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France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. There are many reasons why so many people enjoy visiting the diverse country, including the natural beauty, the amazing climate, outdoor activities, art museums and galleries, celebrated history, the delicious food and much more.

Bonjour, Welcome to France! Our France division was formerly known as French Travel Connection, then in 2019 we amalgamated all of our brands under Entire Travel Group. We have been operating for more than 50 years, you can learn more on our About Us page.

One of Europe’s largest countries. It is bordered by eight countries other nations: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest. The country is considered the gateway to Europe as there are several large international airports (two of these can be found in Paris), ferry terminals and the French rail service.

France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. There are many reasons why so many people enjoy visiting the diverse country, including the natural beauty, the amazing climate, outdoor activities, art museums and galleries, celebrated history, the delicious food and much more.

Fly into Paris, the capital also called “the City of Light”: from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Élysées, the trendy Marais district to lively neighbourhood of Montmartre. Visit famous art galleries, including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie or try one of the many restaurants in this world's culinary hot spot.

French wine regions are famous, some bearing names now recognized worldwide, including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Champagne. Stop at large wineries or small cellar doors to taste varied vintages and discover new favourites.

Come to Marseille and the French Mediterranean shores for sunbathing, swimming and living the Riviera lifestyle. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the popular Côte d'Azur ports of Nice, Antibes and Saint-Tropez or the amazing principality of Monaco. 

Provence and the Luberon have many interesting perched villages built on small mountains. Visit the weekly markets across these regions for local fresh produce and colourful handicrafts.

In the north, there’s a host of fascinating WWI and WWII Battlefields to visit. Among the very best are the Somme battlefields, Verdun and Pozieres in the Hauts-de-France region or the beaches of Normandy with cemeteries and monuments memorializing soldiers who lost their lives in Europe.

And don’t forget the West Coast, from Brittany to the Basque Country, where you can expect legendary sites, magnificent coastal views and delicious food! Make France your annual destination and discover its diverse regions and experiences. 

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When to visit

France is an all-year round destination. Depending on where you plan to go and what you want to see the weather may not be as important as the time of the year you travel. Consider avoiding the French summer holidays, from mid-July to mid-August and Easter as more crowded and expensive. 

High Season (Jul & Aug)

  • More people, longer queues (especially August).
  • Christmas, New Year and Easter equally busy.
  • Bastille Day Celebrations - 14th July

Shoulder (Apr–Jun & Sep)

  • Pleasant weather, less crowded 
  • Festivals and events galore

Low Season (Oct–Mar)

  • Great time to travel if you want to experience the French Christmas markets (Nov-Dec)
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Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
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What to wear

During the summer months you'll want to wear something light and breathable, and a good pair of walking shoes is a must! 
In the winter months temperatures can drop below freezing, so bring a thick jacket, thermals, and layer up!

Tipping

Generally, tipping conventions are much like in Australia: very much not expected, but if you received great service feel free to show your appreciation. Exception is barge cruising where tipping is customary.

Getting around

One of the best ways to get around France is by rail. With high speed networks throughout Europe, and terminus stations centrally located in most cities, rail is by far the easiest option. Self-drive is another great option if you prefer to go at your own pace, or a little off-the-beaten track....

Best Time to Visit France

Since France is a year-round destination, our France holiday packages let you book a flight whenever you desire. 

The best time to fly to this romantic country is from October to March so you can experience its lively Christmas markets. Get into the festive spirit as you visit markets in Metz, Strasbourg, Colmar and many more.

July and August are the busiest months as there are more people and longer queues almost everywhere. You can celebrate Bastille Day and join grand celebrations, and dances and watch firework displays and a military parade on the Champs-Elysées.
 

Known Destinations in France

Visit architectural wonders like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Château de Versailles. Other than the Louvre, you can also go to Musée Rodin, a museum dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and the Musée National d’Art Moderne or France’s National Museum of Modern Art.

If you’re an avid reader, you’ll love the bookshops at the Latin Quarter. Don’t leave France without strolling through Champs-Elysées to see why it’s being touted as the world’s most beautiful avenue.
 

