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Introducing France

France has long been one of the world's most celebrated destinations, and with good reason. Whether you prioritize art and architecture, haute cuisine, or adventures in the great outdoors, France is a country that boasts exquisite options for any traveler.

When is the best time to visit? 
The ideal time to visit France depends on where you'll be spending your time. France's Mediterranean coast is warm for most of the year, while Northern France and the Atlantic coast have wetter, less predictable weather. If you're interested in wine, time your trip to coincide with the grape harvest in Autumn. No matter when you visit, keep in mind that most French people vacation in-country, meaning big crowds during France's national holidays.

Where should I go in France?
You'll likely arrive in Paris, a legendary metropolis with enough museums, cultural landmarks, bistros, and boulangeries to keep you busy for weeks. But France offers even more to travelers than its romantic capital city lets on. Visit the lavender fields and hillside villages of Provence, check out the glitzy galleries and beaches of the French Riviera, or sample some of the world's most celebrated wines in regions like charming Burgundy or the castle-laden Loire Valley. 

How many days do I need?
Whether you have two days or two months, France holds more than enough variety in its landscape and regional delights to fill any itinerary. If your only stop is Paris, you can get away with as few as three days, though you could easily spend much more time exploring. If you have a specific region in mind that you'd like to see in-depth, plan for at least a week. Or, spend multiple weeks road tripping through the mountains, vineyards, coastline, and cities of this remarkably versatile country - the sky is truly the limit.

France Travel Insights

Old port at dusk in Marseille
"Like a Local" Tour in Provence and the French Riviera: 7 Days

Love getting off the beaten track and traveling like a local? This tour was tailor-made for you. Experience the best of the French Riviera, including the hilltop villages of Luberon, multicultural Marseille, charming Aix-en-Provence, and vibrant Cannes.

The hilltop-perched village of Gordes in Provence
Highlights of Provence - 11 Days

Vibrant Marseille, charming Aix-en-Provence, and historic Avignon: pay a visit to every quintessential locale in Provence on this comprehensive tour. With a perfect balance of outdoor activities and cultural experiences, this itinerary will check every box on your list of things to see and do in this lovely region of Southern France.

One of the many Genoese towers around the island
The Very Best Walks on Corsica: 7 Days

Amble along windswept coastlines and across dramatic mountain interiors as you explore Corsica on foot with this active 7-day tour. If you love to travel slowly, savoring each moment, landscape, and experience along the way, this trip was tailor-made for you. Spend each day taking in the island's natural beauty on foot - and every night in sumptuous accommodations.

Hiking & Hilltop Villages in Provence: 7 Day Itinerary
Hiking & Hilltop Villages in Provence: 7 Day Itinerary

Immerse yourself in the best that Provence has to offer with a week-long retreat in the Mont Ventoux area. You'll hike to charming villages, cook with locally-sourced ingredients, and enjoy plenty of relaxation time at the region's world-class spas.

Southern Rhône valley, at the gates of Provence
Culinary Rhône Valley Tour: Lyon to Marseille - 8 Days

This culinary tour winds its way from gastronomic Lyon (with a food scene rivaling that of Paris) through the colorful countryside of Provence. Taste famous wines, relax in olive country, and fall in love with the ancient cities and sweeping flower-filled fields that make this region famous.

Charming street in Aix en Provence
Pure Provence Self-Drive Tour - 11 Days

France is known the world over for its romance, but there might be no other region that encompasses its quintessential beauty—the cities, villages, hills, and beaches—quite like Provence. This is where the countryside meets the coast, where the Alps meet lavender fields, and where the French Riveria runs from Marseilles to the Italian border. Experience it all on this luxurious 11-day driving tour. 

France Experiences

Unique things to do in France
The Roman amphitheater of Arles, which dates to the first century
Walking Tour of Arles

Today's activity is a walking tour of Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site abounding with culture and history. This ancient city is located in southern France between the Rhône...

Stroll Nice's beautiful old plazas on a foodie tour
Gourmet Discovery of Nice

At the eastern end of the French Riviera, near the border with Italy, lies Nissa la Bella—or, "Nice the Beautiful." This Mediterranean coastal gem has earned its nickname due to...

