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We depart for Paris via the 200 mph, bullet train, the TGV, as seen in the first "Mission Impossible" with Tom Cruise. During our journey from Geneva, agents can enjoy with a nice glass of white wine with their fish as you travel through the Jura and Cote D'Or wine regions and watch the countryside sights of Chamonix (from the ski sequence of "The World is Not Enough". We are ably transferred from the Gare DeLyon station to our world class hotel.

 

 

Our accommodation, the Eiffel Novotel, is a 4 star hotel, located conveniently on the Seine and short walk to the Eiffel Tower and many of the locations we will visit from "Thunderball", "A View to A Kill", and countless spy films such as "Bourne Identity", "Ronin" and "Taken" as well as multitude of other cinematic classics. We will board a Seine river cruise, "Bateau Moche", as was seen in the romantic spy film, "Charade" with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn as well as the landing pad for May Day's tower jump in  "A View to a Kill". A nice lunch will be served and agents have the rest of the day to explore this wonderful city for themselves. Free time also to visit several Bond literary locations- the Hotel Ritz and the Terminus Nord and our favorite stop each time we are in Paris, Harry's American Bar, for martinis near the Opera.

The next morning, its up and early and off to a most exciting drive in the Paris countryside to tour two very famous Chateaux, not only because of their prominence in Bond films but the beautiful architecture and preservation.

Our tour co-host will be a special guest, well studied in France's contribution to the Bond literary and film series. The Chateau de Chantilly is a historic chateau located in the town of Chantilly, France.  Owned by the Institut de France, the Chateau houses the Muse Cond which is one of the finest art galleries in France and is open to the public. Bond fans will recognize the grounds and interiors as Zorin's estate in "A View to a Kill". We will follow in Bond's footsteps around the racetrack, horse stables, gardens and beautiful interiors.
Then, we are off to another villain's estate, Hugo Drax's palatial grounds from "Moonraker". The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque French chateau located in Maincy, near Melun, we will walk the areas from the quail hunting sequences, taking caution to avoid the attack Dobermans (joking of course, Poor Miss Dufour!)and then inside for beautiful staircase, hallway and library featured in the Roger Moore film.
Lunch will be served at the very exclusive  "Le Ecureuil" and we return to Paris for some time to unwind before we're off to Montmartre, the bohemian location made famous by the paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. We enter the famous nightclub, "Moulin Rouge" discreetly ,as any secret agent would while meeting their Parisian "connection", and enjoy the show and our champagne, properly chilled, 7 degrees Centigrade, of course.
Agents have reserved garter side seating for this historic, albeit now touristy, Parisian classic. Enjoy your cocktails and mingle with your fellow agents and temptresses for the evening and we return to our hotel after a very exciting mission day.
Our final tour day finds us exploring the wonderful sights of Paris, from the Seine, to Notre Dame, the Louvre and through the Champs-Elyssees, again, so many sights and so many films to mention in this brief overview. A photo stop at the front door of SPECTRE from "Thunderball", making sure to instruct the gendarme not to ticket our bus, we continue on to the Eiffel Tower for a ride to the viewing platform and an enjoyable lunch with the usual James Bond flair, recreating sequences from "A View to A Kill".
Agents are free again to explore the city until cocktail hour when the Surprise OPERATION :EURO2010 Grand Finale SPECTRECLUB Villians Party you will not want to miss.
Hosted at our hotel private salon,  the party will be one of international attendance and filled with interesting Bond fans from around France and purveyors of Bond collectables. Cocktails, Music and Bond Lore to be lived with the customary ThemePartyPeople surprises and entertainment. We bid adieu in the morning as we transfer to the airport for our departures and keeping the adventure of this wonderful three country 11 day tour of Bond, Bourne and Beyond secure in our memories.