There is much to share about travel to France in 2018. It will be another banner year for major events, new architectural wonders and cultural venues.
For the French West Indies the upcoming year begins with the fall start of the 2017/2018 season.
The Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique were both unscathed by their close encounters with Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Pack your bags and take off to the sunny side of France, Norwegian Air will add a new non-stop route from Providence/Boston to Martinique and Guadeloupe. From Fort Lauderdale, it will also add non-stop seasonal service to Martinique to its pre-existing flights to Guadeloupe and increase its non-stop seasonal service to both islands from JFK. Finally and in November, Air France will operate twice weekly on its new Atlanta to Guadeloupe route, which then goes on to Fort-de-France.
This year, Paris and the Paris region will be hosting two major sporting events.
The Gay Games, from August 4 to 12, a sporting event where 15,000 athletes will compete in 36 sports, and will take place in 50 prestigious venues throughout Paris and the Ile-de-France.
The Ryder Cup will showcase France as a golf destination. From September 28 to 30, 2018 at the Golf National, near Versailles, 24 of the finest players from the United States and Europe, will face off on the Albatross, the Golf National’s championship course.
2018 will also mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI
November 11, 1918 commemorates the signing of the armistice in Compiègne. Leading up to that historic moment, several events and developments in what was known as the Western Front in Northern France will take place —and it will be the perfect opportunity to visit the recently re-opened and redesigned Franco-American Museum at the Chateau de Blerancourt near Paris.
Provence will also generate major buzz with the new region wide event Marseille-Provence 2018 also known as MP 2018 “Quel Amour”—“What love”. The event will kick-off on Valentine’s Day with a huge and festive ball in Marseille, followed by a series of 20 love-themed cultural events through September 1.
- “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” will celebrate its 20th anniversary
June will be also be a fun month to visit southwestern France. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Bordeaux Fête le Vin", there will be a gathering of tall ships, parading in June 14 and docking along the Garonne River’s Port de la Lune and parading out on the 18th.
With major sporting events, new museums and happenings, more gateways and faster connections, France 2018 is a destination for all.