Your best source of information before you go is Atout France, the French government tourist office; visit its website at www.franceguide.com. In the United States, call tel. 514/288-1904 to request information. In Canada, call tel. 514/288-2026; in the United Kingdom, tel. 09068/244-123 (60p per min.) or fax 020/7493-6594; in Ireland, tel. 015/60-235-235; and in Australia, tel. 02/9231-5244. There's no representative in New Zealand -- you will have to call the Australian office.

The regions of Languedoc-Roussillon (www.sunfrance.com) and Provence and the Côte d'Azur (www.52coupsdecoeur.com) are divided into separate départements, each of which has its own tourism website. They are an excellent source of information in addition to individual city websites. See each town or city section for more specific information on the local tourist boards.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.