Paris, France
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An Art Tour of Paris

Intensive immersion, from Giverny to the Louvre

Take your students on an Art Tour of Paris. With a tour guide, start with a Seine river cruise and a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy the rest of the tour immersed in art. Smile back at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, enjoy the Musée Rodin, Monet’s house in Giverny—and much more!

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Notre Dame CathedralLouvreRodin MuseumClaude Monet's HousePlace de la Bastille
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart from North America
  • Flight to Paris Relax and enjoy your scheduled flight from North America to Paris.
Day 2 Arrive in Paris
  • Welcome to Paris! Our 24-hour tour director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure. Our private coach will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel in Paris. Paris is one of the most iconic cities in the world, filled with culture and history, monuments and museums. Known as the City of Light, Paris is a million things to a million people. No writer has ever been able to truly capture Paris in words, and only the experience of being there can begin to express the grandness and magic of this incredible city. For the next six evenings we will enjoy the convenience of our centrally-located Paris hotel, where daily breakfast will be included. In Paris, the cost of public transportation is included for all group sightseeing. Escorted by our tour director, we will be able to experience the city in the same manner as the local people.
  • Walking Tour of the Île de la Cité and Île St.-Louis Take a walking tour of the Île de la Cité and the Île St-Louis, the oldest area of Paris, conquered by Julius Caesar in 53 BC.
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral. Work began in 1163 on a spot that had been a holy shrine since Roman times. Over the centuries, the cathedral has been the scene of some of France's most momentous occasions, including the coronation of Napoleon.
  • Seine River Cruise Experience the perfect introduction to the beauty of Paris on a Seine River Cruise. We will pass under many graceful bridges and view important landmarks on both banks during our trip.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Day 3 Paris
  • Louvre Tour the renowned Louvre Museum with a local specialist guide. We will see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the imposing Coronation of Napoleon, and many of the finest paintings and sculptures from Western civilization.
  • Musée National du Moyen Age, Thermes de Cluny, National Museum of the Middle Ages, and Jardin du Luxembourg Explore the Musée National du Moyen Age—Thermes de Cluby, a historically rich site that requires some explanation. It is believed that boatmen built a massive bath complex in 3rd century Roman Paris (thermes means baths). In 1334 monastic leaders from the Cluny built a mansion over the baths. The National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in these two spectacular monuments, featuring remarkable arts and crafts from medieval times.
  • Dinner Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in the Latin Quarter, a section of the city that dates back to the Roman times and is generally associated with artists, intellectuals, and political unrest.
Day 4 Paris
  • Musée d'Orsay Visit the Musée d'Orsay, which is housed in a former railway station. It features mainly French art from 1848-1915, and is best known for its impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne.
  • Musée Rodin Learn about sculptor Auguste Rodin with a visit to the Musée Rodin. This 18th century mansion was the artist's residence from 1908 until his death in 1919. We will view most of his significant creations, including The Kiss and The Thinker.
  • Eiffel Tower Ascend to the top of Paris' most recognizable landmark, the Eiffel Tower, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. The wrought-iron tower was not meant to be permanent—the first permit was only for 20 years. By that time, it had proved to be a valuable communication device for radio. It is now France's global icon and has hosted over 200 million visitors.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Day 5 Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Excursion A private coach and driver will accompany us today on our trip outside the city.
  • Claude Monet's House and Gardens at Giverny The small village of Giverny is best known as the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. A settlement has existed here since Neolithic times, and the quaint town is now an attraction in its own right. Explore Claude Monet's House and Gardens, also known as the Fondation Claude Monet. The house is decorated in the original color schemes that Monet admired and the gardens are the subject of some of the artist's best-loved works, including the Water Lilies series.
  • Château d'Auvers Visit the Château d'Auvers, a restored castle that takes us back to the time of the Impressionists.
  • Maison de van Gogh Visit the Maison de van Gogh, the inn where Vincent spent his last months and the room where he died.
  • van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise Walking Tour A short film explains the work van Gogh completed while in Auvers-Sur-Oise. A restaurant there serves food that was popular during his time.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Day 6 Paris
  • Musée Marmatton-Claude Monet Discover Monet's genius at the Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet. Holdings include many of his water lilies paintings, in addition to Impression: Sunrise, which gave the Impressionist movement its name.
  • Musée de l'Orangerie Enjoy the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings of the Musée de l'Oragerie. The gallery resides in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace.
  • Opera National de Paris Take a guided tour of the Opera National de Paris, founded by Louis XIV in 1669. The current Palais Garnier was inaugurated on January 15, 1875 and is the thirteenth theater to house the Paris Opera. Highlights of our tour will include: the Grand Staircase, built in marble of various colors; the Library-Museum, which houses a permanent gallery containing paintings, drawings, photographs, and scale models of sets; the richly decorated Grand Foyer; the Salon du Glacier; and the Auditorium dominated by the immense crystal chandelier hanging below Marc Chagall's brightly colored ceiling.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Day 7 Paris
  • Place de la Bastille Experience the Place de la Bastille, where, on July 14, 1789, an angry Parisian mob stormed the notorious prison and freed the prisoners.
  • Marais Quarter Explore the Marais Quarter, whose history stretches back to the beginning of the city. The Marais features magnificent shops and cafes and is a perfect place to take in the Parisian lifestyle. While here, we will get a view of the La Palace des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris.
  • Musée Picasso Visit the Musée Picasso, featuring over 3,000 works that span 75 years of the artist's life and ever-changing style. Picasso's personal collection from his favorite artists is also on display. France acquired the collection by accepting it in lieu of $50 million in inheritance taxes from Picasso's descendants.
  • Place Igor Stavinsky Walk through Place Igor Stavinsky, which features a fine contemporary fountain with mobile sculptures by Tinguely and Saint Phalle.
  • Pompidou Center Visit the modern Pompidou Center. This colorful combination of steel, glass, pipes, and tubes houses the National Museum of Modern Art.
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  • Sacré-Coeur Basilica Visit Sacré-Coeur Basilica, a huge white church that dominates the Parisian skyline. Construction of the church began in 1875 and ended in 1914, just before WWI. Inside, we can admire the stained glass and some of the world's largest mosaics.
  • Montmartre Tonight, we will ascend to the Montmartre area of Paris, where we will have dinner in a local restaurant. This area was made famous in the late 19th century as an artists' haunt.
  • Place du Tertre We will also spend time in the Place du Tertre, a square known for its local artwork.
Day 8 Depart Paris
  • Flight to the US Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our tour director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.
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