Best of France Guidebook

  • Just the best of France's top destinations
  • Vivid full-color photos and easy-to-scan layout
  • Rick's selected picks for sights, eating, sleeping
  • Great self-guided neighborhood walks and museum tours

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What's Included

In Rick Steves Best of France you'll find essential Rick-tested information on the following top destinations, plus condensed coverage of several "Best of the Rest" cities and regions:

  • Paris
    • Nearby: Versailles, Chartres, Giverny
  • Normandy
    • Reims
    • Honfleur
    • Bayeux
    • D-Day beaches
    • Mont St-Michel
  • Loire
    • Amboise
    • Chenonceaux
    • Château de Chambord
    • Cheverny
    • Chaumont-sur-Loire
    • Villandry
  • Dordogne
    • Sarlat-la-Canéda
    • Dordogne River Valley
    • Cro-Magnon Caves
    • Nearby: Oradour-sur-Glane
  • Provence
    • Arles
    • Avignon
    • Pont du Gard
    • Les Baux
    • Vaison-la-Romaine
    • Côtes du Rhône Wine Road
  • French Riviera
    • Nice
    • Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cap Ferrat
    • Monaco
    • Antibes
  • Burgundy
    • Beaune and nearby wine villages
  • Best of the Rest
    • ​Carcassonne
    • Chamonix
    • Colmar
  • Extras
    • Self-guided walks and museum tours
    • Easy-to-follow color maps
    • Gorgeously illustrated destination overview
    • ​Trip planning: Pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended two-week itinerary
    • City/region-specific advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
    • Transportation: Trains, buses, city transit, and driving
    • French history, culture, language, and cuisine
    • Handy French survival phrases
    • Advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints

Product Details

Author(s): Rick Steves & Steve Smith
Dimensions: 8" x 5" x ¾"
Weight: 1.1 lbs
Pages: 472
Publication date: September 2023 (4th edition)
Next edition arrives: Summer 2027

Is This the Right Book for Me?

What's the difference between this Best of France guidebook and Rick's complete France guidebook?

Rick Steves France, the complete guide, offers more coverage of more destinations in a mostly black-and-white format.

The shorter Best of France guidebook focuses on France's top destinations and sights, is in full color, and is updated a little less frequently than the complete guide.

Both books are packed with hand-picked recommendations and Rick's travel advice and tips for saving time, money, and hassle.

Should I get the Paris guidebook (or Paris Pocket guide) in addition to the Best of France guidebook?

If you're spending only a few days in Paris, Rick Steves Best of France is all you're likely to need.

If, however, you're spending four days or more in Paris, the extra information in Rick Steves Paris can be worthwhile. It offers much more in-depth sightseeing information and logistical advice, several additional self-guided city walks and museum/sight tours, and more specifics on shopping and entertainment, plus suggestions for kids and wintertime visitors. The complete city guide also includes significantly more hotels and restaurants than the Paris chapter of Rick Steves Best of France. (Whereas the smaller Pocket Paris guide offers essentially the same info that's already in the Best Of guidebook.)

Should I get any of the Snapshot guides for France in addition to the Best of France guidebook?

If you're headed to the Basque Country, Rick Steves Snapshot: Basque Country is an essential supplement, as no part of that area is covered in the Best of France guidebook. But Best of France does cover Normandy, the Loire, and the French Riviera in a fair amount of detail — the extra information in Rick Steves Snapshot: Normandy, Rick Steves Snapshot: Loire Valley, and Rick Steves Snapshot: Nice & the French Riviera is only worthwhile for those who really want to dive into those regions.

Updates and Feedback

Latest updates: When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on France, we post them. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Submit feedback: Once you've used this book in Europe, we'd love to hear your feedback — good or bad — about our advice on sights, hotels, restaurants, and travel tips. We're also interested in any tips or discoveries you made while in Europe. Your comments help us improve our guidebooks for future travelers.