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Things to do in France

France provides visitors with a wealth of engaging activities, and our specialists have carefully chosen things to do that will uncover the secrets behind French culture. You can tour Paris in a vintage car, take a class in French cooking with a local chef or fly over the Loire in a hot air balloon.

Along the way, we aim to give you a deeper understanding of the country's world-class museums, medieval villages and Renaissance palaces, throw light on Roman ruins and the D-Day landings, and get you closer to French gastronomy with visits to cheese farms, vineyards and food markets.

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Ideas for experiencing France

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know France, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Champagne grapes on the vine

    Champagne discovery

    Reims

    Explore France’s Champagne region with a private driver-guide. You’ll visit two wineries for tours and tastings, including a larger, well-known winery and a family-run boutique option. You’ll also visit historic Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne, and pause for lunch paired with bubbly at a Champagne house.

  • Champagne cellars

    Champagne by e-bike

    Reims

    Spend the day exploring the history and vine-covered landscapes of France’s Champagne region by e-bike with a guide. You’ll stop at the village of Hautvillers, known as the birthplace of Champagne, visit two Champagne houses for tastings and enjoy a Champagne lunch in Épernay.

  • Pont des Amours, Annecy

    Annecy walking tour

    Annecy

    A medieval city built around a hilltop castle and riddled with canals, Annecy is best explored on foot. On this walking tour, your private guide will reveal the history behind the rickety old buildings, fortifications and characterful cobbled lanes.

  • Lac d'Annecy, France

    Private boat tour of Lac d'Annecy with apéritif

    Annecy

    Cruise along the scenic shores of Lac d’Annecy on a private boat on this evening cruise. Visit a smuggler’s cave and admire the turquoise waters then sip an apéritif as you watch the sun set behind Annecy.

  • Brioche aux pralines, Lyon

    Gourmet walking tour of Lyon and Les Halles covered market

    Rhône-Alpes

    Discover why Lyon is known as the culinary capital of France on this private tour of its bakeries, markets, restaurants and delis. Learn about its renowned chefs past and present and sample some local delicacies such as praline brioche and coussin de Lyon.

  • Geneva, Switzerland

    Geneva walking tour

    Rhône-Alpes

    A short hop from France lies the historic city of Geneva on the edge of its namesake lake. On this private guided walking tour, you’ll hear about Geneva’s international significance and its importance during the Protestant Reformation as you take in its old town on foot.

  • Cable car to the summit of Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

    Mountains and glacier tour with cable car ascent

    Chamonix

    The alpine scenery of Chamonix is unveiled on this tour of the mountains and glaciers with a local guide. You’ll take in the views from the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and visit the ice cave in the Mer de Glace, France’s largest glacier.

  • Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy

    Mont Saint-Michel and seaside lunch

    Mont Saint-Michel

    Discover the medieval monastery and village set on a rocky outcrop in the sea. Tour the Romanesque and Gothic buildings with a guide before enjoying lunch overlooking the sea in a nearby town.

  • Traditional oyster boat, Cap Ferret, France

    Cap Ferret private boat tour and oyster tasting

    Bordeaux

    Explore the French oyster capital on the Bassin d’Arcachon, a lagoon-like inlet west of Bordeaux, on a private half-day tour. See the massive Dune du Pyla (Europe’s tallest), dine on fresh oysters and visit the traditional fishing villages of Cap Ferret.

  • Palais des Papes, Avignon

    Palais des Papes and Avignon walking tour

    Provence

    Discover the secrets behind the Palais des Papes in medieval Avignon, learn about the regal life of the pontiffs and the political turmoil of their era on a guided walking tour of the old town's meandering cobbled streets.

  • Harvested grapes, France

    Médoc wine tour

    Bordeaux

    Home to some of the world’s most celebrated wines, the Médoc is littered with chateaux, prestigious wine estates and handsome villages. Explore its treasures on a full-day tour that introduces you to its history and heritage, as well as some of its finest wines.

  • Beaujolais grapes, France

    Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions

    Rhône-Alpes

    This full-day tour gives you the chance to explore the Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions. With your private driver-guide, visit the Côte Dorée and sample gamay wines before enjoying an indulgent lunch. In the afternoon, sample white Burgundies in Mâconnais.

  • Chamonix hiking trail, France

    Hiking near Mont Blanc with picnic lunch

    Chamonix

    Get out onto the trails and into the mountains around Chamonix on a full-day privately guided hike. You’ll ascend into the high meadows for panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks, and return via another route passing a quiet mountain lake.

