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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

Enjoy an authentic taste of France with highlight tours, day trips, cooking classes, and more over 10 memorable days. First, get an insider's look at Paris with a local guide before absconding to Aix-en-Provence to stroll its cobbled streets and visit nearby national parks. From there, you're off to the sun-kissed French Riviera to "do lunch" in Saint-Tropez and follow your nose on a tour of Grasse, the perfume hub of France.

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.

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 sojourn kicks off in Paris with three days of culture and cuisine in the "City of Lights." Then, hit the road to the Normandy coast to visit the Mont-Saint-Michel tidal island, medieval Bayeux, and Omaha Beach. Next is the Loire Valley, where you'll explore the charming towns and gorgeous castles of this famous wine region before returning to Paris for one more Belle Époque 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.

One of the famous perched villages in Dordogne
Map of Western France Road Trip - 14 Days
Western France Road Trip - 14 Days

This spectacular road-trip adventure through Western France provides a subtle mix of history, culture, cuisine, wine, and outdoor activity—and plenty of picturesque landscapes between stops. Over the course of two weeks, you'll spend quality time in Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, and the Dordogne region with a combination of tours led by English-speaking local guides and free time to explore on your own.

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.

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 to 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 1 Week in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week 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

With 10 days in France, you can journey through the country's iconic cities, dazzling coastlines, and serene countrysides on a highlights tour or spend time in Normandy and the...

Vineyards in the Beaujolais wine region, north of Lyon
Map of 2 Weeks in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks 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...

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...

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...

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 Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Paris
Hôtel Jardin de Cluny
5.0
(4)
· Comfort
Hotel Jardin de Cluny, a charming boutique hotel, is centrally located in Paris, within a 10-minute walk of iconic attractions like the Pantheon, Notre-Dame, and Luxembourg Gardens, plus just 2.5 miles (4 km) from the Louvre Museum. Enjoy this prime location in the bustling Saint-Germain...
Photo courtesy of Hôtel A la Villa des Artistes
Paris
Hôtel A la Villa des Artistes
4.7
(9)
· Mid-range
Steeped in history and artistic charm, Hôtel A La Villa des Artistes is a captivating ode to the rich artistic past of the Montparnasse neighborhood. This boutique Parisian gem is located in the elegant 6th arrondissement, home to an array of fine-dining restaurants, trendy art galleries, and...
Photo courtesy of Hôtel Baume
Paris
Hôtel Baume
4.7
(7)
· Comfort
Hotel Baume is an elegant retreat nestled in the lively Saint-Germain neighborhood of Paris—minutes away from the iconic Place de l'Odeon. Its intricate interior design, inspired by the 1930s, infuses the hotel with an air of sophistication and class. The convenient location places you within...

Best Experiences in France

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Seine dinner cruise
Paris
Nighttime Seine River Cruise with Dining Experience
4.9
(12)
2.5 hours
·
Small group
On an evening river cruise on the Seine, enjoy breathtaking views of Paris's famed landmarks from the comfort of your window seat, complemented by a fine dining experience with a selection of wines and a welcome glass of champagne. The dinner is set to the tune of live music, adding to the...
Paris
Biking Day Trip Through Historic Versailles
5.0
(6)
8 hours
·
Small group
Embark on an immersive bike tour through the legendary village of Versailles, just a short train ride from Paris. Begin your journey with a ride through Versailles' royal forests, making your way to a local food market where you'll gather fresh French specialties for a picnic lunch. As the day...
Nice
Journey into the Heart of the French Riviera: Eze, Monaco & Monte Carlo
5.0
(6)
8 hours
·
Small group
Explore Monaco on a guided tour that introduces you to the city's charm and the excitement of the Grand Prix. You'll learn about key sites, soak up picturesque views, and even witness the city's preparation for the iconic race. Embark on a visit to a local perfume factory, where you'll gain...

