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Paris Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,950 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Louvre pyramid, Paris, France

Countries Visited

France ...more France

Locations Visited

Paris, Versailles ...more Paris, Versailles
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Paris

    Paris is yours to explore on this in-depth City Explorer. Check in to your centrally located hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know your surrounds. Wander through the leafy boulevards and winding lanes of the French capital, stopping for a leisurely café au lait while watching sophisticated Parisians go by. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a quintessentially Parisian Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Le Méridien Etoile
  2. Day 2 Paris and the Eiffel Tower

    Join your Travel Director this morning for a 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's most historic neighbourhoods and a favourite local haunt that remains a secret to outsiders. Next you'll Dive Into Culture at Fragonard Parfumerie for a visit with a certified 'nose' who will guide you in the creation of your own unique fragrance. Later, you'll experience a true Parisian highlight. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for incredible views of the city, then enjoy an afternoon tea at the Tower's restaurant.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Consider an Optional D-Day Experience

    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 Normandy coast to uncover the poignant history of the D-Day Landings. Spend your evening at leisure exploring the city's glittering sights at night.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 A Day to Explore Versailles

    Tread in the footsteps of French nobility and explore the opulence and splendour of Versailles. Join a Local Specialist who will guide you through the palace's extraordinary Hall of Mirrors and Battles Gallery. Stroll through the picturesque Royal Gardens and visit the Petit Trianon to see first-hand how the French Royal Family lived in private, before discovering Marie Antoinette's Hamlet. Return to Paris later for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Experience the Marais and French Cuisine

    Explore the intriguing and beautiful Marais district on a walking tour. See the mansions and courtyards of this delightful corner of Paris. Then, Dive Into Culture, savouring the exquisite flavours of French cuisine as you meet a Parisian chef for an unforgettable lunch experience. Delve into local culinary secrets, and delicious flavours and aromas, which you will have an opportunity to create yourself and enjoy afterwards. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, perhaps connect with the pageantry of a traditional cabaret performance at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6 Enjoy Montmartre and the Louvre

    A leisurely start to our morning sees us take a private street trolley car back in time to the colourful hillside 'village' of Montmartre, home to the picturesque Sacré-Coeur. Dive Into Culture as we tread in the footsteps of Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh, as you discover the hidden squares, artists' haunts and romantic hideaways along with ample time for shopping. Spend the rest of the day on your own embracing your inner bon vivant, before embarking on a special evening experience at the renowned Louvre museum. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the museum during this Small Group Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Paris Your Way

    Perhaps admire the exquisite collection of modern art in the Centres George Pompidou or enjoy an Optional Experience to the inspirational gardens of Monet at Giverny. This evening, Connect With Locals during a memorable Be My Guest experience and Farewell Dinner at Chez Paul, bringing you back to the Paris of the early 1900s.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  8. Day 8 Au Revoir Paris

    After breakfast, it's time to bid Paris au revoir as you prepare to return home after a memorable break in one of the world's greatest cities. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Paris Explorer
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 2 dinners (Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Fragonard Parfumerie, the Royal Estate of Versailles including the Royal Palace, the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet 'Le Petit Hameau', the 'village' of Montmartre and the Louvre Museum
  • View the Champs Élysées, the Paris Opera House, the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Connect with Locals Enjoy a Be My Guest experience Farewell Dinner at Chez Paul taking you back to the Paris of yesteryear (Day 7)
  • Dive into Culture Create your own unique fragrance with a certified 'nose' at one of France's most famous perfumeries. (Day 2) The secrets of la cuisine are yours to discover and enjoy as you learn how to cook the Parisian way with a local chef. (Day 5) Discover Paris on Parisian terms and see some of the city's hidden gems in Montmartre including the colourful artists' quarter. (Day 6)

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

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.


Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. We'll enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, driving through this amazing city with our Local Specialist, you'll see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38

Guided Tour of the D-Day Beaches

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 before descending on to Omaha beach itself and visiting the American Cemetery on the bluffs above. You'll also enjoy the superb new Operation Overlord Museum before visiting Juno Beach and the Canadian Cemetery (traffic and weather allowing).
Adult Price: € 150

Musee D'Orsay with a Local Specialist

The Orsay Museum is renowned the world over for its rich collection of art and it was recently voted the Best Museum in the World by TripAdvisor. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work from such acclaimed artists as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh. This optional experience is dependent upon availability.
Adult Price: € 54

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

It’s world-famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers with over 1,000 costumes to create a dazzling spectacle. You'll enjoy wine, dinner and Champagne during this unforgettable soirée at the original Parisian Cabaret!
Adult Price: € 165

Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

Step into the enchanting world of Giverny – Claude Monet’s carefully-crafted paradise. The gardens and home of the Impressionist Master were the inspirations behind some of his most renowned paintings. The famous Japanese bridge, the magnificent waterlilies, his charming pink house – it’s all there waiting for you to discover.
Adult Price: € 49

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Too many problems. When confirming details regarding the trip, I encountered frustration on both sides. I’ll arrange my trips on my own as I did before.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your frustration and disappointment. We understand your group of friends had other outside activities planned that conflicted with our included itinerary and it did cause some confusion and stress and for that we do apologize..
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
The trip was good, but not enough time to experience Paris. Also not enough down time.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 6, 2019
It was pretty straight forward to book a tour and the agent was helpful in suggesting a non-stop flight both to and from France. The service was good but not particularly outstanding.
The Paris Explorer is a fabulous trip--very comprehensive and one definitely sees the highlights of Paris. The Louvre trip was ridiculously rushed so either more time needs to be considered or make it an optional trip. Choice of hotel was excellent, optional trips great and our tour director was outstanding. Somewhere in the materials there should be a frank discussion of how much walking is required for this tour. Someone on the tour had a fitbit and said that the walking ranged from 3-7 miles every day. For much older travelers, this much walking was impossible and those travelers missed some of the sites because there was so much walking. This is not the tour for anyone with ANY physical limitations. That should be emphasized in the materials.
Saul Greenhut
Friday, October 4, 2019
Easy registration.
Our tour guide Jonathan was fantastic. Very professional. Very knowledgeable. The tour guide in training, Marcus, was also fantastic. They put in very long hours, and always went above and beyond our expectations. We were in Paris 1 week and felt like we did all of the highlights we wanted to do. We were kept busy but not too much. The only day I did not enjoy was to the Louvre. There were too many steps and the lines were too long to see the Mona Lisa. I would go only if it were not to see her, but to see statues and other artist's work.
Sharon Kirby-White
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
i didn’t make it personally. My traveling partner made them.
The pick up location was more then a mlle walk. If I’d known that I would have ordered a wheel chair. The hotel accommodations were highly overrated, we had to change the room. Wednesday’s 2 events were poorly thought out, considering the average age had to be 65 and older. (I’m 70 years). Both tours were four hour walking excursions. That was the most exhausting day of my life. Please don’t do that again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that the included activities proved to be too much for you. All of our trips do require a great deal of walking and we try to be up front about that in all of our descriptions, however, we can make arrangements for wheelchair assistance ahead of time when given notice. We do hope that there were some happy memories made on your trip and appreciate your feedback.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Ruth Brown Thompson
Sunday, September 8, 2019
There was confusion and several incidences of being given incorrect information. The hotel information given was incorrect. The rooms are small and uncomfortable, not spacious at all.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for your disappointment. It is a fact that European hotels rooms are considerably smaller than what we are used to here in America. This trip and the hotel is advertised as First Class and that is what was provided. We do hope that despite your room situation, you were able to enjoy Paris.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Paris is a beautiful city. It is hard not to enjoy France. If your hotel is uncomfortable, hard beds, small space, bad air conditioning, no place to place luggage for eight days, This puts a damper on the overall trip. Especially when the trip is considered or billed as a luxury vacation.
John Tyler
Monday, July 15, 2019
