Archaeology & History Tours & Cruises


In the northern city of Amiens archaeologists first identified stone tools as having been made by humans some one million years ago. Amiens is not far from the Somme Battlefields where in the early 1900s nations from around the World were locked in a devastating war. Archaeological and historical sites like these are one of the reasons why France is one of the World’s most popular tourist destinations.

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ARTISTIC SPLENDOURS OF FRANCE – Thomas Dowson/Archaeology Travel
The ancient theatre in Orange, one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Europe.

The best preserved Roman theatre, Orange.

Create your own customised tour to take in the artistic splendours of France, from the earliest times to the present. This can include the spectacular cave art sites of south west France, the enigmatic Neolithic carvings of southern Brittany, the stunning Medieval and Renaissance architecture and art in the Loire Valley and Ile de France, the exquisite Bayeux tapestry, and the much loved art and garden of Claude Monet and the Impressionists.

Private, guided tours of France, from earliest times to the present.

  • Best months: May, June, September & October
  • Ideal length 10 to 14 days
  • ICE AGE CAVE ART OF FRANCE – with Thomas Dowson/Archaeology Travel
    The bulls from Lascaux, replicated in Lascaux 2 and 4.

    The Hall of Bulls, Lascaux II.

    Thomas Dowson, a leading scholar in rock art research, offers private, bespoke guided tours of cave art in France. Each itinerary is created to your requirements. Typical tours include a week in Les Eyzies – the World Capital of Prehistory – visiting a range of Stone Age sites, or a two week tour starting in the south with the spectacular replica of Chauvet and travelling north to Paris.

    Private, bespoke guided tours.

  • Buy a detailed, ready to use itinerary
  • Have an itinerary created to suit your needs
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    GET YOUR GUIDE – Over 700 Tours & Activities in Paris
    The courtyard of the Louvre Palace with the modern glass pyramid.

    Skip the queues at the Louvre Museum.

    Paris has something for all archaeology and history buffs, amongst the finest archaeology museums in the World and truly iconic historical sites and monuments. Get Your Guide has selected 700 of the best things to do in Paris, from simple audio tours to combinations of popular sites, for example climb the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre and cruise the Seine. There are many options for visitors to enjoy the Paris Catacombs, guided tours of the Medieval Île de la Cité, the famous Louvre Museum, or the Palace of Versailles. And then, at the end of a great day sightseeing, relax while taking in a show and dinner at the Moulin Rouge. What is on offer, the various possibilities and different combinations are truly too numerous to list here … see all tours and activities for Paris.

    Tickets & Passes

    PARIS MUSEUM PASS – Association of Paris Museums
    Paris Museum Pass.

    This the most basic of ticket passes for Paris gets you entry to over 60 museums and historical sites in and around the city. Includes the Louvre and Versailles, the Archaeological Crypt at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the National Archaeological Museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The pass is for entry only, and does not include public transport.

  • From €53 per person for 2 days
  • Available for 2, 4 or 6 consecutive days
  • Access to over 60 sites, attractions and museums in and around Paris

    The Paris Pass is the most popular multi-entry ticket with visitors to Paris. Besides the benefits of free entry that comes with the Museum Pass, the Paris Pass includes a travel card for public transport, a free ride on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, and many other money saving opportunities around the city. Still can’t decide, read Paris Museum Pass versus Paris Pass, for details and discount codes.

  • From €135 per person for 2 days
  • Available for 2, 3, 4 or 6 days
  • Access to over 60 sites and and museums in and around Paris
  • Special offers around the city for cardholders
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