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Advice needed: Cathedrals of France Tours

Advice needed: Cathedrals of France Tours

Dec 17th, 1997, 05:49 AM
Neal Sanders
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Advice needed: Cathedrals of France Tours

An elderly friend (age 80) wants to make what may well be his last trip abroad. His goal is to see the principal cathedrals of France. Because of his age, being part of a tour is a "must." Can anyone recommend something appropriate?
Dec 18th, 1997, 02:01 PM
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I don't know of anything specific but have a few
comments and suggestions. I hope you can find
something suitable because I admire someone who is
still interested in learning and exploring at that
age and has some real interests. You didn't mention
how physically active your friend is which could
make a difference. My main recommendation is to
contact the various tour groups that specialize in
educational/cultural/art tours in France -- the
National French Tourist Org WEB site has lots of info
and links/addresses of many tour groups that have
French tours -- their WEB site is www.fgtousa.org from
where you can find the tour group listing. There is
also a firm that specializes in architectural tours
(Architects Abroad in San Francisco) that probably
will not have something for you, but they might be
able to give you some references (WEB site
www.rahul.net/arctour). Finally, this is so specialized
that you may not find a tour, but your friend might
be able to find a poor graduate student(s) in
French Architectural History who might be willing to
function as companion/tour guide/handler if they
can get a free trip to France out of it -- try
contacting universities that have grad. depts. in
Architectural History (this will prob. be in
Architecture school, but also could be in History
Dept.)--for a starter, U. of Virginia (near me)
has one. As a last comment, there are many, many
fine cathedrals in France and it is probably too
ambitious to try to see them all in one trip -- you
can see quite a few simply by concentrating on the
Paris/Ile de France area (Notre Dame, Chartres,
St-Denis, Sacre Coeur, etc.), Rouen (several fine
Gothic examples), Reims, and then perhaps around
Lyon where there are some fine Romanesque churches.
Dec 19th, 1997, 05:58 AM
Neal Sanders
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Thank you, Christina! For anyone else out there who may have leads, the gentleman in question is sufficiently vigorous to have just come back from a two-week tour of Egypt, which involved a fair amount of walking.
Dec 19th, 1997, 10:03 AM
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Hope I was of some help. If your friend just got
back from Eqypt, things shouldn't be a problem -- I
thought if he/she needed a wheelchair or could not
walk far, it might be more difficult to find a
suitable tour group. As a follow-up, if the URL
I gave you doesn't work for the French Tourist Office,
I forgot they recently changed their WEB site to:

Also, another site that has some listings of tour
groups operating in France, as well as some people
operating custom/individual tours, you can go to
the tour operators section under the travel portion
of this general France travel site: www.france.com
This site has lots of other interesting info, also.
(full address for the tour group listing is:

Jan 3rd, 1998, 10:44 PM
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My son, the recently graduated architect, forwarded information about 2 tours of gothic cathedrals scheduled next summer in the Paris area. We have been corresponding with organizer Jean-Michel Lanskin at [email protected]. We contemplated making the journey, but timing was off. --Charlie

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