14 June 2018
There isn’t a single travel destination that has the romantic pull of France. Idealised by millions all over the world, dreams of French holidays involve champagne on the Eiffel Tower, cruises on the Seine, bicycling through wine country and exploring the resorts of the Côte d’Azur. While Paris is famous for its sophistication, there are more than 40,000 castles and chateaus dotting the countryside, dozens of ski resorts in the French Alps, holiday towns along the coast and countless cities and villages hidden around every hill providing never-ending opportunities to explore.
Best time to visit France
France has four distinct seasons and each season offers delights for travellers, but arguably the best time to visit is in late spring (May) and early autumn (September), to avoid the crowds of summer and the cold winters. Having said that, summer (June to August) remains the most popular season to visit France.
Recommended length of stay: Spend a leisurely long weekend in Paris, or tour more of France on a seven to ten night stay
Local currency: Euro (EUR)
Top three experiences
Bateaux Parisians Lunch/Dinner Cruise
Bateaux Parisiens offers cruise tours, lunch cruises and dinner cruises. Aboard an entirely glass-encased boat, you’ll be in on the secret of the city of lights, and enjoy meticulously presented cuisine and attentive and discreet service. This is a must-do; a cultural and very Parisian experience that is unique and must be shared.
Wine in Paris – wine cellars tour with VIP Montmartre vineyard visit and tastings
Enjoy a tour that combines two wine venues in Paris, with tastings and walks in both locations. The first experience is in a 200-year-old wine cellar near the Louvre, which was once used to store the wine reserves of Louis XV. You’ll explore the grape varieties featured in French wines, talk through the winemaking processes, and get tips on tasting techniques. The second tour is in the Montmartre district, within a little-known vineyard where you’ll enjoy a VIP tasting.
The Paris Authentic Parisian drivers offer a tour for an unusual discovery of the capital in a Citroën 2CV. Anything is possible on this custom tour; from a one hour trip to an entire day tour. Journey to the heart of Montmartre, tour the steep streets of the Marais, or visit Paris at night with a bottle of champagne.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.