Tour France’s Unesco sites with Deluxe Drivers
France counts 38 UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites. Many are religious edifices, for example four cathedrals and a number of Romanesque abbeys. Various towns steeped in history are also considered as part of the World Heritage sites, such as the banks of the Seine in Paris, the historic centres of Lyon and Strasbourg, the Episcopal Ensemble in Avignon, the Port of the Moon in Bordeaux or, more recently, the Episcopal City of Albi.
Please find below a brief list of France’s Unesco World heritage sites to be discovered by our Deluxe Drivers team:
– The Basilica and hills at Vezelay:
Located at the heart of the regional nature reserve of Morvan, in Burgundy, the celebrated hill at Vézelay and its famous Roman basilica have been listed as world heritage sites by Unesco since 1979.
To be discovered with our private tour Burgundy from Paris.
– Reims Cathedral in Champagne region:
Located in the Champagne-Ardenne region, 130 km from Paris, Reims, known as the “city of coronations” or “city of kings”, houses four buildings listed as Unesco world heritage since 1991: the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the former royal abbey of Saint-Rémi and its abbey church, the basilica of Saint-Rémi, and the former archiepiscopal palace, known as the Palace of Tau.
Reims Unesco sites and Champagne region during our personalized private guide tour Champagne from Paris
– The historical center of Avignon:
Avignon, located in southern France, in the very popular Vaucluse region, called the “City of the Popes”, has maintained its city walls and its historical centre, composed of the Papal Palace, the Episcopal ensemble and the Bridge of Avignon. These were registered as Unesco world heritage sites in 1995. The city is also the sublime backdrop for an international theatre festival.
Avignon and Provence can be visited during our private tour Avignon & Luberon or during our private tour Popes & Wine in Provence
– The Palace of Fontainebleau:
The Palace of Fontainebleau, located about sixty kilometres south-east of Paris, has witnessed eight unbroken centuries of sovereign rule. Kings and queens, and emperors and empresses, took great pains to embellish the palace, built around the original mediaeval dungeon. The palace and its park have been listed as Unesco world heritage sites since 1981.
Fontainebleau can be discovered from Paris during our private tour Fontainebleau Barbizon
– The Castle of Versailles:
The privileged residence of the French monarchy from the period of Louis XIV to Louis XVI, the Castle of Versailles is located 16km south west of Paris. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptures, decorators and landscapers, it served as a model of how a royal residence should be in Europe, for more than a century.
Deluxe Drivers guides propose a private tour Versailles or private tour Versailles & Giverny.
– The Bay of Mont Saint Michel:
Constructed on a small granite island, in the centre of a huge bay invaded by the largest tides in Europe, Mont Saint-Michel defies the centuries and is a real repository of French memories.
During your stay in Normandy, we do propose a private tour Mont St Michel Normandy, to tour France’s Unesco sites with Deluxe Drivers.
This list is non exhaustive. Please don’t hesitate to contact our France expert team. We will be happy to propose the best sightseeing and touring solutions to enjoy some of the France’s Unesco sites.