Normandy, Brittany & Châteaux Country with London (RCE)

12 Day Tour from Paris to London

2020 Tour Details

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, 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: Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, and more. Go even further back in history with a visit to the famous 8th-century Abbey of Mont St. Michel perched on a rocky isle; the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord in the Loire Valley, a huge castle with towers on all corners; and the 16th-century château of Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau, a fairytale castle complete with moat 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 home in Giverny, including the gardens that were 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, including a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. 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, orientation drive, guided sightseeing, visit the courtyard of Les Invalides
GIVERNY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet
ROUEN
Walking tour, admire the façade of the cathedral
DEAUVILLE
Orientation
NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and cemetery with the Monument to the Braves
BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum
MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey
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
PARIS-LONDON
By high-speed Eurostar Train
LONDON
Guided sightseeing including famous landmarks

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:

  • 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.

 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 glimpse at 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, 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. Later, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

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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, the seaside resort famous for its international film festival that 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.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km

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Day 4 DEAUVILLE–NORMANDY BEACHES–CAEN

Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop first at POINTE DU HOC, then OMAHA BEACH to visit the CEMETERY and see the Monument to the Braves. Continue onto Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches; at Juno Beach see Canada House, before taking pictures of the Pegasus Bridge. Proceed to Caen for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km

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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.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km

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Day 6 MONT ST. MICHEL–ANGERS–LOIRE VALLEY

Drive straight across Brittany 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?
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km

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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 largest castle 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.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi / 230 km

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Day 8 LOIRE VALLEY–PARIS

Return to Paris, with the possibility to join optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Seine River, as a proper au revoir, Paris.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

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.

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Day 10 LONDON

Morning guided sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks and a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL. Optional excursions are available.

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Day 11 LONDON

Your Local Hosts will have interesting suggestions for your day at leisure.

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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 a 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

 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
London

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: $$

London

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: $

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: $$

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: $

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: $

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: $

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: $$$

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: $$

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: $$$$

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Visit stunning Highclere Castle where the Downton Abbey TV series was filmed. Soak up the atmosphere of Oxford and hear about life in the famous university town.

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: $$$

Ticket to Ride: The Beatles in London

Ticket to Ride: The Beatles in London

Over 50 major Beatles sites are visited, charting the Beatlemania years from 1962 to 1970, and their solo years thereafter. No other London Beatles tour covers as many central London sites and locations in a single tour.

Price Range: $$

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