France

→ Filled with Medieval architecture
→ Has got sophisticated culture
→ Heaven for food and wine lover

If you want a strong reason to visit France, then it would be its rich culture, delicious cuisine, fine wines, historic and medieval architecture.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Rafting, Kayaking, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, River cruising, Sea cruising, Rock climbing, Paragliding….and many more.

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes

Art and Culture Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Recreation and Fun Lover

Amusement Parks:
Theme Parks:
Fun Parks:

Best season:
April – June (Spring)
September – November (Fall)

 

Top destinations in France

This is the list of top destinations in France where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Paris

City of Lights

Paris

City of Art and Culture

  • Paris is one of the major entry points to France and is home to an iconic landmark like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and is in close proximity to Versailles (22 km/40 min train ride from Paris).
  • Paris is rich in art, culture, entertainment, fashion, and gastronomy.
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Montmartre
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Pont de la Concorde Arch Bridge
  • Palace of Versailles (near Paris)
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Admire Eiffel Tower
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Visit the Louvre Museum
  • Cruise the Seine River
  • Tour around Palace of Versailles
  • Enjoy in the garden

Mont saint-michel

Mont saint-michel

  • One of France’s most striking landmarks
  • Recognized as UNESCO world heritage site
  • Close to the border with Brittany, a cultural region
  • Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel
  • Mont Saint-Michel Bay
  • Eglise-Paroissiale Saint-Pierre
  • Walk along the Grande Rue
  • Explore Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel

Loire Valley

Loire Valley

  • Home to the fine architecture and historic sites
  • Enjoys world-class arts and culture scene
  • The Chateau de Chambord
  • Bordeaux’s City Center
  • Vineyards
  • Villages
  • Explore the Chateaux
  • Taste wines
  • Visit Bordeaux’s City Center

Luberon (Provence)

Luberon (Provence)

  • Known for the picturesque natural vistas topped up with delicious foods
  • Mountains, Lush forests, Fields of lavender
  • Gordes Village; Menerbes Village; Lourmarin Village
  • Cavaillon Town
  • Lavender Museum
  • Sénanque Abbey
  • Colorfully painted houses
  • Pottery
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Natural sightseeing
  • Tour around villages
  • Eat food and drink
  • Kayaking
  • Jumping off rocks
  • Cycling

FRENCH RIVIERA (Côte d'Azur)

FRENCH RIVIERA (Côte d'Azur)

  • French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) is the Mediterranean Coast which comprises of glamorous beach resorts town of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo (Monaco).
  • Nice City
  • Antibes Town
  • Cannes Town
  • Cassis Town
  • St. Tropez Town
  • Carcassonne Village
  • Enjoy in the beaches of Nice (Swimming, Snorkelling, etc); Taste wines in Nice
  • Enjoy beaches of Antibes; Visit Château Grimaldi
  • Participate in Cannes Film Festival
  • Enjoy in the beach of Cassis
  • Explore Calanques National Park
  • Enjoy the beach of St. Tropez

Chamonix (Mont Blanc)

French Alps

Chamonix (Mont Blanc)

  • Chamonix is the traditional alpine village and a great place for skiing and other outdoor adventures 
  • Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Europe
  • Mont Blanc, the highest peak of the Alps
  • Traditional Alpine Village of Chamonix
  • Mer de Glace glacier
  • Skiing
  • Hiking around Chamonix and Mont Blanc
  • Rock climbing
  • Ride a cable car, tramway
  • Ride a cable car up to Le Brévent
  • Paragliding
  • Eating tasty local foods

top activities to do in France

For non-European citizens, either a valid passport (valid for 3 months beyond the length of stay) only or valid passport with a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter France.

But for EU nationals either a passport (valid for the duration of stay) or any other valid national ID card should suffice. EU citizens can travel freely to France and do not require a visa and return ticket regardless of their visit purpose and length of stay.

Citizens from other selected countries (including Australia, Canada, Britain, and the USA) can stay up to 90 days (within a 6 months period) without a visa for tourism purposes.

For nationals from other countries, check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) for France with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling.

