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Paris-A Week to Remember

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.

Hosted By: Eric Greiling

Chief Development Officer at Wisconsin Public Television

PBS Wisconsin

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $730 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & French guide
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Baggage handling at hotel
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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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.


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $730 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & French guide
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Baggage handling at hotel
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 5 nights at the Hotel Observatoire Luxembourg in Paris near the Luxembourg Gardens

Attractions & Highlights

  • Paris city tour
  • Claude Monet's home & garden
  • Village of Giverny
  • Versailles
  • Illuminated Seine River cruise
  • Musee d'Orsay
  • Saint Germain des Prés
  • Champs-Elysees
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Louvre Museum
  • Montmartre & Latin District walking tours
  • Place du Tertre
  • Time at leisure to explore Paris

8 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch
  • Full European breakfast buffets
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Tour Dates & Pricing

May 18th, 2020 - May 24th, 2020

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)





Final Payment Date: 02/13/2020

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Eric Greiling

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.