The France Travel Guide

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Paris, France (1989 Europe Capital of Culture)

  • The Louvre Museum, Paris (Late Openings on Wednesday and Friday evenings less busy, Mona Lisa, all the great Italian Renaissance artists)
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Cimetiere Du Pere Lachaise, Paris
  • Pompidou Center, Paris
  • Sacre Coeur Basilica, Paris
  • d’Orsay Museum, Paris (national collection of impressionist, posy-impressionist and art-nouveau spanning 1848-1914)
  • Rodin Museum and Garden, Paris
  • Pantheon Mausoleum, Paris
  • The Catacombs, Paris
  • Saint Chapel, Paris
  • Triumph Arch, Paris
  • Picasso National Museum, Paris
  • Seine River Cruise, Paris (Can explore Paris or go all the way to Normandy on the coast)
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Boulogne, France (Pleasant channel port with long stretch of sandy beach)


Versailles, France

  • Versailles Palace, France
Versailles, France ahundt / Pixabay


Chartres, France

  • Cathedral Notre Dame, France
Catherdral of Notre Dame, Chartres, France ddouk / Pixabay


Giverny, France

  • Monet’s Garden, Giverny
Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France Nadrog / Pixabay


Antibes, French Rivera, France

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Cannes, French Rivera, France

  • Cannes Film Festival (Two weeks in May)
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Nice, French Rivera, France

  • Three Corniches, Nice
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St. Tropex, French Rivera, France


The Camargue, France (Flat, marshy, delta area, great bird watching)

  • Saintes-Maries De-La-Mer, The Camargue, France (only town on the Camerque)
Camargue, France POSIDONIA / Pixabay


Nimes, France

  • Les Arenes Roman amphitheater, Nimes (twin-tiered, built around 100 BC, the arena once seated 24,000)
Nimes, France Pashi / Pixabay


Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, France (Swimming under the Roman arches, UNESCO)

Pont du Gard, France kirkandmimi / Pixabay


Marseille, France (2013 European Capital of Culture)

  • European Mediterranean Civilization Museum, Marseille
  • Calanques National Park, France
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Arles, France

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Aix-en Provence, France

  • Garnet Museum, Aix-en Provence
Aix-en, France RDLH / Pixabay


Chamonix, French Alps, France (winter playground for the rich)

  • Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix
  • Tour du Mont Blanc Trek, Switzerland – France, Italy (Loop from Chamonix, takes 10-11 days; 110 miles. Arguably Europe’s most famous hike)
  • Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France
Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France Simon / Pixabay


Sarlat La-Caneda, French Alps, French

  • Grotte de Font de Gaume Cave, Sarlat La-Caneda (14,000 years old prehistoric artist created a gallery of 230 figures incl bison, reindeer, horses, mammoths, bears and wolves)


Sarlat, Dordogne, France (Renaissance era architecture)

  • Grotte de Rouffignac (aka Cave of 100 Mammoths), Sarlat La-Caneda (access is hidden in woods, and by train. Painted mammoths)
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Dordogne River Canoe trip, France (Rick Steves episodes)

  • La Roque Gageac, Dordogne River, France (One of the cutest towns in France, a Rick Steves must see.)
La Roque Gageac, France juliacasado1 / Pixabay


Beynac, Dordogne, France (Along the Dordogne river, perfectly preserved medieval village, roads wind up to the castle above the town)

  • Beynac Chateau Castle, Beynac
Beynac, Dordogne River, France DomyD / Pixabay


La Roque St Christopher cave, Dordogne, France (medieval cave dwelling ruins, 976 AD, settled here to stay clear of Viking raiders)


Lascaux, Dordogne, France

  • Lascaux Cave, France
Cave Paintings Lascaux Cave, France KlausHausmann / Pixabay


Carcassonne, France (fortified city; Best at dusk – Europe’s ultimate fortified city)

Carcassonne, France JosepMonter / Pixabay
Carcassonne at night, France Hans / Pixabay


