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Officially called the French Republic, France is one of the most popular countries of the world. A member of several prominent international organizations, it is a leader both in economic and cultural terms. Millions of tourists come to France year after year, the country being renowned for its historic architecture, beautiful gardens, and numerous museums. Click here for more info…

Sights & Activities

Its most famous landmark is the Eiffel Tower, located along the Seine River on Champ de Mars. Considered the tallest building in the city of Paris, the tower was named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel. Though initially disdained, people have come to regard the structure as one of the symbols of the country. Since 1889, people have come from all over the world to climb its viewing platform and take in the views of the city.

Another architectural landmark that has long been associated with France is the Notre Dame de Paris. This Gothic cathedral is situated on the Île de la Cité, an isle in the Seine River. This magnificent structure is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris and still holds Roman Catholic service up to the present. It is immortalized in the novel ‘The Humpback of Notre Dame’ which was written by Victor Hugo in part to raise awareness and renew interest in the structure.

A similar structure is located in the city of Reims, the Notre-Dame de Reims. This cathedral was built in the 13th century and was once where the kings of France had their coronations. Among its interesting features are its stained glass windows and priceless tapestries. Beside the cathedral is the Palace of Tau, once used by the Archbishop of Reims. Much of the original structure has been replaced, though its oldest surviving part is the chapel which was built in 1207. The structure now houses artifacts and items from the cathedral, most of them associated with its royal function as venue for crowning the king. Along with the Abbey of Saint-Remi, the cathedral and the palace form what is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The abbey was said to be established during AD 1000 and contains the relics of its patron saint.

Located within the suburbs of Paris is a palace that used to be the seat of power during the time of monarchs. The Palace of Versailles was commissioned by Louis XIV and became the setting for a many turbulent and interesting happenings related to French royalty before the Revolution, during which much of the palace’s furnishings and interiors were ransacked. In the present times, visitors can tour the rooms of the palace and behold the grandeur of the times past. There have been a lot of restoration efforts to recreate the interiors of the palace during the time of its royal occupants. Its extensive gardens are also popular outdoor destinations of locals and visitors alike.

Another historically-important palace is located in the southeastern part of France, in the city of Avignon. The Palais des Papes is an example of medieval Gothic building. It was the residence of Popes since the early part of the 14th century and overlooks the River Rhône. It is now open to the public who wish to explore its interiors and some parts of its have been converted as convention centre.

Another UNESCO World Heritage site is the Palace of Fontainebleau, located within the metropolitan area of Paris. Used in the past as a royal chateau, it is now open to the public and houses extensive collections of paintings and other artworks. Its large and well-tended park is also part of the world heritage site.

Weather

Paris and the rest of northern France experiences mild climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Rainfall is also frequent in these areas. Those nearer to the western coast experience a warmer climate with the tendency of hot temperatures during summer. On the other hand, the southern part of France experiences a Mediterranean climate that gets mild winters and hot summer. Snow is known to occur in the country, especially in the northern and eastern parts.

Featured France Attractions

Saint Remy, Les Baux and Pont du Gard by Minivan

Journey to Saint Remy de Provence for stop at the Antiques (Triumphal Arch and funeral monument) located in a field of olive trees; a landscape painted several times by Van Gogh.

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Avignon, Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence and Luberon by Minivan

Begin with a panoramic tour of Avignon, to discover its main monuments: the Remparts, the Popes Palace, the famous Pont d’Avignon and sightseeing in Villeneuve les Avignon to discover the Tour Philippe le Bel, the Fort St Andre and more!…

Normandy Battlefields Tour – American World War II Beaches

From Bayeux on your Normandy Battlefields Tour, drive to Pointe du Hoc, via Sainte Marie du Mont, where the infamous German gun position threatened the Allied ships all the way to Utah and Omaha. The site was attacked by the …

Wine Tasting at Chateaux and Terroirs – The Great Bordeaux Vineyards

Enjoy a guided tour of two wine chateaux within the below areas or surrounding (or one chateaux and medieval city), with tasting in the main Bordeaux appellations. The properties visited change every week and are not restricted to the below …

Morning Tour to Ribeauville and Kaysersberg

Visit Ribeauville, a charming 13th century town with many Renaissance fountains. Created by the powerful Counts of Ribeaupierre, the romantic ruins of their Castles still dominate the town. The Church of the Augustines Convent, the 13th century Butchers’ Towers and …

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