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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
Visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral
Optional Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show: One-way transfer
Excursion to Giverny and Versailles: Monet's House and Gardens in Giverny, Local Guide, Visit to the State Apartments and Hall of Mirrors
Seine River cruise
Eiffel Tower Level Two: Optional Eiffel Tower Summit, Optional Dinner on the Eiffel Tower
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 set out to explore one of the world's most beautiful capital cities.
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.
Visit the grand Musée du Louvre. Walk along restored galleries, view ancient treasures, and don't miss the underground galleria beneath I. M. Pei's glass pyramid. You will see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Vénus de Milo, and many other masterpieces.
Cross the River Seine to get to the boat-shaped island known as the Ile de la Cité, the very heart of the ancient city which the Romans called Lutetia. There, visit Notre-Dame de Paris. This cathedral has presided over centuries of glorious and somber French history, from its construction in the Middle Ages to its desecration during the French Revolution, and the coronation of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1804 (the 35-year-old upstart crowned himself emperor, with the Pope and all of Europe watching). Admire its bas-reliefs, statuary, gargoyles and remarkable rose windows.
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. Tour his carefully-designed gardens (which include the waterlily pond and the Japanese bridge often featured in his paintings) as well as the artist's famous pink house, a mecca for devotees of Impressionist art.
A guide will accompany you 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 egos 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 the most elegant of the city's department stores with its splendid 19th-century glass and iron atrium. The cafeteria is located on the 6th floor, from which there's an extraordinary rooftop view of Paris, with the fabulous gilded roof of the Opera 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 today.
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.
Availability permitting, you'll ascend to the third level of the tower.
Enjoy a three-course dinner at the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel.
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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