Paris, Lyon & the French Alps Tour
10 Festive Days
- Enjoy a leisurely 4 night stay in Megeve
- Stay in authentic, character style hotels
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
- Guaranteed 'My Time'
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- Small group size - now capped at 28!
- Spend 2 nights in vibrant Paris, be enchanted on a special 'Paris by Night' illuminations drive
- Visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles
- Stay 2 nights in the centre of beautiful Lyon
- Explore 4 Christmas Markets in Paris, Lyon, Annecy and Milan
- Visit the fascinating Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy
- Stay 4 nights in beautiful Megeve surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Mont Blanc massif
- Visit lakeside Annecy and the ultra-chic ski resort town of Courchevel 1850
- Explore world famous Chamonix and take the glacier train to the dramatic Mer du Glace
- Enjoy ice curling and a romantic horse drawn carriage ride
- Savour Megeve's dining & elegant shopping
Day 1: Paris
Day 2: Versailles, Seine River Cruise,‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets
Day 3: Hospices de Beaune and to Lyon
Travelling south we 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 we stay two nights.
Day 4: Lyon sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets
A wonderful day in Lyon! This morning we 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 République 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.
Day 5: Annecy, Christmas Markets and Megève in the French Alps
Day 6: A snow shoe walk and ‘My Time’ in Megève
Day 7: Chamonix, the historic Red Train and ‘My Time’
Day 8: Chic Courchevel 1850 and ‘My Time’
Day 9: The Mont Blanc Tunnel to stylish Milan and Christmas Markets
Day 10: Milan
Incredible Value Inclusions
All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
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 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 as described
Personal audio system whilst on tour
Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
End of tour tips to Tour
Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
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Crowne Plaza Paris Republique – 2 Nights
Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache - 2 nights
Housed in a listed Art Nouveau building, the hotel is perfectly located, less than 200 metres from the Christmas Markets in Place Carnot. Renovated in 2015, the hotel blends old style elegance with stylish and contemporary furnishings.
Aux Vieux Moulin, Megeve - 4 nights
Location, location! Set within 200 metres of the church square and the absolute heart of Megève, your cosy hotel has that distinct Alpine chalet style feel. The modern bar and restaurant harmonise beautifully with the more traditional wooden floors and comfy arm chairs and tables in the lounge area.
Michelangelo Hotel, Milan - 1 Night
This tour was a great pace with organised excursions as well as down time. This suited us well and our experiences in the places we visited for the first time which allowed us to take advantage of getting a feel for the local sites.
Samantha & Aaron
I was a little hesitant about going alone, but everyone on the tour made me feel so welcome and the group as a whole bonded so well that I felt most included. I loved the time in Paris - such a beautiful city and the time at the Christmas Markets provided me with some very attractive ornaments and gifts. The time spent in Megeve with the snowy background was wonderful and will remain in my memory for years to come.
Thank you for a wonderful tour.