Insider's Guide to France - Brownell Travel

Insider’s Guide to France

Use our Insider’s Guide to France to help with your next adventure to France!

GENERAL INFORMATION (for US Travelers)

Documents needed:

Passport

Language:

French

Currency:

Euro

WHERE TO GO

Paris

Don’t Miss:

A personalized tour based on your interests, from the French Revolution to the Lost Generation

Where to Stay:

Bordeaux

Don’t Miss:

Biking tour through vineyards

Where to Stay:

Normandy

Don’t Miss:

Guided tour of D-Day beaches

Where to Stay:
  • Hotel Villa Lara

Champagne

Don’t Miss:

Visit Champagne houses like Veuve Cliquot

Where to Stay:

Loire Valley

Don’t Miss:

A visit to a castle followed by hot air ballooning

Where to Stay:
  • Domaine des Hauts de Loire
  • Domaine de la Tortiniere

Provence

Don’t Miss:

A day trip to Saint Remy, where Vincent Van Gogh produced more than 150 paintings

Where to Stay:

French Riviera

Don’t Miss:

A private cooking class in Nice; a private perfume workshop in Grasse

Where to Stay:

TIPPING

  • Dining: €1-3 at a casual restaurant; 5% for a nicer restaurant
  • Hotel: €1 per bag for porter; €2 per day for housekeeper
  • Cab: 10% of fare
  • Private driver: €40/full day
  • Private guide: €40/full day

DINING

What to eat:
  • Fresh baguette
  • Steak frites
  • Coq au vin
  • Escargot
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Cassoulet
  • Profiteroles
  • Crepe
  • Croissant

TALK THE TALK

  • Hello – Bonjour
  • Goodbye – Au revoir
  • Thank you – Merci
  • Yes – Oui
  • Excuse Me – Pardon
  • Please –  S’il vous plait

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • You may have to pay a small fee to use public restrooms in stores or train stations.
  • Use basic French phrases like bonjour, merci, and au revoir when entering a store.
  • Do as the French do, and take time to enjoy your coffee and meals.
  • Don’t wear running shoes and workout clothes unless you’re in the gym.