Places Covered: Paris, Versailles, Giverny, Auvers-sur-Oise and the Seine River Valley
Duration: 07 Days
Tour Cost:On Request
Our hand-crafted tour of Paris introduces you to its emblematic luxury industries - haute couture, art and antiques, gastronomy and fine wines, along with its legendary restaurants and cultural treasures for a memorable – and even life-transforming experience. The perfect tour for high culture aficionados, honeymooners and important milestone celebrations.
Paris, Versailles, Giverny, Auvers-sur-Oise and the Seine River Valley
This customized trip can be arranged throughout the year, though the best months are April - July and September - October.
Welcome to the beautiful City of Light!
Upon your arrival at the CDG airport, you will be greeted at the plane by our VIP representative who will whisk you through the customs, baggage and security formalities so that you enjoy a stress-free arrival. Our Hostess and driver will be there to welcome you and privately accompany you to your hotel in Paris where she will assist you with the check-in. She will take this time to give you a brief welcome orientation and answer your questions.
This afternoon, enjoy a private Panoramic Tour of Paris with your English-speaking local guide and driver. Your tour will be customized to your interests and include sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon’s tomb at the Invalides, and the Gothic masterpieces Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite.
This evening, your driver will meet you in the lobby to transfer you to the Eiffel Tower for
your dinner reservation at the Jules Verne for a gourmet meal and breathtaking views of the
Paris skyline illuminated at night.
Paris’ Cultural Treasures
This morning, your museum guide will take you on an entertaining Private Tour of the Louvre, the former royal palace that today houses the world’s largest museum with 35,000 art works on display. Your private tour will focus on its celebrated masterpieces and hidden treasures.
Afterwards, you have a 1pm reservation for lunch at the fashionable Cafe Marly overlooking the Louvre Pyramid where your guide will explain more about this legendary monument’s architectural development over the past 800 years.
This evening, your driver will meet you at the hotel to accompany you to your 8pm dinner reservation at the Tour d’Argent with its splendid views of the River Seine and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Invitation into the World of French Haute Couture Fashion
A Taste of French Vintage Wines
This morning, your private fashion guide and driver will accompany you on your full-day Haute Couture fashion tour. She will open for you the doors of iconic Parisian fashion houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. On your VIP visit you will be greeted by the boutique director and given a personal behind-the-scenes tour.
A lunch reservation will be made for you at L’Avenue, the preferred restaurant of Parisian fashionistas.
Throughout the day, your expert guide will share with you the history behind the famous names of the fashion industry. Smart dress and comfortable shoes are recommended for this full day foray into the world of supreme elegance.
This evening, enjoy a Wine Tasting Class in the historic vaulted cellars of a legendary wine merchant, or caviste, in the Latin Quarter. Our bilingual wine expert and collector of rare vintages will initiate you to the vintner’s craft and its appreciation. A selection of prestigious wines from three of France’s most famous wine-growing regions (Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone) will be accompanied by a light collation. This wine-tasting session will be adapted to your interests and level of knowledge.
Initiation to the Paris Art and Antiques Market
Today, your expert guide, a former antiques dealer with shops both in New York and Paris, will serve as your mentor on this full-day exploration of the Paris Art and Antiques Market. It will start with an exclusive visit to a “by-appointment only” dealer to examine some of the most exceptional objects on the market. Then he will accompany you on a VIP tour of the Carre Rive Gauche, the picturesque epicenter of the Paris antiques market, where he will personally introduce you to some of the best specialist dealers. This full-day master class will be adapted to your personal tastes and collecting interests, so as to include visits to selected private dealers, markets, auction houses, private collections, museums and flea markets.
This evening, your driver will accompany you to your 8pm dinner reservation at Chez Georges located at the summit of the Pompidou Center with superb illuminated views of the Paris skyline.
A Visit to the Court of the Sun King at Versailles
This morning, your specialist guide and driver will take you to visit the world-renowned palace of Versaillesbuilt for Louis XIV, the self-styled Sun King. Here, you will discover his breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, Chapel and State Apartments. Later, stroll through his vast landscaped gardens, designed by Le Notre, and enjoy the spectacular water displays set to music. In the park explore the Grand and Petit Trianons and the romantic Hamlet built for Marie-Antoinette. Versailles served as the center of government in France and the blueprint for other royal palaces in Europe for nearly 200 years.
Tonight, to maintain this royal ambiance, a dinner reservation can be made at Les Ambassadeurs, the magnificent marble-veneered restaurant in the Hotel de Crillon, designed by King Louis XV’s architect to frame the royal square built for him at the Place de la Concorde. Feast like a king, while enjoying breathtaking views of the square illuminated at night.
A Pilgrimage to the Mecca of Impressionism at Giverny
This morning, your expert guide and driver will accompany you on the traditional pilgrimage to the mecca of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting located in the valley of the River Seine north of Paris. At Giverny, you will visit Claude Monet’s house and gardens, where he spent the last 40 years of his life surrounded by a coterie of young American painters.
A lunch reservation will be made for you at the Musee de l’Impressionisme in Giverny.
During the afternoon, discover Auvers-sur-Oise where Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters Pissarro, Gauguin and Van Gogh lived and worked.
Celebrate on your final evening in Paris with a dinner cruise aboard the Don Juan II. Enjoy a gourmet meal in this luxurious semi-private yacht, while gliding past illuminated monuments all reflected in the sparkling waters of the River Seine – a truly magical experience worthy of an Impressionist painting!
Farewell to the City of Lights
This morning your Hostess will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby to assist you with the check-out formalities. Your driver will be there to help you with your bags and privately transfer you to the CDG airport for your return flight home.
BASE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Architecture Tours / Arts & Crafts Tours / Fashion Shows & Tours / Historical Sites / History & Archaeology Tours / Market / Bazaar / Monument / Memorial / Museums & Galleries / Performances: Concerts - Theaters - Shows - Dances & Musicals / Food & Wine / Gourmet Dining / Cruise Excursions / Music / Palace / Castle / Mansion / Parks / Scenic Drive / Shopping / Walking Tours / Wine Tasting & Wine Tours / Boating & Sailing / Gardens / Nature
Food & Wine / Honeymoon
Leisure / Nightlife / Spectacular Scenery / Unique Accommodations
For this customized package, the price depends upon variables such as your chosen travel dates, hotel categories and program preferences. Please contact us for a personalized quote.