Paris, Alsace and Lorraine, Normandy, Brittany, the Loire, Burgundy, the Pyrenees, Languedoc, the Alps, the Cote d’Azur, Provence, and the Rhone Valley are perhaps the most visited regions of the country. Each boast of its quintessential brasseries and bistros, its festive revelries, its mind-blowing cuisine and its rich history. A vacation in France assures you of unbridled fun, excellent learning and a lifetime of memories. While the Eiffel Tower needs no introduction, Bastille Day celebrations attract visitors to the country by the hoards. Connoisseurs of French wine come here to cherish the luscious wine straight from the breweries while historians and architects visit the Châteaux on the Loire to study the advanced engineering techniques of old world France. The old world culture and a history of crusades, World Wars, and the French Revolution add to the mystique of a vacation in France.
France offers a myriad variety of travel opportunities. From ecotourism to art and culture travel, from religious pilgrimages to romantic honeymoons, wine and cuisine festivals to skiing or beach holidays, nature trials to business travel France tops the choices of tourists worldwide. The hospitality industry has grown tremendously to keep pace with this stupendous influx of visitors.
Paris Métro is the best transport to getting around Paris. Other preferred modes of public transport in the city are the bus, the tram, and RER suburban trains. Mobilis tickets, valid for a day's worth of travel within the city make sightseeing in the city inexpensive. Trams and excellent bus services are a great way of getting around other French cities.
Tip: Tourists are required to pay a Tourism Tax during their stay in France. The tax is usually added to the hotel bill or apartment rent. Do check with your hotel while confirming arrangements.
Air, Land and Sea links: Excellent bus links make getting to France from various European cities easy. The bus services connect Paris, Nice and Avignon with over 36 European cities. Discounted passes are best for those with 'Europe in a shoestring' plans. Affordable car rentals and motorcycles on rent are also available for tourists wanting to take the road connect. But do ensure that the vehicles you hire have the necessary permits to enter the country. The Channel Tunnel passes underneath the English Channel and connects France with the UK. Eurotunnel shuttle trains carry cars and bikes and their passengers across the Channel. Other train services connect France with countries such as Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. Eurostar is a preferred train service that connects London and Paris. France has air links with virtually every major city in the world. All major airlines fly to and from the Paris Charles De Gaulle airport and the Paris-Orly airport. The ACI World Airport Traffic Report 2009 pegs the traffic handled by both these airports at over 57,900, 000 (passengers handled) and 26,000,000 (boardings) respectively. Air France KLM flies to over 240 destinations internationally and is part of the SkyTeam network that offers global connectivity. The first European airline to provide passengers a flight on their A380 crafts, Air France KLM boast of an impressive fleet for their long, medium, short and regional haul flights. Calais, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, and Rouen are the major ports of the country. Ferry services across the English Channel and from Ireland are a slower but inexpensive way to get to France. Italian ferries take about half a day to get to France from Italy. Cargo ships carrying passengers connect France with USA and Canada.