Our Latest France Content

Explore historic Reims and meet winemakers in the Champagne region
Map of Luxury Highlights of Paris, Champagne & Alsace - 10 Days
Luxury Highlights of Paris, Champagne & Alsace - 10 Days

Spend 10 days in the lap of luxury as you discover the history, culture, and winemaking of northeastern France. It starts in Paris, where you'll settle into the Ritz and take a private cruise on the Seine. After exclusive tours of the Louvre and Versailles, you're off to Reims for Champagne tastings and a balloon flight over the region's famed vineyards. Continue east to settle into the colorful half-timbered town of Colmar, and sample German-inspired wines and cheeses as you trace the scenic Alsace Wine Route.

There'll be plenty of wine to taste in the vineyards of the Loire Valley
Map of Luxury France for Wine Lovers: Loire Valley, Bordeaux & Dordogne - 10 Days
Luxury France for Wine Lovers: Loire Valley, Bordeaux & Dordogne - 10 Days

Renaissance castles, medieval villages, and the exceptional wines of Bordeaux and the Loire await on this 10-day trip to France. Your vacation begins with a sunset hot-air balloon flight and a three-night stay in a luxury 17th-century manor house, perfectly placed for vineyard trips and the châteaux of the Loire. The 5-star theme continues with private transfers to Bordeaux and Sarlat to visit Saint-Émilion's renowned vineyards, a truffle hunt in the Dordogne, and exquisite Arcachon Bay oysters.

Taste your way from Paris to Provence on this 10-day luxury tour
Map of From Paris to Provence: Luxury Wine, Culture & Cuisine  - 10 Days
From Paris to Provence: Luxury Wine, Culture & Cuisine - 10 Days

This luxury tour takes you from the bright lights of Paris to the Provençal countryside, showcasing France's food, wine, and culture along the way. Start among the capital's medieval treasures, coupled with a cheese tasting in the Marais. Then, you're off to Dijon, where you'll explore the city via bike. Sip your way through the wineries of Burgundy, sit down to a gourmet dinner in Lyon, and end in Aix-en-Provence, visiting its surrounding villages and cruising the inlets of Calanques National Park.

France Travel Maps

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

Experienced travel agents with a passion for France
Travel specialist Simon Hardy
active 2 days ago

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 Stephen Molloy
active 2 days ago

Stephen Molloy

Urbanist by training, he spent most of his twenties traveling and living overseas. Bitten by the bug, he lived in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, California, Australia, DRC, Kenya, Pakistan...and...

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Travel specialist Amandine Dumas
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Amandine Dumas

Bonjour ! I am Amandine and i am 33 years old. I am mum of two little boys. I used to travel by myself and with my husband, but now we are travelling with family. For me, travel is the school...

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Travel specialist Joël Massé
active 2 days 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

Paris: The tour guide of the Gourmet trip, Sa...
France | Apr 1 - Apr 10, 2024

First-of-May
First-of-May G.
Hong Kong SAR China | Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024
Paris: The tour guide of the Gourmet trip, Sarbine Leung was affable, resourceful and professional. The fact that she was from Hong Kong was a pleasant surprise to us. We enjoyed Paris, it is full of heritage and we will go there again in the future. Next time, we would love to explore the local little shops. For the river cruise dinner, we think the atmosphere was good, the food was fair but the service (the waiters) are not polite enough. Amboise: The tour guide Sophie was very... Read more

Paris: The tour guide of the Gourmet trip, Sarbine Leung was affable, resourceful and professional. The fact that she was from Hong Kong was a pleasant surprise to us. We enjoyed Paris, it is full of heritage and we will go there again in the future. Next time, we would love to explore the local little shops. For the river cruise dinner, we think the atmosphere was good, the food was fair but the service (the waiters) are not polite enough.

Amboise: The tour guide Sophie was very pleasant and took good care of everyone. We love the tranquility and the peaceful ambience of Amboise. We particularly love the cottage style hotel in Amboise. The breakfast lady of the hotel made very good fried eggs which us felt at home. The restaurant recommendation was also very good.

