Rugby in France

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While futbol (soccer) may be considered France's top sport in the North, people in the Southern part of France will tell you that their national sport is rugby. The sport was introduced in France near the very beginning of the game's creation by British residents in the 1870's. Today, there are 14 elite domestic clubs that compete in the league named simply as the "Top 14" and operated by the French National Rugby League

France also competes in the 6 Nations Championships where they were last victorious in 2010. France has one of the largest rugby fan-bases in the world as their population of 65 million surpasses New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales combined. 

In addition to the French passion for rugby, France holds many treasures and historic sites around the country. A trip to Paris alone would include seeing the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysee,the Louvre, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Gallerie Lafayette, Napoleon's Tomb, and all of the other gems of the fashionable city. Closer to Toulouse, and the rugby center of France, are famous sites including the Pont du Gard, the Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace), the ancient Roman city of Nimes, and the gorgeous beaches throughout the region.

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Parisian Treasures  


AM: Visit the world's most famous museum, the Louvre, walk through the Tuilleries Gardens and past the Place de la Concorde to the legendary Champs Elysee, walk to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, and experience a leisurely Seine River Cruise next to the Eiffel Tower.

PM: In the evening, explore Paris on an unforgettable Bike Tour. Sites will included: Champs se Mars, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ile de la Cite, Ile Saint Louis, Berthillon's Ice Cream Parlor, Academie Francaise, Princess Diana Flame, Invalides, Ecole Militaire, Napoleon's Tomb, and more.

(Sleep near Paris)

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Belle Lyon


AM: Travel south to the beautiful city of Lyon for a tour with a local guide. Sites include Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage 14th century old town, and the Notre Dame de Fourviere Basilica.

PM: Have your first match against a local French rugby squad in the late afternoon and enjoy a friendly meal together afterwards. For the rest of the evening, explore your own interests in Lyon.

(Sleep in Lyon)

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Southern France


AM: Continue south to Montpellier stopping at the famous Pont Du Gard to visit the amazing feat of natural beauty and Roman architecture. Spend your time hiking around the area or shopping at the small gift shops close by. 

PM: Relax at some of the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean: Palavas Beach or La Grande Motte Beach. Finish your evening with a match against a local French rugby squad.

(Sleep in Montpellier) 



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