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Europe - Paris

Description

Capital of France, Paris is a major European city and a world center of art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th century cityscape is crossed by wide boulevards and the Seine. In addition to monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral of the 12th century, the city is famous for its cafes and luxury shops lining the streets of the city.

Sample package

Paris – 9 days / 7 nights

DAY 1 : CANADA – FRANCE

Flight towards Paris.


DAY 2 : PARIS

Arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport and meeting with your bus driver.

OPTION : Tour guide services.

Transfer in private motor coach to your accommodation to drop your luggage.

END OF MOTOR COACH SERVICES – PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Lunch at your own charge.

Enjoy a pleasant and popular stroll down the “Champs Élysée” referred as the “world’s most beautiful avenue”, all the way to “Place de la Concorde”, one of the five “Places Royales”. Dedicated to Louis the 15th, it is one of the three places in Paris where the guillotine was used from 1793 to 1795. Louis the 16th and Marie Antoinette were beheaded here.

Continue to the Arc de Triomphe (ascension at your own charge) which erection started under Napoleon the First and was finished under Louis Philippe, last King of France.

Check-in at your accomodation.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Arc de triomphe


DAY 3 : PARIS

Breakfast.

Guided tour of Paris (3h) by motor coach with a professional local tour guide including the Opera Garnier, Place Vendôme, the Seine, the Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) and more.

END OF MOTOR COACH SERVICES – PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Lunch at your own charge.

Visit of the « Cité des Sciences » (Pass explora + submarine « l’Argonaute »). The Cité des Sciences is the biggest science museum in Europe.

Then, enjoy free time in Paris (around the opera Garnier).

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Opera Garnier


DAY 4 : PARIS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Discovery by walk of the Île de la cite. If any place could be called the heart of Paris, it would be this ship-shaped island in the river. Tour Notre Dame de Paris’ Cathedral (Ascension in the towers not included), built between the 12th and 14th century, the cathedral is one of the most famous and beautiful examples of medieval architecture.

Lunch at your own charge.

Self-guided tour of Musée d’Orsay. While it is predominantly notorious for the numerous Impressionist work of arts it shelters, it is committed to display all major artistic movements between 1848 and the first World War. Marvel at paintings by such legendary artists like Monet, Cézanne, Sisley, Pissaro, Manet, Van Gogh and Morisot. (The group has to present a students list with their age. Free entrance for students of 18 years old and under and for teachers (with teacher ID). 1 adult free for each 10 students.)

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Notre-Dame-de-ParisParis-2Notre Dame-Isle of Wight Academy


DAY 5 : PARIS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Visit of the Père Lachaise cemetery. (Free access) situated in the 20th district which houses the tombs of many famous and missing personalities (Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Guillaume Apollinaire, Frédérique Chopin, Honoré de Balzac, Alphonse Daudet, Eugène Delacroix, Jean de la Fontaine, Alfred de Musset, Molière, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, etc.).

Then, enjoy a walk through the Latin Quarter, one of the oldest area in Paris. The Romans, who built a few of the monuments nearby, once occupied this site. Later, in 1215, the first University in Paris, the Sorbonne, settled here.

Walk to the “Jardins du Luxembourg”. Those French gardens are fabulous for strolling, reading and watching the famous guignol puppet theater.

Lunch at your own charge.

You will continue with a self-guided visit to the tomb of Napoleon installed in the dome and the Army Museum. The priceless collections of the museum will let you learn more about the military history of France. It keeps 50,000 cataloged objects, collections of weapons, armor, artillery, uniforms, emblems and paintings.

End of the afternoon free to make your own visits.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Jardins de Luxembourg 2Jardins de Luxembourg


DAY 6 : PARIS – VERSAILLES – PARIS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

This morning you will leave (RER – line C) on the way to Versailles where your group will enjoy a self-guided tour of the Palace (1h30), the Hall of Mirrors, the gardens and the King’s apartments. Louis XIV, the Sun King, built and held court at Versailles’s extraordinary palace, West of Paris. The incredibly lavish château embodies the extravagance of the Old Regime.

At the end of your visit, you will be able to see the Hall of Mirrors and fountain-filled gardens.

Lunch at your own charge.

Back to Paris.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Chateau de Versaille


DAY 7 : PARIS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Self-guided tour of the Louvre. The museum is one of the most important monuments in Paris. It was originally a fortress, and then a royal residence before finally being turned into a museum in 1793. A short list of its masterpieces includes the Code of Hammurabi, Jacques-Louis David’s The Oath of Horatio, and a mysterious smile – the Mona Lisa.

Lunch at your own charge.

Discover Montmartre. The Basilica of the Sacré Cœur crowns the ‘Butte Montmartre’ like an enormous white meringue. Its onion dome is visible from almost anywhere in the city, and its 112m bell tower is the highest point in all Paris, offering a view that stretches up to 50km.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Le Louvre


DAY 8 : PARIS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Then, enjoy some free time at the Champs de Mars where you can take a photograph of the famous Eiffel Tower (ascension at your own charge). The tower has been built in 1889 as the centerpiece of the World’s Fair; the Eiffel Tower has come to symbolize the city. The tower is unfailingly elegant and commands an excellent view of the city.

Enjoy a one-hour sightseeing cruise on the Seine River with English commentary.

Lunch at your own charge.

Free time for shopping at “La Défense” or at Halles Beaubourg and Rivoli Street.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Tour Eiffel


DAY 9 : FRANCE – CANADA

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport Charles-de-Gaulle by motor coach.

Return flight.

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