Paris, France Tour – May 21 – 28, 2023
Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Paris in May is when the city bursts with new life across its parks and gardens, street markets and café terraces. Add a sprinkle of pretty pastel blossoms, lush green parks, a dash of romance, and fine chocolates and come on this Parisien adventure.
Cost $3800 Pay by March 31st
$500 Non-Refundable Deposit to Reserve Tour
Begin with a Charles De Gaulle Airport transfer at 2pm and arrive at your hotel for meet and greet and itinerary briefing with your tour leader. Then free time to explore, rest up and get refreshed before an evening cruise on the Seine River getting acquinted with Paris and having a delightful meal with a view of the Eiffel Tower and celebrating embarking on our exciting adventure.
Arc de Triomphe
After breakfast, we’ll take a train ride to the Royal Palace gardens with 17th-century arcades of shops & courtyard with striped columns and then it’s time to explore Le Louvre (the largest museum in Europe), with skip-the-line-access, where you’ll have time to get up close to Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa.
We’ll then meander through the streets of the trendy Le Marais district filled with hip boutiques, galleries. Along the way see the Champs Elysees, the majestic Arc de Triomphe, the Sainte Chapelle, and the 12th century, gothic Notre Dame Cathedral. In Le Marais, we’ll explore the grassy square called Place des Vosges with an elegant arcade surrounded with numerous kosher restaurants and cafes, i.e., Cafe Hugo and nearby the Musée Victor Hugo, where the writer lived.
After this cultural visit, we’ll have free time to explore and relax as you please.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris, meaning “Our Lady of Paris”, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité, an island on the Seine river, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
Courtyard of the Museum of Louvre, and its pyramid.
The Louvre or the Louvre Museum, is the world’s most-visited museum, and a historic landmark in Paris, France. It is the home of some of the best-known works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement (district or ward). Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square meters (782,910 square feet).
The museum is located on the grounds of the Louvre Palace which Louis XIV left in 1682 and moved his household to the Palace of Versailles. The Louvre became as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces.
Montmartre & Sacre Coeur Basilica
Sacred Heart of Paris
Long one of Paris’ most bohemian neighborhoods, and formerly home to artists like Picasso and Dali, hilltop Montmartre is full of charm and along the way we’ll discover bakeries and admire the Moulin Rouge.
We will visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Paris, France, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sacré-Cœur Basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
Theatre de l’Opera
We’ll get photos of the Palais Garnier or Opéra Garnier which has been a monument historique of France since 1923. Currently called the Opéra national de Paris, the Paris Opera is the primary opera and ballet company of France and they use the Palais Garnier mainly for ballet.
Today is Free Time to choose what your want to do while still in the City of Lights.
Have fun creating your bucket list i.e., the Café Renard in the Tuileries Gardens or La Terrasse de Madame in the Luxembourg Gardens to relax with a drink or bite to eat. And we’ll share our stories with one another sooner than later.
The 1050-foot (320-m)-tall Eiffel Tower, was conceived by Gustave Eiffel as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World’s Fair. Luckily, the art nouveau tower’s popularity assured its survival.
Grand Finale – Palace of Versailles
In the morning, we’ll take the train to the opulent Versaille Estate. We’ll then head directly inside with your skip-the-line access to spend a few hours exploring the palace and grounds.
An audio guide is provided so you can explore the famous palace rooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, at your own pace. Walk from hall to gilded hall, looking at ornately painted ceilings and the private royal quarters. Travel back in time as you discover what life was like living in the splendor of the court of the kings and queens of France.
The Palace of Versailles is a former royal residence located in Versailles. Louis XIV expanded the château Louis the VIII built. It was a favorite residence for both kings, and in 1682, Louis XIV moved the seat of his court and government to Versailles, making the palace the de facto capital of France. In 1789, Louis XVI and the royal family returned to Paris. For the rest of the French Revolution, the Palace of Versailles was largely abandoned and emptied of its contents, and the population of the surrounding city plummeted.
Napoleon Bonaparte, following his takeover of France, used Versailles as a summer residence from 1810 to 1814, but did not restore it. When the French Monarchy was restored, it remained in Paris and it was not until the 1830s that meaningful repairs were made to the palace.
A museum of French history was installed within it, replacing the apartments of the southern wing.
After touring inside the castle we’ll head outside to the manicured gardens and lawns, where a dazzling display of flowers and exotic plants delight visitors of all ages.
Enjoy lunch near the castle, then take the train back to Paris for a free afternoon in the city.
Shop, enjoy the fresh air in one of the city’s parks or explore one of the city’s many art museums before ending the epic tour with a cruise on the Seine watching as the city lights and monuments go by and enjoying a gourmet dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our exciting adventure.
Transfers to the Airport