Day 2: Paris
Arrive at Paris airport and be welcomed by your Teach By Travel tour manager. Transfer to your hotel for check-in, and an arrival briefing by your tour manager. Time to relax and unpack, or explore on your own before dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 3: Paris
The French capital awaits you this morning on your guided city sightseeing tour. See the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, the Latin Quarter, and more, ending with an inside visit to the Louvre. Free afternoon to explore Paris on your own. Visit the Jardins des Tuileries, the Place de la Concorde, the Grands Magasins, or perhaps the Orsay Museum, with its extraordinary Impressionist collection. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 4: Paris - Versailles
This morning, journey outside of Paris to Versailles, the palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Your inside visit highlights the opulant Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Apartments, the Chapel, and more. Time to see Marie Antoinette's Hamlet, and the magnificent Trianon Gardens before returning to Paris. Leisure time this afternoon - you may want to stroll the cobble-stoned streets of the Left Bank, shop around the Place de la Bastille, or visit Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 5: Paris - Optional Chartres - Loire Valley
A free day in Paris! Or take an optional excursion to Chartres to see the medieval architecture of the Cathedral, which Rodin called "The Acropolis of France," and its famous stained glass, originating from the 12th century. On to the Loire Valley with its vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand chateaux, to see grand castles of the Renaissance. Visit Chenonceau, and Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci lived. Continue on to see the castle of Amboise. Stop for dinner enroute to Paris.
Day 6: Paris - Giverny
Included excursion to Giverny, the home of Claude Monet, the painter who founded the Impressionist school, and lived in Giverny for 43 years. His house and his garden, the village of Giverny and its surroundings, were often the inspiration for his paintings. Time to stroll the lush gardens before returning to Paris.
Day 7: Paris
A free day to fulfill your personal sightseeing agenda in Paris. Optional wine and cheese tasting session available today - a sommelier will introduce you to French wines, as well as three regional cheeses that compliment the wines. Special Farewell Dinner at the Restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel for memorable views of the City of Lights.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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