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France has been the World’s #1 Tourist Destination for over 10 years, offering something for every traveler. From the prehistoric caves of Lascaux in the Périgord to the Ancient Roman sites of Provence to the exquisite Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque churches, a visit to France is a walk through history. [Read More]
The tours listed below are just a few samples of the type of cultural journeys you can take in France – but the possibilities are limitless! We can create a tour around your group’s specific passion and ensure it is enriched by all the unique venues France has to offer!
Jazz Festival Performance Tour
France adopted jazz music in the early 1900s. Rich American oil and railroad tycoons built exquisite villas on the Cap d’Antibes of the Riviera and brought with them their love of jazz music. Listening to jazz was a form of passive resistance practiced by the French during the Nazi occupation of WWII when the music was outlawed. To this day, the French people maintain a love of jazz that can be experienced during a Jazz Festival Tour of France where students and non-professional groups perform on festival stages to packed audiences. A tour can include the festivals of Jazz à Juan and Nice on the Riviera, Jazz à Vienne near Lyon, and can be combined with festivals in neighboring countries: Montreux Jazz (Switzerland), Jazzaldia (Spain), and Umbria Jazz (Italy).
Art Appreciation Tour
Often sponsored by art institutes and universities of the U.S., an Art Appreciation Tour can be led by an artist or professor of art. The tour can include museum lectures and/or painting classes. Tour groups are often smaller due to size restrictions at museums and to allow for more personalized instruction. The most popular destinations for Art Appreciation Tours are Paris, Provence, and the French Riviera. A river-barge cruise chartered specifically for your group will take you past scenes which inspired many painters: home and gardens of Claude Monet, the Cathedral of Rouen, the fabulous city of Paris and her world-renowned museums, Rueil where Monet, Manet and Renoir came to paint the Seine River and Chatou where Impressionist painters met regularly. Or enjoy a week of painting and local exploration with lodging at a villa overlooking the Mediterranean and surrounded by gardens in the nature preservation area of the Esterel of the French Riviera.
Choir Performance Tour
The most exquisite churches are to be found in nearly every small town and village of France. The Church built beautiful structures to welcome and house the pilgrims of the Middle Ages who crossed France en route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and to Rome. This rich architectural heritage provides choirs with beautiful venues offering excellent acoustics. You may perform in Notre Dame de Paris but your most memorable performance may very well be in a small town of Provence. Cultural Tour Consultants maintains an impressive network of host choirs throughout France who are delighted to welcome visiting choirs. Receptions and buffet dinners often follow the performance when American and French singers become acquainted and continue the music in a relaxed setting enhanced by good wine!