Travel via Paris Métro, accessed by going up/down flights of stairs and walking through pedestrian tunnels; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; expect crowded conditions; when seats are not available standing is required on the metro. Walking up to 3 miles (about 5km); cobblestone streets. Climbing the Arc de Triomphe includes a lift followed by 46 steps to the top.
We will take the Métro to one of the city's many open-air markets where you can browse the stalls and mingle with Parisians during their morning shopping. Experience the sights, smells and delicious treats of the marché! Believe it or not, one of the most fascinating and instructive sites in Paris is the Père-Lachaise cemetery. When it opened in 1804, some of the immortals French history and culture were re-buried here, including Héloïse and Abelard, Moliere, and many others. Père-Lachaise soon became the most prestigious final resting place for the great, near-great, and merely rich. The 70,000 burial plots range from simple headstones to elaborate monuments and mausoleums. Among the renowned artists, heroes, movie stars, musicians, and statesmen lie Balzac, Bizet, Sarah Bernhardt, Chopin, Édith Piaf, Proust, Oscar Wilde, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, and Jim Morrison.
On your own to enjoy what you like.
Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
At a local restaurant, enjoy a farewell meal with new Road Scholar friends.
Tonight we'll bid farewell to Paris from atop the Arc de Triomphe. Begun in 1806, it honors those who fought and died in military service, especially the Napoleonic Wars, and stands over France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome, it stands 164 feet tall with a museum in the attic detailing its construction. Reflect on all you have learned and experienced in our program as you view the city from on high.