Best Hotels in France

Our France holiday packages let you check in to the best hotels to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Shangri-La Hotel Paris treats tourists to a balance of Asian hospitality and French art de vivre. You’ll also get a mesmerising view of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine from here. 

Located opposite the Opera National de Bordeaux is the Intercontinental Bordeaux le Grand Hotel. It has retained its original beauty and character even after undergoing complete restoration in 2015. Enjoy a French gastronomic adventure with fresh seafood, artisan meat and fine local wines during your stay.

If you prefer a rustic hillside holiday and a glimpse of the Mediterranean, book a room at Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa. From your room, you can wake up to a one-of-a-kind view of the iconic mediaeval town St.-Paul-de-Vence.
 

Post Lockdown in France

Only visitors who have two doses of the four EU-approved vaccines at least two weeks prior can travel to France. But the second dose must have been administered not more than nine months before your trip. Otherwise, you will need to have your booster jab.

Many of the attractions have reopened and lifted their limitations on audience capacity. This way, you can maximise our France holiday deals. Facemasks are no longer required indoors but are still mandatory on public transport. Your vaccine pass will also not be required to enter any venues, except for hospitals and care homes.

About France

France takes the top spot as the most romantic country in the world, and for good reason. From  exciting urban adventures to quaint countryside retreats, you won’t get enough of this European country.  

With our exclusive, curated France holiday packages, you’ll enjoy the best activities and attractions this proud country has to offer. 
 

Things to Do in France

France offers plenty of day trips, fun activities and sightseeing opportunities. The country boasts of its rich history, architectural treasures, idyllic landscapes and delectable cuisine. Each day of your visit will leave memories to last a lifetime. 

Don’t leave France without dropping by the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie. If you’re an art connoisseur or a history buff, you’ll love the art galleries and museums all over France.

France is also a world-renowned culinary hotspot. Indulge in delicious French cuisine paired with fine wines, including Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne. Taste the various vintages of large wineries and small cellars to broaden your wine palate. 

Soak in the sun and explore mediaeval towns either by foot or on a bike. The vine-covered hills, majestic castles and historic villages are a feast for the senses. You can also shop at local markets for handicrafts, flowers and fresh produce for an authentic experience.
 

Weather in France

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Why we love it!

France is at the centre of Europe
France is at the centre of Europe

Bordered by 7 countries including Italy, Germany and Spain and even the UK a short train ride away, France is truly at the centre of Europe. This means more reasons to base your clients in France for their European holiday. Plus with its climate, France’s countryside is rich and varied with its many forms of culture, history and food. Travel to France is easy: successful codeshare flights as well as the direct flights offered by the major airlines allow for easy connections from all Australian cities to not only Paris as a European hub but to several French regional airports.

French Cuisine and wines
French Cuisine and wines

Whether creeping out for snails in Burgundy, ducking in for duck confit in the Nouvelle Aquitaine or eyeing up a Salade Niçoise in Nice, eating fresh food from France’s regions is what your clients can find nowhere else in Europe. Eating out has been central to French life ever since the nobility’s sacked chefs started the world’s first restaurants during the French Revolution established the world’s first restaurants. But stop by a local market too to really understand the importance of freshness. And of course, the great French wines from Bordeaux to Burgundy and many more, passing through the Champagne region, Alsace, the Loire Valley and the Rhone Valley…. Are there to complement your choice of menu.

France is a lot more than Paris
France is a lot more than Paris

Your clients know Paris, but tell them to grab their overnight bag and jump on a TGV to find the real France. Many cities are within easy reach of the capital. Send them north to witness the transformation of Lille from coalmining centre to architectural hotspot; to the gastronomic capital that is Lyon; south to Marseilles, France’s second city to stroll by the port; east to the medieval town of Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament; or west to Rennes to uncover Brittany’s Celtic roots.

Flying to France

Flying to France

Paris, the capital has two airports: Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (25 km north of the city) and Orly (14 km south), both linked to the centre by shuttle buses and the suburban rail service (RER). Several other cities also have an international airport: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and these cities also have good air links with Paris. Many smaller cities and towns are served by airports that connect through the capital.

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FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group