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
Depart today on your flight to Paris.
Arrive this morning or afternoon in Paris. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
You have the balance of the day to relax after your overseas flight. You might choose to join your Program Director for an orientation walk to get better acquainted with the area around your hotel.
Later, celebrate your arrival in France with a Welcome Drink and briefing. Ask your Program Director for suggestions for dining on your own this evening in the "City of Light."
Savor a day at leisure, and use your included Metro pass to discover what this culture-rich city has to offer. 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 the evening at leisure and dinner on your own.
Enjoy a full day on your own to explore Paris in depth.
Or, join us for an optional tour to the renowned Louvre Museum. Your first glimpse of the Louvre will be the I.M. Pei-designed entrance, which created a great deal of controversy when it was built in 1989. Called the Pyramide du Louvre, the steel-rod, cable, and glass pyramids at the three main Louvre entrances are today considered a fine example of the blending of modern with classic architecture. The treasures inside the museum are world-famous, and the collection of sculptures and paintings by the Great Masters unrivaled. Stroll through gallery after gallery, marveling at works by the likes of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Matisse. Please note: The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.
Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own in one of Paris' many fine restaurants.
After breakfast, transfer to your river ship to begin your Seine: Paris to Normandy River Cruise.