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15 Day La France

Globus Coach Tour starting in Paris and finishing in Paris

Countries Visited: France 
2015 Globus Europe & UK Tours Operator: Globus
Reviews: (4)
Style: Premium    Email a Friend
Duration: 15 Days    Compare Tour
From: Paris to Paris    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: RA
  

Tour Description

This is the ideal guided tour to explore the highlight cities and sights of France. Enjoy two-night stays in Paris, Bordeaux, and Monte Carlo. Start with a special welcome dinner at a Parisian restaurant, followed by an orientation drive through the “City of Light.” Also visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Next, continue to Normandy and stop in the seaside resorts of picturesque Honfleur and elegant Deauville, before arriving in Bayeux to admire Queen Matilda’s tapestry. Continue via the landing beaches to Mont St. Michel, to visit the Abbey, and to St. Malo, where a special dinner at La Table d’Henry restaurant awaits you. A scenic drive through Brittany brings you to the Loire Valley, to visit Catherine de Medici’s castle, lovely Chenonceau. Enter the Bordeaux area, savor dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at Château Soutard in St. Emilion. Other highlights are the ancient fishing village of Biarritz; Lourdes, with a visit to St. Bernadette’s grotto, and the memorable rosary and candlelight procession in the evening; medieval Carcassonne; Nîmes; Aix-en-Provence; and Nice. Stay two nights in Monte Carlo. Hear about perfume making from a local expert at the famous Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse, then, turn north, and drive along the famous Route Napoleon to Chambéry. Explore Lyon, France’s second-largest city, and stay in Dijon, one of Burgundy’s prettiest cities. Finally, travel on the high-speed first-class TGV train back to Paris.

Included Experiences

  • PARIS: A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel Tower.
  • HONFLEUR & DEAUVILLE: Visit these seaside resorts.
  • BAYEUX: Visit Queen Matilda's tapestry in the Tapestry Museum.
  • NORMANDY BEACHES: Take pictures of the landing beaches.
  • MONT ST. MICHEL: Guided visit of the abbey; lunch at a local restaurant.
  • ST. MALO: A special dinner at La Table d'Henry restaurant.
  • LOIRE VALLEY: Visit Chenonceau Castle.
  • BORDEAUX: Walking tour, a special dinner at a local restaurant.
  • ST. EMILION: Wine tasting at Chateau Soutard.
  • BIARRITZ: Visit the seaside resort.
  • LOURDES: Visit St. Bernadette's grotto; join the rosary and candlelight procession.
  • CARCASSONNE: Walk on the ancient battlements.
  • AIX-EN-PROVENCE: Walking tour.
  • NICE: Walk along the Promenade des Anglais.
  • MONTE CARLO: Stay two nights at the Cote d'Azur.
  • GRASSE: Visit a perfume factory, enjoy a lecture on the history of perfume making.
  • LYON: Orientation including Fourviere Hill.
  • DIJON: Orientation.
  • DIJON-PARIS: By high-speed TGV train (first-class).
  • TRANSPORTATION: Motorcoach; high-speed first-class TGV train.
  • HEADSETS: Throughout the tour.
  • FREE WIFI: 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.

Local Favourites

  • Welcome dinner at a lively Paris restaurant followed by an orientation drive
  • Dinner with wine at a local restaurant in St. Malo
  • Wine tasting & dinner in St. Emilion
  • Visit a French perfume factory & recieve a special gift

Included Meals

  • Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 1 lunch with a drink (L); 8 three-course dinners with wine (D), including a special welcome dinner in Paris and special dinners in St. Malo and in Bordeaux.

Superior Hotels

  • Hotel Classifications: Deluxe (D), Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F)
  • PARIS Marriott Paris Rive Gauche (SF), BAYEUX Novotel (F), ST. MALO Océania (F), LOIRE VALLEY Mercure Centre (F) at Blois, BORDEAUX Mercure Château Chartrons (F), LOURDES Grand Hotel Gallia & Londres (F), NÎMES Novotel Atria Nîmes Centre (F), MONTE CARLO Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco (SF) at Cap d’Ail, GRENOBLE Mercure Président (F), DIJON Mercure Clémenceau (F)

