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From the romance encapsulating Paris and the stunning coastline, incredible cuisine and artistic allure of Normandy, and everything in between, France reigns as the world's pinnacle of food, fashion, and wine. The regions of Champagne, Burgundy, Chablis, and Bordeaux embody wine-making at their best. Simple pleasures await at a Parisian cafe tucked down a side street or on a drive along the stunning Bay of Marseilles. Blend a passion for the good life with colorful culture, timeless art, exclusive architecture, and timeless landscapes, and you have France.

Highlights

  1. Strasbourg

    Nestled on the Rhine across the border from Germany, Strasbourg offers the best chance to experience the urban side of France's Alsace region while offering some German influences as well. One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Strasbourg is home to the imposing Cathedral with its intricate carvings and famous astronomical clock, picturesque houses, and canals of Petite France, all of which make it a trendy traveler destination. Stroll along the people-friendly streets, admiring some city highlights, including the stunning Parc de l'Orangerie, the European Parliament, the Place de la République, and its fairytale-like "La Petite France" district. With its exciting big-city energy and a name that means the "city of streets," Strasbourg is the ultimate crossroads.

  2. Le Havre

    Located at the mouth of the Seine River, Le Havre is not only a major port city in the Normandy region of northern France but also the largest container port in France. After World War II, Le Havre was almost completely rebuilt with a unique concrete architectural design by Auguste Perret, resulting in the city center becoming a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Additionally, its modern transformation helped Le Havre become the first modern city in France. The iconic city highlights include the Perret show flat, an impressive contemporary art museum, and a picturesque marina and beach. To this day, Le Havre offers a compelling mix of industrial and natural grandeur.

  3. Rouen

    Rouen is Normandy's vibrant capital city, situated on the banks of the Seine River and steeped in fascinating history and heritage. Boasting the second largest number of listed buildings in France after Paris, walk along the medieval streets to discover the city's charm and iconic sites. See the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, the Medieval Quarter, and the Great Clock, one of the most photographed landmarks in Rouen. Spend time admiring the Notre Dame Cathedral, the tallest in France and renowned for its elaborate Gothic architecture, and explore Lyons-la-Forêt, built on the site of a former fortress featuring remarkable centuries-old architecture. A day of exploration in Rouen is incomplete without indulging in the city's flavors, including chocolate, Norman cheese, and cider.

  4. Paris

    Whether you know it as the capital of France, the City of Love, the Fashion Capital, or the City of Lights, Paris lives up to its hype. Wide boulevards and the Seine River crisscross its 19th-century cityscape brimming with art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Beyond landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century Gothic Notre Dame cathedral, Paris is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Walk through the charming Latin Quarter, home to the world-famous Sorbonne University, and through the stunning 400-year-old Luxembourg Gardens, created by King Henry IV's widow, Marie de' Medici. Walk in the footsteps of artists as you visit Auberge Ravoux in the heart of Auvers-sur-Oise, the last home of Vincent van Gough, where he completed over 70 works of art, and Montmartre, long known as the city's premier artist's enclave, including Pissarro and Jongkind. Whether you're admiring the Mona Lisa, capturing that perfect picture of the Eiffel Tower, searching for the most delicious croissant, or just enjoying the romantic atmosphere, Paris is a must-visit on everyone's bucket list.

  5. Seine River

    Flowing through the heart of Paris, the Seine River is the epicenter of the beautiful French capital and an integral part of its fascinating history. The scenic river banks are lined with traditional booksellers, picturesque boulevards, delectable cafes, and neighborhoods full of charm. The river has two banks, La Rive Gauche and La Rive Droite, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites that offer their own unique flavors of a quintessential Parisian experience. Historic bridges are scattered throughout its waterways, along with some of Paris's most famous buildings and monuments, including the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Fast Facts

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Overview

Capital: Paris
Population:  66.9 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: French
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Entry requirements Please see our Entry Requirements page.
Staying Healthy

There are no health requirements or precautions for traveling to France.

Center for Disease Control
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Weather

France is best seen April through October with temps in the mid 70's to the 90's. Temps increase as you head south. August tends to be very hot and devoid of locals since that is when they take their vacations. Take a sweater for nights.

Tipping

10-15% is added on to restaurant bills. Hotel staff expect gratuity. Taxis are not tipped unless they carry baggage although it is polite to round the fare up.

Money & Credit Cards

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

In France, shop for antiques, scarves, perfume, handblown glass, tapestries, art, Limoges porcelain, enamel, couture clothing, gloves, Lalique crystal, pottery, French Navy T-shirts, mustard, cheese, cognac and champagne. Don't miss a Paris flea market!

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plug E. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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7 night Paris & Normandy River cruise with shore excursions in Honfleur, the historic Normandy Beaches, medieval Rouen, and the heart of Auvers-sur-Oise; optional 2 nights Paris Pre-cruise extension
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