France Information

 

FRANCE

France is one of the largest countries in Europe and is bounded to the north by the English Channel, the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, the east by Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, the south by the Mediterranean, the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The country offers spectacular variety of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrenees to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhone and Dordogne and the flatter countryside in Normandy and in the Atlantic coast. The country has some 2900 km (1800 miles) of coastline.

Climate

A temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. Mediterranean climate in the south; mountains are cooler with heavy snows in winter. The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region; the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall distributed throughout the year.

Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region. All of our tours are scheduled for times when conditions should be warm to hot in most locations, depending on elevation and proximity to the sea. Generally one can expect temps of 13-20 C (58-70 F) daytime in April/May, 21-28 C in July, and 13-20 C in Oct. Rain showers occur at any time, especially in the north and in April; the south has a more pronounced rainfall regime in summer and fall when rain is unlikely.

 

General Information

Area 543,965 km2
Population 59,000,000
Capital Paris
Language French
Time GMT +1

 

Major destinations

Paris Marseille Lyon Lille
Toulouse Nice Nantes

Food

The vegetables, cheese, butter and fruit in restaurants are usually fresh. Dishes include tournedos (small steaks ringed with bacon), chateaubriand, entrecote (rib steak) served with bearnaise (tarragon-flavoured sauce with egg-base), ratatouille nicoise (stew of zucchini / courgettes, tomatoes and eggplant / aubergines braised with garlic in olive oil). In the north of France fish and shellfish are the star features-oysters, cockles and shrimps are extremely popular. Desserts include souffle grand marnier, oeufs a la neige (meringues floating on custard), mille feuilles (layers of flaky pastry and custard cream), fruit tarts and flans. Wine is abundant and cheap. Beer and spirits are available.

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Paris Pass

ParisImage Credit: Moyan Brenn / Flickr / CC-BY 2.0Paris is one of the most spectacular and beautiful cities in the world containing a wealth of history and culture. With countless art galleries, scores of top museums and stunning historical monuments sightseeing in Paris can be a real adventure.

The Paris Pass has been specially designed for sightseeing in Paris and includes everything you will need for a great trip whilst saving you both time and money.

Paris Museum Pass - free entrance to over 55 of Paris’ world famous museums and monuments, including the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and many more.

Paris Attractions Pass - free entry to Paris’ best attractions including a Seine River Cruise, Musée Grévin, Tour Montparnasse and even a Wine Tasting experience! Paris Travelcard - free Paris Visite Pass giving you unlimited travel on the Metro, buses and RER within central Paris.

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis with Daily Breakfast in 3 Star city centre Hotel
  • 2 days valid Paris pass with unlimited traveling on local transport (Zone 1-3)

Palace of Versailles, Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Towers of Notre Dame, Ô Château Wine Tasting, Orsay Museum, Montparnasse Towers, Opera De Paris – Palais Garnier, Grevin Wax Nuseum and many more… You can cover the below also if you have time…

  • 23 Museums
  • 24 Historical buildings & monuments
  • 10 Art galleries
  • 6 Places of Interest
  • 6 Shop, Leisure & restaurant offers
  • 2 tours & cruises

* Pax needs to pick a pass from Hard rock café, Paris

Our Selection of Top Attractions

  1. Musée du Louvre
  2. Arc de Triomphe
  3. Cathédrale Notre-Dame De Paris
  4. Musée d’Orsay
  5. Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise
  6. Musée Rodin Paris Tourist Office Amelie Dupont
  7. Musée National Picasso
  8. Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne
  9. Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et du Trianon
  10. Panthéon
  11. Opera de Paris – Palais Garnier
  12. Musée Grévin
  13. Tour Montparnasse
  14. Musée de la Mode et du Textile
  15. Le Toit de la Grande Arche
  16. Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – La Villette
  17. Musée de l’Institut du Monde arabe

03 Nights / 04 Days Paris with Disneyland and Versailles

Palace of VersaillesImage Credit: Jean-Christophe BENOIST / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 3.0

Destinations Covered

Paris, Disneyland, Versailles

Itinerary:

Day 01: London – Dover – Ferry – Calais – Paris

This morning, at the check-in point, you will meet your Tour Manager and join the coach for a leisurely drive from London to Dover port, to board the ferry for the short channel crossing to Calais. On entering France, we join the super fast auto-route network for the drive to Paris. On arrival in Paris, we visit the third floor of the Eiffel Tower to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Later we check into our hotel for a two nights stay. After dinner we proceed for our Paris by Night Tour with River Seine Cruise (*). On our tour we will see the main sights illuminated, and enjoy an amazing cruise on the River Seine – admire the spectacular facades from your covered boat. (Dinner)

Day 02: Paris

This morning, on our orientation tour of Paris, we will be introduced to the main sights of this beautiful city: Hotel des Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the Opera. Later, you have some time to browse through the shops, or join the additional excursion – Visit to Louvre Museum, where you can see the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Finally join us for an exciting optional Lido Paris Cabaret show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 03: Disneyland Paris

A short drive to the famous Disneyland Paris Theme Park where a full day of excitement for the entire family awaits you. Meet all your favourite Disney characters, see the amazing show “Honey, I shrunk the audience”, ride the hair-raising “Space Mountain” roller coaster. Late evening return to hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 04: Paris – Calais – Ferry – Dover – London

This morning we proceed to Versailles, to visit the magnificent Gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the famous “Sun King”. Next we visit a French perfumery for some last minute shopping. Early afternoon we depart and journey north for Calais to board the ferry for the return channel crossing. On arrival at Dover port, we proceed to London, where the tour ends, and its time to say farewell to all the friends you have made on tour. (Breakfast)

Note (*): Please note that the Paris by Night Tour with the River Seine Cruise may be operated on either Day 1 or Day 2 as per convenience.

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights in a First Class Hotel
  • 3 Vegetarian Buffet Breakfasts and 3 Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinners
  • Meal Plan is indicated at the bottom of your daily Itinerary: Breakfast, Indian Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian Dinner
  • Return channel crossings by Ferry
  • All coach transportation
  • All sightseeing, entrances and excursions as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Third floor of the Eiffel Tower
  • Paris by Night Tour with the River Seine Cruis
  • Orientation Tour of Paris
  • Visit to the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles French Perfumery
  • DISNEYLAND PARIS THEME PARK: Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios one day unlimited pass
  • Services of Tour Manager throughout the Tour

Exclusions:

  • Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Government service tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Gratuity to your tour director
  • Hotel stay in London
  • Meals at hotels except those listed in above inclusions
  • Still Camera/Video Camera Charges
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry etc
  • Any Optional Sightseeing


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