Beautiful France (RD) - 2014 / 2015

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16 days from Paris to Paris


Beautiful France
Vineyard in Beaune, France
Vineyard in Beaune, France
Palace of the Popes
Eiffel Tower
Pont du Gard
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Provence Lavender Fields
Notre Dame Cathedral
See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower

Vacation Overview

This in-depth vacation shows you the most well-known and lesser-known highlights of beautiful France. Start in Paris visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a walking tour in Troy, capital of champagne, and enter Burgundy. Two nights in Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois allow for excursions to the picturesque towns of Dijon and Beaune, where a wine tasting at the famous Marché Aux Vins to try out the various Burgundy wines is included. Continue to the French Alps and stay in the famous ski resort of Chamonix, where a traditional Fondue Savoyarde awaits you at Chamonix’ most popular Brasserie de l’M. Via Aix-les-Bains and Chambéry join the famous Route Napoleon and enjoy spectacular views of the Alps. Stop in Grasse to visit Fragonard’s perfume factory to learn about the art of perfume-making, then arrive in Cannes on the Côte d’Azur for your two-night-stay. An excursion to Nice has been included and optional excursions to the artist town of St. Paul de Vence and Monte Carlo are available. Next is Provence: visit Aix-en-Provence; Avignon, with a visit to the magnificent Palace of the Popes; and the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct. Also stop in Arles, to visit its Amphitheater, and Nîmes, a former Roman colony dating back to before 28 BC. Via medieval Carcassonne, continue into the Dordogne, stop in Cahors, and arrive in Périgueux, an important stop on the St. James of Compostela Pilgrim’s way. In Bordeaux, board the high-speed TGV train to Paris, where a farewell dinner at a local restaurant awaits you.


PARIS
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel Tower

TROYES
Walking tour

BURGUNDY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Stay two nights in Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois

DIJON
Walking tour

BEAUNE
Visit the inner court of Hôtel-Dieu; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wine tasting at the Marché aux Vins wine cellar

CHAMONIX
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Fondue Savoyarde dinner at a local restaurant

GRASSE
Visit a perfume factory

NICE
Walking tour of the Old Town

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour

AVIGNON
Visit the Palace of the Popes

PONT DU GARD
Take pictures of the Roman aqueduct

ARLES
Walking tour, visit the amphitheater

NÎMES
Walking tour, see Maison Carré

CARCASSONNE

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Walk on the ancient battlements

DORDOGNE
Visit Cahors & Rocamadour

PÉRIGUEUX
Walk through the medieval quarter and see St. Front Cathedral

BORDEAUX-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 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 Arc de Triomphe standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle The Eiffel Tower in Paris 
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–Troyes–Burgundy

Start your fascinating journey through France’s most beautiful areas. Stop in Troyes, a former Roman settlement and capital of champagne. Hear about its ancient history and admire the half-timbered houses during your walking tour. Next, concentrate on Burgundy with its numerous châteaux, mouthwatering gourmet food, and excellent wines. Look forward to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite an exciting stay at Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois, your home for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Burgundy. Excursion to Dijon & Beaune

Hear about the powerful Dukes of Dijon during your walking tour of Dijon and admire the ornate buildings along the Rue des Forges. A scenic drive along the vineyards brings you to picturesque Beaune. Visit the INNER COURT of the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu with its magnificent gothic architecture and unusual tiled roof. Next, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a WINE TASTING at the famous Marché Aux Vins wine cellar to try out the various Burgundy wines. (Breakfast)

Vineyard in Beaune, France Vineyard in Beaune, France 
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DAY 5Burgundy–Chamonix

Leave the Burgundy area for an exciting drive into the French Alps to the world-famous ski resort of Chamonix at the foot of the Mont Blanc, where the first Winter Olympics were held in 1924. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A traditional Fondue Savoyarde dinner awaits you at Chamonix’ most popular Brasserie de l’M. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 6Chamonix–Chambéry

Morning at leisure to explore this pretty town and enjoy its healthy air before leaving for Aix-les-Bains, a former Roman settlement at Lake Bourget, which for almost 2,000 years has been frequented by people to visit the sulphur springs. Overnight in Chambéry. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Chambéry–Grasse–Cannes

This morning, join the famous Route Napoleon, the road Napoleon took when he escaped from Elba. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alps on your way south and stop in Grasse for a visit of one of France’s most famous PERFUME FACTORIES, Fragonard. Learn everything there is to know about the centuries-old art of perfume making before arriving at the French Côte d’Azur. Time to enjoy the private beach with sunbed and umbrella at your hotel in Cannes. (Breakfast)

Cannes is one of the best known cities of the French Riviera 
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DAY 8Cannes. Excursion to Nice

Join your Tour Director for a walk to the OLD TOWN of Nice this morning to see the flower market. Time to dabble in the Mediterranean Sea or to stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Choose from our optional excursions to the artists’ town of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo to see the palace and church in the Old Town of Monaco and to visit the world-famous casino. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Cannes–Aix-En-Provence–Avignon

Visit one of France’s most elegant cities, Aix-en-Provence. It was the birthplace of Cézanne and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Enjoy a walk through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau, and admire its famous cafés and fountains. Don’t forget to try out the local calissons confectionery. Next is Avignon, a city completely surrounded by a wall at the Rhône River with the famous bridge of the song Sur le Pont d’Avignon. (Breakfast)

Avignon Palace of Popes See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence Provence Lavender Fields 
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DAY 10Avignon

This morning, start with a visit to the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES, and hear about the time that the popes resided in Avignon during the turbulent 14th century. Afternoon at leisure; choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

Avignon Palace of Popes 
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DAY 11Avignon–Pont Du Gard–Arles–Nîmes

Stop at the impressive Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 1st century as part of the Nîmes aqueduct that was constructed by the Romans to bring water from the spring of Uzès. Continue into the Camargue and stop in Arles, a former Roman settlement. Follow your Tour Director for a walk through its narrow streets and relive the Roman times when you visit its AMPHITHEATER. Arrive in Nîmes, another former Roman colony dating back to before 28 BC, and admire the magnificent Maison Carré, one of the best preserved temples in the former Roman Empire during your orientation of the OLD TOWN. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Pont du Gard 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 12Nîmes–Carcassonne

In the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a leisurely walk on the ancient BATTLEMENTS, and time to wander through the narrow little streets before checking in at your hotel. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Carcassonne–Cahors–Rocamadour–Périgueux

Enter the Dordogne, a fascinating area with a history that goes back 25,000 years and still has visible traces of those times. It is also famous for the coveted black truffles. Stop in Cahors, a city that became very wealthy through banking and trading in the 13th and 14th centuries. Admire the impressive Pont Valentré, dating back to the 14th century, and hear about the turbulent times during the Hundred Years’ War and about the Black Death. Next, a true highlight: visit Rocamadour, spectacularly built against a cliff and a well-known stop over the centuries for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Continue to Périgueux for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Santiago de Compostela is visited by over 100,000 pilgrims a year 
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DAY 14Périgueux

Périgueux was an important Roman center and today is renowned for its delicious fois-gras pate. Join your Tour Director for a walk through its medieval quarter and see the St. Front Cathedral built on the St. James of Compostela Pilgrim’s Way. This afternoon, maybe an optional excursion to Château de Hautefort, one of the most prestigious castles in the area, followed by dinner. (Breakfast)

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DAY 15Périgueux–Bordeaux–Paris

Drive to Bordeaux and board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your journey through beautiful France. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 16Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

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



Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Paris and a special dinner in Chamonix


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.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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

  • Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
  • Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
  • Historic fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)