Paris is the center of French history, culture, and art. During a one-week stay in this European capital, enjoy a balanced program of scheduled activities, talks by experts, and time at leisure to follow your own interests. You'll stay in the well-located Les Jardins du Marais. 

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Paris

A One-Week Stay in France

9 days from $4,340

Paris is the center of French history, culture, and art. During a one-week stay in this European capital, enjoy a balanced program of scheduled activities, talks by experts, and time at leisure to follow your own interests. You'll stay in the well-located Les Jardins du Marais. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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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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Overview

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).

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.

2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — In Transit

Depart for Paris, France.

Day 2 — Paris

Arrive in Paris, 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.

Excursion: Welcome to Paris! Explore the neighborhood around your hotel during an orientation walk and get a briefing on the Metro, Paris’ subway system, from your Travel Director.

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

Excursion: Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast at the hotel each morning. After breakfast, stroll through Le Marais’ narrow streets. Learn about the history of the district as you walk by medieval houses and elegant mansions with courtyards and pretty gardens. See the ruins of the medieval city wall, its Jewish quarter, and the Place des Vosges. Then stop for a visit to the Musée Picasso Paris, which holds over 5,000 works of art, and enjoy a guided tour of this renowned landmark.

Independent Exploration: Spend the afternoon exploring on your own. You may wish to use your museum pass to visit some of Paris’ excellent museums, including the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou.

This evening, savor a dinner featuring delectable French specialties at a popular Parisian restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4 — Versailles

Excursion: 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. Lunch will be served at a nearby bistro before you return to Paris.

Get-together with fellow travelers in Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner for lively conversation and an exchange of travel experiences.  (B,L)

Day 5 — Paris

Educational Focus: This morning, step back in time to World War II with a local speaker who will talk on the French Resistance and its fight to free the French people from Nazi control.

Excursion: Afterward, tour the famed Rodin Museum. The story of the Musée Rodin is as fascinating as the sculptor’s life and work. In the early 19th century, Rodin rented rooms at the Hôtel Biron, where Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, and many other members of Paris’ creative community also resided. The French government acquired the hotel from the owner, who lost the hotel because of financial reasons, and allowed Rodin to remain. He offered all his works to the state in exchange for living in the mansion and the creation of a studio, where young artists could be trained. The museum opened in 1919, two years after his death. 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, there’s leisure time to explore the area around the Eiffel Tower.

Excursion: In the late afternoon, a cruise on the Seine River is planned. UNESCO has designated the banks of the Seine as a World Heritage Site. On this remarkable river journey, you’ll sail under many of the beautiful and historic bridges spanning the Seine including the Pont Royal, Pont Neuf, and Pont Des Artes, plus view the Musee d’Orsay  ​Notre Dame Cathedral (adjustment to the itinerary to come shortly)​, the ​Île St. LouisLouvre Museum and the from a different perspective. (B,L)

Day 6 — Dijon

Excursion: 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.

Independent Exploration: There’s time to explore Dijon 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

Excursion: 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. 

Independent Exploration: Craft your own itinerary during an afternoon at leisure. Shop at Paris’ legendary department stores or revel in the pace of local life at a sidewalk café.​ (B)

Day 8 — Paris

Independent Exploration: 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,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city(B)

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

2020 Itinerary

Day 1 — In Transit

Depart for Paris, France.

Day 2 — Paris

Arrive at Charles DeGaulle International Airport and transfer to Paris and the Hotel Les Jardins du Marais located in the heart of the historic Marais District and near many fascinating city highlights. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available to assist with independent arrangements and dining suggestions. Each traveler will receive an informative Welcome Package that contains city information and a map.

After settling in, gather in the hotel lobby to explore the neighborhood around your hotel during an orientation walk.

This evening, gather for a welcome reception at the hotel. Afterward, dinner will be served at a popular Parisian brasserie. (R,D)

Day 3 — Paris

Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast at the hotel each morning. Gain insight into WWII from a local speaker who will discuss the French Resistance and its fight to free the French people from German occupation. Afterwards, depart the hotel for a walking tour of the surrounding Marais district. Learn about the history of the Marais as you pass medieval buildings and elegant mansions with leafy courtyards and lovely gardens. See the remains of the original city walls, the Jewish quarter, and the Place des Vosges. Continue exploring on a leisurely Seine River luncheon cruise. You’ll sail under many of the ornate and historic bridges spanning the river including the Pont Royal, Pont Neuf, and Pont Des Artes. See the Musee d’Orsay, the Île St. Louis, and the Louvre Museum from the unique perspective of the river cruiser. (B,L)

Day 4 — Paris

During a morning tour, discover the many flavors of France on an excursion that will introduce you to the delights of French gastronomy. Ernest Hemingway famously said that Paris is a “moveable feast” and on this culinary walking tour, you’ll sample from a basketful of delightful French food specialties. Afterward, tour the famed Rodin Museum. Originally, the museum was known as the Hôtel Biron, where Henri MatisseJean Cocteau, and many other members of Paris’ creative community also resided. This evening, dinner will be at your leisure. (B)

Day 5 — Dijon

Travel to Dijon on the high-speed TGV train. Discover the historic sites and culture of this charming Burgundian capital city. Admire stately mansions, churches, and half-timbered homes from the 15th and 16th centuries. An expert guide will bring to life the sites and culture of Dijon. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts and see the Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy in the ancient Palace of the Dukes. Lunch is served at the Hotel Particulier, a private mansion occupied in the 17th century by the Malatesta family. You’ll have time to explore the city on your own before boarding the TGV train back to Paris. After returning to the Paris hotel, get together in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L)

Day 6 — Versailles

Depart Paris on an excursion to Versailles to visit the legendary and opulent palace, 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. Lunch will be served at a nearby bistro before you return to Paris. (B,L)

Day 7 — Paris

In mid-morning, depart the hotel for a visit to the fascinating Picasso Museum that showcases a remarkable collection of over 5,000 artistic works and thousands of archived items that include sketches, notebooks, etchings in various stages, photographs, illustrated books, films, and documents that reveal the artist’s creative evolution. Afterwards, there is time to explore Paris on your own. In late afternoon, join fellow travelers in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B)

Day 8 — Paris

With your Paris Museum Pass in hand, explore the iconic Louvre Museum or the famed Musée d’Orsay. Afterwards, let your interests be your guide and explore the city at your own pace.

Tonight, gather with fellow 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.

After breakfast transfer to Charles De Gaulle International Airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

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