At Paris Luxury Tours, our Bourges tours beautifully capture the medieval town that lies just two and a half hours south of Paris, below Orleans, in the heart of Berry. Looking at its charming tranquility, who would ever guess how much history has transpired there? It is where Vercingetorix fought Julius Caesar in 52 BC. It is the town Charlemagne made the capital of the Aquitaine, where Charles VII resided during the Hundred Year’s War, where Joan of Arc wintered, and where Calvin was converted to Luther’s ideas.
It is also home to St. Etienne Cathedral, which shelters one of the most remarkable collections of 13th C. stained glass in all of Europe. And it is where you will find Jacques Coeur’s Palace, the finest example of 15th C. civil architecture anywhere in France. This privately guided Bourges tour explores the genius that went into both structures: the rib-vaulted architecture and stained glass of the cathedral, and the remarkable light-filled residential qualities of the palace. It may also, upon request and depending on availability, include a one-hour tour of the cathedral with one of its leading experts, Barbara Thomas-Richard.
This Bourges tour also delves into the character and personality of Jacques Coeur, one of the first Renaissance men in France, a man of astonishing talents: banker, financier to the crown, entrepreneur, shipper, builder, traveler and diplomat. His palace, constructed before 1450 and so full of architectural and residential refinements, anticipates the blossoming of the French renaissance architecture under François I by almost a full century.
Paris Luxury Tours usually proposes that our Bourges tours are combined with either a tour of Chartres (for the relevance of Church architecture and stained glass in the 13th C.), or a tour of the Vezelay basilica (for its proximity), to complete a full day excursion from Paris.
For more information about our Bourges tours or to schedule your excursion, please contact us at our US number (631) 600-1120.