France Travel Guide by Rick Steves For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, see our FAQ . Nice was great also i had never seen a Russian Church before we took time to visit, "My favorite "WOW" moment was the AQUEDUCT it was outstanding to see and walk thru it was amassing. All good. Following the light and sound pathway through town popped our eyes out of their sockets. This was our third Rick Steves tour and we plan to do more. There were many highlights, although the walk through the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, while sobering was very impact-full. ", This was our second RS escorted tour and it did not disappoint. We were looking forward to being on the Canal du Midi, and at one time thought of chartering a barge ourselves. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room. "Actually, there were several "wow" moments. No bus. A bonus was a concert of songs of "courtly love" given in the lovely by two costumed women, singing and playing period instruments. There are pros and cons to taking a Rick Steve's tour versus following RS suggestions in guide books. I played a lot of team sports growing up so I have a soft spot in my heart for large groups doing everything together. As she talked about it I wasn't sure I wanted to go at all. We loved every minute of the tour. I would certainly love to travel with them again! "I was very pleasantly surprised with the 3-hour paddle down the Dordogne River. Also the Roman Aqueduct, especially after I saw the Tour de France bicycle race ride across it. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Provence I: The South of France - Audio Europe: France by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2013-10-01T18:58:17Z Rick talks with two experts about what makes Provence such a distinctive region of France, and why it's so popular with American and European visitors. My wife and I had so much fun looking at things and interacting with the local people.". "I thought the Rouffignac cave and the light show at Les Baux were my highlights along with the great hotel rooms that I had". As always, the provided food was outstanding and the bus and driver were wonderful, "We all enjoyed the Cro-Magnon caves and art work - our granddaughter thought that was the best. Bus: 4 hours. Travelers who plan ahead enjoy big rewards. "At least three. Fantastic! There was a great mix of group time and individual time on the tour. Jan 23, 2020 - Explore France with Rick Steves' Europe. The experience with a group of people who were all strangers was outstanding and rewarding. Of the five tours with Pick Steves we have been on this is probably right on or near the top. All of history is represented on tour. "Probably the cave but the ruins at Les Baux were a close second. We had great food and wine, and our guide, Linda, was very good. This tour was the perfect way to experience French culture with delicious food, beautiful scenery, and wonderful history. We will be spending a few days in Sarlat, one full day on our own. It was a fun group to be with. It might be overkill for some, but we both loved it. For a visual person this was such a unique experience.". Seeing what has happen in the forty and still going on today in different parts of the world. After a walking tour of Carcassonne's fortified old town — La Cité — you'll be free to savor views from the stony ramparts and wander through the cobbled lanes. Toni very well organized and informed. I truly valued hearing about French and European history and how it influenced past and current conditions.". All Hello, Sign in. The sites were/are amazing and the weather was cooperative. I also really enjoyed the Pont-du-Gard.". Our local guides were also very knowledgeable, "Bastille Day fireworks visible from our hotel. Great mix of towns, sights and activities. "There were so many "wow" moments on this tour. This tour was magnificent. Soon after that we booked a trip for the Rick Steves' Village Italy tour in 2004. "How can the Point du Gard not be a high point for everyone? The tour covered more than we expected. Big point: We avoided falling in.". My family and I loved it all! Wonderful sites, food and companions. All the people on the tour were friendly and pleasant. ", "Several: Join us for Loire to the South of France in 13 Days. In general it was a good experience. I've marveled over pictures of it for years, but to actually see this massive ancient structure in person was incredible. Local guides were excellent as well. "Virginie arranged for a champagne toast on the bridge at Carcassonne overlooking the castle wall and the full moon was rising just behind the view. It was my 2nd RS tour and I was a little worried it wouldn't be able to live up to the previous one in Italy because our tour guide was so wonderful. I would have preferred cutting out Carcassonne. We have come to rely on the excellence of the Steves tours, and recommend them to others. I loved Chartres Cathedral, Sarlat, Carcassonne, Arles; walking through the medieval cities & chateaus; seeing the 10,000 yr old cave paintings. Bonus: The wine tasting and the lunch at the Rousillion area.". Tour Questions? Weather enhances the travel experience, so the few days of showers actually ADDED to our chateau sensations. The music wasn't what I would call high quality but it was fun and genuine. I was a little disappointed with Nice and the tour a little long. "I loved seeing da Vinci's home. Arneau was literally incredible. I am constantly impressed at how well planned