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Globus Beautiful France(RD)

16 days from Paris to Paris 
The name of the French tour—Beautiful France—says it all! You’ll witness France’s beautiful scenery, experience its historical sights, and savor all things French.

History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. You’ll join the famous Route Napoleon, the road Napoleon took when he escaped from Elba; stop at Pont Du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Romans in the 1st century; visit the Roman amphitheater in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome; visit Rocamadour, a stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela; walk through the medieval quarter of Périgueux, once an important Roman center; visit the magnificent Palace of the Popes in Avignon; and much more. Plus, Globus has arranged special experiences for you. Walk by the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne and enjoy a 2-night stay at Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois, which in the 15th century was turned into a fortress with towers and a drawbridge.

You'll also travel through some of France's most beautiful areas. Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards in the Burgundy region. Travel into the French Alps to the world-famous ski resort of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc. No France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you will stay two nights there with a full day to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea.

Historical sights spanning France's rich history, special experiences brought to you by Globus, spectacular scenery, exciting food and drink experiences, and much more are all included on this marvelous vacation through France. Just be sure to grab your camera to capture all of the photo opportunities along the way.

Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

PARIS
Special welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; ascend the Eiffel Tower; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

TROYES
Walking tour

BURGUNDY
[LF] Stay two nights in Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois

DIJON
Walking tour

BEAUNE
Visit the inner court of Hôtel-Dieu; [LF] wine tasting at the Marché aux Vins wine cellar

CHAMONIX
[LF] Fondue Savoyarde dinner at Brasserie de l’M

GRASSE
Visit a perfume factory

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour

AVIGNON
Visit the Palace of the Popes

PONT DU GARD
Take pictures of the Roman aqueduct

ARLES
Walking tour, visit the amphitheater

NÎMES
Walking tour, see Maison Carré

CARCASSONNE
[LF] Walk by the ancient battlements

DORDOGNE
Visit Cahors & Rocamadour

PÉRIGUEUX
Walk through the medieval quarter and see St. Front Cathedral

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

Headsets throughout the tour

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive 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.” (D)
Day 2Paris.
 This morning, an optional excursion is available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. Guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and more. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Window. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River. (B)
Day 3Paris–Troyes–Burgundy.
 Start your fascinating journey through France’s most beautiful areas. Stop in Troyes, a former Roman settlement and historic capital of the Counts of Champagne region. Hear about its ancient history and admire the half-timbered houses during your walking tour. Next, concentrate on Burgundy with its numerous châteaux, mouthwatering gourmet food, and excellent wines. Look forward to [LF] an exciting stay at Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois, your home for the next two nights. (B,D)
Day 4Burgundy. Excursion to Dijon & Beaune.
 Hear about the powerful Dukes of Dijon during your walking tour of Dijon and admire the ornate buildings along the Rue des Forges. A scenic drive along the vineyards brings you to picturesque Beaune. Visit the INNER COURT of the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu with its magnificent gothic architecture and unusual tiled roof. Next, [LF] enjoy a WINE TASTING at the famous Marché aux Vins wine cellar to try out the various Burgundy wines. (B)
Day 5Burgundy–Chamonix.
 Leave the Burgundy area for a scenic drive into the French Alps to the world-famous ski resort of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc, where the first Winter Olympics were held in 1924. [LF] A traditional Fondue Savoyarde dinner awaits you at Chamonix’s most popular Brasserie de l’M. (B,D)
Day 6Chamonix–Chambéry.
 Morning at leisure to explore this pretty town and enjoy its healthy mountain air. Later, depart for Aix-les-Bains, a former Roman settlement at Lake Bourget, which for almost 2,000 years has been frequented by people visiting the sulphur springs. Overnight in Chambéry. (B,D)
Day 7Chambéry–Grasse–French Riviera.
 This morning, join the famous Route Napoleon, the road Napoleon took when he escaped from Elba. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alps on your way south and stop in Grasse for a visit of one of France’s most famous perfume factories, Fragonard. Learn everything there is to know about the centuries-old art of perfume-making before arriving at the Côte d’Azur. (B)
Day 8At Leisure on the French Riviera.
 A full day to explore. Choose from our optional excursions to the picturesque artists’ town of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo to see the palace and church in the Old Town of Monaco and to visit the world-famous casino. (B)
Day 9French Riviera–Aix-En-Provence–Avignon.
 Visit one of France’s most elegant cities, Aix-en-Provence. It was the birthplace of Cézanne and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Enjoy a walk through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau, and admire its famous cafés and fountains. Don’t forget to try out the local calissons confectionery. Next is Avignon, a city completely surrounded by a wall at the Rhône River and home to the famous bridge of the song Sur le Pont d’Avignon. (B)
Day 10Avignon.
 This morning, start with a visit to the magnificent PALACE OF THE POPES, and hear about the time that the popes resided in Avignon during the turbulent 14th century. Afternoon at leisure; choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (B)
Day 11Avignon–Pont Du Gard–Arles–Nîmes.
 Stop at the impressive Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 1st century as part of the Nîmes aqueduct that was constructed by the Romans to bring water from the spring of Uzès. Continue into the Camargue and stop in Arles, a former Roman settlement. Follow your Tour Director for a walk through its narrow streets and relive the Roman times when you visit its AMPHITHEATER. Arrive in Nîmes, another former Roman colony dating back to before 28 BC, and admire the magnificent Maison Carré, one of the best preserved temples in the former Roman Empire during your orientation of the OLD TOWN. (B,D)
Day 12Nîmes–Carcassonne.
 In the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne, [LF] enjoy a leisurely walk by the ancient battlements, and time to wander through the narrow little streets before checking in at your hotel. (B)
Day 13Carcassonne–Cahors–Rocamadour–Périgueux.
 Enter the Dordogne, a fascinating area with a history that goes back 25,000 years and still has visible traces of those times. It is also famous for the coveted black truffles. Stop in Cahors, a city that became very wealthy through banking and trading in the 13th and 14th centuries. Admire the impressive Pont Valentré, dating back to the 14th century, and hear about the turbulent times during the Hundred Years’ War and about the Black Death. Next, a true highlight: visit Rocamadour, spectacularly built against a cliff and a well-known stop over the centuries for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Continue to Périgueux for your overnight stay. (B,D)
Day 14Périgueux.
 Périgueux was an important Roman center and today is renowned for its delicious fois-gras pâté. Join your Tour Director for a walk through its medieval quarter and see the St. Front Cathedral built on the St. James of Compostela Pilgrim’s Way. Exciting optional excursions are available. (B)
Day 15Périgueux–Bordeaux–Paris.
 Drive to Bordeaux and board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your journey through beautiful France. (B,D)
Day 16Paris.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Paris and a special dinner in Chamonix

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Globus Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$1192

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room $151-$177, in twin $87-$100, in triple $87-$97

Globus Notes

NOTE:
  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes to the Paris program cannot be excluded.

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