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5 Popular Destinations In France With GoWithGuide's Private Tours

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Gowithguide travel specialist O.

Last updated : May 23, 20249 min read

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France Tour Guide


You don’t need us to tell you that France is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, the country has long been known for its cosmopolitan cities, expansive vineyards, rich culture, and beautiful rolling hills. 


In this article, we’ll be providing some of our favorite travel recommendations when visiting France. For a stress-free experience, we have professional guides standing by in almost every major destination in France ready to provide informative, private, and customizable tours at the drop of a hat. 


Côte d'Azur / French Riviera


Tucked away in the Southeastern corner of France, the Côte d'Azur (literally Azure Coast) is one of the country’s most incredible jewels. Known by many simply as the French Riviera, this region includes semi-tropical Mediterranean beaches, a multitude of beautiful resorts, and some of the best weather in all of Europe. 


This region includes some of the most stunning and culture-rich destinations in France, including Toulon, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Nice, and the Principality of Monaco (a semi-enclave inside France). This playground of the rich and famous offers a variety of attractions to guests, including swimming, water sports, sprawling parks, art museums, and some of the best cuisine in the world - a fusion of French and Mediterranean tastes. 


If you’re unsure where the best places to explore are located, our guides can help you with private tours of both the Western and Eastern parts of the French Riviera. You can customize your trip to fit your preferences - for example, visiting the Roman ruins at Eze-La Turbie for those with an archeological streak, or enjoying the cuisine and views of picturesque Nice and its surrounding villages. 


You could also visit the charming villages of Provence, or if you are in the mood for some glamour, the city of Cannes with its famous film festival, or even the luxury hotels and casinos of Monte Carlo. There are numerous outstanding travel destinations in the region, and our team of guides can connect you with the best experiences.  


Mont Saint-Michel


Perhaps one of the most famous locations in all of France, Mont Saint-Michel is an old Breton fortress and religious commune located on a tidal island on the mouth of the Couesnon River. Located right offshore, the island has the advantage of allowing people to cross over during low tide, but during high tide the water comes in, transforming it into a superb defensible position. During the Hundred Years War, the island was never conquered, with its small garrison able to hold out against even full-scale English assaults thanks to its ingenious location. Luckily, defense against medieval raids isn’t much of a concern these days, but the effect of the tides still makes the island a very interesting place to visit. 


Later on in its history the island was turned into a prison for some time, again due to its largely unassailable nature, and in 1979 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since then, it has remained as one of the most visited tourist attractions in the whole of France, with over 3 million people flocking to its gates every year. As mentioned previously, the island is home to a religious commune, with pilgrims visiting its Abbey church as part of the holy route known as the “Way of St. James” over many centuries. 


The island itself is home to several beautiful medieval structures which are a marvel to behold, with the magnificent Abbey itself serving as the crown jewel. Visitors can also have a grand time shopping at the souvenir shops for some authentic gifts from Normandy, or enjoy some amazing omelets and shellfish at the restaurant. When night falls, the Abbey also lights up in a spectacular light show, surely a picture-worthy moment. 


The Camargue


For our next recommendation, we’re going to something a bit more nature-esque, with the Camargue wetland park in Southern France. This beautiful nature reserve offers a variety of activities, including horse riding, bird watching (pink flamingos included), cycling, hiking, river excursions, and even beaches to relax at. 


France may not necessarily be the first place that pops into your mind when it comes to nature reserves, but nature lovers will undoubtedly enjoy the area and all its attractions. We would particularly recommend the horseback riding trails - there are few things as amazing as riding a horse down the sandy Mediterranean beaches of the Camargue. For those looking for a more high-octane activity, there are also the Camargue bullfights, where contestants have to snatch a tassel from between a bull’s horns (no bulls are harmed). 


Another thing you may not have thought of experiencing in France is the expansive rice paddies located in the region - responsible for a whopping 5% of Europe’s total rice production. You can also visit the medieval walled city of Aigues Mortes, brimming with history dating back to the Crusades. Additionally, there are a variety of river cruises, the natural beauty of the marshlands and meadows of Parc Régional de Camargue, and if you’re lucky you could even grab a glimpse of the wild white horses that roam the park. 




The second most populous city in France, Marseille is situated on the Gulf of Lion on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the river Rhône. This spectacular city is well known for its beauty and vibrant cosmopolitan aura. In addition to this, Marseille also has the distinction of being the oldest city in France, being founded all the way back in 600 BC. This means that there are a myriad of historical structures located around the city to enjoy. 


One of the most famous buildings in Marseilles is of course the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (not the one in Paris), an ancient and famous church located in the center of the city. The city is home to the second-highest number of museums in all of France, after only Paris, and is a great place to visit for those seeking to widen their cultural horizons. A particular recommendation would be a visit to the wonderful ‘Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean’.


