France is a country where every person has dreamt to visit for at least once in her/his life. We give you this chance to visit Paris, the capital of lovers, to see the house and famous garden of Claude Monet in Giverny, when seeing Notre Dame and the Louvre Museum, you’ll be amazed at its magnificence. Besides French cities you’ll have an opportunity to travel to Brugges, Brussels, walk in Dam Square in Amsterdam.
Day 1 Sunday
Arrival in Paris. Hotel check-in. Free time. Optional tour of Paris at night. Overnight stay at a hotel in Paris.
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the capital of lovers, the center of art and palace European architecture. For many centuries, all writers and artists, engineers and artists, sought at least once in their life to visit this wonderful city, see with their own eyes Notre Dame de Paris, walk along Montparnasse Boulevard, sit in the famous cafes of Paris.
The Eiffel Tower is the most famous and recognizable symbol of Paris, a place of pilgrimage for tourists from around the world. Several million people visit the site every year. The tower is a metal structure 324 meters in height with elevators, a viewing platform, restaurants and a lighthouse on top. It was built by Gustav Eiffel and initially served as the entrance to the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.
Notre Dame Cathedral is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture, the most visited cathedral of Paris. It was built in the XII century on the site of the ancient pagan temple of Jupiter. By the middle of the XIV century, work was completed. At the time of the French Revolution, Notre Dame fell into disrepair, but in 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte chose it as a place for his coronation, after which the church’s former significance was partially returned.
Day 2 Monday
Breakfast at the hotel. Moving to Giverny (Normandy). You will see a pond with water lilies, in which Monet painted his great works of art. Moving to Rouen. Walking through the city. On the way, it is possible to arrange a visit to the magnificent resort town of Etretat, located on the Atlantic coast. It was there that one of the most beautiful masterpieces of the Impressionists was born. Accommodation at a hotel in France. Overnight at the hotel.
Giverny is located in Normandy, 65 kilometers from Paris in the direction of Rouen, but it is worth to go there. This is a small picturesque village on the sloping banks of the Seine, with a population of only 540 people. Here the founder of the school of impressionism, the great artist Claude Monet, spent the second half of his life. He considered the garden at Giverny his greatest masterpiece. Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926, trying again and again to display on his canvases how, depending on the time of year, the sun illuminates the garden differently, which he made between the house and the river.
Rouen is one of the largest cities in France, which, among other things, is considered the historical capital of Normandy. In the Middle Ages, the city flourished and prospered in all areas, it was a major commercial and industrial center. During the Second World War, Rouen was heavily destroyed, but some of the historical monuments were saved.
One of the largest cultural centers is the Museum of Joan of Arc. In 1431, a brave virgin was burned on a square located thirty meters from the museum building.
The most beautiful place in Rouen is the Botanical Garden. This is a huge complex, in which there are many different sections and greenhouses. Here you can see a rose garden, stone gardens, rich collections of fuchsias and taxa.
Day 3 Tuesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Moving to Bruges. City tour. Free time. Moving to Brussels. City tour. During a walking tour of the capital of the Belgian kingdom, you will see the Town Hall and the guild houses on one of the most beautiful squares of Europe, the Grand Place, Manneken Pis (Manneken Pis), which became the symbol of Brussels, the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and other sights of the city. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Brussels.
Brussels is the island of the French-speaking population of Flanders, a historical symbol of disobedience to conquerors. The city is built in the shape of a heart. By 1979, Brussels had a thousand-year history.
On one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, Grand Place, in the historic center of Brussels, stands the famous Brussels Town Hall, built in the late Gothic architectural style, one of the most important symbols of the Belgian capital.
One of the most famous and popular attractions in Brussels, Manneken Pis or Manneken Pis is a small bronze sculpture of a boy pissing into a fountain. Several times a week, Manneken Pis is dressed in costumes.
Day 4 Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Moving to Amsterdam. City tour. A visit to the Diamond Factory. Optional boat trips along the canals of Amsterdam are offered. Hotel accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.
During a sightseeing tour of Amsterdam, you will see the picturesque streets, including the historic center of the city - Dam Square. There will be an opportunity to walk past the Central Station building, which stands on nine thousand piles. Next, we will walk along the Monetary Tower, look around the world-famous shopping street Kalverstraat, where the oldest house in Amsterdam is located.
Not only women but also men cannot resist the beauty of precious stones in a diamond cutting factory. You will have a unique opportunity to see the process of cutting the stone and buy your favorite rings, earrings or bracelets right there.
