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Each day our Planet Travel Host will be available to help you explore the city. Although this trip is designed for independent travel we have included a suggested itinerary. Use it as a starting point for planning your own Paris adventure.
Day one, Wednesday September 30, 2009
Departing our airport in Chicago to catch our overnight flight to France.
Day two, Thursday, October 1, 2009
Arrival in Paris. Transfer to our three star hotel as we settle in to become temporary locals. You will meet with your Planet Travel Host at a short orientation meeting at your hotel. Your Host will also explain how to get a special tourist discount card, and explain the ins and outs of the VAT tax refunds. After the meeting, we will encourage you to walk to a local Bistro for dinner. We will offer a few suggestions for your first night. Discover what we mean when we say that it is tough to get a bad meal in Paris. After dinner why not travel to the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy the best view of Paris from its extraordinary and most recognizable landmark. See if you can find the apartment of its architect builder. Find out why Paris is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Day three, Friday, October 2, 2009
We suggest you orient yourself to the city with a quick sightseeing tour via bus. Your Paris Visite allows you unlimited travel on Parisí extensive metro and bus system. We donít know of any other way to get to know the city better. Walk the Champs-Elysees and eat lunch at one of the many Bistros that line the street. Catch the Metro to Boulevard Haussmann. The Opera House and some of the largest department stores in Europe are within walking distance. A special find behind the big department stores is Mono Prix, the French version of a dime store. Mono Prix is a great source for souvenirs, wines, cosmetics, and champagne. That night we will join your host Karen Lynne Deal as we attend a special musical performance. Join your fellow group members after the concert for drinks and a later after performance dinner.
Day four, Saturday, October 3, 2009
Perhaps a visit to Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, and the Latin Quarter are in order. Donít worry. We know how to tackle these remarkable sites in an easy efficient manner that doesnít make you seem rushed. It will be explained in our Insiders Guide to Paris. We suggest you take an afternoon nap at our hotel. That night we invite you to enjoy other Parisians for Nuit Blanche. For one October night in Paris and throughout France, museums, monuments, cinemas, parks and swimming pools stay open all night as thousands of revelers celebrate Nuit Blanche. At dawn, city halls lay on breakfast for those who lasted the night.
Day five, Sunday, October 4, 2009
Did you survive the all night party? Perhaps you want to take in the service at Notre Dame. Or take the train to impressionist central, Giverny, Monetís hometown. Water Lilies, Monetís home and studio, and wonderful gardens to stroll through make a perfect Sunday afternoon in France. That evening we meet for a dinner cruise on the Seine. Music. Wine. Dinner. Dancing. The perfect night view of the city of lights. Cíest magnifique.
Day six, Monday, October 5, 2009
No trip to Paris should not include a visit to the Louvre, Europeís largest museum. But we will make it very manageable. Masterpieces Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory are just a few of the thousands of Louvre treasures. Ponder the enigmatic smile of Mona. After the Louvre consider going down under to the Paris catacombs. Headquarters of the French Resistance during World War II, the catacombs actually date back to Roman times. Skulls and bones tightly stacked elbow to elbow.
Day seven, Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Take a short train trip to the Palace of Versailles, the benchmark of palaces. As we traveled through Europe, we found each countryís grand palace compared to Versailles. The Versailles of England, or Germany or Austria is still no Versailles. Really there is no competition and you will discover why. The Versailles gardens and fountains have been repaired since the devastating winter wind storms several years ago. Discover why the French are associated with frogs. Donít miss a walk through Montmartre. Visit Sacre-Coeur. Have your portrait drawn by a local artist or purchase an original oil painting. Montmartre is a favorite setting of many movies, including French Kiss, Ronin, and Amelie. Nearby Pigalle is home to the Moulin Rouge and even more risquť attractions. Visit this area at your own risk that evening.
Day eight, Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We say Au revoir after breakfast and transfer to our Paris airport for our return flight to Chicago.