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Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 4, 2017 and April 30, 2019 for travel in 2019. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms, Cuba, Escapes by Globus or Avalon Waterways. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and any applicable air promos. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2019 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Available from participating GFOB offices only.
10% off Young Traveler discount based on the full land-only cost of the tour. Only applies to Globus and Cosmos; does not apply to Avalon Waterways, vacations including Oberammergau or Escapes Vacations by Globus. To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.
Discount on the land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms, Escapes by Globus, vacations including Oberammergau or Avalon Waterways. Multiple tours must travel within the same calendar year and must be booked at the same time. Discount is calculated off the least expensive tour. Offer reliant on space availability and applies to new bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Traveling party of 5, 6, or 7 must travel from same origination point and must be advised at the time of booking. Discount on the land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms, vacations including Oberammergau or Avalon Waterways. Not combinable with other group allowances. Travelers already traveling at a discount, such as children, do not count toward the party total. Offer reliant on space availability, and applies to new bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
The Welcome Back Credit will be awarded upon completion of Globus family of brands vacations. Credit amount can only be applied to the land/cruise or cruise only portion of a new Globus family of brands vacation (excluding Escapes by Globus, 2020 Oberammergau, select Cosmos tours, Monograms City Getaways, and Custom/Charter vacations). Credit amount is per person and must be redeemed for a future vacation with a deposit within 2 years from date of credit issue. Bookings can be made by contacting your preferred travel agent. Passenger name or past invoice number is required to redeem the credit. Combinable with all applicable consumer promotions except those with any Globus family of brands special discount programs of the vacation price. Credit is not redeemable for cash, non-refundable deposit, airfare, transfers, travel insurance, prepaid gratuities, pre/post nights, or optional excursions and is non-transferrable. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Valid for all participating Globus family of brands offices. Additional restrictions may apply.
You’ve seen photos of Notre Dame Cathedral—now’s your time to not only see it, but to visit it. 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 country. 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 Caen, St. Malo, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Nîmes, the French Riviera, 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 in the evening, join the Rosary and candlelight procession—a memorable and special experience offered by Globus. 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 Brittany, you will visit the Neolithic dolmen La Roche-aux-Fées, which dates back to 3500-3000 BC. 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!
Day 1: ARRIVE 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 at a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city. (D)
Day 2: PARIS.
In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the impressive Palace and Garden of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. Guided sightseeing features the Opéra, Madeleine, Champs-Elysées, and Arc de Triomphe. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Windows. This evening, why not join an optional cabaret show? (B)
Day 3: PARIS–CAEN. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY BEACHES.
Arrive in Caen and visit the fascinating MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOR PEACE with its great exhibits and audiovisual show about the Battle of Normandy. Continue to the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop in Arromanches and see the Mulberry Harbor. Then, drive to OMAHA BEACH for a picture stop and visit the AMERICAN CEMETERY and memorial. (B,D)
Day 4: CAEN–MONT ST. MICHEL–SAINT-MALO.
Visit the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, with a history going back to the 8th-century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Look forward to another highlight: [LF] in the corsair city of Saint-Malo ride the LITTLE TRAIN, the best way to fully discover the historic walled town with Saint Vincent’s Cathedral and St. Peter’s Gate. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gulf of Saint-Malo. (B)
Day 5: ST. MALO–ESSÉ–ANGERS–LOIRE VALLEY.
Drive through Brittany and stop in Essé to visit [LF] LA ROCHE-AUX-FEES, a dolmen dating back to 3500-3000 BC. On your way to the Loire Valley, enjoy an orientation of the beautiful town of Angers. 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 and towers. Continue to Bordeaux, and join your Tour Director for a walking tour through this pretty city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savor dinner at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant. (B,D)
Day 7: BORDEAUX. EXCURSION TO ST. EMILION.
A morning at leisure offers the opportunity to join an exciting optional excursion. Later, enjoy a highlight visit to St. Emilion for an exclusive WINE TASTING at Château Soutard. (B,D)
Day 8: BORDEAUX–BIARRITZ–LOURDES.
Stop in 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 join the memorable Rosary and candlelight procession this evening. (B,D)
Day 9: LOURDES–CARCASSONNE–NÎMES.
Travel 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 and find out what both this city and Genoa, in Italy, have to do with jeans! (B,D)
Day 10: NÎMES–GRASSE–FRENCH RIVIERA.
This morning, arrive in Grasse, and visit the famous Fragonard Usine Historique, where [LF] an expert will give a lecture about PERFUME-MAKING. Then, enjoy spectacular views as you drive along the Mediterranean coast and the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice. (B)
Day 11: FRENCH RIVIERA AT LEISURE.
A full day at leisure on the enchanting Côte d’Azur gives you a chance to visit the beach or browse through the elegant shops. To make the most of your stay, optional excursions are available to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo. (B)
Day 12: FRENCH RIVIERA–AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE–LYON.
Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities, was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour through the center of the town. Next is Lyon, the second largest city of France. Drive to FOURVIÈRE HILL, and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its Roman ruins before arriving at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 13: LYON–DIJON.
Sit back and relax during [LF] a PRIVATE CRUISE on the Rhône and Sâone Rivers 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 and famous for mustard. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, admire the architecture, and learn about toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs). (B)
Day 14: DIJON–PARIS.
Ride the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris, where an optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the Seine River, is available. (B)
Day 15: PARIS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triple room reduction.
Extra nights per person in Paris:
Pre tour: in single room $270-$618, in twin $146-$320, in triple $165-$419
Post tour: in single room $192-$313, in twin $100-$160, in triple $85-$126
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