9 Days in Paris

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world.   But it’s not enough for me to just go there.  The fun part is sharing it.  And sharing it from an insider’s perspective is even better.  Imagine yourself saying “bonjour” to your French neighbors as you come and go each morning from your Paris apartment.  One can certainly travel alone in a place like Paris, where it’s so easy to walk everywhere and public transport abounds at every turn.  But there is only so much you can do on your own.

Traveling with me allows you special access to activities that you wouldn’t otherwise have.  A special highlight is a dinner party in a private Parisian home in which a French chef comes to cook just for us.  In addition to various private tasting tours, we also dabble a bit with history and art.  As important as anything is down time:  I make sure to allow at least 1 full day – and a few good half days – of free time for you to discover Paris at your own pace, be it shopping, museum-going, sipping coffee in a café, or simply wandering the cobble-stone back streets or grand boulevards.

Do you enjoy the flexibility of traveling on your own, while having access to exclusive “insider” activities, punctuated with select gatherings to socialize over food & conversation?  Experience timeless Paris, the capital of food and fashion, on the inside track with me.

9 Days in Paris ~ The City of Lights

September 12 – 20, 2016 (Completed)
September 23 – October 1, 2016 (Completed)
October 9 – 17, 2017 (2 openings)
October 16 – 24, 2018 (8 openings)

 

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Highlights include

Your very own beautiful & private Parisian apartment in the chic
neighborhood of Saint Germain des Près

Behind-the-scenes bakery tour & tasting

Privately guided visit to the Louvre museum with an art historian

Outdoor food market tour, picnic in Luxembourg gardens &
Cooking Dinner Party with Karen

Private chocolate historical walking tour & tasting

Private visit & tasting at top Champagne house, Reims cathedral,
visit & tasting 
at small Champagne vintner, Dom Perignon’s tomb & Marne Valley

Privately guided visit to the Orsay Museum with an art historian

Monet’s House and Gardens at Giverny

Exclusive dinner party in a chic Parisian home 
with an esteemed French chef

Optional Add-ons

Church concerts, ballet & opera performances
Historical walking tours
Escorted visit to Paris flea markets
Escorted visit to hidden corners of Montmartre ~ Paris’ oldest vineyards,
Belle Epoque mansions, quaint alleys & picturesque parks

Trip Price: $2,985 per person (based on double) 
Includes8 nights lodging in high-quality, centrally-located apartments, airport pick-up & return, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, entrance fees to Louvre and Orsay museums, transportation costs to Champagne & Giverny, unlimited metro/bus in Paris, Cars Rouges open tour, detailed Michelin street map, carbon offset for flight, privately guided visits & tours, all highlights above, tips & advice from trip escort Karen Gros. LAND PACKAGE ONLY.  Excludes:   International flights to/from the US or other European city, transportation/taxis other than specified above, tips for guides, and mandatory comprehensive trip insurance, the price of which will be tallied upon booking, and is priced per person as follows:  For travelers between the ages of 35-59 $136, 60-69 $184, or 70-74 $225.

For more information & photos, visit daily itinerary description & photo gallery

Practical Information

  • Allow 10 days total travel time.
  • You are responsible for arranging your flight; however, Karen is happy to advise you.
  • When booking your flight, please note the followings:
    – Outbound flight: Due to overnight flight, you will need to depart the U.S. one day prior to desired arrival.
    – Inbound flight:  Departs France and arrives USA same day.
  • Arrival/departure times:  Arrival – Please select flights that arrive Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in the morning (7-10a is preferable, so that you may be included in the group lunch at 1:00pm); if you cannot make the lunch, you will be given the cash equivalent for a different day.  It is highly recommended to arrive at least one day early, in order to offset the effects of jet lag.
    Departure – Most flights return to the U.S. in the morning, but in the event that yours does not, please consider the 10:00am check-out time.  Commute time from the airport to the city center (and vice versa) ranges from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on traffic.  It is recommended to at Charles de Gaulle airport at least 3 hours prior to flight departure due to added security.


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