France Travel Guide

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See Also: Ski France


France is situated in western Europe between the Mediterranean Sea and the English Channel.  It borders Germany and Switzerland to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.


There are many convenient ways to travel between the UK and France nowadays, especially with the Channel Tunnel link and Eurostar rail service.  Those who choose not to fly also have the option of making the trip by ferry. 


France is a country that offers a wealth of experiences: from the beaches and glamour of the Cote d’Azur, snow-capped mountains, fashionable and historic cities, delicious French cuisine, wine growing areas, to its rugged northern coast with battlefield sites and associated history.

The Alps are world famous for great skiing and glamorous resorts such as: Chamonix, Tignes, Courchevel, Meribel, Les Deux Alpes, Les Arcs, and Val d’Isere.

As in most major cities of the world, and tourist hot spots, always be alert to the possibility of street crime and pickpockets.  Tourists tend to be targeted at places such as crowded attractions and venues, airports, car rental desks, and rail and bus stations. 


The Channel Tunnel (a.k.a. Chunnel or Eurotunnel) provides a rail link between England and France, with ongoing connections to other areas of Europe. The tunnel is approximately 30 miles long and buried 42 metres (140’) under the English Channel.  If you plan to take your vehicle across we highly recommend Vehicle Rescue Direct Car and Motorcycle Breakdown cover. Visit the web site at


If you plan to take a vehicle over to France or rent a car and drive in France it is important to be aware of the rules of the road and laws, as there are some significant differences.  For example, it is compulsory to carry a reflective jacket and warning triangle in a vehicle. Those under 17 years of age are not allowed to drive, even if they hold a valid license from their own country.  On-the-spot fines are given for speeding violations and in-car radar detectors are illegal! The FCO website includes advice and further links to motoring organisations.


The romantic capital city of Paris, also known as The City of Lights, offers plenty of excitement and attractions to keep visitors busy.  Art lovers will make a beeline for The Louvre to see the famous Mona Lisa and other artwork. The Pompidou Centre is the place for contemporary art, or the Musee d’Orsay or Musee Rodin where many of Rodin’s beautiful sculptures can be admired. No trip to Paris is complete without a photo taken at the Eiffel Tower.


Disneyland Paris (Euro Disney) is a magical place for kids and a welcome escape from reality for kidults. The attraction incorporates many hotels, restaurants, and facilities, as well as a golf course.



European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.







Disclaimer: While we have tried to ensure the information in this Travel Guide is correct we do not accept responsibility for any inaccuracy or the content of external links.

Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.