Exploring Paris Tour: Suggested Four-Day Itinerary
Day One (Outward): Local pick-up
to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in Paris (3* B&B for three nights). Check-in & evening free.
Day Two (Paris):From its beginnings as a tribal settlement, Paris has undergone many changes as a result of population growth & urbanisation. Explore how Paris has met these challenges with a tour taking you from La Défense to the heart of the city:
La Défense: The new Commercial & Banking District (CBD) reflects the modern face of Paris. Find out about Paris' arrondisements, urban zoning & transport system.
La Grande Arche: This iconic structure marks the end of the historical east-west axis of Paris, running from the Louvre along the Champs-Élysées to La Défense.
Paris Story Exhibition: Discover the history & geography of Paris through a spectacular 3D presentation & interactive model of the city.
Haussmann's Paris: The 19th century modernisation of Paris including the grand boulevards, provide inghe perfect setting for the city's historic monuments & public buildings such as the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Palais Royal & Eiffel Tower.
Île de la Cité: The historic heart of the city where the Parisii tribe chose to settle, now dominated by the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris.
Seine Cruise: See the main sights of Paris lining the banks of the river.
Return to accommodation & evening free.
Day Three (Beaubourg District):Discover this area's history & the issues raised by its regeneration which began in the 1970s.
Les Halles: The former site of Paris' much-loved food markets, its redevelopment remains controversial.
Pompidou Centre: This arts complex opened in 1977 has been far more successful than anticipated, requiring major renovation to cope with visitor numbers.
Afternoon & evening free time in Paris. Why not visit the Eiffel Tower, explore Montmartre or visit La Villette City of Science & Industry?
Day Four (Return): Depart for Calais & ferry crossing to Dover. Return to your local drop-off point. A hypermarket visit can be included en-route.