Wander the lavender fields of Provence, climb the Eiffel Tower, and bite into a perfect croissant: with Rick Steves on your side, France can be yours!
Inside Rick Steves France 2019 you’ll find:
- Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to France
- Rick’s strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
- Top sights and hidden gems, from the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles to neighborhood restaurants and delicate macarons
- How to connect with local culture: Stroll through open-air markets in Paris, practice your French with locals, or bike between rustic villages and vineyards
- Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick’s candid, humorous insight
- The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a vin rouge
- Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
- Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
- Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
- Useful resources including a packing list, French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading
- Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
- Annually updated information on Paris, Chartres, Normandy, Mont St-Michel, Brittany, The Loire, Dordogne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, The French Riviera, Nice, Monaco, The French Alps, Burgundy, Lyon, Alsace, Reims, Verdun, and much more
- We are driving across France in six weeks on our trip driving from Spain to Denmark. I have bought a few travel books for the trip and didn’t want to buy another so about a month ago I checked this book out from the library. I put little tabs in the places where I wanted to copy the information. After about 50 tabs I gave up and bought the book. I have used many travel books and this one is a good one. It is well laid out and easy to read. The hard part is deciding what not to see!
I’ve also downloaded the Rick Steves app and have learned so much about French culture, sites, and cuisine from them. I’d love a bit more history in the book but I love history probably more than the average person.
It is easy to find the beginning and end of each section with the gray block at the edge of the page that holds the name of the city/region. He lists sites on a 3 star system (in the form of triangles) from “Don’t miss” to “Worthwhile if you can make it”. I’ve been to some of these sites before and don’t entirely agree with him but it is a great starting point and a valuable feature.
I also appreciate the hotels and restaurants sections. I have learned over the years to plan the itinerary for the entire day, including restaurants, supermarkets and shopping, for the most stress-free traveling. You can ALWAYS decide on something else (which we do regularly) but it is not fun spending all of your down time looking for where you are going to eat or pick up food next. I like to see a lot when I travel and planning out the restaurants to fit in our itinerary saves a lot of time and headaches. His suggestions in his book “Europe through the back door” had me completely changing the format of my itineraries and they are so much more useful now.
What this book is not is that is doesn’t have beautiful color photos and it doesn’t cover every city in France. I don’t expect either of those things in a travel book. It has great black and white maps and self-guided walking tours many of which mirror the ones that he offers on his audible app. I love his idea about ripping up the book and taking just what you need. I’m going to do that and bind it.
Twenty years ago, I sat at a table in a hotel on the Rue Cler in Paris with Steve Smith. Then Rick Steves came in! We were already traveling independently using their guide to France. This duo went on to create a major travel business. This book shows how: smart content; good maps; selective sites, fine writing. My wife and I have used one or another edition of this book to plan and to inform our travels. I just had to purchase this ‘one more time!’ My Kindle Edition had no problems with Paris. Rick and Steve do not cover Marseillais. I say, find another guide if you want to concentrate your time there. My take has always been: look at Rick Steves and Steve Smith first. Fill in with Dorling Kindersley and Fodors and Frommers and with specialist maps…and with whaterve literary and cultural sources suit your tastes. The best tours of France start here!
Whenever we go to a new country in Europe, we always purchase a book about it from Rick Steves collection. I just purchased his book about France and it is full of details and tips that other tour books don’t have. It has been most helpful in planning our tour. You can’t go wrong with Rick Steves.
- Always have Loved Rick Steves’s traveling guidebooks for over 15 years. Never leave home without having several his books in hand.
It is thorough and comprehensive. Provides confident traveling in Europe! I highly recommend his books and tv (or YouTube) shows! They’re both simply fantastic!