City of Lights

8 days from £2,545pp

The city so enchanting they named it twice – the City of Light and the City of Love – is so exciting that we have dedicated an entire trip to it. You’ll see classics, from a day at the Notre Dame and Les Invalides, and a day trip to Versailles, to a champagne toast at the top of the Eiffel Tower. You can’t visit Paris without getting lost in a world of art, and you’ll do just that at the Louvré and the Musée D’Orsay. You will also get to know Paris like one of the locals. You’ll drive in a vintage Citroën 2CV ‘tin bug’, take a long lunch in the district of Montmartre, and go on a food tour of Canal Saint Martin.

Highlights

  • Cruise on the Seine River, passing underneath 32 bridges

  • Ride in a vintage Citroën 2CV car through the city centre

  • Savour classic Parisian cuisine at Le Procope

  • Visit Pere Lachaise Cemetery, a celebrity resting place

  • Take a day trip to the Palace of Versailles

  • Drink champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower

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City of Lights

8 days from £2,545pp

Itinerary

This exciting trip to France includes international flights, private transfers, excursions, accommodation and breakfasts.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1

Paris

City

When you arrive in Paris, you’ll be met by your driver and taken to your hotel, the Hôtel Etoile Saint Honoré. Located near to the Champs Elyseés and Arc de Triomphe in the upscale 8th arrondissement, it’s a good place to begin your explorations of the city. This evening take a cruise on the Seine River. A gentle introduction to the night time splendour of Paris, you’ll cruise through the heart of the city, past the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and Île de la Cité, finishing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

2

Paris

Activity and Adventure

Today you’ll get under the skin of Paris with a guided tour of the city in a vintage Citroën 2CV ‘tin bug’. You’ll drive along the Champs Elysées and past classic sights including the Pompidou Centre, the Trocadéro and the Place de la Concorde. Your 2CV adventure will end at the district of Montmartre, former home of Picasso and Dalí, where you can find a host of locally run restaurants with tempting fixe prix menus and a wine list as long as your arm. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can linger in Montmartre. We recommend a visit to the Sacre Cœur, the Roman-Byzantine Basilica which overlooks Paris’ 18th arrondissement.

3

Paris

City

Start your day at Les Invalides, a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement, originally built by Louis XIV as a hospital for sick or retired soldiers. Here, you can visit the tomb where Napoleon Bonaparte is interred. As well as the Hôtel des Invalides itself, which still houses a small number of military veterans, you’ll also visit the French Military Museum, the Musée des Plains-Reliefs, a collection of military models, and the Musée d’Historie Contemporaine; a contemporary history museum.

Tonight, we have booked dinner for you at Le Procope, the oldest café in Paris previously frequented by writers and intellectuals including Rousseau and Diderot.

4

Paris

City

A day for art lovers, you will spend the day at the revered Louvre and Musée d’Orsay galleries. Accompanied by a private guide, you’ll start at the Louvre – the largest art gallery in the world covering over 70,000 square metres and displaying 38,000 objects. You could spend a week here! You’ll no doubt spot the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo.

Tearing yourself away from the Louvre, you’ll take a walk through the Jardin des Tuileries. This expansive public park has a rich history dating back to the late 1500’s when Catherine de’ Medici commissioned an Italian Renaissance garden on the banks of the Seine. Here, you can wander past statues created by Rodin and Giaocometti and visit the Musée de l’Orangerie where the dreamy, panoramic displays of Monet’s Waterlilies are housed.

Last on the agenda today is the Musée d’Orsay. You’ll cross the Seine on foot, before exploring this extensive gallery housed in the former Gare d’Orsay railway station. Your guide will take you through an extensive collection of French art, including the largest collection of impressionist masterpieces in the world, by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Sisley.

5

Paris

City

You’ve seen the classics – now it’s time to get to know Paris like a local. With your guide you’ll make your way to the trendy Canal Saint Martin area. The iron footbridges and treelined quays were the backdrop of the film Amélie, and the canal is lined with bohemian bistros and chic bars. Your guide will take you to a selection of these places where you can try wine, pastries and cheese, and chat to the locals.

After an easy, food-filled morning, you’ll head to Pere Lachaise Cemetery. One of Paris’ more quirky attractions, this vast cemetery is the final resting place of literary luminaries such as Oscar Wilde, and musicians including Chopin and Jim Morrison.

6

Paris

General Tour

The Palace of Versailles awaits you today. Starting life as a hunting pavilion, the French Court and government was installed in the palace in 1682 by Louis XIV. Since then, it has grown in size and housed a succession of kings, until the French Revolution when Louis XVI was forced to leave. Now, the Palace of Versailles is a museum dedicated to French History. Spend the day exploring this stunning French classical palace, and its extensive gardens. You’ll see the Royal Apartments, each ceiling meticulously painted to depict the planets and their associated Roman deity; and the spectacular Hall of Mirrors, extending over 70 metres, and lined with mirrors, it is an awe-inspiring sight. After a busy day of exploring Versailles, you will return to Paris.

7

Paris

City

Today is at leisure – you can use it to further explore Paris, do some shopping, or just take a relaxed walk around the city. Tonight, to celebrate the end of your stay, you’ll take an evening ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower where you can toast your last night with a glass of champagne.

8

Paris

City

On your last morning you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport. Bon voyage!

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