Situated in south-western Europe, France has long been a popular holiday destination, attracting millions of visitors from around the globe each year. Visitors from the UK and Europe are attracted to the vibrant city of Paris, the lush rolling hills of the French countryside and the idyllic charm of the many wine-producing regions. With so much to see across the country it can be difficult to fit everything in during your holiday and, as a result, organised tours have become increasingly popular in France. These allow visitors to pack much more into their visits by taking care of the transport, accommodation and often even meals. The best tours strike the right balance between showing visitors lots of different sights and allowing sufficient time to explore each attraction so do bear this in mind when choosing a tour.
Many tours start and end in Paris allowing you a few days at the beginning or end to explore the `City of Love`, which is highly recommended for all visitors. Some of the most popular tours focus on Provence and the French Riviera region and you can even choose one customised to your own interests, whether you have a passion for photography, cooking or history. You can visit the baroque city of Nice, the celebrities` playground of Monaco and a selection of idyllic coastal villages and scenic natural beauty. Alternatively, you might prefer to focus on the north west of France and take a tour of Normandy and the Loire Valley. Here you could discover miles of dramatic coastline, visit World War II landing beaches, soak up the atmosphere in the vibrant port city of Rouen or spend a night in a Château in the Loire Valley.
If you are interested in taking a tour in France, it is always a good idea to shop around before departure; some careful research will give you an idea of what you should be getting for your money. Also invaluable are the many online sources of independent reviews from previous visitors. These tell you so much more about a tour company and its destinations than the marketing material ever will. If you are short of time, booking in advance is the best way to ensure you really make the most of the time you spend in France as you can arrange to set off almost as soon as you arrive. If you have a little more time to spend, it is often useful to take a tour of your chosen region at the beginning of your visit. This will give you a chance to get your bearings and figure out what aspects of the area most appeal to you then you can spend the remainder of your holiday revisiting the places you liked best.
Scheduled tour departures can be a fantastic way to increase the amount of sightseeing you can fit into a short trip; however there are alternatives for those travelling in groups of friends or family. If your companions generally have similar interests, a good alternative is to choose the main sights you want to visit and book a private hire coach to transport you between them. This way you can enjoy the freedom of planning a customised tour without the hassle or expense of organising several separate rental cars.