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Introducing France

France has long been one of the world's most celebrated destinations, and with good reason. Whether you prioritize art and architecture, haute cuisine, or adventures in the great outdoors, France is a country that boasts exquisite options for any traveler.

When is the best time to visit? 
The ideal time to visit France depends on where you'll be spending your time. France's Mediterranean coast is warm for most of the year, while Northern France and the Atlantic coast have wetter, less predictable weather. If you're interested in wine, time your trip to coincide with the grape harvest in Autumn. No matter when you visit, keep in mind that most French people vacation in-country, meaning big crowds during France's national holidays. Learn more

Where should I go in France?
You'll likely arrive in Paris, a legendary metropolis with enough museums, cultural landmarks, bistros, and boulangeries to keep you busy for weeks. But France offers even more to travelers than its romantic capital city lets on. Visit the lavender fields and hillside villages of Provence, check out the glitzy galleries and beaches of the French Riviera, or sample some of the world's most celebrated wines in regions like charming Burgundy or the castle-laden Loire Valley. 

How many days do I need?
Whether you have two days or two months, France holds more than enough variety in its landscape and regional delights to fill any itinerary. If your only stop is Paris, you can get away with as few as three days, though you could easily spend much more time exploring. If you have a specific region in mind that you'd like to see in-depth, plan for at least a week. Or, spend multiple weeks road tripping through the mountains, vineyards, coastline, and cities of this remarkably versatile country—the sky is truly the limit. Learn more

Getting Around France
An extensive network links many French cities and towns, and travel by train is an efficient way to see the country. Self-driving is good for exploring regions like Provence, Normandy, and the Loire Valley in more depth. And to cover large distances quickly, domestic flights connect major cities with most journeys taking about an hour. Learn more

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France Tours & Itineraries

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Finish this French adventure with a night in Nice
Map of Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days
Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days

This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix en Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice where you'll complete the adventure.

Drive along the Bay of Villefranche during your last day in Nice
Map of Paris & South of France - 7 Days
Paris & South of France - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary splits its time between the French Riviera and the City of Lights for a great introduction to France. Starting in Nice, you'll explore on your own before a local guide shows you around Monaco, Cannes, and Antibes (to name a few). Then, fly to Paris where you'll cruise along the Seine, skip the line at Versailles, and summit the Eiffel Tower—at sunset!—to complete the adventure.

Old port at dusk in Marseille
Map of "Like a Local" Tour in Provence and the French Riviera: 7 Days
"Like a Local" Tour in Provence and the French Riviera: 7 Days

Love getting off the beaten track and traveling like a local? This tour was tailor-made for you. Experience the best of the French Riviera, including the hilltop villages of Luberon, multicultural Marseille, charming Aix-en-Provence, and vibrant Cannes.

Sunset on the trail
Map of Tour du Mont-Blanc Self Guided Trek - 7 days
Tour du Mont-Blanc Self Guided Trek - 7 days

Circle the highest summit in Western Europe in just six days of trekking with this weeklong summer itinerary. Start in the Chamonix Valley a nd hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland with iconic Alpine vistas throughout. Hike over high mountain passes and quiet meadows, see the Alps reflected in mirror-like Swiss lakes, visit the classic resort towns of Courmayeur and Chamonix, and spend each night sleeping comfortably in charming mountain huts and lodges.

Famous medieval castle Sully sur Loire at sunset
Map of Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days
Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days

This epic 10-day French adventure kicks off in Paris for three days of culture and cuisine in the 'City of Lights'. Then, drive yourself to the Normandy coast to visit Mont Saint Michel and other historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is the Loire Valley where you'll explore charming towns and gorgeous castles before returning to Paris (by train) for one more night on the town.

The hilltop-perched village of Gordes in Provence
Map of Highlights of Provence - 11 Days
Highlights of Provence - 11 Days

Vibrant Marseille, charming Aix-en-Provence, and historic Avignon: pay a visit to every quintessential locale in Provence on this comprehensive tour. With a perfect balance of outdoor activities and cultural experiences, this itinerary will check every box on your list of things to see and do in this lovely region of Southern France.

