Following World War I, many African Americans found a home in Paris. During this seven-night journey, discover how African American culture influenced the City of Light on specially designed excursions featuring the Left Bank, an evening at a jazz club, a Seine River cruise and a guided tour of the Musee du Quai Branly!
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.
This active program is designed for people who are in good health and can comfortably participate in a demanding daily schedule of physical activities. The itinerary may feature full days of ongoing activities.
Excursions on this program require: This active program is designed for people who are in good health and can comfortably participate in a demanding daily schedule of physical activities. The itinerary may feature full days of ongoing activities. Excursions on this program require:
•walking distances of up to 3 miles
•walking on cobblestones, unpaved paths and/or uneven surfaces
•getting on/off motor coaches, boats and/or trains
•navigating stairs to get in/out of Metro stations
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.
CANCELLATION-Cancellations for any reason from date of booking to 76 days prior to trip departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully non-refundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers.
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
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! Get to know the neighborhood around your hotel and learn how to use Paris’ famous Métro subway.
Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception, followed by a Welcome Dinner tonight.
Discovery: Paris’ African American History. Today, get an introduction to African-American history in Paris during a city tour. Discover the Paris that welcomed Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and other African-American luminaries. From Sally Hemings to Richard Wright, African Americans have long found an acceptance in Paris that they did not find at home in the United States. See the favorite haunts of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, James Baldwin, and others as you ride along the Champs Elysees, drive through the Latin Quarter, and see other Paris districts. Then take a short stroll through the artsy neighborhood that was home to Henry Ossawa Tanner, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, and other writers and entertainers from the African-American expatriate community.
Conclude the tour with lunch at a local Parisian restaurant.
Free Time: Enjoy some time at leisure to discover the city. You may wish to stay in Le Marais, where the narrow lanes give you an idea of what the area looked like during the Middle Ages. Browse through art galleries and stylish boutiques or stroll through Place des Vosges, Paris’ first square.
Discovery: Paris Noir. Watch a screening of the 2016 documentary, Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light. The film explores the relationship between Paris and African American expatriates in the decades following World War I. A question-and-answer session follows with the film makers.
Discovery: Harlem in Paris 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 by the Germans 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.
Free Time: The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. The city is filled with historic landmarks, museums, world-class shopping and more! Don’t miss the opportunity to walk down the Champs Élysées, one of the most recognizable boulevards in the world, to the Arc d’Triomphe, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower for the best view of the city.
Discovery: An Evening of Jazz. Trace the evolution of French jazz during a tour of St-Germain-des-Pres and the Latin Quarter. After World War II, African American jazz musicians played to adoring audiences at the clubs here. Learn why the clubs are called “caves” and hear stories about the great musicians that graced their stages. Settle in at the jazz club to enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by a concert.
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: Musee Quai Branley. Join an expert guide in the Musee du Quai Branly, one of Paris’ premier cultural institutions. Opened in 2006, the museum features collections focused on non-European cultures with a rich variety of art, artifacts and objects from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Free Time: Choose to spend one of your last days at leisure in Paris or join today’s Elective Excursion to Versailles. Your Travel Director will be available to offer suggestions on sightseeing, shopping and dining.
Elective Activity: 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. Available at an additional cost.
Enrichment: Paris’ African American Writers. Award-winning writer Jake Lamar, a Bronx transplant in Paris, discusses his experiences in Paris, where he has lived for several years. A Harvard University graduate and former writer for Time magazine, Lamar has written six novels, a play, a memoir, and many short stories, essays and articles.
Discovery: The Left Bank. The African American community flourished on the Left Bank, but so did other communities of the African diaspora. See where the Revue du Monde Noir, “Review of the Black World,” a groundbreaking magazine that grew from a salon hosted by two sisters from Martinique, was published. Learn about intellectuals, such as Anna Cooper and Carter G. Woodson. Born into slavery in 1858, Cooper earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1924. Woodson, who studied at the Sorbonne in the early 1900s, was a pioneer in the field of black studies. In the 1940s, many African American veterans, using benefits from the GI Bill, also enrolled at the Sorbonne. Also, learn more about the bebop style of jazz and the musicians who flocked to Paris to play their music. See where musicians, such as Miles Davis and Bud Powell, lived and played their music.
Following your insightful excursion, enjoy a group lunch.
Free Time: The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Take in some of the city’s wonderful museums or stroll through the Luxembourg Garden.
Discovery: Paris by Boat. Cruise the Seine River for a different perspective of this magnificent city. While gliding along this storied waterway, see Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Île St. Louis, and other renowned sights, and pass beneath Pont Neuf, Paris’ most famous bridge.
Free Time: Enjoy your final afternoon in Paris. If you haven’t picked up souvenirs, pay a visit to one of the city’s famous department stores or take a stroll through the unique shops of Les Passages Couverts, the delightful galleries built in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Tonight, celebrate your time together in this enchanting city at a Farewell Reception in the hotel, followed by a Farewell Dinner.
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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