French Sampler (RB) - 2016

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8 Day Tour from Paris to Monte Carlo


French Sampler
Provence Lavender Fields
Provence Lavender Fields
Avignon Palace of Popes
Pont du Gard
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Vineyard in Beaune, France
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Vineyard in Beaune, France
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Palace of the Popes

Vacation Overview

From its vibrant cities and charming, smaller towns to the beautiful countryside and sumptuous cuisine, France has it all. On this French Sampler tour, you'll get a sample of what France has to offer with overnights in Paris, Beaune, Aix-en-Provence, and Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Highlights of this French tour include guided sightseeing of Paris with a visit to magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, and an elevator ride to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Just imagine the views from this vantage point! A visit to the remarkable Palace and Gardens of Versailles is sure to delight. The principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI, it is nothing short of spectacular. Another tour highlight is an excursion from Monte Carlo to Nice, where you'll have time to walk along the famous seaside boulevard, Promenade des Anglais, and admire the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

On this French tour, Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences. You'll enjoy wine tasting in Beaune, capital of the Burgundy region. In the Provençal town of Aix-en-Provence, where you'll stay two nights, enjoy a café au lait with calissons (a traditional French confectionery) at a historical café. On an excursion to Èze, create your own fragrance at a famous perfume factory.

These are just some of the many highlights included on this marvelous tour traveling through France and ending in Monte Carlo. It's a marvelous vacation experience!

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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

VERSAILLES
Visit the palace and gardens

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

PONT DU GARD
Take pictures of the Roman aqueduct

AVIGNON
Walking tour, take pictures of the Palace of the Popes

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a café au lait with calissons at Les Deux Garçons

ST. PAUL DE VENCE
Walking tour

MONTE CARLO
Drive along the Basse and Moyenne Corniches; visit Nice; in Èze, visit a perfume factory and create your own fragrance; and a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant

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. Also enjoy an orientation drive to get a first impression of the “City of Light.” (Dinner)

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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. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River. (Breakfast)

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.
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–Versailles–Beaune

Enjoy a special visit to the impressive PALACE AND GARDENS OF VERSAILLES. Then, enter Burgundy and arrive in Beaune, capital of the region, where a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING awaits you at the renowned Marché aux Vins wine cellar. Admire the famous Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame Basilica before continuing to your hotel. (Breakfast)

Vineyard in Beaune, France Brilliant stained glass inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Canada Vineyard in Beaune, France 
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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 made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy. Next is the pleasant town of Aix-en-Provence, where you will stay for two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

See the seemingly never ending lavender fields in Provence Provence Lavender Fields Avignon Palace of Popes Pont du Gard 
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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) at the historical café Les Deux Garҫons. Balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

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

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 tiny 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)

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DAY 7Monte Carlo. Excursion to Nice & Èze, France

Morning at leisure to dabble in the blue Mediterranean Sea, and to get ready for an exciting included excursion: start with a scenic drive along the Basse Corniche and arrive in Nice, “Queen of the Riviera.” Time to walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Then, continue to Èze along the Moyenne Corniche with spectacular views. Here, enjoy a unique highlight: visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 
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DAY 8Monte Carlo

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

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Transportation

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



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.

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.

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. Learn how Globus is reducing transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.




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)