France is in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman Theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.
Country Code: +33
Capital City: Paris
Largest City: Paris
Languages spoken: Official French and English
Time Zones: UTC+1 Central European time (CET)
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Flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short time. You'll spend less time travelling and more time on the ground savouring France and can't miss the beauty of France their laid back lifestyle.
There are various domestic and International airlines for France-Air France KLM, British Airways, Jet Airways,
Air India, Ethiad Airlines, Lufthansa Flights many more and some direct Flights like Air France, Jet Airways and Air India Flights will provide you best service with Saviour of your time and great fares are available with great services.
Drive: The most charming country hotels always seem to lie away from the main cities and train stations. Renting a car is a good way to travel around the French countryside, especially along the Normandy beaches, the Loire Valley, the vineyards of Bordeaux, and in rural Provence. Day car hire is inexpensive, so visitors may want to rent a vehicle just for a day en route if they wish.
Train – Train travel in Europe is really cheap, and it’s the easiest way to get around France. The TGV line can be expensive, but if you get the slow train or have a Eurail pass, you’ll save money. Dense and highly centralized, the railway network is managed by the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer). Coming from London, Eurostar is the most convenient means of transport. When transferring through Paris, it is important to know that your connecting train may depart from a different station. There are 5 main train stations in Paris (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz and Gare Montparnasse) each of which can be easily found on the Paris Métro or RER network.
Coaches & Buses: Euro lines has a strong, developed network and cover all major European capitals from Paris by coach. This company also has an extensive national network within France, covering 224 French destinations, offering another alternative for getting around in France
Ferries: There are several ways of getting to France and by ferry is one. From England, several operators have regular services out of Dover arriving in the north-east of France. Plus, for those looking to explore further into the Mediterranean, then there are also regular ferries to Corsica from ports such as Nice, Toulon and Marseille.
Taxis: Are a common mode of transport in France, especially in the bigger cities. There are, for example, nearly 16,000 taxis in Paris. Taxis can be found at marked taxi ranks, booked online, over the phone or simply hail one in the street. In order to determine if a taxi is available or not, you must refer to the alluminated white box situated on its roof: if it is lit red, then it's occupied; if it is lit green, then it's available.
Bicycles, Roller And Segway : The city of Paris, just like many big cities in France, promotes the use of green engines and two-wheeled vehicles, as well as extending the lanes for cyclists and roller-bladders. A large-scale public bicycle sharing system is set up in several cities like Paris and Nice in France. The same system exists in Nice for cars and it will exist in the urban area of Paris (Autolib’) in 2012.
Public Transport: Several cities in France (Paris of course, and also Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Lille, Rennes etc) have their own metro or tram system and all cities offer a rather expansive bus network. You will find that for the larger French cities, all the relevant information is available on their dedicated websites.
Climate: Has four broad climatic zones: the humid seaboard zone west of the line Bayonne-Lille with cool summers; a semi-continental zone with cold winters and hot summers in Alsace-Lorraine, along the rhodanian corridor and in the mountainous massifs (Alps, Pyrenees, Massif Central); an intermediate zone with cold winters and hot summers in the North, the Paris region and the central region; and a Mediterranean zone with mild winters and quite hot summers in the south of France.
Cuisine: French cuisine sounds fancy, conjuring up images of anniversary date nights, expense-account feasts, and once-in-a-lifetime trips to Paris. But with the right ingredients, techniques, and dining mentality, you can create amazing French meals on an average weeknight in your very own kitchen. French cooking may seem sophisticated, but it’s not rocket science. “It’s ultimately about creating a harmonious dish that elevates the quality of the main ingredient.
