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The following itinerary is an example of a possible route with various activities.
It can reorganized to fit your interests, budget and schedule. It can also be combined with any of the other programs on our website.
Welcome in France! On arrival at Paris airport, you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Globe Trotter Travel Vouchers-Book at the front desk as you check in. The remainder of the days is at your leisure to create your own urban adventure and form your first impression of France and Paris.
Paris - 1° Overnight
Paris is a diverse and fascinating capital with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine. Today enjoy an orientation guided tour through the city to take in some of the breathtaking sights and monuments as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, and more.
Or you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River.
Paris - 2° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, pick up your rental car and drive to Reims, city of Champagne. Also recognized by UNESCO, France’s Champagne region is celebrated for its specialized 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 its magnificent gothic Cathedral, famous for its glass-stained windows.
Metz - 3° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, this morning, stop in Saint Avold for a visit to the largest American Military WWII Cemetery in Europe, the Lorraine American Cemetry & 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. Time to explore this fascinating district with its half-timbered houses. On the second day we suggest to take a small group "Alsace villages and Wine day Trip" - 8 hours.
Colmar - 4°/5° Overnights
Enter Burgundy and arrive in Beaune, capital of the region, for an orientation of this beautiful town with its impressive Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame Basilica. Then, continue to Mâcon, situated on the Saône River, and famous for its wine.
Mâcon - 6° Overnight
A short drive brings you to Lyon, “Capital of the Gauls,” and the second-largest city in France. Enjoy a walking tour through Old Lyon, situated between two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, and see the Roman ruins 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 colorful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy.
Avignon - 7° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to 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. Here we suggest to take small group tour "OLIVE OIL TASTING". Come back to Avignon and dinner at a typical restaurant.
Avignon - 8° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, arrive in the busy seaport of Mersailles, 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.
On the second day, enjoy an included half-day 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 all over. Explore its center during your walking tour, and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau. This evening, a special farewell dinner awaits you at one of Marseilles’ excellent local restaurants as a proper au revoir to France.
Marseilles - 9°/10° Overnights