The shimmering beaches, sophisticated cities, unforgettable cuisine, and glorious mountains of France must be experienced! Look for cheap airfare direct to Paris and then buy a rail pass. France has a highly developed tourism industry and you can always find budget accommodations and youth hostels most everywhere you go. France is tres fantastique year-round and is also a prime Study Abroad destination.
Visit the Normandy coast and Brittany to enjoy the fresh sea air, beautiful beaches, and classic cuisine like crepes and cider. Check out the beautiful chateaux in the Loire Valley: Take the train to Tours and rent a bike to visit as many as possible. Toulouse in the south is a popular city for students and your chances are good finding awesome hostels. Marseilles on the coast of the Mediterranean has long been the home of immigrants from North Africa and while it can be gritty you will also find excellent North African cuisine and incomparable paella fish stew. In Nice you can enjoy the gorgeous blue-green Mediterranean sea and artistic attractions like the National Marc Chagall Museum. The Cannes Film Festival is a hotspot for star-gazing every May, though cheap accommodations in Cannes that time of year are tough. Did you know the dramatic scenery of the Dordogne was home to earliest man? Cave paintings have been discovered at Lascaux, Peche Merle, La Marche, and Chauvet cave.