Where else in the world can you find such a high concentration of classic art, celebrated architecture, stylish boutiques, award-winning restaurants, chic galleries and world-class wineries?
Home to culinary icons, influential artists, political masters and fashion greats, France is a captivating, enriching place to visit – be beguiled by the passion, spirit and irrepressible essence of France.
Our France trips
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Articles on France
France travel highlights
Catch an incredible sunset over Carcassonne's medieval walls
Kayak past stunning scenery in the Dordogne Region
View the impressive cathedrals and churches of delightful Dijon
Stroll the romance-infused streets of Paris
Explore the quaint hilltop villages of Provence
Breathe in the fresh, mountain air while hiking in the Pyrenees
Admire elegant architecture on the boulevards of Bordeaux
Cycle past medieval houses and gardens in the Loire Valley
Experience the seaside style and glamour of Nice
Soak up the rich culture and history of Avignon
Transport in France
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in France, you may find yourself travelling by:
Accommodation in France
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in France you may find yourself staying in a:
Most hotels used on Intrepid tours through France are small, family-run guesthouses, so expect staircases instead of lifts and small rooms big on character.
France holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit France
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Top 10 Iconic Landmarks of France
Festivals and events in France
Health and safety
France travel FAQs
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Not required
UK: Not required
USA: Not required
Restaurants will include a service fee within the bill; however, tipping extra (while not absolutely necessary) is customary and will be appreciated by wait staff. Usually rounding up the bill or leaving spare change is sufficient. Feel free to tip more if the service has been exemplary or if you’re feeling generous.
Internet access is good in France - internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots are easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in France. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Flushable toilets are the standard in France. Don’t be surprised to see that many public toilets in France (and other European countries) are unisex.
Short metro ride = 1.50-2 Euro
Beer = 5 Euro
Baguette snack = 5 Euro
Budget meal in a café = 10 Euro
High-end restaurant meal = 30 Euro
Drinking water from taps is considered safe in France, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in France. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in France, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 14 Apr Good Friday (only in Alsace and Moselle)
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 8 May Victory in Europe Day
- 25 May Ascension Day
- 4 Jun Whit Sunday
- 5 Jun Whit Monday
- 14 Jul Bastille Day
- 15 Aug Assumption of Mary
- 1 Nov All Saints' Day
- 11 Nov Armistice Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec St Stephen's Day (only Alsace and Moselle)
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in France go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/france/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for France
- Be considerate of France’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.