the tours are, while recognizing that independent travels need some free time. Lunch wasn't promised on day 8. It was amazing how the images in the light show told the historical story of the cathedral. Our guide, Virginie was outstanding and really taught us so Au revoir et merci! This morning we'll drive east through the scenic Languedoc-Roussillon region. This tour was a nice balance between scheduled activities and free time to explore on our own. He had a life time of information to share in just over an hour.". I learned more about the culture and socio-economics of France than I ever would had I traveled alone or with friends. We did Paris on our own first (because you HAVE to see Paris) and then were happy to join the tour and let our great guide, Arnaud do the heaving thinking for us. Bus: 6 hours. This is a moderately active tour! She is one of the best guides we have ever had on our trips. We visited and saw so many places and things it would be hard to remember them had we not taken tons of pictures. The choices made as to which sites to see, the express admission entrance to the different exhibits/attractions, the amount of "free time" and the choice of restaurants/food for the group meals were just right. We appreciated this valuable perspective. see our FAQ. Each day was better than the last, so there we too many "Wow" moments to go over. Her encouragement for us to immerse ourselves in 'being French" for 13 days was unexpected & delightful-part of what made it a "WOW" trip. Staying so close to Carcassone Castle.". All the places had their own character. "The cave art and the villages of the Perigord, expecially Sarlat. Sarlat. Michaelanne and our bus driver Phillip MADE our France experience...would travel with them France anytime and into any village. "I have 3: I also enjoyed seeing the fortified castles on either side of the Dordogne river and I wish we could have visited more castles there. I felt so lucky to experience this tour!". That dude needs his own show. And the local guide provided some very educational information about life in midevil times. Rick Steves' groups are definitely a breed apart. The pace of the tour was well planned for snack and restroom breaks and we also had time to make our own discoveries and photos at our own pace. Unless you mean that TA doesn't allow those sorts of tours (day/few hours, etc) to have a review page - but, I'm talking about a forum, not review pages. Good good and wine at group dinners.Friendly tour members, especially after the wine tasting and lunch. What a colossal structure, and to be able to walk along the top of this world class icon was so very cool! We had a great group of folks who quickly became family. Rick Steves tours not only provide me with wonderful sites, but a wealth of knowledge about the places and things we see which adds so much more meaning, and allows me to tell interesting stories to those who want to hear "all about my trip". Overall, there seemed to be themes running through the entire trip rather than disjointed stops. Our guide was excellent. We still love his tours and philosophy. We'll hop aboard a subterranean train to marvel at engravings and drawings depicting bison, horses, woolly rhinoceros, and…mammoths. While exploring Sarlat we came upon a young banjo player busking in a local monument. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Europe - Rick Steve's Tours - the food - We usually travel independently - big fans of taking the train - but we are thinking about taking a (gasp!) Interestingly, Rick Steves got his start by telling people to avoid tours and venture out on their own. Toni was great, the tour members were friendly and helpful. Our guide replaced it with the barge on the Canal du Midi. Roger, our bus driver, was courteous, safe and kind. included meals were excellent and fun! The scholarly presentation by Malcolm Miller at Chartres cathedral was wonderful, as was he; I could have listened for hours. This was out 7th tour. Thank you!". per person + air, Single I've always enjoyed Van Gogh's work and seeing it illuminated on different planes and bigger than life was startling. "Experiencing the impact of the renaissance on the middle age customs and modes of living at Villandry in contrast to the Chateau Chenonceau. "Favourite WOW moment? I'm still absorbing the trip. "Probably the Van Gogh light/sound experience in the old rock quarry... something Virginie added for the group and it was amazing.". Unfortunately, the barge operator whom we used for our tours (depending on weather and his availability) is in poor health now and unable to work. Great guide, many interesting sites visited, excellent food and venues with the group, and well orchestrated itinerary. "The walk through Oradour-sur-Glane, the peaceful boat trip along the Dordogne outside Sarlat and drinks afterwards in I believe Beynac were memorable. However, the beauty of the land around the area was quite astounding. We spent a lot of time on the bus, but we had a lot of unexpected small stops (like seeing the canal system). In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. very impressive.". "Definitely the Carrieres de Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence. "Oradour-sur-Glane probably was for me. The bus driver, Phillipe, was terrific as well. Exceeded expectations, and then some! It melded an old natural site with a famous artist (Van Gogh) with 21st century technology. "There were so many beautiful sites but the one that was a totally new experience