From Seine to Rhine: Paris and Strasbourg Escapade
3 nights in Paris, 4 nights in Strasbourg
“An Unforgettable Exploration of French & Alsatian Charm”
Embark on a captivating journey from the picturesque Seine River to the enchanting banks of the Rhine as we explore the vibrant cities of Paris and Strasbourg. This tour promises an extraordinary blend of history, culture, and gastronomic delights.
In the City of Lights, Paris, be swept away by iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Savor delectable pastries at charming cafes, cruise the Seine under historic bridges, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich artistic legacy.
Next, venture to Strasbourg, an Alsatian gem brimming with half-timbered houses and flower-filled canals. Wander through La Petite France’s cobblestone streets, where every corner feels like a postcard. Delight in the unique blend of French and German influences evident in the city’s architecture and mouthwatering cuisine.
Traverse the enchanting Black Forest, steeped in folklore and natural beauty. Discover dense forests, scenic trails, and traditional craftsmanship in this mystical region.
The journey culminates in Baden-Baden, a captivating spa town offering healing thermal waters and indulgent experiences. Rejuvenate in opulent spas, explore elegant streets with boutique shops, and admire historic landmarks.
Day 1 – Arrival & River Cruise
Independent arrival in Paris.
This afternoon, reach on your own the landing stage near the Tour Eiffel and board your private boat to enjoy a memorable cruise on the River Seine, surrounded by iconic Parisian landmarks. Relax in luxury, savoring breathtaking views, and immerse yourself in the city’s romantic ambiance. A truly unforgettable experience.
The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Paris.
Day 2 – The heart of Paris tour & afternoon Versailles
This tour centers around Ile de la Cité, the tiny island on the Seine River that’s considered the birthplace of modern-day Paris. It’s here that a small Celtic settlement created over 2000 years ago grew to become one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You’ll start the tour with a delightful stroll along the Seine, seeing lovely sights and learning about Paris’ history. Along the way, you’ll see the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, and the enchanting Place Dauphine. You’ll also explore the atmospheric streets of the Latin Quarter before reaching the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral. It’s still being restored after the fire that hit it but can be admired from close enough to appreciate its beauty. Among the highlights of this tour is Sainte Chappelle, the sacred building erected by Louis IX to house his relic collection and widely regarded as Paris’ most stunning church. Your skip-the-line ticket will quickly get you inside, where grand vaulted ceilings and mesmerising stained glass windows depicting biblical stories await you. After the visit, the tour ends with a scenic river cruise to admire Paris from a unique angle. In the afternoon, reach a designated meeting point. During this half-day tour you will see the best that Versailles has to offer without having to wait in line ! We will take you back to the Golden Age of France with an afternoon at the Palace of Versailles. The chateau and gardens count among the most prestigious monuments of the world’s artistic heritage, and are certainly the finest and most complete achievement of 17th century French art. Former residence of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV, this sumptuous royal palace was home to three of France’s most illustrious Kings for over 100 years. The guided tour of the palace includes the State Apartments of the King and Queen, Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, a richly decorated gallery which boasts 357 mirrors, french bay windows and crystal chandeliers. Overnight in Paris.
Day 3 – Louvre Museum
As one of the largest museums in the world, it has over 35,000 objects on display from prehistory to the 19th century, spread across more than 650,000 square feet of gallery space. Your guide will lead you through the galleries of this extraordinary French institution and explain the changing face of the Louvre through its architecture and design . You will marvel at the iconic glass pyramid and admire masterpieces from artists such as David, Géricault, Delacroix and Leonardo da Vinci himself. You will see the most famous artworks: the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa, painted by da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century. At the end of the small group tour, you will have the possibility to spend more time in the Louvre to visit other sections of the museum independently. Overnight in Paris.
Day 4 – Train to Strasbourg
Independent transfer to Paris Station to board your high-speed train to Strasbourg, where you will arrive in about 2 hours and 15 min. Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Strasbourg.
Day 5 – Pearls of Alsace
Located between the Rhine River and the Vosges mountains, Alsace is a unique blend of French and German cultures. This tour takes you to some of the most beautiful spots in the region, starting with Colmar, an attractive Alsatian town with an enchanting network of canals crisscrossing the streets and reflecting all its colourful half-timbered houses. You’ll tour its beautifully preserved old town and most significant landmarks before continuing to Eguisheim, a storybook village with narrow streets and colourful half-timbered houses bursting with flowers. Next, you’ll get to Riquewihr, a picturesque town surrounded by ramparts and brimming with ancient monuments that seem untouched by time. After some free time for lunch, you’ll take a panoramic drive along the Alsace wine route, France’s oldest, lined with historic castles and wineries. Then it’s off to Haut Koenigsbourg Castle, your last stop on the itinerary. It’s a grand 12th-century estate perched high on a rocky spur which you will explore with a guided tour. Overnight in Strasbourg.
Day 6 – A gourmet walking tour of Strasbourg
The Alsace region has a unique culinary identity that combines French and German traditions. On this guided tour of Strasbourg, you’ll get to explore Alsatian flavours and local specialties while learning about the town’s history and culture. Strolling through the historic center, you’ll stop at different places to sample some kouglof, the traditional Alsatian brioche, and the delicious pains d’épices, the local gingerbread. You’ll also be introduced to Alsace’s famed wines, including Crémant d’Alsace, a local sparkling wine. The tastings will be paired with cured meats and cheeses. Overnight in Strasbourg.
Day 7 – Black Forest and Baden-Baden
Embark on an enchanting excursion from Strasbourg to the picturesque Black Forest and charming Baden-Baden. Experience the blend of natural beauty, culture, and relaxation amidst breathtaking landscapes.
Leaving Strasbourg, venture into the fabled Black Forest, captivated by towering trees, rolling hills, and quaint villages. Arriving in Baden-Baden, immerse in the elegance and serenity of this spa town, famous for its thermal baths and healing waters. Enjoy a pampering spa experience.
Explore Baden-Baden’s rich cultural scene, from the historic Kurhaus to sophisticated streets lined with boutiques and cafes. Continuing through the Black Forest, savor authentic cuisine at a traditional farm, including the delectable Black Forest cake.
The excursion culminates with a visit to the mesmerizing Mummelsee, a serene glacial lake surrounded by lush greenery. Overnight in Strasbourg.
Day 8 – Departure
Independent departure transfer.