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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.

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.

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.

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 to 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 1 Week in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week 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 2 Weeks in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks 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
Photo courtesy of Fourvière Hotel
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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Discover the cultural wonders of Arles with the family
2 Weeks in France - 3 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in France, you can fit in several destinations beyond a few nights in Paris at a comfortable pace. Families with young children will enjoy nature excursions and kid-friendly activities on the "France Family Vacation" itinerary, while those with budding historians and wildlife enthusiasts will love the history walks and aquarium visits on the "Family Fun & Culture" trip. The balance of culinary experiences, heritage sites, and active adventures on the "Family Adventure in Western France" itinerary suits children of all ages.

Have fun with the family in Bonifacio, Corsica
10 Days in France - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in France and family in tow, you can explore up to three cities. For those wanting to venture to the charming countryside of Burgundy or Provence, begin with three days in Paris and add on a region of your choice. Consider engaging in adventures for kids, such as spending a day in Disneyland, going on a treasure hunt in the Louvre, riding a hot air balloon over the countryside in Beaujolais, sailing around Marseille, or getting hands-on with a Provençal cooking class.

Lavender fields in Provence
Map of France Family Vacation: Paris, Loire Valley, Provence & the French Riviera - 14 Days
France Family Vacation: Paris, Loire Valley, Provence & the French Riviera - 14 Days

This 14-day family tour of France starts in Paris, where you'll walk the city's historic streets, enjoy a tasting of delectable pastries and chocolates, and visit the delightful Monmarte neighborhood. Then, it's off to Amboise for castles, canoeing, and a visit to a working cheese farm! Explore the hidden coves of Calanques National Park, rent a bike at Château de Berne, and walk the promenade in Nice. End with a visit to the vibrant city of Marseille, with its open-air markets and historical sights.

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
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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...

Travel specialist Simon Hardy
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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...

Travel specialist Joël Massé
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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...

Travel specialist William Armstrong
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William Armstrong

I am your English-born, UK and French expert for all activity holidays in off-the-beaten track destinations in UK and France. I have lived, worked and traveled extensively in both the UK and...


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Trip Reviews for France

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Amazing France (Alsace and Paris) 16th Mother / Daughter dream vacation by Clément!
France | Dec 27 - Jan 4, 2023

Chrissy J.
Cedar Park, TX | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2023

We really couldn’t have asked for anything more with the Exceptional and Perfect trip Clément and his team put together for us! Each and every tour was amazing and ALL of our guides were the absolute perfect hosts, historians, photographers and all felt like Friends in the end!

We really had the most memorable trip and the detail of our itinerary was incredible!!! Thank you Clément, High Point Holidays and for making our mother/daughter 16th Birthday celebration the dream of... read more

We really couldn’t have asked for anything more with the Exceptional and Perfect trip Clément and his team put together for us! Each and every tour was amazing and ALL of our guides were the absolute perfect hosts, historians, photographers and all felt like Friends in the end!

We really had the most memorable trip and the detail of our itinerary was incredible!!! Thank you Clément, High Point Holidays and for making our mother/daughter 16th Birthday celebration the dream of a lifetime!

Chrissy and Cameron Johnson

Hotel Reviews
Terrass Hotel 4*

Seriously the most amazing staff and hotel with fantastic views of Paris! Great location and the Hotel really made our 16th Birthday celebration special! Highly recommend and walk the area, Montmartre is a very special place!

Authenticity & Character
The views and rooftop!!!
Walking distance to many wonderful places to eat and drink or have a coffee!
Kindest and Warmest staff you will meet with all the special touches including balloons and treats for my daughters birthday!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hôtel Le Colombier

This hotel is in the perfect location for Colmar! The staff was lovely and the building was wonderful with its breakfast and courtyards. So many great stores, town views and restaurants all within walking distance!