Make the Most of Your Time in France

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
The Eiffel Tower in France's capital city
How Many Days Should You Spend in France?

For a solid France itinerary that covers two regions plus Paris, a 10-day trip is a great choice. With less time, a well-rounded trip is still within reach, especially if you're...

One of many inlets in Calanques National Park
Map of 7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

One week in France is enough time to explore Paris plus the highlights of one other region. Wine aficionados can spend a few days in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, history buffs...

France's tallest peak: Mont Blanc
Map of 10 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Planning a ten-day trip to France? If variety is what you're after, start (or end) your trip with three days in Paris, and split the rest of your time between two other areas....

Vineyards in the Beaujolais wine region, north of Lyon
Map of 14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You can cover some serious ground with two weeks in France, spending multiple days in up to three different regions (plus time in Paris). For example, pair the South of France...

France Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
The old port of Honfleur in Normandy, France
Best Time of Year to Visit Normandy

Normandy offers beautiful beaches and mild temperatures, a lovely combination. In spring, especially later in the season, expect beautiful flowers, sunny days, and manageable...

Château de Villandry on a cloudy spring day
Best Time of Year to Visit France

France offers year-round appeal, whether you're craving sun and sea, powdery snow, or a peaceful, crowd-free escape. The winter months (December to February) are great for a ski...

The historic Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) in Avignon
Best Time of Year to Visit Provence

The shoulder season months of May and September are the best times to visit Provence if you like warm weather, clear skies, and beaches without the throngs of tourists. But for...

France Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
A couple look out at one of the Loire Valley's beautiful chateauxs
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in France

Ask soon-to-be honeymooners around the world to reveal their dream destinations for getting away together, and the chances are many would be in France. The settings for...

France Experiences

Unique things to do in France
The Roman amphitheater
Walking Tour of Arles

Enjoy a walking tour of Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site abounding with culture and history. This ancient city is located in southern France between the Rhône River delta and...

Gourmet Discovery of Nice

At the eastern end of the French Riviera, near the border with Italy, lies Nissa la Bella—or, "Nice the Beautiful." This Mediterranean coastal gem has earned its nickname due to...

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Shopping at the food market in Aix-en-Provence
Cultural & Culinary Trip from Paris to Provence - 11 Days

There's no need to choose between cultural sightseeing and gourmet tours on a trip to France — this 11-day tour offers both! Starting in Paris and ending up on the French Riviera, this exciting itinerary leads you through top museums, historic landmarks, colorful markets, and gourmet food shops in destinations like Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, and Nice. Admire paintings at the Louvre, take a Provençal cooking class, boat around the coves of Calanques National Park, and wander around the oldest quarters of medieval villages. This enticing trip plan has it all!

Boats on the Gorges du Verdon
Active Family Adventure in the Verdon Gorge - 7 Days

Winding its way through scenic Provençal countryside, the spectacular Verdon Gorge is Europe's largest canyon and a paradise for outdoor adventurers. On this family-oriented itinerary, you'll base yourself in the fairytale village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie for a week of hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and canyoneering. In between high-adrenaline activities, visit the blooming lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau and explore the charming city of Aix-en-Provence.

The majestic Loire Valley château of Chenonceau
Paris & the Loire Valley - 8 Days

City and countryside combine on this relaxed 8-day journey from Paris to the Loire Valley. Starting in the French capital, you'll take a glittering dinner cruise down the Seine and sample local cheeses in Le Marais before catching a train east into the heart of the Loire Valley. Explore the medieval city of Tours, then settle into the riverside town of Amboise—the perfect base as you tour the grand châteaus and world-class wineries of this spectacular French region.

France Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
France map: 7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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France map: 14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Simon Hardy
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Simon Hardy

Every time I have the chance to travel, I try to fully experience the destination that I am discovering. The colors, scents, tastes, sounds - all these sensations are the essence of the trip and...

