France: Travel Tips

France acts as worldwide arbiter of style, gourmet cuisine, and all-around sophistication. The very word “Paris” evokes romance and beauty, with the unforgettable riches of the Louvre Museum and the latest fashions on the Rue du Faubourg. And in Provence, vineyards and lavender fields highlight the bounties of the south. On the French Riviera, make your base in historic Monaco, made famous by actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly.

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Getting To France

Summer is the most popular time to visit France. The resorts along the Côte d'Azur begin to fill up with tourists from around the world. February brings ski season in the Alps, as well as vacationing students.

May and early June offer good weather and are smart times to visit before summer tourism begins in earnest. September offers warm days, cool nights, and great deals on travel.

Flight Times

  • 7 hours from New York
  • 11 hours from Los Angeles
  • 1.5 hours from London

Staying In France

The cafes of Paris, the nightlife of Nice, and the inns of Provence are just some of the many faces of France and Monaco. The French excel at gracious living. The delectable fruits of that passion: artisanal foods, superb wines, and impeccable taste in all matters non-gastronomical as well.

Must-see sights

  • The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Champs-Elysées.
  • The Promenade des Anglais for views of the Mediterranean.
  • The wine country of Bordeaux and the rolling fields of Provence.

Things to do

  • Stroll along the Saint Germain des Près in Paris for a touch of sophistication and style.
  • Drive from Cannes to Monte Carlo for amazing views and quaint villages.
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Traveling In France

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in the France we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury trains, river barges, and cruises – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.
  • Rental cars - In some countries you may want to rent a car and explore on your own. Classic Europe proudly features Hertz cars in most countries.
  • When in Paris, take the Metro for an easy and inexpensive way to explore the city.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.

Currency

  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

France is GMT + 1 / +2

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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