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Paris Explorer

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
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Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $2,205 per person

With the zest of a large city and the heart of a little village, Paris reveals its secrets to a select few. See the City of Light on this At Leisure vacation as it has never been seen before – the hidden courtyards and charming arrondissements, each with their own distinct personality. You'll also witness the opulence of Versailles and sample French flavors fit for royalty.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Paris is well deserving of its title – the City of Light – and it is yours to explore At Leisure in depth over the next few days. On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Check-in to your centrally located hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know your picturesque surrounds. Wander through the leafy boulevards and winding cobblestone lanes of the French capital, stopping for a leisurely café au lait while watching sophisticated Parisians go by their day-to-day. This evening join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a quintessentially Parisian Welcome Reception.

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  3. Join your Travel Director this morning for a fascinating tour of this mesmerising city. View the grand Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon in the 19th century. Delve into its hidden squares and secret passages, visiting one of Paris' most historic neighborhoods and a favorite local haunt that remains a secret to outsiders. Gaze from the second level of the Eiffel Tower to the boulevards below. Spend the evening at leisure, or take an Optional Experience to the Latin Quarter for a visit inside the medieval Notre-Dame and a scenic cruise down the River Seine.
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  4. Spend the day soaking up the sights and sounds of this elegant European capital. Your Travel Director will suggest activities and attractions that will ensure a memorable day spent discovering Paris. You may wish to experience a full-day Optional Experience on the northern coast of France to uncover the poignant history of the D-Day Landing. Spend your evening at leisure exploring the city's glittering sights at night or use your Parisian Brasserie voucher to indulge in delicious French flavors at one of the nearby brasseries.
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  5. Tread in the footsteps of French nobility and explore the opulence and splendor of Versailles. Join a Local Specialist as you wander through the palace's extraordinary Hall of Mirrors and Battles Gallery. Meander through the picturesque Royal Gardens and visit Petit Trianon to see first-hand how the French Royal Family lived in private. Get a real taste of the city with Trafalgar's exclusive VizEat Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavors with a local family in their home.
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  6. Enjoy a Cultural Insight savouring the exquisite flavors of French cuisine as you meet a real Parisian chef for an unforgettable gourmet lunch experience, delving into local culinary secrets, delicious flavors and aromas that you will have an opportunity to create yourself and enjoy afterwards. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening perhaps discover the pageantry and French flair of a traditional cabaret performance at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.
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  7. A leisurely start to our morning sees us take a private street trolley car back in time to the colorful hillside “village” of Montmartre and home to the picturesque Sacré-Coeur. Join your Local Specialist and tread in the footsteps of Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh as you meander through hidden squares, artists' haunts and romantic hideaways. Spend the rest of the day at leisure embracing your inner bon vivant before embarking on a special evening experience at the renowned Louvre museum. Enjoy the quiet atmopshere of the museum during this Small Group Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist.
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  8. Admire the exquisite collection of modern art in the Center George Pompidou or enjoy an Optional Experience to explore the inspirational gardens of Monet at Giverny. This afternoon explore the history of the French Revolution during a walking tour of the city, then join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner at an iconic Parisian restaurant dating back to 1686.
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  9. After breakfast, it's time to bid Paris au revoir as you prepare to return home after a memorable At Leisure break in one of the world's greatest cities. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8 am and 11.30 am. Conditions apply.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $630 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $78 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8:00 am and 11:30 am.

Shared Rooming: Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.

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  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily

Meal Summary

7 nights, 7 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 Regional Meal lunch, 1 Parisian Brasserie voucher, 2 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Discover Paris on Parisian terms as your Local Specialist reveals some of the city's hidden gems, including a behind the scenes tour of Montmartre to discover the secrets of the artists quarter. The secrets of la cuisine are yours to discover and enjoy as you learn how to cook the Parisian way with a local chef

Small Group Sightseeing

  • Enjoy an in-depth, intimate guided tour at the fascinating Louvre Museum in a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Paris, Montmartre, the Louvre and Versailles

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Insider walking tour in Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Orientation tour in Paris
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower and ascend to the second floor, the Royal Estate of Versailles including the Royal Palace, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet “Le Petit Hameau”, the “village” of Montmartre
  • View the Champs Élysées, Paris Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame Cathedral