Saint Jean Castle, in the port of Marseille
Cultural Exploration of Marseille

Located on the west coast of the French Riviera is Marseille. With 2,600 years of history under its belt, this is France's oldest city, and the best way to explore it is on an...

A woman sits at a perfumer's organ, creating her own scent
Perfume Tour of Grasse

The Provence region of southeastern France is the picture of French bucolic life, with its tiny hill-top villages like Fayence, Seillans, Tourette, and others. It's also home to...

France Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
"Like a Local" Tour in Provence and the French Riviera: 7 Days
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Culinary Rhône Valley Tour: Lyon to Marseille - 8 Days
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Cycling Corsica: 7 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for France
Travel specialist Stephen Molloy
active 4 days ago

Stephen Molloy

Originally from New Zealand, I was attracted here to follow the 2004 Tour de France. I'm now based near Lyon. I get to show people around this incredible country, introducing our local guides,...

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Travel specialist Lucie Ruchon
active 11 hours ago

Lucie Ruchon

Hello! My name is Lucie. I was born in the North of France but I grew up in the Rhône Alpes region: one hour away from the mountains, two hours away from the beaches and right in the center of...

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Travel specialist Julien Hunerfurst
active 10 hours ago

Julien Hunerfurst

Born in the French South Alps, Mountains are my playground since my childhood. I love to share my passion and organize trips in my favorite and secret spot in the Alps.

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Travel specialist Joël Massé
active 10 hours ago

Joël Massé

I'm the "southern man" of the team at Objectif France. I was born in Perpignan, at the south border of France with Spain, and I've spent the first 30 years of my life in the South, before “coming...

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Trip Reviews for France

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Walking in corsica, France - Jul 3 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: lorraine S. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

We trekked from Corte to Evisa over 4 days in July so the weather this year was hot- often in the mid 30's. It was usually a moderate walk with some hard areas so the beautiful cold swimming holes found in the streams were a very welcome site a couple of times a day and made all the difference to our hike. Without them the weather would have been far to hot to enjoy.
The distances covered were good for each day- although they were futher than indicated and so oftern excluding stop imte took... read more

We trekked from Corte to Evisa over 4 days in July so the weather this year was hot- often in the mid 30's. It was usually a moderate walk with some hard areas so the beautiful cold swimming holes found in the streams were a very welcome site a couple of times a day and made all the difference to our hike. Without them the weather would have been far to hot to enjoy.
The distances covered were good for each day- although they were futher than indicated and so oftern excluding stop imte took longer to cover. The beeer at the end of each day at the hotels went down well and fast!
Each hotel had its own charm and we very much enjoyed them.

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Claudia Meloni, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lorraine,

Thank you for taking time to give us such a good review.
I am happy to see that you enjoyed your trip.
Maybe see you next time for your next trip !

Best regard,
Claudia

Tour du mont-blanc - 11 days, France - Jul 7 - Jul 18, 2019

Traveler: Jim Z. - Local specialist: Julien Hunerfurst

This is my family's 10 day self-guided TMB trekking. Special appreciation to Julien, the local specialist, who provided consultation and support to my trekking. I am not good at English on oral and listen, our communication was done with plenty of text chatting. He always gives professional answers in patience.

Claudia-Dee

Culinary rhône valley tour: lyon to marseille - 8 days, France - Jul 8 - Jul 19, 2019

Traveler: Claudia-Dee M. - Local specialist: Simon Hardy

This trip was perfection. Our local specialist Simon planned it seamlessly. Each leg of the trip was different and special. The location of the Lyon hotel and the gourmet walking tour and winery trip with Tasty Lyon was great too.
Domaine Capelongue was stunning and a great location to visit all the small towns around.
Our favourite by far was Caroline’s beautiful B&B Villa Astoria. She was a great host and her help Sylvie is very sweet. The location, views and house are perfection .
Thank you to Simon again for the great planning, communication and making our holiday a Dream!

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Simon Hardy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Claudia and family! Thank you very much for these kind words about your trip from Lyon to Marseille last week. I was very pleased to meet you guys in my town and be able to spend this special moment with your family! The team and I are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and will be happy to see you maybe another time in Southern France! A bientôt, Simon