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A week in the “City of Light”
Paris continues to lure travelers for the same reasons as always. You’ll still find such classic sights as the Tour Eiffel, Notre-Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe juxtaposed with modern and futuristic buildings. Don’t forget the parks, gardens, and squares; the Champs-Elysées and other grand boulevards; and the river Seine and its quays. Paris’s beauty is still overwhelming, especially at night, when it truly is the City of Light.
Paris is also a city of art. The Louvre is the world’s largest palace and museum, and includes masterpieces from Egyptian and Roman antiquity, through the Renaissance and French Paintings. For fans of French Impressionism, the Musee d’Orsay is a must see. Housed in an old rail station, the Gare d’Orsay has been converted into one of the world’s great museums.
Of course there is also the famous French cuisine in the city that prides itself as the culinary capital of the world. Only in Paris can you turn onto the nearest little crooked side street, enter the first non-descript bistro you see and get a wonderfully memorable meal.
- Day 1—Arrival in Paris
- Begin your introduction to the city with a private tour of Paris. Take in sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Élysées, Notre Dame and more before settling into your hotel the heart of Paris.
- Day 2—The Louvre
- Today you will have a private tour of The Louvre, accompanied by a guide that will provide insight and background stories that will make the museum come alive. Afterward, continue sightseeing on your own with a museum pass granting unlimited access to museums and monuments around the city.
- Day 3—Day at Leisure
- A day to discover Paris at your leisure; use your museum pass to access most of Paris’ attractions. For the art lovers, perhaps a visit to the Musee d’Orsay, home to an extensive collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and others.
- Day 4—Versailles
- Prepare for a day of awe and wonder with a full-day tour of Versailles. The symbol of France’s grandeur during the reign of Louis XIV, you will see the Hall of Mirrors, State Apartments, and the famous gardens and intricate fountains.
- Day 5—Paris Flea Market
- Experience a unique side of Parisian life today with a visit to the Flea Market of Saint-Ouen. It is considered the world’s largest flea market; a complex of 2,500 to 3,000 open stalls and shops and a truly French atmosphere. This evening, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Seine, with the lights of the city on full display.
- Day 6—Giverny
- Venture out of the city on your final day, passing through the scenic countryside to Giverny, where Money lived and worked for 43 years. These grounds where Monet spent time along with friends such as Rodin, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas, and Sisley are a perfect place to reflect on your final day in Paris.
- Day 7—Departure Day
- With your week in the City of Light over, depart for your return flight to the USA.