The world's most romantic country, France has welcomed lovers for centuries. Whether you're planning a wedding, vow renewals, your honeymoon, or just a madcap weekend, France offers everything you need to indulge your passions:
Elegant Accommodations. There are about 20,000 hotels, inns, and motels in France, government-rated according to five comfort levels indicated by stars that range from one (budget) to five (deluxe). In a modern luxury hotel or a château that's adorned with precious antiques and a four-poster bed, expect to be enchanted. Many properties in France offer romance packages.
Depending on the package, perks may include a Champagne breakfast in bed, matching bathrobes, complimentary bouquets of flowers, petits fours, limousine rides, and more. So when you call for reservations, ask if a special package is available.
More affordable choices include chambres d'hôte (bed-and-breakfasts), gites (country cottages and farmhouses for rent), and private châteaux with guest rooms.
Superb Dining. Gourmets rate French cuisine as the world's finest. Even the simplest fare - bread, cheese, wine - is elevated to an art. On a picnic in one of her many parks, a visit to a winery, a quick stop at a street-corner bistro for cafés-au-lait and croissants, a candlelight dinner in an ancient château, or a meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant, you'll be impressed by the care the French bring to satisfying your appetite.
Scenic Countryside. From the snow-capped Alps to the sun-drenched beaches of the Riviera to the lush fields and gardens that Monet, Van Gogh, and other great painters immortalized, France is a feast for the eyes.
France boasts 20,000 hotels... 3,900 museums... 1,500 chateaux open to the public... 39,000 historic monuments... how long did you say you have to visit?
Exquisite Architecture. Everywhere in France you'll find structures that capture the style and spirit of eras past, and continue to illuminate man's quest to create lasting monuments of transcendent beauty: The Louvre. The Eiffel Tower. The Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur. The Tuileries Gardens, and Giverny. Versailles. Chartres Cathedral. Only in France.
Unique Adventures. On-the-move couples can see France from many different and exciting perspectives: Flightseeing in a private plane, riding rented motorscooters, barge cruising, hot-air ballooning, just to name a few.
Vibrant Culture. Whether you're fascinated by castles and churches, vineyards and medieval villages, cities and museums, you'll find countless ones to explore in every province of France.
Shopping. Sophistication and chic were invented in France. Even if you can only afford to window-shop the boutiques of famous French couturiers, you can still find affordable buys in department stores, flea markets, and outdoor kiosks.
You Can Even Get Married Here: If you're planning a wedding in France, consider using the services of an incoming agency to help with the details. Members of the France Wedding Association can arrange for your ceremony in an historic church; locate an officiant and bilingual assistant/translator; provide sources for music, flowers, and photography; and help set up a wedding meal and your stay in a château. Sightseeing options such as horse-drawn carriage rides, wine-cellar tours, and riverboat cruises all extend the romance of a trip you will certainly cherish forever.
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