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France: no. 1 holiday destination

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RivieraPackage holidays to France.

Many tour operators run package holidays to France, including coach trips to France or rail trips. Check out tour operators or agencies such as Travelsphere, or others. There is also a wide choice of all inclusive flight + hotel holidays in France from Easyjet Holidays.    Eurostar offer combined train and hotel trips to Paris.  Popular destinations in France for coach holidays include Normandy, Paris and the Loire Valley.  And then of course there always package trips to Disneyland Paris .
  If you prefer to organise your own holiday and book your own hotel, often a cheaper option, check out the About-France.com French hotel guide.

Gite holidays - self-catering in France

France has a very large selection of gites or holiday cottages for hire.  There are a lot of different sites offering gites for hire, and the biggest of these is Gites de France, which many people think is an official organisation. It is not, it is just the biggest and the oldest. Gites de France has a full range of gites, from the luxurious to the rather basic. Another website offering gites is Gitelink France; the advantage here is that most of the gites, which vary from mid-range to top of the range,  are run by English-speaking owners, many of whom live nearby. Many also advertise prices in sterling, even sometimes in dollars.

Camping holidays

France has Europe's greatest choice of campsites. For further details on French campsites, check out our Camping in France page. For a selected choice of small friendly campsites away from the crowds, try Rural Camping France.

Winter holidays

Three parts of France are popular for holidays in the winter months. Paris, of course, is a tourist destination all year round, and for people interested in museums, culture, shopping, and just enjoying Paris, winter is as good as any other time of year; and the museums and the Eiffel Tower are less busy than in summer.
     Then there is the French riviera. From February onwards, spring is usually in the air along the Mediterranean coast, particularly in the St. Tropez - Cannes - Nice area, famous for its mimosa and early flowers.
      Finally, there are the French skiing areas.  The Alps and the ski resorts in other French massifs are busier in winter than in summer.

Short break holidays

France is easily accessible from the UK and other parts of europe for short break holidays or even day trips. Click here to compare the day-trip options from the UK


Where to go:
France offers an incredible variety of regions and an amazing range of  places to see and things to do. To help you plan your holiday, About-France.com has a full range of clear informed pages about France. To get started on your holiday plans, click the following links to discover......



How to get there:
Most intercontinental flights to France land at Paris; but there are some flights direct to Nice, Lyon and a couple more French airmorts. Geneva is also a handy airport for France, as it lies right on the French-Swiss border.  For more details, and for information on ferries to France from the UK, check out the About France.com  Travel to France  pages.

What's the weather like?
In summer, the average temperature in France is a degree or two warmer than in Britain or Belgium or Holland. But France does not often have a homogenous climate. The climate in Normandy is not the same as the climate in Provence or in Alsace. For more details, check out the About-France.com guide to the weather and climate in France.
 
Formalities for travel to France
European Union citizens need a valid national identity card or passport; citizens of other countries need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. Cars need to be insured for driving in France For full details, see part 1 -  Planning your holiday to France

Going further
Visit the website of the French national tourist office


Beware of the "cheap ferries" scam
Some internet sites that announce "cheap" ferry prices are actually charging more than the ferry companies themselves. View the cheap ferries information page for more details.




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France is Europe's No.1 holiday destination; but with classic exceptions such as Paris and some resorts on the French Riviera, tours to Disneyland Paris, tours to the Loire Valley and  holidays in the French Alps (skiing or summer), it is a country for individual tourism rather than package tours.
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