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France - tourist guide for holidays

France is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. France is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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France - the best places to see

France If you compare France with other countries of the world, you will see it is not a huge country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Paris (Arc de Triomphe + Louvre + Notre Dame + Eiffel Tower + La Defense + Montmartre + Versailles)
  • Reims (Notre Dame cathedral)
  • Marseille + Provence (natural parks + verdon canyon)
  • Avignon (popes city)
  • Arles (Van Gogh city + antic monuments)
  • beach city Saint Tropez
  • beach cities Nice and Cannes
  • Blois and other Loira castles (Chambord + Cheverny + Chenonceaux)
  • medieval city Carcassonne
  • historic city Vitré in Brittany
  • megalithic monuments Menec and Locmariaquer at Carnac

France - useful information

Religion:
~ Roman Catholic: 53 %
~ no religion: 32 %
~ Muslim: 4 %
~ Jewish: 1 %
~ other: 10 %
Religion - France
France: flagCapital: Paris
Area: 643,427 km2
Number of inhabitants: 65,312,000
Currency: euro, EUR, €
Language: French
Time zone: GMT+1 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +33
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: german in tourist places
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 230 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - France

France - Travellers Forum

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  French cuisine
Don't forget to try French cuisine. You should degust famous frog's legs, escagots (cooked in oil) and foie gras (liver of a duck or a goose specially fattened by gavage). And my opinion? There is almost no meat on frog's legs :-), lightly spiced escagots may be quite good (or let's say interesting
  La Défense
I když osobně dávám přednost Montmartru a Sacre Coeur, záitek z La Defense nebyl zlý. Hlavně ten obrovský nový Vítězný oblouk, to je teda bomba. Jen mě šokovalo, že je za ním nějaký hřbitov (nebo aspoň byl, před pár lety, když jsem se tam vydal). A na můj vkus je tam trochu rušno. Prostě Sacre Coeur
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France - the map and typical itinerary

France - map
Itinerary 1: Paris (Arc de Triomphe + Louvre + Notre Dame + Eiffel Tower + La Defense + Montmartre + Versailles) - days: 2, Reims (Notre Dame cathedral) - days: 1, Blois and other Loira castles (Chambord + Cheverny + Chenonceaux) - days: 2, Paris (Arc de Triomphe + Louvre + Notre Dame + Eiffel Tower + La Defense + Montmartre + Versailles)
Itinerary 2: Paris (Arc de Triomphe + Louvre + Notre Dame + Eiffel Tower + La Defense + Montmartre + Versailles) - days: 2, historic city Vitré in Brittany - days: 1, megalithic monuments Menec and Locmariaquer at Carnac - days: 1, Paris (Arc de Triomphe + Louvre + Notre Dame + Eiffel Tower + La Defense + Montmartre + Versailles)
Itinerary 3: beach city Saint Tropez + beach cities Nice and Cannes - relaxation at sea - days: 3, Marseille + Provence (natural parks + verdon canyon) - days: 2, Avignon (popes city) + Arles (city of Van Gogh + antic monuments) - days: 1, medieval city Carcassonne - days: 2, and more - depending on your time
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolFrance is quite an expensive country for tourists. In some seasons and in some areas you can make holidays for a very reasonable price, but generally speaking you should not expect pleasant prices everytime and everywhere. On the contrary - for lower prices you will often get very low quality.
  • Cheap accommodation: $30
  • Medium accommodation: $80
  • Expensive accommodation: $200
  • Cheap meal: $5
  • Medium meal: $13
  • Expensive meal: $42
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

France on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: France may have different names in different languages. For example Francie, Frankreich, La France, Francia. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

France (pronounced /fræns/ or /frans/, French: [fros]), officially the French Republic (French: République française, pronounced [repyublik frasez]), is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and that also comprises various overseas islands and territories located in other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. French people often refer to Metropolitan France as L’Hexagone (The “Hexagon”) because of the geometric shape of its territory. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic. Its main ideals are expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. France is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. Due to its overseas departments, France also shares land borders with Brazil and Suriname (bordering French Guiana) , and the Netherlands Antilles (bordering Saint-Martin). France is also linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel. France was one of the world's foremost powers from the latter half of the 17th century until the early 19th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, France built one of the largest colonial empires of the time, stretching across West Africa and Southeast Asia, prominently influencing the cultures and politics of the regions. France is a developed country, with the sixth (nominal GDP) or eighth (PPP) largest economy in the world. It is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually (including business visitors, but excluding people staying less than 24 hours in France). France is one of the founding members of the European Union, and has the largest land area of all members. France is also a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, and the Latin Union. It is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council; it is also an acknowledged nuclear power.
Wikipedia

Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. At present, France is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU's military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy.
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