2 : Choosing a holiday
no. 1 holiday destination
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,
others. There is also a wide choice of all inclusive flight + hotel
holidays in France from Easyjet
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.
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.
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
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
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 holidaysFrance 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......
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
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
Visit the website of the French
national tourist office
of the "cheap ferries" scam
internet sites that announce "cheap" ferry prices are actually charging
more than the ferry companies themselves. View the cheap
page for more details.
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