Things to do in France

Things to do in France are local and atypical. Organizing your days during a stay has never been so simple.

Choose unforgettable experiences to do according to the geographical area of France where you want to go: from surfing to cooking workshops in Paris, hiking, shopping, and dancing: we have a selection of activities with locals just for you.

Whether you want to combine this with your french holiday homes or you just want to book an activity, alone, with your partner, family, or friends, we have all the activities you need! Whether it’s at the sea, in the mountains, in the countryside, or in the city: we have selected a multitude of professional companies managed by French locals.

You are sure to find and discover the things to do in France according to your needs. And to live the French experience in the best possible way.

If you are making a list of the unique things to do in France during your stay. We have a bunch of good activities to propose to you. Indeed if your France bucket list listed the battlefield tour or a Mont Saint Michel Tour that is perfect. Because we propose among the best experiences to do in Northern France.

Also, among the unique places to visit in France, you have to the D-Day beach. From World War II, which is a must-see site in France for a day tour.

Whether you are looking for a cabaret show in Paris or vineyard bike tour in Nice or a champagne tour. In Reims: we have it all.

What are some things to do in Paris?

For example, a perfect day of cultural experience in Paris would be a walk under the arc de Triomphe. To admire the breathtaking views of Paris’s landscape. Secondly, go on a visit to Notre Dame cathedral. See the renovations of Notre Dame de Paris and the gothic architecture.

After that take a tour of the Palace of Versailles, and admire the stained glass windows of the hall of mirrors. Finally, go on a walk sightseeing tour around the Louvre museum and see the Mona Lisa. In addition, you can have a nice dinner in a good restaurant in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Most importantly, your day trips are the opportunity to discover the French art museums. Indeed, France has a lot of Unesco World Heritage sites to discover such as the Lascaux Caves. Certainly, it is among the fun things to do in France with family. 

Enjoy among many locals specializing in activities to do in French Alps. If you like thrills, discover the things to do in Annecy: paragliding, hot air balloon, canyoning, and many more. These activities are a good bucket list of things to do in France in summer.

Eventually, if you stay in the Cote d'Azur, find among the romantic things to do in France. You can enjoy cultural activities, and see ancient roman architectural construction, and the Ponte du Gard in southern France. Or walking through the old streets of Saint Tropez.

We propose to you among the best must-do activities in France.

Go on a Paris bike tour, learn how to make croissants, and participate in a perfume creation workshop in Grasse. There are so many things to do that you will have to come many times. However, even for the first time, you will find the perfect activities to do in France

Among the things to see in France, we propose you Provence lavender fields and an excursion in Provence. From Provence, you can go on any excursions to the French Riviera. Moreover, small town villages Unesco listed are definitely must-do cultural activities in French Riviera.

Particularly you can see the fine art and the beaux-arts in some of the most beautiful villages of France. While you discover the things to do in French Riviera, wine tasting is the must-do. Indeed you can bike through the vineyard in Nice with a wine tasting of course.

Speaking of wine tasting, among the interesting things to do in France you have the world-famous champagne excursion. Indeed, the house of champagne tour is one of the unique places to visit in France. The Champagne region is the only region in the world that produces champagne. 

Explore the Gorges du Verdon by kayaking which is one of the best things to see. Discover the Palace of the Popes and the Avignon Bridge in Avignon and swim in the creeks of Cassis near Marseille. Discover the city of Carcassonne, Conques, and Albi.

Visit the castles of the Loire Valley. Indeed, among the five attractions to do in France, the Loire Valley Castles belongs among the most famous places to see. Have a walking tour in chaâteau de Chenonceau andhis beautiful gardens.

During a day tour, appreciate the medieval gothic architecture of some castles and learn more about gothic style. Firstly, art and history are must-do activities. Visit the Chateau de Chambord which is open to the public. Also, the Chateau de Chambord is one of the top 10 places to visit in France.

Attend the Carnival of Nice and stroll through the markets of the old city full of scents. If you are looking for things to do in France at Christmas. In Strasbourg, enjoy a guided tour of the Christmas market which is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets. All these are the experience and must-sees in France.

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Normandy D-Day Omaha Beach

with Somme Battlefield Tour in Things to do in Northern France

Description

HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Visit to Normandy D-Day battle sites and Omaha beach from Paris
  • Step back in time on a history tour, and learn about the events of June 6, 1944
  • Walk along the « bloody beach » and pay your respect to the fallen US soldiers.
  • See few impressives bunkers at WN62, a deadly German fortification on D-Day !
  • Get enough time to visit without being rush both the American Cemetery and the US Visitor Centre, Omaha Beach
  • Discover the impressive collection of fighting armoured vehicles at Overlord Museum, Omaha beach

THE PRICE INCLUDES

  • Admission ticket to Overlord Museum (From April 1st 2019)
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned Vehicle

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDES

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tour Description
  • Gallery
  • Similar Tours
PICKUP IN CENTRAL PARIS

In the morning the driver guide will pick you up at 06:30 am at the following adress : LIDO 116 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris (Easy to access by metro Line 1 and  just get off at the Metro station « George V » or RER A « Charles de Gaulle Etoile) You will travel to the Normandy beaches aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan (8 pasengers max).
INTRODUCTION

