La France (RA)

15 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

2019 Tour Details

You’ve seen photos of Notre Dame Cathedral—now’s your time to not only see it, but to visit it. 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 country. 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 Caen, 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 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 in the evening, 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 Brittany, you will visit the Neolithic dolmen La Roche-aux-Fées, which dates back to 3500-3000 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 tour through France. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
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-Fees
ANGERS
Orientation
LOIRE VALLEY
Visit Chenonceau Castle
BORDEAUX
Walking tour, 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
FRENCH RIVIERA
Drive along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
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.
  • 1944-2019 75th Anniversary Year of D-Day Landing in Normandy

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 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, and Arc de Triomphe. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Windows. 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.

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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.

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.

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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 dinner at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant.

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Day 7 BORDEAUX. EXCURSION TO ST. EMILION

A morning at leisure offers the opportunity to join an exciting optional excursion. Later, enjoy a highlight visit to St. Emilion for an exclusive WINE TASTING at Château Soutard.

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Day 8 BORDEAUX–BIARRITZ–LOURDES

Stop in 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 join the memorable Rosary and candlelight procession this evening.

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Day 9 LOURDES–CARCASSONNE–NÎMES

Travel 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 and 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, enjoy spectacular views as you drive along the Mediterranean coast and the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

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Day 11 FRENCH RIVIERA AT LEISURE

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. To make the most of your stay, optional excursions are available to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo.

Breakfast Breakfast

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

Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities, was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour through the center of the town. Next is Lyon, the second largest city of France. Drive to FOURVIÈRE HILL, and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its Roman ruins before arriving at your hotel.

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Day 13 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 and see the Murales, examples of trompe l’oeil, started by a group of students in the ‘70s. Continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy and famous for mustard. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, admire the architecture, and learn about toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs).

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Day 14 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.

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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
Caen
St. Malo
Loire Valley
Bordeaux
Lourdes
Nimes
Nice
Lyon
Dijon

 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). 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
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 & 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 Cruise and Montmartre

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

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

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 guest in a party: $3,573*
12 guest 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.

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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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