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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. Learn more

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. Learn more

Getting Around France
An extensive network links many French cities and towns, and travel by train is an efficient way to see the country. Self-driving is good for exploring regions like Provence, Normandy, and the Loire Valley in more depth. And to cover large distances quickly, domestic flights connect major cities with most journeys taking about an hour. Learn more

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France Tours & Itineraries

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Finish this French adventure with a night in Nice
Map of Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days
Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days

This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix en Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice where you'll complete the adventure.

Drive along the Bay of Villefranche during your last day in Nice
Map of Paris & South of France - 7 Days
Paris & South of France - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary splits its time between the French Riviera and the City of Lights for a great introduction to France. Starting in Nice, you'll explore on your own before a local guide shows you around Monaco, Cannes, and Antibes (to name a few). Then, fly to Paris where you'll cruise along the Seine, skip the line at Versailles, and summit the Eiffel Tower—at sunset!—to complete the adventure.

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

Sunset on the trail
Map of Tour du Mont-Blanc Self Guided Trek - 7 days
Tour du Mont-Blanc Self Guided Trek - 7 days

Circle the highest summit in Western Europe in just six days of trekking with this weeklong summer itinerary. Start in the Chamonix Valley a nd hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland with iconic Alpine vistas throughout. Hike over high mountain passes and quiet meadows, see the Alps reflected in mirror-like Swiss lakes, visit the classic resort towns of Courmayeur and Chamonix, and spend each night sleeping comfortably in charming mountain huts and lodges.

Famous medieval castle Sully sur Loire at sunset
Map of Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days
Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days

This epic 10-day French adventure kicks off in Paris for three days of culture and cuisine in the 'City of Lights'. Then, drive yourself to the Normandy coast to visit Mont Saint Michel and other historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is the Loire Valley where you'll explore charming towns and gorgeous castles before returning to Paris (by train) for one more night on the town.

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

Make the Most of Your Time in France

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
The Eiffel Tower in France's capital city
How Many Days Should You Spend in France?

For a solid France itinerary that covers two regions plus Paris, a 10-day trip is a great choice. With less time, a well-rounded trip is still within reach, especially if you're...

One of many inlets in Calanques National Park
Map of 7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

One week in France is enough time to explore Paris plus the highlights of one other region. Wine aficionados can spend a few days in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, history buffs...

France's tallest peak: Mont Blanc
Map of 10 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Planning a ten-day trip to France? If variety is what you're after, start (or end) your trip with three days in Paris, and split the rest of your time between two other areas....

Vineyards in the Beaujolais wine region, north of Lyon
Map of 14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You can cover some serious ground with two weeks in France, spending multiple days in up to three different regions (plus time in Paris). For example, pair the South of France...

France Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
The old port of Honfleur in Normandy, France
Best Time of Year to Visit Normandy

Normandy offers beautiful beaches and mild temperatures, a lovely combination. In spring, especially later in the season, expect beautiful flowers, sunny days, and manageable...

Château de Villandry on a cloudy spring day
Best Time of Year to Visit France

France offers year-round appeal, whether you're craving sun and sea, powdery snow, or a peaceful, crowd-free escape. The winter months (December to February) are great for a ski...

The historic Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) in Avignon
Best Time of Year to Visit Provence

The shoulder season months of May and September are the best times to visit Provence if you like warm weather, clear skies, and beaches without the throngs of tourists. But for...

France Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
A couple look out at one of the Loire Valley's beautiful chateauxs
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in France

Ask soon-to-be honeymooners around the world to reveal their dream destinations for getting away together, and the chances are many would be in France. The settings for...

France Experiences

Unique things to do in France
The Roman amphitheater
Walking Tour of Arles

Enjoy 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 River delta and...

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...

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Shopping at the food market in Aix-en-Provence
Cultural & Culinary Trip from Paris to Provence - 11 Days

There's no need to choose between cultural sightseeing and gourmet tours on a trip to France — this 11-day tour offers both! Starting in Paris and ending up on the French Riviera, this exciting itinerary leads you through top museums, historic landmarks, colorful markets, and gourmet food shops in destinations like Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, and Nice. Admire paintings at the Louvre, take a Provençal cooking class, boat around the coves of Calanques National Park, and wander around the oldest quarters of medieval villages. This enticing trip plan has it all!

Boats on the Gorges du Verdon
Active Family Adventure in the Verdon Gorge - 7 Days

Winding its way through scenic Provençal countryside, the spectacular Verdon Gorge is Europe's largest canyon and a paradise for outdoor adventurers. On this family-oriented itinerary, you'll base yourself in the fairytale village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie for a week of hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and canyoneering. In between high-adrenaline activities, visit the blooming lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau and explore the charming city of Aix-en-Provence.

The majestic Loire Valley château of Chenonceau
Paris & the Loire Valley - 8 Days

City and countryside combine on this relaxed 8-day journey from Paris to the Loire Valley. Starting in the French capital, you'll take a glittering dinner cruise down the Seine and sample local cheeses in Le Marais before catching a train east into the heart of the Loire Valley. Explore the medieval city of Tours, then settle into the riverside town of Amboise—the perfect base as you tour the grand châteaus and world-class wineries of this spectacular French region.

France Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
France map: 7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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France map: 14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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France map: 5 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Simon Hardy
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Simon Hardy

Every time I have the chance to travel, I try to fully experience the destination that I am discovering. The colors, scents, tastes, sounds - all these sensations are the essence of the trip and...

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Travel specialist Valentine Julien
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Valentine Julien

Valentine is the girl from The French Alps! After being a tailor-made trip planner in Sri Lanka and event organizer for an international ski freeride competition in Switzerland, she settled...

