris is a must-see gallery for all lovers of art and particularly of Impressionist art. The largest exposition is housed in a three-storey building which originally was a railway station. The museum displays a diverse collection of masterpieces of art including paintings and sculptures by European masters who lived and worked from the mid-19th century until the early 20th century, thus covering the period in history of art between Louvre Museum and the Pompidou Center.

Museum Bayeux Tapestry

Museum Bayeux Tapestry

The Museum Bayeux Tapestry houses the famous Bayeux Tapestry which is considered to be a unique example of secular Romanesque art. The tapestry depicts the events concerning everyday life of the Normans during the reign of King Edward the Confessor, the Battle of Hastings, appearance of Halley's Comet and others. The Bayeux Tapestry is listed in UNESCO Memory of the World.

Ethnographic Musée du quai Branly

Ethnographic Musée du quai Branly

Designed by Jean Nouvel as a “museum built around a collection” it exhibits an extensive collection of artifacts and works of art from cultures across Africa, Asia, Oceania and other colonized territories including the Americas. In addition to the technologies that have become standard in museums, the exposition includes amazing examples of human-computer interactions.

Expert Tips

All parks in Paris are closed to the public overnight. After 9 p.m. in summertime and 6 p.m. in wintertime the security will ask you to leave the territory. The rule is applied to the stations as well. In France trains do not run during night hours.

Be sure to keep your metro ticket until you exit the metro barriers. Ticket inspectors operate both at the entrance and the exit and can check your ticket at any given point. If you haven’t got any you’ll receive a fine.

Speed Limits in France
Be careful on the roads. The basic speed limits in France are: on urban roads 50 km/h, in rural areas 80 km/h, on motorways 130 km/h. Bear in mind that speed limits depend on weather conditions, so pay attention to the speed limit signs while driving.

Taxi in Paris
In France it is not customary to catch a taxi in the streets. They usually do not stop when hailed. You can get one only at a taxi rank. Another interesting but pretty odd fact is that a passenger is not allowed to occupy the seat next to the driver.

Grocery Stores In France
Both large and small grocery stores in France are closed on Sundays. The French do not want to spend lovely Sunday days doing the shopping. They prefer to spend their weekends going out for fun and entertainment, attending movies and theaters or just taking strolls.

Travel Budget

For a couple in Toulouse

Daily budget Cost ($)
Accommodation $82
Meals $100-150
Entertainment $100
Car rental $270

Useful Information

Currency

Euro (€)

Local time

10:05 (GMT+2)

Level of English

559 (EF English Proficiency Index)

Voltage and plug type

230В / E

Do I need a visa?

Yes

Best months to visit

April - June
September - November

Driving

Is it worth renting a car

Should I rent a car? Yes

Traffic features

Driving peculiarities On the right side of the road

Your first trip to France

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Your first trip to France

Purpose - visiting key tourist attractions

5-7 days

02

Long family trip

Purpose - nature, children's amusement parks

7-10 days

03

Romantic Honeymoon All Around France

Purpose - visiting all the regions of France

10-20 days

Flight duration

01

Tel-Aviv - Paris

5 hours, 20 minutes

02

London - Paris

6 hours, 10 minutes

03

New-York - Paris

1 hour, 20 minutes

Airports In France

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France and one of the largest Europe and world airports. It is located in Roissy-en-France, approximately 25 km northeast of Paris. The airport has three terminals.

Marseille Provence Airport

Marseille Provence Airport

Marseille

If you are planning to visit the most romantic area of France and lavender fields of Provence, Marseille Provence is the airport you should arrive at. The airport serves as the main gateway for travelers who want to feel the romance of Provence region or the idyllic and sunny atmosphere of Marseille.

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

Côte d'Azur

Airports in the French Riviera (Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur) serve tourists who are planning to visit the most famous cities of southern France. As for Russian tourists, the airport with an absolutely beautiful name - Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur (Nice International Airport) might be of special interest to them.

Airport of Lyon

Airport of Lyon

Lyon

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport is the fourth largest airport in east-central France both by size and passenger traffic. In 2000 the airport was named after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the famous native of Lyon and the aviation pioneer and writer. The airport is located 20 km southeast of Lyon's city center and features two runways and three terminals.

Approximate Itinerary Paris - Normandie - Provence - Marseille

Day 1
Arrival in Paris

Renting a car (AT + air conditioning)
595,47 € / approximately 7 days (+134 € for one-way rental)
Hotel check-in / Overnight stop
Hôtel Napoleon Paris
1 night, 1 adult
€ 533
+€ 4 taxes
Breakfast on request 32 €

Day 2

9:00 a.m.

