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France Travel Guide: Overview

France is home to the most beautiful and romantic cities in the
world. The architecture, the food, the amazing French culture, and the
country’s rich history make it very desirable for all sorts of
travelers. Traveling to France however, can be more expensive compared
to other European countries but the experience is definitely worth it
and there are of course ways around that!

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 France Travel Guide: When to Visit

The best time to visit France is during the spring season, from April
to June, when the weather is perfect and the tourist attractions are
less crowded. The summer season, from late June to August, are the peak
months for tourists. Prices for accommodation during these times are
usually high and Eat and Drinks and museums are fully booked.

France Travel Guide: How to Get There

By Plane: Tourists outside Europe can reach France via plane through Paris – Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Most international airlines fly here. For those who are coming from a European destinations you may look at flying into Paris-Beauvais, which is located north of Paris but has lots of budget carriers or Paris Orly.

By Train: France is easily accessible via train
coming from other European countries. The main station is called Gare du
Nord and tickets can be purchased online here. There are also direct train services from London (St. Pancras Station) to Paris (Gare du Nord).

By Ferry: Traveling by boat is also possible and
there are ferries that operates from cities in the UK to France. The
Dover – Calais Ferry and the Dover to Dunkirk routes are popular.

France Travel Guide: Getting Around

The best way to get around France is via train. There are lots of
French cities that are connected by rail that can be reached in about 45
minutes to an hour. Although, some longer journeys could take 5-6 hours
by train. With so many budget carriers available it might be worht it
to fly. The train system in France however is one of the best in the
world.

Another option is to rent a car and hit the open road! Luckily, they
drive on the right side of the road so American drivers will feel mostly
at home while driving. There’s so many cool little towns to explore as
well.

France Travel Guide: Travel Tips

Do learn some simple French phrases. A simple phrase
like “Bonjour” would break the ice and would lighten the mood when
talking to the French. They take pride in their language and it would
make them really happy to know that you are at least trying to blend in.

Do bring extra cash when traveling. Most shops or vendors located along the streets accepts only cash. It’s better to be prepared.

Do get out of Paris and enjoy other cities. France
is a beautiful country with many beautiful sights. The medieval towns
outside the city, the castles, and the port cities are awe-inspiring.

Don’t expect ice in drinks. French people don’t really put ice in their drinks so if you need some ice, you should ask for it.

Don’t be afraid to walk around parks. Visiting parks is underrated. They are free and offer magnificent sights.

Don’t be afraid to go on a culinary tour. Explore
cafes and Eat and Drinks on streets and don’t be afraid to enter French
bars to explore. The food and the wine are great and just to be able to
get a glimpse of local French culture is really a fascinating
experience. France is also home to some the the most amazing Michelin
star Eat and Drinks and chefs in the world.

France Travel Guide: Typical Costs

Price Range for Hotels

France is a fairly expensive country but there are some value hotels
that can be found. Price of accommodation in Paris of course is going to
be higher that in other cities. During peak season, prices of hostel
dorms start at around €15. In Paris, its very difficult to find a budget
hostel for less than €30. Mid-range hotels in most of France cost about
€100-175. Luxury hotels will be over €300 easy. Booking online a good
amount of time before your trip to get the best price. Most sites have
generous cancellation policies.  Renting apartment can also be cheaper
than booking hotels especially if you have a group of people or it’s
during peak season.

Cost of Meal

Meals in most tourist areas in all of France is going to be generally
more expensive like most places. Getting off the beaten path is the
best bet to find good prices of food and honestly better quality. A
breakfast composed of croissant and coffee is cost about €3. A budget
lunch however can range around €6 to €20. A dinner with beer or wine, a
meal for one person usually costs about €20 in Paris and around €17 up
in other cities. If you want to dine in a Michelin or fine dining expect
to pay closed to €150-200 a person.

Popular Destinations in France

Bordeaux

Carcassonne

Champagne

Côte d'Azur

Marseille

Nice

Normandy

Paris

Versailles

Top Places to Visit in France

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Churches & Cathedrals

Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis

he Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis is a historical masterpiece located in the suburb of Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. It’s one of the most significant attractions

Latin Quarter – Paris
narrow streets

Latin Quarter – Paris

The Latin Quarter is a vibrant and historical neighborhood located in the heart of Paris. Known for its bohemian charm and lively atmosphere, it is home to

Pantheon – Paris
Churches & Cathedrals

Pantheon – Paris

The Pantheon is a famous monument located in Paris, France. It is situated in the Latin Quarter of the city. Tickets: Tickets to visit the Pantheon can

The Trianons & The Hamlet
Architectural Buildings

The Trianons & The Hamlet

The Trianons & The Hamlet is a must-visit attraction located in the Palace of Versailles in France. This exquisite estate showcases the Trianon palaces and the picturesque

Musee Picasso-Paris
his life

Musee Picasso-Paris

Musee Picasso-Paris is a renowned art museum located in Paris, France. This museum is dedicated to showcasing the extensive collection of artworks by the famous artist, Pablo

Top Places to Eat in France

Angelina
Cafe

Angelina

Angelina, a century-old patisserie and tea room in Paris, is celebrated for its unrivaled “African” hot chocolate and exquisite Mont Blanc pastry. With an aura of Belle

Café Kitsuné Palais Royal
Cafe

Café Kitsuné Palais Royal

Café Kitsuné Palais Royal, tucked by the chic gardens of Paris’s historical Palais Royal. Its menu boasts refined, artisanal coffee and an appealing assortment of pastries, offering

Café de Flore
Cafe

Café de Flore

Café de Flore, an iconic Parisian landmark, nests in the heart of the Left Bank, boasting a cultural pedigree that traces back to greats such as Hemingway

Les Deux Magots
Cafe

Les Deux Magots

Legendary café Les Deux Magots in Paris enchants visitors with its rich literary history and quintessential Parisian charm. This famous haunt of illustrious artists and philosophers like

Bisou.
cocktail bar

Bisou.

Awesome cocktail bar that has no menu. The expert staff creates bespoke cocktails based on a series of questions they ask you. Everything we had was excellent.

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beer

Brasserie des Arts

Great little brassiere with a good menu. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was great too.

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