The cheese, the wine, the Eiffel Tower, the castles, the art museums. There are so many reasons to explore France and learn more about its culture.
France is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe, so it’s no surprise if you want to go there, too.
It’s also one of the biggest countries in Europe, so don’t try to cover the whole country in one trip. Pick one or two regions or cities, and save the rest for another trip.
The posts on this page will help you plan a trip to France and enjoy the vacation you’ve been dreaming about.
We’ve put together a one week itinerary for Paris since it is likely to be the highlight of your trip to France. There’s so much to see and do here, a week isn’t even enough, but it’s plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere. This itinerary will help you decide where to stay, what museums and attractions to visit, and what day trips might interest you.
France tour reviews
In order to make the most of your time, it could be worth booking a tour or two when you plan a trip to France. Paris makes a great base for visiting castles and palaces nearby. It’s also a wonderful place for a food tour so you can really experience French food and learn about it from an expert. Here are a few tours to consider adding to your itinerary.
- Paris Food Tour: More Than Just Croissants
- Loire Valley Castles and Wine Tasting Tour Review
- Enjoying a Cabaret Show at the Moulin Rouge
France movies, books, and guidebooks
Books and movies, and often even guidebooks, excite me and inspire me to visit a place. It was hard narrowing it down to just a handful because there are so many great books and movies set in France. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan a trip to France and to entertain you before you go.
- Unconventional France Guidebook: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In by Gigi Griffis
- Unconventional Paris Guidebook: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In by Gigi Griffis
- Lonely Planet France Guidebook
- Rick Steves France Guidebook
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo: This is the famous novel about Quasimodo, who is a deformed bell-ringer for the church.
- Amelie: In this comedy, a shy waitress in Paris changes her life for the better and then sets out to help others change their lives.
- Moulin Rouge: Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star in this wonderful musical movie about the Moulin Rouge theater and tragic love. Bring your tissues.
- Chocolat: Vianne moves to a traditional French village and opens a chocolate shop. She and her confections have quite an effect on the locals, but it’s not until she meets a wandering stranger that her desires begin to come to the surface.