Depart from the U.S.
The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight
itinerary and airline tickets.
Day 2 - Arrive in Paris / Begin your Pre-Trip Extension
Upon arrival at Paris
Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your
luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area – VBT
representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please note: Make sure
that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps the
representative identify you.
After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for
your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your
representative will welcome you to France
and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van (approximately 60 minutes
depending upon traffic) to your Paris
hotel. At this time, please verify with your airport representative the time of
your transfers to the Paris Gare du Nord train station for your train to Amsterdam. Important: If
you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the CDG
Airport, please call 06 72 07 59 24 or
06 15 15 15 25 from within France.
Outside of France,
call +33 672 07 59 24 or +33 615 15 15 25.
VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel
Booklet that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Paris. Use the rest of the day to relax or to begin exploring Paris.
Day 3 - Independent exploration of Paris
Today, see for yourself why the City of Light has inspired poets, lovers, emperors
and artists for centuries. Visit Montmartre
and its charming cafés and artists' colony. Here, too, is the Moulin Rouge,
made famous by Toulouse-Lautrec in his vivid and colorful artworks. Or venture
to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité for a gargoyle's view
of the city. You have plenty of time to stop at the Eiffel Tower
or the magnificent museums, like Musee Picasso or the Musee d'Orsay. Take a
stroll through the Tuileries
Gardens on your way to
the Louvre. You can walk to many of the major sights from your centrally
located, 4-star hotel.
Day 4 - Transfer by train from Paris to
Meet your VBT representative in the hotel lobby. The representative will have a group train
ticket and help you transfer to the Paris Gare du Nord train station, where you
board a train for Amsterdam
(approximately 3 hours). En route, you
will pass through the lovely countryside of northern France,
Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Get off the train at the Schiphol Airport
stop, and take the escalator up into the arrivals hall and meet your transfer
representative from Schiphol Taxi, who will be holding a VBT sign, at the
meeting point – a huge red and white checkered box opposite where you purchase
train tickets. Please use only Schiphol
Taxi, +31 (0)654354601 or +31 (0) 681299101. Transfers provided by any other company
will be at your own expense. You will
then be transferred to your hotel (transfer time is approximately 20 minutes
depending on traffic).
Please note that the hotel check in time is 3:00 p.m. but they
will do their best to get you to your rooms as soon as possible. VBT provides
you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes
recommendations on what to see and do in Amsterdam.
Use the rest of the day to relax or to begin exploring Amsterdam.
VBT Air Package guests will be arriving throughout the day.
At 6:00 p.m., one of your VBT Trip Leaders will meet you in the
lobby of the hotel for a short welcome meeting. Then, try one of Amsterdam's wonderful
restaurants for dinner on your own.