With so many things to see and do here’s a few suggestions!
- The Eiffel Tower, the crown jewel of the Paris skyline is even more spectacular up close.
- A boat cruise down the Seine, taking in the sights and drinking champagne?
- Dedicate a Parisian night to the Moulin Rouge. Go put on your best outfit, and make your way to the Pigalle District to pay homage to the birthplace of the can-can.
- The Louvre museum – did you know it would take nine months to glance at every work inside
- Bike through the gardens of the Palace Versailles, tour the king’s apartments, and take as many photos as they’ll let you!
- Disneyland Paris, if you’re looking for a little family fun, the European Magical Kingdom is located just outside the city.
- The underground ossuaries of Paris, house the remains of six million people. Nicknamed “The World’s Largest Grave,” the Paris Catacombs are certainly a curiosity worth exploring.
- Notre Dame Cathedral, French for “Our Lady of Paris,” was one of the first buildings to use the flying buttress, making it a must-see for architecture-loving tourists.
- The Champs-Elysees, the world’s most beautiful avenue, leads from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and into the Tuileries garden. During Christmas, you’ll see all those trees spectacularly alight. Take a stroll down or sit and watch the world go by at one of many of the pavement cafes
- Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for incredible views
- Amble around Montmartre, visit the Sacre Coeur and browse artists work lining the street
For nature lovers, the French Alps is the ultimate destination in France. This area boasts some of the most magnificent natural scenery in Europe, with awe-inspiring mountains, crystal-clear lakes, rushing waterfalls, and pristine forests. The most famous sight is Mont Blanc, the highest mountain peak in the Alps. Most tourists focus their visit on outdoor activities: hiking, biking, and mountain climbing in summer; skiing and snowboarding in winter. In quaint mountain villages, ski resorts such as Chamonix, Val d’Isère, and Portes du Soleil have excellent facilities and offer a lively ambience, and regional charm. Culture and leisure also draw many visitors.
The capital of the French Riviera and former sanctuary of Europe’s elite boasts inland sights as stunning as its coastline! Nice Old Town, or Vieux Nice as it’s known by the locals, is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Wander through the narrow, winding alleyways and explore the restaurants, bars, boutiques and market squares. Get lost in a maze of greenery while exploring Nice’s Castle Hill. Here you can take in some impressive views over Vieux Nice, the Port and Baie des Anges. You can also find the ruins of the former Château de Nice, admire historical landmarks and enjoy the Cascade Dijon waterfall.
Promenade des Anglais is considered the most famous stretch of the Nice coastline. This palm tree-lined promenade covers 4km of the Baie des Anges, where a mass of cyclists, rollerbladers and skaters can usually be found. Cours Saleya is home to some of Nice’s best restaurants, but the Cours also offers a feast for the eyes. The city’s sensational flower market blooms with colour every morning (bar Mondays)! Perhaps you’d prefer a night at the opera? Or ballet? They’re both here! The grand 19th-century monument to the arts is a sightseeing must, even if you don’t attend a show.
Monte Carlo/ Monaco
When it comes to smallest countries, the country Monaco, capital of hedonism, is second only to the Vatican, capital of holiness. The Prince’s Palace of Monaco building has been the residence of the Monaco Prince since 1191—and it remains so today, as well as a museum and centre of tourism. After you watch the changing of the guards at the Prince’s Palace, take a short walk to Monaco-Ville, aka Old Town, seated on this giant monolith looking over the coast.
The Jardin Exotique de Monaco, is a cliff side botanical garden with a rich collection of cacti and spectacular views of the sea. Be sure to take a private tour of the cave. Visit the Opera de Monte-Carlo, catching a show in this amazing French-style opera house is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but its stateliness is even worth admiring from the outside. Rising from the cliff side, overlooking the sea, is the monumental Baroque Revival building, the Oceanographic Museum where not only is there an aquarium, but many sea-related objects to view. You can also thank Princess Caroline for this paradise, proposed to save the House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. You might recognize the Monte Carlo casino from a few Bond movies and finally, “Glamour and prestige” meet at the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most important Formula One motor raceways in the world.