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Paris, Lyon & the French Alps

Paris, Lyon & the French Alps

11 Days/10 Nights From
AU$4,299 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Duration
    11 Days/10 Nights
  • Tour Code
    ALB-18-5689
11 Days/10 Nights From
AU$4,299 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Duration
    11 Days/10 Nights
  • Tour Code
    ALB-18-5689
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedMealsMeals Daily buffet breakfast & 6 dinnersDrinksDrinks Complimentary wine, beer or soft drinkDrinksDrinks Tea and coffee with all included dinnersAdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideInclusionInclusion Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotelsToursTours Explore the beautiful towns of Switzerland including Luzern, Bern, Megeve and Chamonix.TransportationTransportation Air-conditioned touring coachDrinkDrink Welcome drink

Summary

Discover Paris, Lyon and the breathtaking French Alps in one go during this 11-day, winter tour. Explore the French capital including its Christmas markets and, visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, experience the vibrant city of Lyon and have an unforgettable experience in the French Alps.

2018 Departure Date

Start Date End Date
8 December 18 December

Itinerary

Day 1, Paris
Your tour commences this evening in Paris. Dinner tonight is included, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers. (D)

Your hotel: Hotel Opera Cadet

Day 2, Paris and Christmas markets
This morning, enjoy a guided panoramic tour which will bring alive the city from the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the broad boulevards and myriad of shops and museums. (B)

Day 3, Versailles and Pariss Illuminations drive
Today begins with a guided tour through Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles. The sheer size and opulence of this incredible palace is quite amazing. The royal state rooms, the golden Queen’s bedrooms and the ‘Sun Kings’ classic Hall of Mirrors, are quite extraordinary. Your afternoon is at leisure to immerse yourself in Paris’ wealth of museums or perhaps do some serious Christmas shopping! This evening we have included a ‘Paris by Night’ illuminations drive. You will be enchanted by the grand monuments, boulevards and palaces all bathed in glorious light. In addition, department stores around the Opera set up gigantic Christmas trees and light shows in competition with the extravagant, festive street displays. Tonight, dinner will be in a local restaurant. C’est Magnifique! (B, D)

Day 4, Hospices de Beaune - Lyon
Travelling south, you reach Beaune, capital of the Burgundy wine region. On arrival, enjoy lunchtime at leisure amongst the quaint medieval streets and squares. We have included a visit to the fascinating Hospices de Beaune (audio guide included). Covered with multi-coloured, glazed roof tiles the ‘Hotel Dieu’ was built over 550 years ago to help the town’s folk in a time of poverty and famine. Later we continue to France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon, where you will stay for two nights. (B, D)

Your hotel: Mercure Lyon Centre

Day 5, Lyon and Christmas markets
A wonderful day in Lyon! This morning, explore the historic Roman area to visit the ancient amphitheatre and Musee Gallo, and to see the hilltop Basilica of Fourvière which dominates the whole town. The views from its terrace are splendid. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure. Perhaps stroll through the cobblestoned streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), stop at a riverside café for white wine and oysters, or shop along the pedestrianised shopping mall from Place de la Republique to Place des Terreaux. The Christmas markets on Place Carnot are excellent, and at night the hilltop Basilica is beautifully illuminated. Lyon is famous as a culinary capital, so this evening explore the old town and discover your own cosy ‘Bouchon’ – a typical, Lyonnais style restaurant. (B)

Day 6, Annecy, Christmas markets and Megeve
After a leisurely start, enter the Haute Savoie region to enjoy lunchtime exploring the pretty lakeside town Annecy. Here, cobblestoned streets, half-timbered and beautifully painted houses sit beside picturesque canals which are criss-crossed with stone bridges. With its Château d’Annecy, once castle home to the Counts of Geneva, and a back drop of mountains and the turquoise lake, the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is incredibly pretty and the Christmas Markets add to the picture.

Later this afternoon, drive deep into the heart of the mighty French Alps to the chic ski resort of Megève. Surrounded by a dozen world class ski resorts, and the enormous mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, Megève’s chalets and ancient rustic buildings date back as far as the 1300’s. At night time the horse and carriages sitting in the pretty town square in front of the illuminated church and enormous Christmas tree, decorated with Swarovski crystals, create one of the most gorgeous festive settings you will ever see. Designer boutiques, restaurants and après ski bars makes this the perfect base to stay the next four nights. (B, D)

Your hotel: Aux Vieux Moulin

Day 7, Chamonix & Red Train
Today, visit the world famous resort of Chamonix. Here we board the historic ‘Red Train’ which winds its way up through the forests and valleys to Montenvers station. From the café terrace you have spectacular views onto some of Chamonix’s highest and most dramatic peaks. At 1,913 metres you will also be able to look down onto the largest glacier in France, the spectacular Mer du Glace – the ‘Sea of Ice’. Your afternoon is at leisure in Chamonix town. Time to stroll amongst the cafés, restaurants, shops and boutiques set under the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif. (B)

Day 8, Ice curling
To start the day, we have included a game of Ice Curling. A local instructor will teach us the rules and then a game… Watching will be as amusing as playing! The highlight of today will be a ride on a horse drawn carriage ride through the delightful old town and local countryside. The rest of the day is completely at leisure. Maybe take a winter walk! A famous walk called the Calvary of Megève starts from near the ice skating rink. There are a series of 14 chapels along the way representing the Passion of Christ – the Way of the Cross. Otherwise simply relax, shop and explore Megève, one of the prettiest ski resort towns you will ever see. (B)

Day 9, Chic Courchevel 1850
Time for a superb mountain drive – to visit Courchevel 1850. Whereas Megève is located in a valley, this superb ultra-chic, modern ski resort is set at 1850 metres altitude. Part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski area in the world, Courchevel 1850 is a massive ski complex with 8 lifts and gondolas running directly in and out of the central ski station, surrounded by dozens of shops, bars and restaurants of all kinds, tastes and styles, with a constant bustle of colourful sport enthusiasts and elegant sightseers. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking and the wood cabin villages so picturesque. Intriguingly, elegant mountain restaurants have tables with wine lists, fine tableware and crisp white linen, whilst underneath you will see clunky, snow covered ski boots! A terrific experience! (B, D)

Day 10, Mont Blanc tunnel, Milan and Christmas markets
Driving through the Mont Blanc Tunnel which passes under Europe’s highest mountains, we enter the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. We soon reach the stylish city of Milan where we enjoy a guided panoramic tour followed by time at leisure amongst the fashion shops of the luxurious ‘Golden Triangle’ and the Christmas Markets by the elaborate Duomo. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Milanese restaurant. (B, D)

Your hotel: Michaelangel Hotel

Day 11, Milan
This morning, it is time to say farewell as your tour ends. (B)

Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrance
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 10 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Paris
  • 16 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 6 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
  • Local guides
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
  • Travel App

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