This post was written by Ralph Starks, a blogger and traveler who enjoys exploring the world by land in the best ways possible.

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According to figures from the Paris Ile-de-France regional tourism authority, France received about 83 million visitors in 2016 alone, making it the top tourist destination in the world. Paris, the country’s tourism center, attracted over 20 million visitors during that year. Thanks to the Royal Holiday Vacations Club and Citadines Les Halles Paris you, too, can explore and enjoy the sights and sounds of France without necessarily breaking your bank. Specifically, from August 1 to December 19, 2017, the Citadines Les Halles Paris will offer one night free to any member of the Royal Holiday Vacations Club who books four nights at the hotel by June 10, 2017. With that in mind, here are sites to see and things to do in France.

The Louvre

Dating back to the 12th century, the Louvre contains 35,000 works of art from myriad ancient civilizations including ancient oriental Greek, Egyptian, Etruscan and Roman civilizations. Some of the most notable pieces include the Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa and Winged Victory.

The Eiffel Tower

Constructed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel and his team of seasoned bridge builders, the Eiffel Tower is today the world’s most popular paid-for monument, attracting about 7 million visitors annually. Located beside River Seine, the tower stands 324m high, which makes it the tallest structure in Paris. The tower consists of three levels. To access these levels, you would have to use either the stairs of lifts. However, the third level is only accessible by lifts. From the second and third levels, you can get a stunning 360 degrees view of Paris. Besides offering a great panoramic view of Paris, the tower also has two restaurants that serve local delicacies. However, these restaurants typically have a long waiting list, so you should book in advance.

Palace of Versailles

This World Heritage Site was originally a hunting lodge for Louis XIII. In 1682, King Louis’ son, Louis XIV, transformed and extended the residence into an extravagant palace surrounded by English and French stylized gardens. A group of renowned 17th century architects including Robert de Cotte, Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Louis Le Vau designed the palace Charles Le Brun, a renowned artist and painter, designed the interior decorations while André Le Nôtre, a landscape architect, designed the gardens. The palace remained a royal residence until 1789 when the French Revolution forced Louis XVI to flee to Paris.

Mont Saint-Michel Monastery

Located in the middle of a bay on the coast of Normandy, this is one of the most striking landmarks in France. The Mont Saint-Michel monastery stands at the peak of a rocky island surrounded by bastions and walls. Local legend claims that the Archangel Michael instructed Archbishop Aubert of Avranches to build this mystical monastery — the Archangel Michael– in 708. The Mont Saint-Michel attracts about 3 million annually including tourists and pilgrims.

Explore Nature in Alsace

Located in the eastern part of France, Alsace offers a wide range of natural treasures including two regional parks, sunny vineyards, coniferous forests and navigable waterways. For this reason, Alsace is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and sailing.

Conclusion

France is a top tourism destination because of its rich culture, natural attractions and historic buildings/monuments. You can enjoy these attractions by joining the Royal Holiday Vacations Club. What’s more, from August 1 to December 19, 2017, the Citadines Les Halles Paris will offer one night free to any member of the Royal Holiday Vacations Club who books four nights at the hotel by June 10, 2017.