Cultural Tours in France
Paris and the North of France:
As a city with a unique atmosphere and a beautiful design, this tour focuses on the elegant capital of France, Paris. Unrivaled in its cultural and social presence, Paris offers a rich experience of French culture: cuisine, art, fashion, literature, architecture, history, and language. Layers of French history are preserved in the buildings around the city, especially seen in the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille, and the Champs-Élysées. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from many points in Paris to remind you that you are in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. A cultural tour of Paris could focus on a variety of topics including French culture in general, famous artwork, French fashion, and French history.
A visit to Paris is great for its close proximity to other interesting destinations in France. Depending on your group's interests, excursions into historic Normandy (WWII D-Day Invasion) and the chateaus of the Loire Valley are nearby and easily added to an itinerary. Paris is also close enough to Belgium, the west of Germany, and the North of Spain to create a longer, multi-country visit.
Lyon and the Alps:
A tour to this region gives your group access to France's second largest city, Lyon. Idyllic French countryside surrounds Lyon, which gives you a more peaceful taste of the French culture. Just an hour and a half outside Lyon is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular alpine settings in the world, the French Alps, which makes this area an ideal destination for families and groups looking for a more active vacation with activities such as hiking, skiing, or biking.
The South of France:
For many, this region recalls images of beautiful beaches, coastal cities, and some of the best seafood in the world. It's true that the French Riviera and Provence regions are summer tourist hot-spots. The local charm and the natural beauty of this region make it an ideal location for relaxing along the picturesque coast of Southern France.
AM: Visit the world's most famous museum, the Louvre, walk through the Tuilleries Gardens and past the Place de la Concorde to the legendary Champs Elysee, walk to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, and experience a leisurely Seine River Cruise next to the Eiffel Tower.
PM: In the evening, explore Paris on an unforgettable Bike Tour. Sites will included: Champs se Mars, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ile de la Cite, Ile Saint Louis, Berthillon's Ice Cream Parlor, Academie Francaise, Princess Diana Flame, Invalides, Ecole Militaire, Napoleon's Tomb, and more.
(Sleep near Paris)
AM: Travel south to the beautiful city of Lyon for a tour with a local guide. Sites include Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage 14th century old town, and the Notre Dame de Fourviere Basilica.
PM: Explore your own interests in Lyon for the evening.
(Sleep in Lyon)
AM: Continue south to Montpellier stopping at the famous Pont Du Gard to visit the amazing feat of natural beauty and Roman architecture. Spend your time hiking around the area or shopping at the small gift shops close by.
PM: Finish your evening relaxing at some of the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean: Palavas Beach or La Grande Motte Beach.
(Sleep in Montpellier)
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