A tour of France
Odyssey offers easy, convenient, and relaxed escorted .across Western Europe and beyond. We explore France’s fairy-tale natural beauty, its ancient Roman, and Imperial heritage, its World Heritage Sites, and world famous cities, all with some truly all waiting to be explored on one of Odyssey’s small group
La Belle France is a small group escorted history tours for mature and senior travellers. The tour explores some of the greatest regions with beautiful scenery and iconic landmarks of this country. From the Loire Valley, to Provence, Southern France to Normandy & Brittany.
This 23-day small group tour of France travels east to west around the country. It caters for the mature couple or solo traveller. This small group tour visits nine key cities and towns where we stay for between 1 and 3 nights. We explore each region, learning from our expert local guides about the history and contemporary society. We also enjoy breaking bread in some great cafes and restaurants as we explore the regional cuisine.
La Belle France Small Group Tour
France is the largest country in Western Europe. It is bigger than Spain, Germany or Sweden. It lies on the western edge of the continent of Europe and shares borders with six adjacent countries: Belgium and Luxembourg to the north, Germany and Switzerland to the east, Italy to the southeast, and Spain to the southwest. This geographical position gives France several notable advantages. It is the crossroads of the European Union. It is also Europe’s farm.
A large part of French life is lived outdoors, especially in towns and villages. On this small group tour, we experience the pavement life of French cities. You will see locals congregate in the village square to play petanque, drink wine or just chat as the evening approaches, instead of retreating inside their homes.
France Tour; Itinerary Highlights
Our fully escorted educational tour includes several culturally significant and extraordinarily picturesque regions and landscapes, including Provence and Chateuneuf du Pape. Our tour also takes in the Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux regions, where we sample wine and learn more about the tradition of wine-making.
Other highlights include a walking tour of La Rochelle, France’s best preserved seaside town. We also visit the Loire Valley to see its many castles. Finally this small group tour of France heads to Bayeux where we spend 3 nights. Whilst here in Normandy we visit Mont St Michel and spend time up on the Normandy landing beaches with local guides.
This small group tour of France is one of some 12 programs offered as a learning program to study France and its cultural heritage.
If you're researching a trip to France, check out Odyssey's list of essential French places to visit!
Articles about France published by Odyssey Traveller
The following list of articles, represents some of the articles published by Odyssey Traveller for mature aged and senior travellers to maximise their knowledge and enjoyment of France when visiting;
- Exploring France by rail some tips.
- Ten of the best travel books on France
- Ten things to do in France when you visit
- Designing Paris
- Paris; leaders and landmarks
- Guillamot prevents the collapse of Paris
- The elegant arcades of Paris.
- Questions about France
- Studying Gargoyles and grotesques
- Around the world in six coffees
- Ten of the best French cookery books.
- Ten of the Best art galleries in Europe to visit.
- A guide on France for mature travellers
External articles to assist you plan your visit to France
- A guide to Alsace
- History of Alsace; Britannica.com
- Burgundy's climat; a UNSECO world heritage listing
- Avignon, the palace of Popes
- History of Avignon 15-18th century
- Exploring Chatres cathedral
- War of religion; France
- Published articles on French history.
Other Odyssey Tours
The small group tour La Belle France, is only one of many of the small group tours offered by Odyssey Traveller to France, you can view all the tours to France via this link.
To view the entire collection of tours to Europe click here offered to mature aged and Senior travellers each year.
For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right-hand side of this page.
Odyssey Traveller regularly offers tours designed for the active senior or mature traveller to enjoy in a small group holiday and learning environment. We also publish articles to provide more information to our loyal and prospective participants.
- Itineraries may change if flight schedules, site availability, and other inclusions have to be amended prior to departure.