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Explore Paris, Strasbourg & Alsace in One Week

Enjoy the best of France in just one week with our tour itinerary, beginning in Paris before your private driver takes you through Eastern France to explore the romantic villages and 15th Century Cathedrals of Strasbourg and the Alsace region with our 7-day private tour itinerary.

The week-long itinerary outlined below is just one of many routes to explore Alsace from Paris, to discuss how we can tailor this travel plan to exactly suit your tastes or requirements, then simply complete our online inquiry form and our team will get back to you.

What is included:

Day 1: Arrival in Paris

view over the wing of a plane flying over Paris with Eiffel tower in background.
Paris Skyline, France

On arrival at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, you will be met by your personal chauffeur who will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall.

Your chauffeur will take you by private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Paris Tours

Louvre, Paris

Louvre Private Tour

Your tour starts today with a visit to the Louvre, home to some of the World’s most precious artworks, famous for the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. 

This stunning building is also home to over 35,000 works of art.  Not only is the Louver the most visited museum in the world it is also the biggest museum with galleries spreading over 15 acres!

In fact, if you were to spend 30 seconds looking at each piece of art housed in the museum it would take over 100 days! Our private tour planners will consult with you to help plan your visit before you arrive in the country. This will enable you to spend more time with your private guide at the exhibitions and masterpieces that mean the most to you.

Musee de L'Orangerie Private Tour

Next visit the Orangerie museum, home of Monet’s incredible Water Lilies, which is a permanent exhibition as well as art from Cezanne, Modigliani, and Picasso to name a few of the famous artists displayed at this museum.

The museum is located in the Tuileries garden close to the Louvre where you can enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Seine after your private tour.

Day 3: Paris to Strasbourg

water canal in strasbourg with beautiful 13th century architecture on buildings in the background.
Strasbourg, France

The most efficient way to reach Alsace from Paris is via the high-speed train which takes just 1 hour and 45 minutes. If you would like our team to provide a Travel Companion service where a local English-speaking guide would be on hand to ensure a seamless travel experience then please let our team know and we can arrange that for you.

The high-speed TGV arrives at Strasbourg station in the heart of the city which is the Capital of the region known as the Bas –Rhin. This part of France is unique in that it has changed hands several times over the centuries between German and French territories and so this is reflected in every part of life here, from their own language, Alsatian, to the unique architecture, and of course the local gastronomic delicacies only available in this part of France.

On arrival at Strasbourg, your private chauffeur will take you to your hotel which will be your base for the next 4 days.

Our guide, Yannick, was fantastic!! I have never had a guide that was so genuinely passionate about the subject as Yannick was talking about D-Day. Luxury France Tours did a great job customizing to our needs rather than trying to get us to fit into its plan. They even covered the little things. We had a party of 7 and transfers where the two back rows of seats faced each other and everyone was super cramped. Luxury France Tours had the seats facing in the same direction (without being asked), and it made the whole experience much more comfortable for everyone. I would use them again.

Day 4: Strasbourg Cathedral & River Cruise

Strasbourg Cathedral coming into view over local houses
Strasbourg Cathedral, France

This morning, head to the imposing Gothic cathedral.  This stunning building is considered to be the epitome of French Gothic architecture and was built over a period of 424 years starting in 1015.

It wasn’t until construction in 1225 that the style of the cathedral changed to Gothic and many of the existing parts of the building were ripped down and replaced with this new architectural  style. Today the cathedral is the 6th largest church in the world and the largest church ever to be constructed entirely during the Middle Ages.

In the afternoon we take a river cruise along the canals of Strasbourg where your guide will talk you through the dramatic history of the city. Your cruise will take you through Petit France, the picture-perfect sector of Strasbourg filled with half-timbered houses leaning over the canal. We also learn how to negotiate an intricate lock system at the Vauban dam. 

In the evening take a trip to one of the many sophisticated restaurants overlooking the canals.

Day 5: Strasbourg Orangerie & Petite France

guests enjoying a walking tour over canal of petite venice in Strasbourg
Petite France

Today you will start with a visit to the Orangerie – this famous park was originally created in the 17th Century and is home to the many hundreds of Storks, the symbol of Alsace. Walk around the beautiful gardens and you will be sure to see some storks nesting at the very top of the trees, no matter what time of year

In the afternoon your guide will take you on a tour of Petite France – a section of Strasbourg famous for its brightly colored houses and narrow cobbled streets. Sample some of the local delicacies such as chou croute aux viandes or flammkuchen in one of the bustling little bistros.

Spend time people-watching in one of the beautiful squares in the city center such as Place Gutenberg where there is a huge statue of Gutenberg holding a bible. It was in Strasbourg that Gutenberg made great progress in the development of the printing press despite him originally being born in Germany.

We had a great time on this tour! We saw so much and our tour guides were amazing. We had a group of 20, and they did fantastic!

Day 6: Colmar

View from an ornate bridge looking over a river lined with Wooden framed 13th century buildings in Colmar, France
Colmar, France

Colmar has been consistently nominated and recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of France and is often referred to as the Fairy-tale town of France. 

Rows of prettily colored houses line the banks of the town’s canals. Meander through the uniquely preserved cobbled streets. Colmar was the last town to be liberated by the French after WWII and so there is even today still a very strong German influence in the town. 

Visit the Quai des Poissonniers which is nicknamed petite Venice for truly picture-perfect colored half-timbered houses with beautiful flower boxes. The local residents are very proud of their houses and so every house is maintained to pristine standards.

In the afternoon your guide will take you on a private wine tasting at one of the local award-winning wineries, where you can taste some of Alsace’s famous wines such as Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Silvaner to name a few.

Day 7: Alsace Villages Obernai & Molsheim

aerial view of Town of Obernai with vineyards in Bas-Rhin

A visit to Alsace is not complete until you have been to Obernai, an implausibly beautiful Alsatian town nestled less than 40 minutes from the big city lights of Strasbourg, The patron saint of Alsace St Odile the daughter of the Duke of Alsace and there is an impressive fountain just outside the town hall commemorating her. Other notable buildings to visit include the Halles des Bles (wheat market) Clock tower and El Biar castle – a castle built on the grounds of  an old flour mill and named after a part of Algiers

In the afternoon visit Molsheim, home of the famous Bugatti motor car and iconic brand. The village is another example of beautiful Alsatian architecture. 

Visit the Bugatti museum which charts the life of the famous car maker from his days of racing cars to creating road cars. Next to the museum is the former La Chartreuse monastery complete with raised herb gardens and orchards.

Following your private tour, your chauffeur will take you back to Strasbourg for the TGV to Paris and your return flight home.

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Having developed into a Francophile on a trip to the French Alps many years ago while still in school, I moved to France after a career traveling the world led to me meeting my (now) French Husband in Johannesburg. I created Luxury France Tours as a way of sharing my love of France & igniting this passion in others.

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