Paris: Art, Culture & People

Paris: Art, Culture & People

Immerse yourself in rousing, romantic Paris on this seven-night adventure through the City of Light. Cruise the Seine to take in the highlights of Parisian architecture from the water, and explore Le Marais, finding trendy boutiques and bars nestled on narrow medieval streets. Learn about artistic treasures at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, and visit the opulent Palais Garnier Opera House. Sample the city’s artisan-made foods on a gastronomic walking tour, and find out how African-American culture influenced Jazz Age Paris as you explore Montmartre. Then, travel to Dijon via high-speed rail to tour the ancient capital of Burgundy and enjoy lunch at a historic mansion. Along the way, expert local guides share the knowledge you need to make the most of your visit. You’ll have time to stroll the boulevards solo, too, experiencing the city as you wish. Relax each evening in first class accommodations, and enjoy an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

Trip Itinerary:

October 17 Depart Gateway City

October 18 Paris, France

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to the Hotel Les Jardins du Marais. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Discovery: Welcome to Paris!
Become acquainted with the neighborhood around your hotel during an orientation walk with your Travel Director. Also, learn how to navigate the Metro, Paris’ transit system.

Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

October 19 Paris

Enrichment: The History of Paris.
From its roots to today, discover the pivotal events and people that have shaped the city.

Discovery: Le Marais.
Stroll through the narrow streets of Le Marais, built in the Middle Ages when aristocrats transformed swampy farmland into an elegant neighborhood. Learn about the history of the district as you walk by medieval houses and opulent mansions with courtyards and pretty gardens. See the ruins of the medieval city wall, its Jewish quarter and the Place des Vosges, Paris’ oldest square. Today, Le Marais is as popular as ever with locals and visitors flocking here for the chic boutiques and hot restaurants.

Indulge in rich French cuisine during a group lunch.

Discovery: Paris by Boat.
Cruise the Seine River for a different perspective of Paris. From your unique viewing point, witness the magnificent architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Île St. Louis, the Louvre Museum and the French Institute.

Accommodations – Hotel Les Jardis du Marais
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

October 20 Paris

Discovery: Flavors of France.
Step into the world of French gastronomy in the neighborhood next to the Champs-de-Mars, a park that stretches from the foot of the Eiffel Tower. It’s only fitting that this food journey takes place in the area that was Paris’ 16th-century market garden. With an expert leading the way, discover several of the city’s best artisan-made foods. From cheese to charcuterie, taste your way through France’s culinary heritage.

Discovery: Montmartre and Jazz Walking Tour.
Explore Montmartre and learn about the influence of the Harlem Renaissance and jazz on Paris. The soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 369th Infantry Regiment are credited with introducing jazz to Europe during World War I. Nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters for their valiant and fearless fighting on the battlefield, the unit had a huge impact on French culture. Before the Hellfighters returned home with medals on their chests, they left the French hungry for American jazz. As the seminal Harlem Renaissance blossomed in New York, a similar movement bloomed in Paris’ Montmartre district. The city fell in love with the cultural scene created by African-American musicians, entertainers, and club owners. See the nightclubs owned by legends Bricktop and Eugene Bullard and learn how African-American culture influenced European culture.

Accommodations – Hotel Les Jardis du Marais
Meals – Breakfast

October 21 Paris | Dijon

Discovery: Exploring Dijon.
Take the high-speed train to this ancient Roman city, which continues to blossom with each passing age. Stroll through the Old Town, known for its grand homes, and see the archaeology museum inside an ancient monastery.

Slow down for lunch at Hôtel Malateste, a historic mansion. The owners of this elegant home, which has remained in the same family for several generations, greet you and share the story of their home.

Accommodations – Hotel Les Jardis du Marais
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

October 22 Paris

Enrichment: Treasures of the Louvre.
Built as a fortress in the 12th century and rebuilt as a royal residence in the 16th century, the Louvre is home to one of the world’s greatest art collections.

Free Time: The day is yours for adventure! Perhaps use your two-day museum pass to view the great collections at the Louvre.

Elective: Exploring Versailles.
Travel to France’s grandest palace today. Versailles, a baroque chateau that was once the kingdom’s political capital and the seat of the royal court, delights visitors with its ornately painted ceilings, rich tapestries, and lavish galleries. Step back in time and walk in the footsteps of kings, queens, and courtiers. Visit the palace, its manicured, ornamental gardens, the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate. See the Hall of Mirrors, the lavishly decorated room where the Treaty of Versailles was signed. After your guided tour, enjoy some time at leisure for lunch and exploring on your own. Perhaps view the remarkable Neptune Fountain or stroll the labyrinth walkways and paths of the gardens. Return to Paris and the hotel late in the day. Available at an additional cost.

Accommodations – Hotel Les Jardis du Marais
Meals – Breakfast

October 23 Paris

Enrichment: Treasures of the d’Orsay.
This famous museum showcases French art of the 1800s and early 1900s. The collection includes works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin and more. Enjoy an expert overview of the museum and the impressionist movement.

Free Time: Spend the afternoon exploring the d’Orsay using your museum pass, or enjoy time at leisure to witness the romance of Paris on your own.

Accommodations – Hotel Les Jardis du Marais
Meals – Breakfast

October 24 Paris

Discovery: Garnier Opera House.
Step into the Palais Garner, home of the Paris National Opera and the Paris Opera Ballet School. This opulent theater, setting for the Gaston Leroux novel “The Phantom of the Opera,” was the creation of architect Charles Garnier, and it inspired Edgar Degas’ paintings of ballerinas. See the extravagant Grand Staircase and auditorium with the ceiling painted by Marc Chagall.

Free Time: Visit the Louvre and Paris’ other museums at your leisure with your museum pass. The Louvre has several restaurants, so you may take a break for lunch and then continue to explore the galleries. If you prefer to see more of the city, you may wish to visit the Latin Quarter, so named because this has been the intellectual hub of Paris for centuries. The Sorbonne, Paris’ famous university is nearby, and the streets are lined with bookstores, cafés and more. Visit the Luxembourg Gardens, a classic French garden, or the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the oldest church in the city.

Gather for a final salute to Paris during a Farewell Reception and Dinner tonight.

Accommodations – Hotel Les Jardis du Marais
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

October 25 Depart for Gateway City

After breakfast, bid farewell to Paris. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change due to operational conditions


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