Meet with locals

..Between heritage and tradition

Exclusive Activity: Meet with locals during your France tours

For who: Enthusiastics of culture and beautiful meetings

Why: Discover habits and customs with local people

Description:

In almost all our France tours, we suggest you explore the living heritage of France through meetings with the locals; these are the real actors of the history and culture of our beautiful country. Discover France through its key people, those who make the country exactly what it is: winemakers, chefs, cheese makers, craftsmen, farmers. These people who have dedicated their whole lives to be at the source of what France produces. They are willing, wanting and waiting to share with you, like no one else ever could, their excitement and vision of how the work should be done. Designing France tours with locals is our way to make you discover our country in a authentic and fullfilling way.

 

Go through some of the below suggestions; take a look at what is particularly interesting for you to make your France tours even more authentic and remarkable…and contact us!

Our France tours can also offer you some different approach of France’s culture. Passionate about history? Tempted about France’s artistic dimension? Or a discovery of France off the beaten path? Would you also be interested in some epicurian experiences, such as culinary explorations, cooking classes or even wine tours? Just have a look of what we could offer you as well. Our bespoke France tours are made just for you, with you. Anything is possible!

Marie Tesson

Marie Tesson

Exclusive France Tours

Forever in search of something new, I love wandering through France to uncover hidden treasures. Epicurian by nature, I am enthralled by culture in every form, wine (with a special affinity for those from Bourgogne and Rhone valley), gastronomy and anything out of the ordinary.


Some suggestions to highlight your France tours with meetings with locals...

Craft your perfect scent with an acclaimed French nose

When: All year round.

For who: Perfume lovers.

Why: Find your own flagrance to represent your individual preferences and personality.

Description:

Who hasn’t dreamed of a perfume that perfectly corresponds to your personality– that’s totally unique? A fragrance whose heady, distinctive notes really get at your personal essence, spirit, and personality: one that allows you to express yourself in all the ways you wish to?

Your ideal bespoke scent would become a genuine extension of your personality and perfectly express your identity. Working closely with a top French perfumer renowned for his or her passion and expertise, you’ll embark on an olfactory journey that you won’t soon forget. Whether in Paris or Grasse, we’ll take you on a luxurious adventure filled with jasmine, amber, rose, white musk, or your own favourite scents–initiatiing you to the joy, creativity, and scientific precision that fuel French perfume-making. In the process, you’ll find a new way to express yourself– and come away with a creation that’s exclusively your own.

Read more: The 5 Best Paris Perfume Shops & Bespoke Scentmakers

 

A fleeting encounter with lavender in Provence

When: Summer

For who: Provence and lavender lovers.

Why: Bring back some a little bit of Provence.

Description:

Everyone knows the symbol of Provence; these little blue flowers with their marvelous haunting perfume will make you marvel at the beauty of the nature of Provence. Lavender spreads its aroma mainly over the Pays de Sault at the foot of Mont Ventoux and in the Pays d’Apt in the Luberon but also in the Enclave of Valréas. The tradition is to perfume home linen or even bath water. Lavender fields also give one of the most subtle honeys and one must dare to discover it in gastronomy. In summer, farmers and distilleries open their doors and invite you to visit the enchanting perfume! A not-to-be-missed in our Provence France tours.

Traditional colourful weaving in the Basque country

When: All year round

For who: Curious; families.

Why: Be amazed at these colourful and happy mood fabrics.

Description:

Over a century ago, in 1910, Calixte Lartigue founded a cloth mill for espadrilles in Oloron Sainte-Marie. Four generations later, Philippe Lartigue perpetuates his family’s savoir-faire by breathing creativity and modernity into traditional fabrics. You will be able to visit the Tissages Lartigue cloth mill, enter the machine room and immerse yourself in the cloth-weaving trades, in a world of warp and weft threads, and admire the virtuosity of the wappers and weavers. Then, you will be able to observe the fabric transformation into a multitude of colorful products for home and table: tablecloths, napkins, aprons, curtains, bags, etc. Typically Basque. Very nice, appealing colors. Easy to buy!

Discovering bells in Annecy

When: All year round

For who: Those interested in culture and traditions; music lovers.

Why: Discover a traditional craft; attend an unusual concert.

Description:

What do you think is the common thread between the Sacré Coeur, Taipei University Hall, or Philadelphia’s Independence Hall? Their bells! Wonderful bells from this foundry located on the shore of Lake Annecy. The owner will share with you the family history foundry created 220 years ago. You will attend the bells’ moulding. Your experience would be incomplete without a small concert of … bells of course! This encounter will vibrate in you for a long time.

Visiting an oyster farm in Cap Ferret

When: All year round

For who: Gourmets; oysters amateurs.

Why: Taste some of the best French oysters.

Description:

Enjoy a boat trip from Arcachon to Cap Ferret and discover this amazing place with wonderful coloured landscapes and a colossal sand dune of 114 m, the highest in Europe. The regular-shaped peninsula creates a major landscape feature all along the coast. The famous oysters from the Arcachon Lagoon have long been a sought-after delicacy. The Roman poets, Ausonius and later Rabelais praised the excellent qualities of the mollusks in their writings. Numerous small oyster-breeding harbours are located all along the perimeter of the Arcachon lagoon, and you will find many waterside restaurants that serve almost nothing but oysters…

Encounter with the last chistera maker in the Basque country

When: Spring; summer

For who: Culture an local traditions enthusiasts.

Why: Discover disappearing traditions.

Description:

Truly the regional tradition, push the doors of the small family workshop. Prepare yourself to live a great moment with the very last French “chistera” manufacturer; the famous wicker glove of the Basque pelota. This craftsman will reassure you on the transmission of ancient traditions that participate in the singularity of the Basque Country culture.

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