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SMALL GROUP TRAVEL TO FRANCE

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2018 TRIP PREVIEW
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2017 TRIP REVIEW
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2016 TRIP REVIEW
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2015 TRIP REVIEW
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ABOUT YOUR HOST
Catherine Thorpe is a native Parisian born just a block away from Sacre Couer. She has a graduate degree in English from the Sorbonne University so she speaks perfect English and you can understand her every word. She has taken tours to France for 18 years. She knows the country and the culture and will give you an authentic French experience.
Catherine's love of travel is contagious as is her desire to share the knowledge of her native France. You will also enjoy her special French sense of humor.


For More Details:
PHONE: 801-582-6019
MOBILE/TEXT: 801-897-8575

Accommodations
We make a special effort to find the right accommodations for each year's trip. Catherine selects hotels that meet her high standards of quality, convenient location, and good service. However, she is conscious of cost and tries to balance cost and quality. Consequently, we do not select 5 star hotels, but look for clean, and homey places that are comfortable and located in the best scenic areas.

FREE PHOTO/ART WORKSHOP
As part of our tour, award winning photographer, Don O. Thorpe will present an "on-the-road" workshop of Impressionist art and photography for those interested. MORE INFO >>

The Best Off-The-Beaten-Path
FRANCE

ST. JEAN-DE-LUZ, FRANCE (PHOTO BY DON O. THORPE)

Relaxed Small Groups Guaranteed
VIVE LA FRANCE TRAVEL limits participants to a maximum of twelve travelers to maintain a relaxed Small Group experience. This  make it possible to have a personal and authentic-to-the-locality travel experience assuring personal attention and flexibility. We have more spontaneity in our tours because our groups are small and have the ability to move around easily. We can take advantage of intercultural experiences that are not possible with large groups. We become like a family and you will make friends that will last long after the trip is finished. We only take one trip to France a year, so it is special and a once in a life-time experience.
Customized Itineraries
Our tours are custom-designed and change each year so they are always fresh and exciting with a mixture of sightseeing, cultural experiences, and free time. taking you into the heart of France with an authentic French ambience, We visit the travel locations that are picturesque but not so touristy. We show you the highlights and the extraordinary off-the-beaten-path places. Occasionally you'll meet local people who are friends or family of the host.
What We do on Our Tours
Our tours include sight seeing, scenic excursions, and museum visits. We may even visit local homes, musical performances or area specialties. We also provide blocks of free time so you can explore on your own after our organized tours. Because we usually travel in rented cars, we often stop to see special historic sites or small villages along the way to the next place on the itinerary.
What our Tour Price Includes
We design and price our tours to be comprehensive, while still making it possible for some personal preferences. The tour price includes all transportation costs, accommodations and essential expenses in France, part of which is an estimate of meals, local transportation, and museum entrance fees. Also included is the fee for our Tour Director's services. Currently the overall cost per person, before airfare from Salt Lake City to Paris, is approximately $2780 double occupancy or $
3550 single occupancy. Non-stop Airfare per person is currently about $1200. NOTE: Prices are an estimate based on current foreign exchange rates and average personal preferences.
Transportation
We will book your ticket on Delta's direct flight to Paris, or you can make your own reservations. We use rental cars and trains for land transportation between cities and to visit the out-of-the-way special attractions we highlight.

2018 TRIP
MAY 7 TO 20

Pyrenees Basque Country & Paris
in the Era of Jazz -- 14 days

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Our next trip is the 7th to the 20th of May, 2018, and we will be traveling to the Atlantic coast of France and the Pyrenees Basque country. It is an unusual part of France which most tourists do not see, with its rolling country-side and fantastic beaches. We'll visit places like St Jean-de-Luz, St Jean Pied de Port (entrance to the El Camino pilgrimage site), Sare, and Biarritz, the surfing capital of Europe, and more. We'll even spend a day in Spain. We'll start the trip with five days in romantic Paris, and see some of the Jazz era haunts of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the Jazz set of the 20's and 40's. If you've seen the Movie, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, you have a preview of what's in store.  Of course, we'll visit Catherine's favorite off-the-beaten-path Parisian places.

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INFO FROM OUR TRIP ORIENTATION MEETING IS POSTED HERE


Testimonials
"One of the highlights of the trip was the personal interaction with Catherine's family and friends in France. She made France come alive. This is the best trip to Europe I have ever been on." --
B. Hargreaves

"We want to thank Catherine for one of the best trips abroad we've ever had. We, and all the group, marveled at how well she organized everything, including places that would be of interest to each person. She is calm and patient and fun to be with."
-- M. Murphy & C. Hale

"I felt like I was seeing the France I had always envisioned. The itinerary was nicely arranged, and kept us going so we didn't waste time. Catherine's friendly personality made the trip enjoyable and comfortable."
-- N. Nitchman


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