France is synonymous with all things inventive. Whether it’s her world famous landmarks, renowned paintings, or exquisite food and celebrated champagnes, no visit is complete without a unique guided tour of France through art.
I’ve put together a list: France – 5 Unique Art Tours where visitors can experience guided tours that stand out from the rest.
Paint Like Monet
Thousands of visitors take in the scenery that inspired Monet’s paintings while walking through the gardens at Giverny. From the water lilies to the Japanese bridge, guests can try their hand at painting like the master with a three-hour painting class. Who knows…the enchanting gardens may bring out the secret artist in you!
Discovered in 1940, the Lascaux Cave in Dordogne comprises almost 2000 paintings dating back 15,000 years making it some of the oldest art known to mankind. Unable to visit the actual cave due to deterioration, the works have been recreated expertly and can be seen in Montignac. Lascaux II caves can still be visited and both are sights worth seeing.
Mont Saint Michel
Perched 93 meter (300 feet) above sea level and 1 KM (.62 miles) off the coast of France sits the UNESCO World Heritage site and, to some, the world’s most beautiful castle, Mont Saint Michel. Visited by more than 3 million people a year, the castle is its own island and has a population of only a few dozen. With amazing art adorning the castle walls and wonderful architecture, this unique tour grants guests the opportunity to experience life as a royal.
Whether you’re an art lover or not, everyone who visits should take the time to tour the museums and see the famous works of art by the world’s most renowned artists that call France home. We’ve all heard of The Louvre, the famous glass pyramid where the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci sits with all her glory among works by Paolo Veronese and Andrea Mantegna. France is also the homeland to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, Foundation Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris to name just a few.
Village and Champagne Tours
These unique tours are a champagne connoisseur’s dream. Each guided tour combines strolls through the French countryside and vineyards that are home to famous champagne creators like Dom Perignon and Möet. Guests enjoy endless tasting of these bubblies and learn how the delicious varieties of champagnes are made.
Have you taken any of these unique tours? What did you think? Share your experiences with us!