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Welcome to France

Chic. Sophisticated. Iconic. France’s cultural identity is prominent across the globe. Paris, known affectionately as the City of Light, tops every list of romantic destinations yet offers something for every type of traveler, from dinner shows at the Moulin Rouge to world-renowned art at the Louvre Museum and Gothic architecture at Notre Dame Cathedral. In Versailles, the colossal palace exudes grandeur; fine wines beg to be quaffed in Bordeaux and Champagne; and war history enshrouds the battlefields of Normandy and the Somme. Gastronomes will find nirvana in France, where freshly baked baguettes, cheese, casseroles, and delicacies such as snails and frogs’ legs are staples on most menus.

Top 10 attractions in France

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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

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The most acclaimed example of formal French garden design, Versailles’ vast chateau gardens are famed for their geometrically aligned terraces, tree-lined paths, ponds and canals. Spreading west of the palace, the Versailles Chateau Gardens cover 800 hectares (1,976 acres) in the style of garden landscape artist, Andre Le Notre. One of the most special aspects of the gardens is the 50 fountains which act as focal points, enhancing the geometrical design. From late spring to early autumn, the fountains come to life as part of the annual Grandes Eaux water spectacles. Garden highlights include the horses and chariot of the Apollo Fountain, the Grand Canal stretching off to the horizon, and the detailed parterres of the Orangerie. Wherever you stroll, you’re bound to come across a grove, colonnade, fountain or sculpture that will surprise, delight and take your breath away.More
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Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

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At the foot of Fourviére Hill, the historical streets of Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) offer a welcome change of pace from the modern city across the river. With elegant medieval churches, Renaissance-era monuments, and pastel-painted facades, this is Lyon’s most atmospheric district.More
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Eiffel Tower

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Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, held to commemorate the centennial of the Revolution, the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) made headlines at the time as the world's tallest structure at 1,050 feet (320 meters). Initially opposed by Paris' artistic and literary elite, the tower was almost torn down in 1909, but its salvation came when it proved an ideal platform for the antennas needed for the new science of radiotelegraphy. Today, the highlight of a visit is the supreme view over Paris. When you're done peering upward through the girders from the ground, head up to the three levels open to the public, one of which features the famed 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant. Just southeast of the Eiffel Tower is a grassy expanse that served as the site of the world's first balloon flights. Today, the area is frequented by skateboarding teens and activists stating their views on the current state of France.More
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Louvre

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The Louvre may be the world's greatest art museum. Don't be daunted by its size and overwhelming richness; if you have even the merest interest in the fruits of human civilization from antiquity to the 19th century, then visit you must. The former fortress began its career as a public museum in 1793 with 2,500 paintings; now some 30,000 are on display. The most famous works from antiquity include the Seated Scribe, the Jewels of Rameses II, and the armless duo - the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo. From the Renaissance, don't miss Michelangelo's Slaves, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and works by Raphael, Botticelli, and Titian. French masterpieces of the 19th century include Ingres' La Grande Odalisque, Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, and the work of David and Delacroix. The Grand Louvre project has rejuvenated the museum with many new and renovated galleries now open to the public. To avoid queues at the pyramid, buy your ticket in advance.More
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Lille Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille)

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The Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Treille takes its name from a 12th-century figure of the Virgin that has been long revered in the city. The cathedral was built by wealthy inhabitants of the city, starting in the late 19th century; building didn't finish until the 1990s! Sadly, the Virgin is no longer inhabiting the cathedral - she was stolen in 1959, and her church now gets by with a replica. The cathedral features eight chapels in the neo-Gothic style featuring scenes from the lives of Christ, the Virgin and the saints. There's also a towering organ and, unusually, a great deal of 20th-century stained glass, including an asymmetric rose window.More
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Caen Memorial Museum (Mémorial de Caen)

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The Mémorial de Caen, a museum and war memorial, is one of the city’s most popular attractions and a must-see for anyone visiting Normandy to pay respects to the heroes of World War II. While the site specifically commemorates D-Day and the Battle for Caen, it is the overall sentiment that provides the perfect primer for those planning to see multiple memorials in the area. The museum's exhibits take visitors through life in the 1940s during the war while specifically noting the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy before continuing with coverage through the fall of the Berlin Wall. The many personal accounts, artifacts and multimedia segments work to bring the war out of the past and into sharp focus. In addition, there are British, Canadian and American gardens on the grounds for strolling and picnicking.More
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Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