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Travel specialist Valentine Julien
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Valentine Julien

Valentine is the girl from The French Alps! After being a tailor-made trip planner in Sri Lanka and event organizer for an international ski freeride competition in Switzerland, she settled...

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Travel specialist Isabelle Voute
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Isabelle Voute

After working a few years in a 5-star hotel on the East Coast of the United States, then in London for three years, I returned to Lyon, where I worked as an Executive Assistant for more than 10...

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Travel specialist Joël Massé
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Joël Massé

I'm the "southern man" of the team at Objectif France. I was born in Perpignan, at the south border of France with Spain, and I've spent the first 30 years of my life in the South, before “coming...

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Trip Reviews for France

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

A trip we’ll never forget! · France - Jun 3 - Jun 14, 2022

Traveler: Sarah H. - Local specialist: Simon Hardy

We had the most amazing trip to France because of Simon. He helped us plan out every detail. We enjoyed fantastic excursions, our favorites being a wine tour in Bandol & Cassis and a cooking course in Provence that was absolutely incredible in a Michelin starred kitchen! Simon was also available and incredibly responsive when I had a couple questions during our trip. I cannot say enough good things about Simon and the unforgettable trip he helped design for my family. Merci beaucoup Simon!!!!!!! read more

We had the most amazing trip to France because of Simon. He helped us plan out every detail. We enjoyed fantastic excursions, our favorites being a wine tour in Bandol & Cassis and a cooking course in Provence that was absolutely incredible in a Michelin starred kitchen! Simon was also available and incredibly responsive when I had a couple questions during our trip. I cannot say enough good things about Simon and the unforgettable trip he helped design for my family. Merci beaucoup Simon!!!!!!!

Hotel Reviews

Capelongue, a Beaumier hotel

Bonnieux

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This hotel is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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Le Parisis Paris Tour Eiffel

Paris

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We loved the location and our view of the Eiffel tower, the rooms are quite small and the bathrooms left a little to be desired (paint chipping in showers, a little unsightly).

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Restaurant | Welcome gastronomic dinner in Aix en Provence

Aix-en-Provence

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Of all of the restaurants we enjoyed on our trip, this one was one of our least favorites.

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Full-day Private Cassis & Bandol Rosé Wine Tour

France

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So fun! Great trip and beautiful views! Our guide was fantastic.

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Private exclusive cooking class, Spa and Dinner in Joucas

France

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This was our favorite excursion. We couldnt believe how hands on the chefs were and how much time they spent with us! Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to use the spa, but the 7 course meal was amazing!!

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Evening Eiffel Tower Private Tour + skip-the-line tickets

Paris

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Wow! The eiffel tower at sunset was unbelievable! It is a MUST DO!

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Transfer from Paris hotel to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

France

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On time and pleasant! Also were prepared with car seats for our children which was very appreciated!

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Jonathan

Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam · France - May 26 - Jun 4, 2022

Traveler: Jonathan S. - Local specialist: Isabelle Voute

Isabelle put together a fantastic trip for us. It was a great mix of guided tours and museum visits on our own. The accomidations selected were nice and centrally located to each of the city centers of Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. While we are usually a Hilton family, it was nice to stay in two boutique properties and then one hilton property on our trip. Great variety.
Our guides Gregori and Sarah were amazing. Gregori expertly guided us around Versailles and Sarah showed us... read more

Isabelle put together a fantastic trip for us. It was a great mix of guided tours and museum visits on our own. The accomidations selected were nice and centrally located to each of the city centers of Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. While we are usually a Hilton family, it was nice to stay in two boutique properties and then one hilton property on our trip. Great variety.
Our guides Gregori and Sarah were amazing. Gregori expertly guided us around Versailles and Sarah showed us Brussels' city center and many hidden gems along the way. The day trip to Bruges and Ghent was a great experience when in Belgium.
We did experience an issue where our guide canceled on us for a day trip in Amsterdam. While we were disappointed, the guide woke up ill and tried everything to rearrange our trip with another guide, although unsucessful. Life happens. The guide refunded our money immediately and Isabelle worked hard to ensure that we were still all set for our airpirt transfer two days later with the same guide. Everything ran smooth thanks to great planning and immediate assistnace when needed.
This was my second trip planned with kimkim. I have used another, similar travel agency in the past for three trips as well, but kimkim surpasses everyone else with value and personalization. We will be back for our next adventure and our trip left us wanting to explore more of France.
Thank you Isabelle.