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Day
1
Arrive In Paris, France.
Welcome to Paris! At 6 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, enjoy an orientation drive to get a first impression of the "City of Light." (D)
Day
2
Paris.
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, 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
3
Paris - Honfleur - Deauville - Bayeux.
A pleasant drive through the rural area west of Paris takes you to the picturesque town of Honfleur with its enclosed harbour, and the elegant resort of Deauville on the coast. Time to explore both towns 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
4
Bayeux - Normandy Beaches - Mont St. Michel - St. Malo.
Along the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces' landing on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, arrive at the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL/ spectacularly perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo, and enjoy an included lunch. This evening, enjoy a special dinner with wine at La Table d'Henry restaurant, where you can try out regional specialties. (B/L/D)
Day
5
St. Malo - Loire Valley.
Enjoy a scenic drive through Brittany to the Loire Valley for your overnight stay in Blois. This evening you may wish to sample traditional cuisine at a local restaurant. (B)
Day
6
Loire Valley - Chenonceau Castle - Bordeaux.
Visit the 16th-century castle of Catherine de Medici, lovely CHENONCEAU, a fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. Continue to Bordeaux, and join your Tour Director for a walking tour through this pretty city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savour dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (B/D)
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 Chateau Soutard awaits you. (B/D)
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. (B/D)
Day
9
Lourdes - Carcassonne - Nimes.
From Lourdes to the beautifully preserved, medieval, walled town of Carcassonne for a leisurely walk on the ancient BATTLEMENTS and time to explore the town on your own. Continue to Nimes for your overnight stay. Find out what both this city and Genoa, in Italy, have to do with jeans! (B/D)
Day
10
Nimes - Aix - En - Provence - Nice - Monte Carlo, Monaco.
This morning, 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 Cezanne, and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Later, head for Nice. Join your Tour Director for a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. Spend the next two nights in Monte Carlo. (B)
Day
11
Monte Carlo.
Enjoy this enchanting resort on the Cote 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
12
Monte Carlo - Grasse, France - Chambery.
Arrive in Grasse, and visit the famous Fragonard Usine Historique, where an expert will give a lecture about perfume-making. Next, drive along the spectacular Route Napoleon through the French Alps past medieval towns to Chambery. (B/D)
Day
13
Chambery - Lyon - Dijon.
Leave the Alps and arrive in Lyon. Orientation features a panoramic view from FOURVIERE HILL with its basilica to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city and its Roman ruins. Then, drive north into Burgundy, where road signs read like the wine list of an expensive restaurant. On to Dijon, which was the capital of Burgundy from the 11th to the 15th centuries. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, then have the rest of the afternoon to browse the shops and enjoy this charming city. (B/D)
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! (B)
Day
15
Paris.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

15 Day La France Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 4 Reviews. Average Rating 4.3 of 5.

A thoroughly enjoyable experience which reflects the diversity of France. We felt visiting Lourdes should be in the Religious Tours Brochure and substituted with an extra day in another City eg. Lyon, Carcassone or re-routed to Tolouse or Avignon. Accommodation in Lourdes was below standard. Included Dinners/Lunch were very good and much appreciated. Apart from the above comments the Tour is exceptionally good value and all areas visited both interesting and beautiful. Optional Extra Tours were worthwhile and really enjoyable. Nives, our Tour Director was outstanding with great depth of knowledge in all areas and the Specialist Guides were excellent. We were very impressed with the Global Journeys service & experience and have recommended them to other Tour participants. Thank you Globus, and Hannah at Global Journeys.

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Fantastic tour, cannot recommend highly enough! Tour guide was very informative and had a wealth of history and knowlegde. Coach driver was kind and helpful. Places were amazing especially Pont du Gard and Nice. Love experiencing France this way - a must for anyone who hasnt been or only been to Paris. I will be back for sure, oh and Moulin Rouge was exceptional! Thanks Globus.

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Tour was really awesome! Guide was really knowledgable and friendly, accommodation was great and meals authentic. I would definitely recommend this 15 day tour of France.

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We had a marvellously good time. It was simply a combination of a well varied tour that took in a wide variety of areas of France, interesting travel companions, good hotels, good meals and generally good tour options all coordinated by quirky, knowledgeable tour guide. While it was not an issue for us because we had extra time in Paris before and after the tour, the organised tour only provided a limited insight and impresssion of Paris for those just doing the tour. If you have time, spend a whole day at Versailles. The afternoon optional tour is just too short. Similarly for the Louvre. However, perhaps that should be qualified to say, go to the Louvre outside the holiday period. The crowd was insane.

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The combination of popular and innovative destinations, flawless service, and integrity, have earned Globus an enviable record in the travel industry. Customer loyalty is such that seven out of ten Globus customers have been recommended by past travellers, or travelled before.
Region: Europe Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 50+
Style: Premium Coach: 5+ Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 4+ Star Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 36) Airport Transfers: Available
Hotels: Central - Generally Free Coach WiFi: Yes Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Globus for tours in Europe . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

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Why should we choose to tour Europe with Globus?

