France

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France

Appreciate Mediterranean beaches, Alpine skiing, fine wines and cheeses, and some of the world’s most celebrated cities in this Western European country.

Whether you’re a Francophile or simply a world traveler, enjoy France, a country with diverse appeal. Explore snow-covered mountains, relaxing beaches, sophisticated cities, wine regions, small mountaintop villages and quiet countryside.

Fly into Paris, the capital. The city earns its nickname, “the City of Light,” when evening lights of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, Notre-Dame Cathedral and bridges over the Seine River illuminate a magical walking tour. Visit famous art galleries, including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie.

French wine regions are famous, some bearing names now recognized worldwide, including Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne. Stop at large wineries or small cellar doors to taste varied vintages and purchase new favorites.

Come to Marseille and the French Mediterranean shores for sunbathing, swimming and living the Riviera lifestyle. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous at popular Côte d'Azur ports of Nice, Antibes and Saint-Tropez. Visit Cannes in May when celebrities attend the annual film festival. Menton, Bandol and smaller cities, including Cassis and La Ciotat, offer beaches and small cafés for relaxing getaways.

Vacation in the French Alps in summer to hike along trails with mountain wildflowers and valley views. In winter, ski some of the world’s most enjoyable high-altitude terrain. France has more than 200 individual ski mountains, with many ranges interlinked as cooperative resorts. Even if you don’t ski, ride the téléphérique up Mont Blanc for views of three countries.

Provence and the Luberon have many interesting “villages perchés,” perched villages built on small mountains. Visit the weekly markets across these regions for local fresh produce and colorful handicrafts.

In the north, imagine the beaches of Normandy filled with thousands of soldiers engaged in the marine assault against the Nazis, an important event of World War II. See the cemetery and monument memorializing American soldiers who lost their lives in Europe.

Make France an annual destination to visit all its diverse regions. In every city and village, enjoy the excellent cuisine France is noted for.

Popular cities in France

Eiffel Tower which includes a monument, heritage architecture and a sunset
Paris
Known for Gardens, Art and Scenery
With a deserved reputation as one of the world’s most cultural and romantic cities, it is easy to forget that Paris is also one of the busiest and most exciting.

Reasons to visit

  • Notre-Dame
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Pantheon
Lyon showing a city, a river or creek and a statue or sculpture
Lyon
Known for Historical, Business and Museums
Famous for its food, silk and cinema, the point where north and south meet, and with a history by turns troubled and prosperous, Lyon is a city with many faces.

Reasons to visit

  • Bellecour Square
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
  • Place des Jacobins
Bordeaux which includes street scenes and heritage elements
Bordeaux
Known for Family-friendly, Gardens and Basketball
A UNESCO world heritage site since 2007, Bordeaux's urban and architectural treasures are some of the most prestigious in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • The City of Wine
  • St. Michael Basilica
  • Pont de Pierre
Vieux Port showing a marina and boating
Marseille
Known for Ports, Business and Cafes
Marseilles is Europe's last major metropolis before Africa. It's a multicultural city full of contrasts, where every neighbourhood is a little piece of a grand urban and maritime history.

Reasons to visit

  • Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
  • Le Dôme
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde
Nice which includes a sandy beach and a coastal town as well as a large group of people
Nice
Known for Dining, Beach view and Shopping
Nestled in one of France's most beautiful bays, Nice is amazing as much for its turquoise waters and its sprawling beaches as for its scents and accents of Provence.

Reasons to visit

  • Albert 1st Gardens
  • Marc Chagall National Museum
  • Nice Etoile Shopping Center
Montpellier
Montpellier
Known for Art and Zoo
With its Mediterranean climate, its rich culture and its dynamic centre, Montpellier is a must-visit destination in the south of France.

Reasons to visit

  • Comedy Square
  • Fabre Museum
  • Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier

Popular places to visit in France

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