BEAUTIFUL FRANCE - 2017

16 Days - PARIS to PARIS

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Overview

The name of the France 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.

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Stay two nights in Chateau de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois
Wine tasting at the Marche aux Vins wine cellar
Fondue Savoyarde dinner at Brasserie de i'M restaurant
Walk by the ancient battlements in Carcassonne

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- PARIS

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

- TROYES
Walking tour.

- BURGUNDY
Stay two nights in Chateau de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois.

- DIJON
Walking tour.

- BEAUNE
Visit the inner court of Hotel-Dieu; wine tasting at the Marche aux Vins wine cellar.

- CHAMONIX
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 amphitheatre.

- NIMES
Walking tour, see Maison Carre.

- CARCASSONNE
Walk by the ancient battlements.

- DORDOGNE
Visit Cahors & Rocamadour.

- PERIGUEUX
Walk through the medieval quarter and see St. Front Cathedral.

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

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; high-speed first-class TGV train.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour.

- FREE WI-FI
Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Visit our website for details on optional excursions available on tour to personalise your holiday.​

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.

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Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling 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.

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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 the highlights of Paris, like the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, and Champs-Elysees. 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.

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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 chateaux, mouthwatering gourmet food, and excellent wines. Look forward to an exciting stay at Chateau de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois, your home for the next two nights. (B,D)

Day 4BURGUNDY. EXCURSION TO DIJON & BEAUNE.

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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 Hotel-Dieu with its magnificent gothic architecture and unusual tiled roof. Next, enjoy a WINE TASTING at the famous Marche aux Vins wine cellar to try out the various Burgundy wines. (B)

Day 5BURGUNDY - CHAMONIX.

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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. A traditional Fondue Savoyarde dinner awaits you at Chamonix's most popular Brasserie de l'M. (B,D)

Day 6CHAMONIX - CHAMBERY.

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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 Chambery. (B,D)

Day 7CHAMBERY - GRASSE - FRENCH RIVIERA.

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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 Cote d'Azur. (B)

Day 8AT LEISURE ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA.

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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.

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Visit one of France's most elegant cities, Aix-en-Provence. It was the birthplace of Cezanne 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 cafes and fountains. Don't forget to try out the local calissons confectionery. Next is Avignon, a city completely surrounded by a wall at the Rhone River and home to the famous bridge of the song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. (B)

Day 10AVIGNON.

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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 - NIMES.

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Stop at the impressive Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 1st century as part of the Nimes aqueduct that was constructed by the Romans to bring water from the spring of Uzes. 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 AMPHITHEATRE. Arrive in Nimes, another former Roman colony dating back to before 28 BC, and admire the magnificent Maison Carre, one of the best preserved temples in the former Roman Empire during your orientation of the OLD TOWN. (B,D)

Day 12NIMES - CARCASSONNE.

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In the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne, 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 - PERIGUEUX.

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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 Valentre, 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 Perigueux for your overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 14PERIGUEUX.

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Perigueux was an important Roman centre and today is renowned for its delicious fois-gras pate. 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 15PERIGUEUX - BORDEAUX - PARIS.

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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.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

AVAILABLE 2017 TOURS

Return Economy economy class airfare
Welcome drinks at hotel
Stay in 3 star hotel
Guided tour
Sighseeing

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