France - Europe

France - The Hexagon

France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval and port cities, tranquil villages, mountains and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is known worldwide for its couture fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its sophisticated cuisine and its wines. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman Theater and the immense Palace of Versailles are testaments to its long history

Average Weather and Climate in France

France is a country located in Western Europe. Clockwise from the north, France borders Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Germany and Switzerland to the east, Italy to the south-east and Spain to the south-west.

The climate of France is generally cold in winter and mild in summer, but mild winters and hot summers are usual along the Mediterranean sea (French riviera) and in the South West of France. Lots of the snow falls in winter in the Mountainous regions like the Alps, Pyrenees and Auvergne. In July and August it's the peak of summer.

PARIS

Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN PARIS

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ DE Mars in Paris, France. It was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.

The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement.

Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France

Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town located 32 km east of the Centre of Paris, and is the most visited theme park in all of France and Europe

The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France.

The Catacombs of Paris or Catacombes de Paris are underground ossuaries in Paris, France. Located south of the former city gate, the ossuaries hold the remains of about six million people

The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, commonly known as the Grand Palais, is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France.

The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese architect I.M. Pei, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris.

The Louvre Palace is a former royal palace located on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois

ACCOMMODATION

HOTEL AMPERE (4*)

Close to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, discover the Hôtel Ampère – the perfect combination of charm and tradition, a very comfortable, contemporary hotel in the heart of one of the most prestigious area of Paris. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.hotel-ampere-paris.com/

WARWICK CHAMPS-ELYSEES (4*)

One cannot help but fall in love with Paris, France. But the falling is that much sweeter at the Hotel Warwick Champs-Élysées. The location alone guarantees an experience worthy of the city’s innate magnetic appeal and timeless romance. Steps from the most beautiful avenue in the world, the hotel sits at the heart of Downtown Paris within the Golden Triangle, which encompasses the Etoile, Champs-Élysées and Avenue George V. From those streets, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum and many other attractions and fashionable shopping options are mere minutes away. Inside the hotel, guests retire to a Pierre Yves Rochon–designed lobby and ambience that is chic, eclectic, inviting and unmistakably Warwick. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: warwickhotels.com/paris/

DISNEY LAND

Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was originally the only attraction on the property; its name was changed to Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s.

Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year. According to a March 2005 report from the Disney Company, there are 65,700 jobs supported by the Disneyland Resort, which includes, at the Resort itself, 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (that is, independent contractors or their employees

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN DISNEY LAND

A night time spectacular show: Bringing Your Disney Dreams to Life Sleeping Beauty Castle will see spectacular flights of fancy wrapped around it, as Peter Pan's shadow escapes to bring you the rainbow reality of 'Disney Dreams®! Read More Sleeping Beauty Castle will see spectacular flights of fancy wrapped around it, as Peter Pan's shadow escapes to bring you the rainbow reality of 'Disney Dreams!' This explosion of light and colour follows his adventure as he weaves his way between classic Disney tales, dashing through incredible lasers, fantastic fountains and peaking in an extraordinary finale

Disney magic on parade: Disney Magic on Parade: an Explosion of Colour and Magic Delight in this extra-special daytime parade, where lively music, bright costumes and vibrant floats add an extra splash of colour and magic to the streets of Disneyland® Park. Read More Delight in this extra-special daytime parade, where lively music, bright costumes and vibrant floats add an extra splash of color and magic to the streets of Disneyland Park.

Autopia: Designed for Smaller Drivers who are at least 52 inches (132 cm) tall can strap in and drive their own car. Additionally, Guests who are at least 32 inches (81 cm) tall are also allowed to drive as long as they are accompanied by someone who is at least 52 inches (132 cm) tall

Big thunder mountain: Climb steep heights and dive below raging waterfalls in this family-friendly, rattling race in a speeding mine cart.

ACCOMMODATION

DISNEY SEUOIA LODGE (3*)

Relax in this cozy mountain retreat that has the authentic feel of peaceful nights spent around a flickering fireplace. Here, the Parks are only a 15 minute walk away, quicker by free shuttle, and you can even enjoy up to 2 Extra Magic Hours in parts of Disneyland® Park on certain days. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: idf.disneylandparis.fr/

CHAMONIX

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (or Chamonix), a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy, is renowned for its alpine skiing. It’s at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi, Pointe Helbronner on the Italian border and Le Brévent

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN CHAMONIX

Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco, both meaning "White Mountain", is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus range. It rises 4,810 m above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence.

The Aiguille du Midi is a mountain within the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps

Le Brévent is a mountain of Haute-Savoie, France. It lies in the Aiguilles Rouges range of the French Prealps and has an altitude of 2525 metres above sea level.

The Bossons Glacier is one of the glaciers found in the Chamonix valley of Haute-Savoie département, south-eastern France. It is on the south side of the valley, close to the Aiguille du Midi.

The Vallée Blanche Cable Car is a passenger cable car between Courmayeur and Chamonix by passing over the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps. The project was by Vittorio Zignoli of Polytechnic University of Turin

The Mont Blanc Tramway or Tramway du Mont-Blanc is a mountain railway line in the Haute-Savoie department of France. It is the highest in France and the fourth highest in Europe.

Pointe Helbronner is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the Graian Alps on the watershed between France and Italy.

ACCOMMODATION

ALPINA (3*)

Alpina Hotel Chamonix Mont Blanc provides an eventful vacation with majestic views of the Alps mountain range. Skiers and mountaineers are within easy access of the Mont Blanc massif and Aiguille Du Midi. The town Centre displays the Statue of Horace Benedict de Saussure, the initiator of the first Mont Blanc climb. Casino de Chamonix and Chamonix Golf are nearby for guests taking a breather from the mountains. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.bestmontblanc.com/hotel-alpina


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