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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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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.

The hilltop-perched village of Gordes in Provence
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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.

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.

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

Lavender fields in Provence
Map of Hiking & Hilltop Villages in Provence - 7 Days
Hiking & Hilltop Villages in Provence - 7 Days

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
Map of Culinary Rhône Valley Tour: Lyon to Marseille - 8 Days
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.

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 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...

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...

France Travel Advice

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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...

Create your 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...

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...

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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 crowds, making it one of the nicest times to visit. The pleasant summer weather brings big crowds, especially paired with the D-Day commemorations in June, while autumn is rainy and winter is quiet. Read on for advice and information on the best times of the year to visit Normandy.

The historic town gate of Saint-Tropez
How Many Days Should You Spend in the French Riviera?

With two days to spend in the French Riviera, stick to a couple of key destinations, like Cannes and Nice or Saint-Tropez. You can add some time sailing around islands or hiking in the Alps if you have three to five days, and if you have around a week, detour to Provence. Travelers with ten or more days to spend have lots of options, whether you want to slow down and experience the region at a slower pace or add it on to a wide-ranging trip around France. Read on for advice on how many days to spend on the French Riviera.

Colorful boats in Port Lympia, Nice, France
Best Time of Year to Visit the French Riviera

The French Riviera is a true pleasure to visit at any time of year. Spring and summer are preferable if you're looking for the classic resort experience: even though you'll encounter festival crowds and vacationers left and right, you'll enjoy beautiful beach weather. Fall is quieter and rainier, though early fall is still. great for swimming in the Mediterranean. And winter is mild in the region, with few crowds, save for the tourist influx around Christmas and Carnaval. Read on for more information about the best time of year to visit the French Riviera.

France Travel Maps

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for France
Travel specialist Simon Hardy
active 40 mins 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 Olivier Levasseur
active 10 hours ago

Olivier Levasseur

Born in Annecy, I'm a trekking guide and guided more than 10 years, first in the Alps, then world wide. Now at the office designing and organising mountain trips in the Alps for french and world...

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Travel specialist Joël Massé
active 7 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 Sophie Bonaque
active 1 day ago

Sophie Bonaque

I am passionate about organizing great trips with character and unique experiences. This is not only about where the travelers want to travel but how they want to travel. Every trip like every...

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Trip Reviews for France

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Great Trip . . . A few constructive comments · France - Feb 15 - Feb 20, 2020

Traveler: Mary R. - Local specialist: Joël Massé

Overall this was a wonderful trip, and we were very pleased with our accommodations at Hotel a la Villa des Artistes in the Montparnasse area. That Les Jardins de Luxembourg was walking distance made it even lovelier.

All of our guides through Localers were extremely knowledgeable. We do want to offer a bit of constructive feedback regarding the Treasures of the Marais walking tour with
Patrick. I was at first reluctant to book this tour during discussions with Joel because I felt it... read more

Overall this was a wonderful trip, and we were very pleased with our accommodations at Hotel a la Villa des Artistes in the Montparnasse area. That Les Jardins de Luxembourg was walking distance made it even lovelier.

All of our guides through Localers were extremely knowledgeable. We do want to offer a bit of constructive feedback regarding the Treasures of the Marais walking tour with
Patrick. I was at first reluctant to book this tour during discussions with Joel because I felt it would not be of much interest to our daughter, but he assured me that we would enjoy the historic aspects of the traditional Jewish community and the LGBTQ communities. The tour was far more about the French royalty and aristocracy than it was about the historic communities. Our itinerary also stated that we would be offered a midway stop at a traditional French and local cafe for a hot beverage — this did not happen. I felt that while Patrick was very knowledgeable, he was not reading his audience well at all.

While we found our Louvre guide, Melanie, did a great job, we found the itinerary description misleading. When we were told that we would have a private, after hours tour, we expected that the museum would be closed except for small private tours. This was not the case as the museum was open to the public at this time. I think you should be more accurate in the description of this tour. The term “after hours” has definite connotation.

I do want to offer a special accolade to our guide for Musee D’Orsay and L’Orangerie, Victor. He brought great insight and wonderful narrative to his tour with us. His passion and knowledge were outstanding. I am very glad that we were able to enjoy these two museums that highlight the Impressionists since Giverny was not an option at this time of year.

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Joël Massé, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Mary,
I want to thank you for taking the time of sending us your feed-back upon your recent past trip in Paris. These comments and reviews are indispensable for us to maintain and consistently improve the quality of our trips and services.
While I'm glad to see that you had a global very positive experience, I'm a bit concerned by your disappointment for the tours in Le Louvre Museum and Le Marais district. For Le Louvre, I had specified in the description that it was a small group... read more

Bonjour Mary,
I want to thank you for taking the time of sending us your feed-back upon your recent past trip in Paris. These comments and reviews are indispensable for us to maintain and consistently improve the quality of our trips and services.
While I'm glad to see that you had a global very positive experience, I'm a bit concerned by your disappointment for the tours in Le Louvre Museum and Le Marais district. For Le Louvre, I had specified in the description that it was a small group tour of 6 people max, but not a fully private tour. "After hours" meant that it's done later than usual, at the end of the afternoons, as the Museum closes later on this day, but it does not mean that the Museum is closed to the public at this time. We'll change the description of the tour to be more accurate and clear. For the tour in the Marais, it appears that the description given by Localers has changed, and I'm a bit surprised. not to see anymore the snack break and the details upon Jewish and LGBT communities. I'd like to offer you a partial refund for that tour, as it obviously did not correspond to what was written in the proposal. I hope however that you've had a great trip in Paris !

Our trip was amazing! · France - Feb 10 - Feb 18, 2020

Traveler: Lanier M. - Local specialist: Simon Hardy

Our trip was Amazing! Simon was so responsive, both before AND during our trip. I've traveled a lot but never used a travel agent before and what a difference it makes! Thanks to Simon, KimKim, and the So Provence! So Alps! team, we enjoyed sights and experiences we would not have planned ourselves. All of our guides were very knowledgeable and experienced. We had a great trip.

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Simon Hardy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lanier, thank you very much for your nice words about your trip with us! Your guide Cédric told me that you were great travelers! The team and I are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and will be happy to see you maybe another time in France. A bientôt, Simon

Jessica

Wonderful trip! · France - Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2019

Traveler: Jessica Z. - Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Stephen's planning was exactly what we were looking for! Each of the guides/tours he booked for us were excellent - we learned a lot and had a blast the whole trip. Our hotel was also outstanding. Could not recommend his services more!

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Stephen Molloy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jessica

Thanks very much for your feedback and kind comments. I will use your validation of this hotel, to continue using it for some upcoming trips. Thanks for that!