Today's excursion will start at Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine thought to be the site of the original settlement in Paris. Your tour starts with the Conciergerie built in the 14th century. During the French Revolution, nearly 3,000 prisoners, including Marie Antoinette, spent their last days here before heading to the Guillotine. You’ll visit nearby Sainte-Chapelle as well. Built by Louis IX to store the crown of thorns and a piece of the true cross, more than two-thirds of the original stained glass windows remain despite damage during the revolution. After touring the church, you’ll walk to the Louvre and have lunch at Le Café du Monde, where chefs cook fresh meals based on what you want to eat, whether it’s French, Moroccan, Vietnamese, or what have you. After lunch, spend the afternoon viewing some of the great works displayed at the Louvre, complete with a private guide who will ensure you get up close and personal with The Wedding at Cana by Veronese, Coronation of Napoleon by David, the Venus de Milo and, of course the Mona Lisa by DaVinci. For dinner this evening, we recommend the classic seafood brasserie, Le Dome. With the freshest seafood in Paris, they’re best known for their oysters, but you can’t go wrong ordering anything that at one point lived in the sea.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodations: The Madison Hotel