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Paris, Champagne & the French Countryside tour

Paris, Champagne & the French Countryside

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 2,534 $ 282 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Tour through Paris with your knowledgeable guide to see iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower!
  • Explore 800 year old cathedrals and 3,000 year old cities!
  • Enjoy the charming scenery of the fairy tale-like Colmar.
  • Wander through the medieval Avignon where the Palace of the Popes stands tall.
  • Enjoy your time at the seaside port town of Marseille with a day trip to Aix-en-Provence!

Short Description

Make your way through France in 8 nights, with each moment packed with the richness of the land. Enjoy Paris, Metz, Colmar, Macon, Avignon, and Marseille with guided tours, walking excursions, and scenery so stunning, capturing it in a photo may not do it justice. Explore France, and sip its regional specialties as you do!

Note: Transfers are included if your flight arrives in Paris between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm, and departs Marseille between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Paris
End City Marseille

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Paris (CDG), out of Marseille (MRS)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels listed, or similar:
  • Breakfast daily and two 3-course dinners with wine
  • Services of a Professional Travel Director
  • Headsets throughout the tour
  • Guided sightseeing as described in the itinerary, including:
  • Visit to the Eiffel Tower
  • Seine River cruise
  • Champagne Experience in Reims
  • Visit to Metz Cathedral
  • Visit to the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial
  • Boat cruise in Strasbourg
  • Visit to Little Venice in Colmar
  • Walking tour through Old Lyon
  • Walking tour through Avignon’s Old Town
  • Olive oil tasting in Les Baux-de-Provence
  • Visit to Notre Dame de La Garde Basilica in Marseille
  • Walking tour of Aix-en-Provence
  • Transportation by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach (with complimentary Wi-Fi)
  • Hotel tips, taxes, porterage and service charges

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Paris!

Touchdown in Paris and meet your Tour Director and traveling companions. Enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at a lively Parisian restaurant, then kick off your vacation with a trip to the second floor of the Eiffel tower!

Transfer to hotel

Day 2: Paris

Embark on your orientation tour, leading you by the Louvre, Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, Madeleine, Opera, and more. Its up to you to choose to visit the Louvre and the artists hill of Montmartre before enjoying a cruise on the Seine.

Day 3: Paris - Reims - Metz

Leave Paris for the City of Campagne, Reims. Enjoy a champagne experience at a recognized UNESCO site where the region is celebrated for its specialized artisan champagne. Stop by the Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, a stunning 800 year old gothic cathedral, before arriving in Metz. Here you can enjoy your orientation tour of the 3,000 year old city that includes gothic cathedrals of its own.

Day 4: Metz - Saint Avold - Strasbourg - Colmar

Continue on your journey with St. Avold as your first stop. Visit the largest American WWII Cemetery in Europe, the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial, before entering the Alsace region and making your way to Strasbourg. Here, you will enjoy a boat cruise to see the best of the area, including its Little France District, and impressive European Union institutions.

Then, continue to Colmar, where you can enjoy the splendors of Little Venice and explore the charming streets dotted with half-timbered houses.

Day 5: Colmar - Beaune - Macon

Make your way to Beaune, capital of the Burgundy region, and set out on an orientation tour of the stunning town, lofty Notre Dame Basilica, and lovely Hotel-Dieu. From there, you'll continue on to Macon on the Saone River. You may want to purchase a bottle of wine there, since the city is famous for it.

Day 6: Macon - Lyon - Avignon

A short trip in the morning will bring you to the second-largest city in France: Lyon. Snap photos along your walking tour between the Rhone and Saone Rivers, examine Roman ruins and the Murales, and enjoy the charm of Old Lyon.

Then, continue on to the medieval Avignon, where seveal popes and antipopes have lived. Here your walking tour will bring you by the magnificent Palace of the Popes, colorful shops selling traditional Provence wares, and the famous bridge. You may want to pick up honey, herbs and nougat candy here.

Day 7: Avignon - St. Remy-de-Provence - Les Baux-de-Provence - Marseille

Enjoy the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery in St. Remy-de-Provence before continuing on to the Baux-de-Provence, famous for its amazing views. Indulge in an olive oil tasting there before arriving in the bustling seaport town of Marseille, and visit the Notre Dame de le Garde Basilica, an amazing neo-byzantine cathedral set on a limestone outcrop on the foundations of an ancient fort.

Day 8: Marseille

Enjoy a day trip to Aix-en-Prvence, known for its fields of lavender and artistic elegance. Explore the city center on your walking tour and make your way through the maze of narrow streets selling local wares. Return to Marseille to enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant as a proper send-off from France.

Day 9: Depart France

Pack your bags, tuck away your souvenirs, enjoy a quick breakfast, and catch your flight home!

Transfer to Marseille Airport (MRS)

Fly home!

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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Mercure Macon Bord De Saone
  • Hotel Novotel Avignon Centre
  • Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port
  • Hotel Paris Novotel Gare
  • Hotel Mercure Metz Centre
  • Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden

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