La France (RA)

15 days from Paris to Paris

2019 Tour Details

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to not only see it, but to take an elevator to the second floor. 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. 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 Bayeux, St. Malo, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Nîmes, Nice, 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 at night, 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 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

Sightseeing:

PARIS
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; ascend the Eiffel Tower; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

HONFLEUR
Visit the seaside resort

BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum

NORMANDY BEACHES
Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha beach

MONT ST. MICHEL
Lunch at a local restaurant; guided visit of the abbey

ESSÉ
[LF] Visit La Roche-aux-Fees

ANGERS
Orientation

LOIRE VALLEY
Visit Chenonceau Castle

BORDEAUX
Walking tour, [LF] a special 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, [LF] enjoy a lecture on the history of perfume making

NICE
Drive along the Promenade des Anglais

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour

LYON
Panoramic view from Fourvière Hill; [LF] private cruise with Local Guide, visit Old Lyon

DIJON
Orientation

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

Headsets throughout the tour

Notes:

NOTE:

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

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; 1 lunch with a drink; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Paris and a special dinner in 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 with wine at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. Then, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER to get a first impression of the “City of Light.”
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Paris. In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Guided sightseeing features the Paris’ main highlights such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and more. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Window. An exciting optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the Seine River is available.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Paris–Honfleur–Bayeux. A pleasant drive through the rural area west of Paris takes you to Honfleur with its enclosed harbor. Time to explore this picturesque town before heading to Bayeux, where you can admire QUEEN MATILDA’S TAPESTRY, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Bayeux–Normandy Beaches–Mont St. Michel–St. Malo. On to the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop at OMAHA BEACH and visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY. Enjoy an included lunch before you visit the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, spectacularly perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo. (B,L)

Day 5

St. Malo–Essé–Angers–Loire Valley. Enjoy a scenic drive through Brittany and stop in Essé to visit [LF] La Roche-aux-Fees, a dolmen dating back to 3500-3000 BC. Then, enter the Loire Valley, and stop in Angers for an orientation of this beautiful town on your way to Blois. This evening, you may wish to sample traditional cuisine at a local restaurant.
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 pretty city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savor [LF] dinner with wine at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

Bordeaux. Excursion to St. Emilion. In the morning, you can join an optional excursion to Arcachon. Situated at the southern entrance of the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla. This afternoon, your highlight is a visit to St. Emilion, where an exclusive WINE TASTING at Château Soutard awaits you.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

Bordeaux–Biarritz–Lourdes. A wonderful stop at the coast to visit 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 this evening, join the memorable rosary and candlelight procession.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Lourdes–Carcassonne–Nîmes. 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 for your overnight stay. Find out what both this city and Genoa, in Italy, have to do with jeans!
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

Nîmes–Grasse–Nice. This morning, arrive in Grasse, and visit the famous Fragonard Usine Historique, where [LF] an expert will give a lecture about PERFUME-MAKING. Then, drive along the Mediterranean coast and the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where you will stay for two nights.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Nice. Enjoy this enchanting resort on the Côte d’Azur at your own pace. Visit the beach or browse through the elegant shops; you may wish to join an optional excursion to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence. An optional excursion to Monte Carlo is available.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

Nice–Aix-En-Provence, France–Lyon. Drive through the splendid vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon and arrive at Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Follow your Tour Director for a walking tour through the center of the town. Then, join the main highway of France, the Route du Soleil, to Lyon, and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its Roman ruins from FOURVIÈRE HILL
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

Lyon–Dijon. Start today with [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 and see the Murales, examples of trompe l’oeil, started by a group of students in the ‘70s. Continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, then there is time to browse the shops and enjoy this charming city.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

Dijon–Paris. Enjoy a ride on the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!
Breakfast Breakfast

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

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

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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