French Sampler (RB) - 2014 / 2015

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8 Day Tour from Paris to Monte Carlo

French Sampler
Vineyard in Beaune, France
Vineyard in Beaune, France
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Palace of the Popes
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Avignon Palace of Popes
Pont du Gard
Promenade des Anglais – promenade along the Mediterranean at Nice, France

Vacation Overview

A wonderful way to see the highlights of France in a week. Meet your traveling companions during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Paris and enjoy an orientation drive to get acquainted with the “City of Light.” Guided sightseeing includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and a ride up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Visit the magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles before arriving in Beaune, Burgundy, where a wine tasting at the famous Marché au Vins awaits you. Travel into Provence and visit Pont du Gard and Avignon, and stay two nights in Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. Here, enjoy a café au lait with calissons, a traditional French confectionery. Via St. Paul de Vence, the famous artist town, arrive in Monte Carlo for your two-night-stay. A special excursion has been included to visit Nice, “Queen of the Riviera” and the famous Fragonard perfume factory in Èze, where you have the chance to create your own fragrance. Of course a special farewell dinner has been included at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your French vacation.

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

Visit the palace and gardens

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Burgundy wine tasting at Marché aux Vins wine cellar

Take pictures of the Roman aqueduct

Walking tour, take pictures of the Palace of the Popes


Walking tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a café au lait with calissons

Walking tour

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Drive along the Basse and Moyenne Corniches; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit a perfume factory and create your own fragrance; farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant in Èze

Walk along the Promenade des Anglais

Headsets throughout the tour

DAY 1Arrive in Paris, France

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


DAY 2Paris

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, and Champs-Elysées. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, and for a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Time to explore Paris on your own or choose from our optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum, to Montmartre, and a cruise on the beautiful Seine river. (Breakfast)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris The Arc de Triomphe standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle The Seine River in France 
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.


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.

DAY 3Paris–Versailles–Beaune

Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent PALACE AND GARDENS OF VERSAILLES before heading for Burgundy. Arrive in Beaune, capital of the region, where a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING awaits you at the famous Marché aux Vins wine cellar. Later, head for your overnight hotel, Le Cep, ideally located in the heart of the medieval town and just a couple of steps away from the famous Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame Basilica. (Breakfast)

Brilliant stained glass inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Canada Vineyard in Beaune, France Vineyard in Beaune, France 

DAY 4Beaune–Pont Du Gard–Avignon–Aix-En-Provence

Stop at Pont du Gard and admire the largest remaining Roman Aqueduct in France, a monumental feat of engineering completed in the year 19 BC. Continue to Avignon, a town on the Rhône River that in the 14th century became the residence of the popes. During your walking tour, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge, and browse through the colorful shops that sell traditional products of the Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and candy, like nougat. Next is the pleasant town of Aix-en-Provence, where you will stay for two days. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Provence Lavender Fields Avignon Palace of Popes See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence Pont du Gard 

DAY 5Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over. Explore its center during your walking tour, wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a café au lait with calissons (a traditional French confectionery). Balance of the day is at leisure. Why not join our optional excursion to spectacular Baux-de-Provence to make the most of your stay? (Breakfast)


DAY 6Aix-En-Provence–St. Paul De Vence–Monte Carlo

Enjoy a highlight visit to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Marvel at the many art galleries and little shops. Then, turn to the glittering Mediterranean Sea and reach the miniature country of Monaco, built on a rocky peninsula and famed for its nightlife. Capture the spirit and beauty of this magical place in your overnight surroundings situated on the Cap d’Ail harbor. You may wish to join an optional excursion to see the palace and royal church of Monaco town, and to try your luck at the Monte Carlo casino. (Breakfast)


DAY 7Monte Carlo. Excursion to Nice & Èze

Morning at leisure to dabble in the blue Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite drive along the Basse Corniche to Nice, “Queen of the Riviera.” Free time to explore and walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Continue along the Moyenne Corniche with spectacular views to the town of Èze. Here, enjoy a unique highlight: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and CREATE YOUR OWN FRAGRANCE before joining a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Promenade des Anglais – promenade along the Mediterranean at Nice, France 

DAY 8Monte Carlo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Nice). (Breakfast)



Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Paris and a special farewell dinner in Èze

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.


Years of Experience: 27 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 French Sampler:

  • Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
  • Palace and Park of Versailles
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)