Arrival day: The French Traveler welcomes you to Paris. Take a few moments to catch your breath in your beautiful new surroundings. An afternoon treat in the lounge of our hotel and a leisurely stroll through our Paris neighborhood allows us be introduced to each other and the excitement that awaits on our Paris itinerary. Share cocktails this evening, followed by dinner at a well-loved restaurant in the neighborhood. DINNER
Let’s go exploring! The magnificent Opera House this morning and a delightful parfumerie. Lunch♥, and then a stroll through the Tuileries and a stop at the Orangerie for an hour with Monet. And what better way to end our stroll and enjoy this city on the first day than with a relaxing and elegant dinner cruise? DINNER
Le Palais Royal! Les passages! and then lunch in the wonderful bistro where Diane Keaton and Jack Nickleson met for their birthdays. Then off to the Parc Monceau and the exquisite museum of Nissim de Camondo with its poignant story, and finally, an optional evening concert in the glorious Sainte-Chapelle which leaves you dreaming of kings and princesses. LUNCH
A private visit to the Musée d’Orsay today to admire the 19th century works of art with lunch in its delightful Belle Epoque restaurant. Free afternoon before an evening visit to the Eiffel Tower when the city is best viewed at night. Champagne at the top! LUNCH
Another Belle Epoque essential is our visit to the countryside and the discovery of Monet’s lovely house and unforgettable gardens in Giverny. Travel by train and bus. Lunch♥ is available on the premises. Time permitting, we’ll visit the Musée des Impressionismes, a short walk from Monet’s house.
Morning at leisure, or indulge your culinary senses in an optional cooking class (lunch is included in the class; you’ll eat what you’ve prepared.) And then, off to the charming quarter of Montmartre which was at its zenith during the Belle Epoque period, home to artists, can-can dancers, singers, cabaret actors and the like. Roam its cobblestoned ruelles, review its colorful history, visit some of the important landmarks, and delight in the breathtaking view of Paris from the city’s highest point. Evening cocktails in a quintessential Belle Epoque restaurant. MEALS AT LEISURE.
Another neighborhood favorite today: Le Marais. Known for its stunning Place des Voges and the vibrant court life of King Henry IV, the Marais is today the trendiest area in Paris, rich with historical landmarks, wonderful museums, hip living quarters and incredible restaurants. Then on to the delightful Ile St-Louis and finish off with a degustation de vin in a typical Paris wine bar in the Latin Quarter. LUNCH
A free morning and early afternoon today before an unforgettable candlelight visit to a chateau outside of Paris: Vaux-le-Vicomte, which served as the prototype for Louis the XIV’s transformation of his hunting lodge in Versailles.
A fascinating story of a young man’s dream gone horribly wrong, we’ll learn how the miscalculation of the king’s financial minister in inviting the king to the housewarming party of his new chateau landed the young man in prison for the remainder of his days. Dinner on the grounds,
It will be hard to tear yourself away from Paris at this point for the regularly scheduled departure, so why not stay on for a couple of days and visit the beautiful surroundings outside Paris?
Stunning reminders of history
Palais Garnier: Opera House
Vaux le Vicomte
Meals in authentic bistrots
DETAILS ABOUT THE TRIP
Cost of the Belle Epoque Tour | July 1-9, 2017
– Double occupancy $3499
– Single supplement $699
– Optional activities (see below)
Your trip includes
– All lodgings in single accommodations in deluxe hotel in center of Paris
– All breakfasts and other meals where noted
– All guided tours
– Wine with meals
– Entrance fees and public transportation to scheduled locations
– Individual weekly metro/bus pass
– Private shuttle transfer from CDG airport to hotel at beginning of trip*
– Tips, taxes, & service charges for all group activities.
*NB: All passengers will be personally met and greeted at the airport by private chauffeur and driven to our accommodations; exact time and location of pick-up to be determined as we get closer to the date. Note that a return shuttle from the hotel is not included in Paris trip cost, as often travelers leave together and sharing taxi fare is commonplace.
