Getting on/off Paris Metro, use of stairs, standing on moving train; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; standing up to 2 hours at a time; cobble stone and even ground; getting on/off motorcoach. Please note that the actual order of activities may vary to accommodate holiday hours.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers cold and hot choices including eggs, breads and pastries, juice, coffee, and tea.
We will hear a lecture by our resident Instructor (who is also a licensed Guide) on the origins of Paris from Roman development through the Middle Ages. Archaeologists estimate that the area has been inhabited for about 9,000 years. What eventually became Paris began in the 3rd Century BCE when members of the Parisii tribe settled on an island in the Seine River. On foot and via the Paris Métro, we will head to the Île de la Cité to visit Notre Dame Cathedral. Construction on the Cathédrale de NotreDame de Paris began in 1163 but was not completed until 1345. Damaged and restored a number of times, it remains one of the largest and finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. Our next stop will be to see La Sainte Chapelle, begun in 1239, the stained glass windows and soaring pinnacle spires are one of the glories of Gothic architecture.
Enjoy a two-course plated meal at a local restaurant near Notre Dame.
Free time to explore Paris on your own. The Group Leader would be happy to offer suggestions. We'll reconvene and head to a performance together. Performance varies by date, and is subject to change. Further details will be provided in the Final Information Packet.
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 and give directions.
We'll enjoy a panoramic view via motocoach of the City of Light at night, to take in the spectacular holiday light displays on the boulevards and in the specially decorated showcase windows of the Parisian “Grands Magasins” – department stores.