- Nationals of the European Union and citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand do not require a visa for a stay under 90 days. If you wish to travel before or after our tour:
France is part of Schengen space (in which borders between member states are open). Your 90-day stay is valid for any of the countries belonging to Schengen space.
- Personal medical insurance is highly recommended.
- Liability/cancellation insurance is recommended
France belongs to the Euro zone. We recommend you arrive with a t least a few euros. Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and stores (the most common being Visa and MasterCard). French bank cards include a computer chip that allows its owner to pay using his/her PIN number. It is always wise to ask in advance if the merchant is set up to accept foreign credit cards that do not have the computer chip.
American Express Travelers' checks are also widely accepted in France.
When interacting with the locals or entering a shop, remember to say "bonjour," "merci" when appropriate, and "au revoir" when you leave. When meeting a new person, it is customary to shake hands.
You will be responsible for the following:
- Meals not included in package (see Pricing)
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
- A hat
- Suntan lotion with high UV protection factor
- Small change
- A travel pouch to carry your money and valuables
- An electrical transformer (France uses 220 volts) and adapter plugs of type E for your computer, battery chargers, etc.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Train tickets within France can be purchased through Rail Europe or Voyages-sncf.com. The TGV connects Paris to Avignon in 3 hours and 15 minutes.