Paris, Champagne & More Tour - Globus® Escorted Tours

Paris, Champagne & The French Countryside (RP)

9 Day Tour from Paris to Marseille

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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 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! 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!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

PARIS
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; ascend the Eiffel Tower; orientation drive
REIMS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Champagne experience with sabrage (saber); visit the cathedral
METZ
Orientation, visit the cathedral
SAINT-AVOLD
Visit the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial
STRASBOURG
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite boat cruise and “Little France” district
COLMAR
Visit “Little Venice”
BEAUNE
Orientation
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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite olive oil tasting
MARSEILLES
Orientation, visit the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica; excursion to Aix-en-Provence; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour
Notes:

NOTE:

  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Paris program cannot be excluded.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
  • Paris Banks of the Seine
  • Strasbourg - Grand Ile
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi, Reims
  • Champagne Hillside Houses and cellars

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfas daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine: a special welcome dinner in Paris and a special farewell dinner in Marseilles

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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 with wine at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. Then, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER for a panoramic view.

DinnerDinner

Day 2 Paris

Your orientation drive features the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, and more. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Paris–Reims–Metz

Drive to Reims, city of champagne, and enjoy a highlight Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Metz–Saint Avold–Strasbourg–Colmar

This morning, stop in St. 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BOAT CRUISE is the best way to see Strasbourg with its LITTLE FRANCE DISTRICT and the impressive European Union institutions. Continue to Colmar, where another highlight awaits: your Tour Director will show you LITTLE VENICE. Time to explore this fascinating district with its half-timbered houses.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Colmar–Beaune–Macon

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Macon–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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Avignon–St. Remy-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: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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

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. This evening, a special farewell dinner awaits you at one of Marseilles’ excellent local restaurants as a proper au revoir to France.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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

Paris
Metz
Colmar
Macon
Avignon
Marseille

Paris

Novotel Paris Gare

First-Class

Novotel Paris Gare 17 Rue Du Cotentin, Paris,  France

17 Rue Du Cotentin
Paris, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Stay in the heart of the capital, close to the Montparnasse train station, this modern 199-room hotel is an ideal base for visiting this capital city. Facilities include a trendy bar and restaurant with terrace, Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout and there is also a fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls

Metz

Mercure Metz Centre

First-Class

Mercure Metz Centre 29 Place St. Thiebault, Metz,  France

29 Place St. Thiebault
Metz, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

In the heart of Metz, 300 m, from the train station, close to access to different highways, the 4-star Mercure Metz Centre offers comfortable accommodation for business or leisure trips. To satisfy your cultural cravings in the Lorraine capital, you will appreciate the proximity of our hotel to the Centre Pompidou, the Musée De La Cour D'Or and the St-Etienne Cathedral. A combination of elegance and modern comfort, discover the Mercure for your seminars and banquets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Colmar

Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden

First-Class

Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden 15 Rue Golbery, Colmar,  France

15 Rue Golbery
Colmar, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located on the famous Alsace wine route, in the heart of the Colmar historic city center this 76 room property has a restaurant and bar and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. For relaxation there is a Well Being area with fitness room and Sauna.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms

Macon

Mercure Macon Bord De Saone

First-Class

Mercure Macon Bord De Saone 26, Rue Pierre De Coubertin, Macon,   France

26, Rue Pierre De Coubertin
Macon, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located in the entertainment district, Mercure Macon Bord de Saone is a great choice for a stay in Macon. This Pleasant 4-story Motor Hotel is situated on the banks of the Saone River. After having fun at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Internet Access

Avignon

Novotel Avignon Centre

First-Class

Novotel Avignon Centre 20 Blvd. Saint Roch, Avignon,  France

20 Blvd. Saint Roch
Avignon, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Hotel Novotel Avignon Centre has 130 state-of-the-art, innovative rooms the hotel has a restaurant , a pool, a Spa with whirlpool bath, hamman, fitness and beauty area, and facial and body treatments . Close to the Pope's Palace, Pont d' Avignon and Avignon Opera House.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Desk
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens

Marseille

Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port

Moderate First-Class

Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port 1,Rue Neuve Saint-Martin, Marseille,  France

1,Rue Neuve Saint-Martin
Marseille, France

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A 200 room modern hotel offering Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. A rich breakfast buffet is served in the welcoming restaurant and drinks and snacks are served in the hotel's café/bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Paris
Avignon
Aix en Provence

Paris

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

Seine Cruise and Montmartre

Enjoy a cruise on the River Seine and a visit to Montmartre

Price Range: $

Avignon

Excursion to Fontaine de Vaucluse and Dinner

Excursion to Fontaine de Vaucluse and Dinner

Experience a visit to the unique village of Fontaine de Vaucluse with your local guide

Price Range: $$

AixenProvence

Excursion to Arles

Excursion to Arles

Don't miss out the chance to discover Arles, one of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Price Range: $$

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