They say French is the language of love. Well, we say that France is a country that you’re going to love. One of Europe’s most popular destinations, France is brimming with must-see art, must-eat pastries, and must-explore cities and coastlines. On our trips to France, you’ll see it all, and then some.
Traveler photos from France
“A fantastic trip for those who are looking for a genuine French experience. This tour allows you to go beyond the tourist traps and truly see the beauty of the entire northern part of the country. History lovers this is a trip for you!”
–Marissa, traveled on France: Castles, Coasts & Croissants Jul. 2022
Prepare to be amazed
“The amount of times I caught myself thinking, “wow I can’t believe I’m here and seeing this,” during this trip were too many to count. This is one of those trips that’ll stay with me for life. Incredible sights. Incredible experiences. Incredible people (including our fantastic, 5-star tour director, Roberta). If I could relive these two weeks again, I’d do it in a heartbeat!”
–Sean, traveled on Italy, France & Spain Jul. 2022
Know before you go
It’s fun and helpful to try your hand at the local language, French! Try out some of these popular words and phrases:
- Hello: Bonjour
- Goodbye: Au revoir
- Thank you: Merci
- Yes: Oui
- No: Non
- Where is...?: Ou est..?
- Cheers!: Santé
As you prepare to spend time in new cities, countries, and cultures, here are some expert tips to help you live like a true European.
- Public transportation is very popular in Europe. In Paris you’ll take the Metro! Taking public transportation is a great way to get to know a city
- Public restrooms in Europe sometimes require a small fee – hold on to your coins!
- Unlike the U.S., everything (hotels, meals, appliances) is smaller. After all, less is more!
- Practice the local language when greeting people or ordering food - It goes a long way with the locals
- Water is an added cost at restaurants, and you have to choose between still or sparkling
- Avoid making special requests at restaurants, it’s not as common in Europe
- Feel free to seat yourself in restaurants instead of waiting to be seated, and don’t be afraid to flag your waiter or waitress over for help
- French people are often more reserved, so don’t be offended if someone doesn’t strike up conversation right away. Though, you might find more friendly faces in the pubs!
- Paris is known for its fashion. Now is the time to break out your new duds!
- Smoking is still quite popular in Europe Don’t be surprised to see large amounts of locals with lit cigarettes!
You’ll sample a variety of local dishes on your trip, but read on for tips when dining out in France, and delicacies you must try:
- Baguettes: Now is your chance to walk around the streets of Paris with a baguette in hand. YOLO.
- Fromageries and boulangeries: Specialized cheese stores, and bakeries! The combination of delicacies from these two types of stores can only be improved with French wine.
- Chocolate for breakfast: Pain au chocolat, or chocolate croissant, is the perfect breakfast treat.
- Steak frites: Grilled steak with various sauces and fries will hit the spot. Guaranteed!
- Crepes, macarons, chocolat, oh my!: Try a street stand crepe as an afternoon snack, a fun-flavored macaron, or any form of chocolate you can find. It’s all delicious!
- Champagne: It’s originated in France, after all…
- Croque-monsieur: Kind of like an extreme grilled cheese, this is a crisp grilled ham and cheese sandwich usually with bechamel sauce.
- Escargot: A.k.a., snails doused in butter and garlic. When in Paris, right?
- The 4 C's of Normandy: Cider, calvados, cream, and camembert are all staples of this region's cuisine.
- Moules frites: With an abundance of coastline at their disposal, Normandy and Brittany sure know how to cook up some mussels.
- Chambord and Cointreau: These famous fruity liquors both originated in the Loire Valley.
- Beurre blanc: Maybe you've heard of this luscious made of butter, vinegar, white wine, and shallots. Having hailed from the Loire Valley, you'll find it accompanying all types of seafood here.
We plan it all. And then some.
Our group trips to France come with everything included. That’s accommodations, flights (unless you wanna book your own), activities, and an expert Tour Director who knows where to snap the best pics with the Eiffel Tower.
Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book ’em yourself)