The most popular flight destinations in France are Paris, Nice, Marseille and Lyon. This is also one of the only three countries between Morocco and Spain to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Attributable to its shape, France is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone (The Hexagon).
Fights to France from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban – British Airways, SWISS, Emirates, South African Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar, Air France, Etihad, and KLM are availiable from the leading carriers for your travels. Whether you prefer a direct or 2-stop travel itinerary, and depending on which city in South Africa you are departing from, Austrian Airlines, Egypt Air and Czech Airlines can be added to your selection of airline carriers.
Your point of entry, when taking a flight to France, will most likely by Roiisy – Charles de Gaulle, the home to Air France. Other airports in France include Cote d’Azur, France – Bordeaux Airport and Paris-Orly. The landscape and scenery is a small part of what makes this country a great tourist destination. The best way to experience France in all its splendour is to travel by bus, train or boat.
French culture encapsulates art and architecture, medieval literature and philosophy, cinema, fashion, traditional cuisine and champagne. Add these to your bucket list, unless they’re already in ink.
The Eiffel Tower – Not only is this one of the most recognisable structures in the world, but it is also the most-visited paid monument in the world. With three levels for visitors to canvas, the tower offers the most beautiful panoramic view of Paris. Representing the magic of light, it’s only fitting that its lights sparkle and inspire dreams every evening.
Disneyland Resort Paris – Entertainment for the whole family, this is every kid’s dream. From Disneyland Park where five magical lands were designed for every dreamer to Walt Disney Studio Parks where you can discover the secrets of Disney animation, this is more than a theme park. More than 50 rides and attractions, here’s something to everyone.
The Lourve – Located on the Right Bank of the Seine, this is home to the Venus of Milo, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Even if you only have a slight interest in art, the three large wings comprise Egyptian antiquities; Near Eastern antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.
Palace of Versailles – This royal château in Versailles is one of the largest and most magnificent castles in the world, boasting around 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases. Housing kings and queens of France until the French Revolution, its deep history is cemented in the beautiful architecture and gardens. Be sure to visit The Queen’s Hamlet, The Gardens, and The Hall of Mirrors.
French Riviera – Visit Nice and the Eastern Côte d’Azur and be pampered by the tropical climate, whilst looking down at the blue waters from your white villa, with the indigo sky adding to the ambience. Or take a tour boat along Port-Grimaud from bar to shop to restaurant all the way through the pretty squares and bridges. However it is in the Western Côte d’Azur that you will find St-Tropez, or rather as the French call it – Saint Too Much.