Touring France – Do’s and Don’ts

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Touring France was the theme for the educational event hosted by Viking River & Ocean Cruises at The Encanterra Country Club Resort Community in Arizona.

Tour Through France

The registration for this event was limited to 100 guests. So many people wanted to attend that there was a waitlist in case others were to cancel. Many people love cruising and want to visit France.  

French Delicacies and French Wine


In staying true to the French theme there were French snacks and French wines. This was a great way to get everyone in the French mood. Many guests around me had visited France in the past and were excited to go again.

Do’s When Touring France

Our presenter, who is a Destination Specialist for France with American Express, shared with us many great tips for touring France. Here are just a few.

  • Handshakes are ok
  • A greeting is to kiss both cheeks lightly or air kissing
  • Let your host pour and refill your glass
  • Bring cakes or candy to a party as a gift to the host

Don’ts When Touring France


When visiting a new location it is important to understand the local customs. Here are a few suggestions of what not to do.

  • Step in the Merde – Our presenter reported that people do not pick up their dog waste that is on the street
  • Keep your hands off the table
  • Embrace friends or acquaintances in public
  • Bring wine to a party

Parting Gifts

Viking River & Ocean Cruises gave us the wine glass to take home with us. Now, when I drink wine I will see the Viking cruise logo and think about cruising. I trust that was the idea behind giving out the glasses. We received a great tote bag and French chocolates. I will admit that I ate the chocolates during the presentation and they were delicious.

Touring France – Do’s and Don’ts


Have you visited France? If not, would you like to?

38 thoughts on “Touring France – Do’s and Don’ts
  1. It is on our long list of places to go. There is so much I want to do, see and experience there that I know we would have to visit quite a few times. We have awhile before we could take a Viking Cruise (which is on our list) as our children are still to young to be able to take one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. “Don’t step in the merde” Haha, love it! I’ve been to France once and will certainly be back!

  3. I would love to visit France. The french pastries are what I’m looking forward to, as well as all of the beautiful sights.

  4. Some great tips here! Bringing wine is such a cultural norm here; it’s very interesting that it’s a don’t here!

  5. I haven’t been to France. Thanks for the tips. I’d like to trace the steps of my great-grandfather’s troop thru France. He was killed in WWI & is listed on Menin Gate Memorial.

  6. Great tips for visiting France! Since France is on my travel wish list, I’m bookmarking to help with future planning.

  7. I have been to France 2 times. I love Paris and would love to go see the countryside.

  8. I find it interesting that wine is not a gift you bring your host/hostess in France.

  9. The French Riviera and the countryside are amazing. Some of my favorite places are there.

  10. I didn’t know that you don’t bring wine to a party in France. Good to know.

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