France

France

The geographic area of modern day France was originally colonized in antiquity by the Gauls, then taken over in the 4th century AD by Germanic invaders known as the Franks, from whom the nation’s name was derived.  France remained a monarchy until the French revolution in 1789 transformed it into a republic.  Through its storied history, France possessed tremendous influence in shaping European politics, economy and culture.  Many of humanity’s scientific breakthroughs and most famous works of art came from France. 
Your vacation with Ritz Tours takes you to visit France via the famous Eurostar train, which journeys under the English Channel from Dover to arrive at fabulous Paris.


Paris
Situated on the banks of the eternally romantic Seine River, Paris is the capital of France and home to 2.2M inhabitants.  Paris and its surrounding area are home to numerous famous historical monuments and landmarks, including Bastille, the Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Opera House, Place de la Concorde, Louvre Museum, and Versaille Palace.  

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Europe Adventure

The Europe Adventure

Deluxe Experience - Feel the centuries-old history and culture of Europe, exploring its many famous cities
  • Knowledgeable and experienced tour manager
  • Historic site visits for your delight
  • Deluxe hotels for your comfort
  • Extensive itinerary for your enjoyment
  • International airfare included
Post Departure Travel insurance included if paid in full 60 days prior to departure

MORE ON FRANCE
Climate

Visitors to France will find a large variance in temperatures dependent on which region is being visited. France is divided into four climactic zones but for the most part, France has temperate winters and mild summers. In Paris, the average annual temperature is 53F with 25.2 inches of rainfall.

 
Language

There are some regional languages and dialects but the official language used in France is French. Although many residents have studied English in high school, due to lack of practice, they are usually unable or unwilling to speak it.

 
National Holidays and Festivals

January 1 – New Year's Day
May 1 – Labor Day
May 8 – WWII Victory Day
July 14 – Bastille Day
August 15 – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1 – All Saints Day
November 11 – Armistice Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – 2nd Day of Christmas

 
Money

France is part of the Eurozone and as such the Euro is the official currency. Money can be changed at most post offices, banks, airports, and train stations. However, banks are known to exact a hefty commission while airports/train stations usually have poor exchange rates. Credit cards are widely accepted, especially in large metropolises such as Paris.

 
Electrical Requirements

The standard is 220V with the socket possessing two rounded prongs.