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.