Bordeaux: We love Bordeaux a lot, its vibrancy and sunshine (though a little drizzle) made us very joyful. The city tour guide Jessica was very friendly, resourceful and professional. She taught us a lot of Bordeaux history which was very interesting. Another tour guide, Radouane who took us to the oyster farm was also very good. We enjoyed the spectacular view and experience of La Dune du Pilat a lot, we will definitely come with other family members and friends in the future. The trip was followed by a nice seafood lunch in La Co(o)rniche which made our day.

In general, we are 90% satisfied with the arrangement of Mathilde, if we are to name some areas for improvements, it would be better if you can work with the service providers to assign the tour guide/ contact to us a night before so that we can connect with him/her via Whatsapp earlier.

Thanks again, Mathilde (KimKim). We plan to go to Italy in 2025 (probably Easter). Hope that you can help us with the planning and arrangement. This time, we hope that we can pull in one to two pairs of couples to join us so as to make the trip more joyful.

Cheers,
First-of-May

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Bastille Speria 3*
Paris

The location is very convenient and the breakfast was simple but good

Authenticity & Character
The choice of the yogurt was super good
Location
very central, convenient to get to most destinations
Staff
The reception provided helpful instructions
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Le Clos d'Amboise
Amboise

We love the cottage-style of the hotel, it looks so antique and warm. The room is spacious and well equipped.

Authenticity & Character
I like the color of the decoration and the furniture too, very French to us
Location
Staff
The lady which prepared the breakfast was so nice and proactive in offering more to us
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfy
La Maison Bord'eaux
Bordeaux

A good hotel for the stay in general

Authenticity & Character
Location
Convenient to get to the pedastrian areas
Staff
very helpful and efficient
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Skip the line Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Skip the line Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Paris

A must-go in Paris. The view is spectacular.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Hugo was confident and professional in telling us the history
Transport
Paris Dinner Cruise
Paris Dinner Cruise
Paris

It was a nice experience of having dinner in a river cruise, especially you can take some pictures with Eiffel Tower (like a jewel) in the evening

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Half-Day Tour to La Vallée Village from Paris
Half-Day Tour to La Vallée Village from Paris
Paris

Most of the shops didn't offer good discounts and the items were still very expensive, however we managed to find a brand which offered nice and reasonable priced suits. We enjoyed a good meal in one of the steak houses in La Vallee Village

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Entrance tickets to the Sainte Chapelle
Entrance tickets to the Sainte Chapelle
Paris

A must-go in Paris if you love history and architecture

Quality of Experience
Latin Quarter Gourmet Tour
Latin Quarter Gourmet Tour
Paris

Love to learn and feel the everyday lives of the Parisiens. We learned a lot from the guide Sarbine and enjoyed the pastries, cheese, ham and wine of the tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Villandry Castle, Azay-le-Rideau and Vouvray Vineyards
Villandry Castle, Azay-le-Rideau and Vouvray Vineyards
France

Villandry Castle is super beautiful and eye-opening. It is a must-go! Azay-le-Rideau is so elegant and magnificent, it is also a must-go! Vouvray Vineyards is also a must-go to learn about French grapes and its wine-making.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sophie + the other colleagues of the service providers were so warm and helpful
Transport
Comfy ride
Landmarks of Bordeaux
Landmarks of Bordeaux
Bordeaux

We learned a lot about the history of Bordeaux from the guide Jessica.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Jessica was awesome
Private day trip to the Atlantic Coast, Arcachon Bay & Dune du Pyla
Private day trip to the Atlantic Coast, Arcachon Bay & Dune du Pyla
Bordeaux

We loved everything about the day trip to Arcachon Bay and Dune Du Pyla. They are all must-go. Spectacular views of Dune du Pyla Interesting to learn how to farm oysters...

