France

France

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Life as an art form.

The French didn't invent cooking, they simply took it to a higher level. In France, food preparation is approached with reverence. And dignity. It's a source of pride that spreads across all regions with their own specialties. Which means, wherever you travel in France, you can count on fine cuisine. The question is, where should you go?

There's Paris, of course. One of the most romantic cities in the world. Full of treasures large and small. From the Louvre, to that intimate little bistro you found your second night here. You'll love Paris. But France is much more than Paris.

What about Nice? Or Marseilles? Perhaps Cannes or Bordeaux. The French Riviera at St. Tropez. Or just driving in the countryside. France is the type of country you can keep going back to, because there's always something new to see, something new to try.

Best of all, you can travel to France with someone who's been there. Someone to guide you along so you don't miss a thing. VIVA Travel. We'll cook up a very nice trip for you.

Other things to do:

  • Visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame
  • Ride down the Champs-Elysees
  • Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
  • See the 16th-century fortress-turned-prison Château d’If
  • Shift down to a slower gear at Toulouse, the Pink City
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 12°F (2°C) to 59°F (42°C).

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+01:00

Language: 

French

Currency: 

Euro (EUR)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

For more expensive restaurants it is customary to tip 5%. For most other service providers, it is customary to tip 1 to 3 euros.

Safety: 

The US State Department recommends travelers check the website before traveling. Petty crimes, such as pick-pocketing, are common. We recommend you take normal precautions to protect valuables.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Mobile Operators include Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR.

Smoking: 

Smoking in enclosed public places such as offices, schools, government buildings and restaurants is strictly prohibited.

Travel Documentation: 

Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond stay. You may enter France for up to 90 days without a visa.

Airport: 

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Car Rental: 

France has about a dozen major car rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Public Transportation: 

Cities and larger towns offer world-class public transportation. Métros (underground subway systems) are available in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Toulouse. Ultra-modern tramways in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Reims, Rouen and Strasbourg, as well as parts of greater Paris, are available.