  • Burgundy grapes, France

    Burgundy, the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits

    Rhône-Alpes

    Explore the Côte d’Or region of Burgundy on this private, full-day tour. Your driver-guide will take you through the storied vineyards and prestigious appellations of the region, with pauses for tastings, lunch and a chance to explore an 11th-century wine cellar.

  • Juno Beach Center

    British and Canadian landing sites at Sword and Juno sectors

    Normandy

    Explore the British and Canadian D-Day landing sites at Sword and Juno beaches on the Normandy coast. Visit war memorials, museums and cemeteries, as well as the chateaux used as tactical headquarters for both sides in the conflict.

  • Macaron making class, Paris

    Macaron making class

    Paris

    Learn to make the classic French delicacy of macarons on a half-day course hosted by a professional chef. In a small group you're taught how to craft these much-loved treats with traditional techniques and classic fillings.

  • Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley /©ImagesdeMarc

    Châteaux de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau and Cheverny

    The Loire Valley

    Explore three of the most impressive and dramatic of the Loire Valley chateaux on this full-day tour that takes in the romantic and politically charged Château de Chenonceau, fairy-tale Chaumont-sur-Loire, and the family-owned hunting lodge at Château de Cheverny.

  • Champagne, France

    Champagne discovery tour: vineyards, cellars & tastings

    Paris

    Learn about the secrets, traditions and strict rules behind the production of Champagne on a guided tour that offers the opportunity to meet local producers, visit vineyards and historic chalk pits, and sample some of these renowned sparkling wines.

  • Vineyard, Loire Valley

    Loire Valley wine tour

    The Loire Valley

    Explore the Loire Valley wine region on a full-day tour that takes in two historic vineyards and a wine merchant's cellars. See the vines, learn about local grapes and vintages, and enjoy guided tastings.

  • Market, Paris

    Aligre market tour with wine and cheese tasting

    Paris

    Explore a Paris food market like a local, chatting to the stall holders, learning about Parisian shopping habits and food provenance, and choosing fine cheeses for a paired wine-and-cheese tasting at the end of your tour.

  • American Cemetery, Normandy

    American D-Day landing sites at Utah and Omaha sectors

    Bayeux

    Visit the poignant beaches of the D-Day landings on this full-day guided tour to Utah and Omaha Beaches, the American landing points in this brutal but pivotal battle. You also get a chance to visit the American Cemetery nearby.

  • The Louvre, Paris

    The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay

    Paris

    Learn about the history of the former royal palace of the Louvre before enjoying a guided tour of the museum's vast collection of art. Then cross the river to the Musée d'Orsay to browse Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterworks by Renoir, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

  • Monte Carlo, Monaco

    Touring Monaco, Monte Carlo and Èze

    Monaco and Monte Carlo

    Explore the rambling streets of Monaco on a guided tour that introduces you to the history of the tiny principality and its ruling family before taking you to the hilltop village of Èze to wander its winding, cobbled streets.

  • Eiffel tower, Paris

    Best of the Right Bank: Arc de Triomphe to the Marais

    Paris

    For an overview of the Paris landscape and its main sights, this fast-paced tour offers an introduction to the city's history and geography taking in the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées as well as Notre-Dame, the Sacré-Coeur and the fashionable Marais.

  • Honfleur, Normandy

    Honfleur walking tour

    Honfleur

    Explore the historical heart of Honfleur on a guided walking tour that brings you through the winding, narrow streets of the old town to see half-timbered houses, old salt warehouses and a remarkable wooden church inspired by the Vikings.

  • Gardens at Giverny, Normandy

    Claude Monet's house and gardens at Giverny

    Paris

    Monet's house and beloved gardens at Giverny, just north of Paris, offer a delightful insight into the Impressionist painter and his works. See his studio and home and wander through the gardens that so inspired his opus.

  • Interior, Château de Versailles

    Château de Versailles private tour

    Paris

    Explore the vast and extravagant palace of Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, on the outskirts of Paris. This lavish chateau is surrounded by seemingly endless formal gardens, while inside, no expense was spared in decorating its opulent rooms.

  • Château Castelnaud, Dordogne, France

    Dordogne troglodyte villages and chateaux

    Dordogne

    Explore the history of the Dordogne on this full-day tour which takes in the fortified town of Domme, Château de Castelnaud and Château de Beynac, as well as the troglodyte village of La Roque-Gageac and a leisurely cruise to see the region from a different perspective.

  • Lascaux IV prehistoric cave, Dordogne, France © Dan Courtice

    Prehistory tour with Lascaux IV and Rouffignac caves

    Dordogne

    Discover the prehistoric cave art of the Vézère Valley in the Dordogne on a full-day tour that takes in Lascaux, Rouffignac and the National Museum of Prehistory with a private guide to bring the region’s history and significance to life.