Authenticity & Character
Amazing courtyards and breakfast!
Walking distance to everything you would need and so beautiful!
Helpful with everything we asked for! Very courthouse and kind.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private day tour of Alsace

The Alsace Safari for both days was absolutel perfection! Eric and Ana guided us through various towns, made us reservations for authentic lunches and gave us all the history we could take in. The personalization is unbelievable by Eric and perfect for the start of our vacation! I highly recommend this tour with Eric and Ana who want to see and hear all the important history in the region at the pace you want or need! They feel like Family now we will definitely use them again! Chrissy

Quality of Experience
Exceptional! We saw sooo much I can’t even believe how we got it all In without any rush!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Eric was absolutely amazing and we now consider him our dear friend! We can’t wait to see him again in the future!
Perfect car to sit back and relax and enjoy the view!
Private 1/2 day tour of Alsace

See our prior full day tour review! We thoroughly enjoyed Eric and our time with him on the Alsace Safari!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private transfer in Paris

Eric drove us and got us completely on the Train with time to spare with no hassles!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Eiffel Tower entry tickets to the summit

Highly recommend the night time tour and view, that was booked for us this was a very easy wonderful excursion.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
The Key to Parisian Chic: Saint-Honoré

Amazing, we were given the history and taken into the most amazing stores and assisted with the purchasing to carrying ur purchases during a little rain but she made it so easy and enjoyable!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Latin Quarter Gourmet Tour

We had the same guide as our Parisian Chic shopping tour which gave us even more comfort and enjoyment! The group tour is lovely for this as you will get to share more wonderful Latin Market items! It was a truly amazing group and such a fun way to eat and learn about the area!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
She even helped us learn the transit on the way back to our hotel by personally guiding us in the railway! It was so critical and we needed to understand and use the Metro system for many other days! Above and beyond!
Timed tickets to Le Louvre

We were provided everything we needed and It was booked at the perfect time of day to try and avoid some of the crowd. The Louvre is of course huge and our self guided audio tour gave us what we needed. While this was on the bucket list I would say I’m glad it’s checked and next time I can’t wait to see some of the smaller museums that probably are better for certain art lovers!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Montmartre & Sacré Coeur: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Clemence our guide was absolutely charming, very knowledgeable as she was from or had lived in the area for many years! She was even kind enough to let us move our tour time an hour ahead bc we were running late! The path she takes you on is amazing starting at Sacré-Cœur Basilica giving us the beautiful church and St. Denis history that is sooo fascinating! The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. The Stroll Through The Bohemian Village On The Hill. This most bohemian of Paris neighborhoods is known for its cobblestone streets, its village atmosphere, its nightlife, a big white church, and for the artists who found a home there more than a century ago. We definitely felt like this was a special treat to walk on the streets where famous artist once called home and such a wonderful villages!

Quality of Experience
Amazing and very detailed with all the facts and historical knowledge!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private bike tour of Versailles

Don’t miss this tour going by bike was the most amazing way to see the town, market, and the Versailles Palace 2,000 acre grounds! It was superbly planned and guided by Claire as her family is from their 3 generations at least and mother and grandmother still live there! She guided us to the market to purchase our picnic lunch on the palace grounds! Her knowledge of the town and the palace could not be beat!! Truly amazing guide and perfectly paced with plenty of time for lunch and wine and even a little cafe/wine before the palace. We never felt rushed or exhausted from the bike ride and would have never seen the massive grounds without the bikes!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Claire was absolutely amazing and a great photographer even when ppl were around us she somehow knows the angle to not show them!! Her historical knowledge is also superb.
Private transfer from Train Station to your hotel
Paris Visit (Pass Transport) - Zones 1 to 5 - 5 Days

The metro pass is necessary!!

Quality of Experience
Arc de Triomphe timed entry tickets

Unfortunately we missed fitting this in but definitely saw it from the outside and was given the history by Clement in our itinerary !

A Day in Le Marais: Cheese Shop, Museums, & Market

Walking the markets is refreshing and amazing with all the sights and sounds! And the ability to taste anything around and stop for a cafe is perfect in this area!

Local specialist: Clément Thonneau

This was our first family trip to Paris and I...
France | Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2022

Liana V.
College Station, TX | Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

This was our first family trip to Paris and I wanted to make it special. Ambre-Marie worked with me for six months to plan this! She was patient and kind with my questions and changes. Ambre-Marie was very responsive! The tours and dinners were well worth it!

