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The French wrote the book on la vie en rose and gave the world champagne and camembert, de Beauvoir and Debussy, the Tour de France and the Tour Eiffel. There's a term for their seductive lifestyle - Douce France (Sweet France) and you'll find yourself using it often.

France Tours, Travel & Activities

Popular Destinations: PARISAix-en-ProvenceAlsaceAvignonBayeuxBordeaux
Burgundy & DijjonCaenCannesChampagneFrench RivieraLilleLyon

Types of Tours: Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

• Paris

Paris Tours, Travel & Activities

Paris is a city to be immersed in, with boulevards, monuments, works of art and magical lights. It's a city to taste: cheese, chocolate, wine, bread. And it's a city to hear: opera, jazz or world music. First-time visitors often arrive in Paris with all sorts of expectations: of grand vistas, of intellectuals discussing weighty matters in cafes, of romance along the Seine, of sexy cabaret revues. It's all here in Paris …

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Regions of France: Ile de FranceCentral France & the Alps
Northeast FranceSouth of FranceSouthwest FranceWestern France

• Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence Tours, Travel & Activities

The polished jewel in Provence's crown, Aix-en-Provence is elegant, historical and beautiful, making it the place to go to experience the French joie de vivre. Founded by the Romans, the town not only has history dating back to 1st century BC, but it boasts artistic heritage, too. Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne was a local, and the town treasures the legacy he left behind…

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• Alsace

Alsace Tours, Travel & Activities

Whether sightseeing in the state capital of Strasbourg, cruising the canal ways of medieval towns like Colmar and Riquewihr, sipping vin chaud at a traditional Christmas market or sampling the region's famous white wines along the renowned Alsace Wine Route, Alsace is one of France's most beguiling destinations. Discover grand fairy tale castles looming above elegant French chateaus …

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• Avignon

Avignon Tours, Travel & Activities

With its world-famous performing arts festival, Europe's largest Gothic palace, outstanding Côtes du Rhône wine, a nursery rhyme bridge and a historic walled city -- a pocket of which falls under UNESCO World Heritage protection -- it is understandable why wealthy Avignon comes across as smugger than smug. The city has it all: historic treasures, a clutch of interesting museums, great dining and a cutting-edge bar and cafe scene …

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• Bayeux

Bayeux Tours, Travel & Activities

There's one reason why several million visitors descend on Bayeux every year - a 230-foot-long piece of painstakingly embroidered cloth known to the French as La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde (Tapestry of Queen Matilda), and to the rest of the world as the Bayeux Tapestry. Of course, there's more to the town than its impressive needlework - Bayeux was the first town to be liberated after D-Day, and makes a perfect launch pad for exploring the invasion beaches to the north …

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• Bordeaux

Bordeaux Tours, Travel & Activities

Practice your best santé - you'll be raising your glass a lot in Bordeaux, home to one of France's seven key wine regions and known for its award-winning big reds. Tour the chateaux, imbibe the world-class wines and indulge in the regional cuisine, but remember that Bordeaux offers much more. The city has excellent museums, lively nightlife and beaches close by. Wide avenues, neoclassical architecture and well-tended parks all give the city a certain 18th-century grandeur …

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• Burgundy & Dijjon

Burgundy & Dijjon Tours, Travel & Activities

Burgundy is in many ways the real heartland of France. It's also at the epicenter of two of the country's greatest passions: food and wine. Some of the most prestigious vintages are produced in northern Burgundy around Chablis, and along the sun-baked Côte d'Or south of Beaune. It's certainly a place where you can eat and drink to your heart's content, but there's more to Burgundy than gastronomic greatness …

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• Caen

Caen Tours, Travel & Activities

Because Caen, the capital of Lower Normandy, was liberated by the Allies later than scheduled during World War II, there was more damage in this city than in other parts of Normandy. This has led to major reconstruction and surprise from visitors who don't expect to see such urbanization in a medieval city. But Caen, the beloved and final 11th-century resting place of William the Conqueror, has seen its share of battles over the years, and there's still plenty of its original charm to soak in while on a visit …

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• Cannes

Cannes Tours, Travel & Activities

Cannes' reputation as a glamorous resort for the beautiful people is well-deserved. With the harbor, the bay, the beachside promenade, the beaches and the people sunning themselves, Cannes provides more than enough natural beauty to make at least a day trip here worth the effort. It's especially popular at the end of May, when film stars and photographers descend on the town to attend the International Film Festival. But during the rest of the year, the sleepy former fishing village is all about leisure …

