The writer has been organising tours to France since 1971.... and he remembers the first tour....

Destination France, a virtual travel guide to the "Grande Nation". This page aims to give you a broad overview of France's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government. 
 Since prehistoric times, France has been a crossroad of trade, travel, and invasions. Three basic European ethnic stocks--Celtic, Latin, and Teutonic (Frankish)--have blended over the centuries, to make up France present population.
Today France is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy, resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the advent of the euro in January 1999. Presently, France is at the forefront of European states seeking to exploit the momentum of monetary union to advance the creation of a more unified and capable European defense and security apparatus.


Capital of France Paris

Republique Francaise
short form: France
int'l long form: French Republic
int'l short form: France 

ISO Country Code
: fr 

Time Zone: Central European Time (CET)
Local Time = UTC +1h 
Actual Time: Sun-Oct-26  19:48 
DST: March - October (UTC +2h) 

Country Calling Code
: +33
  • meet and greet at airport
  • transfer to city centre hotel
  • 1, 2 or 3 nights hotel
  • local city tour
  • transfer to airport or station for onward travel


Cities of France

Visit famous French cities like Bordeaux, Cannes, Chamonix, Chartres, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Marseille, Nice and Paris. Below a list of the official city sites of important cities in France. 

Find information on the cities, as well as official visitors bureaus and travel and tourism offices with tips for travel, activities, sightseeing, lodging and accommodations for your next holidays in France. 






French Cities

Searchable Map and Satellite View of Paris
The French capital, the Romans called her Lutetia.

Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris
Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a broad range of information about the city.


A city full of history, temporary the residence of the Pope (1309-1377). 

The spa town in eastern France in the Rhone-Alpes région, near Lac du Bourget. 

Famous for its wines.
Office de Tourisme de Bordeaux
The Bordeaux Visitors Bureau. 

The village in the Orne département of Normandy where the famous French cheese is originated from. 

Searchable Map and Satellite View of Cannes.
A small French city with a Film Festival.
Festival de Cannes
Official site of the Cannes Film Festival. 

The popular mountaineering and winter sports resort in the Haute-Savoie in eastern France. 

Famous for its cathedral, one of the World Heritage Sites.
Office de Tourisme de Chartres
Chartres' Tourism Office. 

The city in the Auvergne region, one of the oldest cities of France, surrounded by a chain of volcanoes. The city hosts an international short film festival. 

Quiet Days in Clichy. 

Home town of the sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty (in French). 

Living in Cognac.
Office de Tourisme de Cognac
Tourism Office of the Cognac region (in French). 

The capital city of the French Alps and a major scientific center surrounded by many ski resorts, host of the Winter Olympics in 1968. 
Office de Tourisme de Grenoble 
Tourist office of Grenoble.

European Capital of Culture in 2004. 

The city in the Centre-Ouest region is famous worldwide for its medieval enamels on copper and since the 19th century for its Limoges porcelain. 

The town in the Hautes-Pyrénées is one of the largest Catholic religion pilgrimage location in Europe.
Office de Tourisme de Lourdes
The Lourdes tourism office. 

The former Gallic capital.
L'Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Lyon
The tourism office of Lyon. 

The oldest city in France.
Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Marseille
Site of the Marseille Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Mediterranean city in south France, with one of the oldest universities of Europe (in French).
Office de Tourisme de Montpellier
The Montpellier tourist office. 

Searchable Map and Satellite View of Nice 
Painter Yves Klein's home town.
Office du Tourisme et des Congres de Nice Cote d'Azur
Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

The southern France city close to the Camargue in the Languedoc, was one of the richest and finest Roman cities of Gaul. Important remains of the Roman Empire can still be visited in and around Nîmes. (in French)
Nîmes Tourisme - Site de l'Office de Tourisme de Nimes
The official Nimes tourism office. 

The City of Orléans, most famous because of Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) the Maid of Orléans, liberator of the city in 1429.
Maison de Jeanne d'Arc
Joan of Arc archives, library and museum site (in French). 

University town and capital of Brittany. 

Seat of the European Parliament and the Court of Human Rights.
Office de Tourisme de Strasbourg
Tourism office for Strasbourg and the Alsace region. 

Europe's capital of aerospace industry.
Office du Tourisme de Toulouse
Tourist Office Toulouse. 

Annotated Satellite View of Château de Versailles.


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