Faith asked in TravelFranceOther - France · 7 years ago

Visit France for 3 months?

I would love to visit France for 3 months, I speak French so I am not worried about that but I heard I would have a very hard time finding a place to stay. So what is the best (easiest) way to find a place to stay? Is it hard for an American to get a tourist visa for that long? And what are the best city in France to visit? Je suis en quête d'aventure :-)

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  • Tin
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    You don't need a visa, just a passport. http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.htm...

    For a 3 months stay, you'll look for holidays or short term rentals, that's quite easy to find, unless if you're coming in May or June, in which case, you just need to rent longtime in advance or rent an expensive flat. I suggest you rent from an estate agent, to avoid having a bad surprise or problems.

    The website of the tourist office of Paris lists many short term estate agents.

    http://en.parisinfo.com/paris-hotels/furnished-ren...

    I only know this one but that doesn't mean that's better than others http://www.lodgis.com/en/paris,vacation-rentals/

    If you prefer to rent direct from the landlord, first try http://www.homelidays.com/ then http://www.papvacances.fr/

    Cities and places of interest :

    - Paris

    - Versailles

    - Mont St Michel

    - Loire Valley castles

    - St Emilion http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/uk/que-faire...

    - cathedral of Chartres

    - Lyon

    - Carcassonne

    - Etretat

    - Bordeaux

    - Strasbourg

    - Nice & : Villefranche sur Mer, Eze, St Paul de Vence.

    http://www.saint-pauldevence.com/

    You can also do a day trip to Deauville and Honfleur, on a sunny day.

    http://www.sncf.com/

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  • 7 years ago

    As an American I think you get a 3-month tourist visa automatically on entry but verify on the US state dept and french embassy sites.

    pap.fr has lots of short-term apartment rentals. It should be easy to find a place using that site or others. pap-vacances is a section too that specializes in short-term rentals. You could alternatively do the hostel route. Less privacy but you meet lots of people that way.

    Best cities? If you have 3 months, I would visit two or three. Paris is obviously the most expensive; housing in Paris always ranks as one of the top 5 most expensive places for housing and living in the world. Where else? Depends on your interests. If you like beaches, try for early spring and spend a month in cote d'azur. If you are going in winter and like skiing/snowboarding the somewhere in the alps like Chamonix. These are both more expensive, obviously.

    Get a guidebook. Let's Go has up-to-date options for budget travel. On the other extreme, Michelin guide has the top French-vetted choices. Either way cheap places need lots of advance notice especially in peak seasons.

    Or you could just do what I did which is fly by the seat of your pants. I rented a car and drove around , staying in cheap hotels. When I found a spot I liked, I looked for short-term lodging and stayed.

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  • Hugo90
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    You can easily stay in France for three months. If you go to a vacation destination, you can rent a place to stay for long term, but it will be expensive. You would likely have to plan a year ahead for a place in the summer. There are many online places that arrange apartments. I hope you have lots of money.

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  • zafir
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    If you are travelling on an American passport you can stay in France for 90 days visa free. You don't need to apply for a visa, but just make sure you don't overstay the 90 days.

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