Reviews

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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Service rating : Everything was done professionally and first class. The tour director was amazing.
Vacation : Excellent tour with a very good director.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Service rating : This was the fourth trip that I booked with GET and everyone of them has been a wonderful experience. I could not have asked for a more helpful travel agent, Michelle, or a more informed and enthusiastic tour guide, Jonathan.
Vacation : My daughter and I really enjoyed the optional excursions we chose although it would have been nice if more of them had been included in the initial trip cost.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Service rating : Saw all the main attractions but like a good meal, left wanting more. Our tour guide, Jonathan was a joy, informed, patient, well prepared, light hearted, a pleasure to spend the week with him.
Vacation : Didn't do lot of shopping, was too busy enjoying the sites.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Service rating : Everything depends on the guide. In this case, Jonathan Holburn made the tour what it was....excellent. He was very knowledgeable and added personal touches such as local bakeries, a cooking class, hidden inns and food. I saw that he also gave personal attention to individual clients needing special requests. His timing was perfect so that we hit the specific highlights such as a mass at Notre Dame and the National Anthem sung at the Normandy Beach Memorial.
Vacation : This trip offered just what I wanted to see and experience without personal attention. I preferred to go as a group rather than try transportation alone and Paris Explorer had just what I wanted. And I could eliminate attractions I had already experienced or didn't want to attend.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Service rating : Our tour guide was the sole of patience with our older folks. He made sure everybody got where they needed to be with a minimum of fuss over those who couldn't keep to a schedule to save their souls! The itinerary was excellent. We felt we received an excellent overview of everything we saw and expected to see. The accomodations were lovely and well-placed for what we wanted to see on our own.
Vacation : WE saw everything we expected to see and more. The company was excellent, the tour, and food were wonderful.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
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Service rating : Unfortunately I was robbed while in my room in Budapest. I believe the hotel has security issues and I was not the only person on the tour to be robbed. I was pleased with the flight reservations and airline. I was pleased with the additional tours offered; however, my overall impression and experience was overshadowed by the robbery which resulted in a 6 hour police station visit and missing out on a cruise on the Danube.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are extremely sorry to hear about this.  Our Guest Relations team will be in touch with you very soon to discuss the matter.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Vacation : Tour guide was knowledgeable and experienced. Bus driver was courteous and very proficient. Tours of cities were fast paced, but gave a good overview of historical buildings and events. Additional tours were enjoyable.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
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Service rating : Yes, Yes.
Vacation : It was an excellent expereince
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Service rating : Great service, friendly, knowledgable, helpful despite two cancellations due to inability to get a large enough group.
Vacation : Great tour, guide (Jonathan) and hotel (Meridien Etoile). Our group included families, couples and individuals ranging from 12 to 85. As such, the activities had to be geared toward a compromise speed that was for many difficult. Check-in was easy Our 7th floor room was modern, art deco, lots of storage, everything works, big bed, clean. Breakfast was a huge layout (quality food) and the lobby was busy with meetings, couches chairs, helpful workers, drinks, food. Very inviting and comfortable. (Contrast the Cumberland in London - long check-in line, unfriendly staff, a lobby like an empty mall. We had to switch rooms TWICE (A/C) and no one came either time. Maids speak no English - "towel", "shampoo". We raided the cart. Beds were the smallest ever seen, no storage or tv remote (reported twice). Breakfast was depressing - winding maze to underground gym with forgettable food.) Back to Paris - arranged meals were "OK" - chicken, beef, fish, ho-hum desserts. For good food go to bistros like Chez Clement. The tour excelled in getting us quickly and easily into sites with no worry about tickets, crowds or transport. Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre (was too short), Giverny, Seine. The pace is exhaustive and on every tour some had to stay back from stragglers. We did stop several times for bathroom / stretch breaks which was nice. Suggestions for travelers: 1. Don't take all optional tours - too exhaustive. Schedule relax times. 2. Use Uber - easy, payment handled and cheap. 3. Use a credit card (Euros only if necessary) Everyone takes cards and most charge no FX fees. A book at Giverny was £22, €25 and $47. With a credit card it was $27.50. 4. Tipping. Check your bill if a tip has been added. If you want you can leave 10% though we were told not to bother several times Suggestions for Trafalgar 1. Incorporate tipping into the price as most cruise ships have done. Spending time and effort on tips appears cheap and cheesy. 2. Use museum headphones - not an "expert guide" that traps you into long-winded explanations of a painting. 3. Warn travelers beforehand about bad cabs (one couple charged $100 for 3 mile trip - use Uber! LOL
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback and great suggestions. We are sorry to hear that the Cumberland Hotel was a disappointment.  We will be sure to pass this along to Trafalgar's Quality Assurance team.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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Service rating : 3rd time we have booked thru Grand European Travel. Our Trafalgar tour guide, Jonathan, was great also.
Vacation : We received exactly what we paid for, plus we had enough free time to take the Metro and see a lot of Paris.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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Service rating : The tour was well planned and expertly executed by a tour director who knew so much about the sites he showed us. Additionally, he did it with much humor. Also he cared about our experience, comfort and safety.
Vacation : Well planned and expertly executed by a very knowledgeable tour director who may it fun and enlightening
  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a savory buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

Notre Dame, Latin Quarter And Seine Cruise

Adult Price: € 39

Come with us to explore the magnificent cathedral at the heart of Paris, Notre Dame. With your Local Specialist, you’ll also enjoy the Latin Quarter and have free time for a bite to eat. Then relax on our River Seine cruise, the perfect way to discover the city - don't forget your camera.

Guided Tour of the D-Day Beaches

Adult Price: € 150

Discover the Normandy region and the D-Day beaches with our Local Specialist on this full-day tour. We'll visit the dramatic battle-scarred cliffs of Pointe du Hoc; the American cemetery at Omaha Beach and the almost-intact gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer. You'll also enjoy the superb new Operation Overlord Museum before continuing to Arromanches for views over Gold and Juno Beaches before visiting Juno Beach and the Canadian Cemetery (traffic and weather allowing).

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 162

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Musee D'Orsay with a Local Specialist

Adult Price: € 49

Housed in a former railway station, the Orsay museum is renowned the world over for its rich collection of art. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art from such acclaimed artists as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh. This optional experience is dependent upon availability.

Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

Adult Price: € 49

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the charming former home of the greatest Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, which inspired his magnificent water lily paintings. Our coach will take us to the village of Giverny where we’ll enjoy a tour of the delightful house, gardens and famous Japanese bridge.

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