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Amiens Cathedral
Département of Somme, Picardie Region

Amiens Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral, in the heart of Picardy, is one of the largest 'classic' Gothic churches of the 13th century. It is notable for the coherence of its plan, the beauty of its three-tier interior elevation and the particularly fine display of sculptures on the principal facade and in the south transept.

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Département of Bouches-du-Rhône, Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments

Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence's major Romanesque monuments.

Bourges Cathedral
Département of Cher, Centre Region

Bourges Cathedral

The Cathedral of St Etienne of Bourges, built between the late 12th and late 13th centuries, is one of the great masterpieces of Gothic art and is admired for its proportions and the unity of its design. The tympanum, sculptures and stained-glass windows are particularly striking. Apart from the beauty of the architecture, it attests to the power of Christianity in medieval France.

Canal du Midi
Région Midi-Pyrénées (departments de la Haute-Garonne et du Tarn); Région Languedoc-Roussillon (dép. de l'Aude et de l'Herault)

Canal du Midi

This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art.

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims
Département of Marne, Champagne Ardenne Region


The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.

Chartres Cathedral
Département of Eure-et-Loire, Centre Region

Chartres Cathedral

Partly built starting in 1145, and then reconstructed over a 26-year period after the fire of 1194, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art. The vast nave, in pure ogival style, the porches adorned with fine sculptures from the middle of the 12th century, and the magnificent 12th- and 13th-century stained-glass windows, all in remarkable condition, combine to make it a masterpiece.

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
Département of Côte d'Or, Bourgogne Region

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

This stark Burgundian monastery was founded by St Bernard in 1119. With its church, cloister, refectory, sleeping quarters, bakery and ironworks, it is an excellent illustration of the ideal of self-sufficiency as practised by the earliest communities of Cistercian monks.

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
Départements of: La Manche and Ille-et-Vilaine, Regions of Basse-Normandie and Bretagne


Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the 'Wonder of the West', a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is a technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site.

Palace and Park of Fontainebleau
Département of Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France

Palace and Park of Fontainebleau

Used by the kings of France from the 12th century, the medieval royal hunting lodge of Fontainebleau, standing at the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France, was transformed, enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by François I, who wanted to make a 'New Rome' of it. Surrounded by an immense park, the Italianate palace combines Renaissance and French artistic traditions.

Palace and Park of Versailles
Département of Yvelines, Ile-de-France

Palace and Park of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century.

Hôtel de France Aix en Provence Aix en Provence

Hotel Cantepau Albi, Hotel les Pasteliers Albi

Hotel La Breche Amboise

Ethic étapes Lac de Maine Angers

La Salière Annecy, Le Manche, in Marlens Annecy, Maison du Moulin Annecy

Syracuse Hotel Antibes

Hôtel de l'Amphitheatre Arles, Hotel Regence Arles, Mas de la Chapelle Arles

Court'Inn Suites Avignon, Hotel Danieli Avignon, Les Jardins de la Livree Avignon, Regina Hotel Avignon

Bel Ombra Hôtel Bandol, Hotel de la Baie Bandol

Castillon des Baux Baux de Provence, Mas des Marguerites Baux de Provence

Best Western les Vignes Blanches Beaucaire

White Wolf Hostel Beaufortain

Hotel Athanor Beaune

Domaine de Bellevue Cottage Bergerac, Maison de la Foret Bergerac

Hotel Angleterre Beziers, Hotel Balladins Confort de Beziers Beziers

Hôtel Centre - Biarritz Biarritz

Hotel Argi Eder Biarritz, Tulip Inn Louisiane Biarritz

Pineto Corsica Bigluglia

Choiseul Hotel Bordeaux, Citotel Le Chantry Bordeaux, Hôtel Alton Bordeaux, Hotel Bristol Bordeaux, Hotel De Famille-Bordeaux Bordeaux, Hotel Studio Bordeaux, L'Etoile Bleue Bordeaux

Hotel Arolla Bourg St. Maurice

Hotel Balladins Brest Brest, Hôtel Center Brest

Auberge Castel Mireio Cairanne

Fasthotel Caissargues Caissargues

Appia Hôtel Cannes, Chanteclair Cannes, Hotel Alnea Cannes, Hôtel Festival Cannes, Hôtel La Villa Tosca*** Cannes, Hotel Ligure Cannes, Hôtel PLM Cannes, Hotel Villa de L'Olivier Cannes, Negrel Cannes

