Paris in Style
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Day 1: Paris for 6 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel
1 superior suite, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Le Meurice*****
Le Meurice is a hotel palace located in central Paris. It offers a 3-star Michelin restaurant as well as a spa and a fitness centre with massage treatments. Each air-conditioned and soundproofed room has a classic decor with a modern twist and a marble bathroom. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Alain Ducasse is the chef of Le Meurice’s restaurant, which proposes gourmet French cuisine. Meals are served in the grand dining area, whose décor is inspired by the Salon de la Paix of the Château de Versailles, revisited by Philippe Starck. Le Dali Restaurant serves meals throughout the day, and guests can enjoy a cocktail in the Bar 228, which offers 300 different kinds of drinks and live jazz music every evening. Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées are a 5-minute walk away, and the Louvre Museum is just 1,969 feet from the hotel. Tuileries Metro station is 329 feet away, giving direct access to Bastille and La Defense.
Full day private guided tour of Paris with lunch and wine tasting & lunch at De Vinis Illustribus included
Discuss your wishes for your Tour with your « in-house » Driver-Guide, or simply let him drive you around, enjoying Paris’s magic in all simplicity. You will pass by The Opéra Garnier, the most famous Opera House in the world, then the Place Vendôme (our most luxurious square) epitomized by its Jewelers, Fashion House & Hotels, and the Place de la Bastille, dominated by the Tour of July erected on the original site of the Bastille Fortress; stormed and destroyed during the French Revolution. Afterwards, you will arrive in the historical and religious heart of Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral, famous worldwide for its gothic architecture and of course the backdrop for Victor Hugo’s most famous novel. You will then pass by The Louvre Museum, the world’s most famous museum thanks to its art collections, and Place de la Concorde (the place where Marie-Antoinette lost her head!). Then on to the Madeleine Church, before heading onwards and upwards to the quintessentially Parisian Quarter of Montmartre, where you can visit the Sacré Coeur, notable for its eastern Byzantine architecture; unique for a church in Paris. Once you’ve experienced all of these places, you will be driven through The Champs Elysées, the world famous Parisian Avenue, considered by many as the « most beautiful in the world ».
Your « in-house » Driver-Guide will naturally have in mind your desire to take pictures and will schedule regular photo stops; however, feel free to ask him when you wish to take pictures, he will gladly stop (according to traffic) for your souvenirs! Enchanted, you will then head off to The Trocadéro, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower (maybe take a picture of yourself holding it up with your fingertips!) And, last but not least, your driver will take you to The Eiffel Tower herself (The Iron Lady is one of her nicknames). You could then ask your « in-house » Driver-Guide to show you some other lesser-known, but nevertheless fascinating places; which, with your driver’s vast knowledge, will help you live a truly unforgettable experience of Paris.
Private wine tasting lunch
4 wines and food pairing: Tour de France of vineyards:
-Loire, Saumur “La Dame” Domaine de Rocheville 2011 – Old Comte cheese from Laurent Dubois M.O.F
-Burgundy, pinot Noir Domaine Bernard Millot 2013 – Chicken Rillettes, Mounatin Salami
-Bordeaux, Chateau Doms “Cuvee Amelie” 2011 – Duck Foie Gras and mushroom terrine, green bean salad
-Roussillon, Rivesaltes “Sur Grains” Boudau 2013 – melting chocolate cake
Cooking Class and Market with Chef Frederic. Near Famous Cemetery Pere Lachaise
Meet at 9:15 am with Chef Frederic, our cooking teacher, in his apartment with a beautiful panoramic view over Paris, located at the border of the 11th and 20th district near famous Cemetery Pere Lachaise. You start with a morning market visit to purchase the requested produce for today’s recipes.