Orchestrated by the world's finest Tour Directors and remarkably knowledgeable local guides, Globus European tours are designed to allow you to experience and compare a variety of cultures, take in the must-see sights, and make the most vivid memories. From the ancient ruins in Italy and Greece to the spectacular architecture in France, Globus shows you Europe like no one else. All Globus escorted tours, include the must-see sights as well as special gems and behind-the-scenes activities, such as a woodcarving demonstration in Germany's Black Forest, a pasta party in Venice, a Stein of beer or Spätzi at Munich's famous Hofbräuhaus, a visit to the world's largest flower market in Holland, and much more. With Globus, you'll not only see Europe - you'll experience it!

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If there is ever a time you'll appreciate choosing Globus, it's when you board our luxury coaches. In Europe for instance, we limit our group size to just 44 people with the average group size being 38, this means fewer seats providing extra legroom for greater comfort. With panoramic windows, air-conditioning, state-of-the-art sound system and reclining seats, you'll journey in style when travelling from one superb destination to the other. Our Platinum Collection tours carry a maximum of 40 passengers. We offer daily rotation of seating, which gives everyone a variety of views.

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Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you. If you chose to book either a "pre" or "post" - vacation extension, please note that your Tour Director may not escort you during this part of your vacation. However, in such cases, a Local Host will be available should you require any assistance.

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Globus uses the Eurostar for all channel crossing from London to Europe. The Eurostar takes you from the heart of London to the centre of Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes or Brussels in around 2 hours, while other operators will travel all day using coach, ferry and coach. With Globus you effective get an extra half day to explore in each direction.

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Unlike other tour operators Globus has 50 hosts located at the airport and in each of our London hotels, so you only have to walk to the lobby not half way across London for assistance. Your host is there to help you with all your questions on London, they will provide you with maps, directions and a wide range of tours to ensure you see the best of London. Whether it be a city orientation tour, or dinner and a West End show your host will provide you with all the information and assistance you require.

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Amsterdam 6am - 3pm   Milan (Malpensa) 7am - 3 pm
Athens 24 hours Milan (Linate) 7am - 3pm
Barcelona 7am - 3pm Moscow 6am - 3pm
Berlin 6am - 4pm Munich 6am - 3pm
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Copenhagen 6am - 4pm Paris (Charles de Gaulle) 6am - 2pm
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Edinburgh 6am - 3pm Prague 6am - 3pm
Frankfurt 6am - 3pm Rome (Fiumicino) 24 hours
Glasgow 6am - 2pm St. Petersburg 7am - 3pm 
Istanbul 24 hours Venice 7am - 3pm 
Lisbon 6am - 4pm Vienna 6am - 3pm 
London (Heathrow) 24 hours Warsaw 6am - 3pm 
London (Gatwick) 6am - 3pm Zurich (Arrival) 6am - 3pm 
Madrid 6am - 3pm Zurich (Departure) 10am - 3pm 
Malaga 7am - 2pm    

Note: Airport transfers can be arranged when you purchase extra nights before or after the tour - airport transfer tarriffs will be outlined in your quote.

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18 Apr 2015 02 May 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
25 Apr 2015 09 May 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
02 May 2015 16 May 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
09 May 2015 23 May 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
16 May 2015 30 May 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
23 May 2015 06 Jun 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
30 May 2015 13 Jun 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
06 Jun 2015 20 Jun 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
13 Jun 2015 27 Jun 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
20 Jun 2015 04 Jul 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
27 Jun 2015 11 Jul 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
04 Jul 2015 18 Jul 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
11 Jul 2015 25 Jul 2015 AU $4,249 AU $5,590 AU $275 AU $3,974  
18 Jul 2015 01 Aug 2015 AU $4,249 AU $5,590 AU $275 AU $3,974  
25 Jul 2015 08 Aug 2015 AU $4,249 AU $5,590 AU $275 AU $3,974  
01 Aug 2015 15 Aug 2015 AU $4,249 AU $5,590 AU $275 AU $3,974  
08 Aug 2015 22 Aug 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
15 Aug 2015 29 Aug 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
22 Aug 2015 05 Sep 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
29 Aug 2015 12 Sep 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
05 Sep 2015 19 Sep 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
12 Sep 2015 26 Sep 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
19 Sep 2015 03 Oct 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
26 Sep 2015 10 Oct 2015 AU $4,349 AU $5,690 AU $285 AU $4,064  
03 Oct 2015 17 Oct 2015 AU $4,299 AU $5,640 AU $280 AU $4,019  
10 Oct 2015 24 Oct 2015 AU $4,269 AU $5,610 AU $275 AU $3,994  
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