Highlights
  • Flexible Schedule: Pack your time full of activities or enjoy a more leisurely pace—it’s your choice! Talks led by experts and special themed walking tours are complemented by time to pursue personal interests—solo or with new travel friends. Plus, your resident director is always available to advise on other activities so you’ll feel like a Parisian in no time!
  • Live Like a Parisian: Settle into the modern Adagio Paris Opera apart/hotel, located in a historic and bustling neighborhood. Plus, your Paris museum and metro passes provide easy access to the city’s treasures.
  • Walking Tours: Take walking tours featuring Le Marais, the Latin Quarter, and historic sites of World War II, and a
    special cruise along the Seine, all of which provide a deeper appreciation of Paris.
  • Day Excursions: Go beyond Paris to the Palace of Versailles, the Burgundian town of Dijon, and Rouen, the capital of Normandy on special day excursions.

Join us for a special stay in Paris where you can enjoy a leisurely pace or pack your time full of activities—it’s your choice. Paris offers a rich selection of museums, neighborhoods, boutiques, and restaurants to discover. During this new tour, enjoy themed walking tours of the Marais, the Latin Quarter, and Champs Elysees, which provide a background to the city, as does a special cruise along the historic canal Saint-Martin and Seine River. To provide more depth to your stay, three special excursions take you beyond Paris, including the nearby Palace of Versailles, and full-day excursions to both Dijon, a charming Burgundian town, and Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Our sojourn ensures a number of afternoons at leisure to pursue personal interests—solo or with new travel friends—to visit museums, explore new neighborhoods, or simply relax at an outdoor café.

Travelers Also Viewed All similar trips
Travel Theme
Destinations
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Seine River

2
Smithsonian Journeys Travel Reviews & Ratings
50% Recommend

3.0 out of 5
Excellent 1 Great 0 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1
Value
3.0 Guide
3.0 Activities
5.0 Lodging
5.0 Transportation
3.0 Meals
4.0
Paris: City of Light

No reviews yet for this trip. Browse other reviews below for Smithsonian Journeys.

SoAaNZ

Does Not Recommend

The trip was awful due to flight cancellations and failure of the contractor to adequately compensate for missed activities and days. May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 4.0
My wife and I were on the Smithsonian Journeys Splendors of Australia and New Zealand between April 13 and May 2, 2018. Smithsonian is rated by this site as Luxury travel. However, Smithsonian "farms out" the logistics for their trip to Odysseys Unlimited. Odysseys booked within country air travel with the lowest cost air carriers. Flights were cancelled from Ayers Rock to Sydney and from Queenstown New Zealand to Rotorua. Another flight was significantly delayed so that we did not arrive at our Christchurch destination until 2:00 am, making for a really tired next day. Odysseys Unlimited compensated us $400 per person for missing a day in Sydney and paid for an excursion in Auckland for missing Rotorua. This was wholly inadequate, given that these were highlights of the trip. In addition, our tour guide was rude to several people on the trip. If Smithsonian Journeys is truly a luxury travel outfit, as we had believed, then they would not be farming out travel logistics to such a chinch company as Odysseys Unlimited. We will think twice about traveling with Smithsonian again, and so should others.
Read more

Operator Smithsonian Journeys

C-Sdir

Recommends

Get to Cuba before it changes because it has to. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
Cuba has been open to limited group travel for four years and is being opened to individual travel (still with restrictions) now. With thousands of Americans descending on our nearest island neighbor, Cuba has to increase its tourist infrastructure - and lose some of its charm.

Smithsonian Journeys is a great way to see Cuba before it changes. Yes, Smithsonian tours are more expensive than some other tour companies but the phrase, "you get what you pay for", certainly holds true. Everything about the tour was top notch - the American tour coordinator, the local Cuban guide, the itinerary - the best. And everything is included - everything - tipping, all activities, tours. Cuba is a fascinating destination and deserves a quality tour company.
Read more

Operator Smithsonian Journeys

Itinerary

Day 1 -2: Depart the U.S., Paris

Meals: Dinner

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Paris, France. After an early morning flight arrival, clear brief arrival formalities, then transfer to the Adagio Bercy. Your Paris home-away-from-home is a suite-like and comfortable studio apartment with a fully equipped kitchenette. The hotel is beautifully situated adjacent to the #14 Metro line that hugs the Seine River and connects directly to the Saint Lazare, Lyon and Bercy railway stations. Situated just a few steps from the Cour Saint Emilion in the Bercy neighborhood where the Parisian wine market was located until 1960. This heritage is still visible in the ancient white-stone storehouses of Cour Saint Emilion, now protected as a historical monument. Today Bercy Village offers the combination of an historical site and contemporary attractions in the center of a unique neighborhood that includes one of the city’s largest parks with 34 acres, the Cinémathèque Française, many restaurants, and shops. A Travel Representative will be available at the Activity Resource Desk to assist with independent sightseeing arrangements, dinner or shopping suggestions, or any other “concierge” services you may require. Attend a group welcome briefing that will acquaint you with the Paris Metro System. Following the briefing, depart for an orientation walk of your new neighborhood. Bienvenue! A hearty Parisian Welcome Reception and dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Paris

