Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country with London (RCE)

12 Day Tour from Paris to London

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This France tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus Brittany, the Loire Valley, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in a short amount of time—with overnights in Paris, elegant Deauville, Caen, Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.

World War II history comes to life as you focus on some of the locations involved in D-Day, June 6, 1944. You’ll visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and Juno Beach Center and Park. Go even further back in history when you visit the famous 8th-century Abbey of Mont St. Michel perched on a rocky isle; the 13th-century gothic cathedral in Chartres; and the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord in the Loire Valley, and a huge castle with towers on all corners. Also visit the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, and a fairy-tale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers.

To give you a sense of the culture, Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary treats. Enjoy a special visit to Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, created by the master himself; and a wine tasting at a wine cellar in Civray de Touraine.

At the end of your tour, transfer to London by high-speed Eurostar train. Enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing of all the famous landmarks. All services in London, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

From the scenic beauty and historical sights to the charming experiences, this France tour—plus London—is a dream vacation!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the courtyard of Les Invalides
GIVERNY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the home and gardens of Claude MonetROUEN Walking tour, admire the façade of the cathedral
DEAUVILLE
Orientation
NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit Juno Beach Center and Park, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach with the Monument to the Braves, and the American Cemetery and Memorial
BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum
MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey
CHÂTEAUBRIANT
Morning break
ANGERS
Take pictures of the castle
LOIRE VALLEY
Full-day guided sightseeing excursion, visit Chambord and Chenonceau Castles
CIVRAY DE TOURAINE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar
CHARTRES
Visit the gothic cathedral
PARIS-LONDON
By high-speed Eurostar Train
LONDON
Guided sightseeing including famous landmarks

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:

  • Chartres Cathedral
  • Mont Saint Michel and its Bay
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (Chambord and Chenonceau Castle)

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Paris

 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 to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, is available. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Opéra, Madeleine, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and a visit to the impressive COURTYARD of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally meant as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. Later, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 PARIS–GIVERNY–ROUEN–DEAUVILLE.

In Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Giverny, a highlight visit has been included to CLAUDE MONET’S HOUSE AND GARDENS. The master of Impressionism created the flower- and water gardens himself, an inspiration for his famous water lily series. Continue to Rouen and admire the façade of the cathedral, which was one of Monet’s favorite subjects for his Series Paintings, where he captured how a subject was visually influenced by the ever-changing light. Twenty paintings of the cathedral existed, and many are today in Paris’ Orsay Museum. Time to stroll along the lovely cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Horloge leading to the square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Arrive in Deauville. This seaside resort is famous for its international film festival, and became home to the French high society. Don’t forget to walk the Promenade des Planches, boards in tropical wood, built in 1923 so that the elegant ladies could walk on the beach without spoiling their dresses.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 DEAUVILLE–NORMANDY BEACHES–CAEN

Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Take pictures of the Pegasus Bridge, visit JUNO BEACH CENTER and PARK, then stop at Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches. Next is POINTE DU HOC. At OMAHA BEACH, see the Monument to the Braves, and visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY and memorial. Continue to Caen for your overnight stay.

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Day 5 CAEN–BAYEUX–MONT ST. MICHEL.

In Bayeux, admire QUEEN MATILDA’S TAPESTRY, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. Time to further explore the town center before continuing to the Gulf of Saint-Malo. Look forward to a guided visit of the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, with a history going back to the 8th-century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Overnight on the coast near Mont St. Michel.

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Day 6 MONT ST. MICHEL–CHÂTEAUBRIANT–ANGERS–LOIRE VALLEY

Drive straight across Brittany via Châteaubriant to Angers, and take pictures of the impressive 13th-century castle. Then, continue your journey to the Loire Valley. Tonight, why not sample French cuisine at one of the area’s excellent restaurants?

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Day 7 LOIRE VALLEY. EXCURSION TO CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY.

A wonderful day: visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, CHÂTEAU CHAMBORD. The castle is the largest château in the Loire Valley, originally built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. Next is the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, lovely CHENONCEAU. End this fascinating day with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your hotel.

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Day 8 LOIRE VALLEY–CHARTRES–PARIS.

