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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart U.S. for Paris
Day 2 Arrive in Paris
  • Walking Tour of the Île de la Cité and Île St-Louis Tour of the oldest area of Paris that was conquered by Julius Caesar in 53 BC.
  • 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.
Day 3 Paris
  • Tour the Louvre Museum 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.
  • Explore the Musée National du Moyen Age Thermes de Cluny, 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 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.
  • Explore Jardin du Luxembourg Stroll through and spend time in this beautiful Parisian park, which has always been associated with artists, including Watteau and Verlaine.
  • Dinner in the Latin Quarter 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; it is generally associated with artists, intellectuals and political unrest.
Day 4 Paris
  • Visit the Musée D'Orsay Housed in a former railway station, this museum features mainly French art from 1848-1915, and is best known for its impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir and Cezanne.
  • Explore the Musée Rodin This 18th century mansion was Auguste Rodin's residence from 1908 until his death in 1919. We will view most of his significant creations, including The Kiss and The Thinker.
  • Ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower The wrought-iron tower was not meant to be permanent, and the first permit was only for 20 years. But 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.
Day 5 Giverny & Auvers-Sur-Oise
  • Giverny This small village 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 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.
  • Visit the Château d'Auvers See this restored castle that takes us back to the time of the Impressionists.
  • Maison de van Gogh Visit the inn where Vincent spent his last months and the room where he died. A short film explains the work that he completed while in Auvers-Sur-Oise. A restaurant there serves food that was popular during his time.
Day 6 Paris
  • Discover 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 in this gallery that resides in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace.
  • Opéra National de Paris Take a guided-tour of the Opéra 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 Opéra. 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.
Day 7 Paris
  • Experience the Place de la Bastille Visit this square, where on July 14, 1789, an angry Parisian mob stormed the notorious prison and freed the prisoners.
  • Explore the Marais Quarter 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 La Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris.
  • Visit the Musée Picasso See over 3000 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 Stravinsky Enjoy a walk through this square, which features a fine contemporary fountain with mobile sculptures by Tinguely and Saint Phalle.
  • Visit the modern Pompidou Center This colorful combination of steel, glass, pipes and tubes. houses the National Museum of Modern Art
  • LEAP Cover the Canvas! Heighten your appreciation of art with an interactive art class in Paris. Learn to appreciate some of the famous works of art viewed during your tour. Your teacher will explain the points to look for in a painting, such as line, color, perspective and form and show you how to interpret these, using various examples to illustrate the idea. In the second half of the class, you will have the chance to put these ideas into practice as you create your own painting. Understand for yourself the skills required to produce such fine works, and continue your trip with a fresh appreciation for the masterpieces that you see.
  • Visit Sacré-Coeur Basilica Take in the sights of this 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
  • Ascend to the Montmartre area of Paris Here we will have dinner in a local restaurant. This area was made famous in the late 19th century as an artists’ haunt. We will also spend time in the Place du Tertre, a square known for its local artwork.
Day 8 Depart for U.S.