Tour description

From Paris to Bayeux and the Loire Valley

On this 19-day tour of la Belle France, we will discover three of its beautiful regions. Our first destination will be the medieval city of Bayeux, in Normandy. Here we will view the extraordinary Bayeux Tapestry, and the nearby historic World War II sites, focussing particularly on Juno Beach, site of the Canadian landings, and honouring our fallen at the very moving Canadian cemetery. From there we will head to the lovely Loire Valley, where we will explore several jewels of Renaissance architecture, such as the castles at Chenonceau, Chambord, Amboise et Blois. We will end our trip with five days in Paris, enjoying both the most popular tourist hotspots, such as the Musée du Louvre, as well as some lesser- known Parisian treasures, such as an evening classical concert at the Sainte Chapelle, with its dazzling stainedglass windows, and an entertaining tour of the famous and infamous residents of Père Lachaise Cemetery. In every city we will enjoy the regional wines, cheeses and culinary specialties. You will also have some free time to explore on your own. Our pre-trip classes will offer historical and cultural insights that will deepen and enrich your travel experience. Join us for a memorable exploration of French history, wine, food and joie de vivre!

Tour activity level: mild

Participants should be in good health and be able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestones.

Academic resource

Betty-Joan Traverse

Betty-Joan Traverse, MA. After studying in Paris and Montréal, Betty-Joan continued to nourish her passion for French language and culture as an accredited translator and through her teaching at Simon Fraser University and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). She spearheaded the development of the Minor, Extended Minor and Major in French at UFV, and created a number of new courses in these programs. She is especially interested in French film as a vehicle for cross-cultural dialogue, and second-language pedagogy for adults. Having met the love of her life many years ago in France, she delights in studying France’s richly varied regions and its people and is excited to share her knowledge of France with you.

Pre-tour sessions

Your five pre-tour classroom sessions will take place on Thursdays, April 23 to May 21 from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

Tour dates May 26 – June 13, 2020
Total tour cost$8,925.00
Early bird cost*$8,675.00
Single supplement$1,700.00

To ensure a place on this tour a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by Feb. 21, 2020 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on Feb. 28, 2020. Contact artscoord@uvic.ca for details. 

*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 20, 2019 and receive a $250 reduction on your balance of payment.

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