Discover the essence of France as you travel from Carcassonne to the châteaux of the Loire Valley, Mont St. Michel, the D-Day beaches of Normandy, and Paris.

Starting at: $5,497 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The historic Mont St. Michel off the coast of Normandy  Chenonceau, one of the most romantic chateaux in the Loire Valley  Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris  The quintessential medieval town of Carcassonne  The intricate transepts of the Cathedral St. Cecile in Albi  Medieval town square of Sarlat  River boats or <i>gabare</i> on the Dordogne River. Credit: France Tourism Bureau  The medieval village of Rocamadour, a World Heritage site  Chenonceau, situated over the River Cher  The castle and town of Saumur in the Loire Valley  World War II cemetery near Omaha Beach, Normandy  Section of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a visual chronicle of the Norman conquest of 1066  Monet's garden at Giverny  The famous Louvre museum, with the glass entrance designed by I.M. Pei  The Eiffel Tower in Paris

France Through the Ages

15 days from $5,497 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover the essence of France as you travel from Carcassonne to the châteaux of the Loire Valley, Mont St. Michel, the D-Day beaches of Normandy, and Paris.

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"France through the Ages" was a feast for the body, mind, and soul!

- David B.

Even though each of us has traveled to France on several occasions, taking "the road less traveled" on Smithsonian's "France through the Ages" tour was thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening. This was our first Smithsonian tour but assuredly will not be our last. 

- Marie L.

This tour offered me a glorious buffet of France. Each day we got to sample new things and they were all wonderful. With my appetite fully whetted, I want to return and see more. 

- Sharon S.

I loved this tour of France. The trip lived up to all my expectations. My tour guide was exceptional. 

- Steven M.

This trip was very well planned. It would have been difficult to get to all of these places on my own because we covered a lot of territory in a short time. You'd have to be an expert already to do this alone.

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May 22 - Jun 5, 2017 Departure
Kim de Beaumont

Kim de Beaumont

Kim de Beaumont, an art historian specialized in European art of the 17th through 19th centuries, earned her doctorate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is an internationally recognized authority on the artist Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780), a brilliant etcher and draftsman (only occasionally a painter) who captured for posterity myriad aspects of eighteenth-century Parisian life. From 2005 to 2008, she was a full-time guest curator at The Frick Collection for a major Saint-Aubin retrospective exhibition that opened in New York City in 2007 and subsequently traveled to the Musée du Louvre. She has since taught a rich variety of graduate and undergraduate art history courses at Hunter College, City University of New York, as well as at Pace University, where she was recently appointed University Curator. In addition to the scholarly exhibition catalogue that accompanied the 2007 Saint-Aubin show, and a related book that is in now progress, her publications include articles and catalogue entries in both English and French. She has a strong background in public speaking, ranging from a keynote lecture at a 2012 academic conference in Quėbec City (Les Salons de l’Académie Royale: Archéologie d’une institution; Cercle interuniversitaire d'étude sur la République des Lettres, Universitė Laval) to informal museum and gallery tours for adults and school children. An enthusiastic engagement with both her subject and her audience characterizes every phase of her work.

Sep 11 - 25, 2017 Departure
Kim Munholland

Kim Munholland

Kim Munholland is Professor Emeritus from the University of Minnesota where he taught courses on modern European history and modern France for 42 years. He is a graduate of Stanford University and received his masters and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. Kim traveled and resided in France for nearly eight years during his research leaves from the University of Minnesota. He has published books and articles on French history with an emphasis on French-American relations in the 20th century and issues of French identity, including the importance of wine as part of French culture. For the past eight years he has taught a history of Paris course for University of Minnesota students in Paris, which included trips to Normandy and Mt. St. Michel, and he has offered several adult-learning seminars on French history and World War II topics.

Oct 6 - 20, 2017 Departure
John Sweets

John Sweets

John Sweets is Professor Emeritus of History, specializing in the Vichy France era, the French Resistance, and occupied France. He has taught 19th and 20th century European history at the University of Kansas, University College, Dublin (Ireland), The School of International Studies (Fort Bragg, NC), and at the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon (France). John has received two NEH Fellowships for his research and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has authored many works on France, including The Politics of Resistance in France (1976) and Choices in Vichy France (1986), and has edited four volumes of The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (1982-85). His other current research interests include a case study of the Lacemakers of Le Puy in the 19th century and an investigation of France and the Holocaust.

May 18 - Jun 1, 2018 Departure
Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill is an accredited art appraiser who lectures regularly on all aspects of art history in Washington, DC. She has joined several Smithsonian Journeys voyages, acting as our art expert in destinations from Mexico to Europe and the Middle East. Mary has published articles in several national publications, including Smithsonian Magazine's cover story for September 2001, Virtue and Beauty: The Renaissance Image of the Ideal Woman.

Sep 14 - 28, 2018 Departure
William Keylor

William Keylor

Bill Keylor is Professor of History and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he served four consecutive terms as chairman of the Department of History from 1988 to 2000 and currently directs the University’s International History Institute. Bill received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D in European History from Columbia University.  He has been the recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and Guggenheim Fellowships and was named Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Government. He has also received three teaching awards at Boston University.

Bill has lived and worked France, has served as a consultant to the Museum of Peace at Caen, and has been a visiting professor of the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences-Po). He has lectured on many Smithsonian tours and cruises since the late 1970s. 

Bill’s publications include dozens of articles and book chapters as well as two books on the history of France.  He is also the author of The Twentieth-Century World: An International History (6th edition, Oxford University Press, 2011) and A World of Nations: The International Order since World War II  (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009).