Sample Paris Itinerary (more than 6 people)

Sunday  Arrive in Paris.

Since people will be arriving at different times, the afternoon is free. Some things we might suggest, depending on when you arrive: a walk on the Champs Elysées to see the bikers finish the Tour de France, lunch at the Jacquemart André museum near the hotel, taking Metro to the Montparnasse outdoor art market, or simply walking in the beautiful Parc Monceau.

Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

10am. Metro to the Palais Garnier (8th arrondissement) to explore this Bell Époque masterpiece of architecture – the setting for the original Phantom of the Opera. Nearby are the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores.  Afterwards, walk down to the Ile St. Louis (4th arr) home to small shops and cafés and the famous Berthillon ice cream – plus splendid views of the Seine.

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10:15am. Take Metro up to Montmartre (18th arr.) for the views from the front of Sacre Coeur. Walk by the only vineyard left in Paris, visit the open-air artists’ market in Place du Tertre, then explore the shops and and restaurants of Montmartre.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

9:30am. Metro to the Rodin Museum and Garden (7th arr.), then explorerue Cler, the famous “foodie” street. Nearby are the Invalides (Napoleon’s tomb), Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower, many streets of small shops and excellent restaurants (6th arr.). Or take the scenic 69 bus across Paris to Pere Lachaise Cemetery (20th arr.).

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9:45am. Take the bus to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (1st arr.) for the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit. Then wander down rue St. Honoré, (great shopping and chocolates) to the elegant Palais Royale and covered Passage Vivienne.

Wednesday

Monet

8:00 am. Take Metro to Gare St. Lazare to for the 45-minute train ride to the small town of Vernon, then a local bus to Giverny, Monet’s home. (You might want to walk back from Giverny to Vernon, only about three miles on a quiet paved trail.) We’ll have lunch in the town and visit Monet’s resting place and meander through the shops and gardens.

Thursday

9:30am. Metro to Gare St. Lazare for the 15-minute train ride to Surenses, where

American Military Cemetary

you’ll visit the American Military Cemetery and the very moving Resistance Memorial at Mont Valérien.

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10:15am. Walk over to Parc Monceau, then visit the beautiful and tragic Nissim de Camondo house museum (8th arr.). Then, if you like, Metro to the Centre Pompidou, the modern art museum with the inside-out architecture.

6:30pm: Group meets for wine in the hotel salon.

Friday

8:45am.  Metro to the newly-redone  Musée D’Orsay (7th) early to see your favorite Impressionist paintings and others, then walk through charming streets to St. Germain des Près (6th arr.) for specialty shops in the decorative arts. Or, if you’re serious about antiques, cross the Champ de Mars to Village Suisse (15th arr.).

Flower Market

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9:30am. Metro to the Marais (3rd and 4th arr.), to shop in the boutiques, enjoy the arcades, art galleries and garden of the Place des Vosges, and visit the Shoah Memorial. Walk along the Paris Plage, the temporary beach Paris sets up every year on the banks fo the Seine.

6:30pm: Group meets for wine in the hotel salon.

Saturday, departures