France presents visitors with an embarrassment of riches -- you may find yourself bewildered by all the choices. We've tried to make the task easier by compiling a list of our favorite experiences and discoveries. You'll find the kind of candid advice we'd give our closest friends.

We offer both escorted and independent tours in France. Escorted trips provide a guide who shares information about the areas explored. Independent tours, especially popular in Paris, combine the benefits of tour operators' low hotel rates and airfare with the convenience of pre-packaged travel, and allow for maximum free time so you can sightseeing on your own.