Auberge du Balestié Carcassonne, Domaine de Fraisse Carcassonne, Sidsmums Travellers Retreat Carcassonne, Hotel Richiardi Carqueiranne

Chez Françoise Castres

Hotel Syracuse Chalon Sur Saone

Chalet Les Frênes Chamonix, Hotel du Bois Chamonix, Kosciusko Lodge Chamonix

Home Dome Clermont-Ferrand

Fasthotel Colmar Houssen Colmar

Les Trois Puits Congenies

Les Grauzels Cordes

Le Chateau Du Doux Correze, Les Pradelles Correze

Au central La Defense Courbevoie

Mana Mana Backpacker Crozon

Centre de Rencontres Internationales Dijon

Hotel Le Victoria Draguignan

Hotel de Geneve Faverges

Hotel Bissonnier Gourdon

Hotel Angleterre Tulip Inn Grenoble, Hotel Kyriad Grenoble-Voiron Grenoble

Relais Akena Grigny-Orly Grigny

La Ferme de l'Eglise Honfleur

Etap Hotel Hyeres Hyeres, Hotel Portalet Hyeres

Gabriel Hotel Issy les Moulineaux, Hotel Chantepie Joue les Tours, Emeraude Juan les Pins

Hotel Savoy Juan les Pins, Hotel Teranga Juan les Pins

Tournesol B&B La Rallerie

Dufreche Farmhouse La Reole

Fasthotel La Rochelle La Rochelle, Premiere Classe La Rochelle - Aytre La Rochelle

Hôtel Espadon Le Lavandou

Chateau de Vauloge Le Mans

Maison des Quatre Balcons Les Arcs

Hotel Akena Les Mureaux Les Mureaux

Citotel Nordotel Lille

Hotel Akena Limay - Mantes la Jolie Limay

Hotel de France Limoges, Joie de Vivre Limoges, La Ferme du Lac Limoges, Le Canard au Parapluie Rouge B&B Limoges, Maison des Amis Limoges, Sunset House Limoges

Maison Chabaudie Limoges-Rochechouart

Citôtel de la Vallée Lourdes, Hotel Marial Lourdes, Hotel Roissy Lourdes

Hôtel les Jardins de la Madrague Lucciana

Hotel Berlioz Lyon, Hotel de Bretagne Lyon, Hotel des Savoies Lyon

Premiere Classe Genay Massieux Lyon-Massieux

Fasthotel Marne La Vallee Marne-la-Vallee - Brie

Hotel Kyriad Vieux Port Marseille, Hotel Mascotte Vieux Port Marseille, Les Cigales Marseille, Hotel Louisiana Marseille Airport

