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How to Plan a Trip to France: Frequently Asked Questions

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France has an unfaltering charm, with a seductive ambiance of cafe terraces and village markets, elegant museums, and a love for life’s little pleasures. From the glamour of the Cote d’Azur to the radiance of the Eiffel Tower, the drama of the Alps to the lavender fields of Provence, France’s old-world charm is inspirational.

Open now to American travelers, travelers over age 12 must arrive with proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers are welcome with a negative PCR test result, but must quarantine for seven days after arrival. 

Explore vineyards, sample the cuisine, and embrace the culture with the following information that offers answers to frequently asked questions about planning your best France trip.

Can I travel to France this year?

France is open to American travelers. Fully vaccinated travelers over age 12 must arrive with a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours ahead for a PCR, or 48 hours ahead for a rapid antigen test. Unvaccinated travelers are welcome with a negative test, but must also provide a sworn statement that you have not been in contact with a person confirmed to have Covid-19 and must isolate for seven days. 

Entry requirements are subject to change and your Zicasso travel specialist can provide updated information at the time of your inquiry.

Related: Countries Open to American Travelers

How far in advance should I plan a France vacation?

Your France trip really depends on how comfortable you feel planning ahead. We usually recommend booking your France trip at least 5 to 6 months in advance for high season. With the possibility of limited availability of accommodations and popular sites, we now suggest booking 10 to 12 months in advance to ensure the best options as you design your itinerary.

Last minute trip planning is possible for 2021 and early 2022, and we do recommend getting plans in motion as quickly as possible to ensure availability.

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How do I plan my trip to France?

You can book your next trip through Zicasso for travel later in 2021 or 2022. Any visit to a new country inspires plenty of questions, but the details surrounding travel after Covid-19 may differ between countries and demonstrate how travel may have changed.

“Are the trains running?” “Is the Louvre open?” “Will I be able to visit wineries?” “How will I travel from Paris to Cannes?” “Are the beaches in the south of France open?” “Are the cafes open?” “Do I need a negative Covid-19 test before returning home and how can I get one?” Your travel expert can answer these questions and more before you book your trip. A travel specialist can also help handle any emergency that may arise during your trip — from a schedule adjustment to a flight change.

If you are thinking about planning a trip to France, fill out Zicasso’s Trip Request to be connected to a France travel specialist.

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What should I do on my trip to France?

Alongside our France travel specialists, we have organized suggestions for the must-see places to visit and a list of things to do in France. A custom Zicasso tour designs your trip around your goals, desires, and needs, but the following list is a brief guideline for highlights to consider when planning your France trip.

Paris | Normandy | Loire Valley | Burgundy | Bordeaux | Provence | French Riviera | Lyon | Avignon

  • Discover the monuments of Paris, like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and Sacré Coeur
  • Shop the streets of Paris, including the Champs-Elysees
  • WItness the marvels of history and works of master artists in the Louvre Museum and Musee d’Orsay
  • Explore the majestic colors and unique textures of Impressionists and post-Impressionists
  • Appreciate the beauty of the Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Gardens
  • Wander the grounds of the Palace of Versailles
  • Experience the authentic flavors of Paris and greater France with a culinary tour
  • Visit the regal estates and lavish palaces of the valley that embody famous designs
  • Trace the life of the famous French general, Joan of Arc, inside the city of Orleans
  • Wander through the Forteresse Royale de Chinon
  • Indulge in the true culture of the Loire Valley
  • Visit the stunning Abbey of Saint-Michel to view the mythical gothic spires
  • Stroll along the battlefields that are connected to the invasion of Normandy
  • Witness the fascinating Bayeux Tapestry and explore the shores of Normandy

Related: Top 10 Places to See in France | Top 10 Things to Do in France

Which museums should I visit in France?

France abounds with opportunity to enjoy so many world-famous artists. With over 1,200 galleries to enjoy, your travel specialist can make recommendations based on your unique interests.  From the Louvre to the Matisse Museum, there are endless ways to explore.

Related: 10 Best Museums in France

What is the best time to visit France?

The best time to visit France is in May and June or September and October. These months represent the shoulder season of travel, which offers great weather and smaller crowds.

The months you might choose to travel to France will also depend on your goals. For example, months like January and February offer the best opportunity for snow sports. June and early September are great for visiting the French Riviera, especially if you wish to lounge on the sand and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. July and August are also great times to enjoy the warm weather, but are also the region’s peak season in terms of pricing and crowds.

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Is France safe for travel?

France is safe for travelers. As with many major cities around the world, there is a risk of petty theft, such as pickpocketing or scams in crowded areas. You should remain vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings, and be aware of your broader surroundings.

Which airports should I be looking at?

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting France is Paris’s Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG). The majority of flights from North America will fly directly to Paris, but flights from major airports on the East Coast of the United States often fly directly to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE).

The busiest airports in France are:

  • Paris (CDG)
  • Nice (NCE)
  • Lyon (LYS)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Travel to France?

France is an icon of culture, luxury, beauty, and glamour. From Paris’s chic reputation to the south’s sophisticated beaches, the ancient history of Normandy to the German influence of Alsace, France is a destination unlike anywhere else in the world.

Whether interested in wine tasting or visiting museums, you can uncover inspiration for your next trip with sample itineraries from our France Tours & Vacations. Zicasso’s France Travel Guide has more helpful information and tips. Ready to plan your trip? Speak with a France travel expert by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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