FRANCE: Paris Calling - Women's Tour - 5 Days:
Tour Grading EASY: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Paris
Number of Days: 5 days / 4 nights
Accommodation: 5 / 4 Star Modern & Boutique Hotels
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager and professional expert guide
Tour Concludes In: Paris
Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 5: Lunches; 2: Dinners; 1:
Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Join Boutique Tours & Travel for our small group womens tour to Paris, the “City of Lights”. It is one of the world’s most exciting cities, full of monuments, elegant squares, picturesque streets and grand boulevards. Famed for its’ amazing museums, historical insights, architectural strolls and great shopping. Enjoy the gourmet delights of the capital, its trendy neighbourhoods, the creativity of its fashionable boutiques, the tinkling of champagne glasses, the smell of coffee and freshly baked baguettes: Experience the essence of Paris. Join a group of fellow travellers and share some delicious Parisian treats along the way.
- Experience all the sophisticated delights of Paris
- Explore the Parisian treasures in this magnificent city
- Cruise the Seine with a glorious view of the “City of lights”
- Experience the nightlife at the LIDO
- Explore the galleries and museums filled with world renowned master pieces
- Enjoy the magnificent view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower
- Explore the Latin Quarter the heart of Parisian history with everything from Roman ruins to its famous cathedrals & Paris’ most beautiful gardens.
- Walk The Marais one of the oldest historical and architectural quarters including the ‘July Column and ‘Spirit of Liberty’
- Stroll the ‘Place des Vosges’ with its arcades filled with trendy restaurants, art galleries and boutiques and where Victor Hugo used to live
- Visit the mansion and gardens of the Hôtel de Sully
- Admire Musée Carnavalet & its enchanting courtyard
- Discover Rue Vieille du Temple with its bars, restaurants and boutiques,
- View the courtyard of Hôtel de Rohan and gardens of the Hôtel de Salé.
- Stop at the legendary ‘Salon de Thé’ – Mariage Frère to sip some tea from their collection of 650 teas.
- Shop at Boulevard Haussmann (Galarie Lafayette and Printemps) or at Rue Faubourg Saint Honoré for Paris Haute Couture boutiques
- and more...
- Private International airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- 5, 4 or 3 Star Modern and Boutique Hotels
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Chauffeur driven luxury air-conditioned private vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
- Australian Tour Manager and our experienced professional tour guide
- Entrance fees to sights, monuments, shows and activities as per the Itinerary
- Paris city tour half day
- Louvre guided tour with one way hotel transfer, Lido show (no transfers as walking distance from hotels selected),
- Notre Dame / Eiffel tower half day + boat cruise
- Marais walking tour with one way transfer to Marais
- Welcome and dinner with hotel transfers
- Lido show and boat cruise
- Bottled water when travelling in vehicle
- Day 1: Saturday 11th July 2015: Arrive in Paris: Paris Tour
- Day 2: Sunday 12th July 2015: Louvre, Palais Royal and the LIDO
- Day 3: Monday 13th July 2015: Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, boat cruise on the Seine
- Day 4: Tuesday 14th July 2015: Walking tour of the Marais and the Place des Vosges
- Day 5: Wednesday 15th July 2015: Tour Concludes
All our hotels are excellent four and five star boutique hotels. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or twin beds.
Climate & Clothing:
In summer the weather in France is mild to warm, the temperature average between June and July is about 78°F - 26°C. Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The official currency in France is EURO (€). On January 1, 2002, the Euro became the official currency for 300 million Europeans, in use in 12 countries of the European Union. Traveller’s Cheques can be exchanged at some banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash or credit cards. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas.
The electrical current in France is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.
French is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.
Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in France are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter France you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. No visa is required for tourists.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed.
Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at this hotel for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.
We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.
France Standard time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 during Summer Daylight Saving Time)
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
We generally use modern deluxe minibuses for tours. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water and bottled water is provided throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ‘welcome cocktails’ at first dinner.
- Paris, Banks of the Seine
Day 1: Saturday 11th July 2015: Arrive in Paris - Paris Tour - Welcome Dinner: (D)
Bonjour and welcome to Paris, one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cosmopolitan cities. You will be met by our BT&T tour guide and driver and transferred to your hotel.
Later this morning we will rendezvous at our hotel to met our fellow travellers to begin our private guided Paris City tour to get our bearings and to see some world renowned gems; Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero, Invalides and the dome of Napoléons tomb, Latin quarter with the Panthéon and the Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendome, Louvre Museum, Hôtel de Ville, Seine quays and bridges, l’ile de Cité with the Notre Dame Cathedral (photo stop) and the Palais de Justice. We continue on to l’ile Saint Louis with a stop at the artisanal ‘Glacier Berthillon’ for a ‘dégustation’ (tasting) of their delicious sorbets and ice-creams. The tour ends with a guided visit of Montmartre (Basilica of Sacré Coeur, the painters square - Place du Tertre, Lapin Agile on Rue de Saule) with the panoramic view of Paris from the steps of the Sacré Coeur. Return to the hotel via the red light district area of Pigalle and the Moulin Rouge. This evening enjoy our welcome dinner at a special Parisian restaurant.
Day 2: Sunday 12th July 2015: Louvre, Palais Royal and the LIDO: (B/L)
The Louvre was a royal palace for 8 centuries before being converted into the universally acclaimed museum it is today. The glass pyramid designed by Ieoh Ming Pei (I. M Pei) with its 675 panes, stands in the middle of the Cour Napoléon since 1989, adding a dramatic contemporary contrast to the historic setting of the palace.
