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A Hand-Crafted Alumni & Friends Journey to France during the Christmas Market season.

A French Christmas Story

Is this trip for me?

Designed especially with STORY Alumni & Friends in mind, this adventure through France during the Christmas holiday season is sure to please with a stay at a private French Chateau, just outside of Paris, complete with Chef! And the amazing Christmas Markets of Alsace —  breathtaking and magical!

Travel Style: Elegant
French Chateau with Chef-prepared dining, Heart of City Christmas Market Hotel, complemented by signature Story Exclusives and Sightseeing.

Service Level: Deluxe
A private French Chateau complete with Chef leads off the service level of this amazing journey, private transport via Story microcoach and luxe vans, Story Tour Captain throughout.

Activity Level: Balanced
Light walking in the Christmas Markets and heart of Strasbourg and suitable for all fitness levels —  ample balance of leisure time.

Trip Membership: 12+
Only guests over 12 years of age may participate in this adventure.


Complete Trip Details:

A Unique Story Adventure For You

Christmas in France: A Private Chateau, Strausbourg and the Markets of Alsace

Our Story Begins.

With our hand-crafted itinerary —  featuring our own private Chateau located just outside of Paris —  the French Christmas Story presents an incredible and fun-filled opportunity to experience an the holiday season from these special locations. You'll also experience exquisite culinary and wine experiences with your STORY adventure.

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International Flight

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Atlantic flight to Paris, France (arriving Day 2) ~ the flight is not included, but please inquire for special fares with our Air Service.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Paris CDG) on time.

 Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

How about flying in a day early to arrive today? Inquire with reservations for pricing on a hotel overnight stay.

The STORY Private Chateau

December 7, 2019 | Day 2: Villa Stay begins

food icon   Story Way Special Dining: Enjoy our Included Welcome Experience on the grounds of our villa tonight with a Private Chef this evening.

Welcome: A STORY Exclusive reception is followed by Chef prepared and hosted dinner, Culinary Experience and leisure time to enjoy the chateau. Welcome! Bienvenue!

Christmas in France
French Chateau

Mark Story has hand-picked our chateau for the kick-off of our French Christmas Story — it will feature a Chef for most breakfasts, lunches and dinners —  and then we will enjoy the Alsace as we explore Strasbourg and Colmar.

Accommodation: Private Chateau, 3 Nights

STORY Way Dining
Enjoy a special welcome dinner tonight with a private chef.



Story's Private Chateau

December 8, 2019 | Day 3: Villa

food icon   Dining: Enjoy Chef-Prepared Dining

Enjoy a specially prepared breakfast followed by a culinary class late morning.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the Chateau and grounds or join us on an optional excursion to Giverny.

Tonight, a special dinner at the villa.


Story's Private Chateau

December 9, 2019 | Day 4: Villa

Optional Experiences Today
May we suggest a special visit to Versailles ? Or explore Paris —  we are within 30 minutes of Paris!

Don't miss the included dining experience tonight at the Chateau complete with French Wine Tasting.



December 10, 2019 | Day 5: To Strasbourg in the Delightful Alsace

We enjoy breakfast before traveling to Strasbourg today. Upon arrival, we will enjoy time to freshen up before our Orientation Walkabout with the Tour Captain.

Story Exclusive experience welcomes us tonight as we enjoy an included Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Gutenberg or Similar, 3 Nights


To Strasbourg

December 11, 2019 | Day 6: Strasbourg

This morning we enjoy meeting our Local Expert Guide for our touring experience of Strasbourg. Then we enjoy free time to explore.

It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the "Christkindelsmärik". Each market has its own speciality and focus, however you will find ornaments, all kinds of gifts, mulled wine and of course plenty of tasty local food and sweets at all of them. Which one is the best Christmas market? Some say Place de la Cathédrale and Place Kléber.

We will make our own determination!

The balance of the day is at leisure along with an optional dinner with the Tour Captain (or explore Strasbourg on your own).