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Notre-Dame de Reims is known as the seat of the region’s archdiocese and also the location of coronations for kings of France. Built on the former site of a church that was destroyed by fire in 1211, the impressive portals, statues and spires of Notre Dame have become one of the most popular attractions in Reims. After taking in the chevet’s ornate exterior and Notre Dame’s famous rose window, travelers can venture indoors where colorful stained glass dating back to the 13th and 20th centuries decorates the nave and altar. A vast collection of tapestries, including a series representing the life of the Virgin Mary, is also on display, and the church’s treasury, dating back some 800 years, showcases rare artifacts like a holy flask broken during the French Revolution.More

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Paris Private Tour in Classic French Citroën

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Recent reviews from experiences in France

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Recommend this tour!
Katie_S, Feb 2020
French Riviera in One Day
You get to see a lot of the highlights of the South of France all in one day.
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Excellent day tour
Carlos_Calderon, Feb 2020
French Riviera Day Trip with Monaco Cannes & Perfumery Visit from Nice
You’ll have the opportunity to visit different sites with nice guides and comfortable transportation.
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Paris in a day
Katherine_A, Feb 2020
The prestigious tour to not miss anything of Paris
She spoke English well and was accommodating with our visit in Paris.
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St Michel
Lingxi_J, Feb 2020
Mont Saint Michel Island & Abbey Normandy Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
Strongly recommend this trip for people who have limited time in France but really want to visit St Michel.
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Excellent tour!!
rexachcoral, Nov 2019
Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace
The biking was perfect to see all versailles even in a rainy day!
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Spectacular Show !!
Neil M, Nov 2019
Paris Moulin Rouge Late Night Show Ticket with Champagne
Fabulous show, top of the Paris attractions for me, love Eiffel, Arc, museums etc that Paris has to offer but The Moulin Rouge is the jewel in France's crown.
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Marine was excellent!
Denise C, Oct 2019
Montmartre Walking Tour: Paris' Best Art, Culture and Food
Her English is great!
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Solemn and spiritual
Ronabs, Sep 2019
LOURDES : COME FOR A DAY - Private Day-trip from PARIS by High Speed Train
Highly recommended if you are going to visit France
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A good introduction to NIce
mikemurphy66, Sep 2019
Nice Le Grand Tour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus
This open top tour helps orient you to the sites available to see in Nice.
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Feel like a VIP at the Louvre.
Susan122015, Aug 2019
Louvre Museum Small Group English Guided Tour
She took us to see the most important pieces and some of the more interesting areas of the Louvre.
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Beautiful at night
BackPacker774068, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Eiffel's Glittering Tower's Summit by Night
Tour was good - transportation was nice - got to see fireworks which was nice since it was the 4th and we did not expect to see them in France!
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Excellent guide and got to so many popular places in the tour!
Cruiser38924044766, Jul 2019
Segway Eiffel Tour Paris
We are first timers here in France, got to see so much nice places in one tour and fun to drive the Segway around the city!
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Great day
scatoma, May 2019
Giverny's House & Gardens plus Versailles Palace Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
Being able to visit Giverny, have lunch, and drive to Versailles was great.
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Half day tour.
janjU4605RE, Mar 2019
Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, La Turbie half day from Nice small-group tour
Our tour guide had a great command of the English language and was able to not only explain the sites and countryside but provided interesting commentary on every day life in France.
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Provence in the Day
michellemikin, Aug 2018
Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
Good trip to see a glimpse of each town.
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Must Do!!!
tzteacher, Jul 2018
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
The English speaking was beyond amazing.
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What an incredible day! We booked this...
Neil Y, Mar 2012
Provence Countryside Small-Group Day Trip from Cannes
We booked this trip because we wanted to see a side of southern France that cannot be seen in Cannes, and we certainly did.
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Great tour. Getting out of Paris for a...
Boris N, Sep 2018
Loire Valley Castles Small-Group Day Trip & Wine Tasting from Paris
We got to see a different side of France, which was beautiful.
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This was absolutely the highlight of my...
Kelly T, Mar 2015
Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour
The 5:30 time is great because you get to start in the light and end in the dark to see the lights.
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The Eiffel Tower, Louve Museum and the...
rick.bradey, May 2017
Paris in One Day : Eiffel Tower with Summit, Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise
The Eiffel Tower, Louve Museum and the cruise on the Seine, were great, but that is all I can say nice about France/ Assistance with English speaking officials at train stations, and signage non excistent.

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