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Capital – Paris | Currency – Euro | Timezone – GMT +1

France is a very large country where you can enjoy the enormous lavender fields in the Provence, worlds’ beautiful castles and churches, but there is so much more.

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Editor’s pick: I wheel travel in France

Adaptive sports in the South of France

Aurelie blogs in French and English on her travel blog I wheel travel. Highly recommended to visit her website. Great content and high quality photos!

Paris tourism office has a complete guide for your visit to Paris

https://en.parisinfo.com/accessibility you can find a lot of information here or use this free download. (This guide is available in English and in French).

And yes, of course, the Louvre. Mais oui!

Beaches, parks and a helicoper flight

Accessible beaches

The organisation Handiplage has created a detailed beach info guide where you can find 89 accessible beaches.

Although the website is in French, you can easily switch to English by simply using your mouse and rightclick anywhere on the page.

Aveyron

Located in South West France, Aveyron is a great destination for nature lovers.  Aurélie from I Wheel Travel, was a pilot for the day!

So here we are in the sky, flying above the Trou de Bozouls, Espalion, St-Côme d’Olt, Calmont d’Olt castle… We even see old lava flows. From the sky landscapes seem different and we can clearly see the horseshoe shape of Bozouls canyon. Take a look at it!

Read the entire story here

Eure-et-Loir

Chartres – Cathedrale de Chartres

From the website:

Chartres Cathedral, a celebrated center of Christianity, was built as a model of the Heavenly Jerusalem itself. Each wall, each vault and every single stained-glass window was studied and installed to the exact millimeter as to represent the divine city.

As a consequence, the sanctuary contains an unquantifiable number of treasures and mysteries…

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Cathedrale de Chartres
Access to the cathedral is possible for our visitors with reduced mobility, by an inclined plane located at the entrance to the royal portal. Wheelchair users can access all parts of the cathedral’s “ground” level open to visitors: nave, transepts, aisles, choir tower.

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Nantes the city of 100 gardens

Above and beyond its 100 garden oases, the City’s green fabric is exceptional, with a network of footpaths and cycle paths stretching for 50 km along rivers and tributaries, and converging in the heart of the city to form, what has become known as Nantes the ‘Green Star’.

The website has tons of information about gardens, parks, trees, plants. Events, tours, botanical courses. It is very well documented and has an extensive search menu.

46 parks have accessible toilets. You can book group tours, guided tours, absolutely a recommended highlight to visit in France.

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Basilique cathedrale de Saint Denis

Reserved parking spaces on Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, to be specified during reservation. Public car park ‘Basilica’ is accessible close by. An access ramp gives access to the nave. Adapted walkway with accompanying staff member leads to a lift to access the crypt. However, the chevet is not accessible. Toilets are adapted.
Assistance dogs welcome. Audio tour available.

Paris on the Seine or by ‘little train’

Boat tours

Accessible toilets at the pier, ramp access to the boat. Group bookings possible Morer information at Bateaux Mouches.

Another Paris

Discover the city of Paris in the ‘little blue train’. You can book the Royal Route, the Bohemian Route, the Academic Route, the Artist Route or the Elegant Route. Another Paris’ train was awarded by Les Trophées de l’Accessibilité.

A DAY IN THE MUSEUM

Tactile Studio partnered with the team at le Panthéon for several years on different projects.

From Rousseau, Voltaire and Braille to the Curies and Malraux, le Panthéon is famous as the resting place of philosophers, scientists, writers and thinkers who shaped France’s national identity.

A grandiose building imagined by Soufflot, whose intention was to outshine St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Marseille

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MuCEM ((accessibility information) – info in French. Tactile stations for visually impaired people.

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Pantheon
 France highlights accessible travel
The Louvre
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the famous fountain near the Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou (accessibility information)

FOR PEOPLE WITH REDUCED MOBILITY

Wheelchairs are loaned free of charge at the reception of groups, level 0 – accessible by elevator from the Rue Beaubourg entrance. The loan is made in exchange for an identity document.

FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

A magnetic induction loop (BIM) system for the hearing impaired has been set up at all of the following reception points: reception desk, main ticket office (4 positions on odd cases) and show ticket office (forum level -1), group reception, individual changing rooms / groups / shows, Membership area, entrance reserved for people with reduced mobility and visually impaired, Children’s gallery, museum information point (level 5), Atelier Brancusi.

FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Guide dogs for the blind are allowed to circulate within the spaces of the Center Pompidou.

The Louvre (accessibility information)

The Louvre offers group tours for visitors with developmental disabilities,

Groups of visitors with physical disabilities, led by a museum guide, can discover the collections via accessible itineraries.

Visitors who are blind or visually-impaired can take part in guided tours in which works of art are described. They may also participate in tactile visits, in which they are allowed to touch certain works of art or casts of them. Workshops are also available: they are limited to 8 participants and address various themes.

Visitors who are deaf or hearing-impaired can take part in guided tours, given in French sign language. These are led by deaf museum guides and address various themes.

Musée d’Orsay

Visitors with disabilities benefit from

  • Priority access without waiting by the reserved entrance C;
  • Free entry for the disabled person and their companion on presentation of a disability card, a priority card issued by a departmental home for the disabled (MDPH), proof that they are holders of the Disabled adult allowance (AAH) or additional disability allowance or foreign equivalence, or the inclusion mobility card;
  • Full access to the museum and its services (restaurant, bookshop) for people with reduced mobility thanks to specific facilities (access ramps, automatic doors, toilets and elevators);
  • Access to the auditorium for people with reduced mobility and hard of hearing (magnetic loop);
  • Priority access to elevators;
  • Loan of wheelchairs, tripods (strenuous standing) and canes to the changing rooms of individuals upon presentation of an identity document.

A DAY OUT – ACCESSIBLE THEMEPARKS IN FRANCE

Angers – Terra Botanica

Les Epesses (1 hour to Nantes) –  Puy du Fou

France themeparks accessibility information

Marne-la-Vallée – Disneyland Paris

Nice – Parc Phoenix (info in French)

Porte de la Chapelle (half hour to Paris) – Parc Astérix

France themeparks accessibility information

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou (half hour to Poitiers) – Futuroscope

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Train – SNCF

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  • SNCF  (the national train company)
  • Eurostar – excellent services. Trains go to Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
    Via this link you can read all you need to know, even about connecting to other trains in other countries. Use the Eurostar app to make a booking:

    in the App store Eurostar
    in the Google Play store Eurostar
  • 61 stations connected to Eurostar routes.

By car

Fuel service app
Fuel service app

If you drive yourself, use the Fuelservice app (click to find stations) to communicate with fuel stations so you can smoothly continue your road trip.

Travel Sheets – Download here
(Download the English version here)

Visa – all information on applying for a visa to France you find on this website.

Language – the official language is French. In tourist areas people know also English.

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