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Its all about Paris – 6 days

Everyone dreams of living in Paris.  – Natalie Portman

6 days of joie de vivre in the city of light, 6 enjoyable and cultural days of this instantly recognizable city.
Paris, France is a world center for business, culture, and fashion. It’s hard not to fall in love with this magical city that exudes history, sophistication, and style. There’s just something about Paris. Its museums and monuments are among some of the best in the world. The food, the music, the wine – Paris has a lot to offer. Those cobblestone streets and sidewalk cafes! Paris is simply amazing and, with thousands of years of history, so you’ll never see it all in one visit. France’s reputation for its cuisine (the French word for ‘kitchen’) precedes it, and whether you seek a cozy neighborhood bistro or a triple-Michelin-starred temple to gastronomy, you’ll find every establishment prides itself on exquisite preparation and presentation of quality produce, invariably served with wine. Enticing patisseries, boulangeries          (bakeries), fromageries            (cheese shops) and crowded, colorful street markets…that’s the glorious food of France. Paris is one of the great art repositories of the world, harboring treasures from antiquity onward. In addition to big-hitters like the incomparable Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay’s exceptional impressionist collection, and the Centre Pompidou’s cache of modern and contemporary art, there are scores of smaller museums housing collections in every imaginable genre and a diverse range of venues mounting major exhibitions through to off-beat installations.
Paris remains at the forefront of international trends, and browsing emerging and established designer boutiques and flagship haute couture houses is a quintessential part of any visit.
1.day: Paris

After greeting at the airport, the driver will take you to your hotel. Dinner in one of the haute cuisine restaurants….

2.day: Paris, Versailles, Moulin Rouge

Louis XIV. Transformed his father’s hunting lodge into the monumental Château de Versailles in the mid-17th century, and it remains France’s most famous, grandest palace. Situated in the prosperous, leafy and bourgeois suburb of Versailles, 28 km southeast of Paris, the baroque château was the kingdom’s political capital and the seat of the royal court from 1682 up until the fateful events of 1789 when revolutionaries massacred the palace guard and dragged Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette back to Paris, where they were ingloriously guillotined.

TO DO: Tour the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) in royal style with a small-group tour that includes a private visit to the Royal Quarters. These rooms are typically off-limits to the public, but with this exclusive VIP tour you’ll see Louis XVI’s private library and enter the palace through a reserved door to bypass the lines. Additionally, explore the famous Hall of Mirrors and two of the State Apartments when Versailles first opens, before it gets too crowded…

Evening Moulin Rouge show with 4-cours

Immortalized in the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec and later on the screen by Baz Luhrmann, The Moulin ROuge twinkles beneath a 125 replica of its original red windmill. Yes, it’s rife with bus tour crowds. But from the opening bars of music to the last hihg kick it’s a whirl of fantastical costumes, sets, choreography and Champagne. A dinner of French specialties, fine wine and great views of the 2-hour cabaret performance.

3.day: Paris – Eiffel Tower, Louvre

No Parisian visit would be complete without a trip up the Tour Eiffel. But the »metal asparagus« was very nearly torn down in the early 20th century (it only survived because it made an ideal radio-antenna platform). Today around seven million visitors a year venture to the top.You will meet your local guide at a pre-arranged meeting point a few minutes’ walk from the Eiffel Tower.for 1,5h tour. You will have priority access to the tower’s second floor. Delve into the history of one of the world’s most famous monuments and soak up the exhibits and maps on display. Then bid adieu to your guide and head to the tower’s summit for stellar views of the City of Lights.
Few art galleries are as prized or daunting as the Musee du Louvre, Paris’ piece de resistance. This is one of the world’s largest and most diverse museums, home to more than 35.000 works of art- from ancient antiquities to priceless masterpieces by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and many more.
Your 3-hour journey through some of the world’s great artistic treasures begins at the Arc du Carrousel, next to the Louvre entrance. Wander the diverse exhibitions, starting with the Ancient Greek Parthenon, followed by the iconic Venus de Milo. While in the ancient antiquities gallery, view the celebrated Winged Victory of Samothrace. Then head to the Apollo Gallery to see the opulent royal crowns of Napoleon and King Louis XV. Get a taste of the French Revolution with Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading the People, and take in the Italian Renaissance as you gaze at the work of Michelangelo and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Then enjoy time on your own to explore, viewing paintings, sculpture and architecture from 450 BC to the 19th century.
OUR PROPOSAL:  Indulge in an evening of fine dining in Paris with a 3-course meal accompanied by French wine. Enjoy three courses of haute cuisine in a chic restaurant not far from the Louvre Museum, where a talented young chef is at the helm and where each course is matched perfectly with a glass of French wine. Begin with a Champagne aperitif and finish with a digestif to complete the perfect French dinner experience.