On your way to Paris, stop in Chartres and visit its superb 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL—a jewel of medieval architecture. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Seine River as a proper au revoir, Paris!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 PARIS–LONDON

Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN (standard class) to London. Your Local Host can help you maximize your time.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 LONDON

Morning guided sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks. Optional excursions are available.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 LONDON

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 LONDON

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
Deauville
Caen
Mont St. Michel
Tours
London

 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
Deauville
Loire Valley
London

Paris

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: $$$$

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: $$

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

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

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: $$

Deauville

Dinner in Honfleur

Dinner in Honfleur

Visit the place where the Seine River begins and where artists have flocked for centuries: Honfleur with its captivating old harbor, medieval Old Town, and coastal charm.

Price Range: $$

Loire Valley

Dinner in the Loire Valley

Dinner in the Loire Valley

Experience the French Cuisine with a dinner

Price Range: $$

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

A traditional dining experience followed by a nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

Price Range: $$

Dinner and Theatre

Dinner and Theatre

Your evening includes tickets to your choice of show, and a two-course pre-theatre meal at a specially chosen restaurant just a short distance from the theatre. Your meal will be served in a friendly, efficient manner to ensure you reach the theatre in plenty of time for the show. Full details about your restaurant, along with relevant vouchers, will be provided when you arrive in London. This package is an excellent value, and is often cheaper than buying a theatre ticket alone.

Price Range: $$

London Eye

London Eye

At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes offering spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.

Price Range: $

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never wanted to tell you. Live actors, scary rides, shows and special effects, transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough?

Price Range: $

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

A thousand years of royal history await at Windsor Castle on this fascinating peek behind the scenes at the Queen's favorite castle.

Price Range: $$

London Zoo

London Zoo

Visit one of the world's great zoos, with more than 15,000 animals to see and animal displays throughout the day.

Price Range: $

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

From Henry VIII and "Bloody" Queen Mary to the ghostly Grey Lady and the puzzling hedge maze, you'll be positively captivated by rich history and infamous characters during your half-day visit of magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

Price Range: $

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Visit the underground command station of Britain's war effort, which contains the world's only museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill.

Price Range: $

Sea Life London

Sea Life London

With 17 themed zones and over 600 species of marine life, SEA LIFE London Aquarium will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing sea creatures, from sharks to rare Green Sea Turtles, from jellyfish to rays, from clownfish to blue tangs.

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience

River Cruise Experience

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Price Range: $

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was once Princess Diana's home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. The splendid State Apartments are on view to the public.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Come and unlock its secrets.

Price Range: $$

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper

This evening excursion takes you through the dark side of London, where you hear about the murderous activities of the infamous Jack the Ripper and other notorious, dark characters.

Price Range: $

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Walk the red carpet at the legendary Madame Tussauds London and meet the world's most famous stars from Hollywood to Bollywood, and The Royal Family to Rock Royalty.

Price Range: $

Shownight

Shownight

A wonderful escorted evening in London's theater district starts with a delicious dinner, followed by excellent seats at your chosen show.

Price Range: $$$$

Soho Food Tour

Soho Food Tour

Join this walking guided tour for an unforgettable evening of eating, drinking, and having fun in the buzzing, fast-paced, vibrant Soho that truly shaped London's history and culinary reputation.

Price Range: $$$

Lunch in the Cotswolds

Lunch in the Cotswolds

A fully guided day in the Cotswolds includes lunch, and takes in some of the most beautiful English villages.

Price Range: $$$

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Next we head to Bath and arrive in time for lunch (not included). Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Price Range: $$$

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

From the opulent Crown Jewels to the uniformed Beefeaters and infamous ravens, this fascinating excursion introduces you to the Tower of London, one of the country's most famous castle fortresses.

Price Range: $$

RIB Boat

RIB Boat

Experience an action-packed 50 minute long trip on London's River Thames in a high-speed, rigid inflatable boat (RIB) tour.

Price Range: $$

Classic Rock and Beatles Tour

Classic Rock and Beatles Tour

Learn what made London swing in the `60s and rock in the `70s and `80s on this exciting guided excursion that focuses on the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and many other music legends.

Price Range: $$

London Private Guided Tour

London Private Guided Tour

Enjoy your own exclusive, fully qualified London guide. Arrange your own itinerary ahead of time and visit all the places in London that you have always wanted to see.

Price Range: $$$$

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Visit the reconstructed Globe Theatre, opened in 1997 and dedicated to Shakespeare's work.

Price Range: $

Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

From the "City of Dreaming Spires" to the birthplace of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"...and from charming thatch-roofed cottages to mighty thousand-year-old castles, this exciting full-day excursion to Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and the magical Cotswolds has it all.

Price Range: $$$

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Price Range: $$$

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