Gap Years and Backpacking in France

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Complete Gap Years
The best way to explore France on your gap year
Learn French
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Working in France
Experience work in France on your gap year
Teach in France
Teach English and other skills while you're in France
A Guide to France
Read our advice on things to do in France

Backpacking in France will typically involve InterRailing, with cities around the country acting as major transport hubs.

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for over twenty years and it's geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy.

The country is well-renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture and fashion. 

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From the French Alps to the marvelous beaches lining the azure waters in the French Riviera, France is one of the most visited countries in the world. In 2007, it attracted as many as 81.9 million tourists.

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Traditionally there are around 350 - 400 varieties of French cheese, but now there are over 1,000 different types available.