Enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: the cuisine during a gastronomic walking tour, a Seine cruise and Montmartre, where African-American jazz musicians created their own Harlem in the 1920’s. This small-group program, ideal for active travelers, features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.
- Pricing from
Small group-limited to 28!
- Trip Type
- Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Aug 15, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020
Les Jardins du Marais Paris
Located in the trendy Marais district, the elegant Les Jardins du Marais offers an ideal base for discovering Paris’ museums, neighborhoods, delicious boulangeries and iconic landmarks. Conveniently walk or ride the metro. Relax in the hotel’s blend of contemporary and 1930s styling or nestled in the intimate setting of the garden terrace. Enjoy contemporary French cuisine at the La Table du Jardin, or experience the property’s chic spa and sauna facilities. Wi-Fi is complimentary.
- day 1
Depart Gateway City
AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Paris, France. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: CDG.
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service
- day 2
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
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.
Get to know the neighborhood around your hotel and learn how to use Paris’ famous Métro subway.
Tonight, at the hotel, join your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Welcome Dinner.
- day 3
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.
- day 4
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.
- day 5
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.
- day 6
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.
- day 7
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.
- day 8
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.
- day 9
Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, bid farewell to Paris. Depart for Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your return flights home.
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