HONFLEUR, CAEN, NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES, BAYEUX, MONT ST. MICHEL,
ANGERS, LOIRE VALLEY, LA ROCHELLE, BORDEAUX, TOULOUSE, CARCASSONNE,
NIMES, PONT DU GARD, AVIGNON, Arles, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRENCH RIVIERA,
seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person.
You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your
chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s
your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and
much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in
History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and
attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history
when we stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built
in the 1st Century; visit the amphitheater in Arles, the city with the
most Roman remains outside of Rome, Then, moving on to the Middle Ages,
visit Rocamadour, a town perched high on a cliff; walk by the ancient
battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne;
and visit Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443
after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population
destitute. On the “route Napoleon”, follow in the footsteps of
Napoleon, when he returned from Elba. Coming to recent history, see
Normandy’s landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on
June 6 1944.
Art history fans will enjoy a visit to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace
of painter Cézanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours
Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous
In Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. Spend
time in the Châteaux Country, home to spectacular castles since
the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of France’s most
picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles.
Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French
Riviera, and you’ll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on
the Mediterranean Sea.
This value-minded tour through France is truly a vacation of a
ROUEN Orientation walk
HONFLEUR and CAEN Visit
NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES Visit
the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach
MONT ST. MICHEL Visit
ANGERS Visit the cathedral
CHATEAUX COUNTRY Visit
LA ROCHELLE Visit
BORDEAUX Orientation walk and
CARCASSONNE Orientation walk
PONT DU GARD See the Roman
ARLES Visit the Roman
GRASSE Visit a perfume workshop
BEAUNE Visit Hotel Dieu
PARIS Guided sightseeing
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites
can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Mont Saint Michel and its Bay
Palace and Park of Versailles
Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
Historic centre of Avignon
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
PARIS Novotel Paris 17 (F) or Ibis Styles
Meteor Avenue D 'Italie (ST)
CAEN Ibis Caen Porte
MONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert
AMBOISE Novotel (ST)
BORDEAUX Quality Centre (D)
TOULOUSE Ibis Pont Jumeaux
AVIGNON Ibis Avignon Centre
Ponte De l'Europe
NICE Ibis Promenade des
Anglais at Nice (ST)
LYON Parkest (ST)
(D) Deluxe (SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
TRANSPORTATION Scheduled transatlantic flights and
airport transfers in Paris if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by
private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris. Professional Tour Director
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Day 1 Arrive in PARIS, France Check into your hotel and spend free
time strolling around Paris’ avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director
and fellow travelers.
Day2PARIS–ROUEN–HONFLEUR–CAENDrive first to the historical capital
city of Normandy, Rouen—one of the most prosperous cities of medieval
Europe. Walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next,
visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with
slate-covered facades. Continue to Caen. Today’s Distance: 211
mi/ 340 km
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 3 CAEN–NORMANDY LANDING
BEACHES–BAYEUX–MONT ST. MICHELTime to see Caen before visiting the
legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago.
Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the
AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous
tapestry depicting William the Conqueror’s epic battle in 1066
(entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel,
which stands on an island accessed via a causeway. Today’s Distance: 162
mi/ 260 km
Day4MONT ST. MICHEL–ANGERS–CHÂTEAUX
COUNTRYTime to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL
before departing for Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, travel along
the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country.
This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant. Today’s Distance: 236
mi/ 380 km
COUNTRYSpend the day at leisure or participate
in an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of
the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th
century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and
beautiful châteaux make for splendid panoramas.
Breakfast | Dinner
ROCHELLE–BORDEAUXThis morning spend some time in the
picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast,
followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region. Stop for
WINE TASTING at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an
orientation walk of the city center of Bordeaux. Today’s Distance: 193
mi/ 310 km
Day 7 BORDEAUX–DORDOGNE–ROCAMADOUR–TOULOUSEDiscover one of France’s most scenic
regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town
of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to
Toulouse. Today’s Distance: 298
mi/ 480 km
Breakfast | Dinner
GARD–AVIGNONTravel to Carcassonne for a walk in this
well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the
famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon. Today’s Distance: 217
mi/ 350 km
Day 9 AVIGNON–ARLES–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–FRENCH
RIVIERAVisit Arles, known all over the world
for the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATER,
then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the Cours
Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition. See its
17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French
Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Today’s Distance: 205
mi/ 330 km
Day10FRENCH RIVIERATake time to enjoy all the amenities of
the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte
Carlo by night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.
Day11FRENCH RIVIERA–GRASSE–LYON AREAFirst to Grasse to visit a traditional
PERFUME WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great
panoramic routes, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in
Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area. Today’s Distance: 298
mi/ 480 km
Breakfast | Dinner
Day12LYON AREA–BEAUNE–PARISTravel through the picturesque vineyards
and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital
since Roman times. Visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU. Return to the
French capital of Paris. Today’s Distance: 304
mi/ 490 km
Day13PARISDiscover the glorious ville
lumières with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On
your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through
Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are
also available to complete your experience.
Day14PARISYour vacation ends with breakfast this
Tour of France
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and The Globus Family of
than three decades ago Cosmos
pioneered the idea of quality value
to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
the details. Once you've
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable
folks who show you around and help you maximize your free time. We go
to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and
Local Guides. They deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual
so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will
provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
The Right Balance
No one enjoys a vacation where every second is spent on a schedule. We
build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and
explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer
suggestions for things to see and do-or you can join one of our many
intriguing optional excursions.
Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that
reveal the best of Europe, North America, and South America. Enjoy
inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who
will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features
are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. See individual
itinerary pages to learn what is included in your vacation.
Vacation with MyCosmos
Cosmos lets you enhance your tour with optional excursions that are
meaningful to you. Whether you enjoy art, music, food, wine, history,
or whatever, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip.
Best of all, you can make your selections-and even pre-pay-in advance
online at Cosmos.com/MyCosmos.
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you stay makes all the difference After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
Vacation Dollars Value-packed
vacations at bargain prices. With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
Offer Flexibility Joining late and
Many Cosmos land arrangements start and end in London. If you have
already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or
more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight
hotel on the Continent. Call your Travel Agent for any reductions that
apply to your vacation for joining late or leaving early. Vacations
with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis.
professional team takes care of you in London
For any help or information you might require during your London stay,
please contact the Cosmos hospitality desk at your hotel. Our
knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile; give you guidance on
what to do and where to go; and arrange excursions, evening
entertainment, and theater outings for you.
If you'd like more hotel nights than we've provided at the start or end
of your tour, we can make reservations for you at the rates quoted
below, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation.
Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath,
breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your
tour. Extra pre-tour nights in London are not available if you join
your tour later than Day 2.
Every effort is made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your
tour stays. If space at the tour hotel is not available, alternative
accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When
this is the case, the transfer to and from the tour hotel is at our
As hotel space is limited, we cannot reserve more than two extra nights
before and/or after a tour, unless they are needed to bridge the gap
between two Cosmos vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel
space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to
sell extra nights.
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and The Globus
More than 90
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
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