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Travel specialist Joël Massé
active 18 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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Travel specialist Isabelle Voute
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Isabelle Voute

After working a few years in a 5-star hotel on the East Coast of the United States, then in London for three years, I returned to Lyon, where I worked as an Executive Assistant for more than 10...

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Trip Reviews for France

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Krista

Family Trip to France · France - Jun 20 - Jul 2, 2022

Traveler: Krista B. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

We really appreciated the care and attention that Valentine took to listen to our wants for a family trip to France and make it a reality. The experiences and accommodations were wonderful and we'll have many memories from this trip. We will definitely suggest kimkim to friends and family to book their next international trip! read more

We really appreciated the care and attention that Valentine took to listen to our wants for a family trip to France and make it a reality. The experiences and accommodations were wonderful and we'll have many memories from this trip. We will definitely suggest kimkim to friends and family to book their next international trip!

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L'abeille Boutique Appartements

Nice

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Hotel Review

I honestly do not think that we could have stayed in better accommodations in Nice! The apartment was in a hip and trendy neighborhood but the bedrooms were tucked away in the courtyard side and very quiet. The furnishings were fun and beautiful. Full kitchen and bath. Even laundry and dishwasher, which made things much more comfortable. Manager and owner were lovely as well!

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Valentine Julien, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Krista,
It was lovely to read your review. Thank you so much, I was delighted to organize your trip and help you during your trip. Hope that you cameback home with a lot of memories in mind.
See you soon in France or in Europe!
Best,
Valentine

Brandon

Trip to France (Normandy, Paris, Avignon, Nice) · France - Jun 17 - Jun 30, 2022

Traveler: Brandon S. - Local specialist: Laurence Vuillemin

We loved our guide (Julie) in Normandy (both for the D-Day beach guided tour and the Mont St. Michele guided tour. She was young, fun, energetic, knowledgeable and personable and we all enjoyed our time with her.

Our hotel in Bayeux (Hotel Villa Lara) was also terrific, the staff was friendly and welcoming, the rooms were spacious, and the lobby was quaint and nice with a fun little bar for wine and snacks.

We did not care for the "scavenger hunt" activity in Paris and would not... read more

We loved our guide (Julie) in Normandy (both for the D-Day beach guided tour and the Mont St. Michele guided tour. She was young, fun, energetic, knowledgeable and personable and we all enjoyed our time with her.

Our hotel in Bayeux (Hotel Villa Lara) was also terrific, the staff was friendly and welcoming, the rooms were spacious, and the lobby was quaint and nice with a fun little bar for wine and snacks.

We did not care for the "scavenger hunt" activity in Paris and would not recommend that activity for other visitors to Paris.

Our hotel in Paris (Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain) was also excellent, in a great location, with very nice amenities, although the rooms were slightly on the small side (not much room to move around).

Eiffel tower was a fun adventure

Our bike ride tour of Versaille and the Versaille Castle and property was also very fun, and our guide (Rachel) was pleasant and knowledgeable.

Really enjoyed our brief tour of the Louvre with Melanie..she was very energetic and knowledgeable and focused on some of her favorite areas which we enjoyed.

In Avignon, we did not enjoy our first night at our N15 B&B (we didn't find the host to be very warm and welcoming, and the hot water broke mid shower and they were not anticipating hot water through the weekend), and were much happier after moving to the Hotel Cloitre Saint Lous. Air conditioning didn't seem to keep pace with the higher outside temperatures, but it was a very neat place to stay, with access (literally outside our bedroom door) to the old Chapel. It also had a neat rooftop pool which was great for cooling off after a hot day.

We loved our cooking class (small group) with Chef Jean Marc..such a neat experience being in his personal home vs. taking a cooking class in a commercial kitchen.

As for Nice..beautiful place, great hotel (La Perouse), great location, great staff, loved the extra space in our room (one of the large suites with nice outdoor patio/terrace). "Food" tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly, but it was more of a general walking tour and not so much a food tour, so that was a little off from expectations.

All of the scheduled transportation (private drivers, trains) was terrific and so nice for us to not have to worry with any of those logistics.

Overall, we had a fabulous trip and everything was well coordinated by Laurence..we would definitely consider using KimKim again for future international travel.

Trip of a lifetime to France! (Nice, Provence and Paris) · France - Jun 22 - Jul 1, 2022

Traveler: Amy S. - Local specialist: Manon Broquerault

Thank you Manon! You created the most amazing tour of France for my family! We arrived in Nice, then ventured to Provence and ended in Paris over 10 days. Incredible activities and hotels with transportation to the activities and arrangements to take the train with transportation as I had requested. Electric bike tour through the French countryside, walking tour of a Parisian neighborhood, private tour of Versailles, tickets to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower...and the list goes on. It... read more

Thank you Manon! You created the most amazing tour of France for my family! We arrived in Nice, then ventured to Provence and ended in Paris over 10 days. Incredible activities and hotels with transportation to the activities and arrangements to take the train with transportation as I had requested. Electric bike tour through the French countryside, walking tour of a Parisian neighborhood, private tour of Versailles, tickets to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower...and the list goes on. It was exceptional and in the midst of staffing shortages across the world, it was amazing to see how reliable and professional all of your various contacts were on every stop of our vacation. We will use Kim Kim for our next trip for sure! Merci Manon!!

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Manon Broquerault, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Amy, thank you for your lovely review! It is so awarding to get such great feedback and to read you had an amazing time with your family in France. I will definitely pass on your feedback to our partners! It was a pleasure designing your trip and I wish you all a lovely summer!

Warmest regards from sunny Paris
Manon