Ile-de-France

France
Pont Neuf which includes a sunset, a river or creek and heritage architecture

Holiday in Île-de-France and discover its historic towns, museums and royal palaces, its legendary amusement parks and its delicious regional cooking.

Since the time when Paris was still called Lutèce, l’Île-de-France has been the place for the most important events in the history of France. Here you can admire the most famous royal residences in the country, like the Château of Fontainebleau, the Louvre Palace and the Château of Versailles. Also discover the seats of the major institutions of the republic, sheltered behind the walls of the Élysée, the Bourbon Palace and the Palace of Luxembourg, in the heart of Paris. Some of these religious buildings are the most important for the Christian faith in France, such as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle and the basilica of Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre in Paris, plus the basilica of Saint-Denis, and the Cathedral of Saint-Étienne at Meaux.If the weather is sunny, take a walk through the many green spaces in the region. Treat yourself to a walk and picnic in the Forest of Rambouillet or in the Forest of Dourdan, a boat trip on the lake in the Bois de Vincennes, a hot air balloon trip above the Forest of Fontainebleau, or a spectacular son et lumière in the park and gardens at Versailles. You could also discover l’Île-de-France along its canals...

If it rains? Never mind, opt for an exhibition or an art gallery! Start by exploring those in Paris, at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, at Beaubourg or the Musée d’Art Moderne.At Saint-Germain-en-Laye, discover the Musée Claude Debussy and the national archaeological museum and at Fontainebleau, the Musée Stéphane Mallarmé.

If you are on a family holiday in Île-de-France, enjoy the fabulous theme parks: Disneyland® Paris, Walt Disney Studios, and Parc Astérix, and the most original attractions such as Parc France Miniature at Élancourt and the Écopark Adventures at Sannois, plus many mini-golf courses and paintball fields.

Île-de-France is a significant agricultural region and its gastronomic specialities are as varied as they are famous, in every sense of the word. Make the most of your holiday by tasting the products of regional food – such as brie from Melun and Meaux, Gâtinais honey, ham from Paris, Vexin beer, and strawberries from the valley of the Bièvre... Don’t forget two legendary products created in this region: Grand-Marnier and “Paris-Brest”.

Your plane will land at one of two airports in Île-de-France; in the north-east: Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) , or in the south of the capital: Paris-Orly (ORY), both of which can be reached from UK airports.

Smart planning: to explore this destination with peace of mind while saving money, think about hiring a car.

Popular cities in Ile-de-France

Eiffel Tower which includes a monument, heritage architecture and a sunset
Paris
Known for Cafes, Museums and Art
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
Versailles showing a statue or sculpture, a park and heritage architecture
Versailles
Known for Castle, Gardens and Historical
Come to visit the magnificent palace and stay to explore the historic town, whose elegant museums and cultural hotspots are just as fascinating.

Reasons to visit

  • Palace of Versailles
  • Château de Versailles Gardens & Park
Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau
Known for Castle, Historical and Gardens
Fontainebleau, just under 40 miles south of Paris, is the perfect destination for a break combining relaxation and discovery. With history, culture and the great outdoors, you won't have time to get bored!

Reasons to visit

  • Chateau de Fontainebleau
  • Forêt de Fontainebleau
Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Known for Historical, Forests and Luxury
Come to upscale Saint-Germain-en-Laye and enjoy its museums, monuments and castle.

Reasons to visit

  • Chateau de St-Germain-en-Laye
Provins
Provins
Known for Cathedrals, Museums and Churches
Provins awaits: its museums, churches, spas and more!
Cergy
Cergy
Known for Biking, Cheese and Trendy
Trendy Cergy awaits: its university life, sightseeing and more!