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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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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower isn't just a symbol of Paris but a symbol for all of France. Erected by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution in 1889, the 1,050-foot (320-meter) tower once held the title of the world's tallest structure. Despite having been dwarfed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa and The Shard in London, the Eiffel Tower remains one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet. View the architectural icon from afar, or stop in at the three observation levels for stellar city views.More
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Louvre

Louvre

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Primarily associated with the steady gaze of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa, Paris' Louvre museum is home to a 35,000-strong collection of paintings and sculptures considered one of the greatest in the world. The contemporary glass Louvre Pyramid heralds the museum's entrance, which millions of tourists flock to every year to feast their eyes on masterpieces that span from antiquity to the 20th century.More
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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

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Expect bright lights, extravagant costumes, and raucous music at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Opened in the Belle Epoque of 1889 to celebrate Paris' thriving creative scene and the end of the civil war, the windmill-cum-cabaret hall has never stopped basking in fun and frivolity. As a staple of Parisian nightlife, an unforgettable evening at the Moulin Rouge is a must on any traveler's France itinerary.More
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River Seine

River Seine

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The lifeblood of Paris, the River Seine acts as a dividing line between Paris’ historically sophisticated and bohemian halves; it provides transportation via riverboat and plenty of opportunity for romantic strolls; and its riverbanks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with the city’s top landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.More
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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Second only to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is one of Paris' most iconic attractions, a marvel of medieval architecture that was immortalized in Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Today, the Gothic grandeur and stained-glass windows of the UNESCO World Heritage site continue to reign supreme from Ile de la Cite, an island in the middle of the Seine River.(UPDATE: Notre Dame Cathedral is currently off-limits due to fire damage.)More
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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

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Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles takes the award for the most visited château in France, and the magnificent Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) are world renowned. A series of beautifully landscaped gardens, show-stopping fountains, and tree-lined pathways covering 800 hectares (1,976 acres), the gardens center on the cross-shaped Grand Canal.More
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Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

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Rivaling the Louvre as Paris' favorite art museum, the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) is known for its impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau works from 1848 to 1914. Equally impressive as what’s inside the museum is its exterior: a former Beaux-Arts railway station with an enviable location on the banks of the Seine River. Both architecture and art buffs will want this museum on their Parisian itineraries.More
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La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin

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Bordeaux has long been one of the world’s top wine destinations but when Cité du Vin opened in 2016, it finally got a museum to match its reputation. Housed in a modernist building that resembles a wine decanter, the center comprises exhibition spaces, cultural events, a wine bar, a cinema space, and more.More
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Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

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One of France’s greatest Gothic masterpieces, the Reims Cathedral dates to the 13th century and is hallowed as the coronation site of many French kings. The UNESCO-listed landmark—recognizable for its twin bell towers and rose stained-glass window—was shelled during World War I but has since been restored to its former glory.More
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Île Sainte-Marguerite

Île Sainte-Marguerite

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A 20-minute ferry ride across the waters of the Mediterranean Sea transports travelers from the high-class commotion of Cannes to the tranquil Île Sainte-Marguerite, a small island with more pine trees than people. Bring your walking shoes and your love for the great outdoors for the perfect day trip away from it all.More

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Exploring the Dordogne River Valley

Exploring the Dordogne River Valley

Top activities in France

Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
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Skip the Line Ticket: Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
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Lido de Paris Cabaret Show with Dinner or Champagne
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-line Access Private Guided Tour
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Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
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Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris
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Recent reviews from experiences in France

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A must do while in Nice!
Dave_G, Jun 2021
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
Very knowledgeable of the city‘s history and full of tips and secrets of things to do while in Nice.
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Informative and easy
Jan_G, Jul 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Smooth driving through the French countryside lead us to this amazing place, and before we left we had enough time to see the town and step on the mud as it was low-tide.
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Fantastic day tour of Paris!
Liz_H, Jul 2021
Layover in Paris round 24/7
I'd highly recommend his tour to anyone who wants to see Paris.
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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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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 Guided 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!!
Coral_R, 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
RonaldoJoseph_A, 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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Feel like a VIP at the Louvre.
Susan_N, 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
Anna_J, Jul 2019
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!
Nina_M, 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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Palace of Versailles and garden
Marco_M, May 2019
From Paris: Versailles Palace & Gardens - Full Acces Ticket & Audio Guided Tour
We got to see almost everything except a bit of the gardens.
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Great day
Patricia_P, 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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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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Good for spending time with family
sci6688mj, Aug 2018
Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise in Paris
Good thing was operate hours in the summer is 9:15pm
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Must Do!!!
Steven_P, Jul 2018
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
The English speaking was beyond amazing.
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Half day tour.
Jessica_J, 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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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.

All about France

When to visit

France is a country for all seasons. While summer visitors flock to the beaches of the French Riviera and the lavender fields of Provence, winter wonders include skiing in the Alps, the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, and Lyon’s Festival of Lights. Bastille Day (July 14) sees countrywide celebrations, while other major events include the Nice Carnival and the Cannes Film Festival.

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