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Tour 1

The Grand Tour of Paris

TOUR SUMMARY

SPLENDORS OF EUROPE offers this week long luxury escorted tour to Paris France.   This is a small group tour of Paris that provides wonderful in-depth cultural experiences in Paris.   Two professional escorts ensure that our small group of 12 or less has a friendly and personally rewarding experience.  Walking tours and excursions highlight art, history, architecture and gourmet culinary experiences.    The tour includes about 30 of the best sites in Paris including escorted museum visits to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Versailles palace and many more.   Travel to Paris and enjoy the Grand Tour of Paris with SPLENDORS OF EUROPE.   You'll have the best vacation trip ever.   Visit the hotel, restaurant, and tour photo galleries at the end of this page.

escorted luxury tour, Paris, France, luxury Paris tour

Paris is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the world.  It is certainly one of the most romantic and historic as well.  During your memorable stay in the city of light you will see many of the most famous landmarks and monuments in the world.  You will behold great art treasures, extraordinary architecture and romantic gardens.  You’ll delight in gourmet cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs.  You’ll enjoy the exceedingly pleasant ambiance of intimate cafés, elegant restaurants and exquisite hotels.  A wonderfully civilized city of style and comfort, the pleasures of Paris are endless.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

1. All of "Our Special Features and Qualities" listed in the table of contents

2. Airport greeting and transfers to and from Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris

3. Ground transportation throughout your tour

4. Two Professional Escorts

5. Seven nights in Paris in a deluxe character hotel.  See the "Tour 1 Hotel Photo Gallery" at the bottom of this page.

6. All hotel taxes and gratuities

7. Award winning dinning.  See our "Gallery of Restaurants" at the bottom of this page.

8. Seven Breakfasts

9. Seven Delicious lunches

10. Five Gourmet dinners

11. Parisian café refreshments

12. Beverages, mineral water, coffee, and dessert with included dinners

13. All restaurant gratuities

14. Gourmet Lunch in the Eiffel Tower

15. Fabulous Dinner Cruise on the Seine

16. Admission with choice of escorted or self discovery visits to approximately 30 sites

17. Interactive discussions with authentic local experts

9 Day Itinerary

SATURDAY - International flight to Paris

SUNDAY - Arrive at Charles De Gaulle Airport near Paris. Quiet afternoon walk in Paris.

You're greeted by your host at the airport near Paris.  After a brief taxi ride we check you in our Parisian hotel and relax before lunch at a local restaurant.  Get acquainted with your hosts and fellow travelers.

escorted luxury tour of Luxembourg garden, Paris, France

We enjoy a quiet afternoon relaxing in Luxembourg Garden. The garden is attractively located in front of the magnificent Palais du Luxembourg, now the home of the French Senate. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Paris and popular with Parisians.

Close by we visit the monumental St. Sulpice Church, well known for its Delacroix murals and large pipe organ. For those who want to explore further, we offer a 10 minute stroll to the Panthéon.

This evening we enjoy welcome cocktails at our hotel before we savor dinner at an intimate nearby restaurant.

Each evening your escorts can assist you with information about evening entertainment opportunities.  L+D

MONDAY- Cruise on the Seine, Visit to the Ile de la Cite.

This morning we enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Seine providing an orientation tour of Paris. WHS

escorted luxury tour on the Seine river,  Paris, France

Next, we enjoy romantic Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris. We enter the Ile de la Cité. Here we visit the Square du Vert Galant, a park shaped like the bow of a ship that juts into the Seine.  Next we visit Place Dauphine.

Lunch is at the historic Caveau du Palais.  Here we dine enjoying the view of Place Dauphine.

After lunch we see the Palace of Justice, and visit the Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned.

Next we visit La Sainte Chapelle, built by King St. Louis to house Christ’s crown of thorns.  This afternoon we also we visit Notre Dame, the worlds most famous Cathedral, and home of the legendary humpback.  Later this afternoon we stroll along the romantic quays of the Seine. Here you can buy a nice Parisian painting at the quaint Bouquinistes.

Tonight we enjoy dinner near the Seine. B+L+D

TUESDAY - Trocadero, Lunch at the Eiffel Tower, Tomb of Napoleon, Rodin Museum, Alexander III Bridge.

We visit the Tracadéro-Promontary with its large fountain and wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower.  A great place for your picture in front of the worlds most recognized landmark.

escorted luxury tour to the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

We enjoy a fantastic lunch at the restaurant Altitude 95 in the Eiffel Tower. Located at the 400 foot level, its exciting views are unequaled.

After lunch we stroll through the Parc du Champ Du Mars to the Tomb of Napoléon.  It’s a most impressive carved stone and marble building honoring this historic leader.

We continue our afternoon with a visit to the Rodin Museum.

Located in a stately mansion surrounded by a beautiful garden, you will see the most famous works of this celebrated French sculptor including, The Thinker, The Bourgeois of Calais, The Gates of Hell and The Kiss.

We enjoy refreshments at the café in the lovely garden.

From here we cross the Esplanade des Invalides and the Alexander the III bridge, certainly one of the most ornate bridges in the world.  We dine tonight at one of the most famous brasseries in Paris. B+L+D

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY – Right bank walking tour. Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Garden, the Lourve,  the rue Rivoli Arcades, Palais Royal, and Place Vendome,

We start at the Place de la Concorde. We see the gold toped Egyptian obelisk, grand statues, and fountainsescorted luxury tour to the Louvre palace Paris, France .

