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Travel to France and Europe Rebounding


Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

France is the top destination of Americans who are traveling to Europe this year, according to a new nationwide survey.

In April, Travel Leader Group polled 3,431 consumers throughout the United States about their travel plans. For those with upcoming trips to Europe, 17.1% said that they’re going to France. Other top destinations include Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain. 28% of respondents indicated that they are thinking about a trip to Europe, or have already been this year and are contemplating a return trip. Among that group, the top destinations are the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, and Ireland.

And nearly all— 98.3%— said they intend to follow through with those travel plans. (For those who aren’t going to Europe, nearly half said that they’ve already taken or planned another big vacation this year).

Of course, most of those travelers to France will start their trip in Paris. The French capital, one of the world’s most romantic locales, is a beautiful place to visit any time of year. Visitors should be sure to take in the spectacular view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, and the priceless works of art on display at the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa. Be sure to leave time for people-watching from a café, as well as strolling through the city’s parks and along its boulevards. Louis XIV’s elegant Palace of Versailles, a short train ride away, is a perfect day trip.

But Paris is only the beginning of what France has to offer travelers

Glass of Wine  Tramway in Bordeaux

Bordeaux, in southwestern France, is one of the country’s famed wine-growing regions. The Bordeaux Wine Festival will be held from June 23–26 and feature guided tours of vineyards and wine-tastings, art exhibits, concerts, fireworks, and a sound and light show each evening. Opening in June is the City of Wine, a high-tech museum and cultural center devoted to global wine culture and housed in an eye-catching glass building.

Normandy, about two hours by train from Paris, served as the inspiration for Impressionist painters and as the site of the D-Day landings during World War II. Every year, stretching from late May until mid-June, the region commemorates the invasion that led to the liberation of France with parades, concerts, a parachute jump, and a giant picnic on Omaha Beach. The Impressionist Festival, through Sept. 26, features exhibits and performances, as well as a chance to see the places that inspired artists such as Monet and Pissaro.

Saint Emillion, France  Palace of Versailles, France

Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, has long been known for its glamorous beach resorts. Visitors will want to check out the Old Town, where the winding cobblestone streets are lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. The city is also home to a museum devoted to the works of Marc Chagall. And it hosts one of Europe’s oldest jazz festivals, this year scheduled for July 16–20.

For help planning a trip to France, or anywhere else in Europe, contact us, your local travel agent, at 719-597-0004.

© Travel Leaders Group