Trafalgar Tours ~ Paris Explorer (2019)


Tour Name Duration Region Date(s) Price From Description
Paris Explorer (2019) 8 Days France Mar 10, 2019 $1579

See the City of Light on this At Leisure holiday as it has never been seen before - the hidden courtyards and charming arrondissements, each with their own distinct personality.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
Insider walking tour in Paris with a Local Specialist
Orientation tour in Paris
View the Champs Élysées, Paris Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame Cathedral
Visit the Royal Estate of Versailles including the Royal Palace, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet "Le Petit Hameau", ascend to second floor of the Eiffel Tower, the "village" of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and the shopping district of Paris

Dining
7 hot buffet breakfasts
1 Regional Meal lunch
1 Parisian Brasserie voucher
2 dinners with local wine

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights

Day 1 Arrive Paris (7 Nights) (flight not included)
Embrace the romance of one of the world's most visited cities. Paris is well deserving of its title - the City of Light - and it is yours to explore At Leisure in depth over the next few days. Check-in to your centrally located hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know your picturesque surrounds. Wander through the leafy boulevards and winding cobblestone lanes of the French capital, stopping for a leisurely café au lait while watching sophisticated Parisians go by their day-to-day. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a quintessentially Parisian Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel
Meal: Welcome Reception

Day 2 Paris Sightseeing and At Leisure
Join your Travel Director this morning for a fascinating tour of this mesmerising city. View the grand Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon in the 19th century. Delve into its hidden squares and secret passages, visiting one of Paris' most historic neighbourhoods and a favourite local haunt that remains a secret to outsiders. Gaze from the second level of the Eiffel Tower to the boulevards below - the Seine snakes its way through the city centre lined with such icons as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Louvre. Spend the evening at leisure, or take an Optional Experience to the Latin Quarter for a visit inside the medieval Notre-Dame and a scenic cruise down the River Seine.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Paris At Leisure or Optional D-Day Beach Experience
Spend the day soaking up the sights and sounds of this elegant European capital. Admire the great works of the Impressionists at Musée d'Orsay, shop for designer brands on Rue Saint-Honoré or saunter through the charming streets of the Marais - your Travel Director will suggest activities and attractions that will ensure a memorable day spent discovering Paris. You may wish to experience a full-day Optional Experience on the northern coast of France to uncover the poignant history of the D-Day Landing and remember the brave souls who lost their lives in the fight to free Europe. Spend your evening at leisure exploring the city's glittering sights at night or use your Parisian Brasserie voucher to indulge in delicious French flavours at one of the nearby brasseries.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 4 Full-Day Excursion to the Palace and Royal Estate of Versailles
Tread in the footsteps of French nobility and explore the opulence and splendour of Versailles - its majestic palace once the site of lavish parties and home to the Sun King, Louis XIV. Join a Local Specialist as you wander through the palace's extraordinary Hall of Mirrors and Battles Gallery. Meander through the picturesque Royal Gardens and visit Petit Trianon to see first-hand how the French Royal Family lived in private before discovering Marie Antoinette's rustic retreat, a fantasy hamlet where she could escape from the formality of court. Get a real taste of the city with Trafalgar's exclusive Eatwith Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavours with a local family in their home.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Walking Tour in the Marais and French Cuisine Experience
Explore the beautiful Marais district on a walking tour. See the mansions and courtyards of this delightful corner of Paris. Then, enjoy a Cultural Insight savouring the exquisite flavours of French cuisine as you meet a real Parisian chef for an unforgettable gourmet lunch experience, delving into local culinary secrets, delicious flavours and aromas that you will have an opportunity to create yourself and enjoy afterwards. Spend the rest of the day at leisure stretching your legs along the picturesque Seine or fitting in some last-minute shopping in the heart of Paris. This evening perhaps discover the pageantry and French flair of a traditional cabaret performance at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 6 Visit Montmartre and the Louvre
A leisurely start to our morning sees us take a private street trolley car back in time to the colourful hillside "village" of Montmartre and home to the picturesque Sacré-Coeur. Join your Local Specialist and tread in the footsteps of Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh as you meander through hidden squares, artists' haunts and romantic hideaways. Spend the rest of the day at leisure embracing your inner bon vivant before embarking on a special evening experience at the renowned Louvre museum. Enjoy the quiet atmopshere of the museum during this Small Group Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist to see some of the world's most extraordinary masterpieces, including da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Paris Morning At Leisure, Walking Tour and Farewell Dinner
Today is your last chance for last-minute souvenir shopping or alternatively participate on an Optional Experience to visit the Musée d'Orsay. During the festive season, visit the Christmas markets that are held all over the capital: in Montparnasse, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and in La Défense. Or visit the Nativity scenes in Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the Madeleine church, and Basilique Sacré-Cœur. Whether they be traditional, baroque or modern, these veritable works of art welcome a large number of visitors. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour to a part of Paris where you will discover how the French Revolution began. Join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner at an iconic Parisian restaurant dating back to 1686.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8 Depart Paris
After breakfast, it's time to bid Paris au revoir as you prepare to return home after a memorable At Leisure break in one of the world's greatest cities. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast