9 days from Paris to Marseille
Departs From: Vienna
From its beautiful architecture and historic sites to its stunning countryside and famous cuisine, France is a country sure to delight even the most discerning traveler. This escorted tour through France highlights all of this and more in the Champagne region and the French countryside with overnights in Paris, Metz, Colmar, Mâcon, Avignon, and Marseilles. Frances Champagne region is famous throughout the world and is recognized by UNESCO. On this French guided tour, you will visit Reims in the Champagne region and as a special highlight included by TravelToe, you’ll even get a Champagne experience with sabrage! 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 gothic 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-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Other highlights of this France tour include a ride on the little train through Colmar and its famous Little Venice, and an excursion to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne. Here, walk along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés. TravelToe has also arranged an olive oil tasting in St. Rémy-de-Provence—just another unique experience to enjoy! All of this and much more are included on this marvelous escorted tour through France. It’s a dream vacation!Duration:
|01 September, 2018
||09 September, 2018
|15 September, 2018
||23 September, 2018
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; orientation driveREIMS
[LF] Champagne experience with sabrage (saber); visit the cathedralMETZ
Orientation, visit the cathedralSAINT-AVOLD
Visit the Lorraine American Cemetery & MemorialSTRASBOURG
[LF] Boat cruise and “Little France” district COLMAR
[LF] Enjoy an orientation on the little train including “Little Venice”BEAUNE
Walking tour of Old LyonAVIGNON
Walking tour, take pictures of the Palace of the PopesST. REMY-DE-PROVENCE
Visit the St. Paul de Mausole MonasteryLES BAUX-DE-PROVENCE
Enjoy the panoramic view; [LF] olive oil tasting MARSEILLES
Orientation, visit the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica; excursion to Aix-en-Provence; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Day 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
. Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants, followed by an orientation drive of the “City of Light.” (D)Day 2 PARIS–REIMS–METZ.
Drive to Reims, city of champagne, and enjoy a highlight [LF] CHAMPAGNE EXPERIENCE with sabrage (saber). 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. (B)Day 3 METZ–SAINT-AVOLD–STRASBOURG–COLMAR
. Stop in Saint-Avold for a visit to 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 [LF] 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
. [LF] Explore Colmar and the famous LITTLE VENICE district with its half-timbered houses by LITTLE TRAIN. Balance of the day is at leisure. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions. (B)Day 5 COLMAR–BEAUNE–MÂCON.
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. (B)Day 6 MÂCON–LYON–AVIGNON.
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. (B)Day 7 AVIGNON–ST. RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE–LES BAUX-DE-PROVENCE–MARSEILLES
. 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 highlight awaits you: [LF] 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
. Today, 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. An optional excursion is available to Arles with its Roman arena. This evening, a special farewell dinner awaits you at one of Marseilles’ excellent local restaurants as a proper au revoir to France. (B,D)Day 9 MARSEILLES.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)Meals
: Full buffet breakfas daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine: a special welcome dinner in Paris and a special farewell dinner in MarseillesTransportation
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies