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Top Trip Memories
  • Sailing down the Rhone on a river cruise ship sipping a glass of wine while watching the French countryside glide by.
  • Hitting the highlights at the massive Louvre museum in Paris followed by a stroll along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower.
  • Taking a dip in the sea with the beautiful people at a resort town on the Riviera.
  • Visiting the beaches of Normandy stormed by Allied troops in World War II while on a cruise along the Seine.
  • Trekking through the Pyrenees to the Spanish border for incredible mountain views.
  • Relaxing at a sidewalk cafe in Provence leisurely sipping a cafe au lait in the sunshine.
  • Dining at a bistro where the waiter adds up your bill on the butcher paper spread across your table.
  • Marveling at the royal finery and expansive gardens at the Palace of Versailles.
  • Biking through Bordeaux or Burgundy and stopping to taste the vintages at a centuries old winery.
  • Enjoying the mix of French and German cultures in Alsace-Lorraine.
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Tour Tips
  • France is so rich in cultural opportunities and activities of all sorts that you can’t expect to see it all in one trip. Pick a tour that visits a region or two and get to know that area well, then return to other regions you want to visit on subsequent tours.
  • On a tour of France, you can choose anything from luxury on down to basic accommodations, dining, and transportation -- something to fit every budget.
  • Specialty tours are a good way to experience France: culinary, wine, art and architecture, walking, biking, World War II history, even religious pilgrimages are all available.
  • Don’t overlook river and barge cruises, which offer a convenient, leisurely way to see the country, stopping both at important ports such as Rouen and Lyon and small villages as well.
  • Don’t be put off from visiting France by the reputation of French people -- especially Parisians -- as rude to visitors. A simple greeting such as “bonjour, madame,” and a smile will almost always win you good service and a return
  • When planning your tour, keep in mind that almost all of France goes on vacation during the entire month of August, so for the full French experience you may want to pick a different month.
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France Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Tour Reviews

Stunning Mountains and Villages of the Pyrenees

Pyrenees: The GR10

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes I did this hike as a 61 year old female, travelling solo. This was a great
hike through many of the most scenic sections of the GR 10. I went in late
June and we had both very hot and cold weather, in addition to a few days of
rain, cold mornings and a short burst of hail, so make sure you bring
adequate layers. I also high recommend walking poles as many of the ascents
and descents are steep and rocky. Our group typically hiked 6-8 hours,
starting at around 8 and ending about 3:30 or 4:00 pm. I am reasonably fit
and a regular hiker and I found the pace to be fine. We had ample
opportunities to stop for pictures, coffee and snacks. Personally, I would
rate this trip as slightly less challenging than the Mont Blanc camping trek.
I have a moderate fear of heights and did not have any problems on this
trip., although we were told that on one short stretch there is a steep drop
(we couldn't see it as it was cloudy that day). We did a bit of scrambling
over boulders on a couple of the days. I found this a bit challenging, but
our guide assisted me.
Visiting the many beautiful and medieval towns in the area (including an 8th
century tower/castle). I live in the hot desert southwest in the US, so I
enjoyed the forest walks-even in the rain.


Pierre was a great leader with extensive local knowledge and mountain
expertise. He provided expert leadership and was very helpful. When I was
having a bit of trouble with one of the steep descents, he stayed with me the
entire way down. He is definitely the best guide I've had on any Exodus trip.
He is very passionate about what he does and this greatly added to my
enjoyment of the trip.


Be prepared for all types of weather and lots of mud. I would recommend
bringing hiking poles. Three or four of the nights are spent in gites with
shared dormitories and, sometimes, not so comfortable quarters. I was glad I
brought ear plugs and an eye mask - wish I'd brought a comfortable bed pillow
also! Think about what you want to do on the free day in St. Lary as many of
the activities require advance booking. I went on some day hikes in the area
and visited the spa. The Vaporarium in Luchon is only open in the afternoons
on most days, so plan accordingly if this is something you'd like to do.


My only minor quibble with the trip planning is that Exodus needs to smooth
out some of the picnic arrangements. On two or three days I had to shop for
my lunch in the evening, then leave it on the window sill to stay cool for
the next day's hike! Fortunately, we had cool nights so this was OK. If it
had been hot, we all would have been stuck. As I was on the inaugural hike
for this particular trip, I suspect Exodus will have this worked out by the
time the second group departs.


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Excellent trip

Summits & Ridges of the Queyras

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This is a great trek in beautiful mountains. It's pretty full on - expect at
least 8 hours of walking per day, with over 10 on the longer days, and a lot
of up and down (1000m + each day) on demanding terrain, but the scenery is
stunning so it's well worth it.

If you've trekked around Mont Blanc, you'll find the Queyras much quieter and
a lot less touristy. Not many mountain huts for morning coffee and cake here.
Really too many to choose from!


