The "City of Light" and grand crus of Burgundy are served up in first-class style, with stays in historic hotels. Spend your first 3 nights in romantic Paris at the Warwick Hotel Paris, in the heart of the city just a short walk from the famed grand boulevard, Champs Elysees. Decorated in classic Louis XV style, this elegant hotel is conveniently located across the street from a Metro station and offers a fitness center, spa and bar. You'll be within easy access of famous sites including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay, and more. The location near the much-photographed Arc de Triomphe puts you in perfect position for a stroll on the famous Champs Elysees, with easy access to other Paris attractions including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the vast art collections of the Louvre. Enjoy shopping for Parisian fashion or spend an afternoon at a sidewalk café, it's all up to you.
Next, focus your sights on Burgundy and wine, heading 3.5 hours southeast from Paris to the heart of the wine-producing region passing vineyards growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Your 3 night stay is at the lovely Château de Gilly, the former 14th century residence of Cistercian monks, with easy access to Château du Clos de Vougeot, the wall-enclosed vineyard known as the epicenter for elite wine lovers. It's a quick drive to Beaune for more wine education and history, and to Dijon, where you can visit the covered market and pick up mustard to bring home. Stop too in the region's small towns where wine has been produced for centuries.
After your wine region experience its back to Paris where you will spend your last night in luxury at the Trianon Palace - A Waldorf Astoria Resort, jus a 45-minute drive southwest of Paris. On your last day, visit Versailles and the extravagant country home of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette.
Go gothic: Chartres' incomparable Gothic cathedral, the first to use flying buttresses and the third largest after Rome's St. Peter's and Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England, is worth the trip alone.
Celebrate art: Paris was home to many of the world's most famous artists and its museums pay homage to their work. Aside from the obvious, the Louvre, make time for smaller museums housed in former hotels de villes including Musee Picasso and Musee de Cluny.
Raise a glass: Join the French in enjoying the local wines (a glass or two with lunch is common!) and stop into some vineyards while in Burgundy, one of France's main wine producing regions well known for making both red and white wines.
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The Château de Gilly, former residence of the Cistercian Monks, is located two minutes from the famous village of Vougeot at the heart of the finest wine ("Grand Cru") producing area in Burgundy, between Dijon and Beaune. Regional attractions also include Dijon Cathedral and Palais des Ducs. There are three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Burgundy – The Basilica of Saint Mary-Madeleine, Cistercian Abbey at Fontenay and the Priory church of Charite-sur-Loire. If you find French wine culture fascinating, it's worth visiting the Château du Clos de Vougeot to see the wine-making process.
This majestic chateau-hotel has preserved its authentic 14th and 16th century character, reflected in its moats, French-style gardens, and dining room with magnificent vaulted ceiling. Overlooking the River Vouge and stepped in history with impressive architectural features, it boasts a gourmet restaurant and beautiful parkland grounds. The Le Clos Prieur Restaurant was originally the cellar for the Cistercian monks of Gilly. Here they kept casks and barrels filled with wine from the Clos de Vougeot vines. The 48 elegant guestrooms are decorated in keeping with their location, with modern comforts (including complimentary wireless Internet access), plus beautiful views over the French garden, villa or River Vouge. Onsite, guests will enjoy the swimming pool, tennis court, fishing, croquet, and wine tasting, and nearby they'll find golf, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, horseback riding and a variety of local vineyards.
Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is located on the edge of the Royal Domain of Versailles in a tranquil, three-acre wooded park featuring centuries-old trees and lush gardens. Less than a mile from Louis XIV's world famous Chateau de Versailles and only 30 minutes by car from the heart of Paris you are just minutes from world-famous cultural attractions and several highly-acclaimed golf courses.
Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - an exceptional woodland retreat nestled on the edge of the tranquil Royal Domain. Steeped in tradition yet thoroughly contemporary, this high-design hotel features gourmet dining and an exclusive spa.
Witness the splendour of France's leading luxury retreat at Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Situated less than a mile from the world famous Chateau de Versailles, and only 20 kilometres outside Paris, this fashionable Chateau de Versailles hotel recently benefitted from an artful, full-scale redesign, adding an air of tasteful, modern elegance to our atmosphere of regal luxury. Find solitude among centuries-old trees and lush, vivid gardens, newly updated by famous landscape designer Louis Benech. Experience a splendid reflection of our palatial surroundings within the sumptuous style and decor. Enjoy indulgent features, from lavishly appointed accommodation and an exquisite French restaurant by legendary Chef Gordon Ramsay, to the Spa Guerlain with a hammam, steam rooms and a beautiful, heated, indoor swimming pool. Yet even with these special comforts, it is our personalised level of service that sets us apart from the standard Paris Versailles hotels.
This elegant 4-star hotel is located 1200 feet from the world-famous Avenue des Champs Elysées, a marvel of Empire-style decoration. With its cinemas, cafés, luxury specialty shops and clipped horse chestnut trees, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is one of the most famous streets and one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world. The Metro Station Saint-Philippe-du-Roule located across from the hotel provides easy access to the Eiffel Tower. The Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau are both half a mile from the hotel.
