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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


€24.00 p.p.

Famous Paris Landmarks: uncover the secrets


€15.00 p.p.

Urban Experience with a Native Parisian


€20.00 p.p.

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


€30.00 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.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Rosemary Paris

Paris Favourite Food tour: the 10 Tastings

We highly recommend taking this tour with Michel! He's very knowledgable, fun and kind.
We visited areas of Paris that we wouldn't have known about and ate delicious food. We ended the tour at a wine shop and enjoyed a great bottle of wine with Michel. Memorable experience. Thanks Michel!!

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Boris Paris

Best of Paris tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Alice picked me up from hotel. And we together walked through CIte and Latine quater. Alice adapted her tour according my requests. She gave me many small advises about surroundings.

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Mayank Wan

Famous Paris Landmarks: uncover the secrets

"Wow! That was fantastic." were the exact feelings my wife and I had after Wan finished the tour and got us to an amazing start of our trip to the city. Right from the moment we met her, she was absolutely wonderful and full of energy. We walked through a lot of places in Paris and learned a lot about each of the places we visited - from historical snippets to the tips about the Louvre. We had good conversation over food and while walking from one interesting place to another. Through her questions, she tried to understand about us and made changes to how and what she talked to us about. This was I think the most powerful part of such a service and Wan did that brilliantly. Her knowledge of history was outstanding and specially the way she applied that knowledge to current situations stood out. Her easy going nature meant that it never felt like a boring topic, but actually generated interest.

We highly recommend arranging a tour with Wan next time you are in the city. Even if you think you know the city, I am sure she will come up something that you will find exciting.

Thank you Wan for such an amazing start to our trip. Next time we are Paris, we are going to contact you and do this again.