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Paris Explorer (Winter Season)

9 Days from $1,716 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

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 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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Overview

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 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.

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. 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. 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.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Novotel Tour Eiffel
  3. Join your Travel Director this morning for a fascinating tour of this mesmerizing 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  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 Eatwith Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavors with a local family in their home.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  6. Enjoy a Cultural Insight savoring 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  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-Cœur. 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 quite atmosphere of the museum during this Small Group Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. Today is your last chance for last-minute souvenir shopping or alternatively participate on an Optional Experience to visit the Musée d'Orsay. During the festive season, visit the Christmas markets that are held all over the capital: in Montparnasse, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and in La Défense. Or visit the Nativity scenes in Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the Madeleine church, and Basilique Sacré-Cœur. Whether they be traditional, baroque or modern, these veritable works of art welcome a large number of visitors. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour to a part of Paris where you will discover how the French Revolution began. Join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner at an iconic Parisian restaurant dating back to 1686.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  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 will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11:30am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Valentine's Day
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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Valentine's Day: This departure includes a alternate itinerary for Valentine's Day.

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

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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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily

Meal Summary

11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 Regional Meal lunch, 2 dinners, 1 Parisian Brasserie voucher.

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 Expert

  • 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 Expert
  • Orientation tour in Paris
  • Visit the Royal Estate of Versailles including the Royal Palace, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet “Le Petit Hameau”, ascend to second floor of Eiffel Tower, the “village” of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and the shopping district of Paris
  • View the Champs Élysées, Paris Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame Cathedral
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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Gloria Richard
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Previous bookings included seat numbers, however this trip to Paris did not. Gift (adaptor) for booking with GET was a gift that was given before. Hotel choice had a good location but housekeeping and breakfast was disappointing. We were assigned a room on the 31st floor, the elevator only went to the 30th floor. We would have had to walk up a flight of stairs, if we hadn't asked for a room change. Paid for twin beds. I slept on the sofa couch. They always claimed no available rooms with twin beds. Our booking was made in December. No other participants were assigned to the 31st floor of the hotel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We have shared your comments with our Quality Control team regarding the hotel and appreciate you bringing this to our attention.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Vacation : Airline tickets did not include seat numbers. Don't know if I was charge a fee for transportation to the airport at the end of the trip, but didn't utilize because we stayed an extra day. We had to pay for our transportation to the airport upon departure.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It looks like you flew on Air France who no longer allows advance seat assignments. They charge for all seats now and have for the last 3 years. Unfortunately, GET has to abide by this policy when working with this airline, but we do have contracts with several other airlines that still allow advance seating free of charge.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Monday, October 8, 2018
Joyce Acker
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I was surprised about the policy for seating on Air France. It would have been good to get some explanation about it when the flight was booked. I managed to get seats that I wanted before I left, but was locked out of making a selection for the return trip with no idea why and had to take what we were given.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the confusion on your seat assignments. We do state on your flight itinerary that Air France does not allow advance seat requests unless you pay for them. We are sorry that this was not made more clear at the time you booked.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Vacation : This was good trip and suited me well. There was a good balance between scheduled activities and time on my own, with lots of options if I wanted to schedule more activities. I enjoyed being given a voucher to choose a dining experience on my own and particularly enjoyed the small group cooking lesson. It was fun. All the tour guides were great as usual and tried to be as accommodating and informative as possible. I really enjoyed Paris. I was not happy with the hotel, which seemed to not have booked us into rooms until we showed up. Every trip I have taken with GET in the past, the tour director was given the room keys for the group. This time each person had to get registered individually and we could not register until an hour or so after our arrival. I was also upset that we were the ONLY ones in the group given a room at the very top of the hotel which the elevator did not go to and required a climb up a flight of stairs. I had to start my vacation complaining about this (I have arthritis in both knees) and having to wait an additional hour before finally getting a room. The manager was apologetic, but it left me with a bad feeling. I kept wondering if there was problem because we were the only ones in the group that booked through GET and not Trafalgar (I often had the feeling that for some reason we were a last minute addition to this group). The location of the hotel was excellent, but it still did not quite balance out the feelings I was left with after the whole room thing.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Ronald Myers
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Vacation:
Service rating : took care of all questions and concerns in a very timely and courteous maner
Vacation : Exceeded our expectations due to the excellent tour director Jonathan Holburn.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Herminia Balboa
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Excellent! We had a great time. The tour guide is great!
Vacation : Great! We had a beautiful time and very nice memories!
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Marjorie Carroll
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Service rating : The tour was very well organized. Our tour director.Jonathan was excellent! I would highly recommend this trip!!
Vacation : Value was worth the purchase!
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Debra Hatz
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Service rating : Had the best tour director Jonathan for Paris. Exceptional service and trip. This was our second trip with GET and was just as exceptional as the first trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing about your Parisian journey! We're so happy to be a part of your experience and to have you as a member of our travel family! Where to next? :)
Friday, July 6, 2018
Vacation : Hit all the key sights and many additional sites we would not have found on our own.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
John Delaney
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our guide, Jonathan Holburn, was absolutely the best there is.
Vacation : Jonathan Holburn is the best guide ever.
Monday, June 4, 2018
James Oliphant
Service:
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Service rating : An excellent and complete tour, particularly for someone like me who was on their first trip to Paris. Everything was top-notch - excellent tour guide (Jonathan Holburn), accomodations, tour bus, etc. I can't say enough about the entire experience - wonderful memories of the beautiful city of Paris!
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful to hear you had such an amazing time on your first trip to Paris! What an amazing vacation to take! We're so pleased to know you thought the whole experience was top-notch and we'll pass along your comments to the team. Happy travels!
Monday, June 4, 2018
Vacation : Worth every dollar I spent.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Diane Winfree
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Vacation:
Service rating : Every part of this trip was an amazing experience from the booking to the trip itself! I would highly recommend GET and its affiliate Trafalgar Tours! It was a wonderful experience; excited about my next trip!
Vacation : Fantastic exploration of Paris!
Monday, April 9, 2018
Jo Anderson
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Johnathan is an excellent guide. Tours were great, everyone was very nice. Hotel was not good. Food wasn't great at the hotel, the room was extremely small with no storage and the shower leaked.
Vacation : Could have been a little less expensive due to the inconvenience of the weather at this time of year.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
John Frame
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Wonderful itinerary and fantastic tour leader.
Vacation : I enjoyed it. --------------
Monday, January 8, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The best of everything; seating at shows, transportation, restaurants, tours, driver, inside information and places, no lines, extras beyond the requirements on everything, and best of all - our tour guide. Yes, I would recommend Grand European Travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your praise and are very happy to have exceeded your high expectations.  Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you on another trip very soon.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Vacation : Easy to process and follow through.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Daisy Lee
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The service was good. The only part that I have a minor complain is with the transfers from the airport to the hotel and vice-versa. Also overcharge on private transportation.
Vacation : Good price. Including the extra tours.
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  • 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 24 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.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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