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Things To Do In France

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Is France on your travel bucket list? If you are the kind of traveller who likes to balance popular touristy attractions with going slightly off the beaten path to get a real taste of local life and culture, we have some great tips for you.

For a fabulous experience-based vacation in France, here are a few truly immersive activities that you must explore.

Attend a Culinary Class in Classic French Cuisine

What could be more fun than to learn how to whip up some classic French dishes like Coq au Vin, Escargot and Boeuf Bourguignon by signing up for a cookery class in France! After all this is the country where Cordon Bleu and Michelin Stars, the two hallmarks of culinary mastery, originated. France is home to the renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, other fine culinary schools and has produced acclaimed international chefs. If you enjoy cooking and love trying out new recipes then attending a culinary class in France is something that would be right up your street.   

There are many companies that organise cooking vacations across France but the experience in the picturesque wine growing Burgundy region is one of the best. Check online for Robert Ash Cookery School, Katherine Frelon’s Culinary School and others which offer various duration courses. As part of the course you get to visit the local market, shop for the right produce and learn to prepare traditional dishes in the school under the expert instructions of trained chefs. Of course you get to taste and enjoy the meal too, along with a glass of the best Burgundy wine and cheese.

This will be an enriching and memorable thing to do in France that will also come in handy later to treat your friends and family back home to some authentic French dishes.

Cruise Along the River Seine At Night

One of the top activities for any visitor to Paris is taking a cruise on the Seine River that flows through this historic city. Taking a night or dinner cruise will give you the opportunity to go sightseeing in Paris in a totally different light. Literally!

A relaxing boat ride where you are seated comfortably in one of the white cruise boats that operate regular tours for tourists, is in itself a lovely way to spend a few hours in Paris. Now imagine yourself enjoying a romantic dinner aboard the cruise boat as you glide past famous Paris landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and Musee D’Orsay, bathed in a beautiful evening glow. You get a breathtaking view of these monuments that are specially illuminated once it gets dark.

We highly recommend that you include a night cruise on the Seine River in your Paris travel itinerary. If you would like to know about the France Visa application process or to read up in more detail about France as a tourist destination, click here for our Travel Guide for France.

Take a Champagne Tour

Located in northeast France, the Champagne region is the official producer of the sparkling bubbly which gets its name from its place of origin. It is quite a cultural high to explore Champagne country while enjoying a tour and tasting experience.

You can book a champagne tour with any of the specialist tour companies. They will take you on a professional guided tour that includes a visit to the vineyards to learn about grape varieties and perfect growing conditions, followed by meeting local Champagne makers whether boutique wineries or the iconic names such as Dom Perignon and Moet and Chandon. The tour will also show you around the local market, tell you how to pair Champagne with fine cheese and pates and introduce you to unique Champagne-based dishes such as the biscuit de Reims where you take a biscuit and dip it into a glass of Champagne wine before popping it into your mouth. Simply delicious!  

Another important point to include in your list of things to do while planning a trip to France is buying international travel insurance. After all you would not want to risk anything going wrong with your dream vacation. You can purchase Travel Insurance for France online. It is an essential tool to protect you from unforeseen emergencies or mishaps ranging from your trip getting cancelled to losing your luggage or passport. Any medical expenses that you incur during your trip will also be reimbursed if you have travel insurance. 

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