Tess did a great job. Had to change my reservation and she did so without any problems. Everything went smoothly.
Loved Paris and tour was great. Everything went smoothly. Tour guide was exceptional. I’ll book with GET again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Merci Beaucoup!
Monday, July 15, 2019
Trusted Customer
Monday, July 1, 2019
Rob Rainwater was excellent. It was my 2nd trip booked with GET and everything went smoothly.
They take great care of you at GET. 4-star hotels, wonderful tour directors, multi-layered experiences, you leave feeling like you have seen everything you wanted to see and with a smile on your face.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, May 12, 2019
EVERYONE on the tour, all 27 of them, had €40 EUR certificate to be used at a few different bistros. We never received anything and had to pay out of our own pocket. I only mention this because when the lady from GET called before the trip to check on us I had to tell her that nowhere had we received the actual flight itinerary as in times and flight numbers. Somebody dropped the ball on this trip which was our second tour with GET. Our Italian tour was flawless so we were happy to book with GET for Paris. We plan other tours for ourselves but I’m not 100% about rebooking with you.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The Dining Voucher should have been included in your final documents packet along with your flight itinerary and day by day tour itinerary. We will investigate to make sure all these items were sent and someone from our team will be in touch with you shortly.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The weather was not so great. Annoyed about the €40 EUR x 2 bistro certificates that we never received.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
I booked my tour with Rob Rainwater. He was always, pleasant, courteous, and helpful.
Let me preface this review with the following facts. My goal is to prove that I have sufficient travel experience and knowledge with which to fairly evaluate my recent Paris trip. I'm an American who lived in Europe for two and one-half years. Since returning to the States, I've traveled in Europe on business, in tour groups, or alone, a dozen or more times. At least six of those trips were to Paris, my favorite city. I've also been on tours in South America, Central America, and South Africa. I joined the Paris Explorer for two reasons: (a) to celebrate my 79th birthday in my favorite city, and (b) to see the exhibition "The Black Model in French Art," at the Museum Orsay. The tour group leader/director, Jonathan Somebody, was the worst I've encountered. He was arrogant, often rude, and gave the general impression that the job was beneath him. His only interest seemed to be selling optional tours (which I'm sure was part of his job), and delivering his patented speech at various sites. He was not forthcoming about any other sites, events, etc. that were not on his schedule. For example, too late I learned from passers-by about a King Tut exhibit in Paris, and the availability of afternoon tickets to the ballet. When I wanted to do things not scheduled in the tour, or not on Jonathan's list of tours to sell, I had to rely on the hotel concierge. They had their own limited lists/brochures of tours to sell; none of interest to me. My point is that my tour leader never bothered to find out what I might be interested in. When I mentioned a few things, he had no knowledge of them; made no inquiries. Although he was generally less than pleasant to me, what I found most unforgivable was his unleashing his ire on a 10 year-old traveler named Jonathan, when the latter came to my aid at Versailles. I turned an ankle walking on the cobblestones at Versailles, making it painful for me to board and alight from the tour bus. This meant that wherever I went thereafter, I went by taxi; paying for the trip myself. Therefore, I missed several prepaid tour events, such as: the trip to the cooking lesson, the Louvre, the farewell dinner, the free return trip to the airport. Although my tour package included a free entrance to the Museum Orsay, I had to buy another ticket (20 euros), take and pay for a taxi there. The time scheduled by Jonathan was insufficient for viewing the current exhibit (a major reason for me making the trip), and Jonathan's talk on the Impressionists--my favorite artists. Again, although my trip package included a free pass to the Museum, Jonathan made no effort for me to use it at an earlier, more convenient time. Nor did he ever make efforts to compensate me for taxi costs, even though an injury on the tour prohibited further tour bus rides. In a brief conversation initiated by Jonathan about Queen Eleanor of Acqitain,(forgive the misspelling), I mentioned that she was the mother of King Richard The Lionhearted. Jonathan was so visibly shocked that I knew anything about her, that he asked me this insulting question: "How do YOU know that?" Perhaps he didn't realize what an insulting question he'd asked. Or, perhaps it was an outgrowth of his connotation of "rich, dumb, tourists. For the record, let me add that I have a Ph.D. degree from an Ivy League university, and a Phi Beta Kappa key. Also, I am 79 years old, and ought to know something by now!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. Our Guest Relations Department will be reaching out to you directly to learn more about your experience.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Mary Ross
Monday, April 29, 2019
Very pleasant and knowledgable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
How lucky! We hope that you enjoyed Notre Dame and the rest of your trip.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Our guide, could not have been more charming if we'd ordered him from a catalogue.
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