Biarritz conjures up images of glamour and high living and this is not far wrong. Located in the Basque Country there is a fabulous mixture of France and Spain. Biarritz is a vibrant cosmopolitan town with an array of beautiful beaches on both sides. Surfing began here in 1957 and surfers come from around the world to ride the waves of the famous Atlantic beaches.
As well as rugby, swimming, tennis, football, basketball and hockey are all available here.
The beautiful rose-pink city of Toulouse is the capital of French rugby. A Southern city with both a Spanish and an Italian feel, it gets its name from the lovely colours of the warm pink and orange bricks used for the buildings.
Don’t miss tasting the famous Toulouse Sausage and a visit to the Musée du Stade Toulousain, home of the red & black rugby team!
Although it can sound daunting, Paris is a visitor-friendly city with lots to offer a touring group. There are some great youth hostels close to the Louvre in the centre of Paris and several modern, group-friendly hotels in the suburbs with easy access to the centre.
For Art and History tours Paris really needs at least 3 nights as you will need to fit in such splendours as the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Sacré-Coeur, The Louvre Museum, the Pompidou Centre, the Eiffel Tower and a visit to the Palace of Versailles. You could easily spend a further 2 or 3 days seeing other places such as Monet’s Gardens at Giverny and excursions to the Normandy Beaches and the battlefields around Albert.
For Sports tours there are some great locations for training camps and some good rugby to be found in the areas around Paris. Football is extremely popular and hockey is also possible.
With Disneyland Paris just a short drive away we would recommend Pris for a great week-long tour which can combine a variety of topics.
One of the prettiest towns in Northern France and one that has an excellent Christmas Market, Lille is close to the Channel and easy to reach from Britain. The hockey is very good in this area and we can also offer basketball, volleyball, rugby or football tours.
In 2004 Lille was European Cultural Capital and is an interesting town both historically and culturally with several galleries including the excellent Fine Art Museum.
Often thought of as a large industrial city, the centre of Lyon, situated on an island in the Saone river, is actually made up of steep cobbled streets and beautiful buildings. This historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and on your visit to Lyon you can visit several different historical areas, all with a unique feel.
With several sports parks and complexes in its vicinity, Lyon is an excellent choice for a sports tour to Southern France.
The Riviera and South
If it really is the sun you are after, even in winter, then you can’t go past the French Riviera. Towns such as Nice, Toulon and Marseille all have a variety of accommodation and sports on offer. For Art tours the artists’ homes and galleries in the Provence area, Grasse, Aixe and Eze will take you back to the days of Picasso and Monet.
Rugby is strong in this area and, as with most of France, you can always find teams to play football.