A country of regal heritage and gourmet cuisine, France is the perfect destination for both first-time and seasoned travelers. A&K’s expert guides and longstanding local presence allow us to introduce you to this timeless destination through unforgettable insider access moments.

From the Louvre to Le Marais and Champs Elysees, Paris is one of the world’s most iconic cities with a wealth of landmarks. Whether you are an art lover or simply interested in the history of this fascinating city, we can design a custom tour to explore its many attractions.

The French revolution is one of the most significant events in European history, and the ideals behind it remain deeply ingrained in the country’s culture to this day. It was during this time that the Declaration of the Rights of Man was written, which guaranteed citizens freedom of speech, religion, press and assembly. It also granted the right to vote and have a representative government. However, it was only in 1958 that a constitutional reform established a decentralised parliamentary system and transferred some state powers to the Departments (départements), Regions and Municipalities (communes).

French literature is famous around the world for works such as Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Albert Camus’ The Stranger. The country is also home to some of the best classical musicians, including Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré.

In the same vein, French film and television is renowned throughout the world. There are also a number of top sports teams that have made their name in the international arena, with the national soccer team and the Parisian club PSG being two examples.

A wide range of transportation options are available to visitors travelling to France. International airports serve most major cities, with high-speed trains providing an attractive alternative for shorter journeys. Buses provide a convenient service for those staying in smaller towns and villages, while ferries offer the main method of travel to some of the country’s beautiful islands.

Exercising increased caution is advised in all areas of the country due to ongoing terrorist activity. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning at tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, clubs, parks, major sporting and cultural events, airports and other public places. Pickpocketing and other forms of theft occur frequently in crowded areas, especially near tourist attractions.

French is the official language but English is widely spoken, particularly in the larger tourist centers. We recommend brushing up on basic French before your trip, even in regions where English is more prevalent. You should also be prepared for a bit of language confusion in rural areas, where you will find it is still very common to use the local dialect. Be sure to open with a greeting of bonjour or bonsoir (bonjour after dusk), and always thank someone politely, with a simple je vous remercie (i.e., a heartfelt merci). It is customary for casual acquaintances and friends to give each other bisous (kisses), with up to four kisses on the cheek starting on the right side (although it varies from region to region).

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