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 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  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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Overview

As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. Details regarding how you may access these options will be provided in your trip confirmation packet.

Program Includes:

  • Low fares
  • Travel dates to fit your schedule
  • Optimal air routing
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments, as offered by participating carriers (subject to availability at time of booking)
  • Ability to adjust your reservations (up to 60 days prior to departure) without penalty, including trip extensions and upgrades. Does not apply to Instant Purchase tickets.
  • Guaranteed transfers in most cases between the tour arrival airport and your hotel
  • Passenger Service Assistance in the event of a flight cancellation or delay
  • Flight insurance, up to $250,000 (Subject to policy terms)

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.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on an overnight 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

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)

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