Paris, Champagne & The French Countryside (RP)

9 days from Paris to Marseille

2019 Tour Details

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.

France's Champagne region is famous throughout the world and is even recognized by UNESCO. On this French tour, you will visit Reims in the Champagne region and as a special highlight included by Globus, 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. Globus has also arranged an olive oil tasting in Les Baux-de-Provence—just another unique experience offered by Globus!

All of this and much more is included on this marvelous tour through France. It’s a dream vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; orientation drive

REIMS
[LF] Champagne experience with sabrage (saber); visit the cathedral

METZ
Orientation, visit the cathedral

SAINT-AVOLD
Visit the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial

STRASBOURG
[LF] Boat cruise and “Little France” district

COLMAR
[LF] Enjoy an orientation on the little train including “Little Venice”

BEAUNE
Orientation, visit Hôtel Dieu

LYON
Walking tour of Old Lyon

AVIGNON
Walking tour, take pictures of the Palace of the Popes

ST. REMY-DE-PROVENCE
Visit the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery

LES 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

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners: including dinners at a local restaurant in Paris and Marseilles

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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.
Dinner Dinner

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 the magnificent gothic CATHEDRAL, famous for its glass-stained windows.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

COLMAR–BEAUNE–LYON. 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. Enjoy a walking tour through OLD LYON and 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

LYON–AVIGNON. Enter the Provence and arrive in 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 treat awaits: [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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from around the world. 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 farewell dinner awaits at one of Marseilles’ excellent local restaurants as a proper au revoir to France.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

MARSEILLES. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARIE CLAIRE PAILHEREY

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"As a native of Lyon, the "food capital of France", I have always enjoyed sharing my country's rich traditions, history, art, wine and food, as well as the French attitudes and perspectives. The part of the job I like the most is breaking the stereotypes, making each day fresh, efficient and meaningful, and at the end of the tour, having tour members say "French people have been so nice to us, we had a great time or we will be back!""

Tour Director -  MARIE CLAIRE PAILHEREY

 Accommodations

AVIGNON

AVIGNON GRAND HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

COLMAR

MERCURE COLMAR CENTRE UNTERLINDEN

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LYON

MERCURE LYON CENTRE CHATEAU PERRACHE

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MARSEILLE

MERCURE MARSEILLE CENTRE VIEUX PORT

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Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

METZ

MERCURE METZ CENTRE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PARIS

NOVOTEL PARIS GARE

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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