September 30, 2016

France Special Interest Tours

From iconic locations in Paris, beautiful mountain ranges, river gorges, stunning beaches and Normandy’s turbulent history, France is a country that really does have it all. France is also the world’s leading tourist destination being the most visited country by tourists each year.

We  have offered programmes to France for the past 40 years and are able to create itineraries that incorporate educational subjects and special interests along with everything else that France has to offer.

Everything we do is tailor made and bespoke. Whatever the focus, subject or special interest we can create purposeful and meaningful itineraries that visitors will remember for years to come.

Please see our Sample Itineraries page for details of tours within France that we have successfully run in the past. Shown below is an excerpt from a recent Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour.

Historical locations
Medieval Normandy
D-Day landing beaches
Chateau de Chambord

Natural wonders
Dordogne Valley
Mont Blanc and the Alps

Top tourist sites
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe
Disneyland
Palace of Versailles

Religious locations
Mont Saint Michel
Rocamadour
Notre Dame
Sacre Coeur

Music and Performing Arts
Beauville Arts
Moulin Rouge

Great museums
The Louvre
Normandy landing museums
History of France museum
Musee de l’Armee

France Sample Itinerary – Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour


Tour Day


Meet together after breakfast this morning for a lecture with your Study Leader.


Depart for Sainte Mere Eglise.


Visit the Paratroopers’ Museum in the town square dedicated to the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, then view the beautiful stained glass windows inside the church given as a tribute to the American paratroopers who landed there in a hail of gunfire.


After lunch in Sainte Mere Eglise, set out for Utah Beach, one of the two landing sites for the US Forces.


Take time to walk the beach and visit the Utah Beach Museum. Return to Caen, stopping en route at the German Military Cemetery in La Cambe.


Tour Day


Meet together after breakfast for another lecture with your Study Leader. Afterwards set off for Bayeux.


Begin with a visit to the Battle of Normandy Museum, dedicated to telling the story which unfurled on Normandy soil between 6th June and 29th August 1944. Then view the colourful and intricately woven Bayeux Tapestry which recounts the tale of William the Conqueror’s triumph in England.


Following lunch, continue on to Pointe du Hoc and view its Ranger Memorial before proceeding to Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.


After a walking tour around the grounds, regroup near the flag poles for the lowering of the flags ceremony. Return to Caen stopping briefly in Longues-sur-Mer to see the German artillery battery which gave the Allied ships a pounding on the morning of 6 June.


Tour Day


Check out after breakfast then travel to Arromanches. Visit the Musée du Débarquement, a salute to the incredible technical feat of the Mulberry Harbours.


From Arromanches, continue your journey towards Paris stopping en route to see Rommel’s HQ at La Roche Guyon.