Accommodation: There are dozens of hotel chains in France that group standardized hotels. The range also covers all categories, from upscale to mid-range like Accor Group(Sofitel, Novotel, Libertel, Mercure & Ibis) or Concorde Hotels, to more economical hotels near major cities (Hotel Formulae 1, Etap Hotel, Balladins, Bonsaï, Liberté, Première Classes). Hotel chains usually have central reservations facilities. You can Accept friendly service and best standards in whichever budget range you chose
1 Paris & Versailles:
Known for its elegance and joie de vivre, Paris is a grand European capital city. The French have an expression that "there is only one Paris" ("il n'y a qu'un Paris") because this magnificent city is truly incomparable. Even the polished photos in tourist brochures do not do justice to the beauty of Paris. The city is filled with architectural masterpieces, like the famous Eiffel Tower and the majestic Cathedral that reflect the city's rich heritage. The Louvre contains one of the finest art collections in the world.
2 The Charming Countryside of Provence:
In contrast to the grey skies of Paris and northern France, Provence basks under the Mediterranean sun. This alluring countryside has a rugged and earthy appeal. The rolling hills are covered with a patchwork of small farms, olive groves, sunflowers, and lavender fields. The air is fragrant with the aroma of rosemary, sage, and thyme, herbs that grow in abundance and are used in the local cuisine. In this dreamy landscape, Impressionist painters found inspiration to create vibrant works of art. Today, tourists marvel at the unspoiled beauty and the historic intrigue of this region. Visitors are enchanted by the villages perchés, fortified medieval villages built on rocky outcrops and steep hilltops, including Saint-Paul-de-Vence; Eze, a perched village overlooking the coastline of the French Riviera;
3 The Côte d'Azur
The French Riviera is a glamorous stretch of Mediterranean coastline known in France as the Côte d'Azur because of the mesmerizing azure-blue waters. The skies are often a bright blue as well, thanks to the sunny weather most of the year in this area of southern France. The Côte d'Azur begins at Saint-Tropez (overlapping with the Provence region) and extends all the way to Menton, less than 30 kilometers from the border with Italy. The Côte d'Azur became popular with the British as a wintertime resort in the 1820s. Nowadays, it's a bustling summer vacation destination and can feel overcrowded during the high season. Spring and autumn offer pleasant mild weather and a quieter, more relaxing atmosphere.
4) Normandy (Rouen, Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel, D-Day Beaches)
Normandy is a quaint pastoral region, covered with apple orchards and cow pastures and dotted with historic castles, inspiring churches, and picture-perfect towns. Rouen, Honfleur, and Bayeux charm visitors with lovely half-timbered houses and impressive cultural attractions. Normandy also boasts one of France's top tourist attractions, Mont-Saint-Michel. Known as the "The Heavenly Jerusalem," this 11th- to 13th-century Gothic abbey was a medieval pilgrimage site and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5) Brittany: Quaint Fishing Villages, Ancient Ports, and Dramatic Coastal Scenery.
A picturesque coastal region steeped in tradition, Brittany owes its existence to the sea. Attesting to the region's maritime heritage are numerous historic port towns: Saint-Malo, surrounded by old ramparts; the medieval capital of Nantes; and the fortified 14th-century Concarneau. The seaside also boasts stylish beach resorts like Dinard on the Côte d'Emeraude and La Baule on the estuary of the Loire. The scenery in this area of northwestern France is dramatic and unspoiled, including secluded sandy beaches and a rocky coastline, where wild Atlantic waves crash against the shore
6) Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
perfect blend of Parisian-style elegance and natural beauty, Biarritz is an upscale seaside resort with gorgeous beaches. Known as the "Queen of Resorts and the Resort of Kings," Biarritz was favored by Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III), who loved this area along the Bay of Biscay in the Basque region. She chose a sandy hillside overlooking the ocean as the location for her Imperial residence, the Villa Eugénie. The splendid Second Empire palace has been converted into luxury accommodations.
7) The Alsace region:
The historic cities of Strasbourg and Colmar, along with the hundreds of Alsatian villages, have a charming character that is completely distinct from the rest of France. The architecture and ambience of Alsace was influenced by neighboring Germany, as seen in the brightly-painted, half-timbered houses and venerable Gothic churches. Strasbourg enchants visitors with its narrow cobblestone streets, scenic canals, and ornate cathedral. Colmar is the quintessential Alsatian town, full of interesting old churches and traditional houses with flower-bedecked balconies.
