France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Special Interest Trips/Events in France
Bicycling, beaches, canal barge cruises, cuisine, skiing—France has lots of opportunities for special trips.





With long coastlines on both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, France is amply supplied with good beaches. Its beachside resort towns have been famous for centuries.


Bicycle touring is one of the most popular sports in France. More...

Canal Barge Cruises

France has had an extensive canal system for centuries. No longer used for freight, it has become a delightful water-highway system for barge cruises. More...


Is French cuisine the world's best? Many people think so. Any good cook must have at least a beginner's knowledge of French cuisine. You can learn on your trip. Here are some thoughts on cooking classes in France, and descriptions of our experiences with cooking classes in Paris. More...

European Heritage Days

European Heritage Days, called Les Journées du Patrimoine in French, take place the third weekend in September. For two days many public and private buildings are open to visitors. More...


With some of the world's most beautiful terrain and topography, the Alps and their tallest peak, and too many historic sites to count, France is a hiker's paradise.

Skiing & Snowboarding

The French Alps boast hundreds of ski lifts, dozens of charming towns and villages, spectacular scenery, and the highest mountain in Western Europe (Mont Blanc). Whatever you want in the way of skiing and snowboarding, it's here. More...

Bicycling in France

Canal Barge Cruising

Special-Interest Trips

When to Go to France

Where to Go in France

Transportation in France


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Canal barge moored at Josselin, Brittany, France

Above, Canal barge moored at Josselin, Brittany.

Below, A lovely room you can visit in the Palais Royale on European Heritage Days.

Palais Royale, Paris



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