15-Nights Beautiful France
The name of the French 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 Chteau 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.
PARIS Special welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel TowerTROYES Walking tourBURGUNDY[LF] Stay two nights in Chteau de Chailly in Pouilly-en-AuxoisDIJON Walking tourBEAUNE Visit the inner court of Hôtel-Dieu; [LF] wine tasting at the Marché aux Vins wine cellarCHAMONIX [LF] Fondue Savoyarde dinner at Brasserie de l’MGRASSE Visit a perfume factoryAIX-EN-PROVENCE Walking tourAVIGNON Visit the Palace of the PopesPONT DU GARD Take pictures of the Roman aqueductARLES Walking tour, visit the amphitheaterNÎMES Walking tour, see Maison CarréCARCASSONNE [LF] Walk by the ancient battlementsDORDOGNE Visit Cahors & RocamadourPÉRIGUEUX Walk through the medieval quarter and see St. Front CathedralBORDEAUX–PARIS By high-speed TGV train (first-class)Headsets throughout the tour
15 nights from $3879 per person
Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.
Visitors to Avignon won't want to leave, and the town is too interesting to leave. Avignon is ancient, full of history, life, youth, art, music and activity. Just to "see" the town itself, a visitor could wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls for days without tiring of them.
From the elegant city of Cannes, home of the famous film festival, it's an easy drive to the other star attractions along the French Riviera. Enjoy the plunging cliffside scenery on one of the corniche roads to Monte Carlo. Or visit Antibes with its lush, bougainvillea-draped villas, or the medieval walled town of St. Paul de Vence.
Chamonix sits in the shadow of Mont Blanc and offers some of the most challenging skiing in Europe. The town is in the center of a string of villages spread out along a valley cutting deep through the Alps; the village of Argentiere is six miles up the valley, beneath the renowned Grands-Montets slopes, and Les Houches is a small resort a few miles below. The huge variety of on- and off-piste skiing in Chamonix attracts all levels of skiers, and this shows in the sportive atmosphere in the bars and restaurants. Chamonix is known for its ski-hard-party-hard atmosphere and the nightlife won't disappoint. There is a casino for those wishing to try their luck on the tables. Chamonix's other activities include swimming, bathing in Turkish baths, indoor ice skating, and bowling.
In Burgundy, waterways provide a leisurely means for a vacation and luxurious hotel-barges offer exquisite service, haute cuisine, and the best wines from Burgundy's vineyards.
Regional cuisine includes famous boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, and garlicky snails. Famous for fine wines, Bourgogne is home to "the best wines in Christendom".
History buffs will thrill to the medieval city of Vézelay. Visit the Ste-Madeleine Basilica, finished in 878. In the center of Dijon is Palais des Ducs, which today houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Sometimes called "Le Petit Louvre" because of its extraordinary collections, it houses works ranging from medieval to renaissance to impressionist. For a view of Burgundy usually reserved for the birds, hop a ride with one of several hot-air balloon companies.
Nimes may have been one of the richest and finest Roman cities of Gaul. Several important remains of the Roman Empire can still be seen in and around Nîmes. The elliptical Roman amphitheatre, of 1st or 2nd century AD, is the best-preserved Roman arena in France. It is used today as a bull fighting and concert arena. The Maison Carrée (Square House), a small Roman temple dedicated to sons of Agrippa, was built in 19 BC. and is one of the best-preserved Roman temples anywhere. Nearby Pont du Gard is a well-preserved aqueduct across the Gardon river valley. Nearby Mont Cavalier is crowned by Tour Magne ("Great Tower"), a ruined Roman tower. The cathedral (Saint Castor), which is partly Romanesque and Gothic in style, is believed to be the site of the temple of Augustus.
Carcassonne is a French town in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. The fortified town sits at a rocky hilltop. Settlement was first discovered in 3500 BC however by the 6th century during the Iron Age, when the Romans were conquering Europe, trade became rampant that the Romans decided to secure the hilltop for better defenses. The fortress is designed with two outer walls and 53 towers to prevent sieges or attacks.
Visitors can stroll across the castle drawbridge through the medieval rustic town of La Cite. The walls within the stoned walls have centuries old of stories upon which may be watched at the theater grounds. This spectacular fairy-tale fortress in the French countryside is waiting to be explored!
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