HONFLEUR, CAEN, NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES, BAYEUX, MONT ST. MICHEL,
ANGERS, LOIRE VALLEY, LA ROCHELLE, BORDEAUX, TOULOUSE, CARCASSONNEe,
NIMES, PONT DU GARD, AVIGNON, Arles, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRENCH RIVIERA,
to know France from the inside on this exciting vacation. From Paris,
head north to Rouen, then Honfleur, Caen, and the Normandy’s historic
D-Day landing beaches from World War II. On to Bayeux, then the
enduring beauty of Mont St. Michel, Angers with its cathedral, and the
glorious Loire Valley. Travel through the countryside, famous for its
cognac and champagne production, and visit Poitiers, a picturesque town
of Roman heritage, as well as seaside La Rochelle. Spend a night in
Bordeaux and continue through the Dordogne to the cliffside village of
Rocamadour before reaching Toulouse. An orientation tour shows you
medieval Carcassonne on the way to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, and
Avignon. Visit Arles, made famous by Van Gogh, and enchanting
Aix-en-Provence. Next up: the magnificent French Riviera, summer home
of the glitz and glam. Take the Route Napoleon, visiting a perfume
workshop in Grasse, then carry on to Lyon on the banks of the
Rhône and Saône Rivers. Stop in delightful Beaune,
Burgundy’s wine capital, then return to Paris, the “City of Light,”
with included sightseeing of the main attractions and leisure time to
soak in the romantic atmosphere.
Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont
St. Michel, Angers, Loire Valley, La Rochelle, Cognac Museum, Bordeaux,
Rocamadour, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon,
Arles, Aix-en-Provence, French Riviera, Grasse, Lyon, Beaune
Loire Valley, Perigot Noir, Dordogne, Cognac, French Riviera, Burgundy
wine country, Route Napoleon
December 20 Departure – New Year in Paris including Reveillon dinner
On Tuesday departures, overnight is at Blois instead of Amboise.
Itinerary changes as follows:
Day 4: Mont St. Michel–Angers–Blois. (B)
Day 5: At leisure in Blois or optional excursion to Chenonceau &
Amboise Castles. (B,D)
Day 6: Blois–Poitiers–La Rochelle–Bordeaux. (B,D)
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
visits and special features: Shown in
UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where
throughout the tour
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
PARIS Ibis La Villette (ST) or Novotel
Porte d'Orleans (F) or Novotel Paris 17 (F)
CAEN Mercure Côte de
Nacre (ST) at Herouville
MONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert
(ST) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (ST) at St. Quentin sur
LOIRE VALLEY Novotel (F) at
Amboise or Villa Bellagio (ST) at Blois
BORDEAUX Mercure Bordeaux
TOULOUSE Radisson Toulouse
AVIGNON Ibis Pont de l'Europe
(ST) or Ibis Styles Sud (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn (ST)
at Nice or Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST) Nice Vieux
Port or Ibis (ST) at Mouans Sartoux
LYON Lyon Ouest (ST) or
PARIS Campanile Porte
d'Italie (ST) or Novotel La Defense (F)
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts; 5 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. Tonight, meet
your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day2Paris–Rouen–Honfleur–CaenDrive first to the historical capital
city of Normandy, Rouen, one of the largest and most prosperous cities
of Medieval Europe and walk through its center, rich in gothic
architecture. Next, stop in lovely HONFLEUR known for its old,
beautiful, picturesque port, characterized by its houses with
slate-covered facades, before reaching Caen for an overnight.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 3 Caen–Normandy Landing
Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. MichelTime to see Caen before a visit to the
legendary beaches where the Allied troops landed more than 70 years
ago. The highlights are Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the AMERICAN
CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, where you can admire the
famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors' epic battle in 1066
(entrance fee extra). Then, southwards to the unique beauty of Mont St.
Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway.
Day4Mont St. Michel–Angers–Loire ValleyTime this morning to enjoy a visit of
MONT ST. MICHEL before a mid-morning departure to Angers to visit its
CATHEDRAL. Then, along the banks of the Loire River to reach your hotel
for two overnights. A chance this evening to join an optional dinner at
a local restaurant.
Loire ValleyTime at leisure or join 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
Day6Loire Valley–La Rochelle–Cognac–BordeauxTravel on the comfortable Autoroute
L’Aquitaine. Next stop is the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated
on the Atlantic coast. Continue eastwards into the world-famous Cognac
region to visit the HENNESSY MUSEUM in Cognac. Then, journey to
Bordeaux for an orientation walk.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 7 Bordeaux–Dordogne–Rocamadour–ToulouseToday, drive into the heart of one of
France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically
located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff.
Southwards by way of Cahors to Toulouse for an overnight.
Breakfast | Dinner
Du Gard–AvignonDrive this morning along the Autoroute
des Deux Mers for an orientation walk in Carcassonne. Then, continue
eastwards to Nîmes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards
shaded by lotus trees. Get a view of the Maison Carrée, one of
the best-preserved Roman temples in the whole of France. Short picture
stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon for an
Day 9 Avignon–Arles–Aix-En-Provence–French
RivieraSouth this morning to visit Arles, the
most famous of all the Provence towns, known all over the world by the
paintings of Van Gogh. Visit the famous Roman AMPHITHEATER. Stop in
Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the COURS MIRABEU, lined with
plane trees and its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains.
