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France is by far the most visited country in the world. And that’s no surprise -- when you have Paris, the Riviera, Provence, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Normandy, the Pyrenees, the Seine, the Rhone, and some of the world’s best food and wine, you’re going to draw crowds. Whether you tour France by river cruise, culinary tour, or bike tour you’re sure to agree: Viva La France!

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France Tour Reviews - Summary
96% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 1,011 Great 327 Average 46 Disappointing 15 Terrible 14
Value
4.6 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
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Wonderful trip of discovery and friendship. October 2018

5.0

Highlights of Provence

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My first trip to France and walking tour with Exodus the trip exceeded my
expectations having the most amazing time ! We were a small group of 5 and
lead by our lovely guide Isabelle tracked through such beautiful countryside
, up and down hillsides to reach our destination of which was always a breath
taking view! It did rain , and I'm glad it did because our alternative
excursion ( Botanical museum with medieval gardens & Abbey) was just perfect
! Beautiful villages, great Autumn colors, wonderful food, great company,
laugher, picnics and more ! Now to decide which tour to do next .......
There were many !! the day trip to the Verdon Gorges will certainly remain as
a highlight ! Picnic at the chapel of Sainte Maxine de Callian high on the
mountain.


I cannot say just how lucky ( Exodus too) to have Isabelle as our guide.
Friendly, considerate of everyone's needs and her lively stories gave us a
wonderful insight into the history of France and her people. Her passion and
love of Provence was infectious!!!


I thouroghly recommend adding plenty of steps into your daily routine before
the tour, of course good walking shoes well worn in ! Take a travel journal
and maybe pencils or painting kit ( small travel watercolor) to record your
memories!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Great Time in Provence October 2018

5.0

Highlights of Provence

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A wonderful week hiking in Provence, headquartered in the lovely village of
Greoux-les-bains, with a great guide taking us to various interesting and
walkable places.
Most inspirational to me was our day in Moustier- Ste.- Marie, where we hiked
into the edge of the Alpes and had lunch behind the mountain in a lovely
meadow. We then descended down an old Roman road to the town.


Our guide Isabelle was not a very good leader.........she was terrific! A
lovely person, thoughtful, kind, joyful, very competent and a great story
teller with lots of topical stories.


Be prepared for the heat. We took a spray bottle of water to mist ourselves
and cool things down in 30+ degree hiking weather.


Our second Exodus tour and we're 2 for 2! Two great hikes with great
leaders.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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TEA180915 October 2018

5.0

Highlights of Provence

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I enjoyed the week in Provence.It was my second trip with exodus and I found
the hiking challenging especially Thursdays hike it was exhausting in the
heat.I loved visiting and hiking through Forcalquier and the village of
Moustiers Ste Marie and our guide Isabelle made the holiday as she is so
knowledgeable about the plants and trees and looked after all of us so well.
I loved hiking around the Verdon Gorge and visiting Forcalguier and Moustiers
Ste Marie.I enjoyed eating out at different restaurants but with a large
group trying to get separate bills was always a problem.


Isabelle is an excellent group leader.she gave each of us a detailed and
photographic account of what was in store for us for the week.All the walks
and terrain the surrounding areas etc.she had put in booklet form in a folder
for us.She had a box of dried fruit and nuts and seemed to know when to
distribute them when are blood sugar was low due to the hiking in the
heat.She is kind and had other treats for us native to the area.I personally
think Isabelle makes this trip by her knowledge of the trees and plants her
enthusiasm and knowledge.


I would tell potential travellers that the hikes are challenging especially
when it’s 30degrees and above.Thursdays hike the steepest is a real killer
not for the faint hearted.


There is one thing that spoilt my trip and it’s when someone who was
willing to share and no one wants to share with him and he ends up with his
own room and didn’t pay the single supplement.This guy has done other trips
with exodus and knows the score a total chancer he was grinning ear to
ear.The single supplement for France was 350pounds which I found hard to
raise so feel this is very unfair and has put me off doing more trips with
exodus.


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Highlights of Provence October 2018

4.0

Highlights of Provence

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
A beautiful part of France, and varied walks taking in local village life,
markets, river walks and gorges plus some very steep hillsides over difficult
terrain
The trip to Quinson and the Verdon lower gorges


Isabelle was delightful, friendly, knowledgeable and looked after us so well


Be prepared for some very steep ascents and descents over very rough terrain


Lovely and comfortable hotel in a delightful, castle topped small hillside
town with a choice of good local restaurants. Restaurants were not cheap,
but excellent food. The swimming pool was such a treat on hot days


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Walking in Provence October 2018

5.0

Highlights of Provence

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had a wonderful walking trip with local guide Isabelle, who enthusiastically
shared her vast local knowledge of the area, villages, and way of life in
Provence.
Hiking enjoyable ( rated 2, poles not essential, not exhausting or steep),
excellent breakfast at hotel, various group dinners suggested that were
delicious, wonderful day off with bus ride to Aux-en-Provence followed by
thermal bath spa visit.... I highly recommend this trip.
Of course the beauty of the area, the variety of hikes, and delicious meals
were well appreciated, but the most “ inspiring “ was the generosity of
our guide Isabelle, who made the trip so special with her humor, stories,
extra local treats during hikes, and genuine concern for the group
participants.


