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Our group's 9-Day Escorted Tour will travel through France from Paris to Marseilles, exploring Paris, the Champagne region and French countryside with overnights in Paris, Metz, Colmar, Macon, Avignon, and Marseilles.
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.
To confirm your space on this group tour, you must call in your deposit of $250 per person prior to November 30 or the price will go up by $100 per person. Please call Mark at [masked] or Don G at [masked]-9350.
This 9-Day Escorted Tour is conducted by Globus and will be hosted by Don G. Our tour is limited to the first 30 Meetup Members who sign up and post their deposit. (First come - first served.) Our group's discounted price for this tour is only $1,799* per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rooms are extremely limited and cost an additional $503. (International airfare, airport transfers, optional excursions and some meals are not included in the price. Please call us for full details.)
Besides our host, our group tour will have a local tour director throughout the trip and we will have a deluxe touring motorcoach with Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning plus everyone will be given headsets to hear the commentary during the tour...
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 included highlight, 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. There will also be an olive oil tasting in St. Rémy-de-Provence—just another unique experience offered on this tour!
All of this and much more are included on this marvelous tour through France from only $1,799 per person. It’s a dream vacation with a dream price!
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.
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.
Day 3 Paris–Reims–Metz
Drive to Reims, city of champagne, and enjoy a highlight 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Day 9 Marseilles
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; ascend the Eiffel Tower; orientation drive
Champagne experience with sabrage (saber); visit the cathedral
Orientation, visit the cathedral
Visit the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial
Boat cruise and “Little France” district
Visit “Little Venice”
Walking tour of Old Lyon
Walking tour, take pictures of the Palace of the Popes
Visit the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery
Enjoy the panoramic view; olive oil tasting
Orientation, visit the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica; excursion to Aix-en-Provence; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine: a special welcome dinner in Paris and a special farewell dinner in Marseilles
To confirm your space on this tour, you must call in your deposit of $250 per person prior to November 30 or the price will go up by $100 per person. Please call Mark at [masked] or Don G at [masked]-9350.
This 9-Day Escorted Tour is conducted by Globus and will be limited to the first 30 Meetup Members who sign up and post their deposit. Our group's discounted price for this tour is only $1,799* per person.
The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Globus Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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