– International airfare
– Land transportion from hotel to airport at end of trip
– Meals on noted days
– Accident/baggage/trip cancellation insurance
– Any activities not scheduled in program
– Other forms of transportation (taxi, private car) where desired
– Optional activities
– Laundry, dry cleaning or valet service
– Phone, fax
Each traveler has her own rhythm and interests. We offer optional activities to enrich the tour for those who so desire; we seekout excellent guides & chefs for our special activities, but we want you to feel free to use the leisure time as you like. We list the additional Paris trip costs here; be sure to read the itinerary to determine if the activity is a fit for you.
– Optional cooking class: $129
– Optional evening concert at the Sainte-Chapelle: $29
Deadline for reservations: six months prior to the start of each trip. Balance due 90 days before start of each trip. Registration after deadline will depend on room availability at the hotel. Registration minimum 6, maximum 10 participants. Trip viability to be determined three months prior to start of trip. You can reserve your spot for this trip in two different ways, electronically or by mail.
If you would prefer to do so by mail, please print out this form and fill it out accordingly. You can either choose to pay the NONREFUNDABLE deposit to secure your spot ($650) or the full trip amount. Please attach the check to your form and mail them to: The French Traveler, Inc, 1825 Ponce de Leon Blvd #346, Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA.
If you prefer to fill out your information digitally, you may do so by filling out this electronic form. Then you can secure your spot by either mailing a check (as stated above) or through Paypal by clicking here.
Cancellations by participants must be made in writing and postmarked at least 90 days before start of trip. Your $650 deposits are non-refundable; no refunds of balance 89 days or less from start of trip under any circumstances, unless trip is cancelled by The French Traveler, in which case all monies received will be graciously returned with no further obligation. The French Traveler strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance (see below). Trip viability will be determined 90 days before start of trip.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
For a relatively small fee, travelers can protect their investment if an unforeseen accident or prevention of travel occurs. There are several such companies on the market, and the traveler is advised to inquire and compare rates. One such company The French Traveler works with is CSA Travel Protection: click here for information. Use producer code 71636881.
PARIS OF THE BELLE EPOQUE is open to curious, enthusiastic women over the age of 26 who are eager, willing and able to discover Paris on foot. Be aware that this is a WALKING TOUR OF PARIS which entails walking 2-3 hours per day. Bring comfortable shoes and be sure you can walk at length in them.
We will gladly discuss details of the Paris trip cost and each itinerary with you. We expect that you read the pre-departure information and be in sufficient good health to undertake the trip. Paris is an eminently walkable city, and is best seen and appreciated on foot. We use public transportation and walk at length, sometimes on bumpy cobblestone streets or on narrow sidewalks. We take metros and buses inmetro-cite-ii cities and trains for our outside excursions. While this contributes to the charm of the experience, it requires the participant to be in good physical condition; climbing up and down metro stairs, walking and standing during our guided visits is to be expected. Although our hotel is air conditioned, in general, air conditioning in Europe is not as widespread as it is in the US, and hotel rooms are smaller. We hope you’ll choose to appreciate and relish the differences which French culture offers us: vive la différence! If you have certain dietary or other restrictions, please ascertain beforehand that we are able to accommodate you. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can usually be adapted, but we regret that our restaurants cannot accommodate a vegan diet. If you take any medication, be sure to bring enough to cover your needs during the trip.
The French Traveler has exercised careful consideration with regard to the safety and well being of participants. We can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any airplane, automobile, train, cable car, motor coach, metro or other conveyance, or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying passengers in carrying out the arrangements of these programs. We accept no responsibility for baggage, losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, force majeure, or other causes beyond our control; such losses or expenses will be borne by the passenger, as Paris trip cost rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make alterations to our itineraries as deemed necessary, or to cancel either program prior to departure, in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation. We reserve right to decline any person deemed inappropriate for the program, and to change or substitute any activities described above for reasons of inclement weather, unforeseen circumstances, acts of nature or inconveniences or reasons beyond our control. No refund will be made for any unused portion of either program. The French Traveler accepts no liability for any carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket connected with the program. Paris trip cost based on exchange rate in October 2016; if euro/dollar rate reaches or exceeds 1 E = $1.20 by April 15, 2017, a $200 surcharge will be required of all participants, regardless of registration date.