Day 1: Palais Garnier, Jardin des Tuileries, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre
Follow your guide to a hidden terrace offering a stunning panoramic view of Paris, then dart off through the city streets to discover Paris’ seductive culture and history.
Visit major attractions such as the Palais Garnier (home to the Paris Opera) and Place de la Concorde. Perhaps tour the impressive Louvre Museum and stroll the Jardin des Tuileries, or make your way down the Champs-Elysées to the majestic Arc de Triomphe.
Pull up a seat at a renowned cafe chosen by your guide to enjoy a classic French meal and hear tales of this romantic city. After lunch, head up to Montmartre, Paris' most bohemian neighborhood where you'll find enchanting cobblestone streets, historic cabarets and the former studios of famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. Stop by the Moulin Rouge, visit iconic Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, see where the movie Amélie was filmed, pop into local art galleries and duck into specialty food stores where your guide can explain the treats behind the counter.
Unwind with aperitifs at another fabulous restaurant terrace with panoramic city views. Dinner reservations can be made in advance by your guide at Michelin-star L'atelier Robuchon, or any other restaurant you prefer (own expense).
Continue exploring the wonders of Paris on your own in the evening, then return to your hotel and rest up for another day exploring Paris.
Day 2: Luxembourg Gardens, Latin Quarter, Jardin des Plantes, Le Marais, Seine River, Eiffel Tower
Begin your second day with a traditional baguette breakfast and coffee as your guide arrives with the local morning paper. Gear up for more iconic destinations as you delve deeper into the nuances of Parisian culture.
Stroll through Luxembourg Gardens, Paris’ central park and crown jewel, and learn how this classic French garden differs from English gardens. Whet your appetite with a walk down Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. This market street is brimming with the smells, flavors and sights of France. Meet the local vendors and sample cheeses, cured meats, fruit and wine, and pick your favorites for a picnic basket to be enjoyed at an ideal setting during lunch — perhaps at the Jardin des Plantes, a sprawling botanical garden perched on the left bank of the Seine River.
Spend your afternoon shopping in Le Marais, a prestigious district built by French aristocrats in the 1600s. Today it’s one of Paris’ most trendy hubs, dotted with fashionable clothing boutiques, upscale pastry shops, yummy falafel joints and mazes of private courtyards, not to mention two world-renowned museums: the Picasso Museum and the Pompidou.
In the evening, perhaps embark on a scenic Seine River cruise, letting you soak up the majesty of Paris from a different vantage point. Watch the sunset on the Champ de Mars while gazing up at the Eiffel Tower — the perfect end to your tour.