La France (RA)

16 days from Paris to Paris

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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

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
[LF] Orientation by little train

ESSÉ
[LF] 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, [LF] enjoy a lecture on the history of perfume-making

FRENCH RIVIERA
Drive along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice

ORANGE
Visit the amphitheater

LYON
[LF] private cruise with Local Guide, visit Old Lyon

DIJON
Orientation

DIJON–PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class)

Notes:

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

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.

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.
Dinner Dinner

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
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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: [LF] 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 [LF] 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
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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 [LF] 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
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

LYON–DIJON. Sit back and relax during [LF] 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. 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

BORDEAUX

MERCURE BORDEAUX CHATEAU CHARTRONS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

CAEN

MERCURE CAEN CENTRE PORT DE PLAISANCE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DIJON

OCEANIA LE JURA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LOIRE VALLEY

MERCURE BLOIS CENTRE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LOURDES

GRAND GALLIA & LONDRES

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LYON

MERCURE LYON CENTRE CHATEAU PERRACHE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

NICE

ELLINGTON

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

NIMES

NOVOTEL ATRIA NIMES CENTRE

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PARIS

PARIS MARRIOTT RIVE GAUCHE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ST. MALO

OCEANIA HOTEL ST. MALO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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