Iconic skylines of picturesque towers. A trend-setting culinary scene. The inspirational muse for the world’s greatest artists. Fashion-forward haute couture. This is the “City of Light.” Feel the essence of Paris as the locals do – with its chic cosmopolitan vibe and constant energy. You’re on your way to a 5-night stay in the thriving heartbeat of France.
Be swept off your feet as the Paris of your dreams comes alive. Make your way down the Champs-Elysees, the hotspot for Parisian fashion, and marvel at the towering Arc de Triomphe. Words can’t do justice to the view from within the Eiffel Tower,* where you’ll enjoy an exclusive dinner featuring savory French cuisine.
Step into the shoes of a local and navigate Le Métro – your main mode of transportation for the week. Get to know this underground system with a local pro, giving you the freedom to set off later as you wish. First stop – the hip and historic neighborhood of Le Marais. A favorite with Parisians since time immemorial, Le Marais counts among its famous citizens - the great writers Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac. Join a local foodie** and venture to the neighborhood’s beloved venues, getting a taste of the cozy shops and Parisian flavors. Along the way, meander through the flourishing trees and bright grassy patches of Place des Vosges, the oldest town square in all of Paris. Try some sweets and enjoy a tasting of cheese before pausing at a local bistro for a glass of wine and the plat du jour. Take a walk down to the Ile de la Cité to snap a picture of the awe-inspiring Notre Dame or relax in one of Le Marais’ cozy cafés and indulge in the Parisian art of people watching.
The ethereal glass pyramid at the Louvre’s*** entrance serves as your gateway into another realm, where ancient sculptures lead to 19th-century canvases. Wander past and marvel at the palette progeny of Raphael and Botticelli before making your way to Da Vinci’s renowned Mona Lisa. This evening ring in the New Year with flowing champagne and cabaret fun at Paradis Latin,**** featuring high-kicking can-can dancers and energetic music.
Enjoy a leisurely morning before visiting the city’s hilltop arrondissement of Montmartre. Meander through the charming cobblestone streets and take in the iconic Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. This afternoon, explore Paris as you please. Perhaps you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the Tuileries Garden or elegant Place Vendôme with its glittering vitrines displaying jewelry and high-fashion designs. As your day comes to a close, make the most of an evening at leisure.
Channel your inner royal at Versailles – an imperial titan located in the heart of France. There’s a reason why Versailles has served as a model for countless international abodes, which you’ll discover as you wind your way through sprawling green gardens and palace halls with a local guide. From the prominent Hall of Mirrors to the opulent bedchamber of the queen, take in the palace’s most famous sights. Tonight, say salut as you toast to the end of your Parisian getaway, admiring the city skyline as you gently float down the Seine on a dinner cruise.
Au revoir! Your tour comes to a close today.