Paris on a Purse String!

Thursday October 07- Sunday October 17  2021**

Autumn in Paris...an eleven-day leisurely acquaintance  with the wonderful French capital by foot, coach and Metro. Delve into its history and architecture, revel in its art and cuisine.  Discover its markets, hidden by-ways and back streets, quaint galleries and boutiques all 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, five dinners or lunches in traditional restaurants, a Seine cruise and a classical music concert!  Tour escorted by Michael Quinn.

The option of Land Only  or Flight Included  will be available. **Full details and dates subject to  post COVID-19 circumstances.

BOOKING INFORMATION

October 07 - 17, 2021

Land Only: $2,885.00 based on two people sharing a double room

Single supplement: $595. The first 10 people to sign up will receive a $150 discount.

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*If the tour is SOLD OUT, please contact us to be added to the waitlist.


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Thursday, October 07: Flight from Toronto to Paris

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

Day 2 - Friday, October 08: Arrival in Paris (D)

Morning arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. City transfer and introductory panoramic coach tour including the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Place De La Concorde, etc.  Early afternoon registration in the 9th Arrondissement Grand Hotel du Havre, centrally located on the Right Bank close to Place de la Madeleine. Opportunity to refresh after the overnight flight before a leisurely late afternoon orientation tour of this St.-Lazare district. Evening group dinner in one of the many quaint local restaurants.

Day 3 - Saturday, October 09: (L)

Sightseeing Theme:Origins Past and Present. The past begins with a morning walking tour of the city's Roman roots, highlighted by the Arènes de Lutèce, the Baths, Ile St.-Louis, Montagne St-Geneviève and Ile de la Cité. A transition through the Middle Ages by way of Cluny and St-Chapelle will lead us to the modern Deportation Martyrs Memorial set in the shadows of a re-emerging Notre Dame. Lunch in a cozy Latin Quarter restaurant before an afternoon snapshot of world events and personages set in historic Père La Chaise cemetery …Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Simone Signore, Abélard and Héloise and the evocative monuments to the brutalities of WW II. Hotel return and evening at leisure.

Day 4 - Sunday, October 10: (L)

Sightseeing Theme: Daily Life. The day may begin - perhaps in the Marais, perhaps Montmartre or even  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 or if lunch has had its desired effect, by funicular, to the bohemian Butte of Montmartre, with its artist-dominated Place du Tertre. Here too, a magnificent view of Paris rooftops and skyline from the steps of the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur. Evening to independently discover one of the many local "bistros"!

Today you will also receive your NAVIGO DECOVERTE Metro Pass. It provides 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, please bring it with you.

Day 5 - Monday, October 11: (L)

Sightseeing theme: Avant-Garde. A full-day tour of the most important monuments of contemporary Paris. The morning takes us to the monumental “Grande Arche” in the Défense suburb; the National Library, the Omnisports Stadium and Ministry of Finance in the trendy Bercy District. Lunch then on to the “Cité Scientifique” of La Vilette, with the unusual “deconstructivist” of Bernard Tschumi's architectural creations on the site of the old Parisian slaughter houses! In the late afternoon, a brief metro ride to Pont d’Alma where we end our day with a relaxed cruise and sight-seeing on the Seine River. Evening at leisure. 

Day 6 - Tuesday, October 12:

Sightseeing Theme: Monarchy. 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. Following lunch, we metro to Place de la Concorde (site of the guillotine), the Tuileries Gardens, and the little-known Mausoleum of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.  An early dinner before enjoying an evening classic music concert in 13thC. church of Saint- Julien-le-Pauvre.


Day 7 - Wednesday, October 13:

Sightseeing Theme: Monarchy. This morning we leave the city by rapid transit to the little town of Versailles. A short walk through this former village will begin our self-guided visit to the monumental Palace of Louis XIV: 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 Champs Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe may cap the day.
 
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 the following: 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 when there will be a considerable amount of free time. Michael will be available to assist with planning personal visits to museums and galleries over the next four days.

Day 8 - Thursday, October 14:

The D'Orsay plus personal choices. Morning set aside for the D’Orsay Museum, the great Parisian showcase of 19th-century art, with works by masters such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, etc. The remainder of the day for personal choices - an open invitation to visit any other museum or monument: ...the Cluny/Musée du Moyen Age, Picasso or Pompidou Centre. Evening at leisure.

Day 9 - Friday, October 15: (D)

Casual. A day to relax and savour the city. Will it be the counters and tables of Les Puces de Saint-Ouen (better known as the flea market!) or just a morning stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens with its pigeons, manicured trees, groomed pathways, serene atmosphere and Médici Fountain... or one more museum?  A late lunch in chic Les Halles before a last view of Paris from the heights of the Eiffel Tower with a little retail therapy in the marvelous Grands Magasins of Printemps, Galeries Lafayette or Bon Marché before our Au Revoir dinner in a classical setting!

Day 10 - Saturday, October 16:

The Louvre plus person choices. We travel this morning 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 again allows for personal choices to take full advantage of the Museum Pass...the Conciergerie, the Pantheon, or Sainte-Chapelle. And this evening, consider a dinner on the roof of Printemps or at one of its gourmet counters! 

Day 11 - Sunday, October 17: Return flight to Toronto

After breakfast, coach transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for you return flight to Toronto. 

(Please note that the order of visits may have to be adjusted to allow for museums or shops being closed on certain days of the week; the time and venue of the classical music concert are TBA.)


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INCLUDED

• Airport transfers in Paris; • Accommodation with breakfast based on double occupancy; single room supplement $595 • Meals: daily buffet breakfast & five full-course dinners/lunches; • Sightseeing and visits as per itinerary; • Classical music concert; • Seine River cruise; • Metro Pass valid for 7 days: city travel is mostly by subway, but...be advised that our Parisian exploration necessarily involves some walking! • Museum Pass valid for 4 days.

NOT INCLUDED

• Airfare. Flights can be booked if requested once the tour is guaranteed; • Beverages (wine, beer, mineral water, tea, etc.) with dinners; • All items of a personal nature; • Travel insurance. Call Pauwels for pricing.

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