NEW FOR 2014 / 2015! New Year's Eve in Paris... wishing Bonne Année 2015 on Saint-Sylvestre, celebrated in France on December 31. The Tauck Paris Event, December 29, 2014 – January 3, 2015, gives you an exclusive insider's glimpse into historic royal stories, art and architectural masterpieces, French culinary secrets and a snapshot of daily life in France's capital city – and a New Year's Eve celebration to remember. During your five night stay at the historic and luxurious InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, in the heart of the city near Place de l'Opéra and Rue St.-Honoré, Parisian stories come to life on daily themed sightseeing tracks. From Lutèce to the Age of Enlightenment explores the history of its Roman and Gothic beginnings to the places of honor and inspiration of the Parisian literati – where they lived, were inspired, and made history. On Napoleon and Josephine, walk in the footsteps of an epic story of power, love, and deception. And on French Film and Fashion, private visits reveal the passionate world of French photographers, fashion designers, and celebrities. Evenings and lunches include exclusive experiences at spectacular venues closed to the public, opened only for The Tauck Paris Event. Enjoy private farewell cocktails and dinner at Musée d'Orsay... and a private New Year’s Day visit and lunch at Château de Vaux le Vicomte, a lavish 17th-century château that inspired Louis XIV, the Sun King, to build his own Palace of Versailles – where you’re welcomed by the Count, owner Jean-Charles de Vogüé. Behind the scenes visits include a cooking demonstration to learn the art of France’s delectable food and wine pairing by Susan Herrmann Loomis, a noted American chef living in France who was a friend of the late Julia Child... a guided tour of magnificent Palais Garnier – the Paris Opera, “Opéra National de Paris”... and a private tour of the Impressionist Gallery within the art nouveau architectural masterpiece, Musée d’Orsay. The highlight of our Event is New Year’s Eve in Paris – a celebration in grand style set in the glorious ballroom of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. You’ll feel you’ve stepped back in time to the Second Empire of Napoleon III era of the 1860s... complete with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music and dancing. One departure only, so we encourage you to make your plans early.