Travel to the heart of Chocolate and Visit Phantom of the Opera
We suggest 2 hours of Tamanaco session at ‘Maison du Chocolat’; at a private salon in the boutique, where you travel to the heart of chocolate, from cocoa beans to Ganache. You will learn and participate in the three main steps involved in the production of chocolate: the cultivation of cocoa (pods, plantations, beans), the transformation into chocolate (nibs, cocoa paste, cocoa butter, chocolate coatings) and finally the creation of handmade chocolates such as Ganache – the expertise of this chocolate house. There will be multiple tastings throughout the visit (3 chocolate coated sweets, 3 pure Ganaches) and you leave with a box of 6 chocolates and with documentation linked to the ‘Tamanaco’ session (chocolate glossary and Ganache recipe).
Lunch at a top gourmet restaurant, menu that has been elaborated by Guy Martin.
We suggest a themed 1 ½ ‘After hours’ visit (Phantom of the Opera) of the beautiful Opera Garnier.
The Crazy horse show has a VIP seating area with priority access and cloakroom, half a bottle of Milisieme champagne and canapes from Dalloyau.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a legendary restaurant.
Cooking, French Pastry and Haute Couture Jewelry Classes – Mellerio & Walter Steiger with personal shopper (by invitation only)
A cooking lesson at the lovely school of Guy Martin where the chefs have all worked in his Michelin restaurant . As an alternative, we could also offer 2 hour French Pastry class at the ‘Pavillion Elysée Lenotre’, where you will learn 3 French desserts around chocolate: mi-cuit au chocolat, chocolate macaroons and chocolate mousse.
Lunch at a Café in Madeleine.
In the afternoon, you will ‘voyage’ into the secret world of the oldest French jewelry shop of Place Vendome – ‘Mellerio dit Meller’. The 15th generation of the Mellerio family will share with you some designs that were created for royalty and famous personalities that tell stories. You will be privileged to have a private and exclusive access to the archives in the basement of the boutique.
Continue by private minibus with your personal shopper to enter into the world of an internationally renowned shoemaker – Walter Steiger, famed for his Oscar boots (curved heel boots) that have seduced famous personalities such as Victoria Beckham.
A splendid meal at one of the trendy Parisian restaurants with great French décor.
Wine based Spa & Versailles Castle
We suggest the only wine based spa treatment available near Paris at ‘Les Etangs de Corots’ (very close to Versailles). The owners are the same as the Sources des Caudalie in Bordeaux (they are the true pioneers of Vinotherapy).
They offer a bath in red wine, a grape seed scrub and a wine based ritualistic massage – a half day experience that would be perfect to rejuvenate from the fatigue and “hangover” of the previous night.
Lunch at either their gourmet restaurant or at the vaulted cellars under the hotel with its typical bistro food.
Post-lunch, we suggest a private visit (after hours) of the Versaille castle.
Drinks and Dinner at Buddha Bar is followed by clubbing at one of the swankiest clubs in Paris.
• Sky Diving. We suggest the cliffs of Etretat in Normandy, 1.45 hours away from Paris. It’s a tandem jump from a plane at 3000 meters and jump off the plane racing to speeds of 200km, during the free fall, before the parachute is opened.
• A enjoyable walking tour of the Marais or Latin quarter .
• Cheese cellar visit, the only cheese shop that has its own maturing cellars inside Paris; focusing mainly on wine and cheese tasting.
• Haute couture walking tour for two hours where you learn the history behind four main French fashion houses – Dior, Hermés, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
• Perfume workshop at Nicolai (grand daughter of Pierre Guerlain from the Guerlain house) or with Givenchy (very exclusive and strictly by invitation only).
• Wine tasting session is an introduction to the art of tasting wines and six wines from different regions of France – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, La Loire, Provence – Rhone etc.
• A day trip to the Champagne region with special access to the Hennessy distillery or Champagne manufacturers.
• Two-hour photo shoot. A photographer can take you around Paris to the different monuments for photo session or choose Trocadero with the Eiffel for 2 hours. Or we can rent a private boat around Paris on the Seine.
• Airbus factory visit. Europe’s largest aeronautical plant where all the massive Airbus planes are assembled. Tour lasts around 1.5 hours. (subject to availability).
Château de Versailles
The immense palace of Versailles in the 17th century with its ‘Le Nôtre’ signature gardens is classed as a World heritage UNESCO monument. This remarkable château was home to one of the famous personalities of French history – Queen Marie-Antoinette, royal residence of Louis XIV to Louis XVI, the seat of the government and became the most prestigious court in Europe during the reign of Louis XIV.
Pick up at your hotel at 8:30am by private car or luxury minibus for a 45 minute drive to Versailles.
