Enjoy the opportunity to explore Paris at length. 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 Superior First-Class Pullman Paris Montparnasse or similar
- 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
- Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
- 2-day Metro pass
- Now included for 2015:
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours
As your journey along The Seine: Paris to Normandy comes to a close, you'll disembark the ship and transfer to your Paris hotel, where your Program Director will lead a brief orientation tour.
Your day is free for independent exploration. Perhaps you’ll trace the city’s past at the ornate Renaissance-style Hotel de Ville, built in the 14th century when Paris moved its location from two islands on the Seine to the mainland. Or you might explore the Place des Vosges, the city’s oldest square.
This evening, join an optional outing to a lively French cabaret performance and dinner. You'll find out why this kind of theater has been celebrated for so many years—in both France and throughout the world. The price of this tour includes dinner, a cabaret show, and all transportation.
Or, enjoy an evening at leisure and dinner at one of Paris’s many outstanding restaurants.
Today, use your included Metro pass to explore Paris in depth.
Or, join us for a full-day optional tour to Reims, the unofficial capital of France’s Champagne wine-growing region. Upon arrival in the city, you’ll enjoy a walking tour with your Program Director, viewing many of the highlights the city has to offer. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Notre-Dame de Reims, which was damaged by the Germans during the World War I, but has since been restored. This Cathedral played the same role in France as Westminster Abbey in the United Kingdom. You’ll end your day at a Champagne cellar, where you’ll sample some of the bubbly beverage, before returning to your Paris hotel.
Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own in one of Paris' many fine restaurants.
Savor a day at leisure, and use your included Metro pass to discover what this culture-rich city has to offer. You may want to visit the Musee d’Orsay in more depth, known as much for the building in which it is housed as for its superb collection of Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau artists. In 1898, the architect, Victor Laloux, won a competition to build a new train station on the site for the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. The station was built in only two years and was operational for the Fair. The architect concealed the modern station with the facade of a classic stone hotel, creating a structure that naturally integrated with its elegant neighborhood. The building served a number of purposes after 1940, when it was no longer suitable for more modern trains. It was classified as a historical monument in 1976 and opened as a museum in 1986.
Join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Drink this evening before a final dinner on your own.
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.