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Explore France’s famed Christmas markets on this private vacation. Experience the romance of Paris with personalized explorations of its famed landmarks, see the twinkling Christmas lights and revelers of Strasbourg, and sample the culinary delights of Lyon, France’s food haven.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3ParisEiffel Tower, The Louvre & Art Museums, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, VersaillesHotel Moris, Hôtel A La Villa Des Artistes
3 - 6StrasbourgGothic Architecture, Christmas Market, Heritage & CultureAdonis Hôtel Strasbourg, Chateau d'Isenbourg
6 - 8LyonGastronomy, Renaissance Architecture, Fashion & NightlifeLe Phénix Hôtel, InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu
8 - 10ParisEiffel Tower, The Louvre & Art Museums, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, VersaillesHotel Moris, Hôtel A La Villa Des Artistes

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Paris airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Paris

2 Nights

Paris, standing by the romantic River Seine, by any other name would have been just as enigmatic and iconic. The city conjures up visions of cafés, wide tree-lined avenues, riverside promenades and a proverbial nightlife set to a background score of lively accordions playing Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose.

Included Activities

Enjoyable Discovery of Paris Landmarks
Get picked up from your centrally located hotel at a convenient time on this exciting exploration of the City of Lights. Accompany your driver guide on a private tour of iconic landmarks such as the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, and the famous opera district. Get a glimpse of the courtyard of the renowned Louvre Museum and watch the Seine river as it flows gently by. Stop frequently to capture stunning images of all the prominent attractions and many others while you listen to interesting anecdotes and historical facts narrated by your guide. Return to your hotel with cherished memories of your time. (Half Day; Time: 0900/1400 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Chocolate and Pastry Tasting in Paris
Armed with an expert Parisian guide, dive into the world of pastries, chocolates, and candies of France in the hilltop district of Montmarte. First, visit a chocolatier and enjoy a lesson in the process of making chocolates from scratch, while tasting a variety of unique chocolate creations. Next, heading to a macaron shop, get an insight into this iconic French favorite, and try an assortment of flavors on offer. Continue to a candy shop and learn about salted butter caramels and meringues. Next, sample various flavors of organic ice creams at a parlor, and bite into traditional chocolate pastries at a bakery. Round this off by treating yourself to homemade crêpes at a popular neighborhood creperie, before dispersing. (Duration: 2.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Transfers not included; Tastings included; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the tour doesn’t operate on Mondays, evenings, and some bank holidays.)

Hotel Options
Hotel Moris – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 3 - 6

You will be transferred from your hotel to Paris train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Paris (Est) to Strasbourg (Duration: 2 hrs).

You will be transferred from the Strasbourg train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Strasbourg

3 Nights

Strasbourg has been doing a mean balancing act down the centuries in true Alsatian style: blending French and German influences within its medieval walls.

Included Activities

Strasbourg Christmas Market Delights on Foot
Soak in the festive mood on this walking tour of Strasbourg’s Christmas Markets. Be picked up from your hotel and arrive at Grande Ile, the social and cultural hub of the city along with your guide. Stroll through the charming lanes of Place de la Cathédrale and Place Kléber, bustling with vibrantly decorated stalls. Check out the Christmas goodies on display at Place Gutenberg, Place Broglie and Place du Château – the biggest of the eleven Christmas Markets hosted in the city center. If you wish, you could savor traditional eats and drinks of your choice, and before you leave, don’t forget to pick up some Christmas trinkets to take back home. (Private Activity & Transfers; Duration: 2 hrs; Group size: 2-15 guests; Fitness level: Easy; Please note you will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel. This tour is only available from November 30 to December 23.)

Alsace Cultural Delights Tour
Explore the charming Alsace countryside and its castles during this guided tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Strasbourg and enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside to arrive at the medieval town of Colmar. Explore its old quarter dotted with Early Renaissance half-timbered buildings. Stroll through concentric cobbled streets of Eguisheim till you come upon the imposing centuries-old Château Saint-Léon. On your drive through the picturesque Alsace wine route, pause at the village of Riquewirh famous for its tasting rooms and winemakers’ shops. Drop by Maison de Vigneron where you can view winemaking tools and a restored kitchen dating back to the sixteenth century! Continue on the wine route that takes you to the majestic Haut Koenigsbourg Chateaux, the only medieval castle in France to be fully restored. Take in sweeping views of the Alsace plain, the Vosges and even the Black Forest from the Grand Bastion of the castle before you are ready to head back to Strasbourg. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Group size: 2 – 8 guests; Fitness level: Easy )

Hotel Options
RoomCharme Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

You will be transferred from your hotel to Strasbourg train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Strasbourg to Lyon (Perrache) (Duration: 4.5 hrs).

