Paris, Champagne & The French Countryside (RP)

9 Day Tour 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

PARIS
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; 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
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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; 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.

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, 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 at one of Paris’ lively restaurants, followed by an orientation drive.

DinnerDinner

Day 2 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 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 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 COLMAR

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 LYON–AVIGNON

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 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: 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

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
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
Lyon
Avignon
Marseille

 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)


Colmar
Avignon
Marseille

Colmar

Medieval Eguisheim with Tarte Flambé Dinner

Medieval Eguisheim with Tarte Flambé Dinner

Castle ruins, half-timbered homes, flowers, storks, a delectable dinner of tarte flambé, and plenty of medieval charm await in fairytale Eguisheim!

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: $$

Marseille

Excursion to Arles

Excursion to Arles

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

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

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For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guest in a party: $1,787*
12 guest in a party: $818*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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