Paris: grand and intimate: After marveling at masterpieces in the Louvre and strolling the Champs-Elysées, we explore a delightful Parisian neighborhood. We meet a pipe organist, drop by a butcher shop, design our own perfume, and cruise the Seine; Highlights of Paris: from Monet to crème brûlée: We scale the Eiffel Tower, then savor classic treats -- from steak tartare to crème brûlé. We marvel at Monet, Manet and company in the Orsay Gallery, then retrace the city's history from the revolution to its extravagant belle époque; Normandy: war-torn yet full of life: After exploring the half-timbered charm of Rouen, we reflect on Monet's lily ponds, then set up an easel at Honfleur's harbor. We remember sacrifice on the D-Day beaches, and hike with pilgrims to the island abbey of Mont St. Michel; Provence: legendary light, wind and wine: We climb Roman ruins in Nîmes, poke around a papal palace in Avignon, and savor vivid views immortalized by van Gogh in Arles. Crossing acres of lavender and vineyards, we explore the Côtes du Rhône and more wonders of the South of France; French Riviera: uniquely chic: In fairytale Monaco we listen to the graceful reshuffling of personal fortunes at the casino. The we follow in the footsteps of 19th century aristocrats along Nice's promenade des Anglais, and visit the picturesque artist hangouts of Chagall, Matisse and Picasso; France's Alsace" We drive up Alsace's Route de Vin for miles of vineyards, half-timbered villages and feudal fortresses. We travel to Verdun to walk its WWI trenches before visiting Reims Cathedral to marvel at Chagall's stained glass. Our final stop is Epernay, the bubbly birthplace of champagne; Burgundy: profoundly French: If you're looking for the quintessential French culture, you'll be able to savor it in Burgundy. We'll slow down to float on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospital and monastery, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp a few escargot, and eat very, very well; France's Dordogne: The Dordogne River Valley is an unforgettable blend of man-made and natural beauty. We'll gaze at prehistoric art, take an idyllic canoe rise, wander through castles, enjoy a country market, and even visit a foie gras goose farm.