Persons visiting France as tourists are to include in their visa applications a reservation confirmation of an organised trip or any other document describing a planned programme of their stay in the country. Applicants who are not joining any organised group and buying a tour package are instead to add a travel itinerary describing how they intend spending their days in France.
You can prepare your itinerary by visiting several tourist websites that publish on France tours and attractions. I will share with you on Jetsanza.com the plausible plan I used for my first France visa application.
Before then, let’s take a look at how to prepare a Travel Itinerary.
Things to consider when preparing Travel Itinerary
Choosing where to stay is the first thing to consider when planning an itinerary. You cannot be staying at a hotel which is 200KM apart from the tourist sites you intend visiting. Not possible to live in Accra and be visiting Kumasi daily. So make sure your quest for the cheapest hotel does not send you hundreds of kilometres away from the sites you want to visit. So choose a hotel where you can easily access all the attractions.
Call the internet a friend
The internet should be your friend when planning your travel. There are so many websites loaded with information on tourist sites and events happening during your period of visit. Read about the activities that take place at each site, entrance fees, opening times and reviews by previous visitors.
Distance between attractions
The embassy does not expect to see a perfect travel plan, and that is why it’s termed PLAUSIBLE. A little more research by you to come up with a more plausible itinerary would mean you are genuinely travelling for tourism purpose. Use Google to check the distance between attractions to confirm if it’s possible to visit two or more sites in a day, as mentioned in your itinerary. Also, consider the time you are likely to spend at each attraction so as not to push so many activities in a day.
You were guided by online resources to put together your travel plan. Credit all the websites you picked information from.
TIP: Always make sure each document you include in your visa application has your name on it if the document does not have your name written anywhere. Example is the travel plan. Write your name on as you see in the sample below. This will help Visa Officers trace them easily should it be blown away by fan or finds its way in someone’s documents.
Sample Plausible Itinerary For A Week Stay in Paris For French Visa Application
MY TRAVEL ITINERARY FOR PARIS – AKESSE MOISE SANZA
Below is how I intend spending my days in Paris:
October 16, 2012
Arrive in Paris and check-in at my hotel, take some rest and later get my bus pass for my entire stay.
October 17, 2012
This day will be spent at the Eiffel Tower. Photos of this monument that I have seen are stunning. It’s a place that I have to spend much time. I like the architecture.
October 18, 2012
I will continue my tour in Paris by visiting the following monuments:
- Arc de Triomphe
- Notre Dame De Paris – Cathedral
October 19, 2012
This is a day for Museums in Paris. Some of the museums to be visited on this day are:
- Musee D’Orsay
- Museum of Montmartre
October 20, 2012
A visit to Garden of Royal Palais. I then visit Park of Champs De Mars.
October 21, 2012
I will do some shopping in Paris. Grand Magasins is believed to have fashion from A to Z.
I will also visit places in my itinerary that I could not visit.
October 22, 2012
Prepare for departure to my home country Ghana.
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