Welcome to France! Are you prepared to embark on this incredible tour through History? Starting in Paris, the city of love, and continuing through Bordeaux, Dordogne, Carcassonne & Marseille, you will explore the rich history of France. From the age of prehistory to contemporary times, you'll delve into the nation's abundant cultural legacy. A journey that will appeal not only to history enthusiasts but also to children intrigued by French culture. This trip promises a stunning perspective on French history while savouring the country's splendour, including its architecture, landscapes, and cuisine!

Highlights

Day By day

Follow the path of French history

For your first day in Paris, take some time to leisurely stroll through the city center and immerse yourself in the sights. Paris pulsates with energy, both day and night. However, above all it is the capital of France and its streets are haunted by the ghosts of historical figures. As you pass between two underground stations, you may traverse a place where history was written. Place de la Bastille serves as a poignant example, once the site of the Bastille jail that was overtaken by Parisians during the French Revolution. This pivotal event occurred on July 14, 1789, now celebrated annually as the French National Day. Overnight: Paris

Live the Parisian life

The beginning of your second day in Paris promises delight with an authentic French croissant-making class – what better way to start the day? After indulging in these tasty treats, your exploration of the city unfolds, from the iconic Louvre, a former royal castle transformed into one of the most significant museums today, to the Musee d'Orsay, once a train station and now a museum that showcases Paris's ability to reinvent itself and its magnificent buildings. Whether you opt for a guided group tour or embark on a self-guided adventure, you'll have the chance to delve into the remarkable architecture of this stunning city and uncover the rich history that shapes it. Later, hop on a bicycle to explore two more charming neighborhoods of Paris: the Latin District and Le Marais. Cycling provides a fantastic way to combine exercise with soaking in the beautiful sights. Overnight: Paris

Montmartre, Timeless Inspiration for Art & Science

Today, explore the remarkable district of Montmartre. Renowned for housing the Sacré-Cœur Basilica at its peak, this area provides an incredible view of Paris. Montmartre also holds a special place in the hearts of artists; even Picasso once called it home for a time in his life. To end the day perfectly, try a boat experience on the Seine River. Cruise under the many bridges of Paris, steal a kiss under the Love Bridge – now that's an experience! And don't forget to capture that must-have photo with the Eiffel Tower in the background. It's all part of the magic! As a matter of fact, did you know the Eiffel Tower was not meant to last? Originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair and intended to stand for only 20 years, its popularity and usefulness for the scientific world led to its enduring presence. Overnight: Paris

Head to the West of France

The moment to leave the capital city has arrived. Our driver will take you to the train station to embark on a 2-hour train ride. Bordeaux's historical significance in France spans centuries, from its pivotal role in the wine trade to its prominence as a key port city. Amble through the city center, take a stroll in Place de la Bourse, visit Bordeaux Cathedral, and explore the Palais Rohan. Overnight: Bordeaux

More than a City, a World-Class Wine

The rich history and captivating tales of Bordeaux and its culinary delights await. Join our local expert Mark,with whom you’ll savour, discover, and learn about the finest local food. This approach offers the perfect blend of exploring the city's stunning old town while also pausing along the way to taste the region's characteristic dishes. As if the food was not enough, it’s time for the wine degustation in the Cite du Vin. This place is like an amusement park for wine lovers! You can explore the history of wine, take part in tastings, and even embark on a virtual journey through the world's wine regions. It's a place where you can swirl, sniff, and sip to your heart's content, all while learning the stories behind its production. A must if you’re a wine lover! Overnight: Bordeaux

A Jewel in France's Historical Tapestry

After a good breakfast, pick up your rental car and embark on a self-drive of 30 minutes from Bordeaux to Sarlat. Begin with a walking tour through the old town, where every stone and alley seems to whisper tales of the past. As the town awakens, make your way to the lively Sarlat Market, a place where you can taste every local treat you come across—truffles, cheese, and pastries! For lunch, savour the duck confit, a perfect blend of tradition and passion, prepared by hands that have mastered the art of local cuisine. If you're feeling adventurous in the afternoon, take a short drive to the beautiful village of La Roque-Gageac. We can arrange a canoe rental so you can paddle down the Dordogne River and enjoy the amazing panorama; the water's surface reflects the majestic cliffs and châteaux that line the banks. Overnight: Sarlat

Time travel into the Prehistoric era

Are you ready to go back in time? Today, delve into the history of cave art in the Dordogne region. We'll provide you with tickets to the Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV, and Parc du Thot, allowing you to explore them at your own pace. The museum area will enhance your understanding of the Ice Age environment and the climatic changes that contributed to the disappearance of emblematic species; you can delve into these aspects with the Time Mirror. Moreover, witness the Nave of Lascaux illuminated in diverse ways to enhance the appreciation of the paintings and engravings, and gain insight into how the painters used everyday objects, like lamps and brushes, inside the cave. Overnight: Sarlat

Exploring the Medieval Fortress

After your prehistoric journey, enjoy a scenic 3-hour drive to Carcassonne for a medieval flashback. As the sun rises over Carcassonne, you find yourself enveloped by a fortress echoing tales of knights and legends. While wandering through the cobbled streets of La Cité, the old walled city, the towering medieval structures loom large above, as if guarding the secrets of the past. Join your local guide for a walking tour through the historic medieval town. In the evening, return to the old town for a dining experience in a candlelit courtyard that feels like a lavish feast. Overnight: Carcassonne

Discovering the Lower Town

Walk from La Cité to the Bastide Saint-Louis, also known as the Lower Town. Here, the town square, Place Carnot, welcomes you with a lively market featuring local products, allowing you to feel the essence of Carcassonne. Explore Saint Vincent Church with its stunning Gothic architecture. The rest of the morning is spent discovering hidden boutiques and galleries, each one a treasure trove of local art and crafts. A leisurely lunch at a sidewalk bistro gives you the energy to wander further. The Canal du Midi beckons, and you find yourself on a serene boat ride, where the slow pace gives you time to reflect on all you've seen. As the sun sets, you return to La Cité for one last evening. Perhaps a visit to a local wine cellar to sample the region's offerings, followed by a final dinner in a medieval hall. Overnight: Carcasonne

Journey to the Mediterranean Sea

After a 3-hour drive, you'll arrive in Marseille, a city that hums with life and brims with colour. Marseille has been a crucial French port for centuries, and it was in this city that "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem, gained popularity during the French Revolution. After enjoying a seafood lunch in the Old Port, the afternoon is dedicated to a boat tour at the Calanques of Cassis. Perhaps there's a chance to swim in one of the hidden coves. Back in the city, the evening welcomes you with open arms. You might stroll along the bustling La Canebière or enjoy dinner at a seafront restaurant.  Overnight: Marseille

Time to say “Au revoir”

And so, your historic journey across France and through the ages has come to an end and sadly it’s time to say au revoir! This journey across France has been an enlightening immersion into its diverse history and culture, from Parisian revolution echoes to Bordeaux's wine trade, Sarlat's prehistoric marvels, Carcassonne's medieval charm, and Marseille's maritime legacy. With each passing day you’ve added to your understanding and appreciation for France's captivating historical tapestry.

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“The best season to go is from April to the beginning of June ; it's spring and there aren't many tourists, and the weather is often pleasantly warm (although the sea is still a bit fresh!) If you're an art lover, you will love the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. If you're a food lover (like me), the croissant cooking class is so much fun and delicious. I also love Bordeaux because I'm passionate about wine, and the tasting is a great moment to relish.”

Marianna, Local Expert

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