Your decision as to what the type of trip you want: Budget/ Luxury/ Middle of the road when/where to go will effect your planning, budgeting and savings. This is one decision you will need to make on your own. However, if you need help with the when and where Contact US!
When to go?
This is tricky, because off season offers amazing opportunities that the busy summer months won’t. Less tourist, less expensive accommodations, less expensive hotels, less crowded museums, the list goes on and on!
- Summer – most of France is lovely and warm, even Normandy and Brittany coasts are nicer in the summer. Early July is shoppers’ heaven with the annual sales!
- Fall – who doesn’t want to see the changing leafs and breath taking landscapes? Most of France will be milder and some regions will still be warm, like Provence, Southwest, Bordeaux, and parts of Massif Central.
- Spring– Paris in April is as dreamy as Audrey Hepburn made it to be. So are Provence, Southwest, and even the cold rainy parts of the North.
- Winter– It can be freezing cold, raining in some regions and powder snow in others, while the whistling Mistral winds blow through Provence. Nevertheless beautiful and incredibly less inexpensive compared to other times of the year. Museums and Chateaux are empty and the Louvre welcomes you with open arms.
Where to go?
So once you decide when to go keep these few tips in mind:
- If you stay in Paris & Surrounding’s, it is almost always going to be more expensive and always beautiful. You are in PARIS!
- Lyon & the Apls will be beautiful any season, a bit expensive in the Winter because the skiers will crowd every street and every accommodation.
- Strasbourg and the Grand East ‘s Summer and Spring is lovely for hiking and biking, while the colder months offer beautiful opportunity to see how the people of Alsace live their daily life.
- Brittany & Normandy will be beautiful and full of tourists between July- Sept. Cold and raining rest of the year, but less crowded and much less expensive that other regions.
- Provence will guarantee you sunshine from March to October, a 70 degree weather along the beaches of Nice and St. Tropez are a travelers dream!
- Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux regions are heavenly in September and October as the Fall harvest adds a flare you will not find any other time of the year.
- The Massif Central is less traveled by tourists, its volcanic chains bring you warmth in the summer and mild but yet dry temperatures in the Spring and Fall.
- The Chateaux country region spans over Pays de la Loire and Centre Valle de Loire, history at its best! It is said that if you want to really hear proper French you go to the land of royals, and if you want to hear literature you go to home of Balzac in Tours. If history and literature is your thing, you will LOVE this region at any time of the year.
No matter where you decide to go, you are living your dream and France offers you plenty of options.
HELP!!! Can’t Decide
If you like some help with planning, budgeting, and where and when to go decisions, just drop us an email and we can guide you through this process, click on Contact Us and tell us how we can help you.
*we will put together a sample matrix of where to go and what to do, OR, a rough estimate of travel cost based on your style of travel for planning a trip to France.