Culture Arts & History
6 nights - 5 days
Along the centuries Paris has had tumultuous relationships with the Monarchy but has always remained the center of the Realm of France. If Louis the XIV preferred Versailles , the revolutionists ended up bringing the Royal Family back to Paris to imprison them. It is the whole Paris area which shows the imprint of the royal wealth and of the anti-monarchy struggles from the Middle-Age to the Revolution.
- A rich program going over several centuries of History and reigns taking you to great architectural Parisian places.
- Tours inside and outside Paris with the inevitable Château de Versailles but also the picturesque and well preserved town of Saint Germain en Laye or the greatest castle keep in Vincennes
Arrival and lunch near the Quai des Augustins in a royal and gastronomic restaurant, followed by a private guided tour of the Conciergerie, the Sainte Chapelle ,the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame to rediscover the influence of the Monarchy and of the French Revolution in the heart of Paris. Then free time for supper and a Chamber Music Concert in a church (option)
A whole day in Versailles with on your own tour of the Castle, the gardens, the Queen Marie Antoinette’s hamlet, then guided tour of the King’s private apartments. Lunch in the town of Versailles. Evening free.
Morning in the Louvre, on your own tour with audio guide, then walk in the Tuileries gardens. Lunch in the Palais Royal area. In the afternoon as an option tour of the Basilique Saint Denis, magnificent religious building where the Kings of France are buried , from Dagobert the Merovingian (VII century) to the young Louis XVII, second child of Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette; his heart is kept in the Bourbons Chapel. Free evening.
Morning and lunch in Fontainebleau with on your own walk down town to discover the the castle and its gardens. Back to Paris for a free afternoon for example in the Opera area for shopping. Free evening
Self guided visit with audio guide in the Château de Vincennes and its beautiful Sainte Chapelle. You will have a great experience in the reconstituted office of the king Charles the Vth , a 3D model with all the furniture, immerging yourself in his daily life. Back to Paris for lunch in Le Marais area where the French Nobility of the XVII century used to reside. Free afternoon with some suggestions of nice walks. Free evening.
Free time with walks suggestions and departure