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Welcome to France

Chic. Sophisticated. Iconic. France’s cultural identity is prominent across the globe. Paris, known affectionately as the City of Light, tops every list of romantic destinations yet offers something for every type of traveler, from dinner shows at the Moulin Rouge to world-renowned art at the Louvre Museum and Gothic architecture at Notre Dame Cathedral. In Versailles, the colossal palace exudes grandeur; fine wines beg to be quaffed in Bordeaux and Champagne; and war history enshrouds the battlefields of Normandy and the Somme. Gastronomes will find nirvana in France, where freshly baked baguettes, cheese, casseroles, and delicacies such as snails and frogs’ legs are staples on most menus.

Top 10 attractions in France

#1
Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower isn't just a symbol of Paris but a symbol for all of France. Erected by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution in 1889, the 1,050-foot (320-meter) tower once held the title of the world's tallest structure. Despite having been dwarfed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa and The Shard in London, the Eiffel Tower remains one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet. View the architectural icon from afar, or stop in at the three observation levels for stellar city views.More
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Louvre

Louvre

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Primarily associated with the steady gaze of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa, Paris' Louvre museum is home to a 35,000-strong collection of paintings and sculptures considered one of the greatest in the world. The contemporary glass Louvre Pyramid heralds the museum's entrance, which millions of tourists flock to every year to feast their eyes on masterpieces that span from antiquity to the 20th century.More
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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

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Expect bright lights, extravagant costumes, and raucous music at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Opened in the Belle Epoque of 1889 to celebrate Paris' thriving creative scene and the end of the civil war, the windmill-cum-cabaret hall has never stopped basking in fun and frivolity. As a staple of Parisian nightlife, an unforgettable evening at the Moulin Rouge is a must on any traveler's France itinerary.More
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River Seine

River Seine

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The lifeblood of Paris, the River Seine acts as a dividing line between Paris’ historically sophisticated and bohemian halves; it provides transportation via riverboat and plenty of opportunity for romantic strolls; and its riverbanks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with the city’s top landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.More
#5
Disneyland® Paris

Disneyland® Paris

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From riding Space Mountain to flying with Peter Pan and snapping a selfie with Mickey Mouse, few theme parks serve up as much fairy-tale magic as Disneyland®. With some 14 million annual visitors, Disneyland® Paris is Europe’s biggest and busiest theme park, boasting adrenaline-fueled rides, state-of-the-art movie sets, and spectacular shows and parades that make it a fantasyland for kids and adults alike.More
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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

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Formerly a humble hunting lodge, the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) is the extravagant creation of Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. Embellished to epitomize royal decadence, Versailles features 700 rooms replete with frescoed ceilings and carvings, plus the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles), which brim with geometrically designed walkways and fountains. No visit to France is complete without experiencing the grandeur.More
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Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

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The Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) date back to the 1700s, when the ossuary was formed from an old underground quarry. Over the years, more and more remains were brought here from overcrowded cemeteries to make room for the city's development, up until 1860. For those with an interest, it’s a fascinating look at a former burial practice.More
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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Second only to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is one of Paris' most iconic attractions, a marvel of medieval architecture that was immortalized in Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Today, the Gothic grandeur and stained-glass windows of the UNESCO World Heritage site continue to reign supreme from Ile de la Cite, an island in the middle of the Seine River.(UPDATE: Notre Dame Cathedral is currently off-limits due to fire damage.)More
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Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

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Rivaling the Louvre as Paris' favorite art museum, the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) is known for its impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau works from 1848 to 1914. Equally impressive as what’s inside the museum is its exterior: a former Beaux-Arts railway station with an enviable location on the banks of the Seine River. Both architecture and art buffs will want this museum on their Parisian itineraries.More
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Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

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Home to the Opera de Paris, ballet performances, and the fictional Phantom of the Opera, the grand 19th-century Palais Garnier—also known as Opera Garnier—recalls the splendor of France’s Second Empire, an era synonymous with elegance and extravagance. Beyond its opulent exterior and foyer, the 2,000-seat auditorium is a riot of red velvet, gold, and bronze, with a massive chandelier and a colorful ceiling painting by modernist master Marc Chagall.More

Trip ideas

Exploring the Dordogne River Valley

Exploring the Dordogne River Valley

Top activities in France

Skip the Line Ticket: Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa

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Louvre Museum Skip-the-line Access Private Guided Tour
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Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
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Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
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Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
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Loire Valley Chambord & Chenonceau Castles Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Paris
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Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris
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Recent reviews from experiences in France