Breakfast in hotel

10:00 a.m.

A sightseeing tour of Paris (Eiffel Tower, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Palace of Versailles)

11:00 a.m.

A stroll in Montmartre (Over the centuries many famous artists from all the corners of the world lived and performed in their studios in Montmartre. Today it is still a bohemian gathering place with special spirit, culture and joyful nights. The most well-known building in Montmartre is the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur from which you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Paris). Besides, you can have lunch here.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch at Signature Montmartre (Average price 65-80 € per person)

2:00 p.m.

Guided tour of Fragonard Perfume Museum (Musee du Parfum - Fragonard) 15 € per person

3:30 p.m.

A stroll in Place des Vosges

6:00 p.m.

Dinner at La Table de Colette (Average price 69 € per person)

7:00 p.m.

A roundtrip cruise on the River Seine (a group cruise 6-15 € per person, 25€ per couple) With the company Bateaux Mouches you will have an exciting one-hour experience to view many of Paris’s top architectural landmarks located along the Seine River.

8:00 p.m.

Hotel check-in / one-night stay
Hôtel Napoleon Paris
1 night, 1 adult
€ 220
+€ 3 taxes
Breakfast on request 32 €

Day 3

9:00 a.m.

Breakfast in hotel (32 €)

10:00 a.m.

Leaving for Normandy Normandy is a small but a real pearl of France. The area is known for its spectacular coastline, rich green hills and an incredibly rich historical heritage. Enjoy your stay here digging into Medieval history, admiring the beauty of wild orchids that grow here, tasting local seafood and cheese, and exploring lovely coastal cities.

1:30 p.m.

Arrival at Arromanches-les-Bains The remains of Mulberry, the artificial temporary harbor installed by the Allies during the Invasion of Normandy can still be seen on the beach of Arromanches. Another attraction is a 360° circular cinema with nine screens showing an archive movie about the Normandy Landings. The movie will immerse you in dramatic scenes of the events that happened during the Second World War.

2:30 p.m.

Lunch at the La Marine restaurant (Average price 30-40 € per person)

3:30 p.m.

Leaving for the village of Camembert Camembert is the most famous of French cheeses that originated in the village of Camembert in Normandy.

4:37 p.m.

Arrival at the village

5:00 p.m.

Tour of La Maison du Camembert, cheese sampling (3,50 € per person)

6:00 p.m.

Leaving for Gace

6:20 p.m.

Arrival

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at the Restaurant Brasserie du Center (Average price 25-30 € per person)

7:30 p.m.

Hotel check-in / one-night stay
Domaine des Thomins
1 night, 1 adult
€ 90
+€ 1 taxes
Breakfast included

Day 4

10:00 a.m.

Breakfast in hotel

11:00 a.m.

Leaving for The Loire Valley, stay in the town of Mont-Saint-Michel

1:30 p.m.

Arrival at Mont-Saint-Michel The island of Mont-Saint-Michel is so lovely that just a look at the picture of it inspires plenty of tourists to visit the place. Mont-Saint-Michel is a tidal island connected with the mainland by a causeway. The Abbey of the Mont-Saint-Michel is the highlight of the island. By arriving ahead you will avoid crowds of tourists when strolling through the narrow streets that lead to the Abbey.

2:00 p.m.

Lunch at the La Confiance Restaurant (Average price 50-60 € per person)

3:00 p.m.

Leaving for the Loire Valley, the city of Tours

6:30 p.m.

Arrival in the city of Tours

6:45 p.m.

Dinner at the Les Bartavelles Restaurant (Average price 40-45 € per person)

7:45 p.m.

Hotel check-in / One-night stay
Les Trésorières
1 night, 1 adult
€ 370
+€ 3 taxes
Breakfast on request 28 €

Day 5

10:00 a.m.

Breakfast in hotel (28 €)

11:00 a.m.

Leaving for Val de Loire

11:24 a.m.

Arrival at Val de Loire

11:40 a.m.

Tour of the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil and the gardens

1:40 p.m.

Lunch at Aux Jeunes Pousses Restaurant (Average price 50 € per person)

2:40 p.m.

Wine tour Ackerman (Entrance fee 5 € per person) Val de Loire is among the best wine regions in France. You can enjoy a solo walk through the vineyards and taste delicious local wine.

3:10 p.m.

