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France Tours

No other country in the world conjures up romantic notions quite like France does. From the rows of lavender fields that bloom from June to August in Provence, to the vineyards of Champagne and to the city of love itself, Paris, France is a timeless country with endless beauty.

Our escorted tours of France go beyond the idyllic settings of old-world charms to discover a country with elaborate and intricate histories as well as a culture that balances both the past and modern traditions seamlessly.

The history of France is long with traces of human activity dating back 1.8 million years, cave paintings such as Lascaux dating back 20,000 years, and megalithic stone structures at Carnac thought to be from...   Read More
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
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Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

 

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Our France Tour Leaders


Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

No other country in the world conjures up romantic notions quite like France does. From the rows of lavender fields that bloom from June to August in Provence, to the vineyards of Champagne and to the city of love itself, Paris, France is a timeless country with endless beauty.

Our escorted tours of France go beyond the idyllic settings of old-world charms to discover a country with elaborate and intricate histories as well as a culture that balances both the past and modern traditions seamlessly.

The history of France is long with traces of human activity dating back 1.8 million years, cave paintings such as Lascaux dating back 20,000 years, and megalithic stone structures at Carnac thought to be from 3,300 BC.

With the Mediterranean Sea bordering France to the South, empires such as the Greeks and Romans created settlements before the Barbarian, Germanic, and Celtic invasions began. After a Frankish Empire was established in the late 5th century, turmoil over the centuries would take place as well as dramatic shifts in government and ruling patterns.

The storming of Bastille to protect the National Assembly sparked the French Revolution in 1789 followed by the seizure of control by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799, which would forever change the French Republic.

During our escorted tours of France we cover the historical sites from the Middle Ages to its involvement in the World Wars. As a destination, France is so much more than just a look into history. It is a country with a beautiful landscape stretching from the cliffs and sand dunes that overlook the North Sea and English Channel to the strikingly blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea that lap onto the French Riviera.

With an interior that soars into the French Alps and Pyrenees Mountains, and an eastern border marked by the Rhine River, there is simply so much variety in French landscapes to enjoy.

With groups capped at 18 people and an English speaking guide leading groups to hidden treasures along the way, each day on our escorted tours of France provides an opportunity to have fun while discovering the culture that makes up this incredible country.

Whether that includes a guided tour amongst world famous museums such as the Louvre, listening to a musician in a classical French theatre, watching the Eiffel Tower light up at night, taking a stroll through the lily-clad gardens Monet painted, or tasting a mouth watering croissant from a local cafe, France is a country that will excite all of the senses.

Discover the beauty on the mainland of France, in the capital of Paris, the historic site of Mont-St-Michel, to further flung island gems like the forests of Corsica which include holmoak, juniper, gorse, cistus, lentisk, buckthorn, rosemary, privet, laurel, heather, blackberry, lavender and myrtle, or the far reaching western island of St Pierre and Miquelon near Newfoundland, Canada.

France is a destination that continues to remain at the top of the world's must do and for good reason. If you have never seen the beauty of La Belle France, now is the time.