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• Champagne

Champagne Tours, Travel & Activities

Champagne is a largely agricultural region famed around the world for the sparkling wines that have been made here since the days of Dom Pérignon. According to French law, only bubbly from the region grown in designated areas, then aged and bottled according to the strictest standards, can be labeled as champagne. The production of the celebrated wine takes place mainly in two départements: Marne and Aube …

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• French Riviera

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The French Riviera is a legend in its own time. Renoirs, Matisses and Picassos in and around Nice, Cannes and St-Tropez lure tourists by the millions - as does Grace Kelly's Monaco, the chestnut-studded Massif des Maures, the rocky-red Estérel and Alpine foothills that plummet precipitously into the Med east of Nice. Cats on leads, dogs in handbags and prima donnas dusting sand from toes with shaving brushes are madcap sights to savor on this frenetic coastal strip …

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• Lille

Lille Tours, Travel & Activities

Lively, forward-looking Lille (Rijsel in Flemish) may be France's most underrated major city. Long an industrial centre, Lille's recent history shows how a grimy metropolis, its economy based on declining technologies, can transform itself - with the help of generous government investment - into a glittering and self-confident cultural hub. …

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• Lyon

Lyon Tours, Travel & Activities

Lyon is France's gastronomic capital, with endless piggy-driven dishes and delicacies to savour, and a bounty of eateries in which to do so. Throw two mighty rivers, a couple of Roman amphitheaters and a generous dose of Renaissance architecture into the pot and the city is a sure-fire winner. Commercial, industrial and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years, Lyon is the focal point of an urban area of almost two million people. Outstanding art museums …

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• Marseille

Marseille Tours, Travel & Activities

In parts very African, in others distinctly Middle Eastern but in its entirety unmistakably French, the cosmopolitan port of Marseille (spelt Marseilles in English but pronounced the same) is a brusque, bustling place with bags of character. There's the pretty old port, the gritty (and often stinking) back streets, lively markets with the atmosphere of a Moroccan souk, heavenly harbourside restaurants and an increasingly buzzing nightlife. …

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• Nice

Nice Tours, Travel & Activities

Nice, the capital of the Cote d'Azur, is not 'nice' - what an insult! Nice is a sparky, sexy city, with a gritty underside that keeps it grounded. If Nice were a person, it would wear designer cocktail dresses with old army boots, cause lots of trouble and be livid about that insipid adjective. Nice's beaches are pebbly. On the other hand there are a lot of them, and most are free, warm and clean as a whistle. The city itself is brash and bold and enormously popular …

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• Provence

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First-time visitors may be as captivated by the beauty of this ruggedly lovely chunk of France as the painter Van Gogh was when he arrived from a gloomy Paris in 1888. 'What intensity of colors, what pure air, what vibrant serenity,' he wrote. 'Nature here is extraordinarily beautiful, everything and everywhere.' He wasn't wrong. That colorful intensity in land, sea and sky is brought out by the glorious, almost-year-round southern sun …

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• Strasbourg

Strasbourg Tours, Travel & Activities

With a long history of flitting between French and German control, Strasbourg would be forgiven for succumbing to an identity crisis, but instead France's easternmost city is confidently infused with a unique blend of cultures. Wander the cobblestone lanes, flower-rimmed canals and half-timbered houses of the Grande Île and it could seem like you're in medieval Germany, while the city's traditional wine cellars, pastry shops and soaring Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame remain distinctly French …

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• Toulouse

Toulouse Tours, Travel & Activities

Toulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus, the Galileo positioning system, the SPOT satellite system, the Airbus Group (former EADS), ATR and the Aerospace Valley. The city also hosts the European headquarters of Intel and CNES's Toulouse Space Centre (CST), the largest space centre in Europe …

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• Versailles

Versailles Tours, Travel & Activities

Wandering around the Palace of Versailles is truly a one-of-a-kind experience (no hyperbole). Louis XIV's opulent desires were carried out by the top architects, designers and artisans of the day (late 17th century) - as evidenced by the palace's baroque details, breathtaking furnishings, works of art and amazing French gardens. It would take days to savor all the magnificent treasures found within the chateau walls. In fact, one of the best ways to make the most of your visit: take one of myriad Versailles tours …

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