Discover Paris’ monument-lined boulevards, museums, romanticism and classical bistros and boutiques on a 5-day Parisian getaway! Explore the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, a shelter for artists. Stroll the Champs-Elysees for the chic, larger-than-life experience and an intimate snapshot of Parisian living. Explore the majestic Palace of Versailles, the symbol of the French kingdom, under Louis XIV. Discover the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo, and other masterpieces of the Louvre. Be amazed by the splendid Eiffel tower and gaze upon the top monuments of the City of Lights.
Welcome to Paris! Upon arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel. Your driver will be waiting for you outside the customs area waiting with a sign with your name on it. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the “City of Lights”.
Take a half-day to visit Paris on-board a comfortably air-conditioned mini-bus. An ideal excursion for a first stay in Paris to discover the city’s essentials. Your driver-guide will come to pick you up at your hotel or flat in Paris to take you on a sightseeing tour of the capital’s must-see sites. All throughout this city tour, he will provide you with commentary on the history of Paris’s neighbourhoods, monuments and other highlights. Depending on the weather and traffic, he may be able to show you hidden streets in the center of Paris. You can admire Paris’s top sites, including Place de la Concorde, Palais Garnier, the Louvre and its pyramid, the quays of the Seine and its famous bridges, and the French Academy. Ile de la Cité will be your first stop. The driver-guide will drop you off in front of Notre-Dame; you will have around twenty minutes to discover the cathedral on your own.
Back on the mini-bus, you will continue your tour of Paris, riding past the Hôtel de Ville and the Latin Quarter. Be sure to admire the Sorbonne and the famous Panthéon, which contains the remains of several historic French figures (Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean Moulin, Pierre and Marie Curie, among others). The mini-bus will drive down the Champs-Elysées, so you can see the majestic Arc de Triomphe. It will then stop for around fifteen minutes, near the Place du Trocadéro or Champ de Mars. Take advantage of this moment to admire the Eiffel Tower and take amazing pictures. The city tour will continue on to Les Invalides, famous for its golden dome, home to Napoleon’s tomb. The excursion will end with a stop in the Montmartre district where you will have around 30 minutes of free time to visit this very lively neighbourhood: visit the splendid Sacré-Cœur Basilica, pose for a painter on the Place du Tertre, and stroll along the charming cobbled streets. As you are leaving, the mini-bus will drive by the café-restaurant La Maison Rose, the Lapin Agile cabaret, and the vineyards of Montmartre. Your visit to Montmartre will also provide you with a panoramic view of Paris. At the end of your tour, your driver-guide will take you back to your accommodation in Paris. You can also ask to be dropped off in the center of Paris. Meals: B
Leave your Paris accommodation at 8 a.m. for a minibus journey to Versailles; arrival scheduled for around 9 a.m. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of eight to allow you to enjoy a tailor-made excursion with your driver-guide. One of the most famous historical monuments in the world, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789. Your guide will show you the majestic Palace of Versailles, a symbol of the king’s power. Its Baroque architecture, sumptuous decoration, works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest artisans of the age. After touring the palace, explore the magic of its formal gardens and exceptionally beautiful grounds. The Palace of Versailles has more than 700 rooms and stretches for over 721,000 square feet. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to visit the palace’s most beautiful rooms: the King’s Grand Apartments, with seven rooms dedicated to different gods (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen’s Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, which include the Coronation Room and the Queen’s Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others. Also, admire the grandeur of the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet long, it was created to dazzle visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors and overlooks the palace’s breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit. In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect André Le Nôtre to lay out the grounds and gardens, something that was just as important to the king as the construction of the palace itself. Enjoy your free time strolling through the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, flower beds, ponds, and trees. During the Summer months, a range of activities is organized, such as the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are made to dance to music. You will return to your Paris accommodation at approximately noon.
In the afternoon, discover the famous Louvre Museum with Skip-the-Line tickets. Your priority access ticket will allow you to follow your guide straight into the world’s largest museum. No need to stand in line! This guided tour offers the perfect opportunity to learn about the museum’s huge collection and its greatest works of art, such as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Coronation of Napoleon. Spend time discovering these collections with your guide, who will show you some of the museum’s most famous works and tell you about the stories that lie behind them. Marvel at the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1506, one of the most famous female portraits in the world; the Venus de Milo, a celebrated Greek sculpture dating from 100 BC depicting the goddess Aphrodite; or the giant 33-foot-long painting of the Coronation of Napoleon, painted in 1807 by Jacques-Louis David to commemorate the crowning of Napoleon Bonaparte in Notre Dame Cathedral. After your guided tour, spend time exploring other parts of the museum at your own pace. Meals: B
Stroll on your own through and explore the narrow streets Paris at your own pace, or relax at your accommodation.
In the evening, enjoy an Eiffel Tower dinner from the 1st floor at the restaurant “Le 58 Tour Eiffel”. Then free time to visit part of the famous “Iron Lady.” Afterwards, end the day by discovering the Seine illuminations during your one-hour cruise with commentary while admiring the monuments and majestic bridges. Another option is to attend the show “Féerie”, the extraordinary review from the Moulin Rouge with a half bottle of Champagne per person. “Féerie” comprises a troupe of 100 artists including the 60 Doris Girls recruited worldwide; 1000 costumes with feathers, glitter and strass made in the most famous Parisian workrooms; and a magnificent setting with rich colours and unique drawings created by Italian artists. The show includes the best international entertainments, exceptional acts, and the eagerly-awaited return of the giant Aquarium. Enjoy original music played by 80 musicians and 60 chorus singers.
After breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Meals: B