France

Last Updated: 20th Jan 2014

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/lucky/stocks/DSC02170.JPG" class="rightwise" title="eiffel tower" alt="eiffel tower" /></p> <p><strong>Capital:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/paris">Paris</a></p> <p><strong>Currency:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-euro">Euro</a></p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/western-european-language-basics">French</a></p> <p><strong>Visas:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/visas-travelling-to-europe">Travel Visa Information</a></p> <p><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=france"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to France &gt;</strong></a></p> <p>The second largest country in Western Europe, it is home to over 60 million people bordering the Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the Principality of Monaco. The largest city and capital is <a href="/contikipedia/articles/paris">Paris</a> (home of the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/eiffel-tower">Eiffel Tower</a>) with the remainder of the French spread through out popular beach resorts like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/nice">Nice</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cannes">Cannes</a>, as well as rolling hills of the countryside in centers like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/lyon">Lyon</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/bordeaux">Bordeaux</a> and mountainous ski resorts in alpine towns like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/chamonix">Chamonix</a>.</p> <p>French influence of the former French Empire almost everywhere you look anywhere in the world from language, to food and fashion.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/manners-and-customs-france">Manners and Customs</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/art-and-culture-france">Art and Culture</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/food-and-drink-france">Food and Drink</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/sports-france">Sports</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/places-contiki-visits-in-france">Places Contiki visits in France</a></li> </ul>