Discover this most magical of cities, the city of light, the city of love. From the top of La Tour Eiffel to the depths of Les Egouts, Paris will enchant you! The city is divided into 20 quarters, or arrondisements. The 1er arrondisement is the center from which the others spiral out in the shape of an escargot. Each quarter has its own unique flavor and character. The elegance of the Marais, the bawdiness of Montmartre, the trendiness of Saint-Germain des Près, the chic Madeleine, the energy of Les Halles and the history of the Latin Quarter all combine to make Paris an incomparable, world-class ville.
Day 1 – Paris
Depart for France.
Day 2 – Paris
Bon Jour!! Bienvenue à Paris! Your private bus and guide will escort you on a Paris City Tour to see the magnificent Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysées, the majestic Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, Les Invalides, Palais du Luxembourg, the Pantheon and the historic Latin Quarter. Continue to the Ile de la Cité, the Conciergerie and the Palais de Justice. Visit the Gothic masterpiece, Notre Dame Cathedral, then on to the Jardin des Tuileries and the stunning Place de la Concorde with its 3,300 year old Obélisque from Luxor. Visit the Louvre, which was originally constructed in 1200 as a fortress.Today it is the largest museum on earth. Highlights of the vast collection include da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Liberté by Delacroix, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo. Be sure to see the spectacular Crown Jewels in the Galerie d’Apollon and visit the Carousel du Louvre for world class shopping.
Day 3 – Paris
Travel to Versailles and the glorious Palace of Versailles, home of Louis XIV. The Sun King remodeled this former hunting lodge into one of the most impressive buildings in the world. See the fabulous formal galleries such as the Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending World War I, then stroll through the splendid formal gardens with elaborate statuary and the famous Apollo fountain.
Day 4 – Paris
Consider the option of traveling to the ancient city of Chartres whose cathedral was constructed in 1260 and is the best preserved example of Gothic architecture in the world. The cathedral’s sublime architecture is surpassed only by the sensational stained glass windows which cover over 25,000 square feet and depict over 5,000 figures. Tonight’s option: Enjoy a Bateaux Mouches Cruise on the romantic Seine. View the monuments of France from a unique perspective as you take in the brilliance of the lights of Paris after nightfall. Sail past the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Palais du Tokyo, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris. and the Petit-Pont, the smallest bridge in the city.
Day 5 – Paris
Time to bid a reluctant au revoir to the magnificent city of Paris.