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Springtime in Paris

Romantic architecture, amazing cuisine, and iconic attractions blend to reveal the City of Light. Begin your week in Paris with a city tour led by an English-speaking guide. Visit Impressionist painter Claude Monet's beautiful gardens in Giverny, stroll the magnificent halls and gardens of Versailles, enjoy an evening cruise on the Seine River, and explore the Louvre, one of the most famous museums on the planet. This tour also provides leisure time to explore the city as you please.

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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 begin 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 Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch offers the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers. In the afternoon, we arrive 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, his home’s serene atmosphere and gardens feels like we’ve 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 Château’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 through the Queen’s Wing and returning to the city in late afternoon. If you are tempted by one of Paris’ famous cabarets, tonight may be your night to enjoy a quintessential stage show.


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 along Boulevard Haussmann. The afternoon is open for independent activities such as viewing the impressionist paintings at Musée d’Orsay. Tonight we dine at a quaint French restaurant before enjoying a scenic 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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : The Louvre

Join your Tour Director for a closer look at this fascinating city, at Paris’ collection of unique neighborhoods. We begin with a stroll along the markets of Rue Montorgueil. This bustling street lined with bakeries, butcher shops, and stores selling cheese, wine, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and chocolate is just as Paris is imagined. We follow this with a visit to the Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood, an area made famous by philosophers, actors, musicians, and writers such as Hemingway that frequented its many cafes. In the 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 are 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 : Montmartre & Sacre Coeur

Experience a leisurely pace of life as we wander the winding streets and cobbled lanes of Paris’ 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 the visions of painters come to life. Make room in your checked luggage for a piece of original artwork, a lasting memory to transport you back to this very location. Later we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner for the perfect ending to our Parisian getaway.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Au Revoir Paris

A destination like none other, we depart Paris with vivid memories that will last a lifetime.


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 5 nights Hotel Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel

Attractions & Highlights

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

8 Excellent Meals Featuring

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

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Final Payment Date: 01/13/2022

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Baraboo/Lake Delton, WI - McDonalds

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Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office

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Johnson Creek, WI - Pine Cone Café

Kenosha, WI - McDonalds

Madison, WI - Baymont Inn

Manitowoc, WI - Holiday Inn

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Merrill, WI - Walmart

Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Airport Hotel

Oconomowoc, WI - Metro Market

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Portage, WI - Petro Portage

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South Beloit, IL - Flying J Travel Plaza

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Wausau, WI - Walmart Supercenter

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West Bend, WI - AmericInn

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Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport

Eric Greiling

Eric is the Chief Development Officer at PBS Wisconsin and also serves as Executive Director of Friends of PBS Wisconsin, the non-profit organization that supports PBS Wisconsin. In his position Eric serves with the leadership team and oversees all of the station’s fundraising activities, including major events such as Garden & Landscape Expo and The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show.

Eric came to the station 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, Wisconsin. That role included supervising operations and managing many of the classical theater company’s capital projects.

At home, you would likely find Eric building something, fixing something, cooking, gardening, or watching public television.

Join Eric and PBS viewers on this exciting vacation.