ALSACE-LORRAINE

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

& PARIS HOLIDAY TIME

TOUR

ALSACE-LORRAINE
CHRISTMAS MARKETS
& PARIS HOLIDAY TIME TOUR

7 Days / 6 Nights

November 29 - December 5, 2020

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Stasbourg

Strasbourg s Cathedrale Square Christmas Market

Paris Decorated & Glittering for Christmas

An unforgettable bucket list trip visiting Strasbourg in France's Alsace-Lorraine region bordering Germany to experience what is considered to be Europe's "best and most famous" traditional Christmas market!

 

What a magical and memorable trip this will be... sign up today!

 

We'll spend three nights in Strasbourg, known as the "Capital of Christmas," to experience Strasbourg's Christmas Market, called Christkindelmarik, Europe's oldest dating back to 1570.

 

We'll meander through the town squares in Strasbourg's old town... exploring the 300 plus outdoor wooden market stalls filled with Christmas artisan goods, decorations and local products for sale... seeing the majestic great Christmas tree (among Europe's tallest) in Place Kléber... marveling at the historic buildings with their beautiful colors and festive lights... listening to Christmas carols... tasting Alsatian holiday food delicacies... sipping hot chocolate and Strasbourg's famous mulled wine.

With our local guide we'll visit Strasbourg's city-center squares and streets where Christmas markets are located, including -- Place de la Cathédrale, Place du Château, Place de la Grande Boucherie, Place du Marché aux Poissons, and rue du Palais Rohan.

Strasbourg is one of Europe's most beautiful cities, a UNSECO World Heritage Site protected city with historic storybook architecture and the magnificent Strasbourg Cathedral, constructed from 1176-1439, that rises from the center of the city and is the sixth tallest church in the world. There will personal free time for guests to take a boat ride on the Ill river that divides the city... or visit a museum... or do holiday browsing and shopping on your own.

Strasbourg is also one Europe's gastronomic capitals with wonderful restaurants offering the delicious Alsatian, Germany and French cuisine.

We'll take a day trip from Strasbourg, traveling by train to visit the Christmas market in Colmar. This special picturesque town has five Christmas markets located i its Old Town specializing in children's gifts, antiques, arts & crafts and gastronomy.

Mid-week well travel by TGV high-spend train, traveling 1st-class from Strasbourg to Paris where we'll stay the next three nights in central Paris. 

 

Being in Paris at Christmas time is a special holiday treat!

 

We’ll stay three glorious nights in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, a short distance from Paris's major attractions, shopping, restaurants, and famous Left Bank sidewalk cafes. You have a choice of two personally-selected boutique hotels to stay.

 

In Paris we'll take a morning Paris food tour focused on bistros and markets led by a local food expert. We will stroll the charming streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Left Bank, exploring the culinary culture of Paris. Our guide will introduce us to the basics of French cuisine and take us to meet the owners of tiny food shops, taste artisanal products, and enliven our senses to the amazing culinary traditions for which France is known the world over.

Another morning we'll take a tour led by a food expert focusing on Paris's pasties and chocolate. We'll learn how Paris came to be the center of the chocolate world. As we visit chocolate shops to indulge in chocolate tasting, we’ll learn the history behind this delicacy. We'll learn about truffles, pralines, ganache and what makes them different. And of course... we'll learn about the evolution of the celebrated Parisian treat, the macaron. We'll stop at a variety of confectionery shops, where we will compare and contrast macaron flavors, products, and techniques used. 

Afternoons are free for personal holiday shopping... at Paris's grand department stores: Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marchon, all festive, glittering and decorated for Christmas... or at the luxury designer stores on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Ave des Champs-Élysées, Ave Montaigne and Ave Georges V: Chanel, Hermès, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Longchamp, Guerlain ... or at the small fashion, fabric and antiques boutiques in Sevres Bayylone and Saint-Germain-des-Prés... or at the specialty gourmet food shops by Place de la Madeleine: Hediard, Fauchon, Maille, and Ladurée.

Sooo many choices... what fun it will be to do your holiday shopping for family and friends in Paris!

Plus free time to explore Paris on your own... see the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Place de Concorde... visit a Paris art museum - The Louvre, Musse, d'Orsay, Musee d'Orangerie, Centre George Pompidou,  Musee Picasso or Musee Rodin... admire the architecture and stain-glass in Saint Chappelle, Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis or Church of Saint-Sulpice... relax in a green garden chair in Luxembourg Gardens or The Tuileries... enjoy an apéritif and people watching at a sidewalk cafe.

We'll take an evening river cruise on The Seine to view Paris at night -- traveling past Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and Pont Neuf.

 

We'll enjoy group dinners at local bistros... take after-dinner strolls along the Seine River.

 

Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are offered through Paris neighborhoods... through Luxembourg Gardens & The Tuileries... along The Seine & through Isle de Saint Louis. 

 

The Alsace-Lorraine Christmas Markets & Paris Holiday Shopping & Food Tour Is Designed To Provide:

  • A fabulous pre-Christmas vacation visiting two extraordinary European cities.

  • A friendly and fun small group environment. 

  • Many activities -- including tours with local guides in Strasbourg and Paris... and free time for personal  sightseeing, exploring, shopping and relaxing. 

  • Optional before breakfast morning pleasure walks.

  • Recommendations of local restaurants, bistros and cafes to explore on your own... yet everyone is invited to join local cuisine group meals (at own expense) at personal-selected restaurants.

  • Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!​ 

 

What's Included:

  • 7 Days / 6 nights, in a choice of personally-selected hotels.

    • Charming Boutique Hotels Option:

    • Premiere/Signature Luxury Hotels Option:

  • Daily hotel breakfasts.

  • Strasbourg:

    • Welcome Reception for guests to meet everyone and review the week's itinerary. 

    • Strasbourg Christmas Market Tour with local guide.

    • Day trip to Colmer to visit the Colmer's historic Christmas market.

    • Boat ride on the Ill River.

    • Evening strolls to see the lights and listen to the Christmas carols.

    • Free time for personal exploring, sightseeing and holiday shopping.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks through Strasbourg.

  • Paris Activities:​

    • Paris Markets & Bistros Food Tour with local food expert guide.

    • Paris Pastries & Chocolate Food Tour with local food expert guide

    • Evening cruise on the Seine River to view the "City of Light" at night.

    • Free time for personal exploring, sightseeing, shopping & relaxing.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks through Paris neighborhoods, gardens and along The Seine.

    • Farewell Dinner with tradition French cuisine and french wines.

  • Palace, cathedral, museum and garden entrance fees for all group activities and day trips.

  • France TGV Train 1st-Class Transportation - high-speed train from Strasbourg to Paris

  • Train Station Hotel Transfers – transfer from Strasbourg hotel to Strasbourg train station and from Paris train station to Paris hotel.

 

Arrival/Departure Cities: 

Arrival City: Strasbourg, France

Departure City: Paris, France

 

Tour Cost:

Includes 1st-class travel on TGV high-speed train from Strasbourg to Paris. 

             

Charming Boutique Hotels Option:

  • 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. 

  • Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option

Premiere/Signature Luxury Hotels:

  • 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room.

  • Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option

 

Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!

Small Group Tour. Limited to 15 Persons.

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