Paris, Champagne & The French Countryside
From its beautiful architecture and historical sights to its stunning countryside and famous cuisine, France is a country sure to delight even the most discerning traveler. This tour through France highlights all of this and more in the Champagne region and the French countryside with overnights in Paris, Metz, Colmar, Lyon, Avignon, and Marseilles
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Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France
Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants, followed by an orientation drive.
Hotel: Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur
Day 2: Paris – Reims – Metz
Drive to Reims, city of champagne, and enjoy a special Champagne Tasting. Also recognised by UNESCO, France’s Champagne region is celebrated for its specialised artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise. Next, visit the impressive Notre Dame De Reims Cathedral, where the Kings of France were crowned. Considered one of the most beautiful examples of gothic art, the 800-year-old cathedral was one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, arrive in Metz, located at the confluence of the Moselle and Seine Rivers. Enjoy an orientation of this 3,000-year-old city and visit the magnificent gothic Cathedral, famous for its glass-stained windows.
Hotel: Mercure Metz Centre
Day 3: Metz – Saint-Avold – Strasbourg – Colmar
Stop in Saint-Avold for a visit of the largest American Military WWII Cemetery in Europe, the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial. Next, enter the Alsace region and arrive in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament has its plenary sessions four days each month. A Boat Cruise is the best way to see Strasbourg with its Little France District and the impressive European Union institutions. Continue to Colmar.
Hotel: Mercure Centre Unterlinden
Day 4: Colmar
Explore Colmar and the famous Little Venice district with its halftimbered houses by Little Train. Balance of the day is at leisure. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions.
Day 5: Colmar – Beaune – Lyon
Enter Burgundy and arrive in Beaune, wine capital of the region, for an orientation of this beautiful town. Admire Notre Dame Basilica and visit the impressive Hotel Dieu, originally founded as a hospital for the poor. Then, continue to Lyon “Capital of the Gauls,” beautifully situated between two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone, and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town to discover the Traboules, secret, hidden passageways winding their way through buildings and along staircases, with a history going back to the 4th century.
Hotel: Mercure Château Perrache
Day 6: Lyon – Pont Du Gard – Avignon
This morning enter Provence. At Pont du Gard, marvel at the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France, a monumental feat of engineering completed in 19 BC. Continue to Avignon, the medieval residence of several popes and antipopes. During your walking tour through the Old Town, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge, and browse through the colourful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Avignon
Day 7: Avignon – St. Remy-De-Provence – Les Baux-De-Provence – Marseilles
In St. Remy-de-Provence, visit the St. Paul De Mausole Monastery, used as a hospital when Vincent van Gogh stayed there for a year in 1889. Continue to Les Baux-de-Provence, famous for its breathtaking views. Then, a special treat awaits: an Olive Oil Tasting. Arrive in the busy seaport of Marseilles, and visit the neo-byzantine Notre Dame De La Garde Basilica, spectacularly located on a limestone outcrop near the Old Port on the foundations of an ancient fort.
Hotel: Mercure Centre Vieux Port, 2 nights
Day 8: Marseilles – Excursion To Aix-En-Provence
This morning takes you on an included excursion to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cezanne, and has always attracted artists from around the world. Explore its centre during your walking tour, and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau. An optional excursion is available to Arles with its Roman arena. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Marseilles’ excellent local restaurants as a proper au revoir to France.
Day 9: Marseilles
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 11, 25||$3,029.00||$3,864.00|
|May: 09, 23||$3,059.00||$3,894.00|
|June: 06, 27||$3,129.00||$3,964.00|
|August: 01, 15||$2,979.00||$3,814.00|
|Meals:||8 breakfasts, 2 dinners|
|Transport:||Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring|
|Accommodation:||8 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||An expert Tour Director and separate Driver|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.