Like I said, Isabelle was a gem!


If you are a REGULAR walker/ hiker, this trip will be enjoyable, easy paced,
not very physically challenging. The walks are paced for enjoyment, stopping
to “ smell the lavender “, take in the views....
Good hiking shoes advised. Poles were helpful at some brief downhills, but
not essential ( like they were for Corsica rated 3 hike!).


I highly recommend this trip. Went in September, weather great, but lavender
fields already harvested.


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Operator Exodus Travels

France Tours and Travel Guide


France Attractions & Landmarks Guide

France is by far the most visited country in the world. And that’s no surprise -- when you have Paris, the Riviera, Provence, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Normandy, the Pyrenees, the Seine, the Rhone, and some of the world’s best food and wine, you’re going to draw crowds. Whether you tour France by river cruise, culinary tour, or bike tour you’re sure to agree: Viva La France!

With more than 80 million visitors annually from around the world, France draws far more foreign tourists than any other country.

tour to Paris, of course, is on most everyone’s France tour itinerary, with sights like the Louvre (so huge it could easily take a month to cover beyond the Mona Lisa), Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, the Marais, and the Seine with its Bateaux Mouches boats and dozens of bridges offering a walkway or river ride through the center of it all. 

Beyond Paris

But as wonderful as it is, Paris is just a start. Not far away stands the splendid Palace of Versailles, where the Sun King, Louis XIV, and Marie Antoinette held court in the days preceding the French Revolution. Also nearby is Chartres Cathedral, featuring some of the finest stained-glass windows in Europe.

A bit farther takes you southwest of Paris to the Loire Valley, site of a number of wineries and chateaux. And northwest lies a series of towns and cities along the Seine that inspired artists like Van Gogh and Monet and where Joan of Arc died at the stake in the 14th century.

The Seine leads to Normandy, on the English Channel, site of distinctive architecture, lovely seaside villages, Mont-St-Michel (the remarkable fortress surrounded by water and reachable only at low tide) and beaches that were crucial to the Allied invasion of then-Nazi-occupied France in World War II some 60 years ago.

River Cruises

Paris to Normandy is one of the major river cruising routes in France. Other popular river cruise routes include Lyon -- one of France’s gastronomic capitals -- south to the Mediterranean, which goes along the Rhone River through Burgundy wine country; and routes that travel through the Bordeaux wine regions on France’s west coast.

All offer a relaxed but informative way to tour France, since all the river cruises feature numerous port stops, many with guided tours included.

The Riviera and Provence

A visit to France may include a tour along the Mediterranean Sea. The glamorous and sometimes ostentatious French Riviera beach resorts include Cannes (site of the film festival), Nice (the largest city), Cap Ferrat, and St. Tropez. The Riviera is just part of sunny Provence in southeastern France, which is tucked between the Rhone River, Italy, the Alps and the Mediterranean. It’s a land where sea air, mountain gorges, vineyards, medieval villages, Roman ruins, olive groves and lavender fields combine to create a sensuous medley of sights, scents and tastes.

The light in Provence is so striking that painters such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso were all drawn here, immortalizing the landscapes, architecture, and people. Provence is home as well to France’s second largest city and major port, Marseilles, which displays North African influences and is known for bouillabaisse, the local fish stew. All this has helped make Provence France’s number one tourist destination beyond Paris.

And Much More

France also has mountain playgrounds in the Alps bordering Switzerland and the Pyrenees bordering Spain; the French-German influenced province of Alsace-Lorraine centered in Strasbourg, and other magnificent cities such as Avignon, Toulouse, Dijon, Nantes, and Lille.

In fact, every corner of the country contains picturesque villages, inviting bistros and cafes, the aromas of fresh-baked baguettes and croissants, the clink of wine glasses, and roadways and paths just waiting to be explored on foot, by bike, or by motor. With such a wealth of attractions to choose from, you can rely on Stride to help you find the right escorted tours of France for your upcoming voyage touristique. 

Important Information for Traveling to France

Capital city‎: Paris

Dialing code‎: ‎+33

Language‎: ‎French

Currency‎: Euro

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Continent:

Europe

Local Attractions: 

Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel, Gorge du Verdon, St Tropez and Many More

Top Activities:

Historic Sightseeing, River Cruises, Cycling & Biking and Culinary & Wine Tasting

Similar Destinations:      

Italy, Germany, Spain & Ireland

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