Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a triple basis. Double rooms: $200 per person.
Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline. Paris-Visite Metro Pass for Seven Days (zones 1-3).
All breakfasts. All dinners.
Services of a specially-trained passports Tour Director throughout.
Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.
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Paris City Sightseeing: Local Guide
Visit to the Louvre Museum
Photo stop near Notre-Dame Cathedral
Optional Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show: One-way transfer
Excursion to Giverny and Versailles: Visit to Monet's House and Gardens in Giverny, Local Guide, Visit to the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles
Seine River cruise
Eiffel Tower Level Two ascent: Optional Eiffel Tower Summit (subject to availability)
Optional Capitaine Fracasse dinner cruise
Weeks, or even months of preparation come to fruition at last as you board your airplane bound for Europe and the glittering jewel at her heart, Paris, the "City of Light." Bienvenue!
Settle into your hotel, then have a look at one of the world's most beautiful capital cities.
Time permitting, you may want to head to Montmartre, Paris' highest hill and its most celebrated bohemian district. Artists still flock to the charming Place du Tertre, as they did when Toulouse-Lautrec painted the French Cancan dancers at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of the city as they make their way to the Sacré-Coeur, the white-domed basilica that anchors the Parisian skyline.
Set out on a coach tour of the city. On the Right Bank of the River Seine, see Napoléon's Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, and the exuberant Opéra Garnier. On the Left Bank, you'll drive by the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
A local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Paris, will accompany your group.
Enter the Musée du Louvre and walk along grand galleries filled with treasures. See Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Vénus de Milo sculpted between 130 and 100 BC, the 19th century painting depicting The Coronation of Napoléon among many other masterpieces.
View Notre-Dame de Paris, gutted by the fire of April 15, 2019, but still standing, solemn and magnificent with its iconic towers miraculously preserved from destruction.
Begun in 1163 and completed in 1272, this cathedral has presided over centuries of glorious and somber French history, including its desecration during the French Revolution. In 1831, Victor Hugo launched a campaign of restoration with a novel he titled Notre Dame de Paris. Because he saw the cathedral as the main character, he strongly objected to the title of the English edition: The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
This evening, enjoy a show at the Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill). There's indeed a windmill on the top of this famous building, which is one of the landmarks of the district known as Pigalle, at the foot of the Montmartre hill. The Moulin Rouge presents a truly fantastique cabaret show, albeit a little risqué!
The transfer back to the hotel is provided for the 11 pm show.
Today, an excursion takes you along the meandering Seine.
Claude Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926. You will tour his carefully-designed gardens, which include well-known features such as the Water Lily Pond and the Japanese Bridge. Of course, you'll see the artist's pink house, a mecca for fans of Impressionism.
A guide will accompany your group during your visit to Versailles.
Enjoy a bit of relevant French history today at the palace where the Sun King, Madame de Pompadour and Queen Marie-Antoinette all come to life. In this ultimate example of Baroque architecture, you will marvel at the lavish decoration, abundant gilding and exuberant ornamentation, particularly in the Royal Apartments of Louis XIV and in the Hall of Mirrors. Imagine the sense of self-importance that must have inflated the ego of these kings and queens.
Then, take a stroll around the Main Gardens.
Enjoy some free time this morning.
You may want to have lunch at the Galeries Lafayette, one of the most elegant of the city's department stores, known for its 19th-century glass and iron dome. The cafeteria is located on the 6th floor, from which there's a roof-top view of Paris, with the gilded roof of the Opéra Garnier in the forefront.
Consider a visit to the Musée d'Orsay and its unique collection of Impressionist works, including Monet's famous series on the Rouen Cathedral, the tortured canvases of Vincent van Gogh and works by Renoir, Manet, Gauguin and Cézanne.
You may prefer the Musée Rodin or the popular Musée Grévin, an excellent wax museum where visitors can get a close look at historical characters, media stars and celebrities.
See Paris transformed into a wonderland like no other during a cruise along the River Seine.
Enjoy some free time in Paris.
Take an elevator to the deuxième étage of the most famous cast iron structure ever built, la Tour Eiffel, for an unforgettable panorama of Paris.
Ascend to the third level of the tower.
This evening, dine in style and see illuminations transform Paris into a wonderland like no other as the Capitaine Fracasse cruise ship takes you along the River Seine.
Most good things must come to an end. Your suitcase full of memorabilia and of photos ready to be processed, you'll arrive home later today, eager to share your discoveries with family and friends.
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