Travel Tips to the French Riviera, France

PASSPORTS

You will need a passport to go to Europe, including France. We recommend applying for a passport as soon as you register for a tour, as it could take few months to process. You can find out all you need to know about passports at the US government passport website. Airlines will not permit you to travel if the name on your ticket does not match exactly the name on your passport, including your middle name.

VISAS

You may need a visa for your tour. Consult the destination countries consulates for more information and specific requirements.

MONEY

Europe uses the Euro. You should familiar yourself with the exchange rate before departure. You will be able to get Euros with a credit card as soon as you arrive at the airport. ATMs are the most convenient since they accept a wide number of bank and credit cards; Visa and MasterCard are the most popular in Europe. Check with your bank to make sure your card will work abroad. Do not forget to get your PIN number from your credit card company (for each card you are planning on using) to be able to withdraw money from ATM machines. Before departure, always let your credit card companies know you are going to Europe. Vendors like stores or restaurants will take Visa and MasterCard; markets vendors will take cash only. Each time you use your Visa or MasterCard, for purchase or withdrawal, the credit card company will charge you a fee.

PACKING

In May and September, the average temperature in the French Riviera is between 55 to 70 degrees. It is hard to predict what the weather will be like when you will be there, so bring something for cold and mild weather. Bring an umbrella (hopefully, it will stay in your luggage!!!), and don’t forget sunglasses and hats. You will be walking so bring comfortable shoes (tennis shoes are OK). The French dress up when going to restaurants; bring jeans, and also dress pants or dresses. No shorts. Don’t forget your camera! Bring your medicine! You will be able to carry your medicine in the plane with you, except liquids and gels (more than 3.4 oz or 100ml) which should go into your luggage. Pack everything in a plastic bag to show at the security check point. Aerosols are prohibited. Scissors, knives and tweezers should go inside your luggage, not in your carry-on. Visit http://www.tsa.gov for more details. Check out the baggage restrictions and carry-on rules with your airline. Don’t forget, you will certainly buy few things during your trip, so pack light!

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