Finally, to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Don’t miss the optional evening excursion.
Day10French RivieraTake the time today to enjoy all the
amenities of the French Riviera. Tonight, there is an opportunity to
see the Principality of Monaco on the optional excursion “Monte Carlo
Day11French Riviera–Grasse–Lyon AreaFirst to Grasse for a visit to a PERFUME
WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great
panoramic routes, the one Napoleon took on his return from Elba in
1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.
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, where you visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU before
returning to the French capital and “City of Light,” Paris. Don't miss
the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle.
Day13ParisIn the included sightseeing with a local
expert are many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de
Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near
the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional
excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner
might be just the ticket.
Day14ParisYour vacation ends with breakfast this
Tour of France
14 Day Tour
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your interest in this quality tour by The GLOBUS Family
Gardner President Gardner Travel
and The Globus Family of
More than 75
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
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
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
Care of Your
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
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.
planning your annual vacation, or the vacation of a lifetime. Either
you don't want to think about canceling or interrupting your trip. Or
sick. Or losing your luggage.
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things happen and we provide travelers peace of mind with a Travel
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cancel or interrupt your Cosmos travel package due to a covered injury,
sickness, death — your own, or that of a Traveling Companion, or of a
of the Immediate Family — or for Other Covered Events as defined, you
the case of your death, your estate) will be reimbursed up to $10,000:
1) for cancellation charges imposed by Cosmos and/or by any airline
provided direct flight connections to join your Cosmos travel package,
if you cancel prior to departure; or, 2) the unused, non-refundable
portion of your Cosmos travel package costs and the additional
charges paid to return home or to rejoin your original Cosmos travel
(limited to the cost of economy one-way airfare by scheduled carrier,
the point of destination to the point of origin shown on your original
travel tickets) if you must interrupt your trip after departure.
and Missed Connection Coverage up to $1,000
miss a scheduled flight or your land tour departure because of delay or
a public conveyance due to inclement weather, mechanical breakdown, or
strike that affects public transportation, you will be reimbursed up to
$1,000 for the cost of the extra fare paid to join your Cosmos travel
(limited to the cost of the most economical air or service transport
Airline-required legal minimum connection times must be observed and
scheduled time between arrival at the tour departure city and the land
tour departure must be four hours or longer.
up to $1,000
Traveling Companion cancel or interrupt a Cosmos travel package due to
a covered injury, sickness, death or for Other Covered Events, you will
be reimbursed up to $1,000 for Cosmos charges to change your hotel
for twin to single occupancy (or from triple to twin).
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interrupt a Cosmos travel package due to a covered injury or sickness
by you or a Traveling Companion, you will be reimbursed up to $1,000
accommodations and meals. Coverage begins 12 hours after the tour
the location where you are detained. There is a maximum limit of $100
Benefits - Part B Baggage and
Travel Documents up to $2,500
lost, stolen or broken on your trip. Includes borrowed or rented
Restrictions may apply; please refer to your coverage certificate.
up to $250
purchase of essential items if your bags are delayed for more than 24
Expense up to $10,000
medical expenses with no daily limits or deductibles.
Expense up to $10,000
medical expenses with no daily limits or deductibles.
up to $1,000
dental expenses with no daily limits or deductibles.
Medical Transportation up to $15,000
and transportation expenses as directed by a doctor to the nearest
medical facility or home.
Death and Dismemberment up to $25,000
accidental death or dismemberment 24 hours a day while you are on your
up to $15,000
and necessary services for transportation of the insured's remains to
or her place of residence.
up to $100,000
accidents that occur when traveling on a regularly scheduled flight or
for your peace of mind anywhere in the world!
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with replacement of travel documents.
Help in locating
local doctors, dentists, or medical facilities
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hotel reservations, tracking lost luggage and more!
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Advice — around-the-clock access to passport, visa, inoculation and
requirements; travel advisories; embassy and consulate contacts; travel
health advisories; weather and currency information — all for your
Cash Transfer — assistance in coordinating an emergency cash advance.
Pre-existing Medical Conditions
medical conditions exclusion is waived if insurance is purchased within
24 hours of initial trip deposit.
apply. Please refer to your Certificate of Insurance for complete
For those who
have selected the Travel Protection Plan on their booking, we will
the option to purchase our Travel Protection Plus Plan, at an
cost of only $20.00* per person. Once this coverage has been selected,
Globus and Cosmos will allow you to cancel your vacation up to 24 hours
(or the prior business day, whichever is farther out) before the
departure for any reason.
If the reason
for the cancellation is covered under the normal Travel Protection Plan
provisions, the passenger should file a claim with the plan's
Travel Guard 1-866-729-5220, for the penalty retained. In the event the
reason for the cancellation is not covered, the cancellation penalty as
retained by Globus or Cosmos will be reimbursed in the form of Travel
(less the Travel Protection Plan premium and the Plus supplement). The
certificates are non-refundable, non-transferable and will be valid for
one year from the date of the originally confirmed departure date.
Travel Protection Plan premium and the $20.00* supplement for the Plus
Plan are non-refundable. This supplement must be added and confirmed on
the booking within the original deposit period of the booking. The
Protection Plus Plan does not cover penalties associated with air not
through Globus and Cosmos or cancellation made within 24 hours (or the
prior business day, whichever is farther out).
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