Frederic has made a career in the management of luxury restaurants. During more than 20 years, he has worked for the restaurants of Intercontinental and Accor hotels, and had a fulfilling experience at La Grande Cascade , a famous Parisian Michelin restaurant. He was not in the kitchen at that time, and his conversion as a Chef has occurred at a period of his life when he wanted to have his own business, give free rein to his creativity, and do what he really loves. He now shares the techniques and tips learnt from great Chefs, and designs his own recipes. Frederic likes to give his smart tips and propose delicious traditional or creative recipes. You learn recipes and techniques that you will be able to easily make again at home. Under Frederic’s careful eye, all participants contribute to the preparation of a whole meal: starter, main dish and dessert. Bn appetit!
Includes: Cooking class. 3 courses meal cooked. 1 glass of wine. Coffee or tea. Market shopping.
Half day private guided tour to Versailles with priority access and licensed guide
A stone’s throw away from Paris, Versailles Palace is one of the greatest symbol of our Old Monarchical system: remnant of the « Ancien Régime ». It is a dream place, taking you back through French history; perfectly represented by this magnificent testimony to the Sun King’s extravagance and endless thirst for Grandeur. Your « in-house » Driver-Guide will highly recommend you the « Skip the Line » formula, in order to avoid any unnecessary queuing, which can be very long during the high season. It is a guarantee of a confirmed reservation as well as the entrance tickets. If you wish to take that option, your « in-house » Driver-Guide will take care of the formalities of the Ticket Office, and you will enter without stress, free to visit the Palace with Audio-Guides available in your Mother Tongue.
Walk in the unique and unrivalled Hall of Mirrors (357 mirrors in all); followed by the Royal Chapel, as well as the King and Queen’s Royal Apartments. Enter and admire the Royal Opera, an auditorium constructed entirely from wood, making it one of the most acoustic « live » theatres in the world, still in use nowadays with hundreds of seats. You will be stunned by the Gardens (Europe’s largest royal gardens) and the beauty of the Fountains (Apollo, Latona, Neptune,…) all created by France’s world famous landscape gardener, André Le Nôtre.
Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel – SERVICE PREMIER
Located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant offers a spectacular view of the Seine river, the Trocadero and the Ecole Militaire. MENU SERVICE PREMIER: Priviledged seating close to the bay window Glass of Champagne as an aperitif Appetizer Tasting menu ( 4 Dishes) Drinks: Selection of Premium wines+ mineral water +Delicacies with coffee
Includes: One Glass of Champagne, a 4 course meal, wine, mineral water and coffee. Lift ticket for the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Full day private guided tour to Champagne with gastronomic lunch
Your driver welcomes you at the reception of your hotel in Paris and you board a comfortable minivan to Reims. Upon your arrival in Reims, let yourself be guided through the alleys of the Cathedral. From 1027 to 1825, this masterpiece of Gothic art hosted the coronation ceremonies of the French monarchs. It has been part of Unesco World Heritage since 1991. Then, you plunge into the heart of one of the greatest Champagne Houses. Enjoy the particular atmosphere of the chalk cellars where millions of Champagne bottles are aging. There, you discover what makes this wine so unique before tasting two cuvées.
Your driver leads you to Le Parc des Crayères, a two Michelin-star restaurant where the Chef, Philippe Mille, offers a refined French cuisine inspired by the seasons. Live some rare moments of gastronomy in the magnificent and elegant environment of this beautiful mansion. Three-course menu including one glass of Champagne, one glass of wine, water & coffee.
It is time for you to board the minivan again and head to the vineyards for a commented tour through the Champagne Scenic Road. Admire the hillsides of the Champagne vineyards – they have just been listed on Unesco World Heritage – and discover the most important treasure of the region : the grapes.
The magnificent village of Hautvillers is your next stop-over. There, you trace the origin of Champagne visiting the church where the famous Dom Perignon is buried. This monk, who gave his name to a famous brand, is also known as the inventor of the Champagne blending process.
At the end of the day, an independent Champagne producer welcomes you on his domain. He shares with you his passion for cultivating the grapes and the secrets of his savoir-faire. Tasting his cuvées is then a chance for you to understand the diversity of Champagnes and to stimulate your senses.
Day at leisure
Day 7: Departure
Private transfer from hotel to airport
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