Use Paris Metro; walking up/down stairs in the metro as elevators/escalators are not always available at each station; metro stairs have railings; standing for up to 15 minutes at a time in the metro when seats are not available; total time traveling on metro will be approximately 30 minutes; walking on cobblestone streets for up to 3 miles throughout the day; standing for up to 2 hours during museum visits on even ground; getting on/off motorcoach; crowds to be expected.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet including eggs, breakfast meat, breads, cheese, cereals, jam, butter, yogurt and fruit. Coffee, tea, juices, water included.
Via the metro, we will head with the Group Leader to meet the expert Instructor, with whom, we will explore the heart of Paris: L'Ile de la Cité. We will discover the flower markets and the Sainte Chapelle, one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. We will also learn about and admire the Notre Dame Cathedral.
We will take the metro to the Musée d'Orsay, where we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea and water.
At the Musée d'Orsay, we will have an expert-led visit of the museum followed by time to see what interests you most. The first work of art is the building itself, the former Gare d’Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The collections of painting, sculpture, and decorative objects show the tremendous diversity of artistic creation in the western world from 1848 – 1914, showcasing many of the most remarkable works of the early modern era including the Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau movements.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Depending on the time of year, enjoy either a late afternoon or evening cruise along the Seine to view the magnificent monuments lining the river.