This journey of one day in Lower Normandy will embarks you in the footsteps of the brave allied soldiers who fought for our liberty so far away from their homelands. Operation Neptune was the codename of the largest military' seaborne and airborne invasion for D-day ever organized. Logistics, infrastructures, air forces supremacy were the keys success and enabled the allies to win the battle of Normandy. During that day, you will discover not only one of the most important episodes in modern history (so well related in the movies « Saving Private Ryan » and «The Longuest Day») but also beautiful countrysides (known as « le bocage ») in one of the historical' oldest and greatest region of France.
STOP 1 - OMAHA BEACH – LANDING ZONE « DOG GREEN » – VIERVILLE SUR MER (20MN)

Once arrived in Vierville sur Mer, you will plunge directly in history and tragedy of D-day when the driver will ride along the coastal road facing «Omaha beach » which is stretching 6 miles long. In June 6, 1944 at 06:36 am the first wave of american soldiers who did belong to the US 29th Infantry Division landed there just in front on the german bunkers . Once they rushed out from the landing crafts, then they had to run in the open through 600 yards and make their way among the beach obstacles before to reached and take cover along the sea wall. Sadly few made it... To commemorate their bravery and sacrifice,severals war monuments were erected there directly on the sand of the beach after the war.
STOP 2 - OMAHA BEACH – LANDING ZONE « EASY GREEN » – SAINT LAURENT SUR MER (30MN)

At Easy Green sector, two monuments were erected after the war and still stands facing the beach : Monument « Signal of the Liberation » (photo stop on the spot) This Monument commemorates the landing of the Allied Forces on June 6, 1944 on Omaha Beach, and the liberation of Europe. Two frescoes can be seen on either side of the monument, one dedicated to the 1st US Infantry Division, the other at the 116th Regimental Combat Team of the 29th US Infantry Division.   Monument « The Braves » (photo stop on the spot) A monumental work by sculptor Anilore Banon which pay tribute to the courage of Allied Forces soldiers. There you will have a bit of time to walk along the beach and maybe grabb a bit of sand to fill in a tiny glassed container as a souvenir to bring back home.   WN65 (photo stop on the spot) Blockhaus WN65 The coded fortified position WN65 (Wiederstand Nest 65) commanded the Ruquet valley leading to the top of the plateau. The casemate type H667 was the central point of the position, it housed a PAK 5 cm anti-tank gun still in the shelter.   Memorial Native American Tribes (photo stop on the spot) A memorial honouring all the Native Americans who participated in Operation Neptune and landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. The monument was inaugurated on June 5, 2017, in the presence of Charles Norman Shay, an Indian soldier, who fought as a nurse in the 1st US Infantry Division. Charles Shay was 19 years old when he reached the beach of Omaha and was awarded the Silver Star for his dedication to serving his wounded comrades. The granite turtle was made by Charles Shay’s nephew. The tortoise is a sacred animal that represents the earth, wisdom and longevity in Native American mythology.
STOP 3 - OVERLORD MUSEUM IN COLLEVILLE SUR MER – OMAHA BEACH (1HOUR)

Located at ashort distance of the famous « Omaha Beach », on the D514 facing the roudabout that provides access to the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer. Overlord Museum chronicles the period of the Allied landing until the liberation of Paris. The collection was collected by someone who was both a witness to the conflict and involved in the reconstruction of Normandy. Personal items from individual soldiers and armoured fighting vehicles from the six armies in Normandy will be presented as a series of reconstructions showing over 35 vehicles, tanks and guns.
STOP 4 - LUNCH TIME IN COLLEVILLE SUR MER – OMAHA BEACH (01HOUR)

There, we will take a break for lunch in a local restaurant or you will      just decides by yourself of your own choices of meals (own expense).
STOP 5 - MEMORIAL 1ST US INFANTRY DIVISION AND WN62 – LANDING ZONE « FOX GREEN » OMAHA BEACH (30MN)

The monument of the 1st US Infantry Division (Red Sector / Easy) in the form of a commemoration-obelisk. The obelisk stands in the middle of the area of Wiederstandsnest (WN62). WN62 was one of the strongest defending positions in that area. WN62  or Widerstandsnest 62  (Resistance Nest 62) overlooks Easy Red and Fox Green Sectors of OMAHA Beach at Colleville sur Mer.  WN62 was the most powerful resistance nest on the OMAHA beach coastline.
STOP 6 - AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERY IN COLLEVILLE SUR MER – OMAHA BEACH (02HOURS)

The guide is now taking you to visit the beatiful maintained American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer which overlooks Omaha Beach nearby. The 180 acre site contains 9,387 perfectly aligned white crosses and a memorial chapel which adds the finishing touches to this moving scene, allowing visitors to reflect on the price of war. While walking along row upon row of white grave headstones, your historian guide will share with you stories of soldiers who fought in the vicinities and then were awarded for gallantry the highest miltary decorations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end containing large maps and narratives of the military operations; at the center is the bronze statue, “Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves.” An orientation table overlooking the beach depicts the landings in Normandy. Facing west at the memorial, one sees in the foreground the reflecting pool; beyond is the burial area with a circular chapel and, at the far end, granite statues representing the United States and France. In 2007, the Normandy Visitors Center opened. The $30 million visitor center was dedicated by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) on June 6, 2007 during the commemoration of the 63rd Anniversary of D-Day.
RETURN AND DROP OFF IN CENTRAL PARIS

During the return drive to Paris you will have time to relax aboard the minivan before to be dropped off in Central Paris (Drop off at the "Place de la Concorde 75001 Paris" just in Front of the main entrance gate of the « Tuileries Gardens " in the evening between 08:00 pm till 09:00 pm). Easy there to catch a taxi cab either to find metro stations (Ligne 1 Métro : Concorde or Tuileries).

Additional Information

  •   Duration: 13.5H
  •   Minimum Age Required: Ask us
  •   Language: English
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