for me was the art at Rouffignac Cave. ", One of the most relaxing of the Rick Steves tours that I have taken. A great trip. We know from experience that we prefer smaller cities, villages and countryside more than big cities. The tour had just the right balance of current, future and not-to-be forgotten worlds and we seemed to float from one amazing experience to another. We were the only group canoeing down the Dordogne with the exception of a handful of individual canoeists. "This is the hardest question to answer. She was willing to share her experiences & views that gave us extra insights. I did not know most of these cities and sites existed - very impressive. You Might Also Like. We learned so much. I was in awe of the 2000 year old aqueduct and the technology of the Romans. Sleep in Chinon. The Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux took my breath away & I actually was moved to tears...so that was a big WOW moment. The tour stops were spot on and obviously well devised. "2 fabulous features the 15,000 year old cave paintings and the Van Gogh quarry she @ Les Baux. She was a wealth of knowledge which she freely shared with us. Next,,,WOW for a great tour guide, fellow travelers, places - villages, cities,chateaus and forts, wine, cheese (and baguettes).". The tour itinerary was adjusted in January since we could not find a replacement. Linda was wonderful, knowledgeable, kind, organized, fun and had a twinkle in her eye. The tour members made all the difference. Visiting Les Baux and thanks to our great guide Linda seeing carrieres les lumieres. Tour was fabulous! I thought the tour of the cave in Dordogne was extraordinary. "There are so many WOW moments that it is very difficult to simply choose one. Roman aqueduct. Michaelanne arranged a boat ride down the Dordogne, Chateaux Tour and late afternoon wine at a riverside cafe in Beynac. Coming in second were the cave drawings in Rouffignac Cave. In fact, I suspect all other methods of travelling will be measured against the RS tours. Our tour guide, Linda did a great job of sharing her knowledge and experience of France and French culture. and would lay out the day's plan perfectly. A hard but important town to walk through. Great sights to see on the tour including Villandry gardens, Pont du Gard,Castle Hill in Nice. However, traveling with so many others and staying in the center of towns means staying in less charming hotels. 5th Rick Steves' tour and they simply keep getting better! She gave us restaurant referrals, places to visit on our own. This engineering marvel helped supply millions of gallons of fresh water daily to one of the largest cities in Roman Gaul — 20 centuries ago! My 3rd RS tour, each one is different, each one is fabulous. Michaelanne went above and beyond to insure all all a very memorable experience. shown on these massive cave walls was fascinating and emotional! I had downloaded the Rick Steves' audio podcast on my phone before I left home. "There were so many it is hard to pick a favorite! There were things to do for all ages and our guide made a special effort to include all the children on our tour with special treats and experiences. That said, the canoe trip on the Dordogne was a close second.". "I felt so privileged to have Malcolm as our local guide at Chartres Notre Dame - what a wealth of knowledge! It was great. On our Loire to the South of France in 13 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…, "The carrieres et lumieres in the quarry". Her assistant, Veronique Savoye, was a great addition because she shared what it was like to grow up in France. "The light show at the quarry and the whole city of Sarlat.". We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. The tour was great. Excellent.". "Tour of the Van Gogh quarry. It was amazing to get to the top level of the Pont du Gard - terrific views and a marvel of engineering", Overall very good tour It was an awesome experience.". I learned more about the Middle Ages from that one tour than I did learning about them at school.". 5. When we plan our next European adventure, Rick Steves Tours will be considered. 04/19/16 07:46 PM. It was my first time in France and I loved it! We'll have a countryside picnic en route, then stop for a thought-provoking walk through the WWII martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane — frozen in time as a memorial since June 10, 1944, when its unarmed residents were senselessly gunned down by Nazi troops. The itinerary was varied and I liked visiting small villages as well as larger cities. The staff who maintained it were like bees working in the gardens. The people on the tour were great. I reacted by saying "Hello, how are you?" It's a gardener and photographer's dream. What a great tour! This was my first, but definitely not my last RSE tour. (Who knew)? The itinerary, lodging, and meals included, were all excellent. I had a great time. See our FAQ | Call Rouen; Honfleur; Bayeux; D-Day beaches; Mont St-Michel; Brittany Dinan; St-Malo; Loire Amboise and nearby (including Chenonceau, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, and Chaumont-sur-Loire) We met local people that were happy to share their passions with us. Our tour was very good. Not only was Patrick's knowledge of France, both past and present, amazing, but his energy, enthusiasm, and sense of fun were contagious. The day before there was a "wow" of a different kind, the solemn walk through Oradour-sur-Glane which added to our knowledge of the horrors of