The city features a large variety of concerts and theaters, luxury hotels and succulent restaurants too numerous to mention. It also has a famous football heritage which will definitely appeal to sports fans, meaning there is truly something for everyone to be found in Marseille. 


The Loire Valley


For our final recommendation, why not visit the Loire Valley in central France - a breathtaking valley situated next to the Loire river. Featuring a rich collection of vineyards, orchards, fields, and historic estates, the region promises some truly amazing travel opportunities. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich cultural heritage, visiting some of the area’s large collection of unique châteaux is a must. 


Totaling over 300, these impressive structures were built by French kings and nobility to serve as holiday getaways and residences. A particularly spectacular château to visit is the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, located on an island in the Indre river. Construction started in 1518 on the site of a former castle, and over the centuries it passed through the hands of several nobles. By 1905 the building had been purchased by the state, and soon after it was classified as a historical monument. 


A major restoration project commenced in 2014, with the surrounding park being restored to its 19th century splendor along with extensive modernizations to make it more visitor friendly. These restorations include almost all aspects of the building, from the roof tiles to the surrounding park and authentic interiors of the opulent rooms. One of the most beautiful views is of the famous water mirror, the flow of the river having been slowed, so the building facade is reflected in the water’s surface.



There are many more activities and sights to behold at these locations than we’ve had time to cover in this article, but rest assured that each destination offers a quintessential French experience. Whether you’d prefer lying on the beach, admiring nature, sipping on French wine, high-end shopping, or enjoying classic renaissance architecture - there is something for everyone to enjoy. Reach out to one of our many guides in France to start planning your tour today!

Nice Tour Guide - Gregory R.

Gregory R.


Being a native from Villefranche-sur-Mer, in the heart of the French Riviera, a little fishermen's village located right between Nice and Monaco and facing the world-famous Cap Ferrat, I grew up in the valley outside Nice and started to discover the cities of the Côte d'Azur as a young boy with my parents and family, later on as a teenager with my friends. After studying corporate public relations, I had one of the best opportunity of my life, something that I secretly always wished, to go live in United States, working for the famous Sun Valley ski resort for two years in Idaho as a restaurant and banquet manager. When I came back to Nice, I went back to school to be graduated as a French professional tour guide and lecturer in English and Spanish, then i started to work as a tour guide in different tour companies and quickly decided to face a new challenge by opening a tour guide company that will look more like me, which means showing my region as a local to my clients and make sure they feel as with friends, all along their stay, not just when they are with me for the tour. Providing private professional guided tours today for shore excursions or visitors staying in various hotels in Cannes, Monaco or Nice is obviously the greatest and most enjoyable job that suit me, as natural and sincere I can be, it pushes me on being exceptionally great every day because my guest deserves so much coming from so far to discover our region, i only have one day to stay in their memories for a very long time, showing you the best places around the French Riviera. Since 2007, me and my team of native born and raised professional tour guide are specialized in providing private tours on the French Riviera, which mean that we adjust our tours with your requests and wishes, we have had a lots of unique and very interesting experiences that we will always remember because of sharing unique life moments.                                                                                                                                  

Paris Tour Guide - Jillian A.

Jillian A.

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Bonjour de Paris! I'm Jillian, your independent Paris guide, ready to sprinkle some magic on your adventure! Walk with me – your experienced, passionate, dynamic, and undeniably cool local guide. Let's meander through petite cafes and historic wonders, unlocking the secrets to living like a true Parisian! Marvel at hidden gems where the art of the past and present intertwines, making history your playground! Join my small groups or opt for a private/personalized walking tour, because in Paris, the best stories are told step by step. Whether alone or with your favorite people, I'll show you the beauty of Paris. Let's make your time in Paris a whirlwind of joy. Have fun and let the City of Lights enchant you!                                                                                                                                  

Bordeaux Tour Guide - Francis T.

Francis T.


Hello! I'm Francis, I would like to show this beautiful city who adopted me. I would like to show you around, so you get to know its history, culture, wine, FOOD, its architecture and others! Join me in this experience, and I will show the best possible!                                                                                                                                 

Aix en Provence Tour Guide - Nathalie S.

Nathalie S.

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Hello from Provence, South of France ! This year has been an incredible busy year with many tourists visiting Provence. Provence IS the place to visit with so many different attractions such as: beautiful scenery, excellent gastronomy, great wine experience, large variety of architecture dated from as far as Roman time, Renaissance to now and of course our famous lavender fields! I have been a tour guide in the region of Provence & Côté d'Azur for more than 6 years, I can easily plan day tours or multiday tours to the liking of any visitors looking for a beautiful memorable vacation in our region.                                                                                                                                  

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