France is the top rated tourist destination in the world with nearly 82 million visitors in 2007 alone! It offers a range of beautiful and unique experiences and destinations, whether planning a business trip or a holiday.
The French cuisine is world renowned and highly varied by region. There are a huge range of local delicacies available when traveling in France with over 400 varieties of cheese to choose from and local vineyards producing wines by the barrel. France has several areas and tiny towns that different wines are actually named after such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne. There are many excursion trips available to book based on cuisine, as well as wines, that will have visitors feeling indulged and satisfied.
Tax Free Shopping
France is one of the premiere destinations when it comes to fashion. Haute couture originated here and has remained a fixture ever since. Many of the top design houses are based here, making the shopping available superb. Even better for foreign visitors is that they can have their taxes refunded for purchases. Ask shop keepers to make out a Tax Refund Cheque for purchases above 175€ and have these cheques stamped at the customs desk when leaving the country. Follow the directions on the cheques to mail them in for refund once you have returned home. Most refunds amount to 12%, which can definitely add up on a shopping excursion.
Even if the trip to France is a whirlwind business trip, it would be remiss if visitors didn’t visit at least one museum while in the country. There are 1,200 museums there that welcome more than 50 million people each year. Among the most popular choices are the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée d’Arte Moderne. There are also huge ranges of free or low cost entrance museums, which should be researched before departure when traveling on a budget. Additionally, it is important to note that if you are visiting Paris, there is a Paris Museum Pass available to purchase, which will give visitors access to 60 museums and monuments for 2, 4, or 6 days at a time.
France offers a huge range of festivals available depending on the season when it comes to planning vacations or even business trips. Whether visitors are interested in music, history, wine, or many of the other experiences that are available, there is likely a festival for it. It is best to research the time of year the visit is planned for in the region to see if there are any fun activities going on then. It is also recommended to see if the local school children are on holidays during the visit, too. A quiet, romantic getaway to the French Riveria may turn into a boisterous celebration including people of all ages if there is a music festival going on then and school is on break for the locals.
There are so many things to see and do when visiting France with experiences varied enough that everyone could find something that they love. There are bike trips for eco-tourists, vineyard tours for couples, beautiful golf courses, beaches, architecture, and more available.