See Versailles, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower on Tour of the City of Lights
Every visitor to Paris eventually finds the historic Seine River, which bisects the city on its route from Dijon in the Alps out to the English Channel. Centuries-old bridges span the iconic waterway, linking the once-bohemian Left Bank to the Right Bank. Several of Paris' most revered attractions sit directly on the riverfront, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame, which is located on the Seine’s oblong-shaped isle called Île de la Cité. Travelers visiting Paris on Lost Travel Tours' four-day, three-night adventure will see the city by way of the Seine. On the first night, they’ll take an evening cruise down the river for a romantic introduction to the City of Lights. View the full itinerary.
Day 1: Travelers arrive in the morning, and check into the Hotel Belloy Saint-Germain, a boutique hotel near La Sorbonne, close to the heart of the city. After lunch, the group heads to the Rodin Museum, and then on to the Eiffel Tower to snap a few photos and ascend the more-than-1,000-foot-tall structure. The evening culminates with a cruise up the Seine River. Guests have the rest of the night for independent exploration.
Day 2: In the morning, head to Notre Dame cathedral to ride to the top of its towers for an up-close glimpse of its iconic gargoyles. Across the square, follow the steps down into the Archaeological Crypt, where you can explore subterranean Paris. Nearby, the gothic-style La Sainte-Chapelle—the only surviving building from the House of Capet palace—glimmers in the sunlight with its massive stained-glass windows. The afternoon includes a trip to the world-renowned Musee d'Orsay, with an extensive collection of impressionist paintings from Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Edouard Manet. Spend the evening at your leisure.
Day 3: Behold the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, and thousands of other masterpieces at the Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world. The rest of the day is open, but Lost Travel Tours guides recommend a visit to the original Bohemian quarter of Montmartre, where you'll find cobblestone streets, windmills, vineyards, and Parisian cafés, as well as the white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
Day 4: A short trip outside the city is Versailles, the French royal palace built during the 17th and 18th centuries and the center of the country’s political power until the French Revolution in 1789. Explore the ornate estate's rooms, including Marie Antoinette's bedroom and the famed Hall of Mirrors. Outside, the Versailles gardens sprawl in all directions, with manicured shrubs, spewing fountains, and winding pathways.
If there's enough time, stop by the Queen's Hamlet, a rustic country village back in Versailles's gardens. Marie Antoinette ordered the construction of the charming, rural cottages so she could have a place to escape the refinery of palatial life and the snobbery of royal dairy cows. Later that evening, guests return home via Charles de Gaulle International Airport.