Wondering where to go and what to do in France? Our France bucket list essentials will tick off all the dreamy destinations, from the glitzy town of Biarritz to the the lush valleys of the Dordogne.
Fall in Love With Paris
Paris. Need we say more? It’s one of the world’s most beloved cities, with romance and history at every turn. From the famous Paris museums like the Louvre, to iconic monuments like the Arc de Triomphe, your Paris sightseeing tour will be jam-packed. We'll even take you strolling through historic neighbourhoods to see how the locals live and shop.
Visit the Charming Town of Bordeaux
Get ready to loosen your belt in Bordeaux, the land of superb food and wine. We’ll take you on a sightseeing tour and reveal the city's gorgeous architecture, plus show you where to taste the finest local foods, all washed down with some of the world’s best wines. We'll even take you just outside Bordeaux to soak up the rolling green hills of the Dordogne.
Explore Loire Valley and Chateau Chenonceau
Indulge your inner king or queen as we take you on a magical tour of Chenonceau, a fairytale château overlooking the Cher River. As you stroll through the perfectly landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture, you'll quickly see why it's one of the most photographed spots in the Loire Valley.
FRANCE TAILORED BY YOU
Tailor your ultimate France trip your way with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like enjoying a night at the cabaret in Paris and wine tasting in a French Chateau.
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Stroll Around Ile Saint Louis in Paris
Cross the bridge from Notre Dame to Ile Saint Louis. There's often music playing, locals sitting along the banks of the Seine in the spring and summer, and it's perfect for people watching and enjoying the beautiful view. There's also a little wine shop where the owner, Herve, loves to give advice and tastings on French wine.
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Visit Joan of Arc Museum in Rouen
The Joan of Arc museum in the magnificent buildings of the archbishop’s palace is housing the remains of the Room of Officiality where Joan’s condemnation was pronounced back in 1431. This is where a retrial would take place later in 1456 nullifying the first. The stage design, orchestrated by the agency Clémence Farrell, will take you through the faces and stories of “Joan” on your unforgettable Costsaver tour.
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Enjoy a Night at the Cabaret
It doesn't get more iconic than the Moulin Rouge, the original Paris cabaret. You'll enjoy dinner, champagne and a show where you'll be amazed by 60 dancers and over 1000 costumes. Our guide then let us in on the Nouvelle Eve, one of the oldest revue theatres and a hidden gem in Paris. We met the Director and two cast members, before enjoying a four-course dinner and an incredible show - including the world-famous Can-Can.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN FRANCE
Surrender your tastebuds to the endless famous dishes to eat in France. We’ll get you started with our tips on the best foods that should shoot straight to the top of your list.. Bon appetit!
You’ll no doubt treat yourself to many divine pastries in France, but the most iconic of them all is the croissant. This buttery, flaky, crescent-shaped delight is best eaten by tearing off fluffy chunks, slathering them with creamy butter or jam, and washing it all down with a hot cup of coffee.
Hailing from Nice as a poor man’s dish, ratatouille has gone on to delight millions around the world. Made from a rainbow of summer veggies like eggplant, tomatoes and squash, and infused with the fragrance of garlic, thyme and basil, there's nothing more comforting than a bubbling pot served piping hot.
Everyone raves about crème brûlée and it only takes one bite to understand why. The name means ‘burnt cream’ and it’s made from a delicious custard made from eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla, and topped with a scorched caramelised sugar that cracks in your mouth. So rich, so creamy… and so good!
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT FRANCE
Whether you're sailing the French Riviera in summer, exploring the golden countryside in autumn, or strolling the city streets in winter, France is a dream 365 days a year.
Best Time for a City Break in France
If you’re dreaming of a trip to Paris, get going in the shoulder months of April and May or September and October. You’ll get to explore the City of Love with thinner crowds and great weather.
Best Time to Live It Up in the French Riviera
Summer is the classic season to visit the French Riviera for a France beach holiday. May to September brings sunny weather and perfect days on the coast.
Best Time to Explore the French Countryside
The French countryside is at its best in autumn, especially October and November, when the landscapes light up in a carpet of gold, red and green.
PACKING TIPS FOR FRANCE
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN FRANCE
Leave no trace
When you visit France and explore the beautiful landscapes, always make sure you take only pictures, leave only footprints, and kill nothing but time.
Stay on track
Some of the best places to see in France are the stunning French Alps. If you plan to do any walking, always take care of nature and stay on the allocated paths.
Treat your tastebuds to local food
The best way to feast on the irresistible French cuisine is to eat at local restaurants and cafes, where you’ll discover mouthwatering regional delicacies and French traditions.