Mon. Mar 25, 2019 Overnight flight from U.S. to arrive in Paris on March 26, 2019
Tue Mar 26, 2019 Paris Arrival
Private transfer to hotel. We will start our Paris excursion with a short introductory walk around our distinctive neighborhood, the 7th arrondisement. Our lodging will be Saint Germain Hotel or similar, located near Rue du Bac, one of those marvellous Parisian streets that has everything one could ever want from food to fashion.
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 March 27, 2019 Lourvre
Breakfast at the Hotel Start off your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready to view some of the greatest artistic masterpieces in the world.
Louvre Masterpiece Tour: Be awestruck by the art you view in a privately guided tour of the Louvre Museum. It would take more than a lifetime to fully see and appreciate all the artwork within the Louvre. Your private guide and art expert can help illuminate the world's greatest masterpieces, including the enigmatic Mona Lisa.
VIP Wine Tour and Tasting Experience a privately guided, one-of-a-kind tour through the former royal wine cellar established by King Louis XV’s sommelier. Afterward, enjoy a private wine tasting and receive 1 customized bottle with your very own wine label to take home with you! Junior Adventurers will enjoy a juice tasting.
Lunch at a Local Restaurant Dine on French fare at one of Paris’ remarkable restaurants. Délicieux!
Afternoon On Your Own in Paris Spend the late afternoon as you wish—shopping, sightseeing or simply watching passersby at a charming sidewalk café.
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 March 28, 2019 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!
This evening we will explore the Paris with dinner with a view of the Eiffel tower.
Includes *** Market cooking class
Fri March 29, 2019 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 March 30, 2019 Day trip to Monet's Garden
A trip to Giverny to Visit Claude Monet's Home and Gardens: Take a scenic trip to Giverny to visit the home of this great Impressionist painter. Discover his sources of inspiration in tranquil gardens bursting with vibrant blossoms, leafy trees and ponds adorned with water lilies.
Sun Mar 31, 2019 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
Mon April 1, 2019 Transfer back to Airport as we bid farewell to our Chic Week in Paris