Cathar castle Ariege, France
Cathar castle Ariege, France

France, located in western Europe, has a vast history over many centuries. It encompasses medieval cities, Mediterranean beaches and alpine villages. Paris is France's iconic capital and is renowned for iconic monuments including the Eiffel Tower. France has an abundance of fashion houses and classical art museums including the Louvre. It is famous for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. France's rich history includes the ancient cave drawings by Lascaux, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles.

France is at center of art, science, and philosophy. It is fourth in terms of the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which assists in the country receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.

As the world’s most visited country, it is the leading light in our planet’s culture, performing arts and gastronomy. It has given the world the idea of “liberty, equality and justice” along with several other cultural imports. The list of reasons to visit France is infinite.

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Visa:  

UK: Not required for a stay up of to 3 months in duration.

USA: Not required for a stay up of to 90 days in duration.

Currency:

Euro.

Packing advice:

In the summer, wear light cotton clothes, such as t-shirts, shorts, and sandals. Although, if you are planning to visit the cities and towns, you may want to bring comfortable walking shoes. Pack sunglasses, a sun visor or hat, and sunscreen for the sunnier days. In winter, dress up warm as temperatures can drop fairly low.

Cultural differences:

The French culture is all about conversation. Be sociable, get to know people and show an understanding of French culture. When greeting someone, it's acceptable to shake hands firmly but briefly on introduction as well as when leaving. People who know each other – women with other women, or women with men and sometimes men and men – will kiss each other on both cheeks to say both hello and goodbye. 

Tipping:

In France, tipping is more of a gesture rather than an obligation. You may see the letters ‘stc’ or words ‘service compris’ on your restaurant bill, which means that service is already included and therefore tipping won’t be necessary. Andante Travels will take care of gratuities to restaurant staff, local guides and drivers.

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