Following breakfast, we have a guided tour of the Louvre Museum for approximately three hours to see the famous ‘Mona Lisa’ (La Joconda), Venus de Milo, Winged victory of Samothrace, the Sphinx, other Egyptian Pharaoh treasures and the most important collection of French paintings in the world. there is some free time for you to visit the shops in the Gallery du Carrousel or to visit another department of the museum on your own. Lunch this afternoon is in a typical French restaurant at the Palais Royal. It is just across the way from the Louvre Museum in the gardens of Palais Royal with the black and white marble Buren columns, it is a haven of peace and tranquillity within the bustling city centre of Paris. The gardens are enclosed within a square of historical buildings with similar façades containing arcades with terrace cafes, restaurants and antique shops. The Palais Royal is now home to government institutions such as the Minister of Culture. This afternoon is at your leisure. Optional excursions are available or possible you may wish to return to the Louvre Museum to continue visit on your own. Perhaps visit Musée de l’Orangerie or Petite Palais Museum. This evening after dinner we visit the famous cabaret show at the LIDO. (A glass of champagne on arrival) We return to our hotel later around 11:30pm.
Day 3: Monday 13th July 2015: Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, boat cruise on the River Seine: (B/L)
This morning we visit the famous ‘Old Iron Lady’ – the symbol of Paris, built by architect Gustave Eiffel for The World Exhibition in 1889 to celebrate the French Revolutions of 1789. It was supposed to be demolished 20 years later but owes its survival to supporting radio stations during WW 1 and now has a permanent radio station which crowns it. We depart our hotel after breakfast for the Eiffel Tower. We take the elevator to the 2nd floor with our guide (the Eiffel Tower has three levels) to admire the magnificent view of Paris. Wow. (Our tickets are pre- purchased to hopefully avoid long queues) We then take a short drive to the Notre Dame Cathedral with a private guided visit of this Gothic masterpiece – one of the most important in Europe. Included is a visit of the North and South towers for a closer view of the 13th century facade, the sculptures and gargoyles added by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century. Lunch this afternoon is in a restaurant in the Latin Quarter; for a taste of French cuisine from the mountains. This afternoon is at your leisure. (you may wish to tour the Latin Quarter today with a guide or on your own) No trip to Paris is complete without seeing ‘City of Lights’ by night. Later this evening we depart from our hotel for a river boat (Vedette du Pont Neuf) cruise along the Seine to see the famous monuments of Paris illuminated. The boat tour is narrated in English and French. We will return to our hotel after the cruise.
Day 4: Tuesday 14th July 2015: Walking tour of the Marais and the Place des Vosges: (B)
The Marais (means marshes) is one of the oldest historical and architectural quarters of Paris with its well preserved narrow streets filled with boutiques, galleries, spectacular squares, lavish mansions (hôtels), trendy restaurants and bars. We depart our hotel after breakfast with our guide and transfer by metro to the Place de la Bastille for our walking tour of the Marais. The tour starts with the symbol of the French Revolution – The July column and Spirit of Liberty and continues down lively Rue Saint Antoine where the locals go grocery shopping, up Rue Saint Paul until the Village of Saint Paul with its art and craft shops. Next you will discover ‘Place des Vosges’ with its arcades filled with trendy restaurants, art galleries and boutiques and where Victor Hugo used to live; the Jewish quarter around Rue de Rosiers, the mansion and gardens of the Hôtel de Sully built in 1624, the courtyard of the Musée Carnavalet home to the Marquis de Sévigne, Rue Vieille du Temple with its bars, restaurants and boutiques, the courtyard of Hôtel de Rohan and gardens of the Hôtel de Salé. We stop at the legendary ‘Salon de Thé’ – Mariage Frère to rest and sip some tea from their collection of 650 teas. This afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps wonder around other famous places you haven’t yet been able to or shop at Boulevard Haussmann (Galarie Lafayette and Printemps) or at Rue Faubourg Saint Honoré for Paris Haute Couture boutiques.
Day 5: Wednesday 15th July 2015: Tour Concludes: (B)
Following breakfast your tour concludes. At your leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward or homebound journey.
Depending on your departure itinerary, you may have time for some last-minute sight-seeing, shopping or cooking classes. If you wish, we are able to organise a private guide to accompany you.
Some guests may wish to stay another day or more in this amazing country; please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further travel arrangements.
There are a number of day tours available. ‘Passages of Time’ Tour, Wine and Champagne Tasting, or a Cheese Cellar Visit and more. You may also like to participate in a walking tour of the Latin Quarter (45 €) Perhaps participate in a cooking class, half day or full day or enjoy a market tour at one of the famous markets.
Have a private guide take you on a shopping spree; all the ‘sales’ are on at this time and there are lots of bargains to be had. Or you may choose to have a quiet time and wander in the local neighbourhood or visit other amazing icons this famous city has to offer.
Contact us for details. (There will be an extra cost for those who wish to participate in any of these activities)
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You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.
If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.
- Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Louvre Museum & Glass Pyramid, Paris
- Louvre Museum, Paris
- Louvre Museum, Paris
- Sacre Couer, Paris
- Evening View of the Seine, Paris
- Arc de Triomphe, Paris
- The Pantheon, Paris
- Place de la Concorde, Paris
- Place Vendome, Paris
- Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
- Metro Sign, Paris
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