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The Eiffel Tower
Tuileries Garden and the Louvre Museum
Seine River Cruise and Notre Dame Cathedral
Arc de Triomphe
Statue of the Parterre d'Eau of the Château de Versailles
Eiffel Tower at Dusk
Departs: May 18th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Diverse architecture, French cuisine, and iconic attractions blend to reveal the City of Light. Begin your week in Paris with a city tour by an English-speaking guide. Visit Impressionist painter Claude Monet's beautiful gardens in Giverny, stroll the magnificent halls and gardens of Versailles, go on a relaxing cruise on the Seine River, and explore the Louvre, one of the most famous museums on the planet. This tour provides ample time at leisure to explore the city as you please.
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Hosted By: Eric Greiling
Chief Development Officer at Wisconsin Public Television
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Day 1 : Fly to France
We board our overnight flight to the city referred to as the heart, soul and imagination of France, multifaceted Paris.
Day 2 : Bon Jour Paris
Paris unfolds before our eyes as we are introduced to its sights and sounds by our English-speaking Parisian guide. This cosmopolitan city pulses with activity and we will start our adventure right where the city got its start, Ile de la Cite. Discover vibrant culture and famed book shops as we tour the Latin District and Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris.
A festive Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch offers the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers.
Afternoon finds us arriving at our hotel where we enjoy the luxury of unpacking just once during our five-night Parisian stay.
Day 3 : Monet’s Garden & Versailles
Enjoy a full breakfast complete with fresh fruit and French pastries before venturing out each morning on our group guided activity.
Today we travel through the French countryside to the charming village of Giverny, home to Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Surrounded by nature’s beauty, the serene atmosphere of his home and gardens will feel as if we have stepped into one of his famous paintings.
This afternoon we visit Versailles, residence of King Louis XIV and the seat of France’s government for a hundred years. Meticulously maintained, the Chateau’s grandeur and brilliance remains that of the 17th century. Get a glimpse of life in this opulent palace on our tour through the State Apartments. Beginning in the King’s Wing, we walk through the impressive Hall of Mirrors before exiting by way of the Queen’s Wing. Enjoy free time in Versailles before returning to the city late this afternoon.
If you are tempted by one of Paris’ famous cabarets, tonight may be your night to enjoy their elaborate stage shows.
Day 4 : Seine River Cruise
Today is open for individual pursuits. If shopping is your desire, the famous department stores Galleries Lafayette and Printemps are nearby as well as many other stores along Boulevard Haussmann. The afternoon is open for independent activities such as visiting the Musée d’Orsay with its impressionist paintings.
Tonight we dine at a quaint French restaurant before enjoying a spectacular cruise on the Seine River. We glide past illuminated monuments, bridges, buildings and Notre Dame. The evening takes on a magical feel as the Eiffel Tower’s golden lacework glows from within against the dramatic night sky.
Day 5 : The Louvre
Join your Tour Director for a closer look at this fascinating city. Paris is a collection of unique neighborhoods. We begin our day with a stroll along the Rue Cler and its markets. This bustling street is lined with bakeries, butcher shops and stores selling cheese, wine, fruits, vegetables, flowers and chocolate. We follow this with a visit to the Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood. This area was made famous by philosophers, actors, musicians, and writers, such as Hemingway, that frequented its many cafes.
This evening we visit the Louvre, one of the world’s most famous museums. Our guided tour through what started as a 16th century palace is a walk through France’s history. Home to a vast collection of classic and modern art, we will be inspired by DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, the ancient Greek statues Venus de Milo and Winged Victory and the colossal painting The Coronation of Napoleon.
Day 6 : Monmartre & Sacre Coeur
Experience a leisurely pace of life as we wander the winding streets and cobbled lanes of Paris’s highest hilltop, Montmartre. Ascending by funicular to Sacre Coeur, enjoy incredible views in all directions. We find the artist’s square of Place du Tertre in full swing as painters’ visions come to life. Make room in your checked luggage for a piece of original artwork, a lasting memory that will transport you back to this very location.
Enjoy a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in the Eiffel Tower for the perfect ending of “A Week to Remember.”
Day 7 : Au Revoir Paris
So much more than just a destination, we depart Paris with vivid memories that will surely last a lifetime.
May 18th, 2020 - May 24th, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 02/13/2020
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Eric is the Director of Development at Wisconsin Public Television and also serves as Executive Director of Friends of WPT, the non-profit organization that supports WPT.
In his position, Eric oversees all of WPT’s fundraising activities including major gifts, planned giving, membership, corporate giving, and the Garden Expo and Quilt Expo.
Eric came to WPT from the University of Wisconsin Foundation, where he served as Senior Director of Development for the School of Education. Previously, Eric was the general manager at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., a role that included supervising operations and managing many of the classical theater company’s capital projects.
A native of Wisconsin, Eric has lived in Stevens Point, Bayfield (briefly), Richland Center, Spring Green and Madison. His prior travel adventures include the UK, Germany, Austria, Prague, and Tunisia.
Join Eric and Wisconsin Public Television viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.