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 score an average of 4.86 out of 5 based on 153 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid made my first trip to Europe way less stressful, and allowed me to just have fun and enjoy the experience. I highly recommend for first-time travelers. Some advice, learn some language basics, like greetings and how to order food. Also, leave room in your itinerary for spontaneity!
Review submitted 15 Oct 2018
This trip was a standout life experience. One of the best decisions we have made and will be remembered for years to come. A good variety of sights and experiences, and the trip leaders were fantastic.
Review submitted 14 Oct 2018
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:
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.
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
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.