We will finish the excursion by having boat trips along the beautiful canals. Believe me, from here Amsterdam looks even more fabulous. Do not miss the chance to see and learn more about the beautiful city. Whatever time of year you choose, Amsterdam will warmly welcome you and will forever remain in your hearts.
Day 5 Thursday
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time or optional excursion to the cities of Volendam and Zaanse Schans. Five mills adorn the shores of Zaan. They are reminiscent of the times when the productivity of Zaan depended on the strength of the wind. Zaanse Schans is an open-air ethnographic museum where peasants live following age-old customs: they wear picturesque folk costumes and immediately carved clogs (wooden shoes), make cheese according to traditional technology. Well-preserved buildings are a prime example of Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Authentic houses, historic shipyards, windmills attract hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. Today, Volendam is known as an ethnographic tourist center, a symbol of the “true Holland”. Every year more than 2 million travelers come here to see small neat national houses, whose windows are decorated like show windows, ancient churches, cozy romantic streets, beautiful canals, drawbridges and the famous local harbor, where you can meet almost all types of fishing boats and yacht Moving to Antwerp. Walk around the city. Hotel accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.
Because of authentic wooden houses and magnificent mills, it may seem that Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum. But this is not so, because people still live and work here. Thanks to them, the era of the Industrial Revolution comes to life again in this place. Here, on mills and in various workshops, artisans work every day.
Volendam is a former fishing village turned into an international tourist attraction. In the port of this old fishing village you can see a wide variety of fishing boats and yachts. No less famous is the fish auction of Volendam where you can buy delicious smoked eel and the freshest herring.
Antwerp is a beautiful city that occupies a special place among the cities of the Benelux due to its cultural and historical attractions. In its center you can find a huge number of museums and monuments of architecture. The most significant art museum in Antwerp is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and the cathedral is the pinnacle of architecture. Most of the sights are located in the center and can be easily walked around.
Day 6 Friday
Breakfast at the hotel. Moving to Paris. City tour. A visit to the perfume factory Fragonard. Free time. Optional excursion to the famous Louvre Museum. Optional guided tour of Notre Dame de Paris and Latin Quarter. Hotel accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.
On the street Skrib near the Grand Opera is the Museum of perfume "Fragonard", which is the most famous museum of perfumes in the world. This is truly a unique Parisian landmark, which surely occupies a central place among masterpieces like Versailles and the Louvre. But this is not just a famous museum of fragrances, but also the largest center of beauty. This is a real temple of smells. It is here that you will have the opportunity to learn the history of perfume creation, about the main purpose of distillers and all kinds of bottles, about “noses” - people who are able to distinguish hundreds of smells. Nowadays there are only about 400 “noses” in the world, and most of them work in France.
The magnificent Louvre Museum is located in the palace that was once the residence of the French kings. Visitors enter the museum through the glass pyramid of the main courtyard. The museum exposition contains more than 30,000 works of art, from ancient times to medieval art and the work of European artists of the 15th and 19th centuries. It is impossible to cover the entire exhibition in one visit because it is better to focus on each gallery separately. So you can see the legendary Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the years 1503-1505. Fans of art from around the world come here to admire the masterpieces.
Day 7 Saturday
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day. Return to the hotel.
Day 8 Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, an optional excursion to the Montmartre area is organized. Airport transfer.
The hill of Montmartre is known since the times of ancient Rome. It was then that gypsum was found in its depths, which served as the heyday of the area. “The mountain of martyrs” - this is how the name translates from French. The main advantage of Montmartre is its atmosphere - cozy streets, flea markets and small cafes, funny cabarets and galleries of street artists. All this together creates the charm of Paris, for which many go to this city.
Temple Sacre Coeur ("holy heart") can be seen from anywhere in Paris. Its unique white stone does not absorb dirt and shines even in the rain. The majestic and quaint decor combines Roman-Byzantine pomp and gothic severity. Five huge stone domes and a square bell tower make an indelible impression with their power, and from the observation deck offers a magnificent panorama of the city.
Here you can also see the sculpture of “the man passing through the wall”. Unusual sculpture of an accountant in the form of a bronze stuck in the wall is located on Marseille Em Square. Its author is the famous actor Jean Marais. He dedicated it to his friend, the writer Marcel Aime, who wrote a story about a man who knew how to pass through walls.
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