Orléans – CHAMBORD CASTLE – AMBOISE FORTRESS – PALACE OF VERSALS – PANTHEON – SEMBOUR PALACE – NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL – SAINTE CHAPELLE – LOUVRE – TUILERIES GARDENS – PLACE DE LA CONCORDE – POMPIDOU CENTER – MONTMARTE – MOULIN ROUGE – PIGALLE SQUARE – TRIUMPHAL ARCH – Champs Élysées – CHAMPS DE MARS – THE EIFFEL TOWER
Culture and history
FLIGHT TO PARIS
Meeting at Chicago O’Hare airport approximately 2.5 hours before departure. Passport and baggage check-in and flight to Paris.
In the afternoon, arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, and then transfer by coach to Orléans, associated with Joan of Arc, and a short walk around the old town. We will see, among others, the statue of Joan of Arc, as well as the over 400-year-old Groslot Hotel, and the even older Saint-Croix Cathedral. Accommodation and overnight stay in Orléans or around Chambord or Amboise.
CHAMBORD CASTLE - AMBOISE FORTRESS - PALACE OF VERSAILLES
After breakfast, departure to visit the castles of the Loire: Chambord – the largest residence not only in the valley of the Loire River, but in all of France. The castle-palace was built on the initiative of Francis I and designed by Leonardo da Vinci. After visiting Chambord, we will go to Amboise, a city – a fortress of significant political importance for France from the pre-revolutionary period. Numerous French rulers and numerous magnates were born and lived here, including; Louis IX, Catherine of the Medici, Charles VIII or Francis I. Once we enjoy the castles of the Loire Valley, we will go to the suburbs of Paris, to Versailles, which was the capital of the Kingdom of France just before the French Revolution. Today, Versailles is known primarily from the most beautiful baroque palace and garden, which were the residence of French rulers. After the visit to the “king’s” we will return to Paris in the evening.
PANTHEON - LUXEMBOURG PALACE - NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL – SAINTE CHAPELLE - LOUVRE - TUILERIES GARDENS - PLACE DE LA CONCORDE
After breakfast we will begin admiring the cradle of the city. This area is the Latin district remembering the founders of Paris, both the ancient Romans and the medieval knights. We will see the Pantheon, where Marie Curie-Sklodowska and other eminent French citizens were buried. In the Luxembourg Gardens, we will drink morning coffee in the shadow of the Palace of the same name as the gardens. Today it houses the seat of the French Senate. After relaxing in such a representative place, we will go for a walk to La Cité where we will find, among others, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was rebuilt after the fire. Right next to it is Sainte Chapelle with stained glass windows recognized as the most beautiful in the world. Free time for lunch and then a visit to the royal palace of the Louvre, where today there is an art museum with the famous Mona Lisa. After visiting the Louvre, it’s time for a long walk through the most representative part of the city. During this walk, we will see, among others, the Tuileries Gardens and Place de la Concorde, meaning the Place of Agreement. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
MUSEUM D'ORSAY - POMPIDOU CENTER - MONTMARTE - MOULIN ROUGE - PIGALLE SQUARE
On this day, after breakfast, we will go to two eminent Parisian museums. The first one will be the Museum d’Orsay, located at the former station of the Paris-Orléans line. Another will be the famous Parisian center of contemporary art, the Pompidou, named in honor of the President of France, whose initiative was to open this very center. In the afternoon there will be time to relax and refresh at the hotel. In the evening a visit the Montmartre district with the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret, Place Pigalle, Sacre-Coeur Basilica and Place du Tertre. Free time for dinner and then return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
TRIUMPHAL ARCH – CHAMPS ÉLYSÉES - GRAND PALAIS – NAPOLEON’S TOMB – CHAMPS DE MARS - EIFFEL TOWER - SEIN RIVER BOAT CRUISE
We will start the day with a visit to Star Square, where the famous Triumphal Arch is located, commemorating the fallen French during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. After taking a look at the city from the roof of this monument, we will walk through the Champs Elysées, the most famous avenue in the world. The walk will take us to the Grand Palais, the famous glass hall that was built in the heart of the French capital for the World Exhibition held here in 1900. Then we will pass by the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte towards the Eiffel Tower, which we will enter after lunch near Los Invalides Square. We will end the day with an unforgettable cruise on the Seine River. During the cruise, we will see the beautifully illuminated monuments of Paris, the known and these lesser-known pearls of architecture and culture, of which Paris is undoubtedly the world capital.
DEPARTURE FROM PARIS
On this day, we will say goodbye to Paris and head back to the USA.
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