France 2015 Guidebook
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- Freshly updated for 2015
- Rick's picks for sights, eating, sleeping
- All you need for France
- Great self-guided neighborhood walks and museum tours
- Includes handy full-color fold-out map
Buy your France 2015 Guidebook:
In Rick Steves France you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:
- Paris and Nearby
- Disneyland Paris
- D-Day beaches
- Mont St-Michel
- The Loire
- Amboise and nearby (including Chenonceaux, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, and Chaumont-sur-Loire)
- Chinon and nearby (including Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais, Villandry, and Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud)
- Sarlat-la-Canéda and the Dordogne River Valley
- Cro-Magnon Caves
- Lot River Valley
- Arles and Les Baux
- Pont du Gard
- Les Baux
- Villages of the Côtes du Rhône (including Vaison-la-Romaine)
- Hill Towns of the Luberon (including Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Roussillon)
- The French Riviera
- Villefranche-sur-Mer and the Three Corniches
- Inland Riviera, including Vence
- French Alps
- Burgundy and Nearby
- Beaune and nearby wine villages
- "Back Door Burgundy" driving tour (including Abbey of Fontenay)
- Vézelay and Château de Guédelon
- Stops between Burgundy and Lyon (including Brancion and Chapaize, Cluny, and Taizé)
- Route du Vin (including Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, and Riquewihr)
- Reims and Verdun
- Route de la Champagne
- Verdun Battlefield driving tour
- Self-guided walks
- Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of France, East Paris, West Paris, and Paris' Métro/RER network)
- Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies
- Recommended three-week itinerary and 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 plus place-name pronunciation guide
- Detailed advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints
Also included: a 14½" x 19½" full-color fold-out Planning Map that shows all of France plus key driving distances/times and regional close-ups of the D-Day beaches, Loire Valley, Dordogne, Provence, and the French Riviera, and, on the back, a handy close-up of Paris (with major sights) and Paris' Métro/RER network. (Note: This is a slightly smaller version of Rick's stand-alone France Planning Map.)
|Author(s):||Rick Steves & Steve Smith|
|Dimensions:||8" x 4 ½" x 1 ¼"|
|Publication date:||November 2014|
|Next edition arrives:||December 2015|
Is This the Right Book for Me?
If you're not spending more than a few days in Paris or at least a week in Provence and/or the Riviera, Rick Steves France is all you're likely to need.
If, however, you're spending at least four days in Paris, the extra information in Rick Steves Paris is worthwhile. Compared to the Paris chapter of the France guidebook, Rick Steves Paris offers much more in-depth sightseeing information, more self-guided city walks and museum/sight tours, more detail on day-trip options, and advice for travelers specifically interested in the city's shopping, nightlife, or activities for kids. Other information is generally the same — the Paris chapter of Rick Steves France has all the hotels, restaurants, and nitty-gritty practical advice for Paris that you'll find in the Rick Steves Paris guidebook. (Our smaller Pocket Paris guide offers no sightseeing advice or practical information not included in the full-size Rick Steves France guidebook, and no walks or museum tours that aren't in our full-size Paris guidebook.)
If Provence and/or the French Riviera are a small part of a more extensive trip to France, the information in Rick Steves France should be plenty sufficient for your stay. The France guidebook includes coverage of the most popular destinations in this region, and all of the same practical advice and hotel and restaurant listings. Rick Steves Provence & French Riviera, however, really delves into the region, covering significantly more destinations there, and with more in-depth sightseeing information for Nice, as well as extra background on the region's culture, history, and cuisine. If you plan to spend at least a week in Provence and/or the French Riviera, Rick Steves Provence & the French Riviera is worthwhile.
The various Snapshot guides for France are simply excerpted chapters taken directly from the full-size Rick Steves France guidebook — so it wouldn't make sense to buy any of the France Snapshot guides in addition to Rick Steves France.
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.