9:00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Paris.
Drive towards Chartres and explore the famous medieval cathedral which is on UNESCO’s cultural World Heritage list. Its magnificent 12th 13th century stain-glass is well worth the trip!
Chartres is a cathedral that inspires superlatives, and there are few architectural historians who have not waxed lyrical about its soaring aisles and delicate carvings. These tributes are richly deserved, for Chartres is truly one of the greatest of all French Gothic cathedrals. From a distance it seems to hover in mid-air above waving fields of wheat, and it is only when the visitor draws closer that the city comes into view, clustering around the hill on which the cathedral stands. Chartres has been a site of Christian pilgrimage since the Middle Ages. The city is built on the left bank of the Eure River, on a hill crowned by its famous cathedral, the spires of which are a landmark in the surrounding country. You could also visit the following museums: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Grenier de l'Histoire Museum, specializing in military uniforms and accoutrements, Le Centre International du Vitrail, a workshop-museum and cultural center devoted to stained glass art.
Enjoy lunch at leisure in a restaurant suggested by your guide.
After lunch, go to Versailles. You will explore the Château with its glittering Hall of Mirrors that was used by Louis XIV as a council room, and the gardens which where laid out by the great landscape artist Le Nôtre, who managed to perfect the model of formal—or French-style—gardens. The visit includes: the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments, the Trianon, vast mansion-style lodges where Louis XV and Louis XVI liked to work and retire from court life.
6:00 pm: Return to your hotel.