When you have only 10 hours in the City of Light, you have to make the most of it. And on days like this – Day 7 of this Vimy 2012: Beaches and Battlefields Tour – having a great coach driver and tour director is the best way to experience as much as possible.
Ten hours in Paris. It’s unbelievable what can be accomplished in such a short amount of time: The Louvre, a visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe, three different photo stops, taking in the view from atop the Montparnasse Tower, enjoying dinner with the group, a spot of shopping, and ending the evening with a Seine River cruise starting at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
When the tour started, many students said that visiting Paris was surely going to be one of the highlights of the trip. Immortalized in film, song, art and books, Paris has a magnetic ability, drawing in more travellers each year than any other city in the world.
And from the moment the iconic Eiffel Tower first came into sight, the group was thrilled to be in the French capital – and with some decent weather!
Our Dutch driver Annette and our German Tour Director Daniel have done a fantastic job since the tour began in Amsterdam back on April 5. With three smaller groups making up this larger group, they have both worked extremely hard. Their flexibility and cool headedness have definitely helped keep spirits high and things running smoothly (even in the pouring rain).
Making sure students got to see as much of Paris as possible was their mission today and as students disembarked the Seine River Cruise and walked under the lit-up Eiffel Tower, you could tell that Paris was really in their hearts. Even though this was the end of an incredible trip, students were already talking about how and when they might return.