Why We Love France…
From strolling through the enchanting streets of Paris, where every corner whispers a tale of history and charm to savouring buttery croissants in cosy cafes and sipping rich Bordeaux wines amidst vineyards, the experience in France is pure magic. We’re all about embracing the warmth of locals whilst exploring vibrant markets, where the scent of fresh baguettes fills the air. Leisurely picnics along the Seine are a must, basking in the joy of life’s simple pleasures. Heading deeper into the country, fairytale châteaux are made for afternoons wandering and the lavender-scented countryside and sparkling Riviera shores really soothe the soul.
British tourists don’t need a visa for short trips to France. You can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
Your passport must be:
– Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
– Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.
Please check out your local travel advice and let us know if you’re travelling from a different territory.
There are no COVID-19 related requirements for entering France.
Please check the Government guidance if you are entering/returning to a different country, and do get in touch with our concierge team with any questions.
We’re able to arrange your transfers for you, just let us know your flight number (or train information) and we’ll plan the route and let you know the cost!
There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road on your big trip. If you’re interested in hiring a car, our concierge team will advise on the best hire car companies to use and where to collect/drop off.
France has a temperate climate, with warmer summers and colder winters. There are many regional differences; however, in the Mediterranean, mild winters and scorching summers are the norm, with July and August frequently seeing temperatures above 35°C. In the Alps and other mountainous areas, winters are a lot colder, and extreme lows of around -15°C are not uncommon. Paris has cool and rainy winters, and summer temperatures are hot.
Laws and Customs
Take a look at France’s laws & customs here.
If asked, you will need to be able to prove your identity, either by providing documents when asked or within 4 hours at a police station. Identity documents can be a passport, a photo driving licence or other documentation provided by a government body.
You’ll need an adapter when travelling to France, where there are two types of plugs found – they use the two-pronged ‘type C’ and ‘type E’ plug, which is two-pronged but also has a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin.
Tipping in France isn’t an obligation, but is seen as a gesture for good service – around 5–10% is appropriate in a restaurant, but you can always tip more for exceptional service.
Flights & time zone
Flights to France are around 1 hrs 30 mins in length from the UK. From the US flight times can vary from 7-10 hrs depending on where you are flying from.
The time zone is GMT + 1.
France’s food scene is a tantalising embrace of simplicity and flavour. Start your journey in Normandy, where creamy Camembert cheese sings on freshly baked baguettes. Wander to Bordeaux, where succulent duck confit takes centre stage, served with hearty potatoes. In the sunny south of Provence, dive into ratatouille, a soulful medley of vegetables kissed by the Mediterranean sun. In Alsace, be charmed by tarte flambée, a thin, crisp pizza-like delight smothered in onions and bacon. Finally, in the bustling markets of Nice, relish the vibrant burst of flavours in salade niçoise. French cuisine is a culinary celebration, inviting you to savour the essence of each region with every sweet and savoury bite… foodies unite!
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