Relais Fasthotel Marvejols

Les Pierres Bleues Mazamet

Hôtel Chambord Menton, Hôtel Moderne Menton

Hotel Prime Montpellier

Hotel Itineraires Nanterre

Grand Hotel de Nantes Nantes

Fasthotel Narbonne Narbonne, Maison Pelissier Narbonne

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Nimotel Nimes

Hotel Le Louvre Orange, L'herbier d'Orange Orange

Eurohotel Orly Rungis Orly, Grand Hotel Senia Orly

Hotel le Canada Ouistreham

Abaca Messidor Hotel Paris, Abricotel Paris, Absolute Paris Paris, Academie Hotel St Germain Paris, Acropole Expo Exhibition Center Paris, Agil Hotel Le Pontel Paris, Alane Hotel Paris, Albe Hotel Paris, Aloha Hostel Paris, Amadeus Nation Paris , Apartment Gaspard Monge Paris, Apartment Saint Martin Paris, Apartment Titon Paris, Appihotel Paris, Arc de Triomphe Elysées Paris, Armstrong Hotel Paris, Art Hotel Paris, Au Grand Hotel Francais Paris, Au Nouvel Hotel Lyon Paris, Au Viator Gare de Lyon Paris, Avenir Hotel Paris, Balladins de la Seine Paris, Bervic Hotel Paris, Best Western Grand Hotel de l'Univers Paris, Best Western Le Jardin de Cluny Paris, Boissiere Paris, Campanile Paris Berthier Paris, Central Hotel Paris Paris, Commines du Marais Paris, Crowns Etoile Hotel Paris, Crystal Hotel Paris, Daunou Opera Paris , De Suede St Germain Paris, Demeure des Tilleuls Paris, Eden Magenta Hotel Paris, Eiffel Kennedy Paris, Eiffel Rive Gauche Paris, France Hotel Du Parc Paris, Friend's Hostel Paris, Garden Hotel Paris, Garden Opera Paris, Grand Hotel de Belfort Paris, Grand Hotel Magenta Paris, Hipotel Paris Belleville Paris, Hotel Regyn's Montmartre Paris, Hotel Alize Grenelle Tour Eiffel Paris, Hotel Altea Utrillo Paris, Hotel Altona Paris, Hotel Amiot Paris, Hotel Andre Gill Paris, Hotel Angleterre Etoile Paris, Hotel Balladins Paris, Hotel Bastille Baudelaire Paris, Hotel Batignolles Villiers Paris, Hotel Beaugrenelle Saint-Charles Paris, Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel Paris, Hotel Beaunier Paris, Hotel Beauséjour Montmartre Paris, Hotel Belfort Paris, Hotel Bellevue Paris, Hotel Berne Opera Paris, Hotel Best Western Premier Regent Paris, Hotel Briand Paris, Hotel Brittany Paris Paris, Hotel Bruxelles et du Nord Paris, Hotel California Saint Germain Paris, Hotel Camelia International Paris, Hotel Caravelle Paris, Hotel Clarisse Paris, Hotel Cluny Square Paris, Hotel Corona Opera Paris, Hotel D'Amiens Paris, Hotel Darcet Paris, Hôtel de Cabourg Paris, Hotel de France Quartier Latin Paris, Hotel de l'Athenee Paris, Hotel de l'Europe Paris, Hotel de la Bastille Paris, Hotel De La Comete Paris, Hotel de la Félicité Paris, Hotel de la Motte Picquet Paris, Hotel de la Terrasse Paris, Hotel de la Tour Eiffel Paris, Hotel de la Vallée Paris, Hotel de Lausanne Paris, Hôtel de Londres et d'Anvers Paris, Hotel de Notre Dame Saint Michel Paris, Hotel de Paris Paris, Hotel de Paris Maubeuge Paris, Hotel de Paris** Paris, Hotel des Allies Paris, Hotel des Arts Paris, Hotel des Mines Paris, Hotel des Nations Saint Germain Paris, Hotel des Olympiades Paris, Hotel Doisy Paris, Hotel Du Chemin De Fer Paris, Hotel Du Commerce Paris, Hotel du Moulin Paris, Hotel du Parc Saint Charles Paris, Hotel du Petit Louvre Paris, Hotel du Square d'Anvers Paris, Hotel Ecole Centrale Paris, Hotel Eden Paris, Hotel Edouard VI Paris, Hotel Eiffel Capitol Paris, Hotel Ermitage Paris, Hotel Etoile Pereire Paris, Hotel Farmus Paris, Hotel Fasthome Paris



Where to stay in

Aix en Provence









Baux de Provence










Bourg St. Maurice








Chalon Sur Saone

















Issy les Moulineaux

Joue les Tours

Juan les Pins

La Rallerie

La Reole

La Rochelle

Le Lavandou

Le Mans

Les Arcs

Les Mureaux









Marne-la-Vallee - Brie


Marseille Airport














Paris-Cergy Pontoise


Paris-La Defense

Paris-Saint Denis





Perros Guirec


Pontault Combault










Saint Cyr sur Mer

Saint Gauburge

Saint Julien en Genevois

Saint Michel de Lanes

Saint Raphael

Saint Remy de Provence



Saintes Maries de la Mer

Salleles d'Aude

Salon de Provence



Savigny le Temple


Six Fours les Plages


St Emilion

St Paul

St. Palais de Phiolin






Tours-Chambray les Tours


Vence Versailles

Verteuil sur Charente


Villefranche de Rouergue

Villeneuve Loubet


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