8) The French Alps
The French Alps boast some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery in the world. The majestic Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe, an iconic snowcapped peak that soars to 4,810 meters. At this altitude, the air is fresh and the landscape is sublime:
crystal-clear lakes, dramatic rushing waterfalls, peaceful valleys, and lush pine forests. During summertime, visitors flock to the Alps to go hiking, cycling, and mountain climbing. In the winter, the French Alps draws many tourists for alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Besides the spectacular mountain terrain, the region also has a rich cultural heritage linked to the ancestral territory of the Italian royal House of Savoy as well as the historic Dauphiné region.
9) Rocamadour: A Medieval Pilgrimage Destination
Perched on a sheer cliff in a natural park of the Dordogne region, Rocamadour seems to aspire towards heaven. This unforgettable site was the third most important Christian pilgrimage destination in the 11th century, after Jerusalem and Rome. An important stop on the Way of Saint James route to Santiago de la Compostela in Spain, the village of Rocamadour has seven medieval-era sanctuaries. The most famous is the Chapelle Notre-Dame (Chapelle Miraculeuse), which has the precious"Black Virgin" (Notre-Dame de Rocamadour), a figure of the Virgin Mary carved from walnut wood that naturally darkened over the centuries and is associated with miracles. The UNESCO-listed Basilique Saint-Sauveur, Rocamadour's largest church is an incredible historic monument.
10) Bordeaux and Saint-Emilio
The Bordeaux region of France is a delightful countryside of rolling vine-covered hills, where grandiose castles preside over the landscape. The region also boasts two exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the elegant city of Bordeaux, with more than 350 buildings classified as historical monuments, and the pastoral village of Saint-Emilio, 51 kilometers from Bordeaux. Dating back to the Roman era, Saint-Emilio is filled with notable churches and monasteries because it was an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela during the Middle Ages.
11) The Burgundy Region: Quintessential France
For a taste of quintessential France, visit the Burgundy countryside. This pastoral landscape of lush woodlands and rolling hills is dotted with impressive monuments. Romanesque churches, ancient towns, and inspiring old abbeys attest to a rich cultural heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages. Top attractions are the historic city of Dijon, with its aristocratic palaces, the medieval town of Beaune that delights with its old-world charm, and the monumental Abbey of Cluny - the largest church in Christendom until the 16th century when Saint Peter's Basilica was built in Rome. Besides its incredible history, Burgundy is equally renowned for its gastronomy, with a traditional cuisine that includes a repertoire of famous specialities such as escargot, Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy), and Coq au Vin (chicken cooked in wine).
12) Lourdes: France's Biggest Catholic Pilgrimage Site
Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, Lourdes is France's most important Catholic pilgrimage site. Millions of visitors come to Lourdes every year for spiritual inspiration. Some arrive to bathe in the waters in hopes of miracle cures. To the faithful, Lourdes is known for the 67 validated miracles that have occurred here. The main pilgrimage sites, the Grotto (where Saint Bernadette received her divine visions) and the Basilique du Rosaire are surrounded by serene woodland along an idyllic babbling brook. During summertime, a Torchlight Marian Procession takes place every evening at 9pm concluding with a Mass at 11pm at the Grotto. The procession of hundreds of pilgrims holding candles is a breathtaking sight to behold.
Day 1: Arrival at Paris Airport
Bienvenue en France! Upon your arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport make your way to the arrival hall where you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel.
Welcome to Paris, France's capital which is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Check into the hotel. Free to recoup after a long flight.