Nationals from certain countries may require to obtain a transit visa to pass through France.

Since France is a member of the Schengen Countries, visitors from non-member states are allowed to travel to all Schengen areas without a visa. According to the category in which your country falls, you may have to apply for Schengen Visa, which is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days within a six months period. Applicants applying for the Schengen visa must also provide bank statements from the previous 3 months along with their application.

Different border control checks will apply for non-EEA nationals, and you may be asked to show a return ticket or onward ticket.

Credit Cards and Debit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. Changing a traveler’s check can be hard. If you want to use a traveler’s check, then it’s better to take a check in US Dollars/Euros.

Since there are lots of international flights to France, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Domestic Flights:
Since the major attractions are well scattered across France, domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.

Metros/Railways:
Underground metros and suburban trains provide services in Paris. A well-connected network of railways provides fast and affordable service throughout the major cities.

You can take advantage of Rail Passes available within France.

Buses/Trams/Coaches:
France has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches/trams are an affordable option in some cities as long as you are a familiar rider.

Taxis/Cars:
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered/officially licensed) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.

Boats/Ferries:
Boats/ferries also provide services in areas consisting of islands/rivers/coasts.

Travel Tips:
Most of France’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees and permit.

Weather Tips:
You should be cautious during extreme summer and extreme winter. It is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates and avalanche conditions before going to mountainous regions/ski resorts. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus and tick-borne encephalitis while traveling to some regions of France. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to France, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, rabies, hepatitis and tetanus.

It’s better to make full travel insurance.

Others:
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in France:

If you are a picturesque village lover:

  1. Alsace
  2. Luberon
  3. Brittany

If you are an outdoor adventure lover:

  1. Chamonix (Mont Blanc)

If you are a food lover:

  1. Paris
  2. Bordeaux
  3. Lyon
  4. Luberon

If you are medieval architecture and history lover:

  1. Paris
  2. Mont Saint-Michel
  3. Lyon
  4. Marseille
  5. Loire Valley

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Chamonix (Mont Blanc)
  2. Mont Saint-Michel

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. Paris
  2. Mont Saint-Michel
  3. Palace of versailles
  4. Carcassonne
  5. Lascaux 

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. Paris
  2. Brittany
  3. Lyon

   

From the above list, you can see that Paris overlaps in four categories, whereas Mont-Saint-Michel and Lyon overlap in three categories; and Luberon, Chamonix, Brittany overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since France is mostly about architecture and buildings, Roman temples, markets, culture and fashions, wine and gastronomy, our first pick would be Paris, Mont Saint-Michel, Bordeaux, and Lyon.

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to France and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Paris, Versailles (Day 1-3)→Normandy (Mont Saint-Michel) (Day 5)→Loire Valley (Day 5-6)


If you have 10 days, then you can improvise above itinerary.

Paris, Versailles(Day 1-3)→Normandy (Mont Saint-Michel) (Day 4)→Brittany (Day 5)→Loire Valley (Day 6-7)→Lyon (Day 8-9)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend the first itinerary (above).

Paris, Versailles (Day 1-3)→Normandy (Mont Saint-Michel) (Day 5)→Loire Valley (Day 5-6)→Bordeaux (Day 7)→Carcassonne (Day 8)→Luberon, Provence (Day 9)→Cannes, Nice (Day 10-11)

or, 

Paris, Versailles(Day 1-3)→Normandy (Mont Saint-Michel) (Day 4)→Brittany (Day 5)→Loire Valley (Day 6-7)→Lyon (Day 8-9)→Provence (10-11)→Cannes, Nice (Day 12-14)

If you want to combine the city tour with the French Alps, then we recommend the following  itinerary:

Paris (Day 1-3)→Mont Saint-Michel (Day 4-5)→Bordeaux (Day 6-7)→Avignon (Day 8-9)→Chamonix (Mont Blanc)(Day 10-11)→Lyon (Day 12-14)


If you are on your return visit, then choose another itinerary (from above) which you didn’t do in your first visit.


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout France can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.