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Welcome to France

Chic. Sophisticated. Iconic. France’s cultural identity is prominent across the globe. Paris, known affectionately as the City of Light, tops every list of romantic destinations yet offers something for every type of traveler, from dinner shows at the Moulin Rouge to world-renowned art at the Louvre Museum and Gothic architecture at Notre Dame Cathedral. In Versailles, the colossal palace exudes grandeur; fine wines beg to be quaffed in Bordeaux and Champagne; and war history enshrouds the battlefields of Normandy and the Somme. Gastronomes will find nirvana in France, where freshly baked baguettes, cheese, casseroles, and delicacies such as snails and frogs’ legs are staples on most menus.

Top 10 attractions in France

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower isn't just a symbol of Paris but a symbol for all of France. Erected by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution in 1889, the 1,050-foot (320-meter) tower once held the title of the world's tallest structure. Despite having been dwarfed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa and The Shard in London, the Eiffel Tower remains one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet. View the architectural icon from afar, or stop in at the three observation levels for stellar city views.More


Primarily associated with the steady gaze of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa, Paris' Louvre museum is home to a 35,000-strong collection of paintings and sculptures considered one of the greatest in the world. The contemporary glass Louvre Pyramid heralds the museum's entrance, which millions of tourists flock to every year to feast their eyes on masterpieces that span from antiquity to the 20th century.More
Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Expect bright lights, extravagant costumes, and raucous music at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Opened in the Belle Epoque of 1889 to celebrate Paris' thriving creative scene and the end of the civil war, the windmill-cum-cabaret hall has never stopped basking in fun and frivolity. As a staple of Parisian nightlife, an unforgettable evening at the Moulin Rouge is a must on any traveler's France itinerary.More
River Seine

River Seine

The lifeblood of Paris, the River Seine acts as a dividing line between Paris’ historically sophisticated and bohemian halves; it provides transportation via riverboat and plenty of opportunity for romantic strolls; and its riverbanks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with the city’s top landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.More
Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles takes the award for the most visited château in France, and the magnificent Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) are world renowned. A series of beautifully landscaped gardens, show-stopping fountains, and tree-lined pathways covering 800 hectares (1,976 acres), the gardens center on the cross-shaped Grand Canal.More
Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Second only to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is one of Paris' most iconic attractions, a marvel of medieval architecture that was immortalized in Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Today, the Gothic grandeur and stained-glass windows of the UNESCO World Heritage site continue to reign supreme from Ile de la Cite, an island in the middle of the Seine River.(UPDATE: Notre Dame Cathedral is currently off-limits due to fire damage.)More
Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Rivaling the Louvre as Paris' favorite art museum, the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) is known for its impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau works from 1848 to 1914. Equally impressive as what’s inside the museum is its exterior: a former Beaux-Arts railway station with an enviable location on the banks of the Seine River. Both architecture and art buffs will want this museum on their Parisian itineraries.More
La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin

Bordeaux has long been one of the world’s top wine destinations but when Cité du Vin opened in 2016, it finally got a museum to match its reputation. Housed in a modernist building that resembles a wine decanter, the center comprises exhibition spaces, cultural events, a wine bar, a cinema space, and more.More
Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

One of France’s greatest Gothic masterpieces, the Reims Cathedral dates to the 13th century and is hallowed as the coronation site of many French kings. The UNESCO-listed landmark—recognizable for its twin bell towers and rose stained-glass window—was shelled during World War I but has since been restored to its former glory.More
Île Sainte-Marguerite

Île Sainte-Marguerite

A 20-minute ferry ride across the waters of the Mediterranean Sea transports travelers from the high-class commotion of Cannes to the tranquil Île Sainte-Marguerite, a small island with more pine trees than people. Bring your walking shoes and your love for the great outdoors for the perfect day trip away from it all.More

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Exploring the Dordogne River Valley

Exploring the Dordogne River Valley

Top activities in France

Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
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Skip the Line Ticket: Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
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Lido de Paris Cabaret Show with Dinner or Champagne
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Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
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Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris
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Recent reviews from experiences in France

