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Christmastime on the Seine 2014

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Trip Extensions

Pre-trip: Paris, France

Join us on this extension for additional time to explore romantic Paris, the City of Light. An included tour of the Le Marais district will introduce you the city’s history. You will also have plenty of leisure time to discover Paris on your own. Here, in the city often called the capital of romance, you will experience firsthand the wealth of cultural and historical attractions that have enchanted visitors for centuries.

It's Included:
Accommodations: 3 nights at the First-Class Novotel Paris Eiffel Tower or similar
3 meals: 3 breakfasts
Included tour: Le Marais sightseeing tour
Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
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    Depart the U.S. on your flight to Paris, France.

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    Arrive this morning or afternoon in Paris. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Paris. You have the rest of the day to relax or explore a little of the city on your own. If you wish, you can join a brief guided walk with your Program Director in the vicinity of your hotel to begin getting to know the city.

    Enjoy a drink with your Program Director and traveling companions at this evening's Welcome Reception.

    Your evening is at leisure. Ask your Program Director for suggestions on where to dine on your own.

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    After breakfast, enjoy a half-day tour of Le Marais—literally, "the marsh"—a beautiful district of Paris that's home to many historic mansions dating back to the 16th century. The Knights Templar cleared this marshy land just north of the Seine in the twelfth century, and many French aristocrats built vast and beautiful residences that still stand today. You'll visit the Place des Vosges, the first royal square in France, whose red brick vaulted arcades were commissioned by Henry IV in 1605. You'll also see mansions and hotel particuliers (grand homes surrounded by gardens and courts), as well as the Jewish Quarter.

    Your afternoon and evening are at leisure to do as you please. You can return to the hotel with the motorcoach, or remain behind in the city on your own.

    Your evening is at leisure, and dinner is on your own.

    Or, join us for an optional evening outing to the Latin Quarter for a lively French cabaret performance. You'll find out why this kind of theater has been celebrated for so many years—in France and throughout the world. All transportation is included, along with dinner at the theater prior to the memorable show.

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    This morning, join us for an optional full-day tour of the Champagne region. First, you'll arrive in Reims, where you'll savor lunch at a local restaurant—a typical French brasserie. You’ll then see Reims’ magnificent cathedral before a special tasting at a well-known cellar.

    Or, the day is yours to visit new museums, relax at sidewalk cafes, peruse bookstores and galleries, and soak in the inimitable atmosphere of Paris. The city is a shopper's paradise, so the opportunities for holiday shopping are unsurpassed. A number of Christmas Markets are set up seasonally, including one at La Cour de Rome in front of Gare St. Lazare.

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    • Meals included:

    After breakfast at your hotel, transfer by motorcoach to your home for seven nights, the M/S Bizet, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and follow the main itinerary from Day 2.