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Find France Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to France.

The Travel Notes Guide to travel and living in France.

Regions of France Map - �
Pre 2016 Regions of France Map

On 1st January, 2016 France reduced the number of metropolitan regions from twenty-two down to thirteen.

French Departments.

Getting Around France

Driving From Biarritz, Driving From Bordeaux, Driving From Calais, Driving From Le Havre, Driving From Lyon, Driving From Marseille, Driving From Nantes, Driving From Nice, Driving From Paris, Driving From Perpignan, Driving From Strasbourg, Driving From Toulouse.

Map of France.

Countries neighbouring France are: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain.

The United Kingdom is connected with France by regular ferries across the North Sea and a train tunnel under it.

DFDS Seaways:
Choose from a selection of ferry crossings, mini cruises, city breaks, themed cruises and holidays in Northern Europe and the Baltic.

Weather in Europe:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Europe.

Hotels in France

Popular Regions in France

Chamonix, French Riviera, Loire Valley and Castles, Provence.

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Cities in France.


Hotels in Paris.

Disneyland Resort Paris:
The number one tourist destination in Europe incorporates two theme parks, seven themed hotels and a range of dining and entertainment options. The resort also features the Disney Village entertainment and shopping complex and Golf Disneyland, a 27-hole golf course.

Eiffel Tower:
Practical information for visiting le Tour Eiffel.

Getting Around Paris:
To plan your sightseeing effectively, study a map of Paris and get to know where the nearest Metro stations are.

Le Metro:
Forget about taxis, you will discover a lot more on foot, and there is always the excellent Metro system when you need to go from one arrondissement to another.

Louvre Collections:
The Louvre museum is a must visit for any tourist to Paris.

Paris Airport Shuttle:
The easiest and most economical way to move door-to-door from Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports to Parisian hotels.

Paris In Sites:
Monthly email newsletter and web site with travel and tourism information from, and about, Paris and France. Edited by Linda Thalman.

Listen to them at neighbouring tables and in the shops. It's all Bonjour Madame, and very polite indeed. Point to where you want to go on a map, and the French are very helpful. Try a little French first, and you will be surprised that the reply is often in English. Yes, they can tell our accents un kilometre away.

Paris Travel Tips

Try and visit Paris museums that have evening openings to avoid long queues and for a much less crowded atmosphere to enjoy the exhibits.

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La Baule Beach:
Located at the heart of a bay near Nantes, the 8km beach extends onto a young forest of 700 hectares of maritime pines.

The Ardeche

Situated in the south-east of France, on the edge of the Orientale du Massif Central, the Ardeche is one of eight departments in the Rhone-Alpes region.

The tourist board's official website for the Ardeche.

Oceanide Canoe:
Discover the Gorges of the Ardeche river - by canoe.

France Tourism

France Guide:
The Maison de la France is the official France tourism site.

Plan a holiday in France, a business trip, or just discover the country through the pages of this online guide, packed with clear and practical information about France.

Gites de France:
Find out about accommodation options at the official website of Gites de France. Book a gite online or order one of their guides, to help you find places to stay when you're in France.

Nice - Cote d'Azur - French Riviera

In the eighteenth century aristocrats came to Nice for it's mild winters. Today the attraction is the summer sun.

Accommodation in Nice

Hotels in Nice.

Beyond the Riviera:
Get away from the casinos and the beaches, and discover the regions beyond the French Riviera. Alphabetical listing of the charming villages.

When on the Cote d'Azur, be sure to pay a visit to the Principality of Monaco.

Nice Ville:
Not only a land of tourism and leisure, Nice is also a city of creation, innovation, research and cultural exchange.

Weather Along The Coast:
Find out the weather forecast along the Riviera; from Meteo France.

Roya Valley

If you've had enough of the crowded beaches of the Cote d'Azur, you might want to head up into the hills and visit the villages in the Alpes-Azur.

Azur Car Service:
Located in Nice, Azur offers a wide range of limousine services on the French Riviera and surrounding areas.