Highlights:

– 3-course dinner with fine wine in Paris
Start your evening with a glass of crisp Champagne
Dine on a gourmet meal cooked by one of Paris’ most talented young chefs
Savor three different fine wines – each glass paired with your food
 Finish your evening with a classic digestif (fortified wine or liquor)

4.day: Paris – Ile de la Cite, Notre-Dame, St. Chapelle, Concierge, Pont Neuf, Champs Elysees

The Cite, center of the city’s life since 3rd century, was founded here on what was the largest of the islands in the Seine. It was the first settlement and first religious center, and here were erected the Cathedral and the Palais de Justice.In Sainte-Chapelle you’ll find the Paris’ oldest, finest stained glass at its dazzling best. Enshrined within the Palais de Justice (Law Courts), this Holy Chapel is Paris’ most exquisite Gothic monument. Ste-Chapelle was built in just six years (compared with nearly 200 years for Notre Dame) and consecrated in 1248.A royal palace in the 14th century the Conciergerie later became a prison. During the Reign of Terror (1793-94) alleged enemies of the Revolution were incarcerated here before being brought before the Revolutionary Tribunal next door in the Palais de Justice.Paris’ oldest bridge has linked the western end of the island with both river banks since 1607 when the king inaugurated it by crossing the bridge on a white stallion. The occasion is commemorated by an equestrian statue of Henry IV.

OUR PROPOSAL:  Discover the Old World legends and royal intrigue of medieval Paris on a combo tour of Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame Cathedral. Explore the site of the city’s original founding on a walking tour of the storied Ile de la Cité, sandwiched between the banks of the Seine River, and learn the secrets behind one of Europe’s most famous Gothic cathedrals inside Notre Dame. Cap off the 2.5-hour tour with entry to King Louis IX’s glorious, 13th-century chapel, Sainte Chapelle
Afternoon shopping on the famous Champs-Elysees and finishing a pleasant evening in one of the restaurants along the avenue.

5. day: Paris – Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Place du Tertre

Montmartre is the hilly part of Paris. There are stairs galore and the crowning glory is, of course, the famous Sacré Coeur Cathedral perched at the top, looming over Paris. There is another church on the hill, the older Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which is the founding place of the Jesuits.
Montmartre is the perfect district for Paris food tours because of the area’s flourishing restaurant scene, historical culture, and charming ambiance. In the past, windmills, farming areas and art studios were prominent features of the Montmartre landscape. Now the area boasts an abundance of first-class wine bars, fine dining restaurants, and rare shops, all adding to its appeal as one of the best and most unique food destinations in the world.

OUR PROPOSAL:  Embark on a culinary tour of Paris’s Montmartre neighborhood, one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods. Sample delicacies like croissants and éclairs at a local patisserie, enjoy a guided tasting of various cheeses at a fromagerie and satisfy your sweet tooth at a classic chocolaterie. Of course, no gourmet tour of Paris would be complete without a stop at a boulangerie, where you’ll learn the proper way to eat a baguette in France.
Lunch in one of the restaurants on the famous Place du Tertre.
Afternoon visit to the famous Sacré Coeur Cathedral or spend some time shopping.
Evening proposal: Indulge your inner romantic on an atmospheric evening cruise down the Seine and see the City of Lights at its most magical. Dine on a decadent 4-course dinner, accompanied by live music onboard, as you float past illuminated landmarks like the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower.

6. day: Paris – Latin Quarter, Sorbonne, Pantheon, Jardin du Luxembourg, Les Invalides

The Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter)- It’s also known as the epicenter of Parisian academic life, as it is home to no less than six universities and technical schools. In fact, it’s how the Latin Quarter got its name; back in the Middle Ages, area students commonly spoke Latin, – conversationally! The Roman ruins make the Latin Quarter, also known as Quartier Latin in French, one of the oldest parts of Paris, while the Sorbonne University gives it an intellectual and existential air. The district is tailor-made for walking, its legendary cafes, historic jazz clubs, boulevards and narrow lanes capturing the essence of Paris.

OUR PROPOSAL:  Latin Quarter Bike Tour:

Once the main haunt of Parisian artists and intellectuals, the Latin Quarter boasts a rich bohemian past. Pedal through the fountains and chestnut groves of Luxembourg Gardens, and explore the artsy streets of St-Germain-des-Pres. Learn about the many famous painters and writers who once frequented the area’s cafés as you cruise past charming bookstores, fashion outposts, design galleries and antique shops. Visit the Arenes de Lutece historic site where ancient Roman amphitheater once stood before cycling back to the departure point.
Late afternoon visit to Les Invalides.
Les Invalides began as the army hospital, initiated by Louis XIV in 1670 and finished six years later. These days, it is a complex of buildings including a collection of museums, a hospital and retirement home for war veterans, and a chapel which is a burial place of war heroes including Napoleon Bonaparte. The museums include Contemporary History, Maps, as well as Military History. As is the way with French Kings and their projects, a simple idea to build a place for war veterans to retire grew into a massive and grand statement with fifteen courtyards, a chapel – the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides, and then a royal chapel – Eglise du Dome. Based on St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, this latter became the prime example of French Baroque architecture.

OUR LAST EVENING PROPOSAL:  Treat yourself to an unforgettable night out that combines two classic Parisian experiences — exquisite French food and panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy the newly redesigned first-floor observation deck and settle into a table at the acclaimed 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. Savor a gourmet 4-course dinner of classic French cuisine served with your choice of red or white wine. Take in spectacular views of the City of Lights while you dine, and toast your night out with a glass of Champagne.

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