The Best of Paris, Versailles, Giverny
Optional day trip to Normandy:
A 9 Day Tour
Your 9-day adventure will cover the best of Paris with its museums, iconic Eiffel Tower, busy boulevards and quaint neighborhoods and will take us outside of Paris to the palace of Versailles and Monet's dreamy gardens at Giverny.
Your Tour Includes:
- Day trip to Versailles
- Day trip to Giverny
- Hotel accommodations with breakfast
- Optional day trip to Normandy
Note that lunches and dinners are not included. Nor are Museum entrance fees.
Single supplement of $400.
Your Adventure Awaits:
Day 1: Transatlantic flight from home to Charles de Gaulle airport.
Day 2: Arrive in Paris at mid-day. Transfer to the heart of the city. Hotel room assignment, and neighborhood orientation. Three hour walking tour of the city center. We’ll stroll along the Seine River to Notre Dame, the Pompidou Center, l’ Hotel de Ville. What a day!
Day 3: After breakfast we’ll take the subway to visit the Louvre museum. Afternoon walk through the Tuileries gardens, L’Orangerie Museum, place de la Concorde and Champs Elysees, all the way to the Arc de Triomphe. Today is filled with architecture and history.
Day 4: We are off to Paris' only hill: Montmartre with a stop at Moulin Rouge, then to Sacre-Coeur church and painters' square. There will be time for you to meander. In the afternoon, we'll visit Ste-Chapelle with its famous stained glass windows, and the Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was jailed before she was sent to the guillotine. Climb the steps of the Notre Dame Towers for a glorious view of the city, if time allows we'll stop at the Pompidou Center.
Day 5: Optional day trip to Normandy, or Loire Valley, or cooking class (additional fee of 150-200 euros per activity). This is a free day. If none of the suggested activities appeal to you, feel free to follow your guide for more adventures in Paris, or if you have something on your bucket list we'll be glad to map it out for you. If you need a day just by yourself, let serendipity guide you and enjoy the discoveries you will make.
Day 6: Morning market at Bastille Square...time to rub shoulders with the locals. This will be a colorful and fragrant visit. Then we'll head to Les Invalides (army museum), and the Church of the Dome where Napoleon is buried. A late afternoon stop at the Orsay Museum will complete the day.
Day 7: Day trip outside of Paris to quiet and colorful Giverny: the home of Claude Monet. Afternoon at Versailles palace. Return to home base in the evening.
Day 8: Today we'll stroll through the students quarters on the Left Bank: up Boulevard St-Michel, past the Sorbonne, and leisurely walk through the Luxembourg gardens: an oasis of peace in the Heart of Paris. Afternoon at the Eiffel Tower, and evening cruise on the Seine River.
Day 9: Time to go home…Enjoy your last café au lait, make a sweet treat run at the local pastry shop before we head to the airport. Au revoir la France! Evening return home.
*Land package based on double occupancy, airfare is additional.