France is a modern European state and a republic. It is also one of the world's major economies. In the Alps near the Italian and Swiss borders is Western Europe's highest point—Mont Blanc (15,781 ft). The forest-covered Vosges Mountains are in the northeast, and the Pyrénées are along the Spanish border. Except for extreme northern France, the country may be described as four river basins and a plateau.
France is the largest state in the European Union by area and the third largest in Europe behind Russia and Ukraine. France has been a major power for many centuries with strong economic, cultural, military and political influence.
Medical Tourism in France has been growing amongst other European countries. Visitors from the UK and its surroundings have found that visiting France for medical tourism can be a great opportunity to combine their visit with different medical care treatments.
It's medical care structure offers important medical care treatments for international patients as well as beauty enhancements for that dreamed look. Highly recognized hospitals and doctors have made a good reputation for France as a popular medical tourism destination. Surgical costs in France are between 30% and 50% lower than in the United States and other European countries.
French is the official language of the France. Besides this, other languages are spoken along the country like Catalan and Occitan. Some tourist hotspots like hotels, restaurants and clinics have English speaking staff.
France has a temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. Mediterranean climate in the south; mountains are cooler with heavy snow in winter. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Summers in several regions on France can be very hot and sunny.
Everyone traveling to France must have a valid passport. It may not be checked on the way in, but you might find yourself being asked for it while in France. It is a good idea to keep your passport on you at all times. Your passport should not expire within six months of the last day you are in the country. U.S. citizens are not required to secure a visa in advance of travel to the country. You may stay in the country without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
The main airport in France servicing international tourists are:
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
The following airlines have flights to France:
There are dozens of hotels in France to cover all of the tourist’s tastes and budgets. Hotels in France have their own style and character to suit your needs. The range covers all categories, from fancy and luxurious hotels (3- and 4-star) for €100 - €200 or more economical hotels near major cities for €40 - €50 per night, you will definitely find the right one for your travel plans
The official currency of France is the Euro.The exchange rate of Euros to US Dollars is: 1 Euro = $1.4442 U.S. dollars (Exchange rate subject to change).
To visit Paris is to experience a living testament to a unique and highly influential architectural, artistic and cultural heritage. Experience breathtaking views of Paris on your visit, it is easy to walk and see the sites, with lots of pedestrian walking streets. You'll sample some of France's finest cuisine and drink great Burgundy wines at dinner or at one of the many wine bars in town. Dijon offers many cultural activities, including a wealth of museums and annual festivals to keep the tourist busy, including the “Musical Summer”, a classical music festival in June.
France boasts the most varied natural environment of any country in Europe; it varies from the lush agricultural countryside of Normandy and Brittany, or the rolling prairies of Champagne or Beauce, to Alpine peaks, northern spruce forests, the dry hinterland of Provence, the steppe-like plateaux of the Causses, not to mention a very varied coastline including the North Sea, the Channel, the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean.
Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Go window-shopping at the great couturiers, along the Avenue Montaigne (Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior) and the Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Hermès, Gucci). The department stores provide numerous brand names and offer every sort of merchandise. For bargain hunters, two large flea markets are held outside central Paris: Porte de Vanves and Porte de Saint-Ouen (the largest of all).
Another Parisian specialty – the booksellers with their stalls along the banks of the Seine around the Saint-Michel quarter. Antique books, all sorts of second-hand books, comic strips, post cards…You can find everything there at all prices.