Albi, France (Massive Roman-catholic cathedral – looks like a fortress)

Albi, France rauschenberger / Pixabay


du Verdon Gorge, France (Europe’s Grand Canyon)

Du Verdon George, France MissEJB / Pixabay
Du Verdon Gorge, France Noel_Bauza / Pixabay


Mont St-Michel, France

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Normandy, France

  • D-Day Beaches, Normandy, France
Normandy, France bigfoot / Pixabay


Reunion Island, France


Vence, France

  • Chapel of the Rosary, Vence


Bordeaux, France (Famous region for its wine, great café culture)

Bordeaux, France stuthnagyniki / Pixabay


Cognac, France (famous brandy region)


Perigueux, France (renaissance and medieval center)


Vezere, France

  • Vezere Valley Caves, France
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D’Azay-le Rideau, Loire Valley, France (Fairy tale turrets on one of the earliest Renaissance chateaus)

D’Azay-le Rideau, France Alansart / Pixabay


Blois, Loire Valley, France

  • Royal de Blois Chateau, Blois, Loire Valley
  • Chambord Chateau Castle, Blois, Loire Valley (Largest of the Loire Valley Chateaus; former hunting palace for royality. Can rent a bike and explore the parklike acreage around the castle that were hunting grounds. Palace was rarely used)
  • Cheverny Chateau Castle, Blois, Loire Valley (former royal hunting palace;
Blois, France edmondlafoto / Pixabay


Amboise, Loire Valley, France (Pedestrian only commercial zone gets busy, but no cars. Along the Loire River.

  • Amboise Chateau Castle, Amboise, Loire Valley (Hilltop above town; favored royal residence of several French Kings.)
  • Clos-Luce Mansion, Amboise, Loire Valley (Leonardo Di Vinci’s house for the last 3 years of his life as their King’s royal engineer. Cool Di Vinci inventions you can interact with throughout estate grounds)
  • Chenonceau Chateau, Amboise, Loire Valley (Entire palace arches across the river. Literally a castle built on a bridge foundation. One of the great sights in all of Europe, Riverside formal garden)
  • Villandry Castle, Amboise, Loire Valley
  • Azay-le-Rideau Chateau, Amboise, Loire Valley (Romantic, moat-ringed; built on a natural island in the middle of the Loire River.
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Nantes, Loire Valley, France

Nantes, France edmondlafoto / Pixabay


Chinon, Loire Valley, France

Chinon, France skeeze / Pixabay


Saumur, Loire Valley, France


Orleans, Loire Valley, France

Orleans, France werner22brigitte / Pixabay


Petit Train Jane, France (63km route vital resource for remote villages, cliffs from valley to Pyreneans, extremely scenic. Ends at Mont Louis, Frances highest fortified town.


Cap D’Agde, France (legendary nudist resort grows to 60,000 in Summer. Evenings turn into wild anything goes parties)


Du Pilat Sand Dune, France (Europe’s largest)

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Alsatian Wine Region Road Trip, France (far NE corner, Castles, wine, misty mountains. Best driven during Autumn for harvest/tastings)


Lyon, Rhone Valley, France (bistros)

  • Old Town Lyon
  • Roman Theater (build in 15 BC, sat audience of 10,000)
Lyon, France damialdetafuentes / Pixabay


Avignon, France (2000 European Capital of Culture)

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Lille, France (2004 European Capital of Culture; winding cobbled streets of old town)

Lille, France WillocqF / Pixabay


Lens, France

  • Louvre-Lens Museum, Lens (hundereds of the Louvre’s treasures, plus rotating exhibits)
Lens, France Free-Photos / Pixabay


Clemont-Ferrand, France (2028 European Capital of Culture)


Plage de la Rondinara Beach, France


Riquerwihr, France


Rocamadour, Dordogne Valley, France

Rocamadour, France SchrijverijDrenthe / Pixabay


Saint Malo, Brittany, France (fortified city)

