9 Days in Paris ~ The City of Lights

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Homepage, Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

9 Days in Paris ~ The City of Lights

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

June 13 – 21, 2023 (6 openings)

Highlights include

Your very own beautiful & private Parisian apartment in the chic & hip
neighborhood of the Marais, Paris’ oldest and most historic quarter

Historical walking + orientation tour of the neighborhood

Outdoor food market + optional picnic in idyllic Place des Vosges park

Behind-the-scenes bakery tour & tasting

Privately guided visit to the Louvre museum with an art historian

In-Home Dinner Party with Chef Karen

Private chocolate historical walking tour & tasting

Privately guided visit to the Orsay Museum with an art historian

Rural Normandy ~ Monet’s House and Gardens at Giverny

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

Optional Add-ons

yoga, massage
escorted visit to Paris flea markets
escorted visit to hidden corners of Montmartre ~ Paris’ oldest vineyards,
Belle Epoque mansions, quaint alleys & picturesque parks

Contact us for pricing and terms. 

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 to Normandy, unlimited metro/bus in Paris, Big Bus hop-on/hop-off open tour, privately guided visits & tours, all highlights above, and Karen’s services as trip organizer, travel advisor, and full-time trip escort. LAND PACKAGE ONLY.  Excludes:   International flights to/from the US or other European city, transportation/taxis other than specified above, tips for guides, carbon offsets for flight, and trip insurance.

Activity level: MODERATE – This tour involves a lot of walking, some stairs, cobblestones, and gravel pathways.

Note on travel style:  My focus on well-being affords you an itinerary with a slow start to offset the stresses of travel, a comfortable sight-seeing pace, periodic downtime (a couple of free half days and several free evenings), attention to healthful practices, such as balanced meals, fresh vegetables, and the option to participate in meditation.  With advance notice, travelers with food sensitivities or allergies can be accommodated, please inform me upon booking. Tour is whole-foods plant-based and gluten-free friendly.

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.  Please notify Karen if you wish to arrive early, so that we may try to secure your apartment for your first night in Paris.
    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.

 Travel with Karen

Travel to France
 with Culinary Instructor Karen Gros
Exclusive tours for small groups of 8 people
Private activities & excursions focusing on food, tradition, history, culture, and people
Unique experiences not available elsewhere …
Become acquainted with locals, meet & cook with great chefs, travel in comfort & beauty