Tour of the Château de Chambord, the largest and the most well-known château in the Loire Valley. (13 € - regular price, 18 € - Castle + presentation)

6:10 p.m.

Dinner at Les Armes Du Château Restaurant (Average price 50-60 € per person)

7:10 p.m.

Leaving for the city of Bourges

8:35 p.m.

Arrival in the city of Bourges

8:40 p.m.

Hotel check-in / One-night stay
Hotel de Panette - Chambres historiques
1 night, 1 adult
€ 352
+€ 1 taxes
Breakfast included

Day 6

9:00 a.m.

Breakfast in hotel

10:00 a.m.

Leaving for the city of Lyon

1:30 p.m.

Arrival in the city of Lyon

1:45 p.m.

Lunch at Agastache Restaurant (Average price 40-50 € per person)

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Sightseeing tour of the old city

4:00 p.m.

Leaving for the city of Avignon

6:30 p.m.

Arrival in the city of Avignon

6:45 p.m.

Dinner at Avenio Restaurant (Average price 45-50 € per person)

7:45 p.m.

A night stroll around Avignon’s streets

8:15 p.m.

Hotel check-in / One-night stay
Hôtel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon
1 night, 1 adult
€ 369
+€ 1 taxes
Breakfast included

Day 7

10:00 a.m.

Breakfast in hotel

11:00 a.m.

Tour of Palais des Papes, the residence of the Popes (Entrance fee 12 € per person)

12:30 p.m.

After the Palais des Papes tour - leisure hours in the park near the Palace. Another attraction worth seeing is the Avignon bridge with only four arches left, out of the 22.

1:15 p.m.

Lunch at the Le Goût du Jour Restaurant (Average price 35-40 € per person) (Tip: Order some takeout food for a picnic)

2:15 p.m.

Leaving for the village of Sault and for Lavender Tour

3:15 p.m.

Arrival at Sault

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tour with locals (3 € per person), a picnic in lavender field

5:45 p.m.

Leaving for the city of Marseille

7:00 p.m.

Arrival in Marseille

7:10 p.m.

Returning the rental car

7:45 p.m.

Night stroll around the city, farewell to France

Day 8
Departure from Marseille

Five Pearls of France

Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey is a medieval abbey located within the city and island of Mont-Saint-Michel, Northwest France. The bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is well-known for its tides that hold the record in Europe with heights of 14 meters.

The Etretat Chalk Cliffs

The Etretat Chalk Cliffs

The Etretat Chalk Cliffs is one of the most picturesque spots on the Alabaster Coast of France. The height of the cliffs is about 80 m at Etretat and above 100-120 meters further North at Fécamp. The Etretat Chalk Cliffs are built of limestone and silicon.

Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne

Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne

A magnificent volcanic mountain range consisting of 80 volcanoes extends over 35 km in the Massif Central. Another exciting attraction is Mont-Dore called the Little Chamonix. It’s a ski resort located south of Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne in the Massif Sancy. On your way to the resort you can enjoy views of scenic landscape with sheared cliffs, peaceful plateaus, and roaring mountain rivers flowing into the lake.

French Riviera

French Riviera

The famous French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast area of France extending from Marseille to the Italian border. Wonderfully mild and warm climate, breathtaking nature, warm sea water and fashionable hotels make it the most popular destination among celebrities and the richest people in the world.

Gastronomy

Le VIP Paris Yacht Hotel

Le VIP Paris Yacht Hotel

VIP Paris Yacht Hôtel is a luxury hotel located on the River Seine in Paris. The hotel is not only for celebrities, there are no limits for anyone to enter the restaurant. Dreaming to go on a cruise, admire panoramic views of Paris from the magnificent River Seine while sitting at the boat’s restaurant and drinking champagne? Dreams come true with Le VIP Paris Yacht!

Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

Beef or steak tartare made from raw ground steak, egg yolk and hot pepper sauce mixed together is considered to be a highlight of French cuisine. Local chefs are real experts in cooking amazingly tasty tartare.

L`Orangerie

L`Orangerie

At the MICHELIN Star L’Orangerie restaurant you will definitely get a new gastronomic experience that boosts senses. The restaurant offers light, balanced and tender meals focusing on vegetarian, fish and dairy recipes - all presented in a relaxed intimate setting. This is the place where the culinary trends of the future are emerging.

Prive de dessert

Prive de dessert

Let's face it, who didn't have a childhood dream to eat desserts all the time? Prive de dessert is a restaurant where all dishes look like desserts, but none actually are. By the way, “Prive de dessert“ means “You'll go without dessert!”

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