  • Chateau de St-Malo Castle, Saint Malo
Saint Malo, France jackmac34 / Pixabay


Grenoble, Alps, France (economic and intellectual capital of French, sitting beautifully on the Drac and Isere Rivers)

Grenoble, France rmac8oppo / Pixabay


Colmar, France

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Ecrins National Park, Alps, France

Ecrins National Park, France flodambricourt / Pixabay


Vanoise National Park, France

  • Tour des Glaciers Trek, Vanoise National Park, France (hut tour – 17 park huts, 33 private/club)
Vanoise National Park, France guillaume74540 / Pixabay


French Alps Scenic Drive, France: Thonton-les-Bains to Menton; 425 miles


NW France Baltic Byway, France: Caen to St Malo; 182 miles


Cote d’Azur’s French Rivera Byway, France: Nice to Eze; 50 miles


NE France Wine Country Byway: Marlenheim to Thann; 106 miles


Bayaux, France


Rouen, France (impressive churches, timbered houses and cobbled streets)

Rouen, France kirkandmimi / Pixabay


Quimper, France

  • St Corentin Cathedral, Quimper


Reims, France (In the heart of Champaign country)

  • Cathedral Notre Dame, Reims
  • Remi Basilica, Reims (UNESCO)
  • Du Tau Palace, Reims (UNESCO)
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Epernay, Champagne, France (Champagne capital of the World)

  • Champagne Avenue
  • Moet Mansion & Cellars (one hour tours); Can by a bottle of Brut Champagne for less than half the price in stores here.
  • Mercer Cellars (Tours; France’s most popular brand)
Epernay, France vargascarlos8821 / Pixabay


Strasbourg, Alsace, France

  • Catherdral Notre Dame, Strasbourg
  • Grande Ile Island, Strasbourg (UNESCO; café rimmed plazas and timber framed houses in sherbet colors)
  • Rohan Palace, Strasbourg (“Versailles in miniature”)
Strasbourg, France monikawl999 / Pixabay


Dijon, Rhone Valley, Burgundy, France

Dijon, France Marabu / Pixabay


Beaune, Rhone Valley, Burgundy, France

Beaune, France falco / Pixabay


Nancy, France (UNESCO)

Nancy, France SofiLayla / Pixabay


Stratsbourg, France


La Rochelle, France (Lively port town)

La Rochelle, France skeeze / Pixabay


Biarritz, Atlantic Coast, France

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Bayonne, France

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Toulouse, France

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Du Midi Canal, France (UNESCO, 150 mile canal running from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean passing ancient villages, chateaus and wineries. Considered Frances greatest construction achievement in the 17th Travel as the wealthy did years ago by renting a long boat and self-pilot or a charter a barge with captain)

Du Midi Canal, France bomhehe100 / Pixabay


Montpellier, France

Montpellier, France 123web / Pixabay


Perpignan, France


Amiens, France , France

  • Note Dame D’Amiens, Amiens, France
Amiens, France NaluFilmsProd / Pixabay


Carnac, France

  • Ancient Celtic megalith stones, Carnac
Carnac, France ddouk / Pixabay


Le Puy-en-Velay, France


Gaillard Chateau Castle, Rouen, France

Gaillard, France LoboStudioHamburg / Pixabay


Troo, Loir-et-Cher, France


Cote de Granit Rose, France (3-day walk follows coast path. 36 miles. Tregastel Plage to Treguier)

Treguier, France JACLOU-DL / Pixabay


Corsica Island, France

  • GR20 Trek, Corsica Island, France
  • Northwest Coast, Corsica Island, France (Similar Mediterranean beauty as the Amalfi Coast)
  • Ajaccio, Corsica Island, France
  • Le Golfe de Porto, Corsica Island, France
  • Calvi, Corsica Island, France
  • Bastia, Corsica Island, France
  • Bonifacio, Corsica Island, France
  • Corte, Corsica Island, France
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