France 15 Day Tour: May 27 – June 11, 2016 = $3515**

France 15 Day Tour

15 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

May 27 – June 11, 2016  – Other dates are available.

**$3779   MRTA Member Price if booked by April 26, 2016, is $3515.*

 

Save on Air Fare! Save $300 per couple on Air Fare if you book by April 26, 2016!

 

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

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Vacation Overview

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, Monte Carlo, 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 us.

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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Itinerary

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.”

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.

Day 3Paris–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.

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.

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.

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 Globus Local Favorite dinner with wine at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant.

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.

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, Globus Local Favorite join the memorable rosary and candlelight procession.

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!

Day 10Nîmes–Grasse–Nice–Monte Carlo, Monaco

This morning, arrive in Grasse, and visit the famous Fragonard Usine Historique, where Globus Local Favorite 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.

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.

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

Day 13Lyon–Dijon

Start today with Globus Local Favorite 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.

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!

Day 15Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

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

NOTES:.

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

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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

Hotels

Paris

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche

Superior First-Class

Located on the Left Bank near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres – Rooms feature contemporary decor.

Bayeux

Novotel Bayeux

First-Class

The hotel has 77 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, bar, 5 fully-equipped meeting rooms, terrace, swimming pool, wooded park and a large free car park.

St. Malo

Oceania Hotel St. Malo

First-Class

Modern hotel with multilingual staff; sits near the beach facing the ocean, 5 minutes from port.

Loire Valley

Mercure Blois Centre

First-Class

Three story hotel with restaurant and facilities for children is located in the city; 1 km from the railway station.

Bordeaux

Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons

First-Class

Impressive 3-story Turn-of-Century Victorian Hotel with natural stone exterior featuring stone lions & Parisian-style windows.

Lourdes

Grand Gallia & Londres

First-Class

Its rich past gives it the authentic character that has made its reputation. Its majestic architecture houses air-conditioned rooms beautifully decorated in Louis XVI style.

Nimes

Novotel Atria Nimes Centre

Moderate First-Class

The Novotel Atria Nîmes Centre is located in the center of Nimes, a stone’s throw from the train station. The hotel has 119 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a patio, a car park and a conference center comprising a 410-seat auditorium and11 meeting rooms. This hotel is ideal for both business travel and stays as a couple or family due to its exceptional location close to the Arena of Nimes, mecca of artistic and cultural events.

Monte Carlo

Marriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco

Superior First-Class

Mediterranean and contemporary style in bar, lobby. Nautical style for rooms – Border of Monaco.

Lyon

Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache

First-Class

Five-story Art Nouveau Hotel located in the city center of Lyons, near the train station and the Place Bellecourt.

Dijon

Oceania Le Jura

First-Class

Located in the heart of Dijon with a peaceful rear garden. This hotel offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and a selection of Burgandy beers and wines can be enjoyed in the intimate setting of the hotel bar.

Paris

Pullman Paris Bercy

Superior First-Class

Contemporary hotel located east of Paris, 2 minutes from Gare de Lyon and 15 minutes from Orly Airport.

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

CITY: Paris

Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, home of the French Can Can for more than a century. Dinner with half a bottle of wine is served during the show and a glass of champagne completes your evening in style.

Approximate value: €170 EUR per person

Excursion to The Palace of Versailles Travel out of Paris to the lavish 17th-century baroque Palace of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, with its magnificent State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Royal Chapel. Your Local Guide will bring its history to life during your visit, then time at leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Louis XIII originally purchased Versailles and its surrounding land to serve as his hunting lodge. Later, his son, Louis XIV, decided to make it his seat of government, and in 1682, he installed his impressive court and numerous noble visitors in sumptuous surroundings, a symbol of absolute monarchy. NOTE: This excursion is not available on Mondays and public holidays.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Seine Cruise and Montmartre Discover more of beautiful Paris with a cruise on the River Seine and a visit to the artistic and picturesque district of Montmartre, famous for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Enjoy free time to stroll around Place du Tertre and to watch bohemian street artists at work.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

CITY: Bayeux

Wii, Atlantic Wall and Artificial Port A short drive will take you to Longues sur mer where you will see one of the best preserved parts of Hitler’s notorious Atlantic Wall: a four-strong gun battery. Completed in April 1944, this group of bunkers, armed with 152mm navy guns, was supposed to stop the Allied attack on D Day. Then on to Arromanches, a charming seaside resort famous for the remains of its artificial port: Mulberry. Constructed right after the landings, it was used to bring in over 2.5 million men and 4 million tons of supplies providing much needed reinforcements in France, a major step in the liberation of Europe. A chance to sample Normandy specialties in the local restaurants during your free time in the town before returning to Bayeux.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

CITY: Blois

Dinner in The Loire Valley The French Cuisine is world renowned for its refined and elegant dishes. Food is not just food in this special country it’s an experience, where local ingredients are always linked to the territory. Tonight, why not savor a 3-course French dinner with drinks and coffee at a lovely restaurant?

Approximate value: €52 EUR per person

CITY: Bordeaux

The Great Dune of Pyla and Arcachon One of the marvels of the Aquitaine region is the Great Dune of Pyla, the tallest sand dune in Europe. It stretches its 60 million cubic meters of fine sand on nearly 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) from south to north, 0.4 miles (500 meters) from west to east, and soars as high as 384 feet (117 meters). For the most athletic visitors, climbing up this slope is a real challenge. For others, a staircase makes the ascent a little easier. At the top, the view is spectacular, showcasing the coast, the vast pine forest of Les Landes, and, when the weather is clear, the Pyrenees range. Later, visit Arcachon, one of the most relaxed and beautiful beach towns on the Côte d’Argent (Silver Coast).

Approximate value: €37 EUR per person

CITY: Monaco

Excursion to St. Paul De Vence Marvel at the lovely landscapes on your way to Saint Paul de Vence, a medieval Provencal village made famous by world-renowned artists such as Chagall, Matisse and Cézanne, where you seem to travel back in time. Enjoy free time to wander through the paved historical streets lined with art galleries and craft shops, view the valley from the well-preserved cemetery ramparts, and enjoy the peace and harmony of this idyllic spot.

Approximate value: €29 EUR per person

Montecarlo By Night and Dinner Enjoy delicious French dinner, with wine, in Prince Albert’s Monte Carlo. On your walking tour of the Old Town, admire the cathedral and the royal palace. Time to gamble at the famous Grand Casino or to relax on a terrace, basking in the elegant atmosphere.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person

Panoramic Drive and Provencal Dinner Take in breathtaking views of the French Riviera on your way up through the famous corniche (cliff roads). Then, proceed to delightful Eze, perched on a rock 1,400 feet above sea level, for a tasty dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

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

 

 

 

 

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