EN FRANCE TOURS
small group guided tours 2017
In 2017, EN FRANCE TOURS offers 5 scheduled guided tours for very small groups (limited to 7 travelers or fewer) in Provence, Burgundy, Normandy, the Dordogne and the Basque Country. All En France packaged tours include: 2 ardent francophone guides, both bilingual and bicultural, with years of experience living and guiding groups in France; comfortable 3-star hotels or B&Bs; 2 or 3 nights in each location, no need to pack bags every night; visits to both major and little-known sites; half-day tours in local areas with English-speaking guides; entrance fees; free time scheduled in each tour for exploring particular interests. Travel with En France Tours brings uniquely wonderful experiences that will give you a lifetime of special memories. Read our travelers' testimonials.
"The Best of Provence"
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS -- June 26, 2017 - July 03, 2017
PROVENCE: Magic scents and sounds of the south; the warmth of sunny cities; animated markets, picturesque villages; colorful country sites that reveal the ancient history of the region. Provence has inspired painters (Van Gogh in Arles, Cézanne in Aix); composers, writers, and poets (Bizet, Gounod, Mistral). It invites us to taste its unique gastronomic specialties: pistou, bouillabaisse, fougasse, pissaladière; aïoli [garlic mayonnaise], tapenade [purée of olives and capers], daube [Provençal beef stew], goat cheese, and more. It has created its own savory cuisine built on a foundation of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, zucchini, asparagus, olives, garlic, black truffles, spelt [mountain wheat], strawberries, cherries, melons, figs, apricots--all seasoned with the aromatic herbs that abound in the area: rosemary, thyme, saffron etc. Most of all, Provence calls us to enjoy the relaxed pace of life in the sunny south of France. Read more
"The Treasures of Burgundy"
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS -- July 03, 2017 - July 10, 2017
BURGUNDY: Once a powerful duchy ruling over lands and extending its power in France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Spain an Portugal with the rich monastical influence of the Cluny Abbey. Burgundy is known today mostly for its great wines. The region is famous for its pinot noir and chardonnay wines, named after villages and vineyards renowned for their fine vintages and sites with special historical links, such as the Clos de Vougeot, where early monks pioneered wine production, working for generations to create the best vintages, passing their secrets on to the next generation of local vintners. Dijon, known for its mustard, was at the time of the dukes the center of Flemish art and culture and is now the home of extraordinary collections of art treasures. The annual wine auction of the Hospice de Beaune has made Beaune capital and heart of Burgundy wines. Other places--Auxerre, Vézelay, Autun, Tournus, Cormatin, Brançion, the Fontenay Abbey--bear witness to the rich history of the province. Finally, the wealth of local products and the variety of Burgundy's regional cuisine create exquisite dishes: boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, escargots de Bourgogne (snails) and more. Such specialties, accompanied by Burgundy's wines awake the joie de vivre in all of us--Burgundians and visitors alike. Read more
THE BASQUE COUNTRY
"A Land of a Resilient People"
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS -- August 12, 2017 - August 19, 2017
THE BASQUE COUNTRY: This tour will take you to both sides of France and Spain border into this intriguing country to experience the richness of both French and Spanish Basque life: in major towns, such as Bayonne, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Bilbao; in towns of historical significance: Guernica, St-Jean-Pied-de-Port; in villages noted for their special beauty: Ainhoa, Sare; along the rugged coast of the Bay of Biscay to San Sebastian; in the rural countryside of the Aldudes Valley. You will meet local "Euskaldun," join in Basque events, savor special dishes--in short, have a wonderful vacation that will be filled with treasured memories.Read more
"A Cradle of Masters of Arts"
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS -- August 20, 2017 - August 27, 2017
THE DORDOGNE: Eons past, rain, streams and fast-flowing rivers tracing through limestone carved out caves, grottoes and a diverse landscape of landlocked valleys. Today, exploring this beautiful, rugged land becomes a multi-layered experience: an awesome walk through the long history of mankind dating back to Cro-Magnon man, 30,000 years ago, a fascinating discovery of evolution of art and architecture, a time to enjoy a little-traveled, rural countryside, a chance to sample some fabulous gourmet specialties.Read more
"A Lavish Tapestry of Time"
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS -- August 28, 2017 - September 04, 2017
NORMANDY: Pastoral landscapes dotted with apple trees, half-timbered farms, magnificent beaches and small fishing ports--these are the backdrop for dramatic events that have shaped the course of history: the founding of Mont-Saint-Michel, the architectural gem of the Western World that has brought pilgrims to Normandy since the 8th century; the saga of William the Conqueror, who was born in Falaise, lived in Caen and conquered England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, as recounted in the Bayeux Tapestry; the story of Joan of Arc, who met her tragic death in Rouen; and, of course, the dramatic D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in World War II. Those same landscapes also inspired artists: Monet made Giverny his home; painter Eugène Boudin and composer Eric Satie were born in Honfleur. And finally, those pastoral landscapes give us unforgettable, palate-pleasing specialties that make liberal use of the rich cream and butter produced by Norman cows, apples from local farms prepared in special dishes and beverages (cider and calvados), seafood, pré-salé lamb--the list goes on and on. Normandy is a never-ending treat! Read more