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Things to do in France

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Things to do in France

In the wine producing regions in France, you can sample the local produce out of the vineyards free through “dégustations”. Avoid the big chateaux producers and the tourist trail traps and go for the secret backroads, which is where you’ll find authentic wine and bargains. The French love cycling and it helps you to get off the beaten track and discover the stunning French countryside and deserted ruined castles, rivers and bathing lakes in say, the Dordogne. France also has some fantastic and very quiet sandy beaches that are popular with locals for various sports including surfing (followed up by a barbeque) but you’ll need to know where those sands are. Why not take a boat trip to explore one of several offshore islands around the coast such as Iles Chausey.

Another great joy is antique and treasure hunting in the city center markets and “Brocantes” – huge fun if you know how to play the game and spot the genuine articles! Mass tourism approaches will allow you to see a lot of ‘tourist-guide’ France. What they typically can’t do though is to help to you experience this beautiful country. That’s why the Withlocals approach provides local tours with local people because they will know the hidden secret gems of France better than anyone else.

Top highlight tours in France

Montmartre Walking Tour

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Famous Paris Landmarks: uncover the secrets

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Urban Experience with a Native Parisian

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Top 10 things to do in France

  • Paris Galleries and Museums. Paris is more than just the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay. Seek out some of the less well known museums. You’ll find Asian treasures, medical and anatomical exhibits as well as a wine museum.
  • Paris flea markets. It may still be possible to find genuine bargains in many of Paris’ markets. Try the markets at Montreuil and Porte de Vanves or the more, these days, upmarket Puces de St Ouen.
  • Lascaux. The caves of Lascaux are the site of France’s most famous set of cave paintings. Discovered in the 1940s this magnificent collection comprises over 600 animal figures being 15,000 to 17,000 years old.
  • Loire Valley Castles. These are a group of 42 spectacular castles visited by more than 3.3 million tourists every year. Many sit impressively on the banks of the river in almost fairytale settings in this beautiful part of France.
  • Vineyard Tours. Touring a winery or two can provide a fascinating insight into France’s national beverage.
  • Cycle tours. What better way to see France than by bike and there are some spectacular routes, ranging from the gentle like along the banks of the Loire to the more strenuous in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
  • Surfing. The West Atlantic coast from Brittany right down to the Spanish border provides some fantastic opportunities for surfing and some amazing beaches.
  • Trips to the Iles. Just off the northern coast you’ll find the Iles Chausey a very small but inhabited island where bird watching and shellfish gathering are the order of the day. Boat trips leave from Granville.
  • Dune du Pilat. Europe’s largest sand dune just has to be climbed to appreciate the views of Cap Ferat.
  • Normandy Cider trail. Normandy is renowned for its cider and there’s a 25 mile (40K) route east of Caen offering the chance to sample some of the best along with other apple-based beverages like Pommeau and Calvados.

Top eating exeriences in Paris

French Dinner for Food Lovers

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€30.00 p.p.

Paris Favourite Food tour: the 10 Tastings

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€56.00 p.p.

VIP Michelin Star Food Tour

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€145.00 p.p.

Highlights in France

  • Lascaux. Visits to the original caves are no longer possible for the general public due deterioration of the paintings. Lascaux II, situated nearby, houses a reconstruction of some of the most famous images.
  • Loire Valley castles. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site there are probably too many castles to do justice to on one visit. Some like Amboise and Chenonceau are justifiably world famous.
  • Vineyard tours. Just about every wine producing region has its own particular style from light Loire or Alsatian varieties to the more heavyweight offerings of Burgundy and the Rhone valley, to the sparkling Champagnes and Cremants. Take advice about what to drink with which dish.

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Michelle Paris
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Paris Favourite Food tour: the 10 Tastings

Francesca was awesome! Told us a lot about Paris, French culture, and most importantly, showed us amazing food! It was so easy to hangout and talk with her - it was like visiting a friend. Hope to cross paths again!

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Best of Paris tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

My husband and I were in Paris in mid-February and hired Wan to do a custom 4-hour tour for us. We wanted to do the following: Notre Dame, Sacre Couer cathedral, Montmartre, and take photos at the Eiffel. We had a very good time. Wan is friendly, knowledgeable and fun. My husband and I are "talkers" and she was more than happy to oblige. She also took photos of us and when our batteries were getting low, took some of us on her own iPhone and emailed them to me. I feel that went above and beyond and really appreciated it. If I had to change anything it would be the following: stop at Moulin Rouge. Montmartre is infamous for the Moulin Rouge cabaret but during our tour, we didn't stop by or anything. Secondly, I was under the assumption that we were touring Notre Dame, not just stopping outside. As I said, I was assuming, but when I put Notre Dame on our tour schedule, I imagined it would include the inside. These were just minor things and I absolutely would not hesitate to book another tour with Wan. We only live a short train ride from Paris so I imagine we'll be seeing her again! Thanks Wan!

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Montmartre Walking Tour

We were two couples - one from the USA the other from Ireland meeting for a few days in Paris. As we had not seen each other in a year, we wanted to catch up with each other, yet do something fun and different. Booking a private tour with Murielle was perfect as she geared it completely to our wishes. We wanted something off the beaten track and saw a side of Paris that on our own would never have happened. Murielle was interesting, knowledgeable and personable. It was also great to pop into a shop or patisserie along the way. We also finished the tour with a great little aperitif in a local bar and had the opportunity to chat with Murielle long after the tour finished. Would not hesitate to reccommend Murielle and Withlocals. Will def book again the next time we go to Paris, which is hopefully soon!