From the bright lights of Paris to the historical splendour of Versailles, this tour showcases the abundant pleasures of the French capital! Known as the “City of Love” the French capital is the perfect destination for those looking for a spot of romance. On this tour, you’ll be able to experience the delights of Paris’ copious winding boulevards and charming cafes by meandering the picture-perfect city with a local expert. You’ll even get the chance to experience Paris from the water as you take an idyllic boat trip along the tranquil River Seine. Follow up your Parisian adventure by visiting the splendour and opulence of Versailles before heading back to the city for an indulgent day of sampling sumptuous wine and cheese!
Welcome to Paris! After your arrival at the airport, make your own way to your hotel and then enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. Overnight in Paris.
After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide in front of the fountain at Place Saint-Michel. From there your guide will take you to the site of Notre Dame explaining it’s fascinating 850 years of history, secrets and mysteries. See how this historic structure still stands proud after the recent fire and discover what the future holds for this magnificent building. The walking tour continues in the picturesque lanes of the Latin Quarter, where you’ll see the iconic buildings. Visit the impressive Church of St. Germain l’Auxerrois built in the 13th century. Arriving at the Louvre, you’ll skip the entrance lines and head straight inside for a full Louvre tour with your expert guide, including all the highlights of the world-famous collection. At the end of the walking tour, you will board a Seine River Cruise to enjoy a relaxing ride and enjoy the city from the water. Meals: B
Today you will explore the magnificent Palace of Versailles with its luxuriant gardens. King Louis XIV, known as “the Sun” was the creative force of Versailles. He turned Versailles into a sumptuous estate and the symbol of absolute monarchy in the 17th century. Your guide will introduce to you the State Apartments with its 8 rooms, the Hall of Mirrors, the King and Queens’ apartments and since July 2006 some new rooms recently renovated, the Royal Chapel and the Royal Opera Opera, then you will explore the Gardens and the Park. Overnight in Paris. Meals: B
Today, join a small group workshop to explore the world of French cheese and wine as we taste our way around France. We’ll start the workshop with a visit to the historic Ile Saint Louis just minutes from the school, where your favourite local ‘fromager affineur’ awaits. There, your chef will help you navigate a classic Fromagerie in France and you’ll select some fantastic cheeses to enjoy with wine back at the school. Your Fromage adventure will be accompanied by wines from various regions in France. We wouldn’t dream of having a Fromage and Wine experience without fresh baguettes, so expect plenty of accompaniments from the local boulangerie. Overnight in Paris. Meals: B, L
After breakfast, make your own way to the airport or train station for your departing flight or train for your onward journey. An optional private transfer is available. Meals: B