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Intermediate or Advanced French proficiency is recommended to successfully follow on-site descriptions.
This course is designed for those who want to strengthen their French but also explore the Loire’s heritage by touring historical monuments such as churches, castles, abbeys and museums.
This course is the perfect opportunity to beat the summer heat by spending time in the natural coolness of the region’s thick-walled stone buildings.
Additional purchases of regional products can be made on-site.
All language classes are taught by professional, native French speaking tutors and group classes have a maximum of 6 per class.
During the afternoon, participants will be taken to different architectural sites with a staff member for a tour led by professional guides. All visits will be held in French but we will organize a discreet translation if necessary.
Also included in the week, A Wine tasting at Domaine Jean-Marie VIAL in Saint-André d’Apchon!
Mon-Fri 9:15am – 12:15pm (group French class) PLUS 4 afternoon visits on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday *
Monday: Visit of Pommiers Priory in Pommiers-en-Forez.
Visit a thousand-year-old priory and listen to its fascinating history.
Boat Tour in Villerest Lake and Wine tasting at Domaine Jean Marie Vial in St André d’Apchon.
On board a sightseeing boat, discover the history of the Loire and the Villerest Lake.
Independent winemaker Jean Marie Vial grows, vinifies and sells a variety of wines: reds, whites, rosé, and sparkling. Jean Marie welcomes guests with open arms and is happy to share his passion for winemaking, inviting you to tempt your taste buds with the diversity of the local Gamay grape, as well as Chardonnay and Viognier bottlings.
Thursday: Visit of Le Crozet Folk Museum (Art and Popular Traditions) and Le Crozet medieval village.
Walk through this picturesque village with its winding alleys, lovely courtyards, medieval & Renaissance buildings and 12th century donjon tower.
Housed in a 16th century building, the museum features items found in the workshops of blacksmiths and cobblers, a typical interior of a townsperson’s home from yesteryear, old looms, and a regional & archeological library.
Friday : Visit of Château de la Roche.
Anchored on a rocky outcropping since the 13th century, the Château de la Roche is the emblematic monument of the Loire gorges because of its improbable and scenic location in the Loire River.
*Last minute changes can occur depending on opening hours and time of the year
In the French and History course, we spent our mornings in helpful classroom instruction that was tailored to our level. Our afternoons were filled with excursions to chateaux, medieval villages, wineries, and other locations that allowed us to explore the rich history and culture of the region. These excursions demonstrated just how rich the history and culture are! What’s more, while listening to the guides and docents on our excursions, we were practicing our French comprehension skills and expanding our vocabulary. The guides knew that we were French language students, and so they spoke clearly (and perhaps a bit more slowly than normal) for our benefit and were happy to answer any questions that we asked. Overall, the French and History course was a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend it.
If you want to get a better feel for the region I highly recommend the historical visits. During the week this included trips to two chateaux, a vineyard and a charming medieval town. Our teacher, Vincent, provided useful background information for each afternoon trip. The local guides were super-knowledgeable and happy to field our many questions. In short —Great fun!
Les visites historiques sont un bon complément du programme de l’école. On visite non seulement des châteaux mais aussi des villages historiques de la région. Les visites sont guidées par des bénévoles locaux qui racontent vivement non seulement les dates historiques mais aussi les petites histoires de la vie quotidienne d’autrefois. Avant chaque visite, on recoit des informations par écrit préparées par Vincent.