This is a unique cultural adventure through Paris and the Ile de France, the historical cradle of the Kingdom of France. Since the time of Childebert I, Paris was the administrative and cultural capital of the French kingdom while the surrounding countryside was the pleasure ground of the kings and where they built beautiful retreats.
This tour covers Paris and the nearby countryside to explore France history, architecture, art de vivre. So…Join us for this one-of-kind tour!!.
Tour highlights include:
- Paris' two Islands: Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint Louis
- Gothic masterpieces: 850 year old Notre Dame Cathedral and Chartres
- Le Marais and 17th century architecture
- Castles: Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte
- Artistic Paris: In the footsteps of Impressionism with a visit of the Orsay museum
Date: November 5-12, 2017
Price: starts at $2989 per person double occupancy --Land ONLY
Single supplement: $840
Space limited to 12 participants.
Testimonial: “I can't say adequately to you what a marvelous experience I enjoyed in Paris. I enjoyed not only your company but also all the fine arrangements you so graciously present to your clients. Everything from our beautiful hotel to convenient transportation, the concerts, our wonderful Danielle, the restaurants you found for us - all was perfection”. Marilyn M, Portland.
Day 1- Welcome
The group participants will arrive in Paris and settle in their cozy boutique hotel. Time to unwind and explore the neighborhood on your own. We will meet in the evening for a welcome dinner. D
Day 2– Saint Denis Basilica and Royal Louvre
Today will be devoted to Paris as a Royal Capital. We will venture north of Paris to Saint Denis where the magnificent Basilica of St. Denis is located.This landmark is a fine example of 12th century Gothic architecture and the burial ground to the Kings of France from Dagobert I i(7th century) to Louis XVIII (19th century). Afterwards we will return to Paris center for a tour of architectural Louvre and retrace its past from Feodal fortress to Renaissance palace.. Evening at leisure. B/L
Day 3– Chartres Escapade
Today we will travel to Chartres by train for a visit of one of the finest and best preserved gothic cathedrals in Europe. The architecture and the majority of its stained glass windows dating from the 12 and 13th centuries have survived almost intact. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. We will enjoy lunch and a walking tour in the atmospheric medieval town. We will return to Paris for an evening at leisure. B/L
Day 4- Paris Market day, Rodin Museum and Wine Tasting
Today we will venture to the colorful street market on rue Cler .
After lunch, we will head to the Rodin Museum; newly renovated this museum is dedicated to the works of the sculptor Pierre- August Rodin and his pupil and great artist in her own right, Camille Claudel..
In the early evening we will enjoy a wine tasting in an old atmospheric Parisian wine cellar.
Free time for dinner- B/L
Day 5- Fontainebleau Castle
Today we will travel by mini-coach to Fontainebleau to visit the magnificent Renaissance palace built by King Francois I. Its recent restoration will allow us to admire the beautiful Francois I Gallery decorated in frescoes painted by Rosso, a pupil of Michelangelo. We will be dazzled by the mastery of Renaissance art and workmanship such as the Grand Ballroom’s paneled ceiling decorated by Italian master, Primatticcio in 1552 that depict mythological and hunting scenes as well as the lavish decoration and magnificent tapestries that embellish the State Apartments. Napoleon I and his nephew, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte made Fontainebleau their retreat from the rigors of the Parisian court life and as such they added their imperial touch to the Palace. After lunch in a country restaurant we will return to Paris for some free time. Dinner at leisure. B/L
Day 6– Montmartre and the Orsay Museum
The morning will be devoted to exploring the atmospheric village of Montmartre where we will retrace the footsteps of painters like Toulouse Lautrec, Renoir, van Gog, Picasso, Utrillo and many others who lived and painted here in late 19th and early 20th century. We will also enjoy a stroll through cobblestone streets and see Montmartre’s small vineyard.
After lunch, we will have a guided tour of the Orsay museum to view the great masterpieces of the Impressionist art movement.
Evening and dinner at leisure. B
Day 7– Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte
Let’s visit today the castle that was the inspiration for Versailles. Located just south of Paris, it was built in the mid 17th century by Nicholas Fouquet , the wealthy Finance minister of King Louis XIV. It took five years to complete the work and the result was splendid. For the job, the minister, hired the best architect (Le Vau); painter/interior designer (Le Brun) and landscape designer, (Le Nôtre) ; these artists were then hired by King Louis XIV to work on Versailles Palace.
Return to Paris. Farewell dinner. B/L/D.
Tour ends after breakfast. Au revoir et a bientot.! B
B= Breakfast; L=Lunch; D= Dinner
Price : $2989 in double occupancy—Single supplement: $840
- 7 nights at a 4 star Hotel in Paris city center
- 5 meals (2 dinners and 3 lunches)
- Wine tasting
- Guided tours as described in the tour including two escapades outside of Paris to Chartres, Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte.
- Tour leader at your disposal throughout the tour
Limited to 12 Enchanted France travel participants.
* These rates are subject to availability and currency
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