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OUI, OUI, JE SPEAK FRANGLAIS presents:

TIMELESS PARIS

Travel Dates: October 27 to November 3, 2017

8 Days, 6 Nights accommodation, sightseeing, meals and airfare from EWR/JFK( and other gateways) From $2,995 per person 

 

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France and one of the most exciting cities in all of Europe. Located in the north of the country on the River Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light and the Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics and a large part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city has numerous iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world. Come join us and sample the very best that the French Capital has to offer!!

 

Included Features:

• Round-trip air transportation from Newark (EWR)/ John F. Kennedy (JFK). Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included (valid at time of printing)

• First class hotel accommodations for six nights at the centrally located Marriott Rive Gauche or similar, including hotel tax and service charges    

• Daily breakfast, one lunch and two dinners ( ¼ bottle of wine and ½ bottle of water are included with lunches and dinner)

• Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions

• Local English speaking tour director and guide

• Full day guided panoramic Paris tour including lunch cruise, Montmartre & mini train in Montmartre

• Full day guided tour of Marais district and Louvre museum entrance fee.

• Full day guided tour of Versailles Castle and Orsay Museum including entrance fees. Pricing: Tour price is $2,995 per person in double occupancy. For single occupancy, add $617. Fuel surcharges are included at $514 per person and air taxes are included at $150 per person. Fuel surcharges and air taxes are valid at the time of printing but are subject to change. Other gateways are are available at an additional cost. 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Friday Oct 27 , 2017 U.S.: Depart from U.S. for your flight to France.

Day 2 – Saturday Oct 28 - Paris: Arrive in Paris in the morning. Independent transfer to the hotel. Today is at leisure. Meet your guide at the hotel and join us for a Welcome Dinner near the hotel. * Upon arrival, guests will receive a complimentary bespoke, Oui, Oui, Je Speak Franglais, Paris the City of Love Poster. (Dinner, provided)

Day 3 – Sunday Oct 29 - Panoramic Paris and Lunch Cruise: Breakfast at the hotel. Today, depart for a full-day tour of the magnificent city of Paris. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s classic landmarks: the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and and its many grand avenues. Then, enjoy a wonderful lunch cruise aboard a glass boat on the Seine River with panoramic city views. Your cruise ends at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. At this point, you can either spend your afternoon at leisure to rest or visit the city on your own or rejoin your guide and coach for a visit to the Montmartre District and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Stroll through Paris' most bohemian neighborhood on a guided afternoon walk through Montmartre. You will see where famous painters lived and worked in this beautiful hilltop part of Paris, with its windmills, cabarets and monuments. Begin your walking tour of Montmartre just across the street from the most famous cabaret in the world - the Moulin Rouge. Then take a small train up to the highest point in Paris to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which offers breathtaking views in all directions. After visiting Sacré-Coeur and the artist's square, Place du Tertre, walk to Montmartre's picturesque North Slope, where Van Gogh lived and painted. The winding route continues through the streets and lanes where studios and lofts are home to the many artists and musicians who live and work in Montmartre today. (Breakfast, Lunch provided)

Day 4 – Monday Oct 30 - Marais District Walking Tour & Louvre Museum: After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel and board your luxury coach for your whistle-stop tour of Paris. Set off with your guide on a short walking tour of the Marais to wander through one of Paris’ oldest districts during this historical tour. Walk by the Pompidou Centre (Centre George Pompidou), which celebrates modern art. Its eye-catching exterior design has made it a top Paris attraction. During the stroll, your friendly guide will explain the fascinating history of this district. The Marais was the site of the first Jewish settlement in Paris and continues to be the hub of the Jewish community today. See one of the best examples of Jewish culture in the Marais today – the cobbled Rue des Rosiers, home to Jewish bakeries, bookshops and kosher food outlets. Walk along this vibrant street with your guide, and make note of its popular cafes to come back to during your free time in Paris. Follow your guide through the narrow streets of the Marais, and continue to the Place des Voges, one of the oldest squares in Paris and a highlight of the Marais. It was once a royal park and is considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Paris; it was also home to famous French writer Victor Hugo. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, head toward the world famous Louvre Museum for a guided tour. As you make your way through the museum, listen to your guide about the fascinating history and significance of the many artistic masterpieces you encounter, from the iconic Greek statue Venus de Milo to the staggeringly large painting of The Coronation of Napoleon to Leonardo da Vinci’s famously enigmatic Mona Lisa. Admire sculptures by Michelangelo and paintings by Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt. View the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi and other ancient artifacts. There’s so much to see! At the end of your guided tour, you’re free to continue exploring the Musée du Louvre on your own or return with the coach to the hotel. (Breakfast provided)

Day 5 – Tuesday Oct 31 - Versailles Castle & Orsay Museum: After breakfast, departure to the Chateau de Versailles. The Court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789, after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is, therefore, famous not only as an opulent royal dwelling, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime and its eventual downfall. The Palace at Versailles is unrivalled, in perhaps the world, by the level of artistry on display in the appointments of its many salons and rooms. The attention to detail and opulence are truly astounding and a must-see. After the visit free time for lunch on your own before we return to Paris to visit the Orsay Museum. Discover the artists that paved the way for the French Impressionist art movement, such as Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin, and learn the secrets behind their techniques. Your guide will share facts and stories to help you better understand the significance of the many celebrated Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces here. (Breakfast provided)

Day 6 – Wednesday Nov 1 - Paris / Day at leisure or take an Optional Behind the Scenes of a Boulangerie : French Bakery Tour ($39 per person). After breakfast, Spend some quality time in the kitchens of a famous French bakery to learn the inside secrets of French baking during a boulangerie tour. Join for 1 hour an expert French baker in the back rooms of a well-known bakery in central Paris to hear some of the secrets that make French pastries and breads so special and learn how to make a perfect French baguette. This is no bread factory, this independent Parisian bakery where the work is still done by knowledgeable bakers on a daily basis. Lean the impressive history of French baking as well as some time honored baking tips. You will also leave with a freshly baked baguette and croissant to enjoy later. (Breakfast provided)

Day 7 – Thursday Nov 2 - Paris: Breakfast at the hotel. Today is at leisure for you to visit on your own or shop in Paris. Lunch on your own. Tonight, departure from the hotel for a farewell dinner in a restaurant nearby escorted by your assistant. (Breakfast, Dinner provided)

Day 8 - Friday Nov 3 - Au revoir Paris!: Breakfast at the hotel. Independent transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home. (Breakfast)