A Taste of France - 9 Days

A Taste of France

From Paris to Marseille

Experience the incredible variety of France on this 8-night escorted vacation. See Paris, Metz, Colmar, Macon, Avignon and Marseille as you enjoy guided sightseeing tours, tastings, river cruises and more!

Unique Explorations

  • 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 fairytale-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!

Embark on a whirlwind adventure through the stunning towns and cities of France. Lead by your knowledgeable guides with the ability to walk around each city to explore its local culture and mouthwatering food selections, this trip is packed with new experiences and adventure.

Begin with your Tour Director in Paris, where you’ll see iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe. Then make your way to Metz, an ancient city with striking gothic cathedrals and champagne. Enjoy the fairy tale-like town of Colmar and cruise through its waterways before continuing on to Macon, the city famous for its wine.

Then spend a night in Avignon, a medieval-influenced city where the Palace of the Popes stands proudly among all other buildings. Here shops sell cloth, honey, herbs, and candy that are all specific to the region. Then you will continue on to Marseille, where seaside views and day trips to the elegant Aix-en-Provence await.

PRICES FROM: $2873*PER PERSON (6 Night option available)

*Vacation is round-trip, per person, based on 2 travelers departing from
Atlanta. Includes air, airport taxes, hotel, transfers, daily breakfast and more. Additional baggage charges may apply. Rates are available for 1 to 9 travelers. Sceptre

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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

Check In – Hotel Paris Novotel Gare

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Sitting in the heart of Paris, the Novotel Paris Gare is within easy reach of many of the capitals most iconic sights. Find easy access to the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and the Champs-Elysees, just to name a few. Enjoy the elegant yet modern decour, a restaurant, a bar with a shaded terrace, 24-hour reception that also sells snacks, a daily breakfast buffet express breakfast options, private parking, assistance with tickets, free newspapers, a business center with computers, and free Wi-Fi throughout the premises.

Rooms are comfortable and stylish, with a flat-screen HD TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, a minibar, an electric kettle, a private bathroom with a shower or tub, and a complimentary bottle of water. Executive rooms also come with free drinks and snacks, a bathrobe, slippers, and a Nespresso coffee machine. The Montparnasse-Bienvenue Metro station is a little over a thousand feet away, and gives quick and easy access to many of Paris’ sights.

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.

Check In – Hotel Mercure Metz Centre

METZ, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

In the heart of Metz, France, a short walk from the train station, the Hotel Mercure Metz Centre stands with quiet elegance. The Mercure Metz offers comfortable accommodations for any traveler looking for a leisurely stay in France or a place to unwind after a long day of business abroad. Any stay to the Lorraine Captial warrants at least a day trip to Centre Pompidou, the Musée De La Cour D’Or museum, and the St-Etienne Cathedral, all of which are in close proximity to the Mercure Metz and is sure to satisfy any cultural cravings.

A striking balance of elegance and modern comfort, Mercure meeting rooms for your seminars and banquet halls go above and beyond expectations. For exploring Metz, you can also find numerous restaurants and shops a short walk from the hotel.

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.

Check In – Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden

COLMAR, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden hotel sits in the heart of the Colmar historic city center, a beacon among the Alsace wine capital, and about a minute’s walk from the Unterlinden Museum. The central location of the Unterlinden is perfect for visiting Little Venice, the Bartholdi museum, and the Christmas markets in the winter. A fitness room and sauna are offered for a way of winding down after an adventurous day of sightseeing or a lucrative day of work. Guests can also unwind with a drink at the hotel bar.

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.

Check In – Mercure Macon Bord De Saone

MACON, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

An hour away from Paris, on the wine road between the Macon area and Beaujolais, the Mercure Mâcon Bord de Saône hotel opens the door to a number of possibilities. Travel around the vineyards of the region, enjoy the restaurant, take a dip in the swimming pool, and take in the beautiful view of the river or the park. Tease your palatte outside the hotel and rendezvous with quality dining experiences such as Pouilly Fuissé and Saint Véran, or partake in Mâcon Charolaise beef, poultry from Bresse, and goat cheese in the Lamartine area.

Situated by a peaceful green park on the banks of the River Saône, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the nearby motorway, half-way between Paris and Marseille. There is also a free outdoor car park and air-conditioned function rooms for all types of receptions.

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.

Check In – Hotel Novotel Avignon Centre

AVIGNON, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Novotel Avignon Centre offers an outdoor swimming pool and a beauty salon. It also features a fitness center and a spa with a sauna, and a hot tub. Decorated in a contemporary style, the rooms at Novotel Avignon offer a TV and a minibar. Each is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom with a shower and a bathtub. Breakfast is served every morning in guest rooms or in the hotel’s breakfast room leading onto the porch. On sunny days guests can dine or enjoy a drink from the bar on the terrace.

Novotel Avignon Centre Hotel Mid-scale hotel for business or family trips Relax at Novotel Avignon Centre hotel, just a stone’s throw from the train station in the heart of the city center. Rely on our team’s experience when organizing your conference or wedding. Take time to unwind in the luxurious fitness suite. Unwind by the pool or enjoy a gourmet salad in the shade of the terrace between meetings or with your family. Treat yourself to a spot of culture or a spa treatment with your family or friends at Novotel.

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.

Check In – Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port

MARSEILLE, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Resting in the heart of Marseille right by the World Trade Center, the Mercure Marseille Centure Vieux Port hotel is in the perfect location for seminars, business meetings and shopping. Enjoy a stunning view of Notre Dame de la Garde during your stay, and take a short walk to the Old Port and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. Seize the opportinuty of direct access to Bourse shopping center as well as the hotel’s proximity to Saint Charles station. Neatly stationed at the hub of monuments, landmarks, and busy city life, the Mercure Marseille Centure Vieux Port is just right for business or leisure stays.

Newly renovated with free Wi-Fi, gorgeous mod decour, comfortable rooms and lounges, and modern conveniences, staying at the Mercure Merseille Centure Vieux Port delivers comfort after a long day of meetings or an exhaustive day of adventuring. Unwinding at the bar or relaxing with a view of the city, this hotel makes itself a wonderful place to recharge.

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!

What's Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Paris (CDG), out of Marseille (MRS)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 2 nights in Paris at the Novotel Paris Gare
  • 1 night in Metz at the Mercure Metz Centre
  • 1 night in Colmar at the Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden
  • 1 night in Macon at the Mercure Macon Bord de Saone
  • 1 night in Avignon at the Novotel Avignon Centre
  • 2 nights in Marseille at the Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port
  • 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 Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral
  • 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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