Vive La France! Most France tours begin or end in Paris so you can ascend the Eiffel Tower, tour Notre Dame, see the famous art in the Louvre, walk along the Seine, and visit the ornate Palace of Versailles. Browse the upscale boutiques along the Champs d'Elysses, savor croissants and baguettes, climb the Arc de Triomphe and admire the city's scenic beauty and cosmopolitan flair. Of course, there are countless other destinations in France that are just as wonderful. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your France tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View France Tour Deals and DiscountsFrance Travel Guide
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France Travel Guide
France Tours Highlights
- See the Louvre, the most iconic museum in the world
- Shop ‘till you drop on the Champs-Elysees
- Take a victory lap around the Arc de Triomphe
- Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower
- Catch dinner and a show at the world famous Moulin Rouge
- Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
- Get a history lesson of the renaissance at Mont Saint Michel
- Relax like the rich and famous in the south of France
France Tours Travel Tips
- Try to learn basic French, like hello, goodbye, please, and thank you, the locals will appreciate it and you'll be treated noticeably better
- Practice basics like greeting a shopkeep with a "bonjour" when entering and an "au revoire" when leaving
- Get your euros from an ATM instead of usual exchange booths
- Don't visit only Paris – France is incredible beautiful and you would be missing out if you don't leave the capital city
- Walk, walk, walk. Put on your most comfortable shoes and walk to take in your surroundings and see the most incredible things
- If you like wine, you're in the right place – make sure to sample the local wines and visit a vineyard or two
- If you're walking the cities and towns, chances are you'll run into an outdoor market and they're always worth checking out
France Tours Things To Do
- Appreciate Art at the Louvre Museum
This is the largest museum in the world, and home to famous paintings and sculptures like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. In 1546, Francis I converted as a residence for the kings of France but after the fall of the empire, the beautiful building became a museum. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles as his residence, which left the Louvre as a place to display the royal collection. Inside are about 38,000 objects, dating from prehistoric up into the 21 st century. Located on the Right Bank of the Seine, this is a must visit when going to Paris.
Best Time To VisitFind a France itinerary that visits the Louvre! All of our travel partners have VIP access allowing you to skip the super long lines and waltz right in. If you're visiting the Louvre on your own, we recommend going to the Louvre at night on Wednesday and Friday as they close at 9:45 pm and crowds will be thin. Also, on the first Saturday of every month, the Louvre opens from 6 pm to 9:45 pm and admission is free!
You Should KnowYou need to buy tickets to enter the exhibitions but the architecture of the palace and the iconic glass pyramid outside are enough to take your breath away. On the first Saturday of every month, the Louvre opens from 6 pm to 9:45 pm and admission is free!
- Walk the Champs -Elysees
Although this street is usually always bustling, who can resist shopping in France? Along the avenue, you can find small cafes, restaurants, and even fast food. Among the variety of stores you can find here, there is Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Hermes, Valentino, and many more. Visit Laduree, where you can find the best macarons in over 100 different flavors.
Best Time To VisitMost stores close around 10 pm, so be sure to check the hours of any places you want to go shopping. The tree-lined street is outside, so this is the perfect place to stroll when the weather is nice.
You Should KnowThe Arc de Triomphe is located on the west end of the Champs-Elysees, while the Luxor Obelisk, the 3000+ year old Egyptian relic, is at the other end. Champs-Elysees means "Elysian Fields" because the person who named it through the street was heaven on earth.
- Climb the Arc De Triomphe
Located on the west end of the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe is a memorial for all who fought for France especially in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The French Emperor, Napoleon, ordered the construction of the Arc de Triomphe in 1806. In 1920, the remains of an unknown soldier were placed underneath the Arc and an eternal flame is lit every evening to commemorate the soldiers that died in both World Wars. You can climb to the top of the monument for the best view of many French landmarks.
You Should KnowOn the first Sunday of most months, the Arc offers free admission. At 6:30 pm its flame is rekindled for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the arch. Bring your walking shoes, it is 284 steps to the top!
- Take in the Views From the Eiffel Tower
No trip to France would be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. It took two years to build, and since then the historic landmark became a visual representation of Paris. You can walk the multiple levels of the tower, but they also offer an elevator that takes you straight to the different viewing platforms and to the very top. Whether you choose to visit during the day or night, it's a memorable view.
Best Time To VisitJust like the Louvre, it's best to visit the Eiffel tower with one of our travel partners. There are lines to get in and then more lines to get up the tower. On a guided tour with one of our partners, you'll be able to skip that! July to August is considered off-season so crowds during this time are less than high season. The viewing platforms are outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather.
- Enjoy the Famous Carbert, Moulin Rouge
This world-known cabaret is best enjoyed while sipping on a glass of champagne. Dancers perform every night on the brightly lit stage with fabulous costumes. The red carpet at the entrance will make you feel like a celebrity, and you'll be entertained from the moment the red curtains drawback.
You Should KnowThere are two showings every night and there is a dress code. Black tie, formal wear is not mandatory, but you should "dress smart" when going. No photography is allowed at all while enjoying a dinner show at the Moulin Rouge! If you're caught taking photos or recording, you will be asked to leave. And yes, they're strict about this.
- Appreciate Architecture at Chateau De Chambord
Chateau de Chambord in Chambord is known for its distinctive French Renaissance architecture and it one of the most recognizable chateaus in the world. It was built by Francis I as his hunting lodge, even though he rarely visited. Its grandiose architecture rivals the Palace of Versailles and is the largest and most majestic chateau in the Loire Valley.
