Plan your trip to France

All the tools, resources, tips, instructions, and advice you need to plan the perfect trip to France

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French museums, theaters, monuments, churches, and other top attractions

The Louvre Italian Masters walk from Context Travel (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

French activities, tours, classes, and other experiences to move your vacation beyond sightseeing

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Vacation blueprints for your trip to France so so you can get the most out of your trip, no matter where you want to go and how much time you have to see the best of France

Many hotels will guarantee the lowest rate if you book directly with them, or an advance-booking discount (Photo screenshots courtesy of the hotels)

French hotels, B&Bs, apartment rentals, and other places to spend the night

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Guided, escorted, specialty, and packaged tours to France

Transportation options to and within France (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA; illustration by Reid Bramblett)

Getting to France and getting around France: trains, planes, rental cars, low-cost airlines and long-distance coaches

Travel info (Photo by Bobafred)

Tourist information, guidebooks, maps, tips for niche groups (students, LGBT, seniors, disabled, etc.), and more in France

Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls (Photo by Skype)

Keeping in touch while traveling—Cellphones and Skype, mail and roaming fees, and how to call to, from, and within France

Changing money (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

From credit cards, cash, and ATMS to VAT refunds, travelers checks, and customs limits in France

Embassies & consulates (Photo unknown)

All those boring but necessary travel details: passports, entry visas, trip insurance, health insurance, customs regulations, and all the other super-fun pre-trip preparations

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From emergency numbers and hospitals to pickpockets and general safety issues

Not my gear, but pretty close to what I pack (save the helmet) (Photo by cmor15)

From travel speciality clothes and gear to bags and currency converters