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From its vibrant cities and charming, smaller towns to the beautiful countryside and sumptuous cuisine, France has it all. On this French Sampler tour, get a sample of what France has to offer with overnights in Paris, Beaune, Aix-en-Provence, and Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Highlights of this French tour include guided sightseeing of Paris with a visit to the impressive courtyard of Les Invalides and a visit to the remarkable Palace and Gardens of Versailles - the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI is nothing short of spectacular. Other tour highlights are walking tours through Avignon to see the Palace of the Popes and through the maze of small streets to the market square of Aix-en-Provence.
On this French tour, Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Enjoy wine tasting in Beaune, capital of the Burgundy region; taste the local pastis during a visit to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, and in Èze, create your own fragrance at a famous perfume factory.
These are just some of the many highlights included on this marvelous tour traveling through France and ending in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It's a marvelous vacation experience!
PARIS Welcome dinner at a local restaurant, orientation drive, guided sightseeing, visit the courtyard of Les Invalides
VERSAILLES Visit the palace and gardens
BEAUNE Burgundy wine tasting at Marché aux Vins wine cellar, visit Hôtel-Dieu
PONT DU GARD Take pictures of the Roman aqueduct
AVIGNON Walking tour, take pictures of the Palace of the Popes
AIX-EN-PROVENCE Walking tour
ST. PAUL DE VENCE Walking tour, enjoy a glass of pastis
ÈZE Visit a perfume factory and create your own fragrance
MONTE CARLO Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Total meals included:
Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants, followed by an orientation drive.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Paris’ main sights like the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the impressive COURTYARD of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally built as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. To make the most of your stay, optional excursions are available.
A short drive brings you to Versailles, where a guided visit to the impressive PALACE AND GARDENS has been included. Continue along the Route du Soleil and take in views of châteaux before entering the Burgundy vineyards. Arrive in Beaune, wine capital of the region, and enjoy a LF WINE TASTING at the renowned Marché aux Vins wine cellar. Time to stroll around in this quaint town. See Notre Dame Baslica and visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU, which was originally built as a hospital for the poor.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Leave Burgundy and enter Provence. At Pont du Gard, marvel at the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France, a monumental feat of engineering completed in 19 BC. Avignon, a walled town on the Rhône River, became the residence of the popes in the 14th century. During your walking tour, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge, and browse through the colorful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy. Next is the pleasant town of Aix-en-Provence.
Today’s Distance: 292 mi / 470 km
Aix-en-Provence is one of France’s most elegant cities; it was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from around the world. Join your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to the market square. Wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau. Balance of the day is at leisure.
Visit LF the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. Marvel at the many art galleries and little shops, and try out a glass of the local pastis. Then, turn to the glittering Mediterranean Sea and arrive in the tiny Principality of Monaco, built on a rocky peninsula and famed for its nightlife. Later, join an optional excursion to see the palace and royal church of Monaco town, have dinner, and try your luck at the Monte Carlo casino.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km
Enjoy a morning at leisure to dabble in the blue Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon, a scenic drive with spectacular views brings you to Èze, where a unique highlight awaits: visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and LF CREATE YOUR OWN FRAGRANCE, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your trip.
Today’s Distance: 31 mi / 50 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Nice.
For operational reasons, slight schedule changes to the Paris program cannot be excluded.
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