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Project Mona Lisa hosted by QueenLyfe Inc. and Sacred Sites Quest 2018 (3/10/18 - 3/16/18)

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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: Houston
Duration: 7 Days
Overnights: Paris 5

Cultural Connections:

French Theater Performance with Surtitles Group Rate: $75
Local Parisian Home Dinner
Visit with Local Students in Paris

Field Trips & Extensions:

Visit with Local Students in Paris
Petanque lesson in Paris
Local Parisian Home Dinner
Also Available
French Theater Performance with Surtitles

Learning Objectives:

  • Passengers will examine the role monuments play in Paris' history as represented in such renowned and imposing examples as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
  • Passengers will learn about Haussmann's renovation of Paris in the mid-19th century and how it radically changed Parisian life.
  • Passengers will gain a sense of life in court while viewing and touring the lavish palace and gardens of Versailles.

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Mar 10, 2018 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Mar 11, 2018 Paris
Your ACIS Tour Manager greets you with a warm Bienvenue à Paris! Paris is called the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education during the Age of Enlightenment (it was also one the first cities to adopt streetlights). With a carnet of Métro tickets in hand, begin to explore this enchanting city. Along the way to its famed sites, immerse yourself in local culture by practicing your French with painters and vintage book sellers along the storied Seine. (D)
Mar 12, 2018 Paris
Your day begins with a guided sightseeing tour that takes you past some of the most famous attractions in Paris. Your expert local guide will show you the iconic Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées, Napoleon’s final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. Later you’ll see the soaring stained-glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle. You’ll have some free time in the afternoon to explore Paris’ arrondissements at your own pace. In the evening a tasty cultural exchange awaits—separate into small groups and be welcomed into the homes of local Parisians to enjoy an authentic dinner and lively conversation. (B,D)
Mar 13, 2018 Paris
Spend today explore the city with on your "Black Paris" tour (pending availability). Later, ascend to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris. Then gain a completely different viewpoint of the city as you cap off your exceptional time abroad with a serene evening boat cruise on the Seine. (B,D)
Mar 14, 2018 Paris
When available, we’ve arranged a visit with local students at a Paris area school today. Depending on time of year (only when French schools are in session) our visit may include lunch in the canteen and an afternoon sporting or social activity. If a school visit is not available, we spend the morning at an École de Boulangerie class for aspiring boulangers and pastry chefs. Under the direction of an instructor, you’ll learn to make a brioche and leave with a sample to enjoy. This evening is your Project Mona Lisa painting experience arranged by your group leader. Tonight we provide restaurant vouchers and insider suggestions so you can dine with the locals at a neighborhood bistro. (B,L,D)
Mar 15, 2018 Paris
Drive to Chartres this morning to see the beautiful stained-glass windows and classic Gothic architecture. Then it’s back to Paris for a traditional French crêpe dinner. Your day concludes with a visit to the incomparable Louvre during the quieter, less-crowded evening hours. See the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo as you wander through the galleries. From its beginnings as a royal fortress to its current status as the world’s most visited art museum, the Louvre has long been at the center of Parisian culture and home to a collection of 35,000 works of art from around the world. (B,D)
Mar 16, 2018 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $4,286

$1,072/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,506
Early Registration Discount: -$300
Weekend Surcharge: $80
Total Group Fees 1:
$4,286
1 Valid through 11/1/17 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $475
Ultimate Protection Plan: $210
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $175
French Theater Performance with Surtitles: $75

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/17


What to See

Shopping
PARIS

Le Bon Marché, Métro: Sevres Babylon
First opened in 1838, this shopping center is considered to be the first department store in the world!

Les Halles, Métro: Les Halles and Châtelet
Since the 12th century, this large, central wholesale marketplace has been a popular shopping destination.  The area has been rebuilt since the 1970s and now features beautiful sculptures, fountains, and mosaics.

The Saint Ouen Flea Market, Porte de Clignancourt, 18th arrondissement
On the outskirts of the city, you'll find this popular flea market.  With over 2,000 stalls filling 17 acres of shopping heaven, Parisians and travelers alike browse the market every weekend.  Here you can find antique furniture, art, glassware and jewelry, as well as books, records and vintage clothing.  You're guaranteed to find something rare and beautiful.

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Museums
PARIS

La Conciergerie, Métro: Cité
Eighteenth century prison held Danton, Robespierre, and Marie Antoinette during her final hours. Open daily.

National Museum of the Middle Ages - The Baths and Hôtel de Cluny, Métro: Cluny La Sorbonne
Built on the site of former Roman baths. Holdings include Dame à la Licorne tapestry and the oldest sculpture in Paris. Open daily, closed Tuesday.

Le Musée Carnavalet, Métro: St.Paul
Occupying two adjoining mansions, the Hôtel Carnavalet and the Hôtel le Peletier, this museum's holdings include fascinating pieces of Parisian and French history. Open daily, closed Monday.

