La France (RA)

15 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

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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 climb aboard. All of this and much more are included on this France guided tour that starts and ends in Paris and has overnights also in Bayeux, St. Malo, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Nîmes, the French Riviera, Lyon, and Dijon.

A French vacation would not be complete without a visit to a castle. 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. 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 Brittany, you will visit megalithic tomb La Roche-aux-Fées, which dates back to 3000 BC. 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 escorted tour of France. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; ascend the Eiffel Tower; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
HONFLEUR
Visit the seaside resort
BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum
NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha beach
MONT ST. MICHEL
Lunch at a local restaurant; guided visit of the abbey
ESSÉ
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit La Roche-aux-Fees
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; 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
Drive along the Promenade des Anglais
AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour
LYON
Panoramic view from Fourvière Hill; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private cruise with Local Guide, visit Old Lyon
DIJON
Orientation
DIJON–PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class)

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • 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)

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. Then, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER to get a first impression of the “City of Light.”

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Day 2 PARIS

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the impressive Palace and Garden of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. 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. This evening, why not join an optional cabaret show?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 PARIS–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.

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Day 4 BAYEUX–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. Enjoy an included lunch before you visit the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, spectacularly perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo.

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Day 5 ST. MALO–ESSÉ–ANGERS–LOIRE VALLEY

Enjoy a scenic drive through Brittany and stop in Essé to visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite La Roche-aux-Fees, a dolmen dating back to 3500-3000 BC. Then, enter the Loire Valley, and 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.

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Day 6 LOIRE 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 at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant.

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Day 7 BORDEAUX. EXCURSION TO ST. EMILION

Morning at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions. This afternoon, your highlight is a visit to St. Emilion, where an exclusive WINE TASTING at Château Soutard awaits you.

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Day 8 BORDEAUX–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, join the memorable Rosary and candlelight procession.

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Day 9 LOURDES–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!

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Day 10 NÎMES–GRASSE–FRENCH RIVIERA

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. Then, drive along the Mediterranean coast and the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

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Day 11 FRENCH RIVIERA AT LEISURE

Enjoy enchanting Côte d’Azur at your own pace. Visit the beach or browse through the elegant shops; you may wish to join an optional excursion to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence, or to Monte Carlo.

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Day 12 FRENCH RIVIERA–AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE–LYON

Drive through splendid vineyards 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.

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Day 13 LYON–DIJON

Start today with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a PRIVATE CRUISE on the Rhône and Sâone Rivers 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.

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Day 14 DIJON–PARIS

Enjoy a ride on the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. You may wish to join the optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the Seine River.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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

Escorting tours for more than 20 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.

Tour Director - PHILIPPE TOUZET

 Accommodations

Paris
Bayeux
St. Malo
Loire Valley
Bordeaux
Lourdes
Nimes
Nice
Lyon
Dijon
Paris

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Paris
Bayeux
Loire Valley
Bordeaux
French Riviera

Paris

Palace of Versailles Visit

Palace of Versailles Visit

Spend part of your day like a French aristocrat, strolling through the halls and gardens of Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles.

Price Range: $$

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enter the exhilarating Belle Époque world of champagne, fine French cuisine, music, lights, thousands of glittering costumes, and an evening of Moulin Rouge cabaret you will never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

Enjoy a cruise on the River Seine and a visit to Montmartre.

Price Range: $$

Bayeux

WWII, Atlantic Wall and Artificial Port

WWII, Atlantic Wall and Artificial Port

Experience the World War II D-Day landing beaches.

Price Range: $

Loire Valley

Dinner in the Loire Valley

Dinner in the Loire Valley

Experience the French Cuisine with a dinner

Price Range: $$

Bordeaux

The Great Dune of Pyla and Arcachon

The Great Dune of Pyla and Arcachon

Enjoy the Aquitaine region with its Great Duna of Pyla and visit Arcachon

Price Range: $

French Riviera

Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner

Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner

Take in breathtaking views of the French Riviera on your way to a typical restaurant for dinner.

Price Range: $$

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Enjoy the lovely medieval Provencal village of St. Paul de Vence

Price Range: $

Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner

Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner

Enjoy a delicious French dinner, with wine and a walking tour of the Old Town.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $3,573*
12 guests in a party: $1,738*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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