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Globus La France(ra)

15 days from Paris to Paris 
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, Blois in the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Nîmes, Monte Carlo, Lyon, and Dijon.

A France vacation would not be complete without a visit to a castle and on this tour, you’ll visit the 16th-century castle of Catherine of 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 that Globus offers on this France 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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Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

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

HONFLEUR
Visit these seaside resorts

BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum

NORMANDY BEACHES
Stop at Omaha Beach and visit the American Cemetery

MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey; lunch at a local restaurant

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; [LF] 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
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais

MONTE CARLO
Stay two nights at the Côte d’Azur

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour

LYON
Orientation including Fourvière Hill

DIJON–PARIS
Orientation, by high-speed TGV train (first-class)

Headsets throughout the tour

Itinerary (2016)

Day 1Arrive in Paris, France.
 Welcome to Paris! At 6 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, enjoy an orientation drive to get a first impression of the “City of Light.” (D)
Day 2Paris.
 Guided sightseeing features the highlights of Paris, like the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, and Champs-Elysées. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Window, and for a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Optional excursions are available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, as well as to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River. (B)
Day 3Paris–Honfleur–Deauville–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. (B)
Day 4Bayeux–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. Then, continue to the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, spectacularly perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo, and enjoy an included lunch. (B,L)
Day 5St. Malo–Angers–Loire Valley.
 Enjoy a scenic drive through Brittany to the Loire Valley. 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. (B)
Day 6Loire 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. (B,D)
Day 7Bordeaux. 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. (B,D)
Day 8Bordeaux–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, [LF] join the memorable rosary and candlelight procession. (B,D)
Day 9Lourdes–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! (B,D)
Day 10Nîmes–Grasse–Nice–Monte Carlo, Monaco.
 This morning, arrive in Grasse, and visit the famous Fragonard Usine Historique, where [LF] an expert will give a lecture about PERFUME-MAKING. Later, head for Nice, and drive along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Spend the next two nights in Monte Carlo. (B)
Day 11Monte Carlo.
 Enjoy this enchanting resort on the Côte d’Azur at your own pace. Browse through the elegant shops or you may wish to join an optional excursion to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence. (B)
Day 12Monte Carlo–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 (B,D)
Day 13Lyon–Dijon.
 Start today with [LF] a PRIVATE RIVER CRUISE 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. (B,D)
Day 14Dijon–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! (B)
Day 15Paris.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

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

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Globus Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$1,043

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Paris:
Pre tour: in single room $250-$843, in twin $137-$432, in triple $153-$569
Post tour: in single room $228-$786, in twin $122-$401, in triple $121-$307

Globus Notes

NOTES:
  • In the rare event that the TGV train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.
  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes to the Paris program cannot be excluded.

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*Tour Land StartGlobus RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 09/26/2015 $4,079.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/03/2015 $4,029.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/10/2015 $3,999.00
04/09/2016 $3,599.00
04/16/2016 $3,626.00
04/23/2016 $3,626.00
04/30/2016 $3,671.00
05/07/2016 $3,671.00
05/14/2016 $3,671.00
05/21/2016 $3,671.00
05/28/2016 $3,671.00
06/04/2016 $3,671.00
06/11/2016 $3,626.00
06/18/2016 $3,626.00
06/25/2016 $3,626.00
07/02/2016 $3,626.00
07/09/2016 $3,581.00
07/16/2016 $3,581.00
07/23/2016 $3,581.00
07/30/2016 $3,581.00
08/06/2016 $3,626.00
08/13/2016 $3,626.00
08/20/2016 $3,626.00
08/27/2016 $3,626.00
09/03/2016 $3,671.00
09/10/2016 $3,671.00
09/17/2016 $3,671.00
09/24/2016 $3,671.00
10/01/2016 $3,626.00
10/08/2016 $3,599.00
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