You will be transferred from the Lyon train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Lyon

2 Nights

Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, standing at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Tracing its roots back two millennia to its Roman avatar as Lugdunum, this vibrant city has always functioned as the industrial and commercial backbone of the nation down the centuries.

Included Activities

Culinary and Cultural Exploration of Presqu’Ile
Discover culinary and cultural delights in the lively Presqu’Ile district in the heart of Lyon. Wander through the arterial commercial streets dotted with 19th century buildings that house luxury boutiques, theatres, cultural venues, and restaurants. Amble along traboules or narrow, medieval streets and admire quirky street art and listen to your guide’s explanation of the techniques, possible interpretations, and influences of the street art movement. Meet passionate local craftsmen who readily share historical snippets and local knowledge, and taste their delicious artisanal products. Stop at five “bouchon lyonnais” (typical restaurants) to taste the region’s authentic brioche with praline, quenelle, craft beers, chocolates, cheeses and wines. (Duration: 3 hrs; Time: 1500 hrs; Private Activity; Group size: Max 6 guests; Fitness Level: Easy; Five tasting breaks with more than 10 products included. Transfer not Included; Meeting Point: in front of Paul Bocuse on the Lyonnais Fresco, 2 Rue de la Martinière 69001 Lyon).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 8 - 10

You will be transferred from your hotel to Lyon train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Lyon (Part Dieu) to Paris (Gare de Lyon) (Duration: 2.25 hrs).

You will be transferred from the Paris train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Paris

2 Nights

Paris, standing by the romantic River Seine, by any other name would have been just as enigmatic and iconic. The city conjures up visions of cafés, wide tree-lined avenues, riverside promenades and a proverbial nightlife set to a background score of lively accordions playing Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose.

Included Activities

Group Walking Tour of Christmas in Paris
Discover the magic of Christmas season in the City of Lights, accompanied by your expert Parisian guide. Take a walk along the world-famous street of Champs Elysées flanked by manicured horse-chestnut trees, dazzling storefronts, and twinkling sidewalk as you soak up the festive spirit. After passing by Elysée Palace, the residence of the French president, and the iconic Lido cabaret, expect to spot celebrities at Fouquet’s restaurant. Step into the popular patissier Ladurée to savor myriad flavors of authentic French macarons along with delicious teas. Later, arriving at Arc de Triomphe, learn about its military history and understand the significance of this landmark monument. Heading up to its terrace, enjoy sweeping views of Paris illuminated by holiday lights, and highlighted by the shimmering Eiffel Tower! (Duration: 2 hrs; Time: 1530/1600 hrs; Shared Activity; Macarons included; Fitness level: Easy)

A Walking and Shopping Tour of Christmas in Paris
Set out on a shopping spree in the hidden neighborhoods of Paris, armed with your expert local guide. Discover passageways lined with charming boutiques and brasseries that take you back in time. Walk into the trendy Palais Royal that features bustling arcades full of chic eateries and cozy stores decked up in festive decor. Pass by the Opera Garnier while listening to its infamous Phantom story. Next, strolling through the lively boulevards of the City of Lights, learn about the fascinating holiday history of Paris’ famous landmarks. Head to the splendid Galeries Lafayette department store, and admire the towering Christmas tree under its large glass dome. Pick up unique souvenirs as you browse through various family-owned establishments here. Round off your purchases at a famous gourmet food store complete with an assortment of Christmas treats. (Duration: 2 hrs; Time: 1015/1045 hrs; Shared Activity & Guide; Transfer not included; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Hotel Moris – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

You will be transferred from your hotel to Paris airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,190 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,890 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Paris (Est) – Strasbourg
    • Strasbourg – Lyon (Perrache)
    • Lyon (Part Dieu) – Paris (Gare de Lyon)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Paris: Enjoyable Discovery of Paris Landmarks
    • Paris: Chocolate and Pastry Tasting in Paris
    • Strasbourg: Strasbourg Christmas Market Delights on Foot
    • Strasbourg: Alsace Cultural Delights Tour
    • Lyon: Culinary and Cultural Exploration of Presqu’Ile
    • Paris: Group Walking Tour of Christmas in Paris
    • Paris: A Walking and Shopping Tour of Christmas in Paris
  • All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • France: Visitor’s tax 1.50 to 3 Euro per person and night, payable directly at the hotels
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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