HIGHLIGHTS OF FRANCE
When most people think of France they think of Paris. France has so much to offer besides what you see in Paris. France has 13 different regions with different culture, character and climate. France is located on the continent of Europe. It is the second largest European country. It borders Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium to the north; the Atlantic Ocean to the west; Switzerland, Italy and Monaco to the east; and Andorra and Spain to the South. The capital of France is Paris.
France is the powerhouse of architecture, art, fashion, music, wine, cuisine, and cinema.
France offers a variety of activities, from Alpine skiing, snowboarding, bobsleigh rides, shopping at flea markets & food markets, camp on the beach, or visiting fairytale castles there is something for everyone. There are lots of museums and art galleries to explore in France.
BEST TIME TO VISIT FRANCE
The best time to visit France is either in the spring (April-June) or fall (Sept-Nov). July and August are the worse time to visit because of the crowds especially in Paris. Even the Parisians will leave their city to travel elsewhere because of the tourist.
Off-season is from Nov-Feb because of the cold rainy period but hotels will not discount rates. Business travels, tour groups and conventions still travel during those times. Airfare may be cheaper and more promotions are available for travelers.
The weather in France will vary within regions. Snow is very rare in Paris and doesn’t get very cold. Brittany gets the most rain. Rain usually falls as a steady, foggy drizzle that will only last for a day. May is the driest month. The Mediterranean coast located in the south of France has the driest climate. The heaviest rain comes in Spring and Autumn.
Bistro Dining in Paris
Light Show at Versailles
Climb to the top of Mont St Michel
Party at Nice’s Carnaval
Explore the Lavender Route
Ski in the French Alps
Track the Tour De France
Watch the Sunset over the Eiffel Tower
Normandy & D-Day Beach
The official language in France is French.
The local currency of France is Euros. US Dollars are not accepted in most places in France. Prices in France-Most goods and services in France are less expensive than in Paris. Senior citizens, students and children under 18 can get discounts on transportation, admission to museums and monuments and leisure activities. Most credit cards are accepted in most establishments. Just check with the store or restaurant before purchasing an item.
Most restaurants include tax and a 15% service charge in their prices. If you have a meal that is extremely good or service that is out of this world, leaving another 2-3% is customary. If service is not included in the price, you should leave a 15% tip. For hotels, tip porters 1.50 euros for each bag. Taxi drivers are given 10-15% of the metered fare. Tour guides and bus drivers after an excursion (if not included in the tour) is tipped 1.50-3.00 Euros.
VISA & PASSPORTS
U.S. citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay in France. No visa is required unless you are staying past 90 days.