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Glorious Paris, With Daytrips...

This month our focus will be on your unforgettable trip to Paris

Choose from these six variations of a 7-day visit to Paris, each with five days immersed in Paris and two day trips venturing out from Paris for a taste of other iconic destinations in France. To Giverny. To Versailles. To Mont-Saint-Michel. To the Loire Valley chateaux. If you wish to experience three of these marvelous day-long ventures beyond Paris, plan to stretch your trip by one day. Extend your trip by two days if you (like me) feel that you really must take in all four. Also recognize that some of these added gems will be so wonderful you will want to return to them another year for a longer stay.

Read and share the options below before you click on your top choice (or choices). When you click, you will have everything you need to fully envision your top pick(s) in detail. Where will you stay? How will you travel about? What will you see and do? Where will you dine? Listen to music? Shop? Walk around? What will be your day-by-day experiences, explorations and discoveries? Following each detailed Day Plan, are all the links and instructions you will need to complete your needed trip bookings well before you take off, while your top selections are still availabile.


Paris w/ Giverny & Versailles

The unique charm of Paris is deeply rooted in its rich history, culture, and atmosphere. Iconic museums include the Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa, and Musée d'Orsay, with its stunning  collection of Impressionist masterpieces. World-reknowned monuments, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre-Coeur Basilica and Arc de Triomphe, dot the landscape. And the River Seine, aglow with lights from the bridges, winds its way through it. Lively cafes. Markets. Gardens. Paris is glorious.

Venture out from Paris on two day trips... First, a day trip to Monet's charming home and gardens at Giverny, a small village in Normandy. Take in the calm of the artist's lily pond and wander the streets of the little town. Second, a train ride out from Paris to experience the wild extravagance of royal lifestyles at the magnificent palace of Versailles, final residence of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette who were later beheaded.

Starting at: $1764

7 Days (plus travel days)

Paris w/ Loire Chateaux&Giverny

Use Paris as your "homebase" for the week and learn Its charms neighborhoods, and lifestyle. You will be surrounded by a mix of history, culture, style, cuisine and energy, with iconic art museums housed in grand buildings such as the Louvre, a former palace, and Musée d'Orsay, the elegant train station built to welcome wealthy visitors from around the world as they arrived in Paris for the 1890 World Expo and now filled with impressionist and other masterpieces .

Ride out to the countryside on two day trips... First take a day trip following in the steps of the kings who were seeking relief from the noise and commotion of Paris at one of their many chateau playgrounds in the Loire Valley. Second, visit Monet's own idyllic hideaway in the charming village of Giverny, where the master painted and lived for 43 years, enjoying his tranquil lily ponds and gardens.

Starting at: $1796

7 Days (plus travel days)

Paris w/ Loire Chateaux & Mont-Saint-Michel

Immerse yourself in the unique charms of Paris, taking up temporary residence on the Left Bank, near the river, with its constant parade of boats and its lovely bridges, lit up a night.  Visit iconic museums and monuments, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle. But balance this with time to sit with a coffee or carafe of wine in a cozy corner bistro, sitting at an outdoor table and soaking up the atmosphere. Or vintage shopping in the Marais neighborhood in search of hidden treasures of Parisian style. Or watching artists at work in Place du Tertre in Montmartre.

Venture out from the city on two day trips, one to visit chateaux in the Loire Valley and the second to see the matchless Mont-Saint-Michel, standing isolated and solid, entirely surrounded by the sea when the tides come in.

Starting at: $1842

7 Days (plus travel days)

Paris w/ Giverny & Mont-Saint-Michel

Paris is to be experienced, then loved. With its history, culture, style and ambience, Paris offers art and sculpture, shopping and gardens, and world-famous museums such as the Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa, and the Musée d'Orsay, featuring an extensive collection of Impressionist masterpieces.

On this trip, you will add two day trips... First a day trip to Monet's gardens at Giverny and the second, a visit to the ethereal Mont-Saint-Michel, perched over expanses of sand during low tide, then surrounded by the sea when the tides come in "at the speed of a galloping horse."

Starting at: $1758

7 Days (plus travel days)

Paris w/ Loire Chateaux & Versailles

In Paris, imagine yourself living the lifestyle of the kings, strolling the corridors of Louvre Palace, viewing your private collection of masterpieces from antiquity to current times. Walk through your magnificent Tuilleries gardens out front.

Then take a day trip out to the even more splendid Versailles, with its gilded hall of mirrors and its pastoral hide-away designed for the amusement of the Austrian Marie Antoinette who was reputed to say "Let them eat cake" when told about the starving populace of her adopted country, France. On a second day trip, visit the glorious chateaux of the Loire Valley where the royals escaped the city to hunt and feast, dance and stroll about in elegant gardens.

Starting at: $1848

7 Days (plus travel days)

Paris w/ Versailles & Mont-Saint-Michel

Experience the excitement of Paris, lively "city of lights," as you make Paris your home for a week. Come to understand why creative writers and artists have always been drawn to this unrivaled city of romance and beauty, history and elegance.

While in Paris, balance visits to iconic museums and sights with strolls through eclectic neighborhoods and browsing the sidewalk book stalls. Ride the river as your main means of getting around, gliding past Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower. Ascend to Montmartre for a look down on Paris, then stay for dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge. Amble through outdoor markets, and discover your favorite bakery, deli, cheese shop and wine shop. Sit at an outside table over a leisurely lunch, watching the fashionable parade of people. Attend a classical music concert at Saint-Chapelle, surrounded by amazing stained-glass windows. Find a boat bar in the river, preferably with live music.

Leave the city for two day trips, visiting the decadently lavish Versailles for a day, and then the unique-in-all-the-world and unforgettable Mont-Saint-Michel.

Starting at: $1773

7 Days (plus travel days)

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