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Professional guide
Transport
Comfy ride
Local specialist: Mathilde Dubuisson
Mathilde
Mathilde Dubuisson
Local specialist in Villefranche-sur-Saône | Replied on Apr 16, 2024

Bonjour!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful review about your trip to France, I'm so glad to read you enjoyed your experience from Paris to London :) I can't wait to hear from you about your Easter trip to Italy! In the meantime, I wish you both all the best!
Best regards,
Mathilde

France fun with the family
France | Apr 1 - Apr 7, 2024

Kate
Kate C.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024
Vaseem was an incredible resource for our trip. As a busy working mom, I did not have the time to research, plan and book activities for our Spring Break trip to France . . . Finding KimKim and their team of experts solved all my problems! And, they curated a more amazing trip than I ever could. He also planned a few days in the south of France to a super fun area I would have never thought to explore. It was a welcome break from the busy cities we explored on the front end of the trip. I... Read more

Vaseem was an incredible resource for our trip. As a busy working mom, I did not have the time to research, plan and book activities for our Spring Break trip to France . . . Finding KimKim and their team of experts solved all my problems! And, they curated a more amazing trip than I ever could. He also planned a few days in the south of France to a super fun area I would have never thought to explore. It was a welcome break from the busy cities we explored on the front end of the trip. I highly recommend Vaseem & KimKim!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel du Jeu de Paume
Paris

The Hotel Jeu de Paume was exquisite! It's in the perfect central location for all fun activities. Furthermore Terry at the front desk had incredible restaurant recommendations. We had a great 2 story room with 2 bathrooms which was a good fit for our family of 4.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Central! Close to metro stops and all the things we want to see.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel de l'Amphithéâtre

This hotel is difficult to get to if you have a car. You have to park in the central parking and walk with your bags. The breakfast was lovely! Our room was small for 4 people, but the staff was great overall.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Discovery tour of Paris by vintage car
Discovery tour of Paris by vintage car
Paris

The discovery tour was so fun - a great way to see all of Paris in a mere 2 hours. The guides were fairly good, but one wasn't totally fluent.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Vaseem Akaram
Vaseem
Vaseem Akaram
Local specialist in Montpellier, France | Replied on Apr 15, 2024

Bonjour Kate,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, Kate. Thank you for trusting Kimkim and providing us with the opportunity to organize a wonderful trip for you both. It was a great pleasure to organize a trip to France for you & your family and so good to know that you had a great time here.

best wishes!

Vaseem

Clothilde took care of it all
France | Mar 31 - Apr 6, 2024

V
Victor v.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Apr 07, 2024
We had a series of very personal interactions with thoughtful, knowledgeable guides - all effortless, thanks to Clothilde. A very easy way to get introduced to the city. Read more

We had a series of very personal interactions with thoughtful, knowledgeable guides - all effortless, thanks to Clothilde. A very easy way to get introduced to the city.

Hotel Review
Hôtel Parc Saint Séverin
Paris

Great location, wonderful staff. Nice, simple breakfast. Rooms were small, but welcome to Paris!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Clothilde DIEMUNSCH
Clothilde
Clothilde DIEMUNSCH
Local specialist in lacenas, France | Replied on Apr 08, 2024
Hello Victor, I trust this message reaches you in good spirits! I wanted to express my sincere appreciation for taking the time to share your insightful review of Kim Kim following your recent journey. Your feedback is immensely valuable to us as we continuously work to maintain and improve the quality of our services. I'll ensure that your thoughts are communicated to my team and our collaborators. It fills me with delight to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your exploration of our... Read more

Hello Victor,

I trust this message reaches you in good spirits! I wanted to express my sincere appreciation for taking the time to share your insightful review of Kim Kim following your recent journey. Your feedback is immensely valuable to us as we continuously work to maintain and improve the quality of our services. I'll ensure that your thoughts are communicated to my team and our collaborators. It fills me with delight to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your exploration of our country! Thank you for always being so positive no matter what!

Anticipating the possibility of arranging your next adventure,
Warm regards,
Clothilde