We stroll through the beautiful former royal Tuileries gardens towards the Arch of the Carroussel and enter the Louvre.  The Louvre contains the largest collection of Art in the World.

escorted luxury tour to the Louvre Museum Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll see the most famous masterpieces ever created, Mona Lisa, Vénus de Milo, Winged Victory, Raft of the Medusa... Lunch is enjoyed at the Louvre.

Next we visit shops and boutiques along the rue Rivoli Arcades, the see the Palais Royal to former residence of Cardinal Richelieu. We end at  Place Vendome and see the column erected by Napoleon to commemorate the battle of Austerlitz.  t Free for dinner. B+L

 

THURSDAY - Excursion to Versailles Palace and Gardenescoted tour to Versailles palace, Frances

We leave Paris for spectacular Versailles, home of many French kings including Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. This is the largest, most famous, and most ornate of all château’s. WHS   We tour  the Palace interior and also enjoy the extensive gardens.

After our tour of the palace, we enjoy a delicious lunch in Versailles.

This afternoon we return to Paris where you dine at your leisure this evening.   Why not enjoy some of the night life in Paris.   B+L

 

 

 

FRIDAY - Museum d’ Orsay, Village of Montmartre,

This morning we visit the Musee d’ Orsay. It’s the best art museum in Paris after the Louvre.escorted tour to Orsay art museum Paris, France Orsay presents great works from 1848 to 1914 from famous artists including Whistler, Monet, Renoir, Degas, van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin and Picasso to name a few.

Lunch is enjoyed at the elegant restaurant in the Museum

This afternoon we visit the picturesque hill top village of Montmartre with its windmills and the Place du Tertre where artists wait to paint your portrait. You will enjoy another panoramic view of Paris from the church Le Sacré Coeur.

 

escorted walking tour to Montmarte, Paris, France

 

We visit the inside of Sacré Coeur Basilica and get another view of Paris from the dome.

Nearby we also see the church St. Pierre de Montmartre and the Lapin Agile cabaret. Then we enjoy refreshment at one of the numerous cafés on Place du Tertre.

Tonight we enjoy the pleasures of a gourmet dinner while cruising the seine. The night lit scenery is magically romantic. B+L+D

 

SATURDAY- Arch de Triumph, Les Champs Elysées, a Parisian café and Shopping, Galeries Lafayette

This morning  we visit the famous Arch of Triumph, and enjoy the panoramic view of Paris from the top.  We continue our tour down Les Champs Elysées once the widest avenue in the world. It’s now home to luxury shops, shows and cafés. We stroll down this famous avenue, and enjoy the ambiance of this wonderful destination.  Stop and relax at a café and enjoy refreshment as we watch the Parisian world go by.

Lunch is enjoyed at the Le Cercle Ledoyen on the terrace near the Petit Palais. This afternoon we go to the famous stores the Galeries Lafayette and the famous Galeries Lafayette, a great place to purchase anything French. Perfumes, scarves, accessories, gifts abound in this beautiful store.  For those less interested in shopping, an optional visit is made to the Garnier Opéra and La Madeleine church.

shopping tour Paris, France

We visit the Opéra where we find the grand foyer, and the grand staircase of white marble and with red and green marble balustrade. The five tier auditorium is decorated in red velvet and gold leaf.

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We walk to La Madeleine and visit this unique church. It looks like a Greek temple with its Corinthian columns encircling the entire building. Inside we see the lavishly decorated interior of marble, gilt, and fine sculpture.  We return to our hotel to relax before dinner. This evening, we visit the French train station the Gare de Lyon and get a close up look at the fastest train in the world, the French TGV.

We enjoy cocktails before a gourmet dinner at the magnificent Train Blue restaurant with its fine example of Belle Epoque architecture.  After dinner we go to the Eiffel Tower to see its display of lights at night. B+L+D

luxury escorted tour to the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

 

 

SUNDAY- Airport Transfers in the morning. Musee Jacquemart Andre in the afternoon.

This tour ends this day and an airport transfer from the hotel to CDG airport is provided. B

For those joining another Splendors of Europe Tour, you’re free to spend Sunday morning in Paris as you choose.

Lunch is enjoyed near our hotel.

This afternoon we offer a visit to Museum, Jacquemart André, one of the most sumptuous residences in Paris.  It’s the former palatial home of a wealthy banker who collected Italian Renaissance and French 18th century art, tapestries and furniture. The museum is also an architectural masterpiece.

Dinner is enjoyed at an intimate local restaurant where we get acquainted with our fellow travelers.

 

 

 

 

 

INCLUDED SITE VISITS AND EXCURSIONS

1. Luxembourg Gardens

2. St. Sulpice Church (The Da Vinci Code movie site)

3. Pantheon Church

4. Paris orientation site seeing cruise on the Seine

5. Pont Neuf

6. Square du Vert Galant

7. Place Dauphine

8. Notre Dame Cathedral

9. La Sainte Chapelle

10. The Medieval Conciergerie

11. Tracadéro

12. Eiffel Tower

13. Parc du Champ de Mars

14. Tomb of Napoléon

15. Rodin Museum

16. Esplanade des Invalides

17. Pont Alexander III bridge

18. La Place de la Concorde

19. The Tuileries Gardens

20. The Louvre (The Da Vinci Code movie site)

21. Parisian Shopping Excursion

22. Excursion to Versailles Palace

23. Museum d’ Orsay

24. Montmartre

25. Sacré Coeur Basilica

26. The Arch of Triumph

27. Les Champs Elysées

28. Galeries Lafayette and Printemps

29. The Paris Garnier Opéra (Optional)

30. La Madeleine Church (Optional)

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