Use of Paris metro; must be prepared to go up/down stairs and possibly stand while on metro; walking up to 3 miles in the Morning on uneven ground; the night when the Seine River cruise actually takes place depends on local schedules and circumstances, and will be discussed during Orientation.
At the hotel.
At the hotel we will hear an expert lecture presented by our local instructor on the Paris during the Renaissance period into the 18th century. We will head out on foot with the local instructor, to experience the Latin Quarter like a student. The University of Paris and its core college, the Sorbonne, were founded on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) about 1257, one of the first universities in the world. This quickly became the intellectual heart of the city, called the Latin Quarter as Latin was the language of the educated classes. Over succeeding eras, it attracted artists, writers, and bohemians. Among the highlights we will see are the Sorbonne, Cluny Museum, and Boulevard St Michel.
On your own to enjoy what you like. There are many options to choose from in the Latin Quarter.
Free Time. This would be a good opportunity to spend more time in the Rive Gauche neighborhood known as St. Germain des Prés. Once a gritty haven for artists, philosopher, and writers, many of whom frequented the famed Café Les Deux Magots or the Café de Flore, it has become an upscale neighborhood that still retains much of its historic ambience. It is also the home of Café Le Procope, the oldest café-restaurant in France (1686) that was a favorite — at different times! — of Voltaire, Danton, Hugo, Balzac, Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.
On your own.
We will re-group at the hotel for an evening cruise along the Seine to view the magnificent illuminated monuments lining the river.