It should be no surprise that France is the world's most visited country. We'll lead you through the battlefields and rugged coastline of Normandy and Brittany, and the vineyards and châteaux of the Loire Valley and Burgundy. Then we head south to Provence and the glamorous Riviera before topping it all off in romantic, historic Paris.
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Learn about French village life where land, tradition, and a slower pace are venerated. We'll explore the romantic hill towns and castles, meandering rivers, canals, and seas of vineyards that carpet the French countryside in the wine regions of village France.
Exquisite châteaux dot the lush landscape of France's Loire Valley like jewels in a crown — Chenonceau delights with its dramatic setting atop a river, while the king's "hunting lodge" at Chambord astonishes with 440 rooms — and almost as many chimneys. The valley is known as "the garden of France," with astonishing gardens at Villandry and Chaumont — and so many vineyards that it rivals Bordeaux and Burgundy. You'll learn what to see, where to stay, and how to navigate this spectacular region only a few hours from Paris.
For many Americans, Normandy evokes D-Day — the world's largest invasion that changed the course of history. But a tour of this coastal French province promises more than wartime bunkers and WWII memorials. We'll discover enchanting fishing villages, Gothic architecture, half-timbered houses, and the island abbey of Mont St-Michel.
Paris is synonymous with beauty, romance, great art museums, and fine cuisine. We'll explore the ins and outs of finding good, affordable hotels and restaurants, the best seasons for visiting, and how to organize your sightseeing. You'll also learn about the many day trips possible from Paris, including Versailles, Giverny, and Chartres.
Learn more about the art in several well-known and less frequented museums in the City of Lights. In addition, this class discusses the important architectural styles that give Paris its unique and dazzling style.
Experience the best of Paris along with its most stunning surroundings: the Loire Valley's exquisite châteaux, Brittany's half-timbered villages, Normandy's magical Mont St- Michel and stirring D-Day beaches, Monet's dreamy Giverny, and a medieval castle being painstakingly built in Burgundy today but using 13th-century technology.
Join us on a fabulous journey through Provence and the French Riviera. We'll learn about Provence's remarkable array of Roman sites, its dynamic cities, and most romantic hill towns. We'll also explore the Riviera's most popular sights and best beaches, plus learn key lessons in crowd avoidance.
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