La France (RA) - 2016

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15 Day Tour from Paris to Paris


La France
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Chateau Chenonceau
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Mont St-Michel in Normandy, France
Provence Lavender Fields
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence
Lyon, France

Vacation Overview

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to not only see it, but to take an elevator to the second floor. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit one of them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to participate in a wine tasting in Bordeaux. You’ve heard of the high-speed TGV train—now’s your chance to ride on it. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris and has overnights also in Bayeux, St. Malo, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Nîmes, Monte Carlo, Lyon, and Dijon.

A French vacation would not be complete without a visit to a castle and on this tour, you’ll visit the 16th-century castle of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, a fairytale castle with a moat and towers. You’ll also visit the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel, A UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on a rocky isle that has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Another famous place of pilgrimage is Lourdes. Here, visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858 and at night, join the rosary and candlelight procession—a memorable and special experience offered by Globus. Another out-of-the-ordinary experience on this French tour is a lecture about perfume-making from an expert at one of France’s most famous perfume factories. In Lyon, you’ll take a private river cruise with a Local Guide who will explain the sights.

All of this—plus visits to the medieval, walled town of Carcassonne and the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence—are included on this marvelous tour through France. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!

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PARIS
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel Tower

HONFLEUR
Visit these seaside resorts

BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum

NORMANDY BEACHES
Stop at Omaha Beach and visit the American Cemetery

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

ANGERS
Orientation

LOIRE VALLEY
Visit Chenonceau Castle

BORDEAUX
Walking tour, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner at the Brasserie Bordelaise

ST. EMILION
Wine tasting at Château Soutard

BIARRITZ
Visit the seaside resort

LOURDES
Visit St. Bernadette’s grotto; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite join the rosary and candlelight procession

CARCASSONNE
Walk by the ancient battlements

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

NICE
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais

MONTE CARLO
Stay two nights at the Côte d’Azur

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour

LYON
Orientation including Fourvière Hill

DIJON–PARIS
Orientation, by high-speed TGV train (first-class)

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:.

  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes to the Paris program cannot be excluded.


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. Optional excursions are available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, as well as to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River. (Breakfast)

The Seine River in France 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.
Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower


Imagining Paris without the Eiffel Tower is like London without Big Ben or San Francisco without the Golden Gate Bridge. But no sooner had the architect Gustav Eiffel beaten his 700 competitors in the design competition for the 1889 Centennial Exposition, celebrating a century since the French Revolution, than a vocal outcry began to halt construction of the edifice. Three hundred famous French artists and writers signed a petition in the newspaper “Le Temps” denouncing Eiffel’s radically modern design as “useless and monstrous,” a blight upon the elegant fabric of the City of Light. Others critics were even more vicious, describing the proposed tower as a “tragic street lamp,” a gymnasium apparatus…incomplete, confused and deformed,” “a giant ungainly skeleton,” “a half-built factory pipe,” “a carcass” and even “a hole-riddled suppository.” Nature-lovers argued that it would disturb the flight patterns of Parisian birds. Even as the iron lattice began to rise, Parisians continued to refer to it by the less-than-flattering nickname, “the metal asparagus.” Of course, no sooner had the tower opened in 1889 than the rabid criticism evaporated.
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DAY 3Paris–Honfleur–Bayeux

A pleasant drive through the rural area west of Paris takes you to Honfleur with its enclosed harbor. Time to explore this picturesque town 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

On to the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944, stop at OMAHA BEACH and visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY. Then, continue to the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, spectacularly perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo, and enjoy an included lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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

Enjoy a scenic drive through Brittany to the Loire Valley. Stop in Angers for an orientation of this beautiful town on your way to Blois. This evening you may wish to sample traditional cuisine at a local restaurant. (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 and towers. Continue to Bordeaux, and join your Tour Director for a walking tour through this pretty city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savor Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with wine at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise 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 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, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 by the ancient battlements and time to explore the town on your own. Continue to 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–Grasse–Nice–Monte Carlo, Monaco

This morning, arrive in Grasse, and visit the famous Fragonard Usine Historique, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite an expert will give a lecture about PERFUME-MAKING. Later, head for Nice, and drive along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Spend the next two nights in Monte Carlo. (Breakfast)

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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–Aix-En-Provence, France–Lyon

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. Follow your Tour Director for a walking tour through the center of the town. Then, join the main highway of France, the Route du Soleil, to Lyon, and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its Roman ruins from FOURVIÈRE HILL (Breakfast, Dinner)

See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence Provence Lavender Fields Lyon, France 
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DAY 13Lyon–Dijon

Start today with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a PRIVATE RIVER CRUISE with a Local Guide who will explain the sights. Time to walk through OLD LYON and see the Murales, examples of trompe l’oeil, started by a group of students in the ‘70s. Continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, then there is time to browse the shops and enjoy this charming city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 14Dijon–Paris

Enjoy a ride on the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket! (Breakfast)

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DAY 15Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; high-speed first-class TGV train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch with a drink; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Paris and a special dinner 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: 28 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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Tour Directors
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Transportation
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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)