An escorted tour with a licensed guide of the reception rooms – ‘Salon d’Hercules’, the Kings and Queens apartments built by Le Vau and decorated by Le Brun and the spectacular Hall of Mirrors – ‘Galerie des Glaces’. Then stroll through the beautiful gardens with your guide. If your visit falls on a musical garden or fountain display day, you will be able to assist at this magical event.
Lunch inside the gardens of Versailles, near the Grand Canal used for Louis XIV boat parties.
After lunch, guided visit of the Grand Trianon or the Petit Trianon or the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette.
Return to the hotel at 16h30.
Château de Chenonceau
Château de Chenonceau is also known as the ‘Château des dames’ (Ladies Castle) since it was built, further embellished and saved from the French revolution.
Pick up from your hotel in Paris at 8:00am by private car/minibus for a three hour drive to a stroll around the Chenonceau Castle.
Lunch at the grounds of the castle or at a gastronomic restaurant close-by to Chambord castle at the participants own cost.
Château de Chambord Castle
Château de Chambord is the largest and most extravagant renaissance castle of the La Loire region. It was built on hunting grounds for King Francois I in the 16 century. It is renowned for its coffered vaults, the spectacular views from the castles terraces and its double spiral staircases conceived by Leonardo da Vinci.
Leave the castle around 17h30 and return to your hotel in Paris atapproximately 20h.
Honflfleur and Etretat- 12 hour tour
Leave your hotel after breakfast (9am) for a morning dedicated to the lovely seaside harbour town of Honfleur. It will take approximately 2.5 hours to arrive in Honfleur from Paris.
On arrival at the Honfleur tourist office (11h30am), your guide will take you on a walking tour of the very heart of the historic centre with its landmarks untouched by the passage of time. The town is reputed for the authentic charm of its cobbled streets, its monuments and its cultural and artistic heritage.
We suggest lunch at a place known for its original cuisine. After lunch (14h30), leave for an hour’s drive to visit the scenic cliffs of Etretat.
Your guide will take you on a promenade by foot to see the cliffs of Amont with a view of the cliffs of Aval, the Coli and Nungesser monuments and the sailor’s chapel. You will then continue to visit the centre of the town with its architecture, old market hall and the Salamandre Manor.
After the tour, return to Paris and drop off at your hotel at approximately 20h45.
Rouen – 10.5 hours tour
Medieval city of Rouen and an Impressionist exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Rouen. This was one of the largest and most prosperous cities during medieval Europe.
The cathedral of Notre dame de Rouen is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. The most famous paintings of the Rouen cathedral are painted by the Impressionist, Claude Monet.
In the morning, your chauffeur will pick you up at 8h30am and drive you to Rouen (1 hour 45mins drive). On arrival you will meet your guide at the Musée des Beaux Arts of Rouen for a special Impressionist exhibition called ‘Dazzling Reflections’ with 100 of the most beautiful paintings from master Impressionists such as Renoir, Monet and others. A guided visit of the ‘Permanent collections’ of the museum will be followed.
Lunch reservation will be made for you at a lovely restaurant in the historical centre of Rouen for 12h40.
After lunch, you will visit the historical centre of Rouen on foot through its narrow streets lined with magnificent timber–framed, corbelled houses, the cathedral of Notre-Dame with its gothic architecture, the church of Saint-Maclou and the abbey of Saint-Ouen, Gros-Horloge where you can admire the extraordinary 14th century astronomical clock, the place du Vieux Marché (old city’s market square) and much more.
Leave Rouen with your private chauffeur to return to Paris at 18h
Vaux le Vicomte
Every Saturday evening from May through to October, Vaux le Vicomte can be visited under the glow of 2,000 lit candles within the castle and its gardens. Thousands of flickering flames make for a romantic and magical visit, which will undoubtedly remain etched in your mind. On every other Saturday, gold and silver fireworks illuminate the vast gardens under the night sky. To accompany this festival of light, classical music is played, evoking a night of festivities that dates back to 1661. You could visit the castle on your own as guides are not allowed to speak in order to keep the romantic spirit of the candlelit visit.
A candlelight dinner at 20h30 on a terrace overlooking the gardens.
A vegetarian menu with a glass of champagne, starter, main course, dessert, a glass of white wine + a glass of red wine or water. A lobster and beef menu with a glass of champagne, starter, main course, dessert, a glass of white wine + a glass of red wine or water.
Return to Paris and drop off at Buddha Bar or VIP Paris.
Chantilly castle is also really beautiful to visit and this is closer to Paris. Giverny House and Auvers-Sur-Oise gardens is where Claude Monet had lived and created so many of his famous paintings. Auvers Sur Oise is where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a while, where he created one of his famous cathedral paintings. You can also visit the museum with a huge collection of these impressionist ‘s paintings.