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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

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

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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
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Louvre

Louvre

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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
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River Seine

River Seine

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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
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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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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
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Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

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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
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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

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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
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La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin

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

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

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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
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Eze

Eze

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With its twisting cobblestone lanes, jumble of medieval houses, and shady courtyards lined with traditional cafés, Eze is a tranquil village high above the glamorous resorts and golden beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The hilltop town, traditionally written Èze, is undeniably picturesque, affording panoramic views over the Mediterranean, and its timeless charm has made it a firm favorite on French Riviera itineraries.More
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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

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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

Trip ideas

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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Eiffel Tower Skip the Line and Small Group Tour with Summit Access by elevator
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-line Private Guided Tour
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Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
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Loire Valley Chambord & Chenonceau Castles Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Paris
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Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
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Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris
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Paris Seine River Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Champagne Exclusive Viator
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Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
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Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip from Paris
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Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
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Recent reviews from experiences in France

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The guide Gordona was...
Kelly_E, May 2022
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
The tour is one of our best highlights for our France trip and it is best suited for those who want to see sceneries from postcards.
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Fun, interactive and interesting
Adam_J, May 2022
Stade de France: Behind the Scenes Tour
Our guide was funny, knowledgeable and spoke great English, French and Spanish.
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Superb tour fo the old and new way of making champagne
DianeJeannine_P, Apr 2022
Champagne Day Trip with Moet&Chandon, Reims Cathedral & Family Winery from Paris
What a wonderful journey to see the champagn region of France and experience a vineyard with the traditional champagn making technique at Michel Fargo followed by a modern facility of NicolasFeuillate which is a wine coop.
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Terrific and informative...
Nonie_A, Apr 2022
Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
Jean-Batiste, our guide, spoke fluent English and was knowledgeable and friendly.
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One of the main reasons I...
Steven_b, Apr 2022
Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
One of the main reasons I wanted to go to France was to see the D-Day beaches and the war memorials.
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A great family experience. A must do in Paris.
Todd_M, Mar 2022
French Baking Class: Baguettes and Croissants in a Parisian Bakery
Didier and our French to English translator were great and surely one of our highlights to France.
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Worthy experience
MICHELLE_T, May 2022
The Grand Canyon of Europe and Its Lavender Fields Small group day Tour
Otherwise you won’t get to see them.
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Good way to get to the top of Eiffel w minimal lines, great guide and tour
z3shutter, May 2022
Eiffel Tower Priority Access Guided Tour with Summit Access
Our evening tour time of 6:15 pm was an excellent choice to be able to see Paris in the evening light, though given sunset does not happen till 9pm+ in May, we decided not to stay too long at the top (would need to be close to 10pm) to try and catch night lite view of Paris from the top.
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Great way to see the Versailles Place, great guide and tour
z3shutter, May 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour from Versailles
Well-paced tour and we got to see most of the relevant sections, artifacts, and gardens.
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A terrific day!
Chris_D, Apr 2022
Normandy D-Day Beaches Omaha, Pointe du Hoc & American Cemetery
The day was long with so many things to see plus the drive to/from Paris, but it met every expectation.
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A fantastic escape from Paris to see the French countryside and rich history (beautiful castles)
Randy_B, Apr 2022
Loire Valley Castles VIP Private Tour: Chambord, Chenonceaux, Amboise
This was an awesome trip away from Paris to see the Loire Valley.
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Beautiful!
Anthony_M, Apr 2022
Luberon Villages Half-Day Tour from Aix-en-Provence
Gregg gave guidance on the best places to see in the villages but his best advice was just to ‘get lost’ in the winding streets amid the amazing scenery.
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Memorable tour of the historic Dunkirk site
YiiLih_L, Mar 2022
Dunkirk Operation Dynamo Battlefield tour from Ypres,Arras, Bruges or Lille
He was on time, spoke good English.
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Best tour in France
Brian_M, Mar 2022
Mont Saint-Michel Small-group by Minivan from Paris with Calvados Tasting
If you are traveling to France, it is worth the time to book this private tour to see some of the best historical sites in the country.
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Abelard and Heloise come back during the ghost tour to be remembered!
JulieAnn_B, Mar 2022
The Darkest Secrets of Paris
you can with the live photo see Abelard move over his window with shear delight.
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Amazing experience.
Priscilla_L, Jan 2022
Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
It’s definitely worth a day trip out from Paris to see one of the most historic and beautiful structures that still exist.
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Good for Getting One’s Bearings Even if Touristy
ShaneK_B, Dec 2021
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
I would suggest doing this bus ride first before selecting individual sites to see up close.
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Praise for our Guide Thierry and the Roman Tour in General
ShaneK_B, Dec 2021
Half Day Pont-du-Gard, Uzès, Nîmes Tour from Avignon
The visit to Uzes has nothing to do with Roman history, but it's a nice place to take a break between the Roman ruins in Pont-du-Gard and Nîmes, and since the Uzes visit falls around lunch time you can grab a bit to eat there.
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Amazing food tour!
Janna_O, Dec 2021
Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Food tours are our favorite way to visit a new city, and this was no exception!
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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.

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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