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France is the most visited country in the world. It has an enormous amount to offer travellers including a vast array of beautiful historical and architectural monuments, good beaches, fantastic food and wine, landmarks known the world over, and much more.

What to see

Paris is undoubtedly one of the the world's great cities, capturing the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries. Small enough to explore by foot, go out in search of the wide tree-lined boulevards, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine, chic cafés, Centre Pompidou, the Louvre...


Bordeaux is at the heart of one of France's most famous wine regions and has the largest concentration of 18th century buildings in Europe. Other legendary wine regions in France include the Loire Valley, Champagne and Burgundy regions.


Meanwhile, Lille is home to the Charles De Gaulle Museum and the Fine Arts Museum, and also has many small boutiques, museums and markets. Europe's largest fortified citadel, which commands magnificent views over the Pyrenees can be found in the town of Carcassone near Toulouse.

Tour Collection

Browse our collection of small escorted group tours and luxurious private journeys.

Key Facts

Capital: Paris
Flying time from London: 1.5 hours
Time difference: +1 GMT
Population: 62.6 million
Currency: Euro
Official Language(s): French
Visa (UK Passport Holders): No

Before You Go:

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Emmuska Orczy (1905)
Armed with only his wits, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine.

Être et avoir

An award winning documentary potrait about a dedicated teacher educating a group of students in a one-room school in rural France.
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