France 2001

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St. Charles County Community College’s
Study Tour in France


May 18 – 29, 2001
Relive our adventure in France!

Brief Itinerary
Detailed Itinerary
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Brief Itinerary

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Friday, May 18: ST. LOUIS – PARIS

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Saturday, May 19: PARIS

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Sunday, May 20th: PARIS

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Monday, May 21: PARIS (OPTIONAL VERSAILLES)

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Tuesday, May 22: PARIS

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Wednesday, May 23: LOIRE VALLEY

bullet Thursday. May 24: LOIRE VALLEY - BRITTANY
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Friday, May 25th: BRITTANY - MONT-SAINT-MICHEL - ST-MALO

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Saturday, May 26: NORMANDY – GIVERNY - PARIS

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Sunday, May 27: PARIS

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Monday, May 28: PARIS

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Tuesday, May 29: PARIS – ST. LOUIS

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Detailed Itinerary

Friday, May 18: ST. LOUIS – PARIS

Depart St. Louis in the evening and fly through the night to Paris. (TWA non-stop service)

Saturday, May 19: PARIS

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by your Prométour escort and transferred to your downtown Paris hotel by deluxe motorcoach.

Check in at your hotel in the LATIN QUARTER. Take a little time to unpack and recover from jet-lag.

Notre Dame CathedralAfter lunch enjoy a gentle walking tour of the Latin Quarter with your escort: you will see the renowned Luxembourg Gardens, la Sorbonne, the Panthéon, the book stalls along the Seine and the Île de la Cité.

Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the magnificent religious edifice which is one of the supreme masterpieces of French gothic art.

Dinner in the Latin Quarter is included tonight.

Sunday, May 20th: PARIS

Begin your day with a guided bus tour of Paris. Discover the most famous monuments: the Champs Élysées, Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe, les Invalides, the Eiffel Tower…TR00243A.gif (2486 bytes)

Finish your tour in Montmartre, the highest point in Paris Have lunch at the Place du Tertre and spend the rest of your afternoon in the neighbourhood, one of Paris’ historical quarters. Visit the famous Sacré-Coeur Basilica and enjoy the magnificent view!

Later in the afternoon, you will take the métro to the Opéra district. Here you will attend "Paris Story", a wonderful multimedia presentation which presents the 2000 year history of this magnificent City of Lights !

In the evening, free time and dinner on your own.

Monday, May 21: PARIS (OPTIONAL VERSAILLES)

Enjoy a free morning or go on the optional tour:

OPTIONAL VERSAILLES TOURS

Min 15 participants : 20$ per person by RER

Depart for Versailles, the extravagant château built by the Sun King, Louis XIV. Visit the opulent Grand Apartments, the Opera, the Royal Bedrooms and the Grand and Petit Trianon.

Walk in the elegantly landscaped park, a masterpiece of the art of French landscape gardening with its fountains and statues.

Musée du Louvre This afternoon, discover the Musée du Louvre on a guided tour. You will see the Galleries' masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory.

In the evening, free time and dinner on your own.

Tuesday, May 22: PARIS

After breakfast, visit the magnificent Musée d'Orsay and its collections of 19th and 20th century paintings, sculptures and furniture. Degas, Rousseau, Manet, Monet, Van Gogh…

After lunch, Paris is in your hands: take the rest of the day to explore a neighborhood or indulge your shopping fantasies.

Or – late afternoon and evening:

OPTIONAL EIFFEL TOWER / SEINE CRUISE EVENING

Please add 30$ (includes dinner)

Follow your guide to the Eiffel Tower on the Champs-de-Mars. Enjoy the view of Paris from the very top.

Then cross the Seine to Trocadéro Square. Visit the gardens before having dinner near the river.

Then you will board a glass- topped bateau mouche, where you can enjoy an illuminated guided cruise on the River Seine

Otherwise, free time and dinner on your own.

 

Wednesday, May 23: LOIRE VALLEY

After breakfast, leave for the Loire Valley, about 3 hours from Paris.

En route, stop at Chartres for your pilgrimage to one of the world’s finest gothic monuments. The breathtaking Cathedral is known for its superb medieval architecture and stained glass windows.

Visit the splendid and imposing Château de Chambord: the Loire's largest castle, with 440 rooms and 365 chimneys.

Then, visit the Château Chenonceau overlooking the Cher River, world-famous for the beauty of its Renaissance architecture.

Dinner in the area before check-in at your hotel in Blois.

Enjoy a wonderful Sound and Light Show at the château de Blois.

Overnight at your hotel in Blois.

Thursday. May 24: LOIRE VALLEY - BRITTANY

Breakfast at the hotel then depart for the majestic Gothic Château d'Amboise.KPatton's "Boats at Chambord"

Then head to the town of Saumur for some free time and lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, depart for Brittany and check-in near Carnac.

Visit the mysterious prehistoric stone formations at Carnac.

Enjoy a lobster dinner in a nice restaurant in the area.

Night accommodation near Carnac.

Friday, May 25th: BRITTANY - MONT-SAINT-MICHEL - ST-MALO

This morning head north across the Brittany peninsula toward the English Channel.

En route stop and visit the Josselin Château.

Visit the 1000 year-old Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the eight wonder of the World ! A masterpiece of architecture rising from a rock surrounded by sea and sand. Enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey.

Then head to St-Malo, a charming walled city on the coast.

Upon arrival in St-Malo, enjoy some free time and then a nice dinner

Night accommodation in the old town.

Saturday, May 26: NORMANDY – GIVERNY - PARIS

After breakfast, drive to Bayeux to have a look at the Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde, depicting the Norman conquest of England.

Visit the famous D-Day beaches and the Memorial Museum of Caen, dedicated to the Great Landing of 1944.

Then, en route to Givemy! There you will visit Claude Monet's house and walk through the gardens which inspired many of his impressionist masterpieces, including the famous water lily canvasses.

Dinner on your own and a return drive to Paris.

Night accommodations at your Paris hotel.

Sunday, May 27: PARIS

Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie to experience Monet’s Water Lilies. See the Tuileries Gardens and the Place de la Concorde, then take a stroll on the most famous avenue in the world, the Champs Élysées !

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Paris at your own pace: shop, browse, explore…

OPTIONAL MOULIN ROUGE CABARET EVENING !!!

                    Please add 80$ per person.

Monday, May 28: PARIS

Enjoy your last free day in Paris. An excursion perhaps? A visit to a monument or museum? This day is yours to spend exactly as you wish.

Tuesday, May 29: PARIS – ST. LOUIS

Transfer to the airport by motorcoach for your non-stop flight home.

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