The Ultimate Paris week

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Day 01: Paris for 7 nights

Meet & greet transfer to your hotel

1 Wonderful king room including American breakfast & tax at Hotel W Opera*****

 

Located just 493 feet from Opéra Garnier and a 2-minute walk from Galeries Lafayette department store, this hotel is situated in an elegant Haussmanian building and offers a bar and restaurant. A city view is offered from the fitness room on the top floor.

The stylish, air-conditioned guest rooms at W Paris – Opéra are each equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV and an iPod dock. Some also offer views of the Opéra Garnier. A bathrobe and free toiletries are offered in the modern en suite bathrooms.

An American breakfast is served each morning at the hotel, and can be enjoyed in guests’ rooms upon request. The hotel’s restaurant, Coquette, serves innovative, international cuisine every day and in the evening guests are invited to relax in the lounge bar.

For a supplement, guests can benefit from valet parking near the hotel. Additional services include a 24-hour reception desk and a laundry service.

The hotel is 493 feet from Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette Metro Station, which offers direct access to the Eiffel Tower. The Louvre Museum is a 15-minute walk away. A basic WiFi connection is available for free in the public areas and guest rooms. A high-speed connection can be accessed subject to an extra charge.

 

Day 02:

Private driver guide for Paris tour (3.5 hours)

You will pass by The Opéra Garnier, the most famous Opera House in the world, and then the Place Vendôme (our most luxurious square) epitomized by its Jewelers, Fashion Houses & Hotels, and the Place de la Bastille. 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, 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 Driver-Guide will schedule regular photo stops. You will then head off to The Trocadéro, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. You could then ask your Driver-Guide to show you some other lesser-known places.

Afternoon: The skip the Line Paris Eiffel Tower Tour (2 hours)

This tour provides priority access along with an entertaining guide to experience this must-see Paris landmark. Our guide will take you straight to the second level while discussing the history, architecture, and fascinating stories about the Tower. You will learn about monuments along the Paris skyline, historical events including its place in two World Wars, and its role as a playground for countless daredevils. And we don’t take just anyone on our tours; our group size is limited so that you can be assured of a great personal experience. Tickets to the third floor are included in this product, so after your tour you are free to go right to the top of the tower to explore the Summit at your leisure.

 

Day 03:

Suggested shopping at Le Bon Marché and neighborhood on the Left bank

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche was the first department store in the world. It opened in 1852 in Paris at the instigation of Aristide Boucicaut and his wife Marguerite. They were both in favor of “a new kind of store that would thrill all the senses”. Combining unconventionality and elegance, this unique space designed by the architect Louis-Charles Boileau and the engineer Gustave Eiffel displayed a singular style influenced by the creative vitality of Paris’s Rive Gauche. Original creations and limited editions stood alongside a selection of the most beautiful objects from all over the world. Women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, accessories, tableware and design, but also cultural exhibitions, furniture collections and contemporary works of art filled the space and generated surprise. Here, as in the beginning, discovery and amazement are the foundations of a way of life that transforms shopping into an art de

 

12:30pm: Private  wine tasting lunch  at De Vinis Illustribus

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

Includes: Wine and food tastings.

Tucked practically underneath Paris’s Pantheon is the 17th c. cellar and mythical wine shop, De Vinis Illustribus.  When current owners, husband and wife Lionel and Dominique Michelin, took over the cellars in 1994 from the legendary Jean-Baptiste Besse, a wine lover and connoisseur who welcomed the likes of Papa Hemingway to his shop back in the day, it looked nothing like it does now.

From the street entrance you are greeted with a light and airy, water-blasted original stone interior that dates to the 17th c. This is the shop and the welcoming area where the Michelins have forged an impeccable reputation for advising clients on birthday and special occasion wine purchases. For example, if your son or daughter was born in 1972 they will tell  you that a “Bourgogne is more appropriate than a Bordeaux.” And if you were  married in 2009, they can advise you on the best Côte du Rhônes to buy and cellar now so you can enjoy for your 10  or even 15 and 20 year anniversaries.

 

Day 04:

Visit the Louvre Museum (with priority tickets) and the Orangerie Museum to see Monet’s water lilies

Visit the wonderful Orangerie—originally a warming house to protect citrus trees from frostbite during winters in the Tuileries Gardens just off place de la Concorde—is one of Paris’ best secret spots. Works by Impressionists and other early 20th century painters—Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Gauguin, Derain, Modigliani—hang in the rooms upstairs. In the basement of the Orangerie hides Monet’s grandest project and most beautiful memorial: two specially-built oval rooms, each set with 360 degrees of continuous Water lilies.

Then stroll across the Tuileries Gardens with your guide to the Louvre Museum unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world. Home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces

 

After lunch, visit the Orsay Museum with priority tickets

 

Day 05:

Shared Versailles guided minivan tour (4 hours) – pick-up and drop-off at your hotel

After being pick up from your accommodation in Paris, our guide will then take you to Versailles for the morning. Retrace the history of this magnificent chateau with the guide. You will have a one-hour guided visit in particular the Great Apartments – The Queen’s Bedroom, the great Apartments, the Hall of Mirros and the Gallery of Battles. Throughout your visit, the guide will furnish you with the history of this magical place. You will also see some traces of Le Brun, Louis XIV’s favourite painter. Portraits of the former residents can also be found throughout the chateau.

Do take advantage of some remaining time to room the “A la Francaise” gardens.

At the end of the visit, our guide will drive you back to your accommodation in Paris.

 

Yacht de Paris dinner cruise on the Don Juan II

Every evening, Don Juan II welcomes you on board for an irresistible voyage in the heart of Paris.
Don Juan II has all the charm and elegance of an authentic yacht.
Welcome on board for an enchanting light cruise, discovering the emblematic monuments of the City of Light.
A timeless experience in a peaceful setting to delight the senses.
Quite simply unforgettable!
An exclusive experience for a maximum of 40 guests.
Embarkation: Port Henri IV 75004 Paris
From 7.45 pm
Cruise from 8.30 to 11.15 pm

 

Day 06:

10am Skip the Line All Access Paris Catacombs Tour (1.5 hours)

This exclusive skip-the-line tour allows our customers to descend directly into Paris’s mysterious and dark underground world. Learn the history behind the largest cemetery in Paris and why it was created. You’ll walk the corridors and enter the rooms that hold the bones of over six million people. On our guided tour you will see sections of the Catacombs that are not open to the general public, allowing you an even more unique experience.

Due to strict constraints on the number of daily visitors allowed inside, this is one of the hardest tickets to secure in Paris. Our world-class tour guide will deliver fascinating anecdotes on one of the most unique Parisian topics. Be sure not to miss one of Paris’s most exclusive attractions with your guaranteed small group. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Day 07:

3pm Private VIP Opera Garnier tour (1 hour 30 min)

Led by a tour guide, you will be amazed by the rich architecture and decor of the Palais Garnier.
Your visit will begin with the “Rotonde des Abonnes” (Members’ Rotunda) which was formerly used to welcome the audience, and where you will be able to discover the unique signature of the architect Charles Garnier amongst the arabesques.
The mysterious Prophetess Pythia will greet you before you take the majestic “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase), which brings you to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers. The abundant decor, the splendour of the various foyers and the variety of materials used will take your breath away. The numerous paintings and sculptures allow the Palais Garnier to be not only a theatre but also a museum at the same time.

 

Day 08:

Private transfer to Paris CDG

 

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