Things You Should Know

Before traveling to France, there are things you should know. Please review the following basic travel tips to help you get started on your journey. We want to make your travel as smooth, successful, and stress-free as we can. Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Pre-existing Medical Conditions

“A traveler going abroad with any preexisting medical problems should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic name of the prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of France to make sure any require medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics.” – U S Department of State.

Your Health Insurance Coverage Abroad

Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay ‘customary and reasonable’ hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition.

“The Social Security Medicare program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the US.” – U S Department of State.

A listing of addresses and telephone numbers of U.S. embassies and consulates abroad can be found in U S Department of State,, under Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts. Go to International Travel section where you can review Travel Warnings and Tips for Traveling Abroad.

Your Credit Card and Other Bank Cards Abroad

Before your departure, it is very important you inform your bank of your travel plans to ensure that your bank, ATM, credit and debit cards will work and continue to work while you are abroad. The banks have automated security measure in place that flag transactions outside your normal spending patterns. Failure to do so may result in a temporary freeze being placed on your account.

Prepare for Your Trip

Getting in shape. French travel in general involves a lot of walking, much more than we are used to in the US. Most of our tours include city walking tours, visits to hilltop towns and villages and meandering through cobbled streets. Keeping active and incorporating long walks into your busy schedule in the weeks before your departure will make your vacation much more rewarding.

Please Please Do Not Overpack

A challenge even for some experienced travelers! We suggest light layers with one warm sweater for evenings or rainy days and a rain/wind coat. We will never need to formally dress up. The most important item of clothing for this trip is at least one very good pair of walking shoes!

Travel Insurance

We do not always require you to purchase travel insurance, but we highly recommend it. Travel insurance coverage ranges from trip cancellations or delays to medical coverage while traveling. We also suggest you review your medical insurance coverage before your trip.

We are listing what we think to be the most recognizable and established companies around. Please note that we are not making an recommendation from which companies you should purchase from this package was created simple as an aid. Please note that there are other companies not listed on our site that may be of interest to you.

CSA Travel Protection (800) 873-9855 –

Travel Guard (800) 826-4919 -

Travelex (800) 228-9727 -