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If you’re ready to experience France’s enduring allure, this rail vacation is sure to do just that! The Grand Tour of France is a 14-day adventure that will introduce you to the beauty and excitement of Paris, the fairy tale town of Strasbourg—with its German and French influences, and the charming mis of cobblestone alleyways, boutique shops, and restaurants in gorgeous Lyon. From there, you’ll travel directly to the Provençal town of Avignon to explore its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historic bridges. And that’s just the beginning! From Avignon, you’ll take a highspeed train to the glamorous French Riviera. Once in Nice, enjoy strolling through prestigious art galleries, dining at fancy restaurants, and sun bathing on incredible beaches. Then, visit Marseille for amazing French-Mediterranean cuisine and sample some of the world’s finest wine in Bordeaux. Your Grand Tour of France rail vacations wraps up with a train ride from Bordeaux to Paris.

Highlights

  • Experience famous landmarks and arrondissements of Paris
  • Capture German and French influences in Strasbourg
  • Explore the Roman structures and museums of Lyon
  • Get to know the Provençal town of Avignon
  • Immerse yourself in the Cote d’Azur’s magic in Nice
  • Enjoy authentic French-Mediterranean cuisine in Marseille
  • Sample some of the best wine in the world in Bordeaux

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel and reservations where applicable
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Paris
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Strasbourg
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lyon
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Avignon
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Nice
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Marseille
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Bordeaux
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – PARIS
Welcome to Paris! When you arrive, check into your hotel and begin exploring this unforgettable metropolis. Why not start with visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower in the Champ de Mars park? There’s a reason it’s one of the world’s most photographed landmarks. A couple more places you should visit on your first day is the Champs-Élysées and Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Roman Catholic church perched atop Montmartre. In the evening, why not find an authentic Parisian restaurant to enjoy dinner? (Overnight in Paris)

DAY 2 – PARIS
There is so much to see and do in the city that your options are seemingly endless. Today, you can visit Musée Picasso, home to the world’s largest public collection of Picasso’s works, stroll through Père Lachaise (Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, and Jim Morrison are buried here), and make a stop at the beautiful Parc des Buttes Chaumont, located in the 19th arrondissement (district). Other must-see places include Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, Marché des Enfants Rouges, Ile Saint-Louis for shopping, and Rue des Martyrs, Paris’ 200-year-old bustling street market packed with fromageries, boulangeries, and boucheries. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 3 – PARIS TO STRASBOURG
Enjoy breakfast then check out of your hotel and take a highspeed train from Paris to the fairy tale town of Strasbourg. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for a two-night stay and then start getting familiar with its gemütlich charm. Both German and French influences can be found in the city’s culture, architecture and cuisine. Visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, which was built in 1439 and towers above the city. From there, you can stroll along the charming canals by the Pont Couverts and cross the Vauban Dam. (Overnight in Strasbourg) B

DAY 4 – STRASBOURG
After having breakfast in the morning, continue exploring the capital of Alsace’s must-see medieval churches, half-timbered houses, the elaborate Astronomical Clock, or head to Parc de l'Orangerie to see the famous storks. Then there’s all the wonderful museums, such as the Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame, where you can see beautiful Medieval stained-glass windows on display. Strasbourg happens to be one of France’s premier wine regions and is the perfect gateway to visiting incredible vineyards to do some tastings. Come evening, head to a local restaurant to try authentic Alsatian cuisine. (Overnight in Strasbourg) B

DAY 5 – STRASBOURG TO LYON
This morning, have breakfast and check out of your hotel before boarding your direct train from Strasbourg to gorgeous Lyon. When you arrive, travel to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. To begin your sightseeing adventures, visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere and Lyon’s medieval Old Town (also known as Vieux-Lyon and one of the best preserved in Europe). Located on the west bank of the Saone River, you’ll find it to be a charming mix of cobblestone alleys, boutique shops, restaurants, and wine bars. Speaking of wine, Lyon just so happens to be the gateway to the Beaujolais viticulture region, known for its flavorful red and whites. (Overnight in Lyon) B

DAY 6 – LYON
Today is free for you to continue exploring Lyon at your leisure after having breakfast. Spend some time visiting the city’s Roman structures, especially the public baths and huge amphitheater on Fourviere hill at the Gallo-Roman Museum. These structures are just as impressive today as there were in the days of the gladiators. From there, you can choose to check out Lyon’s Institute Lumiere, dedicated to Auguste and Louis Lumiere who are credited with creating the world’s first film camera in 1892 (the cinematograph). Why not cruise along the Rhone or Saone River, or head to Parc de la Tete d'Or to relax in the shade? (Overnight in Lyon) B

