Juicy Bordeaux and iconic landmarks
Experience the je ne sais quoi of this iconic country by planning your own unique trip. For some, France is about the wine of Bordeaux, and for others, the world-famous landmarks and art. Indulge in sumptuous cuisine, find cozy wine cellars in medieval alleys, and start every morning with a pain au chocolat at a boutique sidewalk cafe. This varied and diverse country has something for every kind of traveler.
Every vacation in France is different. As the largest country in western Europe, there’s a range of landscapes, cultures, and climates, from the snowy peaks of the mountainous east to the sun-kissed south. Live and breathe French culture and history by visiting the legendary capital, Paris. Sail the shimmering waters of the French Riviera during hot summer days. Admire the rolling lavender fields of Provence while exploring with local guides. Head west to enjoy wine in the vineyards of Bordeaux. In France, romance extends beyond candlelit dinners to a deep love of all things excellent—from artisan cheese to a great conversation. Wherever you travel, let your dinners run long and order by the bottle.
Completed in 1889, the iconic Eiffel Tower is the jewel in Paris’ skyline. Ascend by foot or elevator to the top of this 1,062-foot wrought iron masterpiece where a panoramic view of Paris awaits. Once inside, enjoy a meal or toast champagne as you take in the view. Watch in the evening from Champ de Mars when 20,000 light bulbs illuminate the landmark with a dazzling light show.
Notre Dame has stood proudly since 1345—after 182 years of construction— as the definitive example of French Gothic architecture. Usually, over 30,000 people visit the cathedral on any given day, but a fire in the spring of 2019 has caused a temporary closure. The original structure and artistic embellishments remain largely intact and will be on view again after the restoration.
The platonic ideal of a palace, Versailles draws visitors year-round with its opulent architecture and exquisite gardens. Enter the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who began construction in 1631. Tour the residence and gardens including the famous Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette’s retreat Petit Trianon. Explore the 2,014 acres by foot, bicycle, or golf cart encountering plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants along the way.
Located just off the northern coast of France, the island community of Mont Saint-Michel looks like it belongs in a fairytale. This unique UNESCO World Heritage Site towers spectacularly out of the surrounding ocean. Explore the tiny village and be ready to climb some stairs as you take in the Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The view from the abbey is well worth the climb.
Bordeaux has been producing wine for 10 centuries. The “Sleeping Beauty” of France will enchant you with its 18th-century facades and cosmopolitan attitude. Whether it’s a hip new restaurant or the Jardin Public, inspired by the gardens of Versailles, in Bordeaux, it’s all about the atmosphere. Take some time to stroll its beautiful streets, and be sure to slurp fresh oysters and local varieties.
Visit this beautiful stretch of Mediterranian coastline known as the French Riviera or Côte d'Azur, stretching from Cassis to the France-Italy border to get your fill of beach luxury. Lounge in Saint-Tropez or try your luck in the Monte Carlo Casino. Yacht through azure waters while sipping cocktails. Inland, you’ll find cozy villages, vineyards, and fragrant fields of flowers. This is where glamour meets relaxation.