Stephanie was excellent. Certainly one of the better Exodus guides.


Most nights you will be sleeping in normal UK-style bunk beds (one bed on top
of the other) but in the Agnel hut you will find yourself sleeping side by
side on a giant mattress with about 5 other people. This isn't clear from the
trip notes (unless they've been updated).


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Mont Blanc Ascent

Mont Blanc Ascent

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes After much hard work in preparing my 60 year old body for this trip I was
slightly disappointed that we were unable to tackle Mont Blanc due to high
winds and poor visibility. However we were lucky enough to have 2
opportunities to tackle the Gran Paradiso summit in neighbouring Italy which
we all managed on the second attempt.
After a failed first attempt climbing Gran Paradiso due to high winds and
poor visibility, having another opportunity to attempt the summit the
following day in somewhat iffy and very cold weather conditions. Our small
group of 4 plus guides summitted just as the thick clouds that we had been
ascending through parted just at the right moment to reveal the drama of the
magnificent landscape all around us. Only then did we witness how exposed we
were with terrifying drops below! This was not Mont Blanc but it was still a
big mountain day with some 1350m ascent (mostly on ice), and around 2100m
cumulative descent.


The famous 65 years young Bernard Muller (look him up) is very experienced
and therefore despite the sometimes questionable weather we felt safe in his
capable care. Many people that we met em route appeared to know and respect
this man and despite his charming idiosyncrasies he is much fun to be with.


We did not attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to the weather but please do not
underestimate how fit and conditioned you need to be to undertake the initial
training on glaciers then an ascent of an alpine peak. It's hard work whoever
you are and you need to bring along with you a good deal of courage and
commitment to get through this.


With adequate training, preparation and the right attitude this is about as
much fun and sustained effort that you can have on your 2 legs. And oh
yes..... dont forget to bring along a good sense of humour and some very warm
gloves!


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Mont Blanc Ascent

Mont Blanc Ascent

4.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Great trip with a great team. Tough but we all made it. I would definitely
recommend it but don't underestimate the challenge and the altitude .
Eventually reaching the Summit and feeling on top of the world.


Bernard, our leader is a well known and respected mountaineer and we had
total faith in him and his decision-making. Although his English wasn't
always completely clear he was humorous and totally at ease which made us
feel comfortable and reassured.


It's really important to be fit and to have endurance as the mountain can be
unforgiving. Working as a member of a team is crucial as you can support each
other's strengths and weaknesses.


Take time to enjoy the beauty of the mountains around you. The Alps are
fantastic and for the English, only on our doorstep !


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Expert guidance on all aspects of the Jura

Jura Cross-country Ski Tour

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A fine holiday, including walking and skiing, that gave a good insight of
Jura region. The mix of 'moving on' and 'staying put' worked well.
From one of the nice mountain refuges, there was a splendid view across Lac
Leman to the Alps, where Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Jungfrau could be
seen.

With the experience and advice of our guide, we were able to get within 30m
of a group of chamois, who remained oblivious of our presence.


Group Leader Stephane helped us with his really comprehensive knowledge of
the Jura, both cultural and scientific. Identification of wildlife footprints
and explanation of the anthills & their vulnerability added to my knowledge.
His catering at the mountain refuges produced some lovely local dishes.
He went out of his way to make the most of the trip, for us.


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Classic Itineraries

Highlights of France in 1 Week

Day 1-2, Paris: Visit the Eiffel Tower, Louvre museum, stroll the Champs Elysees, and enjoy the bustle of one of the world’s most popular and picturesque cities.

Day 3, Normandy: Take a day to visit the historic Normandy beaches and learn about the pivotal WWII events that took place there.

Day 4-5, Dijon: Absorb the art culture, visit a country chateau, and marvel at the incredible architecture.

Day 6-7, Provence: Scenic drives, wine tasting, picnics, and rustic country French cuisine.

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Highlights of France in 2 Weeks

Day 1-2, Paris: Visit the Eiffel Tower, Louvre museum, stroll the Champs Elysees, and enjoy the bustle of one of the world’s most popular and picturesque cities.

Day 3, Normandy: On the way to Normandy, stop in Giverny to visit the Monet House and Gardens. Rouen, Notre Dame cathedral.

Day 4, Mont St. Michel: Spend a day at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring the Abbey.

Day 5, Normandy Beaches: Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Bayeux Tapestry.

Day 6-7, Loire Valley: Villandry, wine tasting at Chateau de Chambord and Saumur.

Day 8-9, Paris: Return to Paris for a few days. Take a day trip to tour Versailles.

Day 10, Avignon: Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Provence. Admire the gothic architecture of Avignon, visit the Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon.

Day 11, Provence: Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, Church of St. Vincent.

