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Art of Paris (9/16/18 - 9/25/18)

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Tour Details:

Departure City: I will book my own round-trip air transportation. I will meet the group at the first hotel.
Duration: 10 Days
Overnights: Paris 8

Itinerary:

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Sep 16, 2018 Overnight Flight
You'll always have Paris: Grab your sketchbook and take off with us to discover romance, history, tastes, aesthetic joy and inspiration in and around one of the world's great cities. Unpack only once, then enjoy 10 days of touring the most famous sites in and around the city. From the Louvre Museum with its 25 miles of gallery walls, to the soaring Gothic cathedral of Chartres with its celebrated rose windows, you will experience the layered stories and famous artworks of this majestic city and its environs. Enjoy 10 days of guided tours and talks, and learn to keep a sketchbook and journal to enhance your travel experience and create your own artwork later--no matter your level of skill. Depart from the USA.
Sep 17, 2018 Paris
Bienvenue à Paris! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and get acquainted with this graceful city’s cobblestoned streets, charming cafés and vibrant neighborhoods. 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). Once settled in your hotel, enjoy a light lunch on your own. Later, head to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Gaze out over the city from the top observation platform with your Tour Leader providing commentary via personal headseats. Delicate and graceful from a distance, the Eiffel Tower is impressively massive up close, a monument to what was once the future. Learn about its history and unique relationship to the city while you orient yourself to the neighborhoods below. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Le Boeuf sur le Toit, a famous restaurant that served as the cultural epicenter of Parisian high society in the Roaring ’20s and was known for its raucous gatherings of artists, musicians, writers and fashionistas. (D)
Sep 18, 2018 Paris
Discover Gothic architecture, which was born in the Ile-de-France, by visiting the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Known as the people's church, its calm if monumental elegance reflected the economic stability of the Royal Court of France. After lunch on your own, experience the High Gothic Rayonnant-style with a visit to the church of Sainte-Chapelle, the Court chapel of King Louis IX. Here you will experience first hand the blazing colors of transformative light called "lux nova" that shines through the multitude of stained glass windows. Afterwards, visit the Palais de Justice and Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette was held the night before she was excuted by guillotine. (B)
Sep 19, 2018 Paris
Explore the Louvre with an all day visit. This is Europe's oldest and biggest museum, housed in a 16th c. palace with a postmodern glass pyramid in its inner courtyard. Home to some of the most famous works of art in the world-- featuring trinkets like Giotto's St. Francis, Ingres' Odalisque, and Leonardo's Mona – you will glide from fantastic space to more-fantastic space on a guided tour that reveals the collection's vast breadth and magnificence. Enjoy lunch in the museum's café, then spend the afternoon continuing to explore, both individually and as a group, the treasures of this most famous of the world's museums. Lunch on your own in the museum. (B)
Sep 20, 2018 Paris
Enjoy a full-day excursion to Louis XIV's palace at Versailles with a guided tour of the Chateau. Climb aboard our private touring coach to visit the gigantic project of Louis the 14th, the ever excessive Sun King. Versailles was the residence of the French Monarchs for almost 100 years. Tour the chateau while listening to stories of its rich history from a local guide. After lunching at one of the sandwich kiosks or cafes, spend the afternoon exploring the Gardens, Trianon Palaces, and Domaine de Marie Antoinette, before returning by bus to Paris. (B)
Sep 21, 2018 Paris
Awaken your inner artist with a visit to the Orsay Museum, whose collection picks up where the Louvre leaves off. Once a Left-Bank railway station, the Orsay houses some of the most recognizable works of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. Enjoy a picnic lunch on your own in the Tuileries Garden before touring the Orangerie Museum. This museum houses some of the famous water lily paintings of Claude Monet. Displayed in an oval-shaped room, these eight paintings transport you to Monet’s own garden at Giverny. (B)
Sep 22, 2018 Paris
Climb aboard our private touring coach bound for the small medieval town of Chartres. Here you will experience the soaring heights of High Gothic architecture, with the cathedral’s immense flying buttresses, rib-vaulted nave, extensive stained glass, and stone sculptures. A tour of the crypt will reveal its most precious relic: the mantle of the Virgin Mary. Learn about the cathedral’s Romanesque beginnings in the Royal Portal of the west façade. After lunch on your own, enjoy a free afternoon to explore this picturesque town before returning by bus to Paris.(B)
Sep 23, 2018 Paris
Today enjoy a more intimate experience at the Marmottan Museum, which houses the best collection of works by the master Impressionist, Claude Monet – no less than 100 of the master's paintings, many of them based on repeating themes. Housed in the collector’s former mansion, a visit to the Marmottan is a total aesthetic experience. After a lunch on your own, join your Tour Leader at the Rodin Museum. Auguste Rodin, a modern Michelangelo, sculpted the human body on an epic scale, imbuing it with emotion and nervous energy. The sculpture garden is a sheer delight. (B)
Sep 24, 2018 Paris
Today is a day of free exploration time for you to spend in Paris. Allow some time to shop, sightsee, or enjoy just sitting in one of the many Paris cafés, sipping espresso and absorbing the chic Parisian life. Tonight, enjoy a twilight boat ride on the Seine, followed by a Farewell Dinner at a Paris restaurant.(B,D)
Sep 25, 2018 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,379

$563/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $3,379
Total Group Fees 1:
$3,379
1 Valid through 4/1/18 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $400
Ultimate Protection Plan: $300
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $250

Full Payment Deadline: 4/1/18


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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What's Included

  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Louvre
  • Versailles Château and Gardens
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Musée de l'Orangerie
  • Chartres Cathedral
  • Marmottan Museum
  • Musee Rodin
  • Farewell Dinner


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