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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.

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.

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 Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
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The 4 Best Boutique Hotels in Lyon

Lyon's wide range of hotel options goes hand in hand with its wide range of activities. Get acquainted with France's third-largest city with a spot in the center of the Old...

Photo courtesy of La Villa Victor Hugo
The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Nice

Find the nicest spot in Nice at one of these hotels, whether you're looking for a cozy literary retreat or artistic glamour, all within the main part of town. Given that the...

Photo courtesy of Les Sources De Caudalie
The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Bordeaux

This 2,000-year-old city isn't only about wine, as you'll learn in these stylish and historically influenced abodes. Stay in the city center for easy access to the wine bars...

Photo courtesy of Hotel Bastille Speria
Map of The Best Boutique Hotels in Paris
The Best Boutique Hotels in Paris

The City of Lights is home to almost as many hotels as it is love stories. The fourth and sixth arrondissements are two of the more enticing spots to stay, but there are plenty...

Best Things to do in France

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Hiking in the French Alps
Best Things to Do in the French Alps

With towering snow-capped peaks, charming alpine villages, some of Europe's best skiing, and epic hikes to famous spots like Mt. Blanc, there's always something to enjoy in the...

Beaches of the French Riviera
Best Things to Do in the French Riviera

The French Riviera evokes images of glitz and glamour. Still, you can also balance a trip with authentic experiences like making your own perfume, learning how to choose the...

A family visiting Paris
Best Family Experiences in France

Because France is a large and diverse country, it's an ideal location for a family trip. From art-centric and foodie cities like Paris to outdoor playgrounds like the French...

Wine tasting in France
Top Culinary Experiences in France

France has always been the center of culinary envy, known worldwide for its signature cuisine consisting of traditional techniques, ancestral secrets, and home-cooked comfort...

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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

Experienced travel agents with a passion for France
Travel specialist Simon Hardy

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
active 9 hours ago

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 1 day 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 Valeria Arcangeli
active 11 hours ago

Valeria Arcangeli

Hi, my name is Valeria Arcangeli and I am a travel designer at Your Custom Journey. I am an art historian and a restorer of fine arts (frescos and paintings). Arts and history are in my DNA! I...

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Trip Reviews for France

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

We had a great time. The hotels were great,w...
France | Sep 20 - Oct 3, 2022

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Margaret P.
Kingsport, TN | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

We had a great time. The hotels were great,wonderful breakfasts, super tours with warm and informative guides, the drivers were on time and added so much to our knowledge of the different areas we toured. Andy, Margaret Palko read more

We had a great time. The hotels were great,wonderful breakfasts, super tours with warm and informative guides, the drivers were on time and added so much to our knowledge of the different areas we toured. Andy, Margaret Palko

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Hotel Basile
Paris

Wonderful staff and management that made us feel like a part of their family. The breakfast was delicious, the rooms were great, and their advice so helpful.

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Full Day Tour of Omaha and Utah Beaches & Normandy Landings Sites
Bayeux
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Versailles Palace and Gardens private tour
France
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Montmartre Local Gastronomy Tour
Paris
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Welcome to Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy de Provence
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Villages and Markets of the Luberon
France
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Monaco, Eze and La Turbie Tour small group tour
France
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Mont-Saint-Michel Full day Tour
France
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Guided walking tour in the Old Bayeux
Bayeux
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Eiffel Tower Summit Ticket
Paris
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Le Louvre Private Tour
Paris
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Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Barcelona and marseille
France | Sep 13 - Sep 23, 2022

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Suzanne S.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Audrey and I planned this trip together over a period of a couple of months. She was responsive to my questions and requests in a timely and intelligent manner.
All arrivals and departures were handled with lovely attentive drivers.
We were traveling for 11 days in Barcelona and Marseilles with a 1 day stop in Sete, France.
In Barcelona we went on a tour of Montserrat with Vincent. He was a wonderful tour guide. Friendly , personable attentive, aware of the differences in his group of... read more

Audrey and I planned this trip together over a period of a couple of months. She was responsive to my questions and requests in a timely and intelligent manner.
All arrivals and departures were handled with lovely attentive drivers.
We were traveling for 11 days in Barcelona and Marseilles with a 1 day stop in Sete, France.
In Barcelona we went on a tour of Montserrat with Vincent. He was a wonderful tour guide. Friendly , personable attentive, aware of the differences in his group of people. We had a wonderful day with a group of people from many different places because Vincent made it enjoyable and informative.
In Sete we met Marc for a private food tour. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Marc was knowledgeable, informative and extremely personable.
On the whole this trip worked for two older women exploring 2cities in Europe.
We thank Audrey for assisting us in this adventure.

Local specialist: Audrey Benezech
Audrey
Audrey Benezech
Local specialist in Montpellier | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Dear Suzanne, dear Susin,

It was a great pleasure! I am glad you enjoyed your stopover in Sète. I hope you will come back for new experiences!
Kind regards, Audrey

Paris and Marseille
France | Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2022

Stacey
Stacey W.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Audrey did a phenomenal job planning our week in France. We were concerned that attempting to do Paris and the Provence region would be too ambitious, but it was not! Audrey truly listened to our desires and managed to plan a trip that was the perfect mix of seeing all the major landmarks, to small intimate tours that really captured the culture and flavor of Paris and Marseille. We had plenty of time to sit at cafes sipping some lovely French wine and taking it all in!
Another perk of... read more

Audrey did a phenomenal job planning our week in France. We were concerned that attempting to do Paris and the Provence region would be too ambitious, but it was not! Audrey truly listened to our desires and managed to plan a trip that was the perfect mix of seeing all the major landmarks, to small intimate tours that really captured the culture and flavor of Paris and Marseille. We had plenty of time to sit at cafes sipping some lovely French wine and taking it all in!
Another perk of doing travel this way was having all of our tickets in hand. No waiting to go to the summit of the Eiffel Tower, into the Louvre, or the Palace of Versailles. It was apparent that many spent hours in line at these key sights.
All of our travel guides were timely, professional, fluent in English and SO knowledgeable about the history of the areas we visited. A special thank you to Florence and LuLu who made our time in Marseille so perfect and customized! The food and wines we sampled, along with the breathtaking sights will never be forgotten!

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Jardin de Cluny
Paris
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Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
Marseille
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Discovery tour of Paris by vintage 2CV
Paris

Such a fun way to see the major landmarks, however our guide was not fluent in English and struggled to relay much information or history of what we were seeing.

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Dinner at the Ciel de Paris restaurant
Paris
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Seine river cruise
Paris
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Food tour in Montmartre
Paris
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Marseille food tour
Marseille
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Cassis & Bandol Rosé Wine Tour
Marseille

Cassis was so charming! We had a wonderful tasting experience at two wineries!

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Florence is so knowledgeable about the region.
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Visit of Luberon & the hilltop villages
France

Each village was so unique and so beautiful. We truly felt like we understood how people have lives and worked in these villages for centuries. Amazing experience!

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Florence is top notch! She truly got to know us and customized the experience for us!
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Local specialist: Audrey Benezech
Audrey
Audrey Benezech
Local specialist in Montpellier | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Dear Stacey,
It was a pleasure to organize this stay for you.
I am glad you enjoyed it.
Kind regards,
Audrey