Pierre-bike tour-well done with the Place Vendôme, the Palais Royal, the Roman ruins, and St. Sulpice explanations!! Loved meeting at the Place Vendôme. We enjoyed the coffee and croissant in the middle!! My college kids both... read more

This was our first family trip to Paris and I wanted to make it special. Ambre-Marie worked with me for six months to plan this! She was patient and kind with my questions and changes. Ambre-Marie was very responsive! The tours and dinners were well worth it!

Pierre-bike tour-well done with the Place Vendôme, the Palais Royal, the Roman ruins, and St. Sulpice explanations!! Loved meeting at the Place Vendôme. We enjoyed the coffee and croissant in the middle!! My college kids both thought he was awesome!! He was high energy and engaged the whole time!!!

Thibeaut-Meeting the French-Latin Quarter tour and chocolate/pastry tour-both informative and friendly. He was kind and thoughtful and courteous the whole time! We liked how he discussed both modern and historical events and helped us with finding stores after our tour. He handled both a small group and large group well.

Eiffel Tower dinner-wonderful view and easy to get in! All inclusive! Very special!

Seine River tour-perfect view!!! I would just include location of the dock, but we were early and had plenty of time to find it.

Knowing how quality your tours are, I probably would have asked Ambre-Marie to book the Louvre, Notre Dame, Christmas concert, St. Chapelle, Sacre Couer, dinners.

Everything turned out excellent and quality! I will tell others about your services!!!

Activity Reviews
Electric Bike tour of Paris' Hidden Gems - Small-group

Our guide was Pierre and he was exceptional! We met at the Place Vendôme which was particularly exciting! His explanation of history was clear and well thought out. We enjoyed biking through the streets-my college kids really loved this! The Palais Royal stories are super memorable. Good storytelling skills. Then, off to the Roman ruins! Wow! Who knew!? Then, St. Sulpice-excellent art explanations!!!

Quality of Experience
Strong knowledge of history
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Friendly, engaging, funny, smart!
Exciting and adventurous
Gourmet dinner on the Eiffel Tower - Menu Gustave

Wonderful location of table!!!

Quality of Experience
All inclusive
Desserts stand out
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Latin Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private

Thibeaut was happy go lucky and informative! He mixes some current fun facts with historical ideas. We went to different places than our bike tour. Our understanding of French food has increased tremendously!!

Quality of Experience
Loved the cheese explanations
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Loved the croissant and bread explanations
Good to walk to burn off the calories 😂😂
Private gourmet pastries & chocolate tour in Saint Germain

This is soo fun and you eat soo much! The macarons, chocolates. This was my loved language! Super fun for kids and families of all ages!!

Quality of Experience
Excellent choices and greater appreciation of food!! Loved the tiny streets and historical areas in St. Germaine that we not have known about!! Cafe where Jefferson went, Ernest Hemingway, space invader signs, explanation of ship on signage, explanation of middle aged St. Germaine church.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Thibeaut appreciates and honors the history and culture as well as people. Very humble, kind, happy and interesting guide. He was energetic and joyful and positive!!
Lots of walking to burn calories 😂😂
Paris Dinner Cruise

Perfect location of table near window!! Thank you!

Quality of Experience
Excellent food, important sites!
Loved the escargot
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Fun waiter!
Beautiful and serene boat!
Transfer from Paris hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Both transfers were on time, helpful, spacious!!

Quality of Experience
Very friendly
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Service oriented
Clean, spacious
Local specialist: Ambre-Marie Miailhes
Ambre-Marie Miailhes
Local specialist in Marseille | Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

Dear Liana,

Thank you so much for your heart-warming review and pictures!
I really appreciated creating your dream trip to Paris. We work indeed with incredible local guides and suppliers on-site who are always joyful to share their knowledge of our culture and destinations.

I'm so glad you enjoyed this family experience!

Thank you for trusting our agency.

Amazon Mother/Daughter trip
France | Nov 6 - Nov 18, 2022

Marianne W.
San Antonio, TX | Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

My daughter and I enjoyed our trip so much! Everything was taken care of and we had nothing to worry about, just to show up!

Local specialist: Josee Legrand
Josee Legrand
Local specialist in Lacenas | Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

Bonjour Marianne!
It was my pleasure to build you an amazing trip and am happy to hear you had a fabulous time! I hope you will come back to visit us again!
Thanks again for your trust in Kim Kim and in our team !