war and which we will always remember.". They absolutely loved their tour. "This is difficult because since it was all new to me and all that we saw and did were "wow" moments for me. "Seeing Carcassonne at sunset was a dream come true. Les Baux also was pretty special, both the ruins and the sound and light show in the cavern.". I can't believe they still allow visitors inside and suspect we experienced a once in a lifetime experience.". This was our third tour with RS. People were warm and friendly. I thought the dinners were fun and offered good opportunities to try a wide variety of regional French dishes and wines. Unbelievable! We enjoyed all the activities and the people in our tour group. We'll start our morning off visiting France's majestic, astonishingly well-preserved Roman aqueduct: the Pont du Gard. We took this trip as a family tour a couple of years ago and we all loved the canal day. "I think we all loved Pont de Gard. Walking on the Pont du Gard. The guide was excellent and his talk was educational and insightful. This was the first guided tour that we have taken as a family. She was knowledgeable, friendly, organized, and gave us great insight into French life. "There were so many, especially the unexpected ones: being walked around the tour of Mortemont by its feisty mayor; the thorough tour of a winery and the outdoor picnic on the grounds of the winery on a beautiful sunny day; and the very sobering visit to Ordour which stands as a monument to the monstrosity of war.". "Tour with Malcolm Miller at the Chartres Notre Dame Cathedral and the light show later that evening on our own". "I loved the Chateau de Chenonceau, We also love market day in Sarlat!". I loved it. good pace of tour with "right" amount of free time to explore on own/rest Hotels good - least favorite hotel was in Arles where I had 35 spiral steps to bring luggage up only to discover my bathroom was 16 steps up from the bedroom, no railings on the steps to the bathroom and no sir conditioner in the bathroom. We had never done a bus tour before and had no expectations, but I'd say if we had had some expectations, it would have exceeded them. The quick exploration tour of each town was great to get to know the area before free time. Maybe RS Tours attracts a most enthusiastic & genuinely nice group of people? Unfortunately, the barge operator whom we used for our tours (depending on weather and his availability) is in poor health now and unable to work. The tour covered a large part of France we had been to before and the fact that we were seeing it with a great group of people and an outstanding tour guide made it a special experience. This trip has been an experience of a lifetime. It was one of those unscheduled but delightful experiences that can happen on an RS tour. made me question the RS tour organization.". Her knowledge about and deep love for France is apparent, and I highly value the deepened understanding I now feel for the country, it's regions, and the French people. Enjoyed seeing more of France than Paris. Nice beautiful, "Oradour-sur-glane, I did not know such a place existed. So important with groups! The tour itinerary was set up well. Seeing many of Van Gogh's paintings I was traveling alone for the first time and the group made it so easy. This should be a regular part of the tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves France guidebook. Sleep in Carcassonne. Amazing as it sounds, our biggest "wow" was our first WOW - the Chartes en Lumieres display. So here we are ten years later! I liked the pace, the organization of what we saw when we saw it. It was extremely well organized. I cannot emphasize how fortunate Rick Steves is to have the level of quality she provided to the overal experience. Sleep in or near Nice. The tour itself was wonderful, and our group only added to the richness of the experience. Seriously, I have been asked this question by friends and family and I am unable to determine the best moment because everything resulted in my saying, Wow!". I loved being in the medieval cities & seeing the 10,000 yr old cave paintings. Malcolm at Chartes was fascinating. Chenonceau and Villandry were both spectacular.". We signed up for this tour back in Dec w/17 sightseeing events. from the moment the tour began 'til the moment it ended, it was obvious that a great deal of decisive care and planning had gone into every aspect of the experience. What Happened?? The Itinerary. This was our first tour experience and I felt privileged to have a knowledgeable, personable and entertaining guide like Arnod. The educational opportunities? The towns were great and the history surrounding each was fascinating. Our guide wove stories and facts into our bus time talks to make the time pass faster and to give us even more insights into the French culture. The drawings were so detailed and well drawn, over 15,000 years ago by early Cro-Magnon man.". You'll have the entire day to savor the colorful weekly market in one of France's most pedestrian-friendly towns. It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. Great dinner in Chinon "I did not have one wow moment, the whole trip was WOW!". I'm a big WW2 guy...there was something about standing in that church, knowing at one point in time 400 people stared down their final moments, facing ultimate horror in that very spot that blew my mind.". Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. We immediately fell in love with Rick's tours and his travel philosophy. As for sites, funny enough but my two WOW moments weren't supposed to be part of the tour, we walked through Beynac from top to bottom and saw carrieres de lumieres in Le Baux. We especially enjoyed walking along the river. "This was our third Rick Steves tour, and I have learned that "wow" moments happen on a daily basis...the hospitality at the Hotel Diderot in Chinon was wonderful. Having the fabulous Toni was a plus - she has a gift for bringing a group together and making them a temporary family. "Oh my. She was knowledgeable and we could tell she loved her country and enjoyed showing it to us. And our fellow tour members really made the holiday special. Every detail of our travel was well-organized, and the tour included a wide range of interesting experiences and places. The sources of his authenticity were his education (Master's Degree in Medieval Studies) and his ancestry.". Toni was wonderful. But, my favorite "wow" moment was when we were standing in the cave at Rouffignac and gazing at the animal drawings just a meter away that were made by humans living in the area over 15,000 years ago. Hi Smar, we did this wonderful tour in May 2014. Learning about the history and culture enhanced our site visits, "Standing in the brisk night air, watching the Chartres Cathedral come alive with lights and music was a magnificent "wow" experience to behold. She was organized, also planned ahead, and attentive to our groups needs. ", "The light/photo show in the old stone quarry, plus the canoe trip down the Dordgne River.". ", I enjoyed the trip had several "WOW" places but going to WW II village of Oradour-surGlane was very sobering. We'll continue on to castle-topped Chinon, where we'll have dinner together. We have nothing but positive things to say about this tour. The hotels were good although a couple of the rooms were basic and small. We had a wonderful experience on the tour. He was such a competent operator and such a nice man. It was one of the reasons we decided on South of France tour. https://www.atelier-lumieres.com/en/van-gogh-starry-night". We blocked sidewalks in small towns and I felt like we attracted attention and annoyed locals ", Learned a great deal about France, it's people, history, culture, food and wine. Sleep in Chartres. So, it wasn't really an "included" lunch but it was a good one! She & her niece were using the RS guide on their own French tour. Visiting the small villages and staying at small boutique hotels really allowed us to immerse ourselves in the French culture. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in France. Why would we stop here? We were very fortunate in having great weather and enjoyed seeing all the sites outside of Paris. A couple walked in speaking English. We had an amazing group that made the trip one to remember. While all have been very good, this one was the best. This morning we'll say au revoir to Chartres and drive south to the Loire Valley, the land of a thousand châteaux. We'll regroup for dinner together. nice variety of activities (chateau visits, canoe activity, museums) Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. I also enjoyed the chateau experience. The tour was perfectly paced, we saw so much and yet I never felt rushed or overloaded. Salut! "There were many wow moments during the tour so this is a hard question to answer. The tour guide, coach driver, and travel companions, all made it an enjoyable experience. For our new Tour Experience DVD, we filmed and interviewed travelers—and their guides—on an actual tour. Were it not for our fellow travelers, we would have missed this terrific show. A French native, his passion is sharing his country with tour members. I found France to be such an interesting country. Overall the tour was great! I so enjoyed this trip to the Loire Valley, Dordonge and Nice. Our tour guide (Virginie More) was a story teller! We'll then follow the narrow streets of the Italianate Old City to the spacious boulevards and shopping promenades of the city's newer side. It was a great tour. I loved this tour. Things were so well put together but always time to see more. The Hotel Deteriox owners in Chinon gave an exellent training on the vitriculture of the region with wines and food pairings to accompany the wines...very nice.". So much of the old city has been preserved that you get a glimpse of medieval times. Sleep in Sarlat. The tour guide has a wealth of knowledge about the area and is very well organized. While I was sure the Loire castles were going to be wonderful, I was not expecting the Dordogne to be so interesting. "Nice and the French Riveria was a favorite area. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on France. We started in Chartres and ended in Nice. Sleep in Chartres. Philippe was a great driver and lots of fun. "To see the Roman aqueduct and to be able to walk into the structure was a highlight for me.". I could go on and on.....Arles...Chinon....", "The "private" tour inside the aqueduct. Bus: 4 hours. The underground/cave drawings in Rouffignac, and our excellent guide, who only gave his name as Mr Maybe. Our tour of South France was very good. When we first arrived, France was having a heat wave. I expected to see a lot of historic and cultural sights, but I am amazed at the beauty and diverse sights in central and southern France. Boy, was I wrong! Michaelanne was great and we had a very compatible group of travelers. Another "wow," in a different sense was the visit to Oradour-sur-Glane. 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