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Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur 2015

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Pre-trip: Paris, France

Often referred to as the "City of Light," the French capital is one of Europe's most stunning and influential metropolitan centers, featuring renowned landmarks and world-famous art museums—combined with romance, style, and a certain "je ne sais quoi" that makes it one of the world's leading travel destinations.

It's Included:
Accommodations: for 3 nights at the First-Class Novotel Paris Eiffel Tower or similar
3 meals: 3 breakfasts
Included Tour: Le Marais & Ile St. Louis
Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
2-day Paris Metro pass
Now included for 2015:
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours
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    Depart the U.S. today on your flight to Paris.

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    Arrive today in Paris. After checking into the hotel, you can join your Program Director on a vicinity walk of the neighborhood around your hotel. With the assistance of your Program Director, use your included Paris Metro pass, which can take you all over the city during your three days here.

    Join your fellow travelers and Program Director this evening for a Welcome Drink and briefing. Dinner tonight is on your own; your Program Director can offer advice about local restaurants.

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    This morning, join your Program Director for a discovery walk of his or her favorite Parisian district. You may visit Le Marais, a historic neighborhood that was once a popular residence of French aristocracy, and is today replete with elaborate architecture and diverse art galleries. Then, you may discover Ile St. Louis, a charming neighborhood located on an island in the Seine River with the ambiance of a 17th-century village that sets it apart from the hustle and bustle of Paris that surrounds it on all sides.

    The rest of your day is at leisure to do as you please. You may want to visit the Musee d'Orsay, known as much for the building in which it is housed as for its superb collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau artists. It was classified as a Historical Monument in 1976 and inaugurated as a museum in 1986.

    Enjoy this evening at your leisure. Or join a different optional outing for a lively French Cabaret Dinner & Show. Enjoy dinner with a French cabaret performance, and find out why this kind of theater has been celebrated for so many years—in both France and throughout the world.

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    Your day is at leisure to explore Paris on your own. Perhaps you'll explore the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Place de la Concorde or take advantage of the fine shopping to be had in Paris’s fashionable shops and boutiques.

    Or, join an optional half-day excursion to one of Paris’ most famous and lively districts, Montmartre. Visit the famed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, with its dramatic perch on the top of the Montmartre hill. Delight in the views of Paris below, and spend some time exploring the charming streets of this romantic neighborhood. Watch the street artists at work or browse the local shops for some souvenirs to bring home.

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    Enjoy another day to discover Paris at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll explore the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Place de la Concorde or take advantage of the fine shopping to be had in Paris’s fashionable shops and boutiques.

    This evening, you’ll meet your fellow travelers and begin your Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur River Cruise Tour.