Our historical heritage

..Cultural tours beyond the ordinary

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Exclusive Activity: One-of-a-kind, entirely private culture & history tours of France that allow you to encounter the country’s rich heritage

For who: Those curious and enthusiastic about art, architecture, history and cultural traditions

Why: Discover several emblematic historical sites

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Inherited from past generations, France has preserved its historical foundations for the benefit of future generations and offers the possibility of rich cultural exploration. Our unique, entirely private culture and history tours in France will allow you to encounter some of the country’s most breathtaking monuments. You will benefit from your private guide’s passion and knowledge.

Whatever the region you decide to choose, we will create along with our local experts, itineraries based on the themes you wish to give your trip. Thanks to a huge diversity in our cultural heritage and our literate local guides, we will bring you exactly where you will make the most of it.

 

Go through some of the ideas below from past tours we’ve offered to our discerning clients. They may provide inspiration for your next culture or history-oriented adventure in France. Once you’ve gotten an idea of what interests you the most, contact us to embark on the journey of a lifetime!

Marie Tesson

Marie Tesson

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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.

Stunning castles – Loire Valley

When: All year round

For who: History and architecture enthusiasts

Why: Discover French history in a breathtaking setting

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Incredibly rich in history and architecture, the Loire Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our private tours in this remarkable region are full of discovery. A weekend or more in this emblematic area is the perfect way to reconnect with nature and encounter some fantastic architecture. The numerous castles of the Loire are emblematic of French romanticism and royal power. Chenonceau Castle is but one example of the remarkable chateaux that dot the fertile valley. One especially charming way to discover it? Taking a sunset tour around its premises by kayak. Another castle that cannot be missed  is the Chateau de Chambord: visit its impressive natural park, which is abundant in flora and fauna. The Villandry Castle, meanwhile, transports visitors with its enchanting gardens. The Clos Lucé Castle, the last home of Léonard de Vinci, will not fail to amaze you either. The list is pratically endless. Pick out two or three: they all contain cherished secrets of French history.

Come and discover prehistory in the Perigord

When: All year round

For who: Anyone interested in learning about prehistoric French culture

Why: Exploration of one of the biggest caves in Europe and the Lascaux cave

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Do you want to learn more about prehistoric France? Go and explore Périgord, a region famous for its gastronomy and its prehistoric caves. If you travel in this region, you will fall for the old medieval town of Sarlat by night. The prehistoric site of Eyzies will offer you many places to explore, notably boasting the Font de Gaume cave and the huge chasm of Proumeyssac, famous for its crystal cathedral. You will also discover other prehistoric wonders, such as the rock paintings in Pêche-Merle, the longest underground river in the world which snakes through the Gouffre de Padirac, or the sublime Lascaux– the most famous cave in France.

The ins and outs of the Eiffel Tower – Paris

When: All year round

For who: Paris fans and history buffs

Why: Discover the Eiffel Tower in an exclusive and unusual way

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Private tours in France often bring you to Paris, at least for 2 or 3 days. And, for sure, one of the not-to-be-missed historical sites to visit is the Eiffel Tower. Emblem of France, it still manages to reserve some secrets, even as it hosts swarms of visitors every day. Enjoy a memorable tour with a local guide who will show you the tower from a different angle. Using humorous anecdotes and incredible knowledge, your guide will unveil secrets about the tower that will surprise and marvel you. You may even be given access to the military bunker that remains today beneath the Champs de Mars, and even to the tower’s elevator engine room. Your guide will be pleased to share these secrets with you, allowing you to experience this legendary Paris monument in a truly in-depth way.

First World War Memorial Sites in Champagne

When: Spring; summer

For who: History lovers

Why: Feel the intensity of a large part of French history on major sites

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An hour’s drive from Reims, follow the footprints of First World War soldiers on famous old battlefields. You will first go to Verdun, then you will explore the trench of Massiges, the sadly well-known Chemin des Dames; Dormans, the Cote 204 American Monument, Bois Belleau; or the promontory Viel Armand, siege of one of the deadliest battles France has ever known. You will come away awed and more appreciative of the lives that were lost.

Enjoy a French riding tradition listed by Unesco

When: All year round

For who: Traditional horse-riding enthusiasts

Why: Explore the Cadre Noir of Saumur backstage, the mythical French Horse-Riding School

Description:

The Loire Valley has a lot to offer, especially if you opt to spend a few days there. You can taste local wines, visit dozens of castles, encounter exceptional wildlife during a tour down pristine river systems, and discover the historical source of a pre-eminent French horse-riding tradition. Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Cadre Noir of Saumur is a renowned institution in the French equestrian tradition. You can discover the backstage of this prestigious school, that trains the best riders in France. You also can observe athe connection between them and their horses during training sessions, and the discipline required to succeed. Finally you will attend an astonishing horse show: one that you will never forget.

Brittany at the knight times

When: Summer

For who: Amateurs of culture and impressive shows

Why: Discover Brittany during medieval times

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Jump back into the medieval times and attend a magnificient play, performed by hundreds of players and all dressed in period costumes, at the fort of Bertheaume. At the heart of the show, as if you had been brought back to these time, you will participate in various activities from the past. On this little island the Vauban Fort takes you to another time, made up of savage battles. You will live Brittany’s history again as well as this fort brimming with legends.

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