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Cheap flights from French Southern Territories

The French Southern and Antarctic Lands, known in full as the Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands is an overseas territory of France, which consists of Kerguelen Islands, Crozet Islands, Adélie Land, the Scattered Islands, and the islands of St. Paul and Amsterdam. The territory is also known as the French Southern Lands or French Southern Territories. It has no permanent civilian population. ‘Residents’ primarily consist of visiting military personnel, officials, scientific researchers and support staff. Furthermore, some parts of the territory are exclusive economic zone and play an important role for fishing.

The Antarctic Lands are comprised of Adelie Land, a portion of the Antarctic continent discovered and claimed by the French in 1840 and was set aside by the Antarctic Treaty.

Where to go

Adélie Land and the islands, which have a total area of 7781km², are not inhabited, except for some occasions wherein researchers visit the area. Île Amsterdam and Île Saint-Paul, both extinct volcanoes, have been delineated as the Amsterdam and Saint-Paul Islands temperate grasslands ecoregion. At 1,850 metres tall, Mont Ross on Îles Kerguelen is considered as the highest point in French Southern and Antarctic Lands. There are no ports or harbours in the island, only offshore anchorages. Meanwhile, the islands in the Indian Ocean are being supplied by the special ship Marion Dufresne, which sails out of Le Port in Réunion Island, while Terre Adélie is supplied by Astrolabe sailing out of Hobart in Tasmania. The territory has a massive merchant marine fleet, which is a subset of the French register. The only land mass antipodal to the Contiguous United States is found in the territory.

While the territory itself is not exactly bountiful of tourist destinations, there are other places in France that you can visit. Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is famous for its contributions to art, fashion, design, and cuisine, among other things. Visit its numerous landmarks like the world-famous Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Catacombs, Château de Versailles, Pantheon, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, and Sacré Coeur. Also, its museums, which house priceless masterpieces from art virtuosos and masters, are must-visit places. There’s the Louvre Museum, Musée d'Orsay, Picasso Museum, Musée Marmottan-Monet, Rodin Museum, and many others.

Short Haul

The city of Luxembourg is the capital of the country which it shares the same name, Luxembourg. It is dubbed as the "Gibraltar of the North" due to its valleys and plateaus. Visit the Casemates Bock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 18th century, it is a network of underground fortifications and environs, where the first castle stood in 963. There’s also the old fortress in Ville Basse and its stunning Grund (Statgrond), a lovely place to stroll and wander around. See locals and tourists bustle through Place Guillaume, a teeming market, and the site of an equestrian statue of William II of the Netherlands and Luxembourg and the neo-classical Town Hall.

Long Haul 

Bangkok, the capital and largest city in Thailand, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia. It is home to spectacular temples and palaces, genuine canals, and one-of-a-kind markets. Visit the island of Rattanakosin, also known as the “Old City.” It is home to three of Bangkok’s grandest and most famous temples: the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. Bangkok offers plenty of exciting tours like cycling tours, canal tours, running tours, among others. Also, the city is known as a pampering destination. Get a soothing Thai massage, spa treatment, and other relaxation services.

How to get out

French Southern Territories has four airports, one each on Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin Island in the Iles Eparses district. However, all these airports do not offer commercial flights, only arranged flights for researchers and scientists.  

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