This classic-style building stands on eight floors and will charm you, thanks to its warm setting and refined atmosphere. The facade hides a vast interior garden around which the majority of the rooms are located. Upon entering its grand revolving doors under the glass canopy overhead, you enter the light and spacious lobby. The hotel boasts a newly opened bar, breakfast room and business center. The hotel front desk is open 24 hours a day and offers Clefs d'Or Concierge service. Baggage storage and laundry service are also available. The 106 rooms and suites are decorated in a Louis XV style, offering high-standard amenities such as air conditioning, hairdryer and satellite television. All rooms are serviced by an elevator and some overlook the hotel’s courtyard. The Rochester’s spa is decorated in colorful mosaic tiles and offers massage and hammam treatments.
Known as the "City of Lights," Paris is one of the most romantic, enchanting cities in the world, so it's not surprising it's also the world's number one tourist destination. Visit famous attractions such as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame, wander through the most famous museum in the world (the Louvre), stroll the Champs Elysees, shop for Parisian fashion or just spend some time sitting in a charming sidewalk café. A large part of Paris, including the River Seine, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Eiffel Tower: The most recognizable symbol of France – and one of the most famous structures in the world – is this 1,063-foot-tall iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars. Built in 1889 for a World's Fair, the tower has three levels for visitors with restaurants and excellent viewpoints.
Notre Dame de Paris: Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France (and Europe), this Catholic cathedral dates from 1163. It is most noteworthy for its five bells, including the great Emmanuel, located in the South Tower and weighing just over 13 tons. The cathedral was the inspiration for Victor Hugo's famous novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame."
Arc de Triomphe: In the middle of the busiest traffic circle in Paris is this massive and much photographed Roman arch, which was built to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. Underneath lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Centre Georges Pompidou: Built in the 1970s, and a high tech architecture curiosity, the Centre Georges Pompidou houses a vast library and a center for music and acoustic research, but the star attraction here is the Musée National d"art Moderne, which holds some 40,000 works of 20th- and 21st-century art. The center is also home to many temporary exhibits.
Musée du Louvre: The world's largest palace and the most visited museum in the world is home to one of the greatest art collections of all time. Pass through the ultramodern (and ultra controversial) 69-foot glass pyramid to get your tickets, and then you'll have access to more than 35,000 treasures, including the Mona Lisa.
Musée d’Orsay: Across from the Louvre on the left bank of the Seine, an old Beaux-Arts rail station has been converted into one of the world's great museums Some 80 galleries contain furniture, photographs, architectural models and other art objects, plus the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world. Here's where you'll find Monet, et al.
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur: The white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart is located on the highest point in the city, the summit of Montmartre hill. The interior is decorated with mosaics and the stained glass windows, which were shattered during the struggle for Paris in 1944, have all been restored. Many artists have worked in the surrounding community of Montmartre, including Dalí, Monet, Picasso and van Gogh.
Sainte-Chapelle: Visit this tiny, remarkable chapel when the sun is shining through the stained class and you'll see why countless writers have called it a "jewel box." The last surviving structure of what was a royal palace in the heart of the city, the chapel was commissioned by King Louis IX in the 13th century to hold his collection of Passion Relics.
Parc de la Villette: This popular city park has a lake, gardens, and plenty of space for outdoor activities. On the periphery of the park lies the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the largest science museum in Europe.
Monet's Garden at Giverny: Monet's home and the garden that was the subject of his Water Lillies series is now a popular tourist attraction, particularly in the summer when the flowers are in bloom. Fittingly, in the nearby village of Giverny is an Impressionist art museum.
Musée National du Château de Fontainebleau: About 35 miles from the center of Paris is Fontainebleau, a town favored as a weekend getaway for Parisians. Of most interest to tourists is the 16th-century royal chateau that was loved by Napoleon and now contains restored period rooms and many treasured paintings.
Disneyland Paris: In the eastern suburbs of the city is Disneyland Paris, a Euro Disney-owned attraction that features two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. It's Europe's most visited tourist attraction.
Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (Beaune): Set in an antique building in Beaune is the Hôtel-Dieu, which served as a nunnery, hospital and retirement home over the years. A museum displays Flemish-Burundian art, while a "Room of the Poor" features timbered vaulting and authentic furnishings.
Musée du Vin de Bourgogne (Beaune): Located in a mansion once belonging to the Dukes of Burgundy, this museum traces the evolution of the region's winemaking. Tools, art objects, and documents from the 15th-century and 16th-century are categorized by period, and there is also a 14th-century press house with a collection of wine presses.
Vézelay (Burgundy): The town of Vézelay sprung up in the 9th century when the Benedictines were given land to turn into a monastery. Today, the town and its 11th-century Basilica are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. White wines are produced in vineyards here, some of which are believed to have been established by the Monastery in the ninth century.
Château du Clos de Vougeot (Burgundy): Constructed in the 12th century by Cistercian monks who were in need of wine for church ceremonies, and also wanted to make a diplomatic offering, this wall-enclosed vineyard is known as the epicenter for Burgundy's elite wine lovers. Admire the chateaus cellars and collection of 13th century grape presses, or come by in November for an annual three-day festival, Les Trois Glorieuses.