Tour Members Rave About France
|"I loved walking through the markets in the various towns we stopped at for lunch or villages where we stayed. It was wonderful to see the locals doing their shopping right alongside the tourists. The people were all so friendly and helpful."|
France offers more diversity than any other nation in Europe. It's a rich tapestry of man-made and natural wonders, earth-shaking history, intense cultural pride, tasty cuisine and an undeniable joie de vivre. What better place to travel with a great guide? Take it from our tour members: each of our tours in France — from the majesty of Paris to the villages of Provence — comes filled with unforgettable experiences...
"Every day seemed to offer a new ‘wow' moment. The Eiffel Tower was amazing on that first night. I was so impressed by the Orsay and the Louvre, but I had to pinch myself when I visited Notre Dame and had the chance to climb the steps to the tower. That was my perfect moment in Paris. I was also blown away by the beauty and grandeur of Mont St. Michel, which I never even knew existed! Of course, not much could top the trip to Normandy — Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. It was a profoundly moving and humbling experience."
— Kevin in Des Plaines, IL — Paris & the Heart of France in 11 Days
"I loved walking through the markets in the various towns we stopped at for lunch or villages where we stayed. It was wonderful to see the locals doing their shopping right alongside the tourists. The people were all so friendly and helpful. It was great fun to gather as a group for ‘happy hour' in the local parks and playing bocce ball, and canoeing in the Dordogne."
— Eileen in Rancho Murieta, CA — Loire to the South of France in 13 Days (formerly Paris & South of France in 15 Days)
"All was terrific. I can't say enough good things about our tour guide — professional, knowledgeable, class-act, sassy, witty, helpful. Her presentation had the quality of following a university professor lecture whenever she guided us through the key places. But the ‘wow' moment for me was seeing Sainte-Chapelle and Monet's Water Lilies at the Orangerie Museum. I also really enjoyed the first night's bus tour of the city as an introduction. The bus was nice and comfortable, and did not scream ‘tourists!'"
— Melinda in Washington, DC — Best of Paris in 7 Days
"Seeing and touching the magnificent beauty of the Mediterranean was my first ‘wow' moment. The second was a tie amongst the Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse museums! The third (or perhaps another "second" tie) was Grasse and the perfume factory. How interesting and fun!!"
— Laura in Des Moines, WA — Best of the French Riviera in 7 Days
"There were many ‘wow' moments on the trip. But one particular day stands out. We visited the small hilltop village of Seguret in the morning. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day. After strolling through the village, we were picked up by Kate and Hugo from the Domain de Mourchons winery and given a tour of the winery. Hugo was a wonderful guide and really brought the wine to life. And we got to see the grapes being harvested. After the tour we sampled their excellent wines. After the tasting we walked up the hill to the beautiful home of the owners. We had a wonderful lunch in their outdoor courtyard. They were warm, inviting and shared their home with us as if we were family. It was just a wonderful experience to share a little time with this delightful family. After lunch, we opted to walk back to Vaison la Romaine. We walked for about an hour through the vineyards and along a country road. The weather was incredible and it was such an enjoyable walk. We were staying in a great hotel in the hilltop medieval part of Vaison. Later that evening four of us climbed up to the ruins overlooking the city. We shared a bottle of wine and watched the sun set. It was such a picture-perfect day — a little slice of heaven."
— Phyllis in Carmel, IN — Wine Regions of Eastern France in 14 Days (formerly Villages & Vineyards of Eastern France in 14 Days)
"First let me say, I HATE organized bus tours and I knew NOTHING about the Basque Country, so I would never have booked this tour myself (I went along with a friend). But... this was THE BEST tour I've ever been on — there was a ‘wow' moment every day. Not only was the area beautiful and full of history, not only was the food and wine fantastic (and cheap), not only was the weather gorgeous, but the thing that really made the tour special was our guide. He could NOT have been better. He made everything we did special, from sharing his experiences when he ‘ran with the bulls' in Pamplona, to singing ‘Doe a Deer' together on the Camino de Santiago, he was the reason the tour was magical."
— Starr in St. Gallen, Switz. — Basque Country of Spain & France in 8 Days
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