Explore the art, history, and joie de vivre of Paris during this cultural stay program showcasing the City of Light, where you'll enjoy insightful excursions and time to follow your own pursuits.

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 The Eiffel Tower overlooking the Seine   Notre Dame Cathedral, along the Seine River  Gargoyle from Notre Dame looking out over Paris  Traditional French breakfast or <i>petit-déjeuner</i>  Parisian cafe. Credit: Paris Tourist Office / Photographer Daniel Thierry  The Tuileries gardens near the Louvre  Relaxing in the Jardin des Tuileries. Credit: Paris Toursim Office, David Lefranc  Entrance to the Louvre, Paris  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 $4,290

Explore the art, history, and joie de vivre of Paris during this cultural stay program showcasing the City of Light, where you'll enjoy insightful excursions and time to follow your own pursuits.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Our other tour members were an interesting mix of people with different backgrounds from around the country. We enjoyed spending time with everyone and now feel they are our new friends.

- Mary Anne K.

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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SPECIAL OFFER

Save $250 per person off of the 2019 departures when you book by August 31, 2018!

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.

Paris is the center of French history, culture, and art. During a one-week stay in this European capital, enjoy a balance between scheduled activities, talks by experts, and time at leisure to follow your own interests. Plus, you’ll stay in the well-located accommodations in central Paris. 

Highlights Include

  • Cultural Insights: Gain a deeper appreciation of the city’s neighborhoods through a walking tour of Le Marais (one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris), a Seine River cruise, and the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. See powerful sculpture at the Rodin Museum and savor the flavors of France during a special culinary tour.
  • 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 given 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. 

*Please note: The October 14, 2018, and all 2019 departures, accommodations will be at the Les Jardins du Marais. 

Our other tour members were an interesting mix of people with different backgrounds from around the country. We enjoyed spending time with everyone and now feel they are our new friends.

- Mary Anne K.

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.

2018 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

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

Day 2 — Paris

Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel which is located close to fine shopping, the Paris Opera Garnier, the Louvre and many interesting city highlights. During your stay, your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available to assist with independent sightseeing arrangements, dinner and shopping suggestions. 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 with their Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Enjoy opening remarks followed by dinner at a popular Parisian brassiere.​ (R,D) 

Day 3 — Paris

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast each morning at the hotel. Embark on a guided visit 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. The banks of the Seine are 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 Journeys travelers at a popular restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Paris

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 a basketful of delightful French delicacies. Later, attend a private lecture that will take you back to the days of WWII. Learn how the Parisians survived the dark years of the occupation from 1940-1944. Hear the stories of the Gestapo, the heroic, enigmatic Resistance and the joyous Liberation on August 25, 1944. (B) 

Day 5 — 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. (B,L)

Day 6 — Paris

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

This morning travel to the Marais neighborhood where you’ll meet a local expert guide 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. Gather with fellow travelers in Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner for lively conversation and an exchange of travel experiences. (B,L)

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)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Paris, France.

Day 2 — Paris

After an early morning flight arrival, clear brief arrival formalities, then transfer to the Hotel Les Jardins du Marais. Your Paris “home-away-from-home” is located in the heart of the Marais District and near many fascinating city highlights. During your stay, your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available to assist with independent arrangements, dining suggestions, or other “concierge” services you may wish. Each traveler will receive an informative Welcome Kit that contains city information and map. After quiet time, depart the hotel with your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director who will show you around the hotel neighborhood. This evening, 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 bistro or brasserie. (R,D)

Day 3 — Paris

Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast, that’s included at the hotel each morning. This morning, begin discovering the Marais. In the Middle Ages swampy farmland was drained and an elegant neighborhood emerged. On a walking tour you’ll learn about the history of the district and see medieval houses, elegant mansions, courtyards and elegant gardens. See the ruins of the original medieval city walls, the famed Jewish Quarter and the Place des Vosges, Paris’ oldest square. Today, Le Marais is favored by Parisians as well as visitors who frequent the chic boutiques, cafes and popular restaurants. Next, visit the Picasso Museum that presents a remarkable collection of over 5,000 artistic works and thousands of archived items. (B)

Day 4 — Versailles

Depart Paris on an excursion to Versailles to visit the legendary and most 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 heart of France. Luncheon will be served at a nearby bistro. Get-together with fellow travelers in Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner for lively conversation and an exchange of travel experiences. Later, dinner will be served at a popular restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Paris

This morning, step back in time to WWII with a local speaker who will talk on the French Resistance and its fight to free the French people from Nazi control. Afterward, tour the famed Rodin Museum that has showcased his work since 1919. 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. UNESCO has designated the banks of the Seine as a World Heritage Site. On this remarkable river, you’ll see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Ile St. Louis, the Louvre Museum and the French Institute. (B,L)

Day 6 — Dijon

Travel at 200 miles-per-hour aboard France’s TGV train to the ancient Roman city of Dijon in France’s splendid Bourgogne region. An expert guide will introduce you to the historic city center and to the sights and heritage of this fascinating city. Luncheon will be served at the Hôtel Malateste a historic mansion that has been in the same family for many generations. There’s time to explore on your own before boarding the train for the trip back to Paris. In the early evening, get together with fellow travelers in Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner for lively conversation and an exchange of travel experiences. (B,L)

Day 7 — Paris

You’re in for a treat today! On a morning tour you’ll discover the many flavors of France on an excursion that will initiate you to the delights of French gastronomy in an area of Paris that was historically the city’s Market Garden near the Champs de Mars and Eiffel Tower. Ernest Hemingway famously said that Paris is a “moveable feast” and on this culinary walking tour, you’ll sample a basketful of delightful French food specialties. (B)

Day 8 — Paris

With your Paris Museum Pass in hand, explore the iconic Louvre Museum or the famed Musée d’Orsay. Follow your own path and explore the city at your own pace. Tonight, join new friends and fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers and raise a raise a glass to your Paris adventure at a festive farewell dinner. (B,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)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)