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Experience style and structure in the City of Light

  • 04/13/2019 - 04/19/2019
  • 7 Days
  • Starting price $3,195

Paris offers a fascinating comparative study of architecture and fashion with the two mediums' play of space, movement, form and functional adaptability. In Paris’s distinct neighborhoods, including Le Marais and L’Opera , see how architects and designers have experimented with materials and engineering in response to major historic events.  Discover some of the city’s best architecture and fashion including Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton and Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Meet local architects, designers and academics while exploring a city where architecture and fashion are always on full display.

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Max guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Enjoy an exclusive guided tour with a curator of Musee Yves Saint Laurent.
  • Visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a museum designed by Frank Gehry.
  • Visit the Cité de la mode et du design designed by the Jakob + Macfarlane architectural firm.
  • Marvel at the Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world, and learn about architect I. M. Pei’s contributions to the architecture of the museum.
  • Enjoy visiting Palais Garnier to see the crowning piece of Napoleon III’s renovation of Paris.
  • Explore the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum of the decorative arts and design.
  • Discover Institut du Monde Arabe, and meet with architects from Architecture-Studio.
  • Walk through the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, the museum of architecture and monumental sculpture.

 

More highlights

  • Explore the neighborhoods of historic Le Marais and elegant L’Opera .
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of Paris along the Seine and watch as the illuminated monuments of the city glitter alongside the riverbanks.
  • Admire the city with a view from 58 Tour Eiffel, located about 180 feet above the ground on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.

 

Accommodation

  • Hotel Le Six is a luxury 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Paris. Ideally located in the district of Montparnasse on the Left Bank, Hotel Le Six is ​​nestled on rue Stanislas in a Haussmann-style building. Enjoy authentic Parisian accomodations, walking access to the city’s historic districts, a cozy bar-library under a glass roof, a spa, and a fitness room.

 

Also included

  • 5 nights in accommodations in the 4-star Hotel Le Six
  • 8 meals:  5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • An experienced multilingual Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • All guided visits and entrance fees throughout the program as outlined in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach for select excursions
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for tour director, guides, bus drivers, porters and  restaurant staff for included meals

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility.
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing.
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs.

 

Price

  • $3,195 per person, based on double occupancy.
  • $400 single supplement.
  • A deposit of $500 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space.
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by January 13, 2019.

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees if purchasing a land-only package; baggage fees and excess baggage fees; airport transfer fees (if airfare is not purchased through Go Ahead Tours); passport/visa fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified in the itinerary; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; pre or post-tour extensions; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included. Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change

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Architectural Adventures tours are managed by professional tour operators retained as independent contractors by The American Institute of Architects. To read Architectural Adventures full Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer visit architecturaladventures.org/travel-terms. To read the tour-specific terms and conditions from our tour operator EF / Go Ahead Tours visit architecturaladventures.org/goahead.  

 

Photography credits: Homepage - Fondation Louis Vuitton ©Fred Romero; itinerary - Centre Georges Pompidou ©Thomas Ricker.

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Paris, France
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Arrive in Paris, France

Arrive in Paris and enjoy a reception and welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Le Six
Meals: Reception, Dinner
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The Louvre: where old and new Paris meet

Explore the Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world. Spend free time exploring the many exhibits throughout the building. Learn about architect I. M. Pei’s contributions to the architecture of the museum, including his design of the iconic pyramid entrance. For Pei, the glass pyramid provided a symbolic entry that had historical importance. See portraits of Louis XIV and sections of the Louvre built during his reign to discover how he influenced fashion and architecture in Paris. Head to the historical district, Le Marais and see the Baroque-style and city mansion, Hôtel de Soubise.

Accommodations: Hotel Le Six
Meals: Breakfast
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The Palais Garnier and the Opéra district

Attend a lecture about how urban planning has influenced Parisian architecture through the years at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Learn how Parisian fashion and architecture overlap during a visit to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum of the decorative arts and design. Walk through the beautiful Palais-Royal garden. Visit the stunning opera house, Palais Garnier to see the crowning piece of Napoleon III’s renovation of Paris. Notice the mix of Beaus-Arts, Baroque Revival, and Second Empire architecture in the opera house. Discover the social and architectural impact that his impressionist redesign had on the city.

Accommodations: Hotel Le Six
Meals: Breakfast
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The Eiffel Tower and 20th Century Paris

Learn how fashion and architecture were shaped by the post-war era. Join a curator of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, for an exclusive guided tour of the museum that addresses the history of the twentieth century. Enter the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine museum, a museum of architecture and monumental sculpture, and enjoy free time to explore the exhibits. Head to the iconic Eiffel Tower to enjoy a lunch and architecture tour. Dine above Paris at 58 Tour Eiffel, located about 180 feet above the ground on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Peer down through the transparent glass floor, see an immersive show about the monument, and visit its historic spiral staircase. Awe at the views of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, and learn more about the architecture of this incredible landmark.

Optional Excursion: Concert at Versailles ($155 pp)
Enjoy an evening of music at one of the world’s most beautiful palaces, Versailles. Listen to the summit of composer Bach’s work, The St. Matthew’s Passion, created nearly three centuries ago. The concert is set to take place at the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles. Please note: This optional excursion is available at an additional cost of $155 per person and must be booked by January 13, 2019 (90 days before departure).

Accommodations: Hotel Le Six
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Contemporary Paris

With a focus on contemporary architecture, see how fashion has influenced some the city’s most striking structures. Learn about the architecture in the trendy Gobelins, Le Marais, and Porte Dauphine neighborhoods. See the striking facade of La Cité de la Mode et du Design building that was designed by the Jakob + Macfarlane architectural firm, and is arguably one of the most contemporary monuments of Paris. Spend free time exploring the building, which is home to a variety of ever-changing, fashion-themed installations. See Institut du Monde Arabe, and meet with architects from Architecture-Studio to learn about their innovative dilating facade. Discover how environmental factors and Arabic design influenced the unique look of the building’s façade. Enjoy a guided tour of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a museum designed by Frank Gehry that features a variety of artistic and cultural exhibitions. Board a boat after dinner and coast along the Seine. Watch as the illuminated monuments of the city glitter alongside the riverbanks.

Accommodations: Hotel Le Six
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Depart Paris

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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