Avignon and bridge in historic France

The history of France is rich and complex making the country a fascinating and thought-provoking destination for anybody with even a passing interest in days gone by.

The presence of Prehistoric man in France is well-documented. The south west of the country has the highest concentration of prehistoric caves, many of which are open to the public.

The Romans occupied France for almost 500 years with the south of France being where the greatest evidence of their settlement is found. Nimes boasts half a dozen well preserved Roman sites and the nearby Pont du Gard aqueduct is a sight to behold. Arles, Orange and even Lyon are also historically significant sights.

But Medieval France, particularly the 12th and 13th centuries, was an especially turbulent time in French history.

The Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Albigensian crusade, Dominican monks, they all figure heavily in French history, again especially in the south of France.

In the north of the country, it’s the legacy of the two World Wars that has left the deepest mark. An itinerary incorporating thought-provoking visits to the sites of the WW1 battlegrounds and cemeteries is sure to leave a deep impression on you. Whilst further west, take a guided tour with a local expert to learn of the events surrounding the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Our custom Historic France itineraries will be tailored around the French history that fascinates you. Whichever era you wish to explore, our local expert guides will ensure you have an unforgettable experience.

Chateau de Foix in Ariege
The Languedoc area of the Occitanie region in SW France has a complex and fascinating history which dates back to neolithic times. Our proposed historic...
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Pont du gard roman aqueduct
Provence and the South East of France are not all about lavender, olives and rosé wine. This is also an area that is rich in...
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Mont Saint Michel on in Normandy
Normandy has a long and fascinating history. After Paris, the Calvados department of Normandy is the French area with the most historic monuments with over...
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Massage on a wellbeing spa break to Burgundy France
Burgundy is renowned for its vineyards and world class wine. But as you’ll discover on this outline itinerary for a wellbeing break in Burgundy France,...
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Learn to make traditional macarons in a Bordeaux patisserie class
The south west of France is rich in gastronomic delights, delicious wines and historic buildings with numerous UNESCO registered sites and buildings to discover. The...
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