Hi from Rick: Exquisite France + June Specials
A highlight of my travels last year was filming two new TV shows on Paris. I try not to overuse the word "exquisite" — but when filming the treasures of Paris in high-definition, you can't help it. We captured the glorious windows of Sainte-Chapelle, the finest gothic interior in all of Europe. The Eiffel Tower, sparkling as if exploding into life at the top of the hour each evening. The Unicorn Tapestry in the Cluny museum, showing how the Renaissance swept in from Italy like a warm-weather front, pulling Europe out of the Middle Ages (and celebrating the realization that it's okay for everyday people to enjoy all their senses...and I mean all). And exquisitely-presented food — just the sight of which has the power to get anyone to put off their well-intentioned diet until a few courses later.
In this month's Tour News we're offering tastes of the many ways you can experience France on a Rick Steves tour: from week-long getaways to Paris and the French Riviera, to 11 days focused on the historic heart of France, to two-week adventures that explore the very best of the east and west. You'll also see a day-by-day slideshow from my Best of Paris tour, read tour member raves and interviews with my France guides — and noodle over the best combinations for linking a pair of France tours back-to-back. As a cultural appetizer, our video of the month features a rousing performance of Berlioz from my "Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey" TV special.
Saving France for a future year, but looking for a travel bargain now? Then check out our happy assortment of June tour specials — while they last.
There's more joie de vivre to come, as my TV crew and I will be heading back to France in July. Accompanied by Steve Smith (my France guidebook co-author who is also responsible for hiring the great tour guides we work with throughout Europe), we'll film two new TV shows covering the best of the Loire valley and the lavish palace of Versailles.
For centuries, the French have set the standards for good living. Now that class has been dismissed (thank you, revolutionaries), travelers are welcome to join right in. And in France today, there's plenty of exquisite to go around.
P.S. Last-minute extra: we've just posted Steve Smith's (co-author of my France book) Test Drive a Tour Guide: France slideshow/lecture on YouTube. If you'd like to get a lively, hour-long overview of our France tour program right from the cheval's mouth, watch it!