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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.

Château d'Amboise, Loire Valley
France

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.

Montmartre, Paris
France

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.


Champagne, France
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.

The Louvre, Paris
France

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.

Villefranche-sur-Mer, The French Riviera
France

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
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
France

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.