Mon. April 24, 2017 Overnight flight from U.S. to arrive in Paris on April 25, 2017
Tue April 25. 2017 Paris Arrival
Private transfer to hotel. We will start our Paris excursion with a short introductory walk around our distinctive neighborhood, the 1st arrondisement. Our lodging will be Le Clef hotel, or similar, located near the the lovely Palais Royal, Louvre museum and the ornate Palais Garnier Opera. The neighborhood features a mix of high-end contemporary shopping venues, quaint cafes and cultural attractions.
Our morning will include a stroll along Paris’ famed Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the neighborhood full of lovely boutiques where we will do as the French say, "lèche les vitrines," which literally means to lick the windows as we oogle the window displays! We will enjoy a relaxing lunch at an outdoor terrace in the Tuileries gardens if the sun is shinning and grab an afternoon indulgence at café Angelina known for its Belle-Epoque decor and their signature hot chocolate and mouth-watering pastries. Late afternoon you will will have an option to either settle into your room or join Jackie for bit of culture at Musée de l'Orangerie or the Musée d'Orsay featuring impressionist art. After sunset, we will enjoy our “welcome to Paris” cruise and champagne toast on the river Seine.
Includes Transfer to hotel, Lunch, River Cruise & champagne toast
Wed April 26, 2017 Finding Your Inner Parisienne
This morning is about appealing to your inner Parisienne as you walk the streets of St. Germain des Prés with Jackie as your guide. Visit her favorite sites and sidewalk cafes, gardens and of course sample the best Macarons Paris has to offer –we will hold our own private taste test!
We will wander some of the oldest streets in Paris as we stroll into the Latin Quarter and visit one of Paris’ beloved market streets - le rue Mouffetard. There will be time to poke into a few shops along the way. Bring your cameras for extra special and unique views of the city as we explore. We will lunch in one of the small charming cafes in this area before heading back across the river.
Your afternoon options are: Visit Île de la Cite (Notre Dame, the Flower & Bird markets and St. Chapelle) or visit the beautiful Paris Opera – the Palais Garnier and a few of Paris’ covered passages in the area– these are collections of small boutiques and cafes in glass covered walkways built in the 1700s and 1800s–located near our hotel.
Includes: Lunch Entry fee to Saint Chapelle or Palais Garnier Dinner
at Bistrot Vivianne or similar includes entrée, plat, dessert, wine and water, coffee
Thu April 27, 2017 French Marché (Market) Cooking Class (9:30am-2pm)
Imagine, we will start our day strolling through a traditional French farmers market, picking up seasonal ingredients to prepare a delicious French meal. Back at chef's kitchen, techniques and tips are introduced as we prepare our multi-course lunch. We will engage all of our senses while making fabulous memories - à la Julia Child!
For dinner we will explore the Paris wine bar scene were small plates rule! After dinner, Jackie will take those interested to some of Paris’ secret and oh so trendy bars for a little cocktail sampling!
Includes *** Market cooking class
Fri April 28, 2017 Discover the VIP tour to Versailles
A Day at Versailles! We will arrive at the chateau and enter with our Versailles Passport tickets which give us full access to the Chateau, gardens and the Trianon palaces. We will enjoy a guided tour of the King’s Private Apartments (an area not on view to the general public). Following this, we will pick up our audio headsets for a self guided tour of the public rooms – including the Hall of Mirrors, and the King and Queen’s public chambers and the Chapel. Our day will include lunch in restaurant located in the famed gardens and the opportunity to visit the Trianon palaces (lived in by Napoleon and Josephine) and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet (Hameau) a scaled version of a Norman village.
Our Friday evening Paris will include a special wine tasting dinner - we will be greeted with a glass of champagne (mais oui!) and sample 3 wines paired with a specially prepared 3 course dinner.
Included *** Versailles and Wine Tasting Dinner
Sat April 29, 2017 Montmartre & flea market shopping and our Farewell Dinner
A fabulous fun thing to do on weekends in Paris is to explore the flea markets! We will first head to Montmartre for a walking tour of the village that once sat outside of Paris proper and still retains the feel of a village. Montmartre has a very interesting history and was home to the famous painters and writers at the turn of the last century. We will enjoy a guided tour of the neighborhood, stop to see the basilica of Sacre Coeur and the great views of Paris below. After a leisurely lunch in a neighborhood bistro we will take a quick metro ride to the Marché aux Puces de St.-Ouen, which is generally thought to be the biggest flea market in the world. Its a wonderful way to spend the day and there are some wonderful treasures to be found, even if captured only in your photographs.
We will wrap up our week with a final "farewell dinner" - location is a surprise!
Included *** Farewell Dinner
Sun April 30, 2017 Transfer back to Airport as we bid farewell to our Chic Week in Paris