les Inclusions & Extras

Your trip includes the following, as applicable to your selections:

INCLUDED
  • 3.5-4 Star Accommodations
  • Select meals: 
    • 5-7 Breakfasts 
    • Macaron Tea at Laduree
    • 3 Dinners including one hosted at the home of a French family
  • Admission to select attractions including: The Louvre, Musee D'Orsay, L'Arc de Triomphe, top of Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Chocolate Museum, Montmartre mini train, Chartre cathedral audio-tour 
  • City acclimatization tour by coach
  • 4-day Metro pass
  • Flights & ground transportation to/from airport (for those who book their air travel through us) 
  • Loire Valley castles day trip (for those who select the 9 day option)

EXTRAS - Options we recommend, most of which we will participate in. Surcharges apply.
  • Electric-bike tour of Paris "secrets" - $60
  • Visit to Monet's Giverny gardens - $85
  • Mousquetaire Escape Room - $40
  • Versailles skip-the-oh-so-long-line excursion including coach transportation & audio tour - $110
  • Seine River cruise & dinner - $115
  • Le Meurice afternoon tea - $Market Price (currently $72+)
  • Montmartre wine dinner  $135 
  • Moulin Rouge 9pm show $140 
  • Catacombs tour $115
  • Loire Valley chateaux day trip $295 (does not include OYO lunch & dinner)
  • Signed paperback copy of Esprit de Corpse (book #4 in Penelope's Tea Cozy Mysteries) & participation in a clue game based on the novel. Winner receives a $50 voucher applicable to future Tea Travellers trips - $25 ($10 for those who already have the book in print xo)

DIY - Activities you arrange to your liking
DIY Day 1
Morning:  Follow my book's "Historic Paris" walk, featuring Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame, the Latin Quarter, and Sainte-Chapelle. If you enjoy medieval art, visit the Cluny Museum.
Afternoon:  Tour the Opéra Garnier, and end your day enjoying the glorious rooftop view at Galeries Lafayette or Printemps department stores.
Evening:  Cruise the Seine River.
DIY Day 2
Morning:  Tour the Louvre (arrive 30 minutes before opening). Have coffee or lunch at Café le Nemours (across the street from the Louvre).
Afternoon:  Follow my book's Champs-Elysées walk from the Arc de Triomphe downhill along the incomparable Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Tuileries Garden, and possibly the Orangerie Museum. Reversing the morning and afternoon activities on this day could also work well.
Evening:  Enjoy dinner on Ile St. Louis, then a floodlit walk by Notre-Dame.
DIY Day 3
Morning:  Tour the Orsay Museum (arrive 15 minutes before opening).
Midday:  Tour the Rodin Museum (café lunch in its gardens).
Afternoon:  Visit the Army Museum and Napoleon's Tomb, then take my book's Rue Cler walk and relax at a café. If it's balmy, consider walking the Left Bank riverside promenade that runs between the Orsay and Pont de l'Alma (near the Eiffel Tower).
Evening:  Take one of the nighttime tours by taxi/Uber, bus, or retro-chic Deux Chevaux car recommended in my book.
DIY Day 4
Morning:  Ride the RER suburban train to arrive early at Versailles and tour the palace's interior.
Midday:  Have lunch in the gardens at Versailles.
Afternoon:  Spend the afternoon touring the gardens, Trianon Palaces, and Domaine de Marie-Antoinette. (Late risers should reverse this plan and tour the palace's interior in the afternoon to minimize crowd frustrations.) Or return to Paris and do this book's Montmartre Walk.
Evening:  Dine in Versailles town or back on Paris.
DIY Day 5
Morning:  Follow my book's Marais walk and tour the Picasso Museum. Have lunch on Place des Vosges or Rue des Rosiers.
Afternoon:  Choose from these Marias sights — Pompidou Center, Jewish Art and History Museum, or Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Evening:  Enjoy the Place du Trocadéro scene and a twilight ride up the Eiffel Tower.
DIY Day 6
Morning:  Spend most of your day at Chartres or a half-day touring the château of Vaux-le-Victomte.
Late Afternoon:  Enjoy the balance of your day exploring the shopping districts of Paris (follow the Left Bank Walk or seek out what appeals to your from the many options in the Shopping in Paris chapter).
Evening:  Join the parade along the Champs-Elysées (which offers a different scene at night than the daytime walk you enjoyed on Day 2). If you haven't hiked to the top of the Arc de Triomphe yet, consider doing it by twilight. Or ride the Paris Ferris Whell, if it's spinning.
DIY Day 7
Choose from:
  • More shopping and cafés
  • Luxembourg Garden
  • My book's Bus #69 tour, followed by Père Lachaise Cemetery
  • Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur
  • Marmottan or Jacquemart-André museums
  • Day trip to Vaux-le-Vicomte and/or Fontainebleau
  • Day trip to Disneyland Paris
Evening:  Night bus or boat tour (whichever you have yet to do)

Steve Smith and Gene Openshaw are the co-authors of the Rick Steves Paris guidebook.

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