Immerse yourself in the magical festive ambiance of French cities during the Christmas festivities. Start your journey in Alsace, renowned for its charming Christmas markets, then venture through prestigious French vineyards. Discover Burgundy's picturesque landscapes with a vintage car wine tour and a day in Beaune. Next, treat yourself to Lyon's gastronomic delights and explore medieval towns and wine estates surrounding the city. Finally, culminate your experience in Paris, where you can soak in the city's cultural treasures during this enchanting time of year, creating unforgettable memories.

Highlights

Day By day

Dashing Through the Alsatian Snow!

Welcome to France and your magical French winter holiday through Alsace, Burgundy, Lyon and Paris. For your first day, hop on a train directly to Alsace (accessible directly from the Airport), renowned for hosting some of France's finest Christmas markets. Upon arrival in Colmar, settle into your cozy hotel, then leisurely stroll through the wonderful historic streets to explore the Christmas Market stalls. And, of course, don't forget to try the “Vin Chaud” (hot wine with spices) and capture a photo or two in la Petite Venise (nickname for Colmar) to cherish when you return home. Overnight: Colmar

Festive Countryside Escapade

Today marks the beginning of your winter exploration in the Alsace region. Meet your guide, Ana in the city center, and set off for the picturesque countryside. Experience the festive atmosphere of smaller village Christmas markets, such as those in the beautiful historic villages of Riquewihr and Kaysersberg. Later in the day, drive further into the Alsace countryside to visit the historical Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle and take a step back in time to the medieval era. In the evening, back in Colmar, savour a dinner at a traditional local restaurant for an authentic taste of Alsatian cuisine. Overnight: Colmar

Christmas Markets and Wine

Next up on your magical winter discovery of France, embark on a second tour with your wonderful guide Ana, immersing yourself further in the captivating Alsace countryside. Marvel at the charm of quaint historic towns such as Eguisheim and Turckheim, known for their famous Christmas Markets. Then, leave the Christmas atmosphere behind for a while and delve into the region's renowned wine culture. Take in the breathtaking landscapes of the vineyards and indulge in a cellar visit to an independent winemaker, culminating in a delightful wine-tasting experience. Back in Colmar, warm yourself from the winter chill with some mulled wine and a traditional Alsace Flemkush!  Overnight: Colmar

The Heart of Burgundy

Today, your French winter holiday adventure leads you to Burgundy! Board a train to Beaune and immerse yourself in the charm of this historic town renowned for its vineyards and rich cultural heritage. In the afternoon, explore the Hospices de Beaune, an architectural gem. Delve into the fascinating history of this charitable institution and admire the cultural treasures housed within. As the day winds down in Beaune, ensure that you conclude it in the most 'Bourguignon' way: savouring an authentic boeuf bourguignon in a local restaurant, embracing the heartwarming flavours of the festive season. Overnight: Beaune

Vintage Day in Burgundy

Set off on an extraordinary journey through the picturesque winter landscapes of Burgundy with your chauffeur guide for an exceptional Burgundy Wine Stroll in a vintage car (2CV). Meander through renowned Grand Cru vineyards such as Corton Grand Cru, and indulge your senses with a tasting of 5 to 6 Burgundy wines after visiting the cellars where they have been expertly matured. Who knows, these delightful wines might just offer a way to warm up in this chilly season! In the afternoon, it's time to leave the Burgundy behind and take the train to Lyon, renowned as the Gastronomic Capital of France, to explore more culinary delights amidst the festive winter atmosphere. Overnight: Lyon

Holiday Wonders in Vieux Lyon

Your magical winter adventure in France continues in the morning, as you meet your guide to wander through Lyon's Old Town, unveiling the secrets of the Traboules—hidden passageways known only to locals. During the festive holiday season, Vieux Lyon transforms into a Christmas decor straight out of a movie, adding an extra touch of enchantment to your visit. Venture towards the Fourviere Basilica, ascending either by climbing the 250 steps or enjoying the famous old funicular. Revel in the beauty and tranquil atmosphere inside the basilica and then marvel at the views across the historic city with the winter snow of the Alps on the horizon. Later in the day, join Antoine and Quentin, the "Cheese Freaks," for a special workshop. Dive into the art of pairing cheese with French wine (but also with jam or chocolate!), unraveling the intricacies of French culture and cuisine. Overnight: Lyon

Medieval Charms and Beaujolais Beauty

Begin your second winter's day in the Lyon region day with a guided visit of Pérouges, uncovering its historical charm, medieval architecture, and local stories. Then, venture into the Beaujolais, renowned for its golden-stoned villages and picturesque landscapes. You’ll have the opportunity to taste the finest Beaujolais wines of our beloved region and perhaps even meet the High Point holidays team! Wrap up your day in Lyon with a culinary delight. Indulge in an authentic Lyonnais meal at a local Bouchon, savouring Lyon's celebrated gastronomic pleasures. Overnight: Lyon

Bonjour Paris

Your festive winter adventure in France continues with a high-speed train journey to the heart of France’s capital. Upon arriving in Paris, immerse yourself in the enchantment of the season at its wonderful Christmas markets. Explore the festive stalls filled with holiday treasures, crafts, and the delightful aroma of seasonal treats. Later in the day, just before dusk, explore the Montmartre area and admire the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Stroll through the charming streets, relishing the sunset's glow on the buildings, then head to the Red Light District to witness the vibrant lights surrounding the famous Moulin Rouge. Overnight: Paris

Cultural Delights: Louvre, Orsay & Seine Cruise

Today your magical Christmas holiday in France takes a cultural turn with a visit to the iconic Louvre Museum. Navigate through its corridors and galleries, absorbing its globally renowned art pieces, while benefiting from the insightful commentary of Manuela, our wonderful Paris guide. After your exploration of the Louvre, head to the Orsay Museum, home to a diverse collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. Immerse yourself in the world of art as your guide provides insights into the works of renowned artists. As the day ends, enjoy an enchanting, dinner cruise along the Seine River. Glide past the illuminated landmarks of Paris in winter, relishing a Michelin-starred authentic culinary experience. Overnight: Paris

More French Cuisine, S’il Vous Plait

Ever dreamed of becoming a French cook? Then today is designed just for you. Join a foodie expert to navigate a Paris market, learning to select the finest local produce like a true local. Then, partake in a cooking class guided by a skilled chef, mastering the preparation of a delightful meal (A Christmas dinner perhaps?!). Immerse yourself in the art of French cuisine, crafting dishes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. After your culinary adventure, explore the historic Latin Quarter and Le Marais, two iconic neighborhoods showcasing Paris's rich history and diverse culture. Wander through charming streets, lighting up the winter chill, uncover hidden gems, and savour the distinct charm of each district. Overnight: Paris

Jingle bells, time to leave!

Say goodbye or au revoir to France, leaving behind the enchanting Christmas atmosphere of your fantastic winter holiday, packed full of cozy charm, delicious food, and diverse experiences.

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“Christmas time is absolutely the best time of the year for me! I love the decorations, the festive atmosphere, the smell of hot wine (or chocolate!) and Nutella crepes! The closer you get to Christmas, the more magical your trip will be, with additional markets (the Christmas market by the Eiffel Tower usually kicks off around mid-December) and more events. However, some markets start as early as late November, and the festive spirit is already in the air! Despite being born and raised in Lyon, my all-time favorite Christmas market is in Colmar! Around the 8th of December, we celebrate La Fête des Lumières in Lyon, which is a spectacular event with light shows illuminating the whole city. It's genuinely an unmissable experience! Why not combine the charm of Christmas markets with this special event that takes place only 3-4 days a year?”

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