Musée d'Orsay, Métro: Solférino
Housed within an old train station, this museum contains an impressive collection of sculpture and impressionist work, sure to be a favorite. It houses works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries including Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse,  and Degas. Open daily, closed Monday.

Musée Marmottan, Métro: La Muette
Begun with Paul Marmottan's donation to the Académie des Beaux-Arts and augmented by a large bequest of his father's art to the little museum by Monet's son Michael, the Musée Marmottan houses Monet's late Waterlilies and impressions as well as works by Sisley, Renoir, and Pisarro. Open daily, closed Monday.

Musée Rodin, Métro: Varenne/Invalides
Housed in the magnificent Hotel Biron, which was once Auguste Rodin's residence, this museum boasts impressive gardens of over 2,000 rose bushes as well as some of Rodin's most famous works: The Thinker and The Kiss are among them. Open daily, closed Monday.

Musée National Picasso, Métro: Chemin Vert/St. Paul
The largest collection of his works in the world. It is housed in a beautiful 17th century hotel, the Hôtel Salé. Open daily, closed Tuesday.

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Outdoors
PARIS

L'Arc de Triomphe, Métro: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
Commissioned in 1806 for Napoléon, although he died without ever seeing this edifice in its finished state. Incredible views of Paris and down the Champs-Elysées from the top. Beneath the Arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Open daily.

La Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Métro: Bibliothéque-François Mitterand
This incredible structure, in the form of four enormous glass books, houses the French National Library, also known as the La Grande Bibliothéque, the last of Mitterand's Grand Projects. Open daily.

Le Pont Neuf, Métro: Pont Neuf
Despite its name, this bridge is actually the oldest in Paris, and features turret-shaped recesses. Construction began in 1578 with Henri III and finished in 1604 with Henri IV.

Café de la Paix, Métro: Opéra, 12, Boulevard des Capucines
Most beautiful and expensive café in the city of lights, this societal landmark is adjacent to the Opéra building and was designed by the very same Garnier.

L'Hôtel de Ville, Métro: Hôtel de Ville
This has been the site of Paris city halls since 1260. The current structure, completed in 1882, is a néo-Renaissance marvel. Information center is open Monday through Saturday. Free admission.

Les Deux Magots, Métro: St. Germain des Prés, 6, Place St. Germain des Prés
The place to see and be seen in the Quartier Latin. 1950s haunt of intellectuals and philosophers. 

Les Buttes de Chaumont, Métro: Buttes-Chaumont
With 5 kilometers of walking paths, this park is full of beautiful panoramic opportunities.

La Tour Montparnasse, Métro: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe
The Eiffel Tower is an iconic symbol of Paris, but lines to go to the top can be long and tiresome.  A great alternative that gets you a better view of the city skyline is the Tour Montparnasse, the only skyscraper in Paris. Although the tower is considered an eye sore for many Parisians, it is open everyday and offers a 360 degree open-air view of Paris.  There is no pre-booking needed and the tour can take less than an hour.  It is sometimes said by the French that the view from the top is the most beautiful in Paris, as this is the only place from which you cannot see the tower!

The Château de Vincennes, Métro: Château de Vincennes
Since its construction in the 14th century by Charles V, the Château has been, along with the Louvre, one of the most importat castles in French history.  Now after a 10-year rennovation, the Château has opened its doors for the public to explore.

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Restaurants
PARIS

Café de la Paix, Métro: Opéra, 12, Boulevard des Capucines
Most beautiful and expensive café in the city of lights, this societal landmark is adjacent to the Opéra building and was designed by the very same Garnier.

Chez Omar, Métro: République/Temple
A trendy, Moroccan restaurant with nice outdoor seating.

Le Vaudeville, Métro: Bourse
Known to be an incredible (and hip) dining experience,this bistro retains its marble walls and Art Deco carvings from 1918.

Le Train Bleu, Métro: Gare de Lyon
In the heart of the Gare de Lyon train station, this restaurant was built to impress foreign visitors in 1900.  With gilded archways and beautiful murals painted on the ceilings, it is truly an elegant dining experience.

La MediterraneeMétro: Odéon
A favorite of Hollywood stars, be sure to make reservations early for this upscale seafood restaurant!

Café Marly, Métro:  Palais--Royal Musee du Louvre
Tired after you're trek through the Lourve?  Be sure to stop at this quaint bistro for a light lunch and a glass of champagne.

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Route

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Paris Métro Carnet
  • Paris Tour with Guide
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Local Parisian Home Dinner
  • Fragonard Museum
  • Louvre
  • Visit with Local Students in Paris
  • Paris Dinner Voucher
  • Chartres
  • French Crêpe Dinner
  • Eiffel Tower Top Floor
  • Seine Boat Ride


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