July 2018 - The French Connection

Explore the romance of France with your camera, in the company of a small, friendly group of like-minded photographers. This is the stuff of memories. Sun-drenched vineyards… majestic chateaux… cobbled village streets…tree-lined avenues… these are just a few of the many beautiful backdrops to this unique road trip holiday.

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The Road Trip

Explore the romance of France with your camera, in the company of a small, friendly group of like-minded photographers. This is the stuff of memories. Sun-drenched vineyards… majestic chateaux… cobbled village streets…tree-lined avenues… these are just a few of the many beautiful backdrops to this unique road trip holiday. And when you are ready for refreshment, enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee with freshly baked bread and some local cheeses – or maybe sample a regional dish – to complete the authentic flavour of the country.

This is a nine-day photographic holiday which takes full advantage of the rich culture and history of France. As with all our EuroPhoto Road Trips, we aim to give you a truly immersive experience, blending a broad range of genres with a strong and evocative sense of place. You can expect to shoot dance, fashion, lifestyle, travel, landscape and street in locations as diverse as Paris, the Champagne region of Epernay and the medieval city of Rocamadour in the Dordogne Valley.

On our programme of guided shoots, we provide advice and support to match your level of competence and there will also be plenty of opportunities for independent portfolio building. The aim is to have a wonderful time; return home with images you are proud of and memories to savour.

You will be one of just six photographers on a luxury minibus. Before the trip, we will arrange your personal UK pick-up point to begin the journey. All accommodation on the holiday is single occupancy in a minimum of 3-star hotels.

Travelling with you is the support team: Trainer/Photographer Andrew Appleton; an experienced photographic model; a classically-trained dancer; a driver/assistant; a qualified make-up artist and wardrobe stylist.

The Route

Friday 27th July Leave UK via the Eurotunnel on a 17 seat minibus. There will be 11 people travelling in total so you have plenty of room to spread out. We will catch a very early Saturday morning shuttle which provides a chance to catch some sleep en route.

Saturday 28th July Once we are on French soil, it’s only about three hours to the first pin in our route map. That means we can take a leisurely drive with a stop for breakfast, and still arrive in the Champagne capital of Epernay with plenty of time to explore. Beneath the streets, over 200 million bottles of bubbly are being aged in subterranean cellars and our visit will include a guided tour of the famous Moet and Chandon Headquarters. Above ground, photographic opportunities are everywhere from historic architecture and manicured parks to the rolling vineyards so characteristic of the surrounding countryside.

Sunday 29th July From our base in Epernay, it is just a short drive to the cathedral city of Verdun. While we are there, we will visit the battlefields and the incredible underground fortress, home to 2,000 French soldiers during one of the most costly and bloody battles of World War One.

Monday 30th July Moving on …we travel south from the Champagne of Epernay to the Burgundy of Morvan. Here, in the heartland of central France, are the picture postcard villages and chateaux of our collective imagination – plus The Morvan Regional National Park. Covering an area of 290,900 hectares, it boasts a rich and diverse ecosystem. Forests and farmland; lakes and rivers; peaks and valleys; together they form a haven for many, many species of flora and fauna. Wildlife and landscape photography are the obvious choices here but you will also get an opportunity to shoot some lifestyle and dance with our two models on location.

Tuesday 31st July The next leg of our road trip is into the glorious Dordogne region and this really deserves to be savoured so we are spending three nights in Sarlat-la-Canéda. Think yellow sandstone turrets, cobbled streets, cafés, bars and bistros and you have the market town of Sarlat. It really is rather special. No wonder it’s known as the film director’s favourite! Here you will shoot fashion, lifestyle, dance and maybe even catch the Thursday evening market for some candid street photography. Capture the flavour of the region through your lens but don’t neglect the local cuisine and regional wines which are simply delicious. From here we will explore the lovely Dordogne River valley and, while we are stationed in Sarlat, we will take a day trip to the medieval settlement of Rocamadour which is just 50 kilometres to the south-east. Carved into the mountainside above the Alzou canyon, it is renowned for the complex of religious buildings which are accessed by the Grand Escalier staircase. There will be plenty of opportunities to shoot our two models in this historic location and, before we leave, we aim to capture the sunset which can be quite spectacular.

Friday 3rd August We say goodbye to Sarlat and head north towards Le Mans. En route, we will stop at Limoges, known for its decorated porcelain, Gothic style cathedral and medieval timber-framed houses. We arrive at Le Mans later in the day for an overnight stop. Between June and September the city hosts a sound and light show of amazing proportions and we aim to arrive in time to take in the spectacle.

Saturday 4th August Before we strike out on the 2.5 hour journey to Paris, we will investigate the race track which includes a museum dedicated to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We plan to hit Paris for a late lunch and then shoot some fashion and dance around the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre area of the city during the afternoon.

Sunday 5th August We want to make an early start on this, our last day of the holiday, so that we can shoot on the banks of the River Seine and around the Eiffel Tower area. Here’s the perfect location for both fashion and dance poses; if you are looking for an iconic shot, it doesn’t get any more French than this. Time, then, to pack up and head back to Calais for our crossing which will get us back to the UK in the evening.

Please note: We make every effort to adhere to the above itinerary although traffic conditions may affect specific timings. If weather conditions affect our arrangements, we may delay or substitute a specific activity.

Our Models


We will be announcing our second model very soon.

Alexa Hilton

Professional dancer, dance teacher and model.

The Accommodation

Accommodation will be a mix of 3 star hotel rooms and apartments all on a single room occupancy basis. Please note meals are not included in the cost of the trip however all our chosen accommodation is located near to restaurants, bistros and local shops and amenities.

Booking and Pricing details

The cost of this Roadtrip is £2195 with Early Bird discount.

You can choose to pay in full or reserve your place with a £500 booking deposit followed by 6 monthly payments of £283.

Air Conditioned luxury mini-bus
Collection and drop off to M25 area
A unique mix of landscape, travel, fashion and dance photography

1 Dancer
1 Model
1 MUA/Stylist
1 Trainer
1 Assistant
8 Nights single occupancy 3 star accommodation
Just six photographers

Price excludes meals and flights to/from Europe.

See what we got up to on the last trip!