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

The day starts with a guided walking tour of the historic old Jewish Quarter of the Marais. Long the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts many outstanding buildings of historic and architectural importance such as the Place de Vosges and the Georges Pompidou Center. This afternoon, continue your exploration of Paris at your leisure. Dinner this evening will be served at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Today, the morning is free of planned activities. In the afternoon, board a canal boat to cruise the Canal Saint-Martin and the Seine. Cruise on this canal built by Napoleon 1802 to connect local Parisian waterways to facilitate local commence. Today, this inner-urban canal is tree-lined and flanked by friendly cafes and charming boutiques. Enter the Seine, and sail past the Tuileries Gardens, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame, and the Ile Saint Louis.

Day 5: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Today, extend your exploration just a short distance beyond the borders of Paris with a short rail journey to visit the Palace of Versailles. Visit the opulent Grand Apartments, the stunning chandelier-lit Hall of Mirrors, and the Queen's Apartments, while discovering illuminating details of courtly life in the palace. Explore the formal gardens. To enhance your visit, headset rental is included so that you can explore independently and at your own pace. Return to Paris by train. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.

Day 6: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

This morning attend an informative lecture covering the works of art in the Louvre and Orsay. See your Travel Director who can assist with planning your day. It might be fun to take in a Paris market or find a spot to enjoy near the Luxembourg Gardens this afternoon.

Day 7: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

This morning enjoy a lecture on the art and sites of Paris. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your day. Explore the city using your included Paris Metro tickets.

Day 8: Paris

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Travel at 200 miles per hour aboard France’s TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) high-speed train to the Burgundian town of Dijon. An expert guide will introduce us to the sites and culture of this charming town. Explore the historic city center, which will introduce you to the Darcy Garden, the Covered Market, the Dukes' Palace and Notre Dame Church. Luncheon is served in Dijon at the remarkable Hotel Particulier Maleteste. Have time to explore on your own before boarding the TGV to travel back to Paris.

Day 9: Paris

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a guided walking tour in the Latin Quarter. See where revolutionaries lived and met the oldest café in Paris, and the hall where Danton and the radical Cordelier’s club held their debates. Learn of the back-story of Dr. Guillotin’s sinister “razor” and that of Marat, stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday. This evening join fellow travelers for a Farewell reception and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Today, journey in comfort aboard a regional train as we travel to the historic town of Rouen, the capital of Normandy. An expert guide will meet the train and lead us to the landmark the Gros Horloge. Continue to see the Rouen Cathedral of Notre Damemade famous by Monet in his 28 studies of color and light. Hear the haunting story of heroic Joan of Arc, before returning to Paris by rail.

Day 11: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

“Contemporary France” will be the subject of a morning lecture. An escorted tour detailing the history of Paris under German occupation is scheduled. Learn how the Parisians survived the dark years of the occupation from 1940-44 on this walk in the area of the Champs Elysées. Learn the stories of daily life, the Gestapo, the Resistance and the Liberation. See the traces of the last street battle on Rue de Rivoli and the Hotel Meurice where General Von Choltitz surrendered the German forces. See the Jeu de Paume Museum, where Rose Valland's heroic endeavors saved priceless artworks from Nazi plunder. We contrast instances of collaboration with accounts of magnificent courage displayed by French and foreigners alike in the face of arrest and deportation. We will celebrate with Ernest Hemingway the liberation of the Ritz Hotel and stride with Charles de Gaulle down the Champs Elysées. The remainder of the day is free of planned activities to continue your exploration of Paris.

Day 12: Depart for the U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

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

Dates & Pricing
Checking price

Price From

$ 4,190

Price Per Day:

$ 349 per day
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Tour Manager, and local guides throughout the tour.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary, including special welcome and farewell dinners
  • 20 Paris Metro tickets per person
  • Paris Museum Pass for two consecutive days provides free entry without waiting for as many times as you wish including 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris.
  • All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted.
  • Baggage handling for one bag plus one carry-on bag per person.
Trip Excludes
  • Round-trip international airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operator in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Paris
End City
Paris

Trip ID#: parcitsmi

×
Great Choice!

You can access members-only savings of up to $700 on over 6,000 Stride Select trips.

Sign in to see trip eligibility

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Tours & Operators on Stride Awarded and Featured by:

  • National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure
  • Outside, The New York Times
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!