Paris never goes out of style. So, let Vantage return you — or introduce you — to this timeless capital on a romantic 3-night extension. You’ll be seduced by the city’s intoxicating allure, where every corner offers the chance to fall in love — whether with the Mona Lisa on a tour of the Louvre, or with the luscious food! You’ll enjoy the best location at Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, as well as the the services of our worldwide Concierge to plan activities and make restaurant reservations. Take advantage of your intercontinental experience and linger a while longer! Embrace the Parisian way of life on this intimate tour in the City of Lights.
Fly to Paris
Fly overnight to Paris, France, arriving on Day 2.
Arrive in beautiful Paris
Welcome to Paris! If you purchased your flight from Vantage, you’ll be met upon arrival at the airport by a Vantage representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After checking in to your chic and central hotel, enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris
The day will begin with a breakfast at the hotel before setting off on a panoramic city tour. Immerse in the beauty of such an emblematic and romantic destination, including photo stops at Trocadero to see the Eiffel Tower up close and the Ile de le Cité, a city-centric island home to Notre Dame Cathedral.
Later, indulge your evening at leisure to mingle among the Parisians, with dinner on your own.
Note: The Champs-Élysées is closed to traffic on Sundays; if your city tour falls on a Sunday, you will have this day free to explore Paris on your own, and enjoy the tour the next day along with your Louvre visit.
See iconic works at the Louvre
Have breakfast at your hotel in the morning, then join in on a guided visit of the iconic Louvre Museum. The Louvre has one of the world's most important art collections, averaging 15,000 visitors per day. First constructed as a fortress in 1190 by King Philippe Auguste to protect Paris against Viking raids, it was then changed into a magnificent Renaissance style building. Throughout the centuries, French kings and emperors have improved and enlarged it, making it the impressive site you see today. With its 800 years of history, the Louvre is not only a museum but a palace with a centuries-old architectural evolution. After exploring some masterpieces like Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and the Wedding Feast of Cana, transfer back to the hotel and have lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, you're free to explore more on your own. There’s a Paris for everyone, whether you’re into haute couture shopping, poking around in flea markets, exploring the Latin Quarter, visiting museums, seeking out artistic treasures, or visiting some of the world’s most recognizable monuments — from the elegant ironwork of the Eiffel Tower to the “inside-out” architecture of the Centre Pompidou.
Transfer to your ship and stop in Metz
Depart the City of Lights and transfer via coach to your ship. On your way to join the base trip, enjoy a lunchtime stop in Metz, one of France's bustling university towns, with charming design and architecture. You'll have a short orientation walk around town with some free time on your own.
Upon arrival at your port, embark your ship and begin your river cruise.
Make the most of your included airfare by adding another wonderful European country to your passport — three nights in magnificent Prague, an elegant, Old World capital of the Czech Republic, boasting many grand castles; and two nights in Bratislava, the delightful capital of Slovakia.
In Prague, you'll enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Jewish Quarter. En route to Bratislava, you'll stop in Brno, Czech Republic for a stroll with your city host.
Then, in the capital city of Bratislava, a Baroque city along the Danube River cruise portion of your journey, you'll be captivated by the many historic treasures on a walking tour. To conclude your journey, you'll stop in the village of Dunaalmas, Hungary for a community hosted lunch, where you can help prepare the meal with guidance from your friendly hosts.
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Dunaalmás community-hosted lunch
Today you’ll transfer from Budapest to Bratislava. Along the way you’ll stop in the small town of Dunaalmás for a community-hosted lunch and strudel-making demonstration. You’ll reach Bratislava afterward and check into your hotel.
Explore Bratislava on a walking tour
Get to know Bratislava today during a wonderful walking tour led by expert local guide. Bratislava is quite compact so it will be easy to explore further on your own this afternoon.
Visit Brno en route to Prague
Transfer from Bratislava to Prague, with a stop in the charming Moravian city of Brno where you will enjoy a walking tour and lunch on your own. Continuing on to Prague, you’ll settle into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own. Afterwards, you can try some of Prague’s famous beer during a pub crawl organized by your City Host.
Prague's Old Town, Jewish Quarter, and Castle District
Your discovery of Prague begins with a walking tour featuring important sites like Kampa Park, the statue-studded Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square with its medieval Town Hall and famed Astronomical Clock. You have a choice of remaining here to explore on your own; or continuing with your City Host to the historic Josefov Jewish Quarter to see the Holocaust Memorial at the Pinkas Synagogue, and the Jewish cemetery which dates to the early 15th century. The area, of course, had a turbulent history, but throughout it all a rich culture thrived here.
Enjoy the rest of the day to explore as you wish. Perhaps you’ll delve into Prague’s avant-garde side, admiring the ironic and bizarre sculptures of David Černý such as the upside down King Wenceslas in the Lucerna palace, the giant crawling babies on the Zizkov Television Tower, or Sigmund Freud hanging off a building by a flagpole.
Explore Prague on your own
This morning, you'll tour Prague Castle. Now the official residence of the President of Czech Republic, it dates back to the 9th century. From here you can return on our coach to your hotel, or stay on to explore some more — you might peer into St. Vitus Cathedral, or the Alphonse Mucha Museum to admire some art nouveau treasures. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Drink and Dinner.
Today you’ll fly home from Prague’s airport.