MICEport DMC in France

France is Europe's most diverse, tasty, and, in many ways, most exciting country to explore. It's a place of gentle beauty, where the play of light transforms the routine into the exceptional. Here, travelers are treated to a blend of man-made and natural beauty like nowhere else in Europe. With luxuriant forests, forever coastlines, truly grand canyons, and Europe's highest mountain ranges, France has a cover-girl beauty from top to bottom. You'll also discover a dizzying array of artistic and architectural wonders — soaring cathedrals, chandeliered châteaux, and museums filled with the cultural icons of the Western world.

Paris — the City of Light — has been a beacon of culture for centuries. As a world capital of art, fashion, food, literature, and ideas, it stands as a symbol of all the fine things human civilization can offer. Paris offers sweeping boulevards, chatty crêpe stands, chic boutiques, and world-class art galleries. Sip decaf with deconstructionists at a sidewalk café, then step into an Impressionist painting in a tree-lined park. Climb Notre-Dame and rub shoulders with a gargoyle. Cruise the Seine, zip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and saunter down Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Master the Louvre and Orsay museums. Save some after-dark energy for one of the world's most romantic cities.

Language

French is the only official language of France, but that doesn’t mean that it is the only language spoken in France. In fact, France has a number of languages that are native to its lands. 

VAT and Tax Refunds

f you live outside the EU, you can claim back the sales tax (VAT)
on any purchases made in the European Union.  

Conditions

Non-EU resident, 16 or over can obtain under certain condition a refund of the VAT paid on the goods purchased during their stay :

  • Purchase goods from a retailer displaying the Tax Free Shopping sign

  • Purchase tourist goods

  • Purchase the goods on the same day in the same store at a total cost of over € 175 including VAT

  • Transport the goods back to your country of residence by yourself

Preferred DMCs

Click here for our preferred French DMC partners.

Currency

The currency in France is the Euro.

Electrical Current

In France the power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Opening Hours

The classic French shopping week comprises six days, Monday to Saturday, with shops generally open from 9 a.m. to Midday, and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. In towns and villages, it is still the rule that shops close at lunchtime.

However, in urban shopping areas, most large shops such as department stores now operate what is called "la journée continue", and do not close at midday. Out-of-town supermarkets in France also tend to stay open at lunchtime, and depending on the town or district, other shops in large suburban shopping centres also stay open.

Traditionally speaking, shops do not open in France on Sundays; however the rules have changed since mid 2016, and now across France you will find supermarkets, DIY and gardening shops open on Sunday morning. In tourist areas the rules are more flexible, and all sorts of shops can now stay open all day. In Paris for instance, the big department stores and shops in the main shopping areas and malls now stay open all day on Sunday, though sometimes with shorter opening hours.

Climate

The climate of France is generally cold in winter and mild in summer, but mild winters and hot summers are usual along the Mediterranean sea (French riviera) and in the South West of France. Along the Rhône Valley a occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind blows known as the mistral. Lots of the snow falls in winter in the Mountainous regions like the Alps, Pyrenees and Auvergne. In July and August it's the peak of summer.

MICEport France Preferred DMCs

 

Services Offered

  • Dynamic Incentive programs 

  • Corporate meetings 

  • Association conferences 

  • Special interest tours 

  • Alumni groups 

  • International meetings 

  • Product Launches 

Past Group Sizes

10 - 3,000 People

Contact in the USA and Canada

MICEport LLC inspireus@miceport.com

Year Company Started  

2009

Destinations Served

France and Monaco

Office Location

Valbonne

Number of Staff

5

Liability Insurance
Yes

DMC Affiliation
Independent

Contact Us for any further questions

 

MICEport's Other Destinations & DMCs

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