Strasbourg Christmas
Christmas in Strasbourg


Christmas Markets of Colmar

December 12, 2019 | Day 7: To Colmar in Alsace

Today we venture to nearby Colmar to explore her 6 Christmas Markets. Each of Colmar's six Markets is a separate miniature village with its own collection of craftsmen who have utilized their own architectural signature to provide their own stamp on the holidya. For six weeks, the whole of Old Colmar becomes one huge multi-faceted Christmas Market —  amazing!

We return to Strasbourg tonight for our farewell dining event.

STORY Way Dining: Join the Tour Captain tonight for a delightful dinner as we celebrate our time on this amazing French Christmas Story!

Christmas in the Alsace
Christmas in the Alsace


Paris: Extend or Departure

December 13, 2019 | Day 8: To Paris for extension or departure

What better city to recoup from our 'exhausting' first week of this trip that the city of light and love, Paris!

We have an extension into Paris for 3 nights (or for as long as you desire) —  simply inquire. Otherwise, we'll transfer you to the Paris CDG airport.

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Christmas in the Alsace


Inquire with reservations for pricing and details.

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711


Our Chateau in France & Hotel in Strasbourg

Our Private Chateau - 3 Nights

Our private chateau features ensuite bathrooms, private chef and more luxury items. Our hotel in Strasbourg , Gutenberg Hotel or similar, is in the historical center.
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Hotel in Strasbourg - 3 Nights

Our hotel in Strasbourg is the Gutenberg Hotel or similar, and is in the historical center.
Gutenberg Hotel, Strasbourg Hotel Gutenberg

8 Days Travel, 7 Days, 6 Nights' A French Christmas Story True Small-Group Tour

We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

Arrival Transfers from Paris CDG to Chateau
$69 per person (2 guest minimum)

Departure Transfers in Paris

Full Hot Daily Breakfast Included

1 Lunch
3 Unique Dinners Included: Enjoy chef prepared meals for most of our meals at the chateau. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

Wine Tasting at Chateau

Sightseeing Immersion in Strasbourg

Sightseeing Immersion in Colmar

Christmas Markets of Strasbourg and Colmar

Let Story Reserve Your Flights
Story's Air Service provides you with complete service from booking and throughout your journey. With Story's Air Service you can:

• Reserve your flights now then pay later when tickets are issued.
• Upgrade to 180˚ Flatbed Seats in Business Class.
• And enjoy Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines.

Click here to get a free airfare quotation.

International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns and special Private Chateau.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® Tours provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis. Recommended market guide $18 per person per day.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 3 Unique Dinners, Wine Tasting
    Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 


Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. Classic Budget includes welcome dinner in Edinburgh and breakfast, 1 lunch. 

Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 83I


A French Christmas Story
8 Days (7 Days/6 Nights Land)


French Christmas Tour

Three nights in our private Chateau and 3 nights in our Deluxe hotel in Strasbourg.
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December 2019 Departures

Weather in France in December
Perfect weather for the Christmas holiday season means winter conditions can exist (and we can only hope!).

Stay the full time (DEC 6-17) and spend 3 days and nights in Paris at the end of your tour —  inquire for pricing details.

We want you to join us on this adventure —  make your deposit with only $50 per person and once we reach our final number of STORY Guests we'll update you with the final balance. Should we not reach our minimum to operate, we will refund you in full.

December 6-13

*Min 6 Guests: $6,879
*7 to 10 Guests: $5,979
*11 to 16 Guests: $4,779


Rates based on Double Occupancy. Solo supplement is $1788. Triple Occupancy reduction is not available on this itinerary.

This itinerary is designed for STORY Alumni & Friends and requires a minimum of six (6) guests to operate as presented. Should we not reach our minimum, booked guests will be able to continue with their vacation utilizing our STORY Local Hosted experience or enjoy a refund. This determination is made at 90 days prior to trip departure.


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