Globus - Paris, Champagne & The French Countryside
Paris to Marseilles
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, Macon, Avignon, and Marseilles.
France's Champagne region is famous throughout the world and is even recognized by UNESCO. On this France tour, you will visit Reims in the Champagne region and as a special highlight included by Globus, you’ll even get a Champagne experience! While in Reims, you will also visit the impressive Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 800 years and where the Kings of France used to be crowned. In addition to the cathedral in Reims, you'll also visit the magnificent cathedral in Metz and the neo-byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica in Marseilles, located on the foundations of an ancient fort.
Strasbourg is a city that has retained its historic charm. Here, enjoy a boat cruise and see its Little France District, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Other highlights of this France tour include a walk through Little Venice in Colmar, a city with quintessential 15th- and 16th-century buildings, and an excursion to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne. Here, walk around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés. Globus has also arranged an olive oil tasting in St. Rémy-de-Provence—just another unique experience offered by Globus!
All of this and much more are included on this marvelous tour through France. It’s a dream vacation!
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE. (Sat.)
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. (D)
DAY 2 PARIS–REIMS–METZ. (Sun.)
Drive to Reims, city of champagne, and enjoy a highlight CHAMPAGNE EXPERIENCE with sabrage (saber). 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. (B)
DAY 3 METZ–SAINT-AVOLD–STRASBOURG–COLMAR. (Mon.)
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. (B)
DAY 4 COLMAR. (Tue.)
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. (B)
DAY 5 COLMAR–BEAUNE–LYON. (Wed.)
Enter the Burgundy vineyards and arrive in Beaune, wine capital of the region, for an orientation of this beautiful town. Admire the Notre Dame Basilica and visit the impressive HÔTEL DIEU, originally founded as a hospital for the poor. Then, continue to Lyon “Capital of the Gauls,” and the second largest city in France, beautifully situated between two rivers,
the Rhône and the Saône. (B)
DAY 6 LYON–AVIGNON. (Thu.)
Enjoy a walking tour through OLD LYON. See the Roman ruins, reminders of the city’s glorious past, and the Murales, examples of trompe l’oeil, started by a group of students in the ‘70s. On 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. (B)
DAY 7 AVIGNON–ST. RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE–LES BAUX-DEPROVENCE–MARSEILLES. (Fri.)
In St. Rémy-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. (B)
DAY 8 MARSEILLES. EXCURSION TO AIX-EN-PROVENCE. (Sat.)
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 Cézanne, 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. (B,D)
DAY 9 MARSEILLES. (Sun.)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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- Superior hotels selected for their comfort and convenient location
- Deluxe coaches with WiFi, and where alternative transport is required (like rail journeys), you'll have first class seats.
- Immersive experiences - VIP Access to Major Attractions - plus special behind-the-scenes experiences.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable - these are outlined in the detailed itinerary.
- Expert tour directors - genuine local experts who are from the region you're travelling - plus they take care of everything including hotel check-ins and sending your bags to your room.
- Regional cuisine - breakfast is included daily with a range of other meals at local restuarants - these are outlined in the detailed itinerary
Book and deposit by 30 April 2019, and you can save 5% on any UK or Europe tour.
Second Tour Discount - 5% Second Tour discount (Second tour discount applies when multiple tours are booked at the same time for travel within the same calendar year)