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Great full-day tour!
Karla_S, Oct 2021
Alsace Colmar, Medieval Villages & Castle Small Group Day Trip from Strasbourg
First time exploring the wine route Alsace region of France and this was a perfect way to see it for the first time.
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Beauty of Alps
SID, Aug 2021
The Grand Canyon of Europe and Its Lavender Fields Small group day Tour
I would like to visit it again next year.
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Great Experience!
Thomas_D, Aug 2021
Paris Private Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly (ORY)
Driver was there waiting for us…very friendly, although spoke little English (aok, since we’re in France) Very courteous, helpful with luggage.
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Amazing experience.
Priscilla_L, Jan 2022
Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
It’s definitely worth a day trip out from Paris to see one of the most historic and beautiful structures that still exist.
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Good for Getting One’s Bearings Even if Touristy
ShaneK_B, Dec 2021
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
I would suggest doing this bus ride first before selecting individual sites to see up close.
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Praise for our Guide Thierry and the Roman Tour in General
ShaneK_B, Dec 2021
Half Day Pont-du-Gard, Uzès, Nîmes Tour from Avignon
The visit to Uzes has nothing to do with Roman history, but it's a nice place to take a break between the Roman ruins in Pont-du-Gard and Nîmes, and since the Uzes visit falls around lunch time you can grab a bit to eat there.
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Amazing food tour!
Janna_O, Dec 2021
Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Food tours are our favorite way to visit a new city, and this was no exception!
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Food and culture in Strasbourg
Bruce_K, Nov 2021
Guided Strasbourg Traditional Food Tour
My American friends and I met up in Strasbourg to visit the oldest Christmas market in Europe.
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Wonderful Way See & Learn About Versailles
Gayle_M, Nov 2021
Versailles - Skip-the-line Private tour from Paris (HALF or FULL DAY)
This was the perfect way to see and experience this exceptional palace if you want to really learn about it, and the people who built and lived in it over the centuries.
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AMAZING TOUR!
Andrew_O, Oct 2021
Saint Emilion Half-Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Winery Visit from Bordeaux
It was a dream to see this part of France and witness the culture with my friends through this tour.
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Take the time out and just go !!!
Rajiv_S, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace And Gardens Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access
The time flew by and we learnt a lot of secrets and stories about the grand rulers and life styles and rise and fall of the kings of France .
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An unforgettable visit
Steve_B, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
We had plenty of time to visit the beach at Normandy and to see the German batteries there.
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Fabulous cooking class
David_S, Oct 2021
Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon
John taught our course in English, but he is also fluent in French and obviously has cultivated great collegial relationships with shop owners throughout the market.
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Wonderful Excursion with Antoine
Emily_J, Sep 2021
Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte Castle Small-Group Day Trip From Paris
We had plenty of time to visit and explore each location and learned a lot about general French history on our drives to and from Paris.
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Must-do for Champagne lovers visiting Paris
Monica_E, Sep 2021
Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris
On the way back, he gave us great recommendations on things to do during our time in Paris and where to eat.
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Lovely Taste of the South of France
Todd_E, Sep 2021
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We had a wonderful adventure coming out of Nice and being able to see Antibes, Cannes, Eze & Monaco all in one day!
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Amazing experience with even more amazing guide.
Hafeeza_W, Sep 2021
See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide
We had a group of english speakers but I am sure she could have led the group in various other languages.
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The best tour of our trip
Patricia_S, Aug 2021
Versailles Palace & Marie-Antoinette's Estate Private Guided Tour with Lunch
We parked close, and entered quickly through a special door, getting to see lots of things the typical tours do not include.
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A must visit, especially with Adi as your tour guide
Safwat_S, Aug 2021
Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
On the way back, she took the time to share recommendations on where to eat and what to do in Paris.
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Informative and easy
Jan_G, Jul 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Smooth driving through the French countryside lead us to this amazing place, and before we left we had enough time to see the town and step on the mud as it was low-tide.

All about France

When to visit

France is a country for all seasons. While summer visitors flock to the beaches of the French Riviera and the lavender fields of Provence, winter wonders include skiing in the Alps, the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, and Lyon’s Festival of Lights. Bastille Day (July 14) sees countrywide celebrations, while other major events include the Nice Carnival and the Cannes Film Festival.

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