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French Escapade, tours and workshops created by Jackie Grandchamps and Valerie Sans

French Escapade provides authentic and unique painting, cooking and cultural vacations in the US, France, Spain, Italy and Belgium. Led by French Escapade experienced tour guides and professional artists, our plein-air painting workshops offer the best experience.

We lead quality tours limited to groups to 12 participants. We have personally designed the tours to alternate moments for learning,  practicing and relaxing. Workshops abroad also mean exploring a new culture and local gastronomy, so our daily picnics and gourmet dinners are always a fun experience.

We stay at charming hotel or guesthouses where you can feel at home and enjoy a new cultural lifestyle.

Founders of French Escapade:

Jacqueline Grandchamps
With a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Jacqueline Grandchamps came from Belgium to the United States in 1995 to conduct cancer research at Stanford University. But her heart has always been in traveling -- in Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. She created French Escapade in 2003 and now splits her time between living in the San Francisco Bay Area and leading her own tours in Europe.

Valerie Sans
Valerie Sans is a French native who lives California. With a master’s degree in British & American History and Literature and being a former Fullbright teacher in the US, she is equally comfortable with American and European ways of life.
Valerie manages the tours behind the scene to make sure your stay is an authentic enjoyable experience.

Culture Tours, plein-air painting workshops and culinary vacations in Europe.

Join one of the most personalized tours with 6 to 12 guests only !

Join one of our tours, either a painting, cooking or cultural tour, alone or with friends or family, in France, Spain, Italy or Belgium and you will be assured to receive the most personalized service. We only offer tours in places we have a deep knowledge of. We build our tours ourselves, we personally test them several times before hand and a  member of our team always leads them. On the painting tours, a professional artist will be your art teacher for the week. In addition to the highlights of the places visited, we emphasize the contact with local people for a more authentic experience.  

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