La France (RA)

16 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

2020 Tour Details

You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit one of them at Omaha. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your turn to participate in a wine tasting in Bordeaux country. You’ve heard of the high-speed TGV train—now’s you will get the opportunity to ride on it. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris with guided sightseeing, and has overnights also in Caen, St. Malo, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Carcassonne, Aix-en-Provence, the French Riviera, Lyon, and Dijon.

A French vacation would not be complete without a visit to a castle and on this tour, Visit the 16th-century castle of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, a fairytale castle complete with moat and towers. You’ll also visit the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on a rocky isle which 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. In Grasse visit one of France’s most famous perfume factories and learn about the history of perfume making. In Brittany, visit the Neolithic dolmen La Roche-aux-Fées, which dates back to 3500-3000 BC. In Lyon, sit back and let a Local Guide explain the sights on a private river cruise. In Orange a visit to the well-preserved Roman Amphitheater.

All of this—plus walking tours to explore Bordeaux, the medieval, walled town of Carcassonne, and the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence—are included on the magnificent La France tour, the vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, orientation drive, guided sightseeing, visit the courtyard of Les Invalides
CAEN
Visit the Memorial Museum for Peace
NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha beach
MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey
SAINT-MALO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Orientation by little train
ESSÉ
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit La Roche-aux-Fées
ANGERS
Orientation
LOIRE VALLEY
Visit Chenonceau Castle
BORDEAUX
Dinner at the Brasserie Bordelaise; walking tour; wine tasting
ARCACHON
Stop in the seaside resort
DUNE DU PILAT
Marvel at the tallest sand dune in Europe
BIARRITZ
Orientation
LOURDES
Visit St. Bernadette’s grotto
CARCASSONNE
Walk by the ancient battlements
AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour
GRASSE
Visit a perfume factory, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a lecture on the history of perfume-making
FRENCH RIVIERA
Drive along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
ORANGE
Visit the amphitheater
LYON
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.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

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 (Chenonceau Castle)

Transportation:

Motorcoach; high-speed, first-class TGV train.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners including dinners at a local restaurant in Paris and 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 a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

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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 Opéra, Madeleine, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the impressive COURTYARD of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally built as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. This evening, why not join an optional cabaret show?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 PARIS–CAEN. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY BEACHES

Arrive in Caen and visit the fascinating MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOR PEACE with its great exhibits and audiovisual show about the Battle of Normandy. Continue to the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop in Arromanches and see the Mulberry Harbor. Then, drive to OMAHA BEACH for a picture stop and visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY and memorial.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km

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Day 4 CAEN–MONT ST. MICHEL–SAINT-MALO

Visit the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, with a history going back to the 8th century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Look forward to another highlight: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite in the corsair city of Saint-Malo ride the LITTLE TRAIN, the best way to fully discover the historic walled town with Saint Vincent’s Cathedral and St. Peter’s Gate. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gulf of Saint-Malo.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

Breakfast Breakfast

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

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. On your way to the Loire Valley, enjoy an orientation of the beautiful town of Angers. This evening, you may wish to sample traditional cuisine at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km

Breakfast Breakfast

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 elegant city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savor dinner at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

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Day 7 BORDEAUX

Today, an exclusive WINE TASTING has been arranged for you to learn all about the local wines for which the Bordeaux area is famous. Balance of the day is at leisure with the possibility to join an optional excursion to the charming village of Saint Emilion.

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Day 8 BORDEAUX–ARCACHON–DUNE DU PILAT–BIARRITZ

Stop in the seaside town of Arcachon, famous for oyster harvesting, and marvel at the Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe. Arrive in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village. Time to relax and enjoy the beach or browse through the little shops. Your Tour Director will have suggestions how to make the most of your stay.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 BIARRITZ–LOURDES–CARCASSONNE

In Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites, visit the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Next is the beautifully preserved, medieval, walled town of Carcassonne.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km

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Day 10 CARCASSONNE–AIX-EN-PROVENCE

This morning, enjoy a leisurely walk by the ancient battlements before continuing to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities, and birthplace of painter Cézanne, that has always attracted artists from all over the world. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour through the center of the town and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 AIX-EN-PROVENCE–GRASSE–FRENCH RIVIERA

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, enjoy spectacular views as you drive along the Mediterranean coast and the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 FRENCH RIVIERA

A full day at leisure on the enchanting Côte d’Azur gives you a chance to visit the beach or browse through the elegant shops. Optional excursions are available to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo to try your luck at the Casino!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 FRENCH RIVIERA–ORANGE–LYON

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans and arrive in Orange, Visit the ROMAN THEATER, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in France. Next is Lyon, the third largest city of France.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi / 480 km

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Day 14 LYON–DIJON

Sit back and relax during 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 to discover the Traboules, secret, hidden passageways winding their way through buildings and along staircases, with a history going back to the 4th century. Continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy and famous for mustard. During your orientation, hear about the dukes who ruled over the area, admire the architecture, and learn about toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs).
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 DIJON–PARIS

Ride the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris, where an optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the Seine River, is available.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 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. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are 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
Caen
St. Malo
Loire Valley
Bordeaux
Biarritz
Carcassonne
Aix en Provence
Nice
Lyon
Dijon

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Paris
Loire Valley
French Riviera

Paris

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King

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 & the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile & 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 River Cruise and Montmartre Discovery

Seine River Cruise and Montmartre Discovery

Get a whole new perspective of the City of Light on this exciting half-day excursion featuring a Seine River cruise and time to explore the stunning hilltop artist district of Montmartre.

Price Range: $

Loire Valley

Dinner in the Loire Valley

Dinner in the Loire Valley

Spend a remarkable evening in the celebrated Loire Valley, savoring a delicious 3-course dinner of French cuisine at a lovely local restaurant.

Price Range: $$

French Riviera

Scenic Drive & Dinner on the French Riviera

Scenic Drive & Dinner on the French Riviera

Enjoy a memorable evening on the French Riviera during this exceptional outing featuring a drive along the breathtaking corniche and a traditional dinner in Eze.

Price Range: $$

French Riviera with Saint-Paul de Vence

French Riviera with Saint-Paul de Vence

Discover the wonders of the French Riviera on this exciting half-day excursion to the lovely hilltop village of Saint-Paul de Vence.

Price Range: $

Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner

Monte Carlo by Night and Dinner

The tiny Principality of Monaco delivers a big experience on this unforgettable evening excursion featuring guided sightseeing and an exquisite dinner in Monte Carlo.

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: $3,207*
18 guests in a party: $667*

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 2019 travel year. 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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