Day 12, Marseille to Cassis: Enjoy a walking tour of Marseille, a vibrant city and the second largest in France. Continue onto the cliffside fishing town of Cassis.

Day 13-14, Nice: Spend your last two days in Nice. Enjoy the beauty of the Cote D’Azur, Promenade des Anglais with its Baroque architecture. See Colline du Chateau and visit the Picasso museum in Antibes.

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1 Week Cycling Tour in Provence

France is one of the most popular cycling destinations in the world, with it’s gorgeous views and country roads. Just be careful not to drink too much wine along the way!

Day 1, Avignon: Picturesque classic French countryside, wine tasting.

Day 2-3, Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Experience a more forested landscape, biking on beautiful country roads, before reaching the Rhone wine country. Enjoy the classic wines of the region, and French country cuisine.

Day 4-5, St. Remy: Visit the idyllic French village of Les Baux, enjoy farm style picnics, and beautiful art galleries.

Day 6, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: Cycle along the seashore all day, have dinner in Arles before departing the tour.

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France Trips & Tour Advice

France is by far the most visited country in the world. And that’s no surprise -- when you have Paris, the Riviera, Provence, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Normandy, the Pyrenees, the Seine, the Rhone, and some of the world’s best food and wine, you’re going to draw crowds. Whether you tour France by river cruise, culinary tour, or bike tour you’re sure to agree: Viva La France!

With more than 80 million visitors annually from around the world, France draws far more foreign tourists than any other country.

tour to Paris, of course, is on most everyone’s France tour itinerary, with sights like the Louvre (so huge it could easily take a month to cover beyond the Mona Lisa), Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, the Marais, and the Seine with its Bateaux Mouches boats and dozens of bridges offering a walkway or river ride through the center of it all. 

Beyond Paris

But as wonderful as it is, Paris is just a start. Not far away stands the splendid Palace of Versailles, where the Sun KIng, Louis XIV, and Marie Antoinette held court in the days preceding the French Revolution. Also nearby is Chartres Cathedral, featuring some of the finest stained-glass windows in Europe.

A bit farther takes you southwest of Paris to the Loire Valley, site of a number of wineries and chateaux. And northwest lies a series of towns and cities along the Seine that inspired artists like Van Gogh and Monet and where Joan of Arc died at the stake in the 14th century.

The Seine leads to Normandy, on the English Channel, site of distinctive architecture, lovely seaside villages, Mont-St-Michel (the remarkable fortress surrounded by water and reachable only at low tide) and beaches that were crucial to the Allied invasion of then-Nazi-occupied France in World War II some 60 years ago.

River Cruises

Paris to Normandy is one of the major river cruising routes in France. Other popular river cruise routes include Lyon -- one of France’s gastronomic capitals -- south to the Mediterranean, which goes along the Rhone River through Burgundy wine country; and routes that travel through the Bordeaux wine regions on France’s west coast.

All offer a relaxed but informative way to tour France, since all the river cruises feature numerous port stops, many with guided tours included.

The Riviera and Provence

A visit to France may include a tour along the Mediterranean Sea. The glamorous and sometimes ostentatious French Riviera beach resorts include Cannes (site of the film festival), Nice (the largest city), Cap Ferrat, and St. Tropez. The Riviera is just part of sunny Provence in southeastern France, which is tucked between the Rhone River, Italy, the Alps and the Mediterranean. It’s a land where sea air, mountain gorges, vineyards, medieval villages, Roman ruins, olive groves and lavender fields combine to create a sensuous medley of sights, scents and tastes.

The light in Provence is so striking that painters such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso were all drawn here, immortalizing the landscapes, architecture, and people. Provence is home as well to France’s second largest city and major port, Marseilles, which displays North African influences and is known for bouillabaisse, the local fish stew. All this has helped make Provence France’s number one tourist destination beyond Paris.

And Much More

France also has mountain playgrounds in the Alps bordering Switzerland and the Pyrenees bordering Spain; the French-German influenced province of Alsace-Lorraine centered in Strasbourg, and other magnificent cities such as Avignon, Toulouse, Dijon, Nantes, and Lille.

In fact, every corner of the country contains picturesque villages, inviting bistros and cafes, the aromas of fresh-baked baguettes and croissants, the clink of wine glasses, and roadways and paths just waiting to be explored on foot, by bike, or by motor. With such a wealth of attractions to choose from, you can rely on Stride to help you find the right escorted tours of France for your upcoming voyage touristique. 

Important Information for Traveling to France

Capital city‎: Paris

Dialing code‎: ‎+33

Language‎: ‎French

Currency‎: Euro

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Continent:

Europe

Local Attractions: 

Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel, Gorge du Verdon, St Tropez and Many More

Top Activities:

Historic Sightseeing, River Cruises, Cycling & Biking and Culinary & Wine Tasting

Similar Destinations:      

Italy, Germany, Spain & Ireland

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