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Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice (Southbound) 2022

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Tour Itinerary

Embark on your Seine River cruise and sail to Vernon with your choice of a visit to Claude Monet’s Giverny or Bizy Castle, nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles. In Caudebec, take an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, or select an excursion for a traditional “Taste of Normandy.” Visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, then choose between a visit to Vincent Van Gogh’s Auver-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Return to Paris for your choice of sightseeing in the “City of Light”—discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic landmarks of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Board a high-speed train bound for Dijon, and transfer to Beaune to embark on your second Avalon Suite Ship® in St. Jean de Losne. Cruise to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take a guided walk of Tournon, beautifully nestled among vineyards, to see its Roman ruins and fascinating 16th-century castle. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Situated on the Rhône River, Arles is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. As a perfect finale to your French river cruise vacation, spend two nights in captivating Nice on the French Riviera along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

  1. Day 1
    PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Light today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and café au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

    (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    VERNON
    Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

    ACTIVE Explore Vernon's Chateau des Tourelles by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet’s charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.

    DISCOVERY While sailing, enjoy a traditional French Luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.

    This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

    LES ANDELYS

    Serenity on the Seine

    ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    CAUDEBEC
    Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine

    ACTIVE Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route—where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine.

    This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
    Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Normandy’s WWII landing beaches, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:

    CLASSIC Join “A Taste of Normandy” Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    ROUEN
    The Cathedral of Our Lady and a Heroine for France

    ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour to discover and explore the most famous monuments and the lesser known hidden gems of Rouen on two wheels, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    CONFLANS
    The Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV

    ACTIVE Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the Seine with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.

    Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    PARIS
    Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    ACTIVE Experience the Seine river by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.

    Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION) DIJON–BEAUNE–ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)
    Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

    CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement.

    This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship®.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MÂCON

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    MÂCON
    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

    Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar or to the Castle of Cormatin.

    DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    LYON
    La Vie En Rose in Lyon

    Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

    ACTIVE Discover Lyon's architectural district by bike with your Adventure Host, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet, OR:

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourvière Hill. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.

    DISCOVERY Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance lecture on board your ship.

    Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    LYON
    Adventures in Food and Wine

    CLASSIC Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

    The rest of your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals.

    EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    TOURNON
    A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

    CLASSIC Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

    Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch.

    VIVIERS

    World History in a Charming French Country Village

    CLASSIC Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    AVIGNON
    The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.

    Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.

    Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    ARLES
    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

    ACTIVE Get your daily dose of exercise through nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host, OR:

    DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, OR:

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

    Consider also a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

    Take free time to stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    PORT ST. LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)–NICE
    Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast

    After breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to Nice on the spectacular French Riviera, which stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    NICE
    The “Queen of the French Riviera”

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing in Nice. Discover the narrow, winding streets and baroque churches of Vieux Nice, the old city—an area which has changed little since the 1700s.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    NICE
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Port charges:
$392

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Paris: Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.
Address:
18,Avenue De Suffren
Paris , France
Nice: Le Meridien Nice
With a "touch of chic" inspired by the timeless elegance of the Côte d'Azur, Le Méridien Nice is an authentic jewel located facing the Mediterranean Sea on world famous Promenade des Anglais. It is a few steps from the pedestrian area with its many fashion boutique, shops, restaurants, and bars. The Old Town is also within walking distance. Discover signature cocktails at the bar or enjoy a tasty dinner inspired by the region on the panoramic rooftop restaurant while watching the sunset. Relax in the heated outdoor pool or exercise in the fitness centre. Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is provided. The refined and exotic interior design inspired by the Golden Sixties gives each of the 318 guestrooms a unique sun-drenched style featuring soft Mediterranean blue and sandy beige shades. Fully air conditioned rooms include a flat-screen TV with international channels, coffee/tea maker facilities, in-room safe, minibar, iron and ironing board, and free wireless high speed internet access.
Address:
1, Promenade Des Anglais
Nice Cedex 1 , France

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Globus Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 9026 reviews about Globus Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was our first tour with Affordable Tours and Globus. This planned trip exceeded our expectations, from the hotel accommodations, meals, and the guided tours. Special mention to our great tour director, Chiro who ensured that everything ran smoothly, Gerardo, our bus driver, and also tour guide Yvonne. The whole crew went above and beyond what they were supposed to do. Great, reputable company! My husband and I are already talking about planning another Italy tour, hopefully one with Chiro as the tour director.

This trip has exceeded my expectations.

Every aspect of the trip was very smooth. Director provided excellent information on what was upcoming. Local guides were great in sharing personal stories tied in to what was being seen.

Amazing trip, and tour guide. Would recommend to others

Everything was terrific. Would do this again. G

I found Globus Tours (sold by Affordable Tours) to be a good mix of guided tours and free time. The extra excursions offered were excellent and well organized.

This was a first rate, professional tour company. We had an excellent experience.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The drivers were above expectations. Rooms and meals were great. Would use Affordable Tours and Globus again.

Our tour guide Helen is excellent, she is very knowledgeable in history and explain things very clear. She is caring and did a very good job and made this trip memorable and the groups are easier going and made a great difference for this trip. Thank you for your services and certainly I will recommend my friends and I hope in near future l will make another trip with you and your company. Thank you.

Our tour director (Bob) and driver (Joe)) we're truly outstanding. The itinerary was great. Highly recommend.

My trip was fantastic, hotels, staff and guide your director was outstanding!!! Very happy with my trip, and will book another trip again we Affortable tours !

Fantastic trip. One of the best trips I ever took.

The tour operator are exceptional professional and friendly

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