Avignon Tourism:
Avignon is one of our favourite cities in the south of France. Located in the heart of Provence, this area produces some of the best Cotes du Rhone wines; including the popular Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Avignon was the second Rome, the seat of nine popes.


La Provence Verte:
Tucked away from the summer crowd between the Verdon, La Sainte-Baume and La Sainte-Victoire (famously painted by Cezanne), lies a region that has truly been blessed.

This 'Green' Provence consists of 37 communes (towns/villages) which have come together, combining their identities and values, in order to share with you their particular way of life and the pleasure found in a rest away from the crowd, and to help you explore and appreciate one of the most beautiful regions of France.


Most tourists travel to Corsica by sea, from Italy and mainland France.

Northern France

Normandy Battlefields

World War Battlefield Tours.

From the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy to poignant reminders of the First World War battlefields along the Somme - where fighting was intense from July to November, 1916 - Northern France not only attracts war veterans paying their respects to fallen comrades, but also the grateful baby boomers of the next generation for whom they fought for.


Chamonix, often regarded as the climbing capital of Europe, is a favourite with skiers and snowboarders in the winter, while hikers and mountain-bikers enjoy the trails in summer.

Only an hour from Geneva airport, Chamonix is ideally placed for charter flights from the UK.

Alpy Bus:
Revolutionary low cost airport transfer service that runs from Geneva Airport to the Chamonix Valley. Seats from as little as €19.50 one way.

If you prefer to put your skis on the roof-rack and drive, Chamonix is about 7 hours from Calais.

More than just a ski resort, Chamonix is part of a ski area - the Valle Blanche - in the shadow of Mont Blanc (4,808m); with most of the intermediate skiing around Le Brevent and La Flegere.

Compagnie du Mont-Blanc:
How to get to and around the Chamonix ski areas.

The Aiguille du Midi cable car is the highest in Europe and rewards adventurous skiers with a 20km glacier run, down the Valle Blanche.

Advanced skiers have endless possibilities in Chamonix, from the Grands Montets at Argentiere to ski-touring along the Haut Route - staying at mountain huts along the high route from Chamonix to Zermatt, in Switzerland.

Beginners are not left out and can practise on the easy runs at Le Tour and Les Houches.

Chamonix doesn't disappoint in the evening either and is lively in both summer and winter.

Built in the 19th century, Chamonix has plenty of shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and a casino.

The cobble-stoned town centre, straddling the river Arve, also has a large sports complex, ice rink, climbing-wall, cinema and bowling pub with 8 international alleys.

Chamonix Mont Blanc:
Tourist information for the Chamonix valley and Mont-Blanc massif.

Chamonix Networks:
This informative guide to Chamonix works like an A to Z of Chamonix, with hundreds of pages and links to related resources.

Pays du Mont Blanc

The Pays du Mont Blanc comprises 14 resorts and villages and more than 400 hamlets. Each mountain village has become a resort while preserving its own identity, authenticity and human dimension.

Touring France

A La Carte France Tours:
Quality guided tours in France with your own private driver-guide.

France Cruises:
Florida-based company promoting barge cruises in France. Looking at the prices, you'd think the airfare was included.

Based in Toulouse, the company offers intimate 'coast to coast' tours designed to expose the foreign traveller to the geographical and cultural diversity of France that few tourists see; from Bordeaux on the Atlantic seaboard, through the Midi and Provence to end on the French Riviera at Nice.

Provence Tour Designer:
Visit Provence with your private driver guide, Catherine; a native of Marseilles, now living near Aix-en- Provence. Her address book is full of good restaurants, scenic roads, fine wine cellars and of very special addresses that are so typical of Provence (lavender, olive oil, pottery).

Undiscovered Mountains:
Specialists in adventure, wildlife and multi-activity holidays in beautiful and undiscovered parts of the Southern French Alps.

France Holiday Homes

Siblu Holiday Villages:
Carefully created family sanctuary for those who love contemporary camping holidays.

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