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From shabby to chic, you’ll find it in France. The glittering height of the Eiffel Tower, the elegance of designer boutiques, the Champagne sparkle of nightlife and the rustic traditions of rural winemakers are just a few of the ways that France embraces your senses.

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Everywhere you go in France, the scenery seems to have been cultivated and tempered by the hand of man. It's as if the land has been molded and trimmed with an instinct for proportion. This celebrated Gallic measure is visible everywhere. You'll be conscious of it in Notre-Dame de Paris, Versailles, the place de la Concorde, and the Rouen Cathedral. You'll feel it in the Champs-Élysées; the Tuileries Gardens; the spires of Chartres; and such chateaux as Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleu in the Ile-de-France or Chenonceau and Chambord in the Loire Valley. In hundreds of places throughout the country, an unerring sens du plastique, or artistic sense, has been imparted to stone, iron, paint, and glass in such a way that these monuments still have the power, centuries after they were created, to lift the human spirit.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights. For domestic flights within Europe, you are required to check in one hour prior to departure.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 60° to 69°
October through April: 54° to 63°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: Euro

ATM Availability: ATMs generally are available in the lobby of major hotels or at banks.

Electricity: 230 volts, 50 mHz. An adapter is required for small U.S. appliances.

Time Zone: Central European

Local Language: French

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