Top 10 sightseeing holidays in France
This beautiful country has everything – diverse and stunning landscapes, historical architecture and also the world’s greatest collection of art treasure!
So, if you prefer sightseeing to sunbathing – then take a look at the top ten sightseeing holidays in France:
Paris has to got to be one of the top 10 sightseeing holiday in France – with so many major attractions to visit including;: The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower and the city’s great boulevards. Try and eat in as many cafes, bistros and brassieres as possible. Also, don’t forget the shopping and the fabulous the flea market!
Historic Opera in Paris and Versailles
Another combined top 10 sightseeing holiday in France – this is a wonderful opportunity to combine great singing with fantastic venues. Firstly you will enjoy singing from Cecilia Bartoli performing Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the beautiful Opera Royal at Versailles then transferring to Paris for a concert by Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov. Also in Paris you see Monteverdi’s Il return d’Ulisse in patria with Magdalena Kozená and Rolando Villazón, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. The tour is led by Patrick Bade.
Castles of the Languedoc
This is a fabulous seven-day, six-night trip swirls from Béziers – where 20,000 Cathars were slaughtered in the Pope’s 1208 crusade – to Toulouse, by way of amazing mountain châteaux where the ancient Catha’s lived. It’s a marvellous journey through landscapes as bold and dramatic as the stories you will hear from your guide.
The Avignon fringe, Provence
The Avignon fringe festival is definitely a reason to travel. The festival has audiences for more than 1,100 shows in some 120 venues each day. Flyers announce music and dance in every corner. There are musicals, magic, jazz and Shakespeare. There are plenty of good flight and accommodation packages.
Here you can take a five-day tour and visit the battlefields including Fort Douaumont, Fort Vaux, the French Ossuary, a large cemetery that houses the bones of 130,000 unidentified soldiers; and the newly refurbished Fleury Memorial Museum. As well as further visits battlefield locations including the Voie Sacrée, the Trench of Bayonets, Verdun Citadelle and the Froideterre fortifications.
Prehistoric rock art, Dordogne
Prehistoric art in south-west France is amazing stuff and you can take a tour led by Britain’s top specialist in prehistoric art. The trip starts in Bordeaux and then moves to the extraordinary Lascaux cave in the Dordogne. The next stops are Pech Merle in the Lot, and Niaux with its earth-shattering acoustics in the Pyrenees.
Abbeys, churches and ruins of Burgundy
Burgundy boasts some of the most amazing medieval buildings in Europe. The vast basilicas of Autun and Vezelay, the ruins of Cluny Abbey and the Gothic wonder of Dijon are just some of the highlights.
Another superb top 10 sightseeing holiday in France – with its great cathedral, fine arts museum, medieval streets, houses, and of course excellent regional wines and cuisine makes this a fantastic and rather unusual holiday.
Gardens of the French Riviera
The French Riviera boasts the most beautiful gardens in Europe. Take a five-night tour and visit some of the most gorgeous gardens ever created here in this sun-kissed region of the wealthy, including those of Thomas Hanbury and the Rothschilds as well as Clos du Peyronnet, Fondation Ephrussi de Rothschild, Les Cèdres and Château de Gourdon.
Matisse, Picasso and Chagall on the Côte d’Azur
Matisse, Picasso and Chagall are among some of the most famous artists who chose to live in the South of France – and this tour is a fabulous opportunity to see the history of their work and lives.