Great full-day tour!
Karla_S, Oct 2021
Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg
First time exploring the wine route Alsace region of France and this was a perfect way to see it for the first time.
Beauty of Alps
SID, Aug 2021
The Grand Canyon of Europe and Its Lavender Fields Small group day Tour
I would like to visit it again next year.
Great Experience!
Thomas_D, Aug 2021
Paris Private Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly (ORY)
Driver was there waiting for us…very friendly, although spoke little English (aok, since we’re in France) Very courteous, helpful with luggage.
A must do while in Nice!
Dave_G, Jun 2021
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
Very knowledgeable of the city‘s history and full of tips and secrets of things to do while in Nice.
Food and culture in Strasbourg
Bruce_K, Nov 2021
Guided Strasbourg Traditional Food Tour
My American friends and I met up in Strasbourg to visit the oldest Christmas market in Europe.
Wonderful Way See & Learn About Versailles
Gayle_M, Nov 2021
Versailles - Skip-the-line Private tour from Paris (HALF or FULL DAY)
This was the perfect way to see and experience this exceptional palace if you want to really learn about it, and the people who built and lived in it over the centuries.
Andrew_O, Oct 2021
Saint Emilion Half-Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Winery Visit from Bordeaux
It was a dream to see this part of France and witness the culture with my friends through this tour.
Take the time out and just go !!!
Rajiv_S, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace And Gardens Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access
The time flew by and we learnt a lot of secrets and stories about the grand rulers and life styles and rise and fall of the kings of France .
An unforgettable visit
Steve_B, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
We had plenty of time to visit the beach at Normandy and to see the German batteries there.
Fabulous cooking class
David_S, Oct 2021
Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon
John taught our course in English, but he is also fluent in French and obviously has cultivated great collegial relationships with shop owners throughout the market.
Wonderful Excursion with Antoine
Emily_J, Sep 2021
Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle Small-Group Day Trip From Paris
We had plenty of time to visit and explore each location and learned a lot about general French history on our drives to and from Paris.
Must-do for Champagne lovers visiting Paris
Monica_E, Sep 2021
Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris
On the way back, he gave us great recommendations on things to do during our time in Paris and where to eat.
Lovely Taste of the South of France
Todd_E, Sep 2021
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We had a wonderful adventure coming out of Nice and being able to see Antibes, Cannes, Eze & Monaco all in one day!
Amazing experience with even more amazing guide.
Hafeeza_W, Sep 2021
See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide
We had a group of english speakers but I am sure she could have led the group in various other languages.
The best tour of our trip
Patricia_S, Aug 2021
Versailles Palace & Marie-Antoinette's Estate Private Guided Tour with Lunch
We parked close, and entered quickly through a special door, getting to see lots of things the typical tours do not include.
A must visit, especially with Adi as your tour guide
Safwat_S, Aug 2021
Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
On the way back, she took the time to share recommendations on where to eat and what to do in Paris.
Informative and easy
Jan_G, Jul 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Smooth driving through the French countryside lead us to this amazing place, and before we left we had enough time to see the town and step on the mud as it was low-tide.
Fantastic day tour of Paris!
Liz_H, Jul 2021
Layover in Paris round 24/7
I'd highly recommend his tour to anyone who wants to see Paris.
Recommend this tour!
Katie_S, Feb 2020
French Riviera in One Day
You get to see a lot of the highlights of the South of France all in one day.
Paris in a day
Katherine_A, Feb 2020
The prestigious tour to not miss anything of Paris
She spoke English well and was accommodating with our visit in Paris.

All about France

When to visit

France is a country for all seasons. While summer visitors flock to the beaches of the French Riviera and the lavender fields of Provence, winter wonders include skiing in the Alps, the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, and Lyon’s Festival of Lights. Bastille Day (July 14) sees countrywide celebrations, while other major events include the Nice Carnival and the Cannes Film Festival.

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