France is Europe’s leading tourist destination and as such it is a country that boasts a wealth of famous tourist attractions, historic monuments and other sites.
France boasts the most varied natural environment of any country in Europe; it varies from the lush agricultural countryside of Normandy and Brittany, or Beauce, to Alpine peaks, northern spruce forests, the dry hinterland, the steppe-like plateaux of the Causses, not to mention a very varied coastline including the North Sea, the Channel, the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean.
Beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquillity (green tourism). The "Remarkable Gardens" label is a list of the over two hundred gardens classified by the French Ministry of Culture.
France, and especially Paris, have some of the world's largest and renowned museums, including the Louvre, which is the most visited art museum in the world, but also the Musée d'Orsay, mostly devoted to impressionism, and Beaubourg, dedicated to Contemporary art.
Disneyland Paris is France's and indeed Europe's most popular theme park, .The historical theme park Puy du Fou in Vendée is the second most visited park of France. Other popular theme parks are the Futuroscope of Poitiers and the Parc Astérix.
Another major destination are the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, this World Heritage Site is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular for its castles (châteaux), such as the Châteauxd'Amboise, de Chambord, d'Ussé, de Villandry and Chenonceau, which illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the French Renaissance.
Nice (pronounced like the English word "niece") is a large city in France on the French Riviera. It's a popular destination for vacationers both young and old, with something to offer nearly everyone. It is well known for the beautiful view on the Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront, and is an ethnically diverse port city. The area of today’s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early use of fire.
Paris, the capital city, is the most visited city in the world. Paris attracts tourists with museums such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, and Disneyland Paris.
Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
It is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics. The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido etc.
Music and cinema
France has historical and strong links with cinema and music.
France has been a center of cultural creation for centuries. Many French artists have been among the most renowned of their time, and France is still recognized in the world for its rich cultural tradition.
The Ministry of Culture has been very active since its creation, granting subsidies to artists, promoting French culture in the world, supporting festivals and cultural events, protecting historical monuments. The French government also succeeded in maintaining a cultural exception to defend audiovisual products made in the country.
European, according to season. Light breathable clothing for summer in all areas and waterproof winter gear for the mountains all year round. In winter even the Mediterranean resorts often require a sweater or jacket for the evenings.
Things to do in France
Paris Day Bike Tour
Get set for a fun-filled day in Paris. Discover the city on a bike and whizz past the neck craning Eiffel Tower, the Napolean’s Tomb built in the memory and honor of the brave warriors of France, the world’s largest art museum, former Royal Gardens and many more attractions. An English-speaking guide will accompany you and provide some interesting facts about the city. Paris Day Bike Tour is an ultimate experience for both the first-time visitors and the veterans of the city.
Paris Night Bike Tour
Enjoy riding past the illuminated attractions of Paris including the towering Eiffel Tower; Notre Dame-a world-known Cathedral and dazzling Louvre Museum. The tour covers the most visited attractions of Paris. Refresh yourself with a delicious ice-cream from the most famous shop in Paris. A wonderful boat cruise on River Seine with free wine makes the night a memorable one. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide to provide you interesting anecdotes about the city and its attractions.
Paris Segway Day Tour
If you want to be a part of a fun-filled tour of Paris then gear up to ride a Segway around the famous landmarks of the city. An orientation session ensures that you are comfortable and confident while you ride your Segway. This tour is a great combination of fun and information that takes you across the key attractions of Paris. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide to make it more interesting.
Paris Segway Night Tour
Paris, at night, looks stunning with all its famous landmarks decked with glittering lights. Paris Segway Night Tour takes you around the illuminated attractions in the most entertaining manner. Not only you get to see the attractions, but you also get to learn to ride a Segway on this tour. It does not matter whether you have never tried riding a Segway as an orientation session will handle all your fears. You will simply love riding your Segway around Eiffel Tower, Musée D'Orsay, Tuileries Gardens and many more attractions. The tour is packed with lots of fun and interesting information.
Versailles Bike Tour
The Versailles Bike Tour takes you back to the days of distinguished French Kings and Queens. Le Chateau de Versailles gives you a royal taste of Paris. Once you land in Versailles the tour offers a local flavor by taking you to the village market. Moving on from the market after shopping for some eatables, you board your bikes to take the tour of tree-lined gardens and Grand Canal. Enjoy a picnic in Grand Canal as you share your experiences with your fellow riders. You also visit Hall of Mirrors, Chateau and Grand & Petit Trianons.
A temperate climate in the north; north-eastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. Mediterranean climate in the south; mountains are cooler with heavy snow in winter.
The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.
Food and drink are a major part of the way of life in France. However, as there are so many different regions in the country you will find many variations on typical dishes.
Specialities in the north of the country include cheeses such as Camembert and seafood dishes. Along the coast there are many specialty seafood restaurants. Brioche, the bread/cake mix, originated in Normandy.. St Malo is known for crabs and Carnaret is known for lobsters. In the Lorraine and Ardennes region specialties include wild boar and trout dishes.
How to Reach
The Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris is the main international Airport in France and is the home of Air France (AF), the national airline.
There are several smaller airports in France that mostly cater to domestic Travellers. These are: Orly in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Clermont-Ferrand, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and Nantes. Bâle-Mulhouse and Geneva are shared by France and Switzerland, allowing entry into either country.
You can use the regular rail service provided by the French rail company SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français) for direct service from most European countries.
There are high-speed alternatives like the Eurostar, which links Lille and Paris with London via the Calais-Dover channel tunnel.The Thalys service is a Paris to Brussels connection that extends onwards to the Netherlands and Germany using high-speed TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) trains.
Bus travel can be tricky as there is no national bus service and varies from Region to region.
A private bus service called Euro lines covers the whole continent with over 500 destinations.