Paris in Depth

Meet the wonderful French capital by foot, coach and Metro. Become more acquainted with its history, architecture, art and food. Leisurely wander its major monuments, museums, churches and squares. Discover its hidden by-ways, galleries and restaurants but with ample opportunity to pursue one’s own interests. The tour includes a seven day subway pass, a four day "front of the line" museum pass, four dinners or lunches in typical restaurants, a Seine cruise and a classical music concert! Tour escorted by Michael Quinn.

BOOKING INFORMATION

March 02 - 11, 2018

$2,695

Land only Single supplement: $895.00 Optional group airfare available for $298.00 + taxes ($596.00) = $884.00

Space Available

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Friday, March 02:

Evening departure from Toronto to Paris with Air France. Dinner and a light breakfast will be served.

Day 2 - Saturday, March 03: (D)

Morning arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Coach transfer and introductory panoramic tour of the city, including the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, etc. Early afternoon registration at our comfortable 4-star hotel, the Mercure Montmartre. Free time to settle in and rest after the overnight flight. Some energy left? Join a leisurely late afternoon walking tour of the neighbourhood, including the famous Moulin Rouge and evocative Pigalle. This evening, a group dinner in a typical local restaurant.

This evening you will also receive your 7-day NAVIGO DÉCOVERTE Metro Pass, permitting convenient and efficient travel on the city’s excellent public transportation system until our departure. Please be sure to bring a passport-size picture to be attached to this pass! If you already have a Navigo Décoverte, please bring it with you.

Day 3 - Sunday, March 04: (L)

Theme of today’s sightseeing: Traditions.

After breakfast, a walking tour of Roman Paris, with its ancient monuments such as the Arènes de Lutèce and the Baths, as well as the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame. Lunch together in a cozy restaurant in the Latin Quarter before travelling by Metro to famous Père La Chaise cemetery with the tombs of such notables as Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Simone Signore and the evocative monuments of WW II. Late afternoon hotel return and evening at leisure. An opportune time to enjoy an evening sightseeing cruise on the River Seine.

Day 4 - Monday, March 05: (D)

Theme of today’s sightseeing: Modernity.

A full-day tour of the most important monuments of contemporary Mitterand Paris: the monumental “Grande Arche” in the Défense suburb; the National Library, the Omnisports Stadium and Ministry of Finance in the trendy Bercy District; and the “Cité Scientifique” of La Vilette, with the amazing “deconstructivist” architectural creations of Bernard Tschumi on the site of the old Parisian slaughter houses! Late afternoon return to our hotel and dinner in a local bistro.

Day 5 - Tuesday, March 06: (L)

Theme of today’s morning sightseeing: Daily Life

We begin our day-perhaps in the Marais, perhaps Montmartre or St-Germain des Prés...a surprise that will allow us to experience the sights, smells and tastes of the city, from croissant to cheese, wine to fruit; a movable feast to make a memorable lunch! In the afternoon we climb the staircase of the Butte of Montmartre, or if lunch has had its desired effect, then by Funicular to the famous district of artists and Bohémiens, featured in Puccini’s opera La Bohème. Here too, the site of the great Basilica of Sacré-Coeur. A magnificent view of Paris rooftops and skyline before strolling home and an evening to relax.

Day 6 - Wednesday, March 07:

Today you will receive a four-day museum pass valid for admission not only to the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre, and the Orsay Museum, but also to a host of other Parisian museums, art galleries, and monuments including: Cluny Museum (highly recommended!) - Notre Dame Towers and Crypt - Orangerie (with Monet’s Water Lilies) - Sainte Chapelle - Arc de Triomphe - Pantheon - Invalides (with Napoleon’s tomb) - Pompidou Centre - Museum of Modern Art - Picasso Museum - Rodin Museum....three of the major sites over the next four days have been chosen for group visits. The Pass begins to-day and is valid for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Michael will be available to assist with planning personal visits/choices to museums, galleries, shops and restaurants over the next four days.

Theme of today’s sightseeing: Absolute Monarchy.

This morning we travel out of the city by rapid transit to the little town of Versailles. A short walk before our self-guided visit to the monumental Palace of Louis XIV in the former village of Versailles; the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the magnificent gardens of Le Nôtre. Time for lunch in the market of Versailles before returning to Paris, where a visit to Les Invalides, the Musée Rodin or perhaps the Arc de Triomphe ends the day. Evening at leisure.

Day 7 - Thursday, March 08:

Theme of today’s sightseeing: Revolution.

Today, we explore selected sites and monuments associated with the French Revolution; Place de la Bastille (where it all started on July 14, 1789), the Carnavale Museum with its excellent memorabilia and the Place des Vosges. Later, by Metro, we travel to Place de la Concorde (site of the guillotine), the Tuileries Gardens, and the little-known Mausoleum of Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette. Remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure...a stroll on the Champs-Élysées?

Day 8 - Friday, March 09:

A full morning at the D’Orsay Museum, the great Parisian showcase of 19th-century art, with works by masters such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, etc. Remainder of the afternoon to take full advantage of the Museum Pass. Or..... a touch of retail therapy in the marvelous Grands Magasins of Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marché with an early dinner at any one of their gourmet counters...a pleasure!

Day 9 - Saturday, March 10: (D)

After breakfast we travel by Metro to the Louvre Museum, featuring countless superb art treasures including Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The afternoon allows for personal choices, but is however an open invitation to visit any other museum or monument: e.g. the Musée du Moyen Age; Picasso; Pompidou Centre. This evening, our Au Revoir dinner in a typical “bistro”!

Day 10 - Sunday, March 11:

After breakfast, transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for our return to Toronto with Air France. Lunch and an afternoon snack will be served

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INCLUDED

- Airport transfers; - Accommodation in a 4-star hotel, based on double occupancy; the single room supplement is $895.00. - Meals: daily full buffet breakfast plus five full-course dinners/lunches. - Sightseeing and visits as indicated in the itinerary; - Classical music concert; - Seine River cruise; - Metro Pass valid for 7 days: city travel is mostly by subway, but...be aware that our Parisian exploration necessarily involves some walking! - Museum Pass valid for 4 days; (Please note that the order of visits may require adjustment to accommodate possible future rescheduling of museum/ shop opening hours; the time and venue of the classical music concert is TBA.)

NOT INCLUDED

- Optional group airfare of $298.00 + taxes $586.00 (Based on minimum of 10) - Beverages (wine, beer, mineral water, tea, etc.) with dinners; - All items of a personal nature; - Travel insurance...available upon request

RECOMMENDED READING

Travel Guides:
- Top Ten Paris: DK Eyewitness
- Paris: DK Eyewitness
- Paris In Your Pocket: Michelin
- Paris Day By Day: Frommer

Should you really wish a "big guide book" for France, I suggest Frommer or Fodor. Both include Paris and offer some comfort for travellers to the city. The more historical guide is the excellent Green Michelin series which, for the serious tourist, offers the most
comprehensive coverage. One can purchase the “France” or “Paris” edition separately.

Readings:
- Parisians: Robb, Graham
- Seven Ages of Paris: Horne, Alistair
- Paris Revealed: Clarke, Stephen….. (a fun view)
- Memorable walks in Paris: Frommer

A touch more serious:
- A Traveller’s History of France 6th Edition: Cole, Robert
- On The Brink: Fenby, Jonathan
- Paris-Biography of a City: Jones, Colin
- The Insider’s Guide to Paris: Muir, Kate


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