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A voyage through the stunning French Alps, iconic landmarks and exquisite cuisine

Whether is reaching the iconic Mont Blanc summit, freeride skiing in Les 3 Vallees or rock climbing in Les Calanques, adventure in France is just around the corner!

 

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France is the largest country in Western Europe. Incredibly diverse, a trip to the country allows many possible itineraries. The glaciated peaks of the French Alps are the perfect scenery for all types of mountain activities, while visiting the wine regions of Champagne and Bordeaux makes for a singular experience. To the south, the French Riviera allures travelers with sun-drenched beaches and the island of Corsica, tucked in the Mediterranean Sea, provides endless options for hikers and explorers alike, including the most challenging hiking route in Europe: the GR20. When it comes to cities, the big favorite is always Paris: a major tourist destination featuring some of the world’s most iconic historical sites, museums, architecture and cuisine.

 

 

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What’s the weather like?

Weather varies greatly between regions: the northern cities and mountain towns have very cold winters (with heavy snowfalls on the mountains) and warm summers; while the coastal cities by the Mediterranean enjoy mild temperatures almost all year and very hot days during the summer season.

Getting there

Most of the world’s major airlines have direct flights to Paris. Other important regional airports include Lyon, Nice, Marseille and Toulouse. France is well-connected to many European cities by train, bus or ferry. If you are traveling to the French Alps, the closest airports are Geneva (in Switzerland, near the French border), Grenoble and Chámbery. To explore the French Riviera, the best gateway is Nice.

Language:

French

Country Code:

+33

Currency:

Euro (EUR)

Best time to visit:

France can be visited all-year-round. During spring (April-June) and fall (September-November) you’ll find less tourists, lower prices and mild temperatures. Summer (especially July) is very crowded. The ski season in the French Alps runs from December to April.

 

 

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What People Say

  • 213 reviews

 

Le boss et toute l’équipe sont des grands passionnés, et ça se sent
Mathis was great. He is very knowledgeable about the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc area. Our trip down Vallee Blanche was amazing and we
felt comfortable knowing Mathis was our guide
Ben is a world class guide and my experience was so much fun. I would recommend him to any of
my family or friends and will be back in the future and will request Ben.
I am really, really happy with both Explore-share.com’s service and their recommendation of guide Benjamin Souflot. Benjamin was extremely
personable, and more importantly knowledgeable. Benjamin recommended where to rent ski gear and the proper gear for the day. He had crampons for my boots, ropes and other safety gear needed. I showed up at the meeting spot early, and Benjamin was already there waiting. On the gondola ride up to Aiguille du Midi, he talked safety and what to expect. When we got up to the top, it was very windy and intimidating. As Benjamin prepared the gear for our descent, he talked safety, strategy and was reassuring that it would be a fun, safe adventure. As I look down the face of the Ridgeline, I became nervous and anxious. Benjamin was very reassuring that it was going to be OK, that I was safe with him and we would make it down. Sure enough, Benjamin literally “talked me off the ledge” and we proceeded down. Benjamin was focused & guided me the entire time. Once we started skiing, Benjamin gave great instructions as to where to ski, what to expect ahead, etc. He was very knowledgeable about the mountain. When we took breaks, Benjamin shared with me interesting facts about where we were, in the mountains France, Italy, Mount Blanc, the crevasses, various peaks, history of the glacier, etc. I had a great experience! I would definitely do this trip again with Benjamin. I would also recommend this trip to anyone else with Benjamin and your company, Explore-share.com. Thank you again! -John
Jessy took good care of us. He contacted us in good time before our actual day. Super nice and skilled.
We like to ski long days and so did Jessy. If we come back we will definetly contact Jessy again.
Mont Blanc is a beautiful climb, due to a tight schedule a 2 day was the only option for me
and while we summited the mountain it felt like we lucked out with a clear weather window. My guide, Mihnea was great! He looked after all the details and offered guidance with my basic mountaineering skills. I would definitely go climbing with him again and would recommend him to anyone!
Cedric is a fantastic guide. He is helpful, friendly, very competent and caring. He made our time in Corsica very
enjoyable and we would love to organise another trip with him in the future.
Great experience with very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Great atmosphere.
We had a great trip and it was an epic challenge but we only made it to 4400metres which is
400metres from the summit when we had to turn around as I became sick with altitude and needed to get down safely. So had to abandon our summit attempt. Gigio was a super guide and looked after us very well and got me as far as I could go but in the end the best decision was to come back down to a safe altitude and feel good again   We had an amazing trip and are not deterred from possibly trying it again someday but will look to acclimatise for longer next time   Thanks for organising our fantastic guide and tell him a big thank you from us  
Jurgen Schnitker for Mont Blanc 2-day climbing ascent
The trip was great! Fabrice was a wonderful guide and I’m contemplating further trips with him and explore share.
I had a great adventure to climb Mont Blanc and summit successful. The two guide are very nice, friendly and
helpful, I really appreciate them. They always keep the safely first, well done. The experience is very good, from safety, service and Mountain View. I will introduce my friends to come here. Thank you very much!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our hike to Mercantour National Park. Fabrice was entertaining and knowledgeable, and helpful. He
arranged for our pickup from our hotel at Nice, and even drove us to a village bakery to pack a Provençal sandwich for our picnic at the top of the mountains. Fabrice shared with us a lot of information about the place’s landscape, flora and fauna. And he also showed us how to spot the wildlife and take pictures of the animals. We learnt that he’s also an avid photographer and has extensive experience in nature photography. The highlight of our trip was reaching the crystal clear mountain lake, close to the top of the mountain range, where we also got to cross the border from France into Italy for our picnic. The only regret we have is not being able to spend more time in the park, as the hike took most of the day. We will definitely be interested in doing this again! Thanks for the arrangement! Regards Ernest and Leidia
Excellent
Many thanks for amazing adventure to whole team and especially to Giovanni Stecca very friendly and experienced guide who lead
me to the top safe and sound. The journey was hard but well worth it!
I joined this trip 30 Jul – 2 Aug with my friend from Japan. This was third try of mountaineering
in foreign countries . The weather was not good, but we were able to stand on the summit. It was amazing experience for us because we have wanted to climb European mountains for a long time. We appreciate our guide and support staffs. Thank you!
My trip was great and the guides were the best!!!
 

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