France Tour to the Alps
June 9-20, 2019
$2950 for 12 day Tour (airfare not included)
All sightseeing, yoga, professional guiding by Chris Coleman, Rick Steves Tour Guide for 20 years, group transport, hikes, learn Afghan walking & breathing techniques, hotel, all breakfasts and half lunches & dinners included. Stay in Paris-Lyon-Chamonix. (Suggested to book international flight into Paris and depart from Geneva.)
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Day 1: Sunday June 9 Welcome to Paris
I will meet you at the airport and we will take either the suburban train/airport bus to downtown Paris, then a short taxi ride to our hotel (~16-19 Euros pp). After you have time to freshen up and relax a bit at our hotel, we will reconvene for a " bienvenue à Paris" meeting and orientation walk through our neighborhood, followed by dinner together. Sleep in Paris (2 nights). Walking: light
Day 2: Monday June 10 Historic Paris
Morning yoga class. Walk back to the hotel, and set out for the day ahead! Let's begin where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. We will take a walking tour of the city's early history, including visits to a pair of Europe's most significant medieval Gothic churches: the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Then we'll take a stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter and enjoy a foodie walking tour enjoying the specialties Paris has to offer. Walking: strenuous.
Day 3: Tuesday June 11 Lyon
After breakfast we we take the bullet train from Paris to Lyon. Transfer to our hotel, check in and explore the heart of Lyon and it’s thilling secret passageways called “traboules”. Visit the Roman Theatres and Gallo Roman museum and the amazing Notre Dame Basilica. Dinner together. Walking: medium. Sleep in Lyon (3 nights).
Day 4: Wednesday June 12 Historic Lyon
After breakfast we will visit the Resistance and Deportation History Museum. Take the afternoon to explore sites of your choice such as the Museum of Fine Arts. Dinner on your own.
Day 5: Thursday June 13 Lyon Market Day
We'll spend our morning enjoying a popular city market. After a leisurely morning we will take a short train trip to the ancient roman town of Vienne on the Rhone to visit the Temple of August and Livia and the Archaeological Site of Saint-Romaine-en-Gal. Return to Lyon. Dinner together. Walking: moderate.
Day 6: Friday June 14 To the Alps!
This morning we'll take the train from Lyon to Chamonix. Check into our hotel, explore town and dinner together. Walking: light.
Day 7-9: Saturday June 15-18 Hiking and Yoga in the Alps
Take a lift from the valley into the Alpine slopes. Days will be spent hiking, exploring, practicing yoga and mediation outdoors. We will stay in refuges or alpine shelters. All meals included each day during our stay in the Alps.
Day 10: Tuesday June 18 Chamonix
Return to Chamonix in the afternoon. Free time. Yoga session. Dinner together.
Day 11: Wednesday June 19 Chamonix
This morning you have time to take the Aiguille du Midi lift up to over 12,000ft to see 360 degrees of alpine glory or the glacier Montenvers. Enjoy the town itself or take hikes around the valley. This evening we'll enjoy a final dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Salut! Walking: medium to strenuous.
Day 12: Thursday June 20 Tour Over After Breakfast
Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. For those staying longer, Chris will be happy to send you off in the right direction and help with any trip planning needs. Au revoir et merci!
Chris Coleman has 20 years experience as a France tour guide with Rick Steves Europe. She has been a yoga teacher and studio owner since 2008 in Minnesota and is a IATY-Certified Yoga Therapist. She has studied with various teachers that have inspired her work: Yoga North's Ann Maxwell & Molly McMannus; Deborah Adele, Susi Hately, Dr. Timothy McCall, Indu Aurora, Sidhartha Krishna and more. Chris led a yoga tour to France in June 2015 and is thrilled to be able to offer future experiences. Come travel with me!