DAY 7 – LYON TO AVIGNON
This morning, you’ll board a direct train from Lyon to the Provençal town of Avignon following breakfast. Upon arrival, travel on your own to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. Visit the historic city center, the many episcopal buildings and the Saint Bénézet Bridge. Then, visit Musée de Petit Palais, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to an extensive collection of paintings. In July, you can attend its annual arts festival, the largest in France. (Overnight in Avignon) B
DAY 8 – AVIGNON
Get ready for another day of experiencing the best this town has to offer. Enjoy your included breakfast then visit the Pope’s Palace, the largest and most beautiful Gothic palace in the world (also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can sip on coffee in Place de l’Horloge, make a day trip to the Rhone vineyards and the lovely town of Chateauneuf du Pape, or spend time at Le Pont du Gard—one of the best-preserved pieces of ancient Rome architecture in France. (Overnight in Avignon) B

DAY 9 – AVIGNON TO NICE
Take a scenic train directly to Nice following breakfast. When you arrive, travel to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. Located along the glamorous French Riviera, Nice is a haven for culture lovers and sun seekers. You’ll find prestigious art galleries, fancy restaurants, incredible beaches, and splendid weather year-round! There is certainly no shortage of things to see, do and experience. Why not visit the pine-scented hills to see the hilltop of St. Paul de Vence? This walled town draws artists from around the world and is a treasure trove of galleries, quaint cobbled streets and the burial place of Marc Chagall. (Overnight in Nice) B

DAY 10 – NICE
Today, spend the day at your leisure soaking up the sun, swimming in the cerulean waters of the Mediterranean, strolling the Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena, or visiting Old Town and browsing through the famous Cours Saleya flower market. You could also check out the many luxury hotels, chic bars and bustling casinos that line the coast or book tickets to the Opera. What about making your way to the Rue de France, which runs parallel to the Promenade des Anglais, to do some shopping? (Overnight in Nice) B

DAY 11 – NICE TO MARSEILLE
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel in Nice and take a direct train to one of the most underrated cities in the South of France: Marseille! When you arrive, check into your hotel for a one-night stay. This cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic port city is the capital of theProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and features a rich history. With approximately 300 days of sunshine year, plenty of dreamy beaches, and delicious French-Mediterranean cuisine, Marseille is the perfect destination for every type of traveler. (Overnight in Marseille) B

DAY 12 – MARSEILLE TO BORDEAUX
Take a relaxing train ride through some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery in France to the crescent-shaped city of Bordeaux. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Located in the southwest of France along the Garonne River, Bordeaux is the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site. Not to mention, there is no region in the world more closely associated with its incredible vineyards and wine production than Bordeaux. (overnight in Bordeaux) B

DAY 13 – BORDEAUX
Enjoy your included breakfast and then step out and get to know the city. With its charming, 18th-century buildings, pedestrian-friendly city center, and an exciting waterfront featuring chic boutiques and cafés, Bordeaux is a beautiful destination. Spend the day visiting world-class art museums, sampling creative dishes (like tomato ice cream) and checking out St-Michel and the Flêche St-Michel tower, which is one of the tallest medieval stone towers in France. (Overnight in Bordeaux) B

DAY 14 – BORDEAUX TO PARIS
Following breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and travel to the station to board a highspeed train from Bordeaux to Paris, where your rail journey ends. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in a different city, one of our Rail Vacation Specialists will be happy to assist you with the details. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

De L'Horloge Avignon

The Hotel de l'Horloge is a modern hotel with a 19th century façade. The 66 bedrooms are modern and comfortable with individually controlled air-conditioning. The hotel has a bright breakfast room and a peaceful library. It is located in the heart of historical Avignon, a short walk from the Palais de Papes, and close to the restaurants and bars in the centre of Avignon.

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Our hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Bordeaux , and more specifically in the Golden Triangle , in the heart of the art de vivre in Bordeaux.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

NH Collection Marseille

The new NH Collection Marseille is ideally located in the city’s business and leisure district – La Joliette – on one of its best shopping streets. From here you have easy access to world-class restaurants and fashionable bars, as well as conference centers “Palais du Pharo” and “World Trade Center”.

Hotel Ellington Nice Centre

The Ellington Hotel in Nice offers 119 charming bedrooms and suites in the centre of the city. It also features a bar straight out of the swing era, a cosy library and a patio. The hotel is close to the Old Town area of Nice and a short walk from the seafront Promenade des Anglais.

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

Hotel Hannong

Close to the station, right in the centre of town and a stone's throw away from the main tourist attractions, the Hannong Hotel combines all the attributes for completely unique stay in Strasbourg.

Le Grand Hotel Strasbourg

Occupying a perfect position just opposite Strasbourg’s train station, Le Grand Hotel is within easy walking distance of the Place Kléber in the centre of Strasbourg. The hotel’s 90 guestrooms all boast traditional decor, satellite TV and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the hotel bar after a long day of sightseeing, or enjoy a trip to Germany – just five miles away!

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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