Hotel Reviews

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station

Amsterdam

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Perfectly located next to the train station and city center. Fantastic amenities on site. They seemed to be completely overwhelemed for breakfast the morning that a ton of guests were getting ready to get on their cruise ship. They were out of key food items, glasses, coffee cups, water, ect. Other than that, it was a great experience. The executive lounge and bar staff were excellent.

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Hotel des Galeries

Brussels

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Decent hotel. While it is centrally located next to the galleries, you cannot get there by car; it is in a pedestrian zone. Also, the hotel is very small. No AC, so know that going in. While the weather was perfect, I like air movement so it doesn't get stuffy and sleeping with open windows in not for me.

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Isabelle Voute, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour John!
Thank you for your nice review! It has been a pleasure to plan with you this great trip to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam! I wish you a great summer!
A bientôt!
Best,
Isabelle

Jodi

Our trip to France was over 2 years in the ma... · France - May 27 - Jun 8, 2022

Traveler: Jodi P. - Local specialist: Joël Massé

Our trip to France was over 2 years in the making due to COVID delays. The wait was totally worth it. Joel curated our trip to our exact specifications. We visited 3 regions - Normandy, Alsace and Provence. In each of these locations he chose the accommodations, tour company’s, organized rental cars, train tickets and most of our transfers. I was grateful for his expertise in planning what was reasonable and what was not. There is absolute value for dollar in the expertise Joel... read more

Our trip to France was over 2 years in the making due to COVID delays. The wait was totally worth it. Joel curated our trip to our exact specifications. We visited 3 regions - Normandy, Alsace and Provence. In each of these locations he chose the accommodations, tour company’s, organized rental cars, train tickets and most of our transfers. I was grateful for his expertise in planning what was reasonable and what was not. There is absolute value for dollar in the expertise Joel provided to us.

Hotel Reviews

Le Grand Arbre B&B

Bayeux

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Magical place! Beautiful, tranquil yet close to everything you would need. Beautiful spacious room. Incredible breakfasts and lovely hosts. If it is available - I would return with out hesitation.

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Free and easy secure parking. Your room is on the second level - so there would be stairs. It is truly like something from a story book.

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Bed was very comfortable. Large walk in shower
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Excellent communication and food
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Stunning, authentic character
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Just off the beat and path - but walkable

James Boutique Hôtel

Colmar

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Modern and clean. Comfortable beds. Delicious buffet style breakfast.

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Perhaps - I think I would research accommodation that would have been a little closer to the city centre and with some character.

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New and very clean
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Spoke good English
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Modern and clean
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It was with in walking distance to where we wanted it to be - closer would have been better

Hôtel Le Mas Saint-Joseph 3*

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

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Lovely boutique hotel. Very clean and with in reasonable walking distance to grocery store, restaurant. Beautiful pool and lovely host and breakfast.

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It is a bit of a hike in the heat to walk to town. Parking is included and easy on site. The host is lovely and the pool was perfect.

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A la Villa des Artistes 3*

Paris

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Very comfortable rooms. Large and comfortable.

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Joël Massé, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Jodi,
Thank you so much for the review that you posted on Kim Kim. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your trip after having waited for it for more than 2 years !
Your comments are very important for us as they help us to maintain and improve the quality of our services and suppliers. Be sure I'll share it with all the people who have contributed to the success of your trip !
Best
Joel