For the evening you can opt to enjoy a Lido show, spend an evening immersed in a Paris cabaret with a 3- course dinner show at the new Lido de Paris "Paris Merveilles" show. Make your way to the club on the Champs-Elysées, and settle in for a delicious menu of French specialties while you watch the famous Bluebell girls kick up their heels onstage. Enjoy outrageous costumes and sumptuous sets at one of the city's newest cabaret productions, complete with music and a dazzling light show. It's an evening of Parisian theater you won't soon forget. Please note that the Lido de Paris is free for children under 11, with the exception of holidays.
DAY 2: City tour Paris
Breakfast at the hotel and later you can opt to visit any of the below mentioned famous attractions.
Upon arrival to the agency, we will give you: your entry ticket valid until closing of the museum, your audio guide to allow you to listen to recorded commentaries about the museum's greatest works and a route map suggesting various possible itineraries to organize your free tour. Themed visits or itineraries taking in the major works: the Venus de Milo, the Coronation of Napoleon I and Leonardo de Vinci's Mona Lisa. All audio guides must be returned after a maximum of 3 hours. End of the tour at the Louvre museum.
Our guide will drive you to Versailles Palace, residence of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Free visit with an audio guide of the "Grand Apartments", the famous "Galerie des Glaces" (Mirror Gallery) and Queen's bedroom. At the end of your visit, free time available to discover the famous "A la Francaise" gardens.
Free time for Lunch on your own.
In the evening by approx 18:15 hrs assemble at Paris City Vision office to discover Paris by night.
The best of Paris by night with a combination of an evening cruise on the River Seine and a Skip the Line to the Eiffel Tower.
The first part of this tour will be a stop at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, where we will catch the famous Eiffel Tower lift as far as the 2nd floor to have an unforgettable panoramic view of Paris city. We then continue the tour with our second stop at the Quai de la Bourdonnais and board a "Bateau Parisien" boat for a cruise along the River Seine with multilingual commentaries recorded. The cruise will last 1 hour. After the cruise, we board our coach for a city tour of Paris where we will admire the outstanding buildings and monuments of this very beautiful city. After that we return to the departure meeting point where the tour terminates
Day 3: Paris to Disneyland
Breakfast at the hotel and you will make your way in a private vehicle to Marne-la-Vallée, Disneyland.
Welcome to the magical world of Disney, Fairytales take flight across 5 incredible lands filled with classic attractions, shows and street parades. Rub shoulders with swashbuckling pirates, zoom through time and space and look on in awe at the unforgettable firework and light displays over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Discover the secrets behind the most magical scenes of Disney film and television at Walt Disney Studios Park. From legendary moments in motion at toon Studio to the mind-boggling effects of the Backlot, 5 production zones bursting with thrills drop you and your little stars smack bang in the limelight. Stay overnight to make sure the magic never ends! Check in at the Disneyland hotel and make your dream comes true! Spend 2 days in the magical world of Disney!
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Day 4: Full day Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach and Juno Beach
Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha and Juno and imagine the sense of terror and triumph that was felt the fateful day the Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe to win back its freedom. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches once at the heart of the Normandy landings, before visiting the poignant D-Day Museum and the bunkers and Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Buffet Breakfast
Day 5: Bayeux – Mont St. Michel
This morning travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Join a Local Specialist for a fascinating tour of Mont St. Michel's medieval Benedictine Abbey which legend has it was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island that juts into the English Channel. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint Malo, once the home of famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
Day 6: Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley
Meander through the scenic countryside, stopping for a memorable Be My Guest experience including wine tasting and a light meal, at a picturesque 17th century château set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley where we will spend the next two nights. Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining.
Day 7: Châteaux Excursion
We spend our day admiring the beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley and join a Local Specialist for a visit to the exquisite Amboise Royal Château, where King François I hosted Leonard da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairy-tale château built on the River Cher. Its beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture - reflected in the waters of the river - is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The Château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto. Buffet Breakfast.
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure till your departure time, later you will have a private transfer for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and proceed for your return / onward flight to the next destination. For now, it's time to say a sad au revoir to France Breakfast
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