Discovering France in 2024: A Journey Beyond the Olympics


Discovering France in 2024: A Journey Beyond the Olympics


As the world turns its gaze towards my adopted country of France this year for the spectacular 2024 Paris Olympics, a journey to France presents a unique opportunity to delve deep into the heart of a nation renowned for its rich culture, captivating history, exquisite cuisine, and unparalleled beauty, away from the Olympic buzz.


French Culture & Excellence

Provence tour guests as we conclude our Chateauneuf-du-Pape walkEmbarking on a journey to France in 2024 is akin to stepping into a living postcard, where every cobblestone street, every elegant chateau, and every bustling market exudes a sense of history and artistry that is uniquely French. The country’s rich cultural tapestry is woven with threads of passion, creativity, and “joie de vivre,” making it a destination that appeals to every traveler. In France, we work to live rather than live to work, and that feeling can be witnessed daily when strolling the streets of any village, town, or city here.

French culture, emphasizing art, fashion, and gastronomy, is a testament to the country’s commitment to excellence in all endeavors. From the iconic museums of Paris to the charming vineyards of Bordeaux, France offers diverse experiences that cater to every taste and interest. Whether you’re savoring a decadent croissant in a quaint cafe or exploring the medieval streets of a picturesque village, every moment in France celebrates the finer things in life.



Exceptional Food & Wine

Bordeaux tour guests at our gourmet lunch at Arcachon BasinWhen we talk about France, of course, we have to mention its exceptional food and wine. The French culinary scene is a tantalizing blend of tradition and innovation, where each dish is a masterpiece, and each sip of wine is a journey through the vineyards. Indulge in a sumptuous meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, savor traditional fare at a local Brasserie, or sample fresh produce at a bustling market – the culinary delights of France are a symphony of flavors that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate.

In the heart of southwest France lie the rolling vineyards of Bordeaux, where the art of winemaking has been perfected over centuries. Indulge in a glass of velvety Bordeaux red as you soak in the stunning landscapes that have inspired artists and poets for generations. The Arcachon Basin, with its inviting coastal beauty, unique history, and gastronomical seaside restaurants, welcomes you to stunning vistas and foodie experiences that reflect the richness of this exceptional region I call home. The French take pride in their culinary traditions; every meal celebrates flavor, freshness, and artistry.


French History & Timeless Treasures

Loire Valley tour guests during our visit at Chateau de ChambordBeyond its culinary prowess, France’s history is a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies. From the majestic castles of the Loire Valley, where kings reigned with a swift and firm hand or rather women did so behind the scenes, to the soft southern landscapes of Provence, where artists thrived, France’s sites bear witness to the spirit of its people, and where every corner tells a story of art, romance, and revolution. Discover the excitement of France’s racy history in the Loire Valley while walking the same paths of kings and queens who shaped this exceptional country. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Provence, where fields of poppies, lavender, and sunflowers stretch to the horizon, and the scent of fresh herbs fills the air. Every stone tells a story, and every monument whispers of a bygone era – immersing yourself in France’s history is like turning the pages of a living chronicle. 



Going Off the Beaten Path

Christy, the founder of FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATHâ„¢ with her Provence Team of Guides.While the Olympics may bring crowds and excitement to the cities, there is a way to experience the true essence of France away from it all. France Off the Beaten Path Tours, with our unique blend of local experiences and hidden gems, offers a journey that is as authentic as it is enriching. From charming villages to secret vineyards, our tours take you off the tourist trail and into the heart of French culture. For those seeking a more profound, authentic experience, consider exploring France away from the typical tourist hotspots, where secret treasures await your arrival for a truly unique and unforgettable adventure.

So, as you contemplate your next travel destination in 2024, let me ask you:  Are you ready to unlock the secrets of France beyond the Olympics and embark on a journey that will captivate your senses, enrich your soul, and leave you with memories to last a lifetime?


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