You Should Know60 rooms can be visited that hold over 4,500 objects, as well as the famous double helix staircase inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. The park at the Chateau is as big as inner Paris and is home to an exceptional range of flora and fauna. The French gardens are also huge and are mirrored after the gardens created under the rule of Louis XIV.
- Visit Pont Du Gard
Pont du Gard was built by the Romans in southern France in the 1 st century. This aqueduct bridge used to carry water over 50 km away. It is said that the aqueduct supplied the city with 8,800,000 gallons of water a day! It is one of the most week preserved and the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges. Some of the stone bricks used to construct it can weigh up to six tons and were cut to fit together without mortar.
You Should KnowBuilding this was a masterpiece of ancient architecture, archaeologists have uncovered evidence that points to the use of hoists and scaffolding. The site is accessible 7 days a week, year-round, with hours that vary according to the seasons. At the Pont du Gard, there is a museum tracing the history of the Roman aqueduct with models, virtual reconstructions.
- Explore the Cathedral of Notre Dame
This medieval Catholic cathedral located in Paris is one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture. It is most well-known for the enormous and colorful stained glass windows. It also houses the world's largest organs and huge church bells. Construction began in 1160 and much of the religious imagery was destroyed during the French Revolution.
You Should KnowThe cathedral was the site of the coronation of Napoleon I. The South Rose Window was a gift from King Louis IX.
- Learn About History at Mont Saint-Michel
Located on an inland right off of Normandy, it has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century, it has been the seat of the monastery, from which it draws its name. With such a fascinating past, the high tides turn this mountain into an island and during the low tides, you can barely see any surrounding water.
Best Time To VisitSince it is located right on the water, during the winter months the wind can make it quite chilly. It will be the busiest during the summer and the rainiest during November. Even though it might be cold, it will be beautiful during Christmas time.
You Should KnowWander around the stone storefronts and hidden alleys, the island is its own little world. Beware of the tides before you visit, there can be a difference of 50 feet between tides. While there are a few restaurants on the island, this is the perfect place to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view.
- Soak Up the Sun on the French Riviera
This playground and vacation spot for elites around the world, this Mediterranean coastline is on the beautiful southeast corner of France. Known for its beauty and glamorous surroundings, this is the perfect place to relax, enjoy food and wine combined with fascinating history and culture.
Best Time To VisitThe climate is moderate nearly year-round. During the day, the temperatures are warm and sunny, and they get a bit cooler in the evening when the sun goes down. When the weather is the warmest is when the area sees the most crowds.
You Should KnowQueen Victoria, Tsar Alexander II King Edward VII Pablo Picasso, and Francis Bacon were known to have vacations in the French Rivera. The French Riviera hosts the Cannes film festival, Monaco Yacht Show and the Monaco Grand Prix.
France Tour Packages
Like the famous line goes, "Paris is always a good idea", it doesn't matter much when you are there, as long as you are there. However, if weather is something on your mind, Spring or Fall are typically the best times to go. The weather is pretty temperate all year long but with less crowds, it means less stress on the country. Servers are nicer, public transportation is easier, lines are not as long, and locals are not as high-strung.
- Summer is the most popular time to visit
- During the Spring and Fall, the crowds start to thin out
- It's easier to find cheaper airfare during Winter but this is when the weather is its wettest
- Summer – June to August – High Season
During the summer, the average high is 77F and the average low is 60F. This is when France – especially Paris – is the most crowded. Local Parisians will even leave the city for long periods for their own vacations during this time and leave it all for the tourists
- Spring – March to May & Fall – September to November – Good Season
During Spring & Fall time, temperatures are similar with the average high of 54F and the average low of 42F. France is most enjoyable during the Spring and Fall as the crowds thin out and local Parisians are not as stressed or high-strung. Make sure to pack layers!
- Winter – December to February – Low Season
During the winter, the average high is 76F and the average low is 38F. This is cold, rainy season and if you're looking for the least amount of tourists as possible, this is the time to visit France. However, winter tour dates are starting to gain some traction so traveling to France may be considered an inside secret for now.
France Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What's a France Tour?
France tours are prepackaged trips with a set itinerary and dedicated tour manager. Many people who want to take a France vacation want to avoid all the planning and logistics involved in a big week or two week foreign trip abroad and are looking to save money by doing it all in a package instead of piecing things together at full price. The trip is led by a tour director who will take care of all the services from beginning to the end of your vacation. Your tour director connects you with local tour guides who will have a lot of knowledge on the specific cities you explore. Typically, hotels, transportation throughout your trip, some meals and sightseeing are arranged and included with the price of your France tour.
- What's Included on a France Tour?
Generally, a France tour will include as many services as possible, giving you less to worry about. Usually included on your France tour are: transportation (getting from place to place while on tour), accommodations, most meals, and the services of a dedicated tour director. As per the itinerary, certain sightseeing opportunities are also included: tickets to special VIP access to the most famous landmarks, skip the lines, and when available, access to a personal local guide for expert commentary.
- What’s The Best France Tour?
The best France tour is the one that fits your budget and schedule! The most popular tour operators are Globus, Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Cosmos, Costsaver, CIE Tours, Intrepid, Tauck and others. You can't go wrong with any France tour. Please speak with one of our travel consultants to find the best tour for you!
- How Much Do France Tours Cost?
You can book an affordable France tour starting from under $99 per day per person. Besides our award winning customer service, the best part about booking with AffordableTours.com is you will always receive a discount on your France tour. We are committed to providing you with the lowest prices on all top tour operators. No one beats our prices on all of our France tours!
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