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Welcome to France, a country synonymous with elegance, history, and a rich tapestry of cultural experiences. Nestled in the heart of Europe, France is a destination that captivates the heart of every traveler, offering a unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary sophistication. From the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris to the lush vineyards of Bordeaux, the sun-kissed beaches of the French Riviera to the snow-capped Alps, France's diverse landscapes are as enchanting as its history. Each region boasts its own unique flavor, offering visitors an array of experiences, from savoring world-renowned cuisine and wines to exploring centuries-old castles and art masterpieces. The allure of France lies not just in its renowned landmarks but also in its lesser-known nooks and crannies – quaint villages, hidden cafes, and picturesque countryside. It's a country that invites exploration and rewards curiosity, whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned Francophile. Immerse yourself in the French way of life, where leisurely strolls, cafe culture, and the simple joys of fresh bread and cheese mark the day. In France, every moment is an opportunity to experience la joie de vivre – the joy of living. So, pack your bags and prepare to embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to cherish forever. France awaits to enchant and inspire you. 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 Discounts

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France Tours Highlights

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris: No visit to France is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. This iconic iron structure, constructed for the 1889 World's Fair, has become synonymous with Paris itself. Standing at 324 meters, it offers breathtaking views of the city. Visitors can ascend to the observation decks for a panoramic view that is especially magical at night when the tower lights up.
  • Louvre Museum, Paris: The Louvre is not just a museum; it's a historical landmark. As the world's largest art museum, it houses a vast collection, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The museum, once a royal palace, represents the French taste for art and culture. Its glass pyramid entrance is a striking blend of contemporary and historic architectural styles.
  • Palace of Versailles, Versailles: A symbol of royal extravagance, the Palace of Versailles is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its Hall of Mirrors, gardens, and fountains are testaments to the opulence of the French monarchy before the French Revolution. The palace's history and architecture make it a key site for understanding France's royal past.
  • Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy: Mont Saint-Michel, perched on a rocky island, is a marvel of medieval architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage site, with its abbey, winding streets, and fortifications, seems to rise out of the waters of the English Channel. It's an enchanting place, especially at high tide when it becomes an island.
  • Château de Chambord, Loire Valley: The Château de Chambord, in the heart of the Loire Valley, is an outstanding Renaissance-era castle. Known for its distinctive French Renaissance architecture, which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures, the chateau is a masterpiece.
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, Chartres: Chartres Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is a pinnacle of French Gothic art. Its architectural elements and stunning stained glass windows have remained mostly intact since the 13th century. The cathedral is not only a religious building but also a cultural landmark that has inspired artists and visitors for centuries.
  • The French Riviera: The French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, is famed for its Mediterranean coastline and chic beach resorts like Saint-Tropez and Cannes. This region is a blend of natural beauty, luxury, and art. It's famous for glamorous events like the Cannes Film Festival.

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
  • 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
    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 Visit

    Find 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 Know

    You 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
    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 Visit

    Most 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.

     

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    The 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
    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 Know

    On 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
    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 Visit

    Just 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
    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 Know

    There 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
    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 Know

    60 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
    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 Know

    Building 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
    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 Know

    The 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
    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 Visit

    Since 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 Know

    Wander 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
    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 Visit

    The 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 Know

    Queen 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

  • Spring (March to May)

    Spring is a delightful time to visit. The weather is generally mild, and the countryside is in bloom. Paris in the spring is particularly charming, with fewer tourists and pleasant temperatures. It's also a great time for exploring the vineyards in regions like Bordeaux or Burgundy.

  • Summer (June to August)

    Summer is the peak tourist season. The weather is warm, sometimes hot, especially in the south, making it perfect for beach holidays on the French Riviera.

  • Autumn (September to November)

    Autumn sees cooler, more comfortable weather. It's an excellent time for sightseeing and enjoying outdoor activities like hiking in the Alps or the Pyrenees. The fall foliage in the Loire Valley is a sight to behold.

  • Winter (December to February)

    Winter can be cold, but it's the best time for skiing in the French Alps. Cities like Paris, Lyon, and Strasbourg are beautifully lit up for the Christmas season, offering a cozy holiday atmosphere.

  • Are You Ready to Visit France?

    France, with its blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, stands as a destination that promises to enrich and enchant its visitors. Whether you're strolling along the Seine in Paris, savoring a glass of fine wine in Bordeaux, or exploring the lavender fields of Provence, France offers a multitude of experiences, each unique and memorable.

    So, are you ready to immerse yourself in the French way of life? To experience the art, the flavors, and the joie de vivre that make France a must-visit destination? Pack your bags and prepare for an adventure that will leave you with stories and memories to cherish for a lifetime. France awaits you with open arms and a promise of unforgettable experiences.

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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Fast paced as tour covers 5 countries/8 cities in 9 days. Lots of walking. Lots of bus rides going from location to location. Great way to see a lot in short period of time. Tour director and driver were great. Optional events also very good and reasonably priced.

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Exemplary service from Insight's Tour Director and Coach Driver who did their utmost best to meet all the needs of our group of diverse travellers. Our Tour Director was kind, helpful, patient and highly knowledgeable. The coach was comfortable, spacious and clean. I had a fabulous vacation and hope to go on another trip next winter!

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We enjoyed our trip European Escape. Our tour director was professional and very helpful.

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