Art, Architecture & Culture in Paris, 20 Sep 2020

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Discover Paris with IFC. Marvel at what you see and hear on our “Best of Paris” City Tour stopping at the world famous Arc de Triomphe to see it wrapped by Christo. This work of art will be on view for only 16 days in September2020. Admire the Arc as it is wrapped in 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue, and 7,000 meters of red rope. There is much to see and do in this wonderful city: Notre Dame, Champs Élysées, Sacre Coeur, Eiffel Tower, grandiose Place de la Concorde and much, much more. The shops such as Galeries Lafayette and the smart arcaded rue de Rivoli are legendary. We visit the Louvre - home of the most well-known painting in the world, the Mona Lisa; the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Botticelli exhibition at the Musee Jacquemart Andre. Stay in Paris throughout, in a comfortable 4-star hotel in Montmarte.

Inclusions

• Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes • Three nights in the four-star Mercure Paris Montmarte with breakfast • Welcome lunch in a typical Parisian restaurant • Highlights of Paris sightseeing tour by coach viewing the Arc de Triomphe Wrapped by Christo • Visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton • Guided tour of the Louvre • Visit the Botticelli Exhibition at the Musee Jacquemart Andre • Departure lunch in a French Bistro • Private transfers and guide according to the programme

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Paris. Flying with Aer Lingus, flight departs Dublin at 09:50 and arrives into Paris airport at 12:40. (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)

On arrival in Paris, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 4* Mercure Paris Montmarte Sacre Coeur Hotel where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

Lunch on arrival.

Your hotel:

The Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur is located in the district of Montmartre district of Paris. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the hotel. The hotel’s bar “L’Atelier” serves snacks and drinks. The Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur is within walking distance of the stunning sights of the Montmartre district and is just 1.2 km from the Sacré Coeur and a short walk from the famous Montmartre Cemetery. The nearest Metro stop is Place de Clichy, 240 m away and provides direct access to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées.

The afternoon and is evening is at your leisure. Perhaps try dinner in your hotel or sample one of Paris’s many wonderful restaurants.

Day 2

This morning, we take a morning excursion to La Défense: Europe’s largest business district which extends over three municipalities in the Paris region – Courbevoie, Puteaux and Nanterre. This modern landscape is dotted with 60 art works, including significant pieces such as: Shelomo Selinger’s “La danse”, a series of 35 sculpted planting boxes spreading over the 3,600-sq.m; Alexander Calder’s “L'Araignée Rouge”, a 15-metre-high sculpture; Yaacov Agam’s monumental fountain; A Miró sculpture - Takis’s pool dotted with “traffic light” poles, marking the eastern end of the pedestrian concourse; Raymond Moretti’s “La Cheminée” – a 32-metre-high “chimney” made up of hundreds of coloured tubes and César Baldaccini’s 12-metre sculpture “Le pouce”. But perhaps the most famous building of La Défense is “La Grande Arche”; The Arche is in the shape of a cube with a width, height and depth of 110 m (360 ft). It was inaugurated in July 1989, with grand military parades that marked the bicentennial of the French Revolution.

We then continue to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, just a stone's throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation. It opened its doors on 27 October 2014. The Foundation's exceptional contemporary art collections are exhibited in an architectural gem designed by the American Frank Gehry. This visionary architect has revolutionised the use of glass and created previously unimagined shapes to produce a unique and innovative light and airy building. In addition to the artistic and architectural richness of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the visitor is also afforded wonderful panoramic views from the various terraces of the building. Please note that this will be an individual visit allowing you to explore independently as guided tours are not allowed.

Lunch at leisure.

In the afternoon, we visit one of the most famous museums in the world with one of the most famous paintings of the world: the Mona Lisa at Louvre where your guide will show you the highlights of the museum. The Louvre is part of the historical east-west-axis of Paris and has become an unmissable monument of Parisian architecture. The museum houses western works of art dating from the Middle Ages to 1848, as well as collections of ancient oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations, as well as graphic and Islamic arts. From room to room, the former royal palace reveals its masterpieces to the public: the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa, the Venus de Milo, and The Winged Victory of Samothrace. With its eight hundred year old history, the Louvre has been influenced by numerous architectural trends, from the medieval fortress of the 12th century to the glass pyramid by Pei. The latest addition, housing the Islamic arts section, was designed by architects Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti. The undulating glass canopy covers the Visconti courtyard, flooding the 2,800 m² new wing with light.

Evening at leisure.

Day 3

This morning, meet your local guide and fellow travellers for your ‘Highlights of Paris’ city tour. See the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées, the River Seine and learn all about Paris’s historic landmarks. Your guide will also show you further architectural highlights such as Opera Bastille, the Ministry of Finance as well as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. All of them are so-called “Grands Projets” of Francois Mitterrand. The Louvre Pyramid and the Grande Arche belong also to these “Grands Projects”. And of course you will see the Arc de Triomphe – famously wrapped by Christo!

In the afternoon, visit “Botticelli” exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André. This museum presents collections of art that are worthy of great museums in a magnificent Second Empire mansion. Often compared to the Frick Collection in New York, it has maintained its mansion atmosphere, making it quite unique in Paris. This museum lets visitors discover 19th century living areas: ceremonial rooms, monumental stairways, winter garden, private apartments and more. Edouard André, a 19th century collector, and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, a renowned portrait artist, travelled across Europe and the East to acquire rare works of art and furniture. The collections are some of the most remarkable in France: and include works from Flemish and German schools, detached frescoes, refined furniture and tapestries with the first floor is devoted to Italian art during this period.

Evening at leisure.

Day 4

Day at leisure to explore independently. Flight departs Paris at 17:00 and arrives Dublin 17:40 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)

Accommodation

Your hotel: Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur

The Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur is located in the district of Montmartre district of Paris. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the hotel. The hotel’s bar “L’Atelier” serves snacks and drinks. The Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur is within walking distance of the stunning sights of the Montmartre district and is just 1.2 km from the Sacré Coeur and a short walk from the famous Montmartre Cemetery. The nearest Metro stop is Place de Clichy, 240 m away and provides direct access to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées.

  Cost per person: €1,079pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 20 September 2020

Single Supplement €330

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