La France (RA) - 2014 / 2015

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15 Day Tour from Paris to Paris


La France
Mont St-Michel in Normandy, France
Mont St-Michel in Normandy, France
Provence Lavender Fields
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence
Louvre
Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Chateau Chenonceau
Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Vacation Overview

This is the ideal vacation to explore the highlight cities and sights of France. Enjoy two-night stays in Paris, Bordeaux, and Monte Carlo. Start with a special welcome dinner at a Parisian restaurant, followed by an orientation drive through the “City of Light.” Also visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Next, continue to Normandy and stop in the seaside resorts of picturesque Honfleur and elegant Deauville, before arriving in Bayeux to admire Queen Matilda’s tapestry. Continue via the landing beaches to Mont St. Michel, to visit the Abbey, and to St. Malo, where a special dinner at a local restaurant awaits you. A scenic drive through Brittany brings you to the Loire Valley, to visit Catherine de Medici’s Castle, lovely Chenonceau. Enter the Bordeaux area, savor dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at Château Soutard in St. Emilion. Other highlights are the ancient fishing village of Biarritz; Lourdes, where you will visit St. Bernadette’s Grotto and have a chance to join the memorable evening rosary and candlelight procession; medieval Carcassonne; Nîmes; Aix-en-Provence; and Nice. Stay two nights in Monte Carlo. Hear about perfume making from a local expert at the famous Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse and receive a small souvenir gift, before turning north, along the famous Route Napoleon to Grenoble. Explore Lyon, France’s second-largest city, and stay in Dijon, one of Burgundy’s prettiest cities, then, travel on the high-speed TGV train back to Paris, with the chance to join an optional excursion to the magnificent Louvre Museum to admire the Mona Lisa.


PARIS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel Tower

HONFLEUR & DEAUVILLE
Visit these seaside resorts

BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum

NORMANDY BEACHES
Take pictures of the landing beaches

MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey; lunch at a local restaurant

ST. MALO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special dinner with wine at a local restaurant

LOIRE VALLEY
Visit Chenonceau Castle

BORDEAUX
Walking tour, dinner at local restaurant

ST. EMILION
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting at Château Soutard

BIARRITZ
Visit the seaside resort

LOURDES
Visit St. Bernadette’s grotto

CARCASSONNE
Walk on the ancient battlements

AIX–EN–PROVENCE
Walking tour

NICE
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais

MONTE CARLO
Stay two nights at the Côte d’Azur

GRASSE
Visit a perfume factory, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a lecture on the history of perfume making and receive a special gift

LYON
Orientation including Fourvière Hill

DIJON
Orientation

DIJON–PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class)

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • In the rare event that the TGV train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.


DAY 1Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite welcome dinner with wine at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. Then, enjoy an orientation drive to get a first impression of the “City of Light.” (Dinner)

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DAY 2Paris

Guided sightseeing features the highlights of Paris, like the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, and Champs-Elysées. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Window, and for a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Choose from exciting optional excursions, like to the magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles and evening excursions. (Breakfast)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris The Arc de Triomphe standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle 
Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral


Europe’s most famous cathedral, whose twin Gothic towers loom above France’s most beloved river, the Seine, actually owes a lot of its international success to the author Victor Hugo. Back in 1831, when Hugo wrote his classic novel about a hunchbacked bell-ringer at Notre Dame who falls in love with a beautiful gypsy, the medieval cathedral had fallen on hard times. During the Revolution in 1789, it had been seized, looted of its treasures and converted into an atheistic “Temple of Reason.” Even worse, after the monarchy was restored in 1815, Notre Dame was used as riverside warehouse – its once-splendid glass windows now dimmed and its facades decaying pathetically above the Île de la Cité. But Parisian’s indifference to their landmark ended suddenly in 1831, when Victor Hugo published his romantic novel the “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” (called “Notre-Dame de Paris” in French). The book was an international bestseller and lured armies of tourists to Paris in search of its Gothic cathedral setting. Hugo used this groundswell of public interest to lobby the French government for renovations of his beloved Notre Dame. From 1845 to 1864, repairs were indeed carried out – the clogged medieval streets nearby were cleared, revealing the marvelous edifice we see today.
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DAY 3Paris–Honfleur–Deauville–Bayeux

A pleasant drive through the rural area west of Paris takes you to the picturesque town of Honfleur with its enclosed harbor, and the elegant resort of Deauville on the coast. Time to explore both towns before heading to Bayeux, where you can admire QUEEN MATILDA’S TAPESTRY, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Bayeux–Normandy Beaches–Mont St. Michel–St. Malo

Along the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, arrive at the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, spectacularly perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo, and enjoy an included lunch. This evening, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner with wine at restaurant La Table d’Henry, where you can try out specialties of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Abbey of Mont St. Michel 
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DAY 5St. Malo–Loire Valley

Enjoy a scenic drive through Brittany to the Loire Valley for your overnight stay in Blois. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Loire Valley–Chenonceau Castle–Bordeaux

Visit the 16th-century castle of Catherine de Medici, lovely CHENONCEAU, a fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. Continue to Bordeaux, and join your Tour Director for a walking tour through this pretty city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savor dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Chateau Chenonceau 
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DAY 7Bordeaux. Excursion to St. Emilion

In the morning you can join an optional excursion to Arcachon. Situated at the southern entrance of the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla. This afternoon, your highlight is a visit to St. Emilion, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite an exclusive WINE TASTING at Château Soutard awaits you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Bordeaux–Biarritz–Lourdes

A wonderful stop at the coast to visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort. Continue to Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, and this evening, you can join the memorable rosary and candlelight procession. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Lourdes–Carcassonne–Nîmes

From Lourdes to the beautifully preserved, medieval, walled town of Carcassonne for a leisurely walk on the ancient BATTLEMENTS and time to explore the town on your own. Continue to pretty Nîmes for your overnight stay. Find out what both this city and Genoa, in Italy, have to do with jeans! (Breakfast, Dinner)

View of Genoa from port 
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DAY 10Nîmes–Aix-En-Provence–Nice–Monte Carlo

This morning, drive through the splendid vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon and arrive at Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Later, head for Nice. Join your Tour Director for a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. Spend the next two nights in Monte Carlo. (Breakfast)

Provence Lavender Fields See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence 
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DAY 11Monte Carlo

Enjoy this enchanting resort on the Côte d’Azur at your own pace. Browse through the elegant shops or you may wish to join an optional excursion to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence. (Breakfast)

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DAY 12Monte Carlo–Grasse–Grenoble

Arrive in Grasse, where an expert will give Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a lecture about perfume making in the famous Fragonard PERFUME FACTORY. You will get a special little gift to take home with you. Next, drive along the spectacular Route Napoleon through the French Alps past medieval towns to Grenoble. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 13Grenoble–Lyon–Dijon

Leave the Alps and arrive in Lyon. Orientation features a panoramic view from FOURVIÈRE HILL with its basilica to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city and its Roman ruins. Then, drive north into Burgundy, where road signs read like the wine list of an expensive restaurant. On to Dijon, which was the capital of Burgundy from the 11th to the 15th centuries. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, then have the rest of the afternoon to browse the shops and enjoy this charming city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Lyon, France 
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DAY 14Dijon–Paris

Enjoy a ride on the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. In the afternoon, an optional excursion to the magnificent Louvre Museum is available to admire the Mona Lisa, and to the Moulin Rouge dinner show, the best way to say, “Au Revoir, Paris.” (Breakfast)

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Louvre

Louvre


Today, a thick pane of bullet-proof security glass keeps artlovers a safe distance from the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, Wife of Francesco Giacondo,” known in French as “La Joconde” and English as the “Mona Lisa.” But back in 1911, it was simply hung on the walls of the Musée du Louvre like any other canvas. That was until a former museum employee named Vincenzo Perrugia strolled into the gallery before opening hours on August 21, noticed the room was empty, took down the Mona Lisa and walked out of the Louvre with it under a painting smock. When the loss was finally noticed, the police were mystified. For two years, the whereabouts of the masterpiece was unknown, while French detectives made various wild guesses. (It had been stolen by the Germans. By anarchists. By evil geniuses. By lunatics.) They actually arrested the country’s top art critic, Guillame Apollinaire, then let him free. Then, out of the blue in 1913, an Italian art dealer in Florence was contacted by a man calling himself “Leonardo” who claimed to have the Mona Lisa and wanted to see it hang in the Uffizi, Italy’s top art museum. Although he found it hard to believe that the thief could be so reckless, the dealer tipped off the police and agreed to meet the strange Leonardo in a Milan hotel room. There, the nondescript fellow opened his suitcase, emptied out his socks and underwear, opened up a false bottom in the case to reveal the Mona Lisa – and was immediately arrested.
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DAY 15Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; high-speed first-class TGV train



Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 8 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Paris and special dinners in St. Malo and in Bordeaux


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

PHILIPPE TOUZET

Years of Experience: 26 years

A native of France, Philippe is an expert at showing visitors the very best of his country. From Paris' major attractions-the Louvre with its celebrated Mona Lisa, the Arc de Triomphe, iconic Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral-to the must-see highlights outside the city-Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles, the French Riviera, WWII landing beaches at Normandy, and the fantastic châteaux, wine regions, and places to savor French cuisine-he is eager to reveal the true spirit of France.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the La France:

  • Bordeaux, Port of the Moon
  • Historic fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Jurisdiction of Saint Emilion
  • Mont Saint Michel and its Bay
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (Chambord Castle)