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Champagne vineyards in the Cote des Bar area of Aube

France travel guides

Our specialists regularly return to France to explore its hidden corners, seek out novel activities and find new ways to experience its most popular attractions. These travel guides aim to help you get the most out of your trip, whether you want to tour the Loire Valley chateaux, learn to cook like a local or explore the backstreets of Paris.

We'll tell you what to expect and how to go about it based on personal experience. Along the way, we'll let you in on ways to beat the crowds in Paris, the best vineyards and wine cellars to visit, the real highlights of Provence, and where to spend time on the French Riviera.

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Ideas for how to explore France

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for France. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Montmartre, Paris

    An insider’s guide to the districts of Paris

    Away from the bustle of tourist attractions, Paris is filled with enclaves that feel like individual villages hidden inside the city. Specialist Liz explores the four best-known quartiers, including the storied cafes of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the confectioners of Le Marais.

  • Château d'Amboise, Loire Valley

    Exploring the Loire Valley

    The fertile Loire Valley was the preferred summer destination of French kings and aristocrats for centuries. Discover the lush fields and bountiful vineyards that attracted them and the turreted pleasure palaces that they left behind.

  • The Louvre, Paris

    Monuments and museums of Paris

    Art and monumental architecture are an integral part of any visit to Paris. From a private tour of the Louvre to a behind-the-scenes look at the Eiffel Tower, France specialist Leanne suggests a few new ways to see familiar sights.

  • Champagne, France

    Experiencing wine country in France

    Join specialist Liz as she pursues her love of wine through three different vineyards tours. From the stony fields of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to a tiny domaine in Champagne to the limestone caves of the Loire Valley, she explores the terroir and techniques that produce the bottles she loves.

  • Villefranche-sur-Mer, The French Riviera

    Discover the real French Riviera

    Look past the super yachts and movie stars to discover the authentic French Riviera. Stroll through hillside villages that overlook the Mediterranean, tour a century-old perfume factory and discover the paintings that Picasso produced while staying here.

  • Croissants, France

    Food highlights of France

    Discovering French cuisine doesn’t have to be an expensive or complicated proposition. From macarons in Paris to cider in Normandy, France specialist Jesse discusses the simple dishes and regional specialities that he likes to eat when he’s visiting different areas of France.

  • Lavender fields of Abbaye de Sénaque, Provence

    Highlights of Provence

    Visiting Provence is like stepping into a Van Gogh painting — a landscape awash in vivid hues. France specialist Samantha talks about the region’s highlights, including fragrant lavender fields, Roman aqueducts and truffle hunting with a local and his dog.

  • Paints in Montmartre, Paris

    Impressionists I have known

    From the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay to the banks of the Rhône, walk in the footsteps of the 19th century’s great masters with France specialist Aislyn. Here, she suggests destinations for those who share her love of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

  • Canoeing on the river, La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne

    Highlights of Bordeaux and Dordogne

    Prestigious vineyards, a wine-blending class, prehistoric cave art, limestone chateaux and medieval villages — France specialist Liz talks about the highlights of the Bordeaux and Dordogne regions, as well as some unusual ways to explore them.

  • Beynac village, Dordogne, France

    Making your money go further in France

    Splurge thoughtfully, snuggle up in a chateau in February and enjoy a three-star tasting meal for lunch. Abby, a member of our France team, offers advice on how to make the most of your budget on a trip to France.

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris

    A tale of three cities: London, Paris and Rome

    How do you make the most out of Europe’s trio of classical cities when you’re pushed for time? We asked our England, France and Italy specialists to create their dream two-day itineraries for time-limited visitors

  • Gelato, Italy

    20 Festivals in Europe worth visiting

    From small village fairs to sophisticated, city-wide fêtes, Europe boasts a calendar of festivals to satisfy almost any interest. Discover new varieties of gelato in Florence, party all night in Paris and attend a Regency-era ball in Bath.

  • Dover Castle

    The best World War II sites in Western Europe

    In many ways, World War II still shapes the cities and landscapes of Western Europe. Here are a handful of the war’s most compelling sites, including the beaches at Normandy, a naval headquarters in Liverpool and a secret tunnel under Naples.

  • Barolo, Piedmont

    6 reasons to visit Europe in autumn

    From hiking among the heather in the Highlands of Scotland to truffle hunting in Greece to French wine harvest fêtes, Europe is really at its best in autumn. Here are six reasons to visit after the summer crowds have gone.

  • Traditional fresh pasta, Bologna

    Pintxos to praline brioche: 5 of Europe's signature dishes

    From England to Italy, most European countries still retain strong regional identities, which they often express through food. Our specialists discuss the local signature dishes — regional and national — that they love around the continent.

  • Replica of Michelangelo's 'David', Florence

    Explore the Renaissance

    Walk in Da Vinci’s footsteps, marvel at Michelangelo’s genius and see Shakespeare’s plays as he intended. Our Europe specialists suggest ways to explore the Renaissance across the continent, including both must-see destinations and lesser-known sights that you might otherwise overlook.

  • Coastal view, Capri

    Outdoors in Europe: Taking to the water

    While away your day on a private boat, admiring the hidden coves around Capri, or hike among the fantastical waterfalls deep in the heart of a Croatian park. Our European specialists suggest seven great ways to enjoy the continent’s waterways.