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From the lights of the Eifel Tower to the sea breeze of the French Riviera, France is a magical adventure waiting to be had. Let us take you to straight to the hot-spots to give you a taste of France you won’t forget. Lose yourself wandering the cobblestoned streets of Paris, enjoy a café au lait near the Arc de Triomphe and walk past the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Be filled with wonderment as you explore Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, where this 17th-century town will charm you with its fountains, elegant homes and famous cafés. Feel energised on the French Riviera, as you sashay down the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or take a day trip to glamourous Cannes. Create your own French adventure with Monograms.

Snapshot: France
Capital
Paris
Currency
Euro
Official Language
French
Time Zone
UTC+1
Population
67 million
Drives on the
Right

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Packages

TWO WEEKS IN LONDON & PARIS
LONDON   PARIS
13 days, 2 Countries
Package: DQ
TWO WEEKS IN LONDON & PARIS
Bond. James Bond. Unleash your inner James Bond and travel to two of his famous haunts—London & Paris—for a two-week holiday that is sure to thrill you even more than an exciting James Bond movie! And...
LONDON, PARIS & NICE
LONDON   NICE
9 days, 2 Countries
Package: DRN
LONDON, PARIS & NICE
In the movie An American in Paris, the film’s stars enthusiastically sing, “'S wonderful! 'S marvelous…C'est magnifique!” We aren’t entirely sure, but we think they were singing about this Monograms...
LONDON, PARIS, AIX-EN-PROVENCE & NICE
LONDON   NICE
11 days, 2 Countries
Package: DRY
LONDON, PARIS, AIX-EN-PROVENCE & NICE
“If you love life, you’ll love France." This famous travel poster from Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief says it all! And no one brings you France—not to mention London—like Monograms! On this 11-day...
PARIS & LONDON (3 NTS PARIS & 3 NTS LONDON)
PARIS   LONDON
7 days, 2 Countries
Package: DK
PARIS & LONDON (3 NTS PARIS & 3 NTS LONDON)
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities. George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London. You: My Wonderful Holiday to Paris & London. Yes, Paris & London are not just perfect settings for novels, but...
Travelling in France
Best time to visit
Summers are warm, especially in the south. Winters are wet and cooler, with snow in the mountains. Pack lightweight clothes in the summer; don't forget your beachwear if you think you might head to the coast. Bring warm clothes for winter, especially in mountainous regions.
Culture and customs

Parisian sidewalks and roads are often on three different levels; watch them when stepping on and off the sidewalk.

Parisian hotels have automatic, centralised air-conditioning systems, and the temperatures may not be quite as cool as you are accustomed to.

Pre-holiday reads for the south of France: Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence or Yvonne Lenard's The Magic of Provence.

Language and Useful Phrases

Good morning/day: Bonjour
Good evening: Bonsoir
Good bye: Au revoir
Please: S'il vous plaît
Thank you: Merci
Yes: Oui
No: Non
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais?
How much? C'est combien?
1: Un
2: Deux
3: Trois
4: Quatre
5: Cinq
6: Six
7: Sept
8: Huit
9: Neuf
10: Dix

Health and Safety
Consult your local doctor for general immunisations and visit http://smartraveller.gov.au for current safety and travel information.
Electronics and Devices
France uses a round, 2-prong plug.
Money and Costs
The official currency of France is the Euro.
Bank hours are 9am-12pm and 2pm-4pm Monday to Friday
1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents (c)
Banknote denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
Coin denominations: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

Credit cards are widely accepted in France (mostly Visa and Mastercard), and you should have no problems using them in larger shops and restaurants. Smaller shop may ask you to pay in cash or have a minimum amount required to use a credit card.

Average costs:
Soft drink/mineral water/coffee = €2-4
Salad or sandwhich lunch with drink = €8-15
Dinner at mid-range restaurant = €30-40"
Visas and Insurances
France is part of the Schengen area, which allows Australians and New Zealanders to enter France without a visa in some circumstances.
If you're travelling for reasons other than tourism, or for more than 90 days, you will need to get a visa from French authorities before departing Australia or New Zealand.
Fun Facts
France is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world
The Eiffel Tower stands at a height of 324 metres, almost the height of a 70-storey building.
France has the sixth-largest economy in the world.
How Monograms is Different

Monograms is independent travel that takes all the hassles out of planning and organising your dream holiday. We’ve done all the work to build just the right all-in-one package for you – your choice of the right hotels in the heart of the action, sightseeing, transportation around cities, a Local Host at your destination and much more. We handle all the details so you can enjoy your destination like a local.

Roam with local insight
Discover new places at your own pace. You'll have all the space and time to enjoy your adventure, with as much or as little help from your Local Host as you want, so you never have to miss a minute!
Independent travel made easy
With Monograms, we take all the hours of organising trips away from you. We handle the details so that you can feel comfortable and confident in your destination - even if it's your first time there!
Your perfect space
Whether you prefer hotels that are close to shopping and sightseeing, surrounded by natural beauty, part of the city's artistic heritage or that offer contemporary styling, our holidays put you at the heart of your destination.
YourWay
Enjoy freedom and flexibility that comes with a personalised holiday! Choose how many nights you stay in select European cities.