History & Culture

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France’s long history and cultural significance is staggering.

The adopted home of Leonardo da Vinci was at the epicenter of the Renaissance and the enlightenment. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was a magnet for artists including Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. See their masterpieces in France’s world-class museums. The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay are the most prominent, but there are countless lesser-known jewels. For millennia France has played a pivotal role in European history. Greek colonists, Roman occupiers, William the Conqueror, the Dukes of Burgundy, the French Kings, and Napoleon left behind imposing castles, fortresses, and monuments. The Avignon Popes and Cluny and Cistercian Orders made it the religious heart capital of Christendom leaving behind soaring cathedrals and breathtaking architecture. Joan of Arc’s story is one of the most fascinating in world history. Were that not enough, France was a major prize in World War I and II. The D-Day beaches and Sommes and Verdun battlefields are humbling, somber memorials of the tragedy of war.

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« We had a great trip – full of delightful meals, amazing history and beautiful countryside. It was quite difficult to return home after such adventure! The support and immediate accessibility of the [team] throughout the trip was invaluable.  »
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« The designer and everyone was patient and helpful. They offered suggestions and advice that was so informative and useful. The whole trip was memorable… The food, culture and art was the most enjoyable… Mont St. Michel is a must see.  »
Dinner on the Eiffel Tower was incredible
« We had a great trip and found it to be worry free thanks to all the great arrangements that were made ahead of time… The hotel was very nice and in a great location. We found Paris to be a wonderful city with friendly people.  »
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We really loved Bordeaux and would definitely visit again!
« We did a wine tasting in 2 châteaux… The local agency arranged it for us rapidly and were very attentive with getting back to us. Everything was handled professionally and we were very happy with what had been chosen… Thanks team! »

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