Explore at your own pace and let your interests be your guide as you explore the art, culture, and joie de vivre of Paris during this special stay that showcases the City of Light in the tradition of lifelong learning. 

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 The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris  Traditional French breakfast or <i>petit-déjeuner</i>  Parisian cafe. Credit: Paris Tourist Office / Photographer Daniel Thierry  Relaxing in the Jardin des Tuileries. Credit: Paris Toursim Office, David Lefranc  The City of Light at sunset. Credit: Suzanne Silagi  Stained glass windows in a medieval chapel, Paris. Credit: Vincent Cheng  The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles  The Palace of Versailles  Traditional square in Dijon, Burgundy

Paris

A One-Week Stay in France

9 days from $4,190

Explore at your own pace and let your interests be your guide as you explore the art, culture, and joie de vivre of Paris during this special stay that showcases the City of Light in the tradition of lifelong learning. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

We really like the 'city break' concept. You get the best of both worlds: the study leaders (always excellent) and time on your own. And, as always with Smithsonian tours, wonderful travel companions.

- Previous Journeys Traveler

You can count on Smithsonian for quality and excellence. First class all the way! 

- Carolyn D.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Join us for a magical city stay in Paris—the center of French history, culture, and art—and enjoy walking tours, day excursions, and time at leisure.

Highlights Include

  • Walking Tours: Gain a deeper appreciation of the city through walking tours of Le Marais, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris. Plus take a Seine River cruise and ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower. You’ll also savor a tasting at a chocolatier shop!
  • Day Excursions: Go beyond Paris to the Palace of Versailles and the Burgundian town of Dijon on special day excursions.
  • Flexible Schedule and Museum Pass: Pack your time full of activities or enjoy a more leisurely pace—it’s your choice! Talks led by experts provide background knowledge for afternoon explorations—either solo or with new travel friends. Your two-day museum pass provides free and expedited entry to more than 60 city museums so that you can choose your schedule and follow your passion! Plus, you’ll get around easily with Metro passes and your resident director is always available to advise on other activities. 

We really like the 'city break' concept. You get the best of both worlds: the study leaders (always excellent) and time on your own. And, as always with Smithsonian tours, wonderful travel companions.

- Previous Journeys Traveler

You can count on Smithsonian for quality and excellence. First class all the way! 

- Carolyn D.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on an overnight transatlantic flight to Paris, France.

Day 2 — Paris

After an early morning flight arrival, clear brief formalities, then transfer to your hotel. Your Paris home-away-from-home is located close to the Grands Boulevards and the Paris Opera Garnier, the Metro, and many interesting city highlights. During your stay, the travel director will be available to assist with independent sightseeing arrangements, dinner or shopping suggestions, or other “concierge” services you may require. Depart the hotel with your travel director who will show you around the neighborhood. This evening Smithsonian Journeys travelers will gather for a welcome reception at the hotel. The Smithsonian Journeys Expert will offer welcoming remarks. Afterward, dinner will be served at a popular Parisian restaurant or brasserie. Bon Appetit! (D) 

Day 3 — Paris

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast, that is included each morning at the hotel. The Smithsonian Journeys Expert will offer an engaging presentation. Begin exploring this morning on a guided tour to the famed Rodin Museum. Afterward, take the metro across the Seine to the Eiffel Tower for lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel, a restaurant that offers splendid views of Paris. After lunch, a cruise is planned on the Seine River, with its riverbanks a designated World Heritage site. On this remarkable river you’ll see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Ile St. Louis, the Louvre Museum and the French Institute. This evening gather for dinner with fellow Smithsonian travelers at popular restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Paris and Dijon

Travel at 200 miles per hour aboard France’s TGV high-speed train to the city of Dijon in Bourgogne. An expert guide will introduce you to the historic city center and to the sights and heritage of this charming city. Luncheon will be served at a historic home in Dijon. There’s time to explore on your own before boarding the train for the trip back to Paris.

Day 5 — Paris

This morning, join the Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an engaging presentation. Afterward, travel to the Marais neighborhood where you’ll meet a local expert guided for a walking tour of this historic district. Explore the artistic and cultural heart of Paris in this neighborhood known for its historic Jewish community. Stop at a bistro in the Marais for lunch with fellow travelers. The afternoon is at leisure. Take advantage of the included Museum Pass to explore the Musee D’Orsay at your own pace. Get-together with fellow travelers in Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner for lively conversation.

Day 6 — Paris

This morning, attend a talk by the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. With your Paris Museum Pass in hand, explore the iconic Louvre Museum on your own. Dinner this evening will be served at a popular restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 — Paris and Dijon

Explore the many flavors of Paris today on an excursion that introduces you to French gastronomy. Paris is known as a “moveable feast” and on this culinary walking tour, you’ll sample an array of delightful French delicacies. Later, attend a lecture that will take you back to the days of WWII. Learn how the Parisians survived the dark years of the occupation from 1940-44. Hear the stories of the Gestapo, the heroic, enigmatic resistance and the joyous liberation on August 25, 1944. (B) 

Day 8 — Paris and Versailles

Depart Paris by train for the trip to Versailles to visit the most famous and opulent palace in France and a designated World Heritage site. See the Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Prior to the French Revolution, Versailles was the political and cultural center of France. An expert local guide will offer fascinating narrative during the tour. Luncheon will be served at a bistro nearby. After returning to Paris, gather for a farewell dinner at a select Parisian restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

Depart the hotel and transfer to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the U.S. (B)