#3 best destination in the world

 

Vieux Nice

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  • Historic part of the city of Nice, a medieval village with narrow streets curving between old, red-tile roofed buildings

 

Eiffel Tower

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  • Iron lattice tower constructed from 1887-1889, as the entrance to the World’s Fair
  • #13 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Initially it was criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design
  • Now it is one of the most recognizable structures in the world
  • 81 stories, it’s the tallest structure in Paris

 

Notre-Dame de Paris

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  • Medieval Catholic cathedral widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture
  • #15 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Contains relics such as the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nail
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Disneyland Paris

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  • Most visited theme park in Europe
  • #20 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • 4,800 acres compasses 2 theme parks, resort hotels, shopping, dining, an entertainment complex, and a golf course
  • Opened in 1992

 

Walt Disney Studios Park

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  • Theme park dedicated to the movies, production, and behind the scenes of show business
  • #21 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Opened in 2002

 

Musée d’Orsay

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  • Museum on the bank of the Seine housed in a railway station built between 1898 and 1914
  • #3 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography
  • Houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world by painters like Monet and Van Gogh

 

Louvre

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  • World’s largest art museum with approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century
  • Most visited art museum in the world
  • Originally a museum housed in the Louvre Palace

 

Seine

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  • River and commercial waterway in Paris
  • 37 bridges within Paris span the river including the Pont Alexandre III

 

Palace of Versailles

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  • Royal château in Versailles that is now a museum
  • Village dating back to the 11th century, now a wealthy suburb of Paris
  • Building the château and maintaining the court there was phenomenally expensive, but did a good deal to establish the dominance of French style and taste in the whole of Europe, giving French luxury manufacturing advantages
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Grande Île (Strasbourg)

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  • Island in the historic center of the city Strasbourg, a medieval city
  • Former home of the city’s tanners, millers, and fishermen
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Mont Saint-Michel

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  • Island commune in Normandy, off the country’s coast
  • The island is 247 acres and houses only 44 people
  • Was a strategic fortification since the 8th century because when the tide came in, it drove off or drowned would-be assailants
  • Exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Carcassonne

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  • Fortified town inhabited since the Neolithic period
  • Located on a key trade route and on a hilltop, which was strategically defensible, the Western Roman Empire occupied the town until its demise
  • In the 5th century, the town was taken over by the Visigoths
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Notre-Dame de la Garde

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  • Catholic basilica built on the foundations of an ancient fort
  • Built in 1864
  • Consists of a Romanesque style crypt carved from the rock, and an upper church of Neo-Byzantine style decorated mosaics

 

Alpana Excursions en Mer Day Tours

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  • Tour boat that goes to the Gulf of Porto to visit the Scandola Nature Reserve, the village of Girolata, and the Calanques de Piana sea excursion

 

Promenade des Anglais

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  • Promenade along the Mediterranean at Nice
  • In the 18th century, the English aristocracy spent winters in Nice
  • In 1820, when a harsh winter brought an influx of beggars to the town, some of the English proposed they work on construction of the walkway
  • The city of Nice was so pleased with the promenade that they increased the scope of the work

 

Normandy D-Day Tours & Sightseeing Shuttles from Bayeux

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  • Guided tours of the American, Canadian, and British D-Day beaches and shuttle services to Le Mont St Michel

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,065

food $44/day x 21 days = $924

hotel $42/day x 19 days = $798

tickets (all attractions) $78

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,865