Paris Immersion

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MAY 26 - JUN. 6, 2016 From $3,495
Paris, Dijon, Rouen
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Paris Immersion

MAY 26 - JUN. 6, 2016
Paris, Dijon, Rouen

Experience an unprecedented program of cultural immersion in the City of Lights. See the best of Paris and provincial France while residing in your own apartment in the heart of the 12th arrondissement. Take a cruise down the Seine, tour the Palais Garnier opera house and spend a day exploring the opulent Château de Versailles. Journey by high-speed train to historic Rouen in Normandy, and the Burgundian town of Dijon. This unique opportunity includes excursions, accommodations in a quaint Parisian neighborhood, Metro tickets so you can travel through Paris like a local, a museum pass and ample independent leisure time to pursue your individual interests.

Cost: From $3,495
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Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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  • Make Paris your own while enjoying 10 nights of apartment-style living.
  • Embrace personality-packed neighborhoods during three walking excursions through Le Marais, the Latin Quarter and historic sites of WWII Paris.
  • Deepen your understanding of Paris’ history and culture during four insightful lectures.
  • Bypass long entrance lines with the Paris Museum Pass.
  • Venture beyond Paris during three excursions to outlying towns, including Versailles, Dijon and Rouen.
  • Cruise the Seine and see some of the most famous sites in Paris.
  • Travel like a local by Métro and TGV, France’s famed high-speed train.
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • What a great adventure – would like to do it over again – we did live like Parisians for two weeks - we still say bonjour to each other in the morning!"
    Don and Jackie ’65 Payne

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DAY 1 | May 26. In Transit
Depart for Paris, France.

DAY 2 | May 27. Paris
Upon arrival in Paris, transferA to the Adagio Bercy, located in the Bercy Village near the Seine, Parc de Bercy and the convenient Cour Saint-Emilion Métro station.
Become acquainted with the easy-to-use Paris Métro system this afternoon before taking a walking tour of the Bercy neighborhood. This evening, gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
(D)

DAY 3 | May 28. Paris
Educational Focus: The History of Paris. Enjoy a historic perspective before venturing into the city.
Excursion: Le Marais. Marais means “marsh,” but this neighborhood is much more elegant than its name. Explore the heart of artistic and cultural life in Paris on a walking tour of this intimate neighborhood, once the nucleus of Jewish life.
(B)

DAY 4 | May 29. Paris
Excursion: The French Revolution. Learn about the French Revolution as you explore the Latin Quarter with a guide. Named for the scholars who spoke Latin in this intellectual hub, the quarter is filled with history. See the hall where Danton and the radical Cordeliers’ club held their debates, visit the oldest café in Paris and hear about the guillotine and the death of Marat.
Excursion: Paris by Boat. This morning, board a river boat and cruise the Seine. Glide past the Tuileries Gardens, Île de la Cité, Notre-Dame and Île Saint-Louis, and see the iconic Eiffel Tower.
(B)

DAY 5 | May 30. Paris
Educational Focus: The Treasures of the Louvre. Constructed as a fortress in the 12th century and rebuilt as a royal residence in the 16th century, the Louvre is home to arguably the world’s greatest art collection. Learn about the museum and the best way for you to approach it during this valuable lecture.
Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is at leisure. Using your Paris Museum Pass, visit the Louvre and see its iconic masterpieces. Afterward, stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries or sneak away to Palais-Royal, one of Paris’ most romantic gardens.
(B)

DAY 6 | May 31. Paris
Educational Focus: The Treasures of D’Orsay. The famous Musée d’Orsay showcases French art of the 1800s and early 1900s, including works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin. Enjoy an expert overview of the museum and the impressionist movement.
Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is at leisure. Enter the Musée d’Orsay with insider insights and your Paris Museum Pass. Admire the impressionist masterpieces at your leisure. After, stroll along the Seine and see the Palais Bourbon, the home of the French National Assembly.
(B)

DAY 7 | June 1. Dijon
Excursion: Bourgogne. Travel on the TGV, France’s high-speed train, to Dijon, capital of Burgundy, to discover the town’s landmarks, including stately stone mansions, a trio of churches and half-timbered homes from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Local Flavor: Take a break for lunch at a historic home in Dijon.
Independent Exploration: Enjoy some time at leisure before returning to Paris.
(B,L)

DAY 8 | June 2. Paris
Independent Exploration: The day is at leisure. Enjoy exploring on your own. Visit one or two of the city’s museums or explore more of the city’s many gardens and parks. Spend some time browsing through Paris’ famous department stores and boutiques.
(B)

DAY 9 | June 3. Rouen
Excursion: Rouen. Journey to the ancient city of Rouen, the capital of Normandy, aboard the regional train. An expert guide leads us past half-timbered houses along medieval Rue du Gros-Horloge and to Cathédrale Notre-Dame, painted repeatedly by Claude Monet, who was fascinated by the play of light on its towering façade. Hear the haunting story of Joan of Arc, who was burned at the stake in Rouen’s central square in 1431.
Local Flavor: Enjoy a dinner of French cuisine at a restaurant in Paris.
(B,D)

DAY 10 | June 4. Paris
Educational Focus: Contemporary France. Learn about issues and events shaping modern France.
Excursion: World War II Paris. Learn about occupied Paris during World War II. Take a walking tour of the city’s historic sites, and discover how Parisians lived under the watch of the Gestapo and German military. Hear about the people who formed the Resistance and stories of their fight to free France from German control.
Independent Exploration: Make the most of an afternoon at leisure.
(B)

DAY 11 | June 5. Versailles
Excursion: Versailles. Explore France’s grandest palace, including the Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed. The baroque chateau was the seat of the royal court from 1682 until 1789. A headset rental is included so that you can explore at your own pace. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
(B,D)

DAY 12 | June 6.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your journey home.
Note: Due to operational conditions, the order of events in this itinerary will vary depending upon your travel dates. A date specific itinerary will be sent to you prior to departure.
(B)

Accommodations
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ADAGIO PARIS BERCY VILLAGE
Feel right at home in your own Parisian pied-à-terre. The Adagio Paris Bercy Village features 142 apartments with equipped kitchens, bathtubs and other amenities that are hard to find in European accommodations. Wi-Fi also is available. The one-bedroom units have separate living rooms. The Adagio is just steps from the Parc de Bercy, the banks of the Seine and the shops and restaurants of Bercy Village, which is connected to the Cour Saint-Emilion Métro station. The hotel is a short Métro ride from Gare de Lyon and Gare Saint-Lazare, the termini for two of France’s national rail routes.

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Pricing: $3,745 – $4,245
AHI Travel

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • What a great adventure – would like to do it over again – we did live like Parisians for two weeks - we still say bonjour to each other in the morning!"
    Don and Jackie ’65 Payne

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

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Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • What a great adventure – would like to do it over again – we